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Moose Drool Brown Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

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Moose Drool Brown AleMoose Drool Brown Ale

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2,149 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,149
Reviews: 828
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 84
Gots: 173 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
It's chocolate brown in color with a creamy texture. A malty beer with just enough hop presence to keep it from being too sweet. The aroma mostly comes from the malt with a hint of spice added by the hops. Moose Drool is brewed with pale, caramel, chocolate, and whole black malts; and Kent Goldings, Liberty, and Willamette hops.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-16-2001)
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Photo of aforbes10
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big Sky's most popular beer was also one of the best we tasted at the brewery. Nice and thick (but not quite moose-drool-thick) with some malty flavor. Not as strong or as heavy as i thought it would based on the name but very nice on a cold day.

Had it again later, this time from the bottle and it lost a bit of its charm but that's to be expected.

aforbes10, Dec 19, 2005
Photo of soulgrowl
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A good-looking brunette, this one. Very, very dark cola/root beer-esque ruby-brown with a bumpy brownish-beige head. This beer has class.

Smell: Mostly roasty-toasty dark malts, a little molasses, some fruity hops. Not terribly complex.

Taste: Mmm... nice roasted malt character. A little coffee, a little chocolate, and a lot of tannins, kind of like an oversteeped mug of orange spice black tea. Alcohol is quite noticeable, as is a distinct current of grape juice. Doesn't bonk you over the head with flavor, but very tasty. Would go well with dessert.

Mouthfeel: Creamy enough, but a tad flat. I think a fuller body would enhance the overall taste quite a bit.

Drinkability: Goes down easy, but holds your attention. A very pleasant brew.

soulgrowl, Dec 11, 2005
Photo of BrewRunner
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a slight hint of red when held to a light. Pretty foamy, but dies down pretty quickly.

A nice smell, kind of sweet. The overall aroma isn't over powering.

Taste and mouth feel are a little lacking. I thought I got a hint of a small metallic aftertaste. Nothing bad, but something was there. A little watery at the beginning of the sip, and then the flavor hits you. But it works pretty well.

It's easy to drink. There is flavor, but doesn't need to be savored. Most so than the "big boys" becasue it actually is beer and I don't want to throw up afterwards.

Overall I was slightly disappointed, mainly becasue it was talked up before I had it. Also with a name like Moose Drool you want it to be awesome

BrewRunner, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of sulldaddy
4.53/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I am sampling a chilled bottle of this beer that I got from my brother. Pouring into a pint glass the beer is a clear mahogany color with ruby highlights. The head is beige and fizzy with little staying power, quickly fading to a thin edge layer. Aroma is toffee and caramel with maybe a hint of butterscotch too. I also get some light grassy hops in the background. Appealing nose.
First sip reveals an average body with a bit of a silky texture. The carbonation is fizzy and tingles leaving my tongue refreshed.
Flavor starts with a hint of roasted malt and then goes all sweet with caramel, a bit of chocolate and some more toffee. The finish is brown sugar sweetness. The beer is smooth and easy to drink and I find myself craving the next sip each time I put the glass down. Damn wish I had more than one bottle, cause this is a good beer!
I will buy this next time I see it! Quite a tasty beer!

sulldaddy, Nov 16, 2005
Photo of mentor
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wicked-cool aluminum bottle with an image of a moose holding a fishing reel. Obtained from Thompson Valley Liquor (Colorado)...thanks, Clint & Jeff! Pours a one finger tan/light brown head over a crystal clear dark brown liquid with some ruby character. Smells chocolate. Dry chocolate with an underlying malt sweet. Partially buried are hazelnut and caramel. Tastes wet sweet with a dry chocolate malt and a hint of sourish grains...almost caramel-like. Some hop bitter comes across as a nice grassy counterpoint to the chocolate and sweet. Aftertaste is dry chocolate that persists evenly for a lo-oong time. It's a nice brown ale, not a beer that knocks my socks off. Very enjoyable. Md-light body and modestly carbonated. Minimal lacing on the inside of the glass.

mentor, Nov 15, 2005
Photo of sevineyes
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown bottle with a label featuring a painting of a moose in a lake drooling.

I gotta say - what a good name. That alone was a nice marketing gimmick that I think works great.

A: A dark walnut color with a thin beige head.

S: Roastiness - I get some rye bread and dry brown sugar.

T: Definitely a dry version of an English brown. Seems to almost want to get bitter, but then mellows out to a clean finish. Overall, the taste is molasses sweet. I certainly get hops - and that distracts from the taste, but it's still so subtle and short lived I can't really say it damages anything.

M: This is right with the style - moderate body with a dry finish.

D: Would be a good session beer. Easy to drink.

Overall: A nice English brown, but when you pour a pint for a friend be sure to give 'em the bottle.

sevineyes, Nov 12, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.28/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a very dark brown color ale with a medium foamy off-white head with better then average retention. Aroma of molasses is quite dominant. Taste is also dominated by this strong molasses feeling, which doesn’t do it for me. Tasted like bad extract homebrew kit. Can’t see why this is rated so high…

Phyl21ca, Nov 11, 2005
Photo of AlexJ
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear chestnut brown pour with a creamy light brown head that is very dense and lasting. Generous lace.

Aroma is a medly of sweet caramel, brown sugar, dark moist bread, and light floral hops.

Flavor starts off with that dark caramel malt, light cocoa, faint nuttiness, and has a floral hop finish. It's got a lot of diactyl off-notes that detract from what potentially could be a good brown ale.

Body is a hair below medium, with a smooth creamy mouthfeel. Average drinkability. Probably better on tap.

AlexJ, Nov 05, 2005
Photo of Zoh
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very nice brown ale, worth getting again and again.
Starts off with a nice dark brown pour, almost like a coke.
The smell is nutty with hints of roasted coffee. It is also mildly sweet, and very promising. You know you are in for something good after a whiff of this beer.
Taste is excellent, one of the smoothest brown ales I have had the pleasure of drinking. The flavor is very nutty with plenty of roasted malt. Hops are an afterthought. There is also a light caramely sweetness.
Mouthfeel is medium. It is very smooth and goes down well.
Overall this is a great brown ale, another one of those wonderful beers that is so hard to find in New England.

Zoh, Nov 02, 2005
Photo of Hunter
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my classmates gave me a bottle of this a couple days ago. Very happy to have it, since I doubt I could find it in the stores here in AZ.

Appearance: Beer is dark, almost cola-like in appearance. No noticeable carbonation, pours a very thin head but one that stubbornly refuses to completely vanish.
Aroma: Heavy in the caramel malt, wisps of smoke
Taste: Pretty average for a brown. Almost no discernable hops, this one is all about malt. English to the core in style and character. Reminds me of a Bass with slightly more sharpness on the tongue.
Mouthfeel: Sharp, dry
Drinkability: Despite the unpalatable name (:P) this is a decent, drinkable brown, worthy of a try.

Hunter, Oct 22, 2005
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted 10/8/05; a gift of my good friend doofusboy after his trip to Reno (aparently they sell this outside of Montana!).

Pours a thin, but dark brown with a bubbly tan head. Looks like nothing else but a coke with a slightly darker head and slightly less carbonation. I've seen this before on English Brown Ales, but only on US versions of this style. Why is that?

Aroma is sweet toffee, nutty sweetbread, caramel, slightly roasted and just a slight touch of hops. I recall smelling a very similar aroma on another brown ale, but my memory does not serve me on which one. Pleasant enough aroma.

The aromas follow through with the flavor in the identifiers, but not in the same intensities. The roasty caramelized malts are the primary flavor over the nutty/toffee flavors. There actually is a bite that I assume is hops, but I cannot relate it to any hops flavors I easily recognize. So it might be yeast-related, but it is a biting sharp finish that sits on the other flavors. More complex than a lot of brown ales, which is good and bad- I enjoy trying to figure out the flavors, but for me, an English Brown ale is a simple, easy drinking beer.

Mouthfeel is nice and full, a little chewy, the sweetness keeps it pleasant and helps overall drinkability.

A nice beer- I like this! I bet it's really good sitting the pub!

Dukeofearl, Oct 09, 2005
Photo of Beaver13
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours brown with ruby highlights. It has a good sized fluffy light brown head that lasts and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet chocolate malt with some coffee and butterscotch notes.

The flavor is sweet lactic chocolate and caramel, nuts and a little roastiness with a little acidic bitterness that gives it a dry finish. It is medium bodied and a little chalky with a decent amount of carbonation.

Overall, decent but nothing to write home about. A solid backyard brew.

Beaver13, Sep 19, 2005
Photo of KarlHungus
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a brown color, go figure. The head is white and rather large, but disappears within seconds. The aroma is outstanding. Nutty, creamy, and very strong. The taste isn't nearly as pronounced as the aroma, but is still ample and refreshing. It is nutty, and malty. The mouthfeel is a shade ligther than medium bodied, and there is a lot of carbonation. Overall, this is a damn good brown ale.

KarlHungus, Sep 16, 2005
Photo of ybnorml
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown beer with deep ruby highlights. Has a small light brown head. The aroma has a malty sweet character with some earthy notes and a light nutty background. The flavor starts with a perky sharpness. Then the sweet malty character takes over with carmel and hints of coffee intermingiling and a light roasted malt bitterness on the finish.

ybnorml, Sep 14, 2005
Photo of bruachan
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

family brought this back from a trip out west
root beer colored with garnet and amber highlights, while a one-finger head drops to a quarter of that—never further
a roasted (though not heavily) aroma mixes with nice munich sweetness. dark bread: not so much nutty, or particularly toasty, but hearty. simple bitterness rounds it all out at the end

not amazing, but tasty nonetheless. perhaps too much hop presence for an english?

bruachan, Aug 23, 2005
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer arrived on the table a clear transluscent brown with a brown head that lasted very well to lace the glass.

The aroma was a nice chocolate malt with a nicely done fruity component.

The flavor was chocolate malt with a light nuttiness. The beer was crisp and tasty with a light fruitiness and a nice caramel maltiness.

The finish was dry with a lasting chocolate impression into the aftertaste. The body was medium and well done. A very nice brown ale.

Pint at Dotty Dumpling's Dowry in Madison, WI.

GCBrewingCo, Aug 17, 2005
Photo of karst
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared two bottles with cja711 fresh from the Black Hills of South Dakota.
Pours clear brown with handsome head that slowly fell to about 5 mm and laced the standard pint glass. Aroma of sweet caramel and chocolate malt. E. Kent Golding in aroma.

Similar in flavors with little complexity from grain bill. Powdered chocolate follows a sweet caramal start. Light bodied and underhopped (IMHO) with weak bitterness in the finish. A brief but sharply astringent bite in the aftertaste-seemed out of place.

karst, Aug 11, 2005
Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As my pal battlekow did a weekend ago, tried this on-tap at the Silver Dollar here in Madison just before a rousing stint as back-to-back-to-back shuffleboard champions.

Poured a mahogany brown with garnet highlights and a small off-white head. Quite nice to look at. Smells similar to Newcastle, but perhaps a little spicier and a little nuttier. Flavor follows suit, strikingly similar to Newcastle, my old favorite, but subtley spicier and nuttier. Flavor is really quite mellow and along with the smooth mouthfeel makes for an easy-drinkin' summer session beer. Didn't blow me out of the water, but was enjoyable nonetheless.

Golden2wenty1, Jul 23, 2005
Photo of battlekow
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Silver Dollar in Madison while waiting to play shuffleboard. It looked good, dark brown with a creamy, tan head. I've had this in the bottle before, but not lately, and was surprised by how spiced it smelled, almost like a witbier. As opposed to disaster that was the Angelic Nut Brown, which I had earlier that night, this departure from the typical brown style was subtle and appreciated. Flavor had a nice sweet/bitter balance, with some really good chocolate hints that kicked in as it warmed. Pleasant to drink, thick and coating. Very solid brown.

battlekow, Jul 17, 2005
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

( Served in a Hefe-weizen glass)

A- Tan head on top of a nice dark chocolate almost opaque body.

S- Light toasted malt nose with some light roasted notes as it warms.

T- Rich chocolate notes with some caramel flavor and a nice light citrus hops flavor. This beer finishes with a light but balanced hop bitterness.

M-medium mouthfeel with no fizz.

D-Very nice brown ale with some good American hops. This is a well put together beer and is good to style.

rhoadsrage, Jul 16, 2005
Photo of HardTarget
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Inspection: 12 oz. brown bottle with ABSOULTLY NO HELPFUL INFORMATION WHAT SO EVER. No date, no abv, nothing. Just that slobbering moose.

Aroma: Dusty dark malt, hints of soy sauce. Smells like malt extract ready for brewing. Some slight hints of peat smoke give it some nice depth and complexity.

Appearance: Very dark ruby brown with good clarity shown with backlight. A few streams of carbonation feed a collar and fair cover of off white foam.

Flavor: Bit of a let down from the aroma. Flavors are there, just not as intense as the nose led me to believe. Also, a slight papery note (which the brewer takes the hit for no date). The peat smoke/nuttiness really saves the day.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall Impression: Very rich and full for a brown ale. Good flavor, great nose, solid beer. That paper note really distracted me from enjoying it fully.

HardTarget, Jul 03, 2005
Photo of ryantupy
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep mahogany color, nearly opaque with a tan head. Toasted grains dominate the nose. Very simple and forward with a medium-body featuring dark roasted malt notes while not becoming at all bitter. Very nicely balanced. Highly reccomended.

ryantupy, Jul 01, 2005
Photo of 1whiskey
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown with a pancake head. It's pretty dark, but from what light gets through it looks fairly clear.

Smells of sweet grains and milk chocolate. Mmmmm.

First taste is mild with some hop spices up front. Malt sweetness is very mild for an English Brown. There is also an odd metallic taste that is somewhat distracting, but this levels off as it warms into a soft, subtle brew.

Mouthfeel is smooth, syrupy without being heavy. Very little carbonation.

All in all, it's a nice beer. Other than the slight metallic taste I really have nothing bad to say. It just doesn't excite me all that much either. Personally, I think Lost Coast's Downtown Brown is a better English Brown, and it's brewed a few blocks from my house so it's always fresh. But I would'nt turn this down, either.

1whiskey, Jun 28, 2005
Photo of ppoitras
4.53/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle from NorthernTimber as part of The Easter BIF Bunny exchange. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" tan head above the reddish brown brew. Head holds its own, and laces well. Aroma is almost all nutty malts, with just a touch of hoppiness. Taste is excellent, nutty malt agains, with a slight fruit finish, and a kind of crisp hop close. Mouthfeel is spot on for a brown, and drinkability is excellent as well. Nice one here.

ppoitras, Jun 24, 2005
Photo of Dmann
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this brew. The pour was fantastic with a great dark brown color that left a huge head and great lacing. The scent was not too powerful but I could detect notes of sweet malts and nuttines. The taste of this beer was great as well with some slight smokiness to it along with a nice nutty malt flavor. The hops snuck in there a little bit but not much. This is a very drinkable beer and one that could be sessionable if it were not so costly here on the west coast!

Dmann, Jun 23, 2005
Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,149 ratings.