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Moose Drool Brown Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

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2,297 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,297
Reviews: 850
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 93
Gots: 243 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-16-2001

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.
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Photo of Chugmonkey
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap in Grand Forks, ND at a bar/grill & totally fell in love with it. Now, I'm happy to find 6packs of it locally. One of the best brown ales out there for sure.

Smooth dry, nutty taste. Got some creaminess that makes it really enjoyable to just let it sit in your mouth for an extra couple seconds before you swallow it. Pretty dark for a brown ale. Lacks the caramel sweetness of your typical brown ale - almost a crossover porter. Very satisfying, yet so good you'll want more than one. Highly recommend this one.

Photo of DIM
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: This was a dark, coppery, ruby red. It poured with a medium sized foamy light tan head. Good retention and some sticky lace.

s: Cherry, coffee, vanilla, and lots of roasty malts. Big nose for a small brew.

t: The taste mirrors the smell, all of the above are nicely in balance. In addition there is a surprisingly strong little hop bite at the end.

m: Medium body and gentle foamy carbonation.

d: I was on vacation at Glacier National Park 5 years ago when I was first getting into craft beer. I had several of these at the lodge during my visit and I loved it. After all these years, I still think this is pretty damn tasty. Thanks to JohnGalt1 for the trip down memory lane.

Photo of hiikeeba
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours up a clear dark brown with ruby highlights, and a thick tan head.

S - Aroma of chocolate, hint of roasted grain, and malt.

T - Starts off with a slightly sweet taste, finishes chocolaty on the back of the tongue. A little subdued, but good.

M - Feels a little thin with little carbonation.

D - Very easy drinking beer.

Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazza! It use to be the closest place I could get this was east Wyoming, now they have brought this brew to central Iowa!

I'm more of a "red" fan but this brown actually ahs a somewhat creamy feel to it. Not much carbonation or aroma, but the flavor has a bit of a kick at first, which mellows out in the middle, then has a heavy-medium after feel. Another reason for me to stop in at Fareway.

Photo of tbeck
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - A dark, brown ale with a white head. Not a lot of carbonation.

Smell - Not much aroma

Taste - Excellent, not a lot of hops but good malt.

Mouthfeel - Smooth

Drinkability - On the heavy side, good to have one or to in a sitting.

Overall - Recommend trying this beer. Very enjoyable for a couple but not a session beer.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delicious! If you're a toffee lover, than this is for you. That, and add in a dusting of butterscotch and a mild hoppiness in the end of the taste, and you'll be craving the taste of See's Toffee-Bits. Pairs great with extra cheesy Irish Nachos.

$5.50 for a 25 ounce mug anytime at Kelly's Korner Tavern in Placentia, CA. Bargain!

Photo of Bobdope
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a surprise I found in Tucson, Arizona. It was a very dark brew with a great head. It was it served in a pint glass. I was surprised of how thin the body was. When this beer was served to me it was not very cold, I wonder how this affected the characteristics of the body.

Photo of maximum12
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Needed something to wash the taste of the last beer from my mouth so I wanted something fairly bland. So I chose Moose Drool. Possibly the greatest name ever for a beer.

Poured brownish with sunset red around the edges & a baby-sized head. Smells prety good.

Taste surprised me. Not a great fan of browns, but this is pretty good. The malt is backed with some unidentifiable light sweetness that balances it out very nicely.

I'm pleasantly surprised. This would be a nice session beer or something I'd be happy to find in one of those middling bars with nothing great on tap. And then I get to say "Moose Drool", too. Win/win. Nice beer.

Photo of Beefeater57
2.98/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is dark brown, some reddish tint. Bubbly cream head.

Smell is clean with hints of coffee and chocolate, but they were really slight hints.

The taste was really different. It starts off promising, but it finishes acidic. Definitely a twangy finish. But, the aftertaste that lingers is sweet, and wants me to take another sip. So, just one of those beers that I don't necessarily enjoying drinking but the aftertaste makes me want to drink more.

Mouthfeel is very watery. Sour feel in the mouth on the finish. Strange thing to compare it to, but this actually reminded me of sour kool-aid.

I would probably drink another one, but not my favorite brown ale. Less acidity would have made this a more drinkable brew.

Photo of atigerlife
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish/brown color with a creamy light brown head that has decent lasting power. Nice lacing.

Aroma of roasted malts and some sweetness.

Taste of hops, roasted malts and slightly metallic [couldn't quite put a finger on that one]. Light cocoa, nuts and molasses.

Mouthfeel is dry and light bodied.

Overall, pretty easy to drink, though I wouldn't go out of my way to search for this one.

Photo of rebel1771
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pous a dark reddish brown color with a small off-white head that fades quickly.

Aromas of sweet caramel and toasted malts dominate the smell along with a bit hoppiness near the end.

Very sweet up front almost a bit of semisweet chocolate. Bready malts swoop in in the middle and finsihes with a dry hoppy flavor.

Pretty good brew, a little sweet for my tastes but well worth picking up.

Photo of KylightZone
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Darker brown, but thin enough to pull out some ruby hues. Off white head with frothy lacing.

S: Roasted malts off the tip, sweet malt character in the middle, then a null finish.

T: Chocolate sweet taste is not overpowering but present.
Roasted malts provide a bit of character. Moderate hop character just evens it out.

M: Light to medium body. Smooth.

Notes: Decent brown, will drink again if in front of me.

Photo of charlzm
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed 05/10/08 at Pour 24, Las Vegas.

Very clear, dark caramel colored beer. One finger creamy head.

Not much aroma: indistinct nuts.

Taste is typical brown ale; toffee and caramel malt flavors with some nut notes. Beer was served way too cold, so I did linger over this pint for a while, hoping the flavor would blossom to life with increased temperature. Sadly, it did not.

Simple and smooth.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours brown (shocker) with a firm off-white head with average retention, light lacing.

S: Light smell of caramel malt and cookies.

T: Caramel malt is the main flavour, sweeter than your average brown ale, the overall flavour is so-so, light earthy hop finish, somewhat astringent.

M: Pretty good mouthfeel, brisk carbonation, light body.

D: A fine enough pub brown ale from up in Montana, I've had better browns though.

Photo of jayrod20
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of aquaderek
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a tasting glass. The color is dark reddish brown with a very slight tan lace head that disappears quickly. The nose is roasted malty sweetness, what you would expect for the style, but some chocolate notes are prominent in the background. There is an astringent character to the taste from the highly roasted malts. It is also a sweeter beer think, "Very light porter" in terms of flavor. The taste is unique given the style of the beer. The mouth feel is light, and the finish is quick and dry. This is a pretty drinkable beer, if you love roasted malts and sweet beers.

Photo of Pauly2X
3.21/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark ruby walnut, one finger head.

S- Dry roasted malts, hints of caramel.

T- A very fleeting caramel sweetness is overshadowed by a nutty roasted malt character which dominates the middle. This blends seamlessly into a suitable hop finish.

M- Good carbonation, slightly on the light side.

D- Not as good as other browns but still decent.

Not my favorite brown, but it is still well crafted. This is a must if you prefer a nutty, dry brown ale.

Photo of PaleAlien2
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A beatiful beer. Pours a deep, amber with a reddish hue.
S: Heavy malt aroma with some chocolate notes.
T: Actually tastes more like a Porter than a Brown Ale to me, though I'm obviously no expert. Has more of a roasted malt flavor than the sweetness I would expect from a Brown.
M: A little thin-bodied. Finish is dry and astringent.
D: Roasted flavor takes away from the drinkability for me. Not quite as sweet and mellow as brown should be.

Photo of CamuMahubah
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown into the snifter...

At first there wasn't much aroma, later into the beer there was a whiff of dark chocolate.

This beer is reminiscent of a porter without the burntness I often associate with that style. Really smooth with a bit of cacao somewhere. Nice hop bite at the back.

Substantial beer on the palate there is no doubt about that. Though not heavy. Dare I say chewy.

Good beer...will drink this beer again. Wifey seasoned some hamburger with Curry powder and fresh onion and then I grilled them over the fire. This beer went along like it was made to! This beer goes well with beef over an open fire.

Photo of koopa
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber tone that is closer to red. Predominant caramel and toffee aroma. A very full side of medium bodied and drinkable brown. Doesn't come off like a Nut Brown though. Extremely hard to come by on the east coast and worth it if you find it. Come on Montana...learn how to distribute!

Photo of rousee
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with an amber bottm and caramel color as you work your way up towards the top of the glass and brown as you get to the top 1/5th of the glass. A very small head remains and holds well.

Caramel and toffee aroma with the slightest roasted malt lingering in the back.

Delivers a smooth but puckery bite of caramel and toffee with some woody elements present. Roasted malts also present.

Quite smooth and drinkable. A little too dry for the style but at least its not sticky either.

Photo of mynie
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Come Back In in Madison, Wisconsin.

Didn't know much about the beer but the name sounded neat and I knew I'd never had it before so I said "what the hell, pour that business." Came out very deep, dark red (mistaken for black in a bar's low light) with a giant head.

Smelled very strongly like rough porter malt, creamy chocolate, and then a little hint of a flavor I couldn't place. Once I got home and read that this was a brown ale it made sense--it was a brown ale-ish node of cereal. It was uniquely and plesantly out of place against the porter-y aspects of the brew, though, so I didn't recognize it.

Tastes pretty much like it smells. Hugely smooth. Big sweet chocolate starts things off, and that moves quickly into the rough malt of a fine porter and then ends on likely sour brown ale cereal. Nice balance.

Like a really silky, playful porter, this is way more fun than 99% of brown ales. It packs quite the punch of flavor, too, considering its modest ABV.

Photo of SaltyLime
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - cool name and label aside, brew poured a very dark amber color with almost no head at all

Smell - smells like chocolate

Taste - slight bitterness but nothing overpowering, thick and malty with earthy hops, slight hint of coffee, I would lean it more towards a stout than a brown ale

Mouthfeel - minor carbonation with a tinge at first, mellows out quickly to a smooth creamy feel when it hits the palate

Drinkability - better than expected, kinda had a low expectation for some reason (maybe the name), it's a drinkable beer but not one I would request or pick up again

Photo of ckeegan04
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into pilsner glass.

A - Nice dark brown color with an excellent three finger head. The head slowly dissipated and the beer had excellent lacing.

S - Rather weak aroma of toasted malts.

T - Toasted malt taste that was not too strong. Also had a stronger hop flavor than I was expecting given that there wwas no sign of hops in the aroma.

M/D - Good carbonation and very smooth. Not my favorite brown, but still a good beer.

Photo of PhxHorn
3.21/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearnance is a deep dark brown color, almost no head. Smell is light, some malt and that's about it. I'd heard about this beer from several people and I can't figure out what the big deal is. Taste was very average--some malt and carmel flavors, but very one-dimensional. Not a whole lot going on, and not enough carbonation. The whole thing tasted just a bit flat. It was OK to drink, and I could have have another with no problem, but I'd have preferred a better beer if given a choice.

Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,297 ratings.