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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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2,081 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,081
Reviews: 825
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 81
Gots: 142 | FT: 1
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 Zraly
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%

This is a tried and true staple here in the NW. And such an obtuse name, Moose Drool.

Dark brown with ruby tones, a slight tan head...clings well. Carbonation is a bit strong, but still within range to be appropriate for this style.

A rather medium bodied brown ale, this is a rather friendly choice. Notes of caramel, milk chocolate, malts, and subtle fruit...perhaps a tiny plum note. A nice, smooth semi-buttery finish with very noninvasive hop flavors. A slight grassy note lingers in the mouth.

This beer can fall in the "all purpose" category. From pizza to steaks, to roasted chicken to perhaps even a hearty pasta dish, this beer will withstand and compliment a plethora of flavors.

Zraly, Nov 01, 2003
Photo of kbub6f
2.95/5  rDev -20.5%

The head is a decent size, doughy, tan. Nice looking beer: dark brown with red highlights. Some thin sheets of lacing. Sweet, dark chocolate caramel in the nose, with an underlying layer of milk-gone-bad sweet. A bit of fruit joins the chocolate in the front, with a tangy, sourish middle. The finish is bitter, with some chocolate and slight grain. There's a cheesy, not very pleasant aftertaste. This is a strange brew. It's bitter, but not quite a good bitter. It's not awful, and the strange bitterness tames as it warms, allowing some cream to show through. It's actually reminiscent of Great Grains (without the patented GG infection).

kbub6f, Sep 18, 2003
Photo of BeerManDan
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

This brown ale has to be the best selling ale up in the northwest. I had a had time finding a full six pack while traveling around Oregon and Washington. They couldn't keep it on the shelves for very long.

The color of this beer when poured was a dark brown with no foam. The smell of Roasted malts filled my nose along with a mild hint of hops. The taste was a beautiful balance of roasted malts and hops that just took my breath away for a brown ale. This has a smooth well balance bitter/sweet finish.

I found a two cases of this in Medford Oregon and took it home with me! Happy days!

BeerManDan, Jul 31, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%

Brown Color, medium head. Aroma is malty. Medium bodied brown ale. Malts are nutty and slightly sweet. Hops are slightly bitter. A light, smooth, and mild flavored brown ale. Nice smooth malt flavor. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is malty, slightly bitter.

beerguy101, Jul 19, 2003
Photo of Morris729
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%

Pours a dark mahogany color with a thick and creamy light tan head that sticks all over the sides of the glass. Nose is dominated by chocolaty malts with some faint underlying notes of raw grassy hops. Moderate in body and very smooth in texture. Taste is fresh cocoa and bitter-sweet dark chocolate followed by some dry hops that help to balance out the beer. A pretty nice brown ale with an, um, “unusual” name. Thanks to my friend (and hopefully future BA) Sasquatch for the sample!

Morris729, Jul 10, 2003
Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%

Deep, dark brown in color with red highlights. Tan head.
Malt aroma shows bits of chocolate, coffee, and roastiness. Hops make their presence known in the smell.

Taste is fairly smooth. Chocolately malt flavor with some roastiness and coffee as well. Well balanced by the hops. Not sweet like a lot of brown ales. Finishes well and pretty cleanly.

Above average mouthfeel.
Good drinkability.

Overall, this is a solid brown ale. I'm not much of a brown ale fan, but this is one I enjoyed.

PhantomVodoo, Jul 02, 2003
Photo of stegmakk
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%

Pored a nice dark brown...Had an off white head that went away and left a tiny bit of lacing
Aroma was roasted malt and maybe some alcohol type smell...
Taste was a little better than average...some cocoa flavor but not alot...a hint of smokiness in the back...and a nice try to balance with some hops...I expected a nutty flavor with this one...but it never happened
Overall a slightly better than average beer.

stegmakk, Jul 01, 2003
Photo of Reidrover
3.05/5  rDev -17.8%

Ok Its about time I tried this one again..I had fiorst tried this a few years back when I first started to get intrested in American macros..I did not like it..despite all the rave reviews etc.
Comes in the usual Big Sky brown 12 oz long neck..with a rather drooly moose on the label .
Its actually an excellent lloking brown ale in the glass.. nice chesnut brown with a lovelly creamy off white head that stays put.
But for me after the looks everything else is down hill..smell is pretty weak and what i do smell is like warm milk..mixed with a teeny wee bit of chocolate.
tase is ok..but its bland..some choclate ..milky even..then thats it.
average in the mouth.
average drinkablity.
Maybe Im just not a Moose Drool guy..maybe brown ales are not my "stuff" oh well

Reidrover, Jun 26, 2003
Photo of drewbage
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%

Sampled in a 6oz Sample Glass at the Washington State Summer Brewfest

(A dying breed of beer thanks to the efforts of Moosehead?)

Deep and brown aroma with a zingy hop touch in the finish.

Flavor of this deeply brown and haxy beer is of long chewy caramel strings leading into a finish that is heavily dried out by a intense mineral character to the water accentuating the hop bitterness and a salty flavor like movie popcorn.

drewbage, Jun 24, 2003
Photo of jcalabre
3.6/5  rDev -3%

Bullwinkle in a bottle... Originally sampled on several occassions while vacationing in Montana. This is a very nice brown ale. Not as good in bottles. I'll rate the tap version: great chocolatey, malty taste. I could definitely have a couple of these. If you're in Montana, have some.

jcalabre, Jun 18, 2003
Photo of jreitman
4.08/5  rDev +10%

Fruity aroma lies on top of a sweet, nutty maltiness. Raisiny and an almost unmistakable smoke aroma came through from time to time but were fleeting. Poured a clear mahogany with a very persistent light tan head that left some nice lace. Sweet malty nuttiness hits the front of the tongue and gives way to fruity and a dry roastedness in the back of the mouth. Had a medium-light body with a slickness to the palate. Beer was quite complex and the malt and hop profiles were kept in a nice balance. A very enjoyable brown.

jreitman, Apr 17, 2003
Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%

Pours a nice brown color, initial aroma of caramel and a bit nutty. This is followed with a wonderful roasted caramel taste and just a slight chocolate aftertaste. Seems to be one-dimensional, not too complex as some of the bigger brown ales, but this is an underrated brown ale, an awesome brew, very smooth and creamy, enjoyable!!!

GeoffRizzo, Mar 29, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%

Good color of brown with brick red highlights, head was standing awhile sort of thick. Nice roasted malt aroma with some dried grainyness. Taste is good, balance of hops and roasted malt flavors but a little to tangy and leaves a hint of cocoa. Felt of medium body but something was missing from this brown. I expect a good smooth feel to a brown with nut like flavors, but this had to much hop and tang for this style. Thats just me I guess. Finishes dry with a hop bite and some wood flavors like a toothpick. Its drinkable, sure, but I've had better, but if offered a Moose Drool... I wouldn't turn it down. Slightly above average.

tavernjef, Mar 16, 2003
Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

12 oz. brown long neck with no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Tight sticky webby lacing on the glass, the head stays two fingers deep for a while. Dark mahogany hue lets some light through showing a reddish glow on the edges.

Smell: Clean and sweet steely and toasted malt aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Very smooth and well textured with a moderate carbonation. At first there is a hit of toasted grain, then the chocolate tones creep in and lay a blanket of cocoa on the palate. Mildly astringent twang in the back, hops do a balancing act with the sweetness. Finishes a little dry.

Notes: A nice solid brown ale, very non-obtrusive just easy to drink. Went well with the mild cheddar I had with it.

Jason, Mar 09, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%

Dark brown in color, with a thick, bubbly, tan head. Aromas are cheifly of chocolate, with hints of nuts, and little else. Full texture, mild hops, soft body, not much here, but really decent, compared to the leading brown ales. Miles ahead of Newcastle. An ideal session ale, you could throw down a dozen without a pause. A fine American brown ale, despite the unappealing name.
Excellent on draft, though this review was based upon a bottle...

feloniousmonk, Feb 20, 2003
Photo of budgood1
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%

clear dark ruby in color. huge foamy head which leaves a good deal of lace. active carbonation. hardly any malt aroma in the nose, but definite earthy and grassy hops are detectable. choco, caramel and burnt toffee malts are quick to assert themselves in the taste. a medium to light mouthfeel, with an effervescent mouthfeel that gets in the way of the full malt flavors. i prefer my browns to be fuller and malt driven, and moose drool comes close. finishes with another mouthfull of malt flavors and another earthy hop kick. a slightly above average brown...tastes good but not great.

budgood1, Feb 15, 2003
Photo of dudey
4.93/5  rDev +32.9%

the first time I tried this I was on vacation in West Yellowstone 1999. I had finished snowmobiling about 300mi and ready to start the evening with my wife dining out. We tried a number of different local beers before I was "introduced" to Moose Drool. It was love at first sight/smell/taste. I don't know if I have had a better Brown Ale since. The appearance was of a warm maple syrup coming out of the tap. The smell consisted of fresh cracked walnuts and toasted coconut. I would liken the drinkability to sitting down at home to a good movie with say, a bag of doritos. Half way through the movie you look down and all the chips are gone, you pause the movie and search for more. This goes hand in hand with mouthfeel. I don't particularly like hops showing up at the end of a smooth consistent beer. Nailing my olfactory senses in the face is inconsistant with the overall story would humiliate the beer. This beer doesn't dissapoint. The conversion of these storylines ends in a happy ending. This was among the last beers I enjoyed that night. I thought my taste buds were swayed by the previous enjoyment of the evenings beers. I confirmed my enthusiam and review of this beer the next two nights just to make sure my assesments were correct. They were. I do have to say that 400 mi and packaging does indeed make a difference. We recieved a shipment of MooseDrool, Slow Elk and Powder Hound (all from the same brewery) at our local beeraceutical store. The anticipation of having this brew in town was tainted with high expectations and low returns. This beer bottled and shipped to our location registers a meager 2-2.5 rating for this reviewer.

dudey, Feb 14, 2003
Photo of Gusler
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%

First of all, you got to love a beer called “Moose Drool”, well that’s if your weird like me at any rate. Translucent ruby red color on the pour with an impressive head and delicate sheets of lace to “Drool” down the glass! The nose is nutty sweet malt, also clean and fresh, sweet at the start and the top middling in mouth feel. Finish is perkily acidic, the hops a tad to light for me with the aftertaste dry and lingering, but pleasant to quaff nonetheless.

Gusler, Dec 18, 2002
Photo of Dogbrick
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%

I have been waiting to get my hands on this beer for awhile, just because of the wacky name. The fact that the beer was pretty good was just icing on the cake. Pours a dark brown color with a medium thin beige head. Aroma of nuts and light caramel. Flavor was smooth and malty with a nutty finish. Although a little uneven compared to the Sierra Blanca Nut Brown I had before it, this is still a decent beer.

Dogbrick, Dec 11, 2002
Photo of Fabric8r
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%

Great beer for winter sipping, or with pizza. One of the better brown ales in the region. Filling though. (the beer that eats like a meal) Try the other beers from Bik Sky Brewing. Fun name and label to give to visitors to Montana, I get comments on it years later.

Fabric8r, Dec 06, 2002
Photo of Kwak
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Moose Drool
Thats just what it taste like.Nice little head frothy lots of taste.
Body had a rich amber tint deep & dark. It's taste was verry dry
rich and bitter kind of malty.It had an afftertaste that was like "MOOSE DROOL"

Kwak, Nov 21, 2002
Photo of BeerBuilder
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%

Moose Drool pours to a medium-brown color, with a light brown head that lasts. There is a roasty, malty aroma emanating from this beer. The flavor is one of roasted-nuttiness, with hints of chocolate. The hop flavor is detectable, but takes the back seat to the roasted malt flavors. Overall it is a tasty brown ale with a pleasant roasty nose and flavor.

BeerBuilder, Oct 25, 2002
Photo of marc77
2.93/5  rDev -21%

Light brown in color w/ excellent clarity. The thick initial head settles into a dense and tight layer that leaves lace. The aroma is comprised mostly of caramel malt sweetness, w/ just a hint of chocolate malt. A damp flower - like Kent Goldings nose is there as well. It's a bit thin in malt body and complexity. The malt profile consists of lightly toasted malts, generic caramel malt sweetness, and subtle roasted notes. The hop bitterness is a touch shy of balancing malt sweetness, and leaves this brew a bit sweet overall. There aren't any surprises in the sweet and lightly roasted finish. Moose Drool is a decent brown, but is a bit too sweet for my tastes. More malt backbone would've been appreciated.

marc77, Sep 18, 2002
Photo of garymuchow
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%

I found this an interesting beer to try in part because someone is promoting it significantly ( I can find it at virtually any beer store I frequent regularly). Anyway, light and pleasant malt aroma, with a slight hop background that strengthens the longer it sits. Looks like a brown in color and big full head that lingers nicely. Not a strong flavor but the hops are evident in taste and the dry finish. Malt noted in sweetness and slight richness. Medium to thin mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Not a bad example of style, just not a favorite style for me. Certainly better than the name suggests.

garymuchow, Jul 09, 2002
Photo of pbrian
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%

It's brown and it's an ale. Not much else to say about it. Had a slight chocolate/roasted malt flavor but I don't know where those hops are that everyone is talking about. Served its purpose in making me really appreciate the Hopdevil I was about to drink.

pbrian, Jun 26, 2002
Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,081 ratings.