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Moose Drool Brown Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

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2,334 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,334
Reviews: 862
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 96
Gots: 265 | FT: 3
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 Hojaminbag
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another of the beers sent to me from out West by Wasatch, thanks for this John.

OK, so I have to admit, I wanted to try this beer because I like the name and the picture of the drooling moose. A bad way to choose which beer to drink? YES, but in this case I'm ok with that.

A transparent mahoganey color with about one finger of tan head. Slight head retention, but no lacing what-so-ever.

Nose is dominated by sweet malts. Caramel and toffee notes are strong with the slightest chocolately backing.

Flavor is once again malt dominated. Sweet caramel and toffee are the most noticeable, but a roasted character along with some chocolatey malts come through also. The roasted flavors come through toward the finish of the beer, and remain as an aftertaste.

Very thin mouthfeel, light bodied with a medium carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

No complaints in drinkability, but nothing great either. A solid beer that I'm glad I got the chance to try.

Photo of SirChugsAlot
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a dark brown with a thin tan head that quickly fades
S - Caramel and nuts with a gentle sweetness
T - Malty with a bit of nutty flavor and a touch of hops
M - light to med carbonation that helps drive my score for drinkability
D - Yummy and not filling and not too expensive. i love this stuff

Photo of mikereaser
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown w/hints of ruby color. There was no foam to speak of, just a few bubbles dotting the top and ring of the glass.

S - aroma of nuts, some cocoa, light malt

T - light roasted malt and brown sugar, slight pineyness in the finish

M/D - Light bodied and easy drinking. A nice session brew that I wish i had more access to.

Photo of kosmoraios
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with a small thin tan head that doesn't stick around long and leaves a bit of lace on the pint glass.

Aroma is light: toasted hazelnuts, caramel malts and overripe plum.

Nutty, toasty flavor with caramel and dark fruit like plum and fig. Hints of black pepper and vanilla. Some hops are evident, which is nice, but this brown is lighter than I'd prefer.

Mouthfeel is a bit light, with much carbonation and a lightly oily finish. A very drinkable, highly available brown ale.

Photo of hopdog
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one from a 12oz bottle.

Poured a darker brown color with a larger sized off white head. Aromas of maltiness, nutty, chocolate, and caramel. Tastes of the same nuttiness, caramel with some chocolate and toasted graininess.

Notes from 06/30/04.

Photo of Mistofminn
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a fan of brown or dark ales. But this one was slightly different. I enjoyed it. It was very smooth with medium carbonation. Perfect balance in my opinion. Tastes of toasted grains and dark chocolate is faint but present. Sweet at times, which surprised me.

I also rather enjoy the thought of drinking "Moose Drool." The novelty of it puts a smile on my face.

Photo of colts9016
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Color is dark brown with a thin tan head.
Nose: Is nutty hoppy, caramel, and malt with a sweet molasses hint.
Taste: It had a nice toasted malt complex that was nutty, a touch of hops, and a hint of molasses.
Overall: It was a good beer not great. The finish is clean and refreshing

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

I remember drinking this beer years ago when I lived in Seattle. Time to revisit it...

Pours a dark amber / brown color with a decent off white head.

Aromas are of nuts, cola, and light cocoa. Pretty nice nose on this one.

Tastes of roasted nuts, malts, dark brown sugars, and light cola. Finish has a touch of earthy hops that add a sharp, but far from overpowering bite.

Mouthfeel is nice and full feeling. While it's full, it's still light enough to make this one not heavy.

Drinkability is good. Overall, a very nice and sessionable brown ale.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Leathery brown with amber highlights and a strong cappuccino tan head. There is pretty fast dissipation as it quickly lays down to a sudsy film of bubbles. Thin curtains of foam coat the glass with a decent amount of lacing.

Smell is thin, almost watered down. There are some light malts but nothing truly tangible. Maybe some light caramels and toffee but nothing great or immediately apparent.

Taste is sweet and malty but a little watered down for my taste. There is a mild caramel finish that is kind of nice with a lovely drying. A weak bitterness shows through in the finish as well.

I think this one falls short of the mark. I don't like the subdued nose and taste. It also feels a little like you drank dust after its all said and done. Not a bad brew but also not great.

Photo of ccrida
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Murphy's nonic, Moose Drool is a ruddy mahogany with a large, auburn tinged light tan head that leaves pretty heavy lace.

Smell is a first a bit of a duller, waxy sweetness, darker grains, toffee, and caramel in particular really opening up as it warms from fridge temp, like Weather's Orignal candy.

Taste is semi-sweet crystal and chocolate, spicy, with a brown sugar aftertaste, but with herbal, earthy hops and light plastic phenols.

Mouthfeel is pretty creamy, medium-light bodied but somewhat chewy. Slightly sticky malt and a spicy, bitter finish.

Drinkability is pretty high, a satisfyingly robust American brown that's not to big, a very well done example of the style.

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

A- Clear medium brown beer with a light tan head and very nice lacing.

S- Aromas of caramel and roasted malt prevail. A touch of bitterness lingers underneath.

T- Coffee is the most predominant flavor followed by roasted malt. There is a distinct alcohol bite and the finish is of slightly bitter coffee.

MF- Light, with a pleasant and clean, yet rich feel.

D- Good session beer. Great with a home style chicken pot pie.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pour 24 in Vegas. Pours a somewhat hazy chestnut color. Thin off white head holds for a bit, then leaves a few patches of lace on the side of the glass.

A bit of nutty, toffee aroma, with a faint hint of chocolate. Nothing from hops here. Nice and simple.

Flavor profile is nearly identical to the aroma. a slight nutty, toffee flavor. Chocolate in the background. Hops mearly balance the sweetness here. Very much English style.

Medium body, with lower carbonation. A very easy drinking session beer.

Photo of Slynger
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Moose Drool pours a clear brown with a deep amber highlight, and a cap of finely fluffy light beige.

The nose delivers some light brown sugary sweetness along with cocoa and floral hops.

A bit more in the flavor. A touch of brown sugared toffee sweetness with a light amount of lightly bitter, unsweetened, cocoa and a more significant roasted presence. A small touch of apple-ish fruitiness along with mild, floral hops. Light-medium body is lightly limp, but smooth, with a light and foamy carb.

Not a bad brown ale, definitely has a bit of complexity in the somewhat light taste, but nothing I will probably think to purchase in the future.

Photo of tronester
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish/brown with a small light tan head. Very nice fine carbonation bubbles. Smell is smoky, bready, with a hint of ripe fruit. Taste is malty, smoky, very biscuity. A toasted malt flavor is in the middle, and the finish is raw earthy hops. Very surprisingly high bitterness for an English Brown Ale, but I like it! Mouthfeel is smooth and light, carbonation levels low and also very smooth. Very drinkable, This goes really well with food.

I had heard good things about this beer, and I must say I was definitely not disappointed.

Photo of Redrover
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ox brown bottle poured into my Sam Adams pint glass. The beer is brown with garnet highlights. It has a tan head and shards of lacing.

The nose is nutty with toasted malts and brown sugar.

The beer is slightly nutty tasting with hints of molasses and toffee. The grains have a nice roasted quality, but it not a heavy roast taste like you get in stouts or porters, but something lighter and sweeter. A bit of alcohol late.

The mouth is smooth and silky. I could session this one!

Photo of Bookseeb
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance has a dark brown amber with a thin head. Smell is of roasted malts, coffee with a smokiness to it. Taste seems slightly watered down having a light smoke flavor thats nutty with the coffee and roasted malts. Mouthfeel is medium going down slick with good carbonation.

Photo of disastermouse
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very nice Brown. It's definitely a 'fallback' beer - meaning that if you can't find much to like at the liquor/beer store, Moose Drool will definitely do the job.

It's darker than most Brown's I've seen..and I like that. It's also very malty, which I also really like. I guess it COULD use a little more hoppy 'bite', but then again, that might ruin the balance all together.

I really like Big Sky. Their beers seem to have a little more character than the typical American Microbrew.

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

This was the easiest review I've ever done. It was "Good".
Above average, hardly exceptional. A solid beer; I'd never turn one down unless there were Belgians or Bitters to tempt me away. But if I wanted a brown ale, you couldn't do a whole lot better.

It was a touch watery but I find many browns to be this way. It had a nice grainy taste to the malt; slightly sweet with a more bitter finish.
Color was nice and carbonation was spot on. No head retention from my bottle.
Worth a try, for sure.

(EDIT: kgotcher's review, which I read AFTER I reviewed this beer, seems to echo my thoughts exactly. Nice review kgotcher!)

Photo of guild337
4.6/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After reading a great review of this beer in another beer magazine, I had to try it. But since I live nowhere near Montana, I had it shipped to me online...which wasn't cheap. Luckily I was happy with what I received in the mail. I am a brown ale fanatic, and this ranks up there with some of the best brown ales I have had.

A - Very nice amber brown color. Nice thin head.

S - Sweet, malty, brown sugar, and a bit of spice.

T - Very nice malt flavor and sweetness that goes with that, a little bit of hoppiness on the tail end. The taste is very fresh, and doesn't linger too long.

M - Very light mouthfeel. A little heavy on the carbonation, but still nice and refreshing.

D - I could drink this beer all evening long, with it's relatively low ABV of 5.1%, and perfect mix of sweetness and slight hoppiness. Great brown ale for the summertime. Not too filling at all. Great brew all around. It was definitely worth the shipping cost.

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

Well what can I say, a GOOD brown ale.

Pours a nice tan head with a bit of lacings.

Aroma of malt and roasted grain.

Nice carbonated mouthfeel with great body

Goes down smooth with a bit of bitterness at the end. A great beer with depth of favor,

I have found Big Sky beers to be on the Malty side which I really like. This is no dissapointment although there is a nice hop bite at the end.

Photo of afinepilsner
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle

Moose Drool Brown Ale was deep mahogany in color with good clarity. It had a tan head with decent retention and left some lacing behind. The aroma was sweet toasty malt. The taste was roasted malt with some cocoa and some bitterness towards the dry finish. It was medium bodied with good carbonation. Drinkability was good. This is a decent brown ale.

Photo of peck95
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a nice dark brown appearance with some amber highlights that makes the beer appear likes its shining. a decent head with a little retention and some lacing.

a sweet sugary smell followed with a whiff of alcohol

the taste is relatively the same as the smell very sweet taste
this beer is a little bit over carbonated and not as smooth or creamy as i remember or of others out of the bottle that i've had before, also get nothing out of the hops. the over carbonation really gets in the way of the rest of the beer.

overall its a good beer that is relatively easy to drink.

Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

To be honest, I have always just assumed this beer gained it's fame on name alone. Best to try it and find out though...

A - Nice two and a half fingers of tan head appearing in the pint glass. Basic brown ale body.

S - Not bad actually. Roasty, with cream and chocolate present. Pine is a bit stronger than I would like, and kinda hides some of the richness, and I did pick up metalic aromas. Still, smells pretty rich and overall, quite balenced.

T - Again, this beer hits the right flavor qualities, roasty with cream and chocolate all around the entry and swallow. Definate strawberry sweetness present that seems to play well with the dominate flavors. The hops are piney and pleasently present, mixing with the lingering roasted malt flavors well and creating a pleasent, long finish. The flavors were not quite what I would call rich, however, and I still picked up metal flavors.

M - Weak compaired to most brown ales. Mouthfeel seemed watery.

D - Overall I found this beer to be better than expected. Not life changing, not even a great example of the style, but not offensive, and a solid intro to craft beer for many of those macro drinkers looking for something more.

Photo of sinistrsam
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was brought to me as a gift from the brewery, and it was greatly appreciated.
Poured a nice clear and clean brown with ruby hints and almost no discernible head.
The aroma was of brown sugar and spice, with mild yeast and hop presence.
Thee taste was dominated by brown sugar, cinnamon and chocolate malt.
The feel was slightly biting and fizzy up front, with an immediate fade into a smooth a sweet tongue-coating goodness; very good.
Overall a very good beer and one of the better browns I've had recently.

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

On tap at the Blue Moose, Scottsdale, AZ.

Deep brown with some ruby edges, nice tan head that actually sticks around for a while and leaves memorable lacing. Aroma is big and roasty with some nut and coffee notes even. Taste is of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, nutty, with some minor hop bite in the end. Does not linger and really is refreshing.

Medium body, smooth creamy feel. I like this brown's drinkability for sure. I had a second and would have had another had my group not decided to move on.

Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,334 ratings.