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Moose Drool Brown Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

Moose Drool Brown AleMoose Drool Brown Ale

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1,840 Ratings

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Ratings: 1840
Reviews: 812
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%

Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.30% 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 fizzgig


2.94/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into stein mug.

A: Looks like Coke. Very slight head comes and goes pretty quick.

S: Slight chocolate malt and coffee.

T: Slight coffee and chocolate malt.

M: Some malt, nothing notable. Comes and goes with some carbonation peaking in the middle.

O: Meh. There just isn't anything memorable about it.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 01:19:05 | More by fizzgig
Photo of Premo88


3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

on tap at 3rd Floor in midtown Houston

L: almost black; super dark amber when held up to sunlight; very creamy 2/5-inch head of light tan; no major stick off the head and no lacing on the way down

S: dark malt notes in the charred wood world ... like being at a barbecue

T: much darker than the English brown ale, get some of the burnt wood notes in the taste; almost no hop presence ... it borders on a stout taste with so much darker, burnt barley notes; sweetness from the malt really balances it out nicely

F: loads of carbonation ... very solid

O: good but different from what I'd expected ... that's on me, though, not the brew -- it's an American, not an English, brown ale, and this style is very new to me. it has some stout-like notes in the nose and the taste, which isn't good or bad ... just what it is.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2013 05:51:32 | More by Premo88
Photo of papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to kjyost for this one.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, best before 090613.

Appearance: A very creamy 3-4 finger head that sits atop a dark brown body, decent lacing and a fat ring of retention.

Smell: Lots of nuttiness, toasted notes, hints of toffee and cocoa.

Taste: Flavor carries much the same traits as the aroma with some dried fruits thrown in for good measure.

Mouthfeel: Bit thin but manages a decent feel.

Overall: Hits most of the notes, nothing to get excited about but i liked it.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 11:38:42 | More by papat444
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Medium sized light tan maybe brown head settles to a nice quarter inch froth above a clear dark brown to burnt reddish colored drool.

Dark roasted caramel malts with hints of chocolate and roasted nuts in the aroma.

Dark roasted caramel malts with hints of chocolate and roasted nuts in the taste as in the aroma, the aroma transfers into the taste quite easily.

Wettish aftertaste turns dry after a bit and leaves a bit of the dark chocolate malts taste behind with this medium to medium full bodied beer.

Good roasted malt taste coming from this brown ale.

Serving type: can

07-16-2013 15:20:54 | More by LXIXME
Photo of Chickenhawk9932


3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep burnt umber with a caramel colored head.

Smells of nuts and earthy/floral hops, with some caramel malt in the background.

Big nutty and herbal notes up front followed by a slightly chewy malt middle. Finishes semi dry with a touch of caramel sweetness. This a solid brown ale with big flavors to keep you coming back.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 00:17:25 | More by Chickenhawk9932
Photo of MDDMD


3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-dark brown color with a light tan head and good lacing

S-dark roasted malt, chocolate, hint of coffee

T-chocolate, dark roasted malt, little coffee, hint of brown sugar, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-decent brown ale, easy drinking

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 22:59:44 | More by MDDMD
Photo of Libationguy


4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark tawny in color with amber notes. The off-white head is fluffy with a moderate head retention. Even lacing in the glass.

Malt, milk chocolate, mocha, brown rice, peasant bread and a small amount of butterscotch all come together in a nice clean package.

Espresso, dark bittersweet chocolate, toffee notes and a touch of bitterness on the palate. The flavors are well integrated and develop nicely as you work your way through the glass.

Medium bodied (if I have a knock on this beer, it feels like it needs just a little more body in the mouthfeel). The palate has a wonderful balance between the richness of the malt and the gentle bitterness of the hops.

Really nicely done. The beer comes up against the malt being almost too sweet, but doesn't go over the edge as the bitterness holds everything in balance. Easy to pick this one up for another sip.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 04:21:44 | More by Libationguy
Photo of lwillitz


3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12-oz bottle into nonic pub glass

A - 4 fingers of medium tan head over a transparent body of deep ruby brown; very little visible carbonation, ok lace and head retention

S - sweet and malty; chocolate, touch of caramel sweetness, roasted qualities, touch of hop bitterness

T - roasted malts, chocolate, slight lactic flavor, spice and bitterness from the hops, balanced finish

M - light/medium body, light/medium carbonation, smooth

O - Great taste, but lighter than expected.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 21:25:56 | More by lwillitz
Photo of Dave_in_GR


3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance is a dark brown with a reddish tinge to it. Head is tan, with good retention.

Smell is not very strong, mostly dark malts.

Taste starts very sweet due to the malts, with lots of chocolate flavor, but is balanced nicely by a hoppy finish that adds a hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit creamy, with subtle carbonation.

Overall one of my favorite browns, sweet without being cloying, and very refreshing. Great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 20:15:41 | More by Dave_in_GR
Photo of Anacross


4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty and well made. Rich and creamy chocolate, coffee, caramel and orange peel well balanced all over it. The mouth feel is very smooth with some mild carbonation. Goes down easily and satisfyingly, completed by the funny name and label. Delicious. It's a keeper for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 15:52:50 | More by Anacross
Photo of TheMarkE


3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Chocolate brown, like a good strong cup of coffee. Plenty of foam and very good lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts and chocolate.

Taste: Chocolate and coffee with a hunt of nutty flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, very creamy. A cocoa aftertaste lingers briefly on the tongue.

The Verdict: Good stuff. Brown ales aren't my favorite style, but there's not much to complain about in this Montana beer with the very creative name. This is a solid brew that goes down smooth.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 00:26:19 | More by TheMarkE
Photo of srandycarter


3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear dark amber, small white head, no lace.

S - Roasty malt is the biggest smell I get from this one.

T - Standard brown ale... Malty, niche back hops.

M - Light to medium, fair carb, good balance.

D - Brown ales are not my favorite, but this one is pretty well made.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2013 19:23:17 | More by srandycarter
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle consumed at the Grand Canyon in a silipint.

pours clear dark brown with reddish highlights and a moderate and durable dark tan head. Nice aroma of dark malts, dark fruits and some yeast. The flavor starts faint but builds to a satisfying malty mix of dark bread, toast, caramel, raisins and dates. A hint of smoke on the finish.

M: creamy smooth with excellent, medium carbonation. Medium-full body.

O: Excellent brown ale!

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 22:00:14 | More by chinchill
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

3rd Feb 2013, Super Bowl day: pint into a plastic cup in 'Jacks bar in the Cannery' (San Fransisco).

Dark ruby body (the bar was dark too), thin tanned head.

Mild chocolate notes in the malty nose.

The taste was also chocolate and malty with a semi-sweet undertone throughout the tasting.

Body was fine for the flavours and alcohol level, I enjoyed it, even in a plastic cup!

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2013 16:06:33 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of SportsandJorts


3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: a nice nearly opaque brown. shows a reddish hint when held to the light. a little more than a finger of a tannish head that leaves a lacing on the top and sides

Smell: pretty weak and hard to pick up on. some roasty malts, some sweetness

Taste: opens up with some hints of sweetness and nuts. backside taken my nice and subtle but still there roasted malts. overall it is sweeter.

Mouthfeel: pleasantly creamy. sweet initially but leaves a slightly earthy bitterness

Overall: a tasty and well crafted brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 03:48:57 | More by SportsandJorts
Photo of Paulpopilek


3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Like best on tap. Smooth and strong taste. Not many brown ales with this distinct taste. Great during the winter watching hockey. Great aftertaste. I would like more bite to it but usually brown ales don't so still never disappointed with this brewski

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 02:36:55 | More by Paulpopilek
Photo of RonaldTheriot


3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big Sky Moose Drool Brown Ale has a thick, spongy, beige head and a semi-clear, reddish-brown appearance, with minimal lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet brown bread crust and a touch of tea, and the flavor is of tea, bread crust, sweetness, light cocoa powder, and mild bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Moose Drool finishes dry, refreshing, and drinkable. Overall, this is very good.


Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 14:16:47 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of BarryMFBurton


4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was all over Missouri when I visited, and I have to say that the label drew me in. You got me, Big Sky.

Best before YESTERDAY?! DAMN IT! Oh well, what harm can a day do?

A: Dark amber-brown with a creamy beige head. Takes minutes for the foam on top to dissipate, condensing slowly into a thick layer of suds. Minimal lacing.

S: A blend of sweet chocolate and cinnamon-sugar provide a dense base to the nose, with accompanying notes of raisin and graham cracker. There’s a certain old-world character to it, as well, provided by fairly sharp mineral and metal hints. Smells like a British pub beer, and a meaty, slightly smoky malt aroma on the back end gives it even more of that charm.

T: Peaty, grainy, sophisticated malts give this beer a savory flavor – each sip powers through the convention that malt is just a vessel for the sugars in brewing, reminding that it is a grain with distinct texture and flavor. The crisp snap of grain husk and peppery rye bread balance with an earthen tone of cocoa and peat, making it easily as sippable as any dark session beer. Natural and inoffensive: none of the flavors ever go too far. Refined Euro tastes follow the nose, flint and hickory smoke providing astringency while grassy hops keep the palate from getting too dark. Finishes with a subtle smoke and chocolate dryness, moderately crisp.

M: The creamy texture is really what transports you to the pub. A nice round and chewy texture is one of the reasons this is so satisfying; still, it isn’t too thick to keep if from being sessionable.

O: Turns out this isn’t just a beer with a ridiculous name – it’s a balanced, well-made brown ale with a ridiculous name. In fact, it’s one of the most traditional American browns I’ve come across, with a grainy, no-frills taste and a mouthfeel that’s just creamy enough. I can’t believe how surprised I am at how much I like this beer…I guess either the sort-of gimmicky label or its wide availability gave me the impression that it wouldn’t that good. No hard feelings, Big Sky; I’m impressed.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 22:36:11 | More by BarryMFBurton
Photo of punky796


4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a dark brown (but easily seen through when held up to light) color with a touch of red, with almost a finger of cream/tan-colored head. Head disappeared pretty fast, leaving just a little bit of lacing on the glass.

S - Lots of sweet malts, with chocolate, but caramel is more noticeable to me. A little nut and banana as well. There's a dash of hops thrown in to counter the maltiness.

T - Caramel, chocolate, and other sweet malts. Pretty nutty taste, and the little bit of hops sets off the malt flavors enough so it's not overly one-sided.

M - It might be the hops that give this one a pleasingly unique feel - they give it a medium carbonation that you don't often see in something this dark or malty, but I think that works out pretty gloriously here.

O - Was very unfamiliar with Big Sky Brewing before this, so this was a good find for me. Excited to try some more of their stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 06:09:05 | More by punky796
Photo of bacabuck


3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Selmas Chicago pizza. Deep mahogoney almost black. Creamy head that stands up well after the first few pulls and laces nicely down the glass. IBU of 30 is goldilocks for me. Not too bitter but has enough to make it interesting and stand io tl food. Really good session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2013 05:45:07 | More by bacabuck
Photo of lacqueredmouse


3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

355ml bottle purchased from Berkeley Bowl West in Berkeley, CA.

Pours a really quite red colour, deep ruby, especially when held to the light. Clarity is good, and the head is solid: it started out pouring quite frothy and loose, but settles down to a solid, almost creamy persistence. Beige in colour. Lacing is full and strong. The body is fluid, but looks pretty solid. Overall, it's a pretty decent looking brew.

Nose is malty, sweet with a nutty grain character giving it some structure. There's a brightness from the hops too: although they say "spice", I get more of a lemony tone which just sets off the malt characters nicely. Again, solid stuff.

Taste is not as big as it could have been, but it has some pleasant nuttiness, some crisp, delicate grain character and a clean, slightly soapy finish from the hops. In fact, the hops are stronger than I want them to be: the sweetness shown on the nose doesn't really come through, and what promised to be a solid malt-driven beer ends up being a little piercing and a little flat.

Feel is also a little weak. Thin, and surprisingly dry.

Overall, this promised more than it delivers. I like the aroma, and I like how it looks, but when it comes down to it, it's a little bit distracted and rather pedestrian. It would be fine to drink without thinking about it, but it doesn't really stand up on its own under scrutiny.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 02:29:18 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of archyquaffer


3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12 ounce long neck into a Shaker pint glass. No freshness date, though I doubt the beer is very old. A moderate pour produces a billowy one inch thick tan head that hangs around. The color is a dark, reddish-brown.

I smell and taste lots of dark malt sweetness, with a definite nuttiness and hints of chocolate and maybe some banana. The hops are unnoticeable in the aroma, but lend just enough earthy bitterness to balance out the malt. The hops are most apparent in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is slightly creamy, and seems to coat the inside of the mouth and throat.

I've been drinking this for a long time, and had to get past the name, because I honestly don't find it all that appealing or evocative (good thing!). Overall, I would say this is a pretty decent beer for the style and is also pretty cheap. Hop heads won't like it, but I think the underplayed hop profile fits the style better.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 02:13:32 | More by archyquaffer
Photo of cfryman


5/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a deep amber/brown color and topped with nearly three inches of frothy tan head.

S - Milk chocolate with hints of dark roasted chocolate and sweet toffee.

T - The taste is chocolaty with a slightly bittersweet coffee finish and plenty of roasted malt.

M - Perfect balance of creamy texture that leaves mouth coated with slight roasted-bitterness.

O - This is a perfect beer...ideal to enjoy a few in one sitting.

Serving type: Bottle

It's just as good on tap. This beer is a great go-to beer...flavorful enough for the darker/roasty beer fan but not too strong for the lighter beer drinker. This is simply a perfect beer! Kudos to Big Sky Brewing Company.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 18:47:45 | More by cfryman
Photo of buschbeer


3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - This beer pours a dark rust color with amber highlights. It is topped with three inches of creamy, tan head.

S - I smell some dark chocolate and milk chocolate. All kinds of roasty goodness.

T - The taste has a some cocoa flavor. I get a milk chocolate thing going, too. It has a slightly bitter coffee finish.

M - Pretty full for a brown ale

O - This is a real solid brown ale.

Serving type: can

04-11-2013 20:48:15 | More by buschbeer
Photo of rgs0204


3.06/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - clean and clear dark mahogany

Smell - toasted malts, chocolate, a hint of molasses

Taste - Initial sweetness of chocolate, finishes with a light bitterness of coffee

Mouthfeel - A little creamy; starts flat but finishes with a light fizz, coats your mouth for a long finish.

Overall - I like how Big Sky choose to name their brown ale Moose Drool, call me a sucker but I find the naming convention an example of simple creativity. The beer itself is an easy drinking beer with enough flavor to be enjoyed yet light enough to enjoy a few at a time. While It looks great and it is well balanced, it could use some more oomph (body).

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 19:48:55 | More by rgs0204
Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
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