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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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874 Reviews

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Reviews: 874
Hads: 2,518
Avg: 3.7
pDev: 22.43%
Wants: 121
Gots: 381 | 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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Reviews: 874 | Hads: 2,518
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%

Can't wait to taste what moose drool tastes like. *gaffawing*

Serving Style : 12 oz bottle/serving glass for appearance

Appearance (4.25) : Shimmering cranberry red color with a tall, thick three fingered head. Gorgeous. By the end of the review the lacing has made three rings around the glass.

Smell (5) : Strong, stark, spicy black licorice. Muah! Chocolate, coffee, hazelnut. Spicy butterscotch. Ginger. This is like the king of smells right here.

Taste (4.5) : I could "drool" it out the sides of my mouth. Wonderful, full bodied hazelnut brown ale flavor that has notes of chocolate, ginger spice, Kenyan coffee, and ends with that wonderful, dreamy yet spicy black licorice flavor. Rich and malty. Oh, this beer is awesome. This is like, making me want to cry awesome. The burps taste like black licorice. Fan-freaking-tastic!

Mouthfeel (4.5) : Buttery smooth, gorgeous finish. The bubbles are subdued and add a subtle pop and sharpness to the licorice flavors but by far and by large it is a smooth, creamy, buttery ale. I have no complaints.

Overall (4.42) : If you can't tell already, this beer is making me glow with enthusiasm. There's not much more to say other than if you haven't tried this glorious brew yet you need to ASAP. Unless you hate black licorice or brown ales all together, then you may not like it. Send it to me!

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.7/5  rDev 0%

Twelve ounce can. Best before date of 9/22/14.

A: Pours a dark amberish brown with crimson edges under a solid one-finger thick tan head which fades to a thin cap and leaves spotty lace.

N: Grainy malts, faintly floral, earthy and bready notes.

T: Caramel malts, bready, earthy, mildly nutty, faintly sweet, floral and toffee.

M: Semi-moderate body and medium carbonation. Finishes slightly bitter with toffee malts.

O: Eh, a decent brown ale. Wanted to try this for a long time. Done.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

A: Dark brown filtered with almost no carbonation but one or two random micro small bubble every few seconds. Topped with 4 fingers of foamy beige head.

S: Chocolate, coke, a hint of citrus, coffee.

T: Chocolate, hard water, coffee, snow, hint of citrus.

M: Medium light body, almost no carbonation.

O: Good brown ale, but mostly it’s the name and label I like. Feels like some hunting or canoe trip beer, reminiscent of the great outdoors somewhere northern US or Canada. Got this one in Kalamazoo, MI.

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Photo of JamesMN
2.85/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Date on the bottle of 5/22/14. It doesn't specify whether that is a 'bottled on' or 'enjoy by' date.

Appearance: Nice pour which resulted in a semi-transparent caramel brown/amber body and thin off-white head.

Aroma: Sweet caramel and toasty malt. A hint of black cherries.

Taste: Less sweet than the aroma and in many ways not as exciting. Amber malt without the caramel flavor and, unfortunately, some metallic off-flavors. When I purchased the bottle it was laying on its side with many bottles in a large metal basin. I expect oxidation and contact with the inside of the bottle cap are culprits in the off-flavors. So not the fault of the brewery but in fact the fault of poor handling by employees who should know better than to put beer in any orientation besides upright. Okay, getting back to the flavor now. There is still a bit of hop presence, in the form of some bitterness during the finish that follows through to linger in the aftertaste. The big disappointment here, apart from the off-flavors, is the lack of malt presence. I expect more toasty malt presence, similar to what was in the aroma, when drinking a brown ale. Since malt flavor does not, in my experience, fade with time I wonder why it is so lacking. At 5.% ABV there is definite room for some great flavor.

Mouthfeel: Between medium and thin in body. Nearly tepid until the finish when there is a huge burst of effervescence. Definitely not among the best of them in this department.

Final Thoughts: All off-flavors aside, this is just an okay beer at best. I brewed a clone of this beer a few years ago and even that was better than this is, and it takes a lot for my home-brews to impress me. Not labeling a date as either 'bottled on' or 'enjoy by' is a cardinal sin in my book. Although, due to the lack of malt flavor I suspect it wouldn't make a difference how fresh this beer is. However, as always I would give this beer another chance. Would I drink it again? Yes, if the head brewer handed me a pint.

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Photo of cbutova
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed at Johnson's Campground, St Mary, MT. Full notes taken to my phone.

A- Brown beer poured from a 12oz bottle to a goblet at glacier camping. Small light nutty tan head forms to one finger with fair retention. Small bubbly ring leaves rare spots of lace.

S- Nutty and deeply toasted malt aromas lead off the nose of the beer which is overall influenced mostly from the grains. Toffee, butter, brown sugar and caramel. Yeast gives some dark dry fruit and bready hints.

T- Yeast picks up a bit here with the dry spicy dark fruits like fig and raisin and some apple esters giving more influence. Malts still the key with toasted, nutty, cereal grain, caramel and dark sugar sweets. Ever so slight hint of roast.

MF- Medium thick body, maybe a tad toward the light side with a foamy texture. High end carbonation with a slight bitter finish.

Brown ale that is towards the drinkable side and reminds me of English style Browns with the body and toffee nutty flavor.

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance-dark brown w/ slightly amber hue and very thin head.

Aroma- Malty sweetness, brown sugar, and caramel.

Taste- First sip is surprising with some citrus hop flavor that helps to lighten up the strong caramel malt. Citrus fades quickly and malt dominates with slight roast flavor and caramel/chocolate sweetness. Sweet, but not overly sweet.

Feel- Slightly sticky from the malt, but overall clean and very drinkable. Medium bodied, slightly thin.

Overall- Very well balanced brown ale with great malt flavor and interesting hop presence. Very drinkable and worth repurchasing for sure. Also perfect when paired with BBQ. (88/100)

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Photo of mwilbur
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a clear caramel brown with 1/4 inch light tan head with decent retention.
S: Sweet caramel malt and nutty.
T: Sweet caramel malt, toffee, nutty, and hints of raisin.
M: Smooth and oily feel. Light-medium body. Sweet with a mildly dry finish. Pleasant mouthfeel.
D: Not complex and won't knock your socks off. A solid session beer. Could definitely enjoy a few of these with friends.

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

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 3/13/2014. Pours crystal clear deep reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, chocolate, cocoa, toast, toffee, brown sugar, nuttiness, light roast, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, chocolate, cocoa, toast, toffee, brown sugar, nuttiness, light roast, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, chocolate, cocoa, toast, toffee, brown sugar, light nuttiness, light roast, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and light earthy hop flavors; with great robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice brown ale. All around good robustness and balance of dark/roasted malt and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Sanford's Pub and Grub in Cheyenne, WY.

The beer is dark chestnut with a thin beige collar. Malty aroma with notes of dark fruit, brown bread. Smooth and pretty light bodied on the palate. A mild sweetness throughout, finishing with a delicate hop note. Pretty good.

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Photo of MartzMimic
3.31/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark reddish brown with a bit of a light brown head. Smells predominately of caramel, chocolate and malt. Those follow to taste, along with a bit of plum and raisin. Just a little hops bitterness. Medium light mouth with some carbonation. A nice beer. Nothing wrong with it, but fairly unremarkable.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.14/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a medium to dark brown color with a one finger of tan colored head. The head has a very light level of retention, fading to leave a tiny level of fizzy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is a blend of sweet, roast and a very light nutty and grassy. The strongest of the smells is that of a caramel and light molasses aroma with the next strongest being that of a light roasted malt smell. A little bit of chocolate, nut and grass are there as well producing a light but moderately nice smelling brew.

Taste – The taste begins with a very light roasted flavor mixed with a more brown sugar and caramel sweetness. The sweetness grows stronger and stronger as the flavor advances with the brown sugar losing strength but being replaced and even augmented by lots of caramel and an almost cola like taste. While the roast is light in intensity upfront it actually dwindles even more toward the end of the taste, leaving it overall rather thin in roast. Some light coffee flavors do come to the tongue at the end however making up for some of the loss of the roasted flavors. A nut and a hint of and herbal and grassy hop join at the very end, leaving a rather thin dark and medium sweet flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thin and watery for a brown with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. Not really great for the style on either front with none of the roast supported and the sweeter flavors highlighted too much in light of the roast.

Overall – Not the greatest brown out there. Just OK.

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Photo of Foyle
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a 1 1/2" off white head, deep reddish brown color, plenty of carbonation bubbles streaming, some mild lacing.
Aroma: rich roasted malts, chocolate, cocoa, yeasty bread.
Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied, fairly crisp for a brown ale with a mostly dry finish.
Flavor: rich caramel, dark chocolate, cocoa, some hops in the middle and finish leaves a lingering bite.

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Photo of thefullmontiii
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark in color, but not overwhelmingly dark in taste. Little to no head when poured. Warm, roasted malt aroma. Strong barley flavor with very little hop bitterness. Very smooth, as is expected with a Brown Ale. Aftertaste continues with the roasted malt feel. Great after-dinner beer.

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Photo of wingman14
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with red highlights and a frothy chocolate head that fades fast. Smell is malty, chocolate, sweet, and a hint of smoke. Big malt flavor comes through and stays throughout the sip. A nice smoky aftertaste that lingers with different sweet notes hitting throughout. A almost heavy mouthfeel, mostly smooth, lots of carbonation. Overall a nice beer, almost stout like. Easy to drink and a good combination of flavors make this a quality beer. Worth checking out.

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Photo of phartman133
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark beer with about a once inch head when poured into a glass. This is a great heavy beer that you can enjoy in many places across the United States. It doesn't have the typical "dark beer" taste that you would expect. The only thing is that it is hard to find!

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Photo of Auraan
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice rich brown with a one finger tan head. It looks quite nice and inviting. Scents of bready malt, caramel, brown sugar and slight alcohol. A very sweet aroma for a brown ale, high in the sugary aromas but still with a nice hit of bready malt. The alcohol was surprising, but overall not a bad aroma profile. Flavor begins with caramel, toffee and brown sugar flavors that carry throughout. In the middle undertones of nuttiness and toasted malt appear which are nice, but not as apparent as they should be in a brown ale. The finish is sweet, but with a more overt presence of the nutty and toasted flavors as well. Aftertaste is nutty and toasted malt. A very sweet flavor profile for a brown ale, quite malty but not as bready, nutty and toasty as I like. Still not bad. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and stick with moderate carbonation. It's a good feel that compliments the malty nature of the flavor profile quite well. Pretty good. Overall this is a good American Brown Ale. It's got a nice bready, malty nose and a sweet, malty flavor profile and mouthfeel that works in the flavor's favor. I just wish there was a touch more toasted malt and nut-like flavors, but otherwise it's a solid brown.

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Photo of dbyoung
4.37/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delightfully malty, and delicious. have enjoyed it on tap and from the can. Of course, the tap is better, but the can is available in my home! Clean and crisp tasting. Pours nicely into glass, serves well. enjoy saying that I am drinking moose drool, but more importantly I enjoy the taste

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Photo of Labeorphile
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a plastic cup (all they had at the Central Market cafe). Color is dark amber with a nice amber note in the light. Fluffy head that quickly disappears, but good small bubble support.

Enjoyed the toasted nuts and the chocolate with caramel as others have mentioned. A good mix for a brown ale.

Chocolate and nuts in the flavor are really good. The mouth is a little thin, but not as badly as some failed brown ales. This was a refreshing, enjoyable beer that I will definitely grab in the future.

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Photo of JoshGura
3.31/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Definitely close to a brown ale but could almost be something else. While the color is very dark, it has some amber hues to it. Very malty yet still noticeably hoppy. The chocolate and malty notes are very obvious but seem to be distracted by the Willamette hops which cause a somewhat watery mouthfeel. The smell is very malty but again dispersed by the hops which are not expected by a brown ale.

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Photo of Boca-X
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Dark brown/amber, held to the light you can barely see through it...that is when you can really see the red in it. Very little head, very little lacing.

Toasted nuts and chocolate on the nose. Not much else, maybe some slightly sweet caramel?

Light watery on the mouth feel. Plenty of carbonation. Again toasted nuts, dark bitter chocolate on the front but ending with a malty, hoppy punch. Nothing heavy, nice light and easy to drink. As I sit and write this review a alcohol warmth has built up in my throat, pleasantly warm but nothing to worry about...actually I'm surprised it's there considering this is a 5.3?

Pretty good brown ale, the chocolate and nuts keep coming back, sweet and a hop bitter finish. Overall a little watery but considering this could be a session beer, that's OK. Good not great...I'll drink again...hopefully someone else will be buying.

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Photo of brewbattles
3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

We conducted a blind taste test with this beer and 5 other brown ales to objectively determine which one was best. The 5 beers were: Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale, Lost Coast Downtown Brown, Big Sky Moose Drool, Newcastle Brown, and Wychwood Hobgoblin. You can view the video here:


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Photo of mjurney
4.39/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruby-brown color. Lots of fine bubbles rising up. Thick creamy head.

Toffee, caramel, medium roast, some chocolate.

Lots of malt character, toffee, caramel, medium roast, nutty, hint of milk chocolate and some coffee. Mild hop bitterness towards the finish, earthy-leafy. Body is medium, smooth, semi-dry, pretty refreshing.

It's an outstanding beer. Very delicious!!

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Photo of Givemebeer
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A: surprisingly brown. Small fizzy head that dissipates and not much lacing

S: milk chocolate some coffee. Reallllyy nice smell!

T: chocolate, cocoa, light coffee

M: too light bodied and watered down for the style

O: not a bad beer, but there are much better brown ales. Watered down and the taste doesn't live up to how great of a nose this beer has.

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Photo of ThisLadyLovesBeer
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This ale is a beautiful dark caramel brown, but the head doesn't last very long after pouring, and I wish it were a bit creamier. The taste is lovely, light on the hops and spices but a robust "ale" flavor. The smell suffers as it lacks hops and spices to be very aromatic, but if one suffers over another, the taste better be there for me. Mouthfeel is nice and hearty, and leaves a crispness on the tongue -- not at all bitter to my tastebuds.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Last sampled tonight on 1/8/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a brandy snifter.

Pours a very dark brown, almost black in color with about a 1-finger beige head. Some spotty lacing was seen with each sip. Perfect carbonation. The aroma is of dark malts with a hint of caramel and cocoa. The taste is actually even better than the aroma, which was a nutty malt, coffee, chocolate and caramel. Very pleasant and goes down easy. No bitter finish for this one. One of my favorite brown ales.

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Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 874 ratings.