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Moose Drool Brown Ale | Big Sky Brewing Company

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

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

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.

Added by kbub6f on 12-16-2001

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear brown-red, light tan soapy head with sticky lace, pretty full.

S: Roasted malt, nutty toffee, mild smoke.

T: Same as nose, with addition of hop resins and bitterness.

M: Watered-down. very little texture.

O: Unoffensive everyman beer.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've enjoyed Moose Drool in several incarnations, in several settings from Yellowstone to Whitefish to my basement. This sampling is out of a can ($6 for a sixer) picked up on our way home from Montana. Moose Drool pours nicely - a burst of tawny head that gradually disappears. It is a rich ruby color (I think - I am color blind after all). The nose is chocolate and caramel, the taste full of chocolate and happiness. This beer is creamy, smooth and generally delicious.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a translucent chestnut color with a modest head of khaki foam that disappears in short order. Mild aroma smells of caramel and grassy hops with a slight nutty character as well.

The nuttiness is more pronounced in the taste, which also includes a big kick of grain husk toward the middle and end. Grassy hops lend balance but overstay their welcome in the finish. Traces of milk chocolate manifest with a little warming. Light body and crisp carbonation create a semi-creamy mouthfeel that comes off a bit thin for my liking.

Overall, this is a straightforward and drinkable brown ale, albeit lacking in nuance and complexity. I’m hardly a brown ale connoisseur though, so take this review with a grain of salt.

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Photo of bmeehan
4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Moose Drool pours a nice deep shade of brown and tastes...not brown. It's got a good, rich flavor that doesn't tend to drift in either direction (bitter or sweet). It sits in the middle and has a light enough body to want to drink more than one without feeling shitty about it.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a twelve ounce bottle into a snifter.

Beautiful creamy, frothy oatmeal-colored head. Brown and amber body with good clarity against light. 4.5

Heavy caramel aroma with a touch of coffee. Light floral hops. 4

Toasted caramel, bread heavy, floral hops, sweet caramel finish. Good mix of flavors, but nothing too explosive. 3.5

Body is lighter than I'd like, but there's a nice creamy mouthfeel. A sprinkling of hop bitterness on the finish dries this out a bit. Touches of sweetness at times, but it's not cloying in the least. 3.5

This brew is very much like a number of English brews I'm familiar with. It seems pretty true to style in that sense. It makes for a good beer, but certainly one of subtleties and light flavor and aroma. 3.5

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Photo of JCBears
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Appearance: vigorous carbonation and a rich Amber brown really stand nicely with the regal beast on the bottle

Smell: spicy almost Christmas notes which clear the nostrils. Spicy with a hint of sweetness

Taste: smooth creamy and sweet with a spicy bight holding out for the end a good beer for November after a successful hunt

Mouthfeel: a bit disappointing. For the taste it could be a bit richer and fuller

Overall: I just told my wife I would buy this buy the six pack

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Photo of TheFrothDoctor
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

This brown ale does not dissapoint, pours a deep brown ruby red colour with a small frosty off white head. The aroma included dark chocolate and spice with hints of toffee nut lashed throughout.
The taste is very light for a brown ale, low to medium levels of carbonation made moosedrool a real pleasure to drink. The flavours comprise of chocolate malts that simmer down to a roasted peanut & toffee brittle aftertaste. Overall a fantastic easy drinking beer for 5.1%

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Photo of barczar
3.7/5  rDev 0%

Toasted, nutty malt, with caramel and light floral hops form the aroma. There's a hint of chocolate and an almost smoky character. Flavor is herbal, smoky, nutty, with a hint of fruity specialty malt character and cola. The finish is dry and a touch bitter. A fairly even heel brew without any stand-out characteristics. The smoky notes are unexpected.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%

From a bottle into a New Belgium globe
A: rich brown with a ruby tinge around the edges, 1" head that subsides into a film
S: A little sweet and very earthy/malty, some light nutty notes blended in there, and a faint whiff of chocolate.
T: follows the nose...a little caramel sweetness but balanced; the end is nice, with some light earthy and nutty notes that stick with you.
M: Pretty soft, would say creamy except its a little too thin

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Starts with a malty nose with more lightly roasted grains than chocolate with a hint of sweetness. Pours brilliant chestnut brown with a 1" fluffy light tan head that dissipates to a thick film. The palate starts between caramel and chocolate over light roasted nuts moving more to chocolate then a hint of coffee before finishing with a lingering nutty chocolate finish. Very creamy with very fine soft carbonation with a medium body. Everything is very nicely balanced with out a trace of harshness. There are just enough hops on the finish to balance the malty sweetness of the beer.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.37/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: A warm chestnut brown with a thin film of head.

S: Notes of nuts and toffee. Maybe a wet moose if you let your mind wander.

M: A little thin, and moderately active carbonation which lends to its drinkability; very high for a dark beer.

T: Promise of the nose seems underserved in taste which is fairly one-note and can be summed up as all NUTS, not chocolate-covered malt balls, just NUTS. It's like they squeezed nuts to a max. You taste walnut, yadi yadi yada, and you get the earthiness of the shell and the bitterness of a walnut that has been juiced. Some dark German black bread quality adds to the earthiness and gives the body some stability. Nary any sweetness, which would actually undermine it's drinkability and strength.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

BB011315 at 40 degrees into shaker
Aroma of dark malt and alcohol, both weak
Head large (5.5 cm), light brown, creamy, diminishing to 3 mm ring and layer
Lacing good - partial rings and reefs of mostly tiny bubbles
Body dark red-amber, clear
Flavor slightly sweet, weak chocolate; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3.25, Palate 3, Overall 3.5

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Photo of RyanK252
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%

Bottle poured into Moose Drool pint glass

A: Pours deep brown with a reddish tinge and a light tan head

S: Dark roasted malt, a little coffee and chocolate, some dark fruit, with a hint of citrus and floral notes.

T: Follows the nose with dark roasted malt leading the way, some nutty earthiness and light coffee, a touch of bittersweet chocolate, backed with some fruity and floral notes. Some faint citrus in there as well.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Maybe not anything super special, but a very drinkable brown ale none the less.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint enjoyed on tap at the Grand Union Hotel in Fort Benton, MT. Arrived a dark reddish brown with a light film of creamy tan bubbles on the top. Aroma is robust, dark, and appropriately hopped, with some roasted peanut shells and a glimmer of hazelnut as well, dry cacao powder, light molasses, and brittle toffee all asserting themselves along with some earthy, slightly floral and grassy hops. A tinge of smoke? Palate is medium roast coffee melding with the nutty and sweet elements on the nose. Moderate body, just approaching thicker climes, with low to moderate carbonation and a notably hoppy finish, grass, earth, and vanilla perhaps. A smoky note emerges over time but remains low key. This is a solid take on an American brown, old world hops providing some bitterness to complement the roasted and nutty elements, although the sweetness is never defeated outright.

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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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Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 888 ratings.