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Moose Drool Brown Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

Moose Drool Brown AleMoose Drool Brown Ale

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1,839 Ratings

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Ratings: 1839
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 MikeAAL


3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a very average beer. Not impressed.

Brown body, white head.

This beer doesn't have a smell.

I can taste a little hops and some nutty flavor. Very plain.

Light mouthfeel, light carbonation. Watery.

Definately won't be buying anymore of this.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 18:24:30 | More by MikeAAL
Photo of AndyP612


3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap pint at The Blue Door Pub reviewed from notes.

A- Flat brown with hints of red.

S- Loads of malt with overtones of toffee, coffee and chocolate.

T- Nice rich brown, a touch velvety and a bit hot.

M- Medium bodied slightly syrupy.

O- Great overall, balanced brown and the alcohol is more present than I remember from the last time I enjoyed this ale. Cheers.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2013 22:00:53 | More by AndyP612
Photo of bambam2517


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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint and drank at 45F.

A - Pretty standard brown ale looks. Burgundy-mahogany body, not alot of carbonation or head forming.

S - Nice combo of NW hops and light malt, even fools me into thinking I smell a little blueberry in there. A nice one.

T - Its a touch sharper than alot of brown ales I enjoy, so a nice change of pace. But theres still a nice bready/biscuity flavor there, I find it really enjoyable.

M - Decent, too watery to rate it any higher.

O - Darn good regional beer, maybe a bit biased since its in one of my favorite styles.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 05:22:23 | More by bambam2517
Photo of zac16125

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass
Best by: 5/15/13 maybe, numbers are partially rubbed off

A: Pours a dark caramel brown with reddish hues when held up to a light. 2 fingers width of light tan head builds, then holds for a while showing nice retention. Leaves a small amount of lacing. Really pretty beer.

S: Caramel and chocolate are the most prominent flavors. I also notes of heavy cream and brown sugar. Not many hop characters, but thats ok. This actually smells really good for a brown ale.

T: Very malty. Roasted and caramel malts are the most prominent. A touch of heavy cream, and mild hop bitterness are also noted.

M/D: Creamy texture, very smooth. Medium body. Good drinkability. Very nice.

O: Brown ales are not one of my favorite styles, but this is a very well done and enjoyable beer. I would drink this again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 18:18:48 | More by zac16125
Photo of BoFoSho


4.31/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

For the common man, catching a glimpse of the elusive Moose is a rare and thrilling event. Though they move only slightly slower than their mammalian cousin the Sloth, these majestic beasts can be deadly if cornered. Here is some helpful advice if you ever find yourself a Moose.
The most important thing to have on your person is a six pack of Moose Drool Brown Ale. If confronted by an aggravated mother, or if a male mistakes you for a female, begin by chugging one Brown Ale. This will loosen your nerves. Throw the remaining 5 beers at the Moose as hard as possible, most likely missing on all but one or two shots. If this does not work and the Moose seems a little angry about the broken glass in its antlers, then fucking run.
The Moose Drool Brown Ale is an indispensable safety item and can be found at most grocery stores. It can be identified by its dark and deep ruby color that has a steadfast foam head. The smell gentle, reminiscent of young barley on a Spring's morning. The brew tastes much better than drool in reality, with subtle coffee, hoppy, and barley flavors that balance the palate nicely. I definite must for Moose huntin'.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 05:56:14 | More by BoFoSho
Photo of InlandTaipan


4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can in Albuquerque NM

A: Poured a beautiful chocolate brown with light tan head. very inviting.

S: Rich malt aromas, from caramel to many varieties of toasted malts. No hop character (a good thing). Chocolate aroma is pronounced as well.

T: Great flavor to this. At 5.3 it is a perfect balance of sweetness and richness. Chocolate flavors are pronounced and nearly no bitterness is present. A great brown ale flavor.

M: Rich, velvety, good carbonation level. This one is a winner.

O: One of my favorite brown ales for sure. Give this one a shot if you have not

Serving type: can

02-28-2013 23:08:15 | More by InlandTaipan
Photo of kagent777


3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can from the Utah system purchased for a tasting event I was hosting. This can was left over. I had thought I had certainly reviewed this one before now. Poured into my perfect pint.

Appearance: Cola colored beer with a creamy looking sandy colored head. Nice clarity and leaves a decent amount of lacing as it goes.

Smell: Nice toasted malts with a hint of pine hops.

Taste: Nice brown toasted bread, with some hints of nuts. Just enough bitterness in the background to balance the slight sweetness. Very well balanced. Finishes with just a whiff of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a creamy sort of feel to it's medium body. Carbonation is also soft and low. Very nice.

Overall: I am not usually a fan of brown ales, but this one is quite tasty.

Serving type: can

01-19-2013 23:57:59 | More by kagent777
Photo of tjsdomer2


3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Solid chocolate brown after the pour, but ruby red under the light. No foam and only a bit of lacing. Carbonation is light.

Smell: Chocolate covered strawberries. Ok, I'm not sure about the strawberries, but the chocolate, namely milk chocolate, is definitely present. There is also definitely fruit, and strawberry is as close as I can get to describing this.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Heavy chocolate liqueur flavors. Excellent roasted nut flavors, particulary hazelnut. Mouthfeel is way too thin for these flavors, but almost syrupy as well.

Overall Drinkability: A tasty beer that could use a bit more balance and body.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 02:04:56 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of DavidST


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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, coded bottle date. This pour a clear dark brown with a large tan head which has okay retention and doesn't leave a lacing. The smells are of a little nutty toffee caramel. The feel is medium to light. The taste is okay, a little caramel and toffee and perhaps coffee, but something is missing.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 05:15:48 | More by DavidST
Photo of Uncle_Jimmy


3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance poured a ruddy chestnut brown kind of hazy with one finger of light tan foam on top. good lacing.

Aroma- Coffe, carmel, earthy Molasses. Hops are subdued but piney not floral.

taste-grahm cracker fresh bread. i want this to be darker and maltier. its Husky,grainy like a weak tea.

Mouthfeel- falls apart on the mouth feel. its thin. I want more booze and more viscosity.

Overall- I thought I remember this beer being much "bigger". It has good flavor but no sustain. I would have more of these because they are so light. It could be my new brown ale session beer, if i was looking for one.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2013 04:57:32 | More by Uncle_Jimmy
Photo of jsisko01


4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a very dark brown color with a half inch thick, creamy light-brown head. Leaves behind a very nice lacing.

Smell - Smells delicious.. Dark malts, caramel, and chocolate. Simple but this is my kind of brown ale.

Taste - Matches the aroma.. The malts taste slightly roasted and there's a feint coffee flavor. There is also a subtle sweetness throughout. It's very smooth overall.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied but the carbonation creates a creamy texture.

Overall - A very easy to drink brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 03:05:42 | More by jsisko01
Photo of Aaron_Ramson


4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My absolute favorite ABA. The clarity is absolutely impressive with a deep amber; reds and browns, copper when held to the light. The aroma is of raisins, dark toasty malts, some baking chocolate. Taste is complex and appealing; sweet coffee, unsweetened dark chocolate, roasted malt, no bitterness. Mouthfeel is thin side of medium. Carbonation is light, more so than a newcastle but only slightly. One of the best ABAs around.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 02:30:11 | More by Aaron_Ramson
Photo of RxLeyland


2.6/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Typical brown ale. I'm not a fan of brown ale otherwise this would be an above average beer. Taste has depth to it with a caramel taste and a chocolate malt finish. One of the better brown ales I have had. Would not stock my fridge with it because of my own taste in beers but good to have some around for company that does.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 05:30:36 | More by RxLeyland
Photo of Sark


3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- From a heavy growler pour there is considerable tan pebbly heady, dark red brown with root beer like appearance and carbonation

Smell- slight caramel and light toffee overtones, hops seem of the noble variety aroma

Taste- caramel on the front and toasted on the rear, light roast bitterness on the finish. Chocolate notes are sweet yet balanced.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, slightly watery feel

Overall- Gotta love the Moosie, this is the beer that started me on crafts. Best enjoyed around the campfire.

Serving type: growler

12-31-2012 05:45:43 | More by Sark
Photo of teromous


4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown in color with shades of dark red. Lots of carbonation, with an eggshell white head. Mild head retention, with some foam lingering around the top. Spotty lacing. Very good clarity.

S: Coffee comes through at first, with lots of mild roasted scents. I also pick up some scent that is similar to butter toffee or toffee popcorn. No hop aroma comes through. Pleasant smell.

T: Very faint coffee flavors along with an extremely milt bitter backbone...almost no bitterness but just enough to offset the very mild sweetness. There is a light sweetness that comes through like a nut-bread flavor. Very light mineral quality to the beer as well, like drinking spring water.

M: Feels light bordering on medium, very mellow. Very very light bitterness. Very smooth and an easy drinker. Feels very wet, with no astringency.

O: Overall I really enjoyed the beer and would buy it again. Overall I liked the slight nutty character and roasted coffee character in the beer the most. I didn't have any problems with the beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 17:35:10 | More by teromous
Photo of bundy462


3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Leathery brown with a tan frothy head.

S: Caramel malts, roasted nuts, toasty body, sweet and sugary.

T: Slightly nutty with over a caramel malt with a nice hop bite to keep it from being overly sweet. Super clean in the finish, maybe a little too clean?

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation, about on point for a brown ale.

O: Nice brown ale with a pleasing taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 07:17:05 | More by bundy462
Photo of Boosta4

3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Did not get much aroma, very roasted as it was a pretty sweet beverage, was expecting more of a nutty or coffe flavor taste but got more of a soda pop feel to it, but overall nothing i can complain too much about, still trying and learning more and more about beers but it was a solid test

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 06:13:59 | More by Boosta4
Photo of tut2528


3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a deep brown with slight hints of ruby red, minimal head formation (actually more of a thin film than anything else). given a couple of swirls of the glass a cream colored film reappears.

S: caramel, nuts, slight roasted malt are in pretty nice balance with one another, but I'm not picking up much of anything else

T: caramel, nuts, again a slight roasted malt, slight touch of spices

M: very light, almost watery

O: its a nice drinkable brew to say the least. i thoroughly enjoy brews with more complexity but overall this one is acceptable.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 22:22:08 | More by tut2528
Photo of Claybo


3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this in both bottle, and can. I think I prefer can, as there is not much better than throwing these back out of a can, all day on the river. This, however, is a bottle review, as I cannot seem to recall much from my can/river experience.

A: Chocolate brown, like a labrador. Nice creamy off white head that lasts. Lower carbonation. Seemingly opaque.

S: Chocolate, booze.

T: Chocolate, booze. I like the chocolate notes, but the booziness is a bit overpowering. It does leave me nice and warm, so that's not in all a bad thing. It's strange that the alcohol is so overpowering to me in this, since the ABV is only at 5%. I didn't notice this when drinking from the can.

M: Creamy, low carbonation, smooth and slick.

O: I love this beer, not only for its flavor and overall characteristics, but also for the memories it conjures. I prefer it from the can, and out in the middle of nowhere, as opposed to in from a bottle on a random Saturday night. I saw someone compare it to Newcastle, but, in my opinion, they aren't even close. This would make a great dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 04:18:42 | More by Claybo
Photo of scratch69


4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into pint glass.

Appearance- Clear dark brown with a fingers worth of quickly disappearing head. Very light amount of lacing.

Smell- Nutty aroma with a hint of chocolate and caramel.

Taste- Big nutty flavor with notes of chocolate and roasted malt. Just the faintest hint of hop bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation. Smooth and slightly creamy.

Overall- Pretty good beer. Not the best but definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 21:19:08 | More by scratch69
Photo of BeerKangaroo


4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 7/17/12:

From my haulback from Michigan:

Into a pint glass:

A: dark brown colored body with a full foamy white two finger head that slowly dies to a cap, a lot of foamy ringy spider web lacing appears.

S: chocolate up front with a substantial amount of assorted nutty flavorings back it up. Some coffee notes come in as the beer warms.

T: takes those smells and flavors it with a bit of maltiness

M: medium with nothing harsh on the tongue. There is a dry aftertaste.

O: I'm really impressed with this one and am wishing I would have bought the full six pack for this.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 13:29:13 | More by BeerKangaroo
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3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A dark reddish chestnut body, with a very light tan head, makes about a finger tall. Head doesnt stick around much, and minimal lacing if any.

Nose is a real classic simple brown ale. Some nutty character and mild roast, milk chocolate and cream. Faint bitter hop angle creeps out a little, but it is pretty small with the beer emphasising malt and a little roast.

Taste seems to match the hints of the nose. Mild chocolate and a bit of tannic hazelnut quality. Slightly drying on the finish with a simple malt backbone. Body feel is fairly simple but without fault, and some more milk chocolate while finishing. Many flavors are present and balanced, but not particularly large.

Simple solid and good.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 21:46:59 | More by smakawhat
Photo of sommersb


3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 09-29-2012
Freshness: Best by 11-13-2012
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Mug
Purchased: Received in a trade

A: Pours a dark brown with amber highlights. Head is tan and about a finger or so in height. Both lacing are head retention are fair.

S: Nutty aromas, plus dark breads and malty caramel sweetness.

T: Toasted grains, caramel, walnuts and an earthy bitterness.

M: Medium in body, with carbonation between low and moderate. The finish is of roasted malts and some coffee-like bitterness.

O: Overall a pretty good beer that is well-balanced in the sweetness and bitterness.

Thanks to fLax for this one!

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 19:36:51 | More by sommersb
Photo of wiscokid920


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

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A- Dark mahogany in color. About a finger and a half creamy tan head. Nice retention and decent lacing which melts to a froth around the rim around the sides.

S- Roasted malts with nutty tones. Caramel and dark chocolate notes.

M- Medium body with nice carbonation. Very creamy.

T- Nice balance between malts. Enough hops to make a little kick to overcome the initial sweetness. Lots of toasty malts and nutty flavor. Has a bit of a tobacco/coffee aftertaste to in finish.

O- Pleasantly surprised. Grabbed this to complete my 6 pack variety pack and would get it again. Very drinkable. A solid take on a Brown Ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 00:41:01 | More by wiscokid920
Photo of BucannonXC5


3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz. bottle into a pint glass at my house on Sept. 14, 2012 (purchased at BevMo! In La Mesa (San Diego, Calif.) for a variety12-pack price of $13.99 (w/ card) on Sept. 14, 2012).1-2 fingers of head. Reddish brown, almost mahogany, with khaki tan head. Good retention all-around, as it should be. Thick, frothy foamy on the sides.

Smelled toffee, caramel, dark chocolate and coffee.

Tasted a lot more bitter than I thought it would. Coffee, coffee beans, camp fire and ash tray. Also dark chocolate.

Full body. Creamy texture. Average-to-above carbonation. Long, bitter finish.

About what I’d expect from a porter, but it didn’t wow me.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 05:14:56 | More by BucannonXC5
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