Moose Drool Brown Ale
Big Sky Brewing Company

Moose Drool Brown AleMoose Drool Brown Ale
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Brown Ale - American
Ranked #506
Ranked #38,647
3.72 | pDev: 13.17%
Big Sky Brewing Company
Montana, United States
Moose Drool Brown AleMoose Drool Brown Ale
Notes: 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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ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bark brown with a nice khaki head that left a nicely laced glass. Nose gets some caramel, chocolate, coffee, malts and a hit of some hops. Taste follows the aroma. This seemed thin for the style. I thought I'd like this more than I did.

Oct 27, 2021
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gandres from Philippines

3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thursday, July 29, 2021 5:03 PM
12 Fl Oz can poured to tulip glass
Sight: dark reddish brown color, appears clear, small tan foam, some lacing
Smell: Malty aroma
Taste: very good, balance; medium sweetness, medium bitterness
Mouthfeel: medium body, thin feel, good carbonation, long finish, bitter aftertaste
Very good beer, ok to repeat, but not something to look for BA RB

Jul 30, 2021
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drinking this at Yellowstone Park.
Poured from a 16 ounce can into a pint glass.
Looks dark brown almost black with a nice foamy tan head that lasted.
Smells caramel, chocolate, spicy.
Taste follows the nose nicely, the malty Sweetness backs down and it becomes hop spicy as you drink it.
Mouth feel is medium for a brown ale.
Overall one of the best brown ales I've had.
I would definitely buy again and would love to try it on tap.
Maybe next time I'm in Wyoming.

Jul 18, 2021
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Danieljm from Missouri

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

Poured from a can into pint glass. Pours a dark light chocolate color with a small head which has some lacings down the glass.
Aroma: The aroma has sweetness with caramel, a bit of chocolate with some toasty notes
Taste: Has a nice blended malty taste which hits you first with some sweetness, but the sweetness is short lived as the hops back evens it out to a nice dry finish.
Overall: Been some time since I had this beer, so it was nice to try again. For a brown ale, this one has a nice hoppy finish which does not overpower the nice malty blend, but has enough to take out the sweet aftertaste. The right brown ale for hop lovers

May 31, 2021
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

4.19/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a true brown in color with a super tall tan head with great retention. Smells rich of toasty malts, very nutty, slight floral hops presence. Follows the nose, this is exactly how I think brown ales should taste, IMHO... medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, silky, clean, soft. Might be a little bias, but this is my favorite brown ale.

May 29, 2021
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Sayb from Arizona

3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Dark red/brown , thin head dissipates very quickly .
S: Toasted malt , caramel and a hint of coffee .
T: Follows the aroma with maybe a wee bit of brown sugar . No bitterness.
F: Smooth , refreshing .
O: Not a bad brew . Nice to relax with on the back porch after a hot day .

Apr 03, 2021
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brianbentley from Iowa

4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A dark sweet ale. Some lacing but it is a good mild brown ale. Nice smell with a long sweet finish. I want to try this on tap. I bet it would be excellent.

Feb 13, 2021
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Omy_Minnesota from Minnesota

4.68/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

When I first saw and smelled Moose Drool, I thought this one will be high on my list of good beers and the taste is what I've been looking for in a dark beer. It has a freshness to it. If I could change it, it'd be to make it just a little less sweet. But I haven't found a dark beer that's better.

Feb 01, 2021
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TheBricenator from Oregon

3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Dark brown and looks almost black in the glass with a nice-looking, frothy light tan head that leaves great lacing as it recedes
Aroma: Warm brown bread, dark cereal grains, a light nutty note, and some earthiness
Taste: Follows nose well and all the bready malt goodness in particular is much more amplified. Wave after wave of it crashes onto the tongue along with a mild nuttiness and only as it starts to fade, does a light earthy note sneak its way in. Big bready and nutty finish
Mouthfeel: Full, medium-high carbonation, smooth and quite clean throughout as well, and a soft, smooth, and clean finish
Overall: I love this stuff. Outside of Newcastle, this was the beer that introduced me to brown ales, a highly underrepresented and delicious style, plus it put Big Sky on the map for me as well. Well-made, tons of bready malt depth, not sweet (a plus for me), and full while staying light feeling. One of my favorites and for brown ale fans, definitely a must-try

Dec 31, 2020
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Savan from Minnesota

4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

AMAZING ALE! pours with moderate head which dissipates quickly. The beer is a deep Maroon, and the faint odor of day old coffee is present immediately along with faint molasses. Mild Taste of coffee and Nut liquor. Beer has a delightful light cream feel about it . Over all, this is the Best dang Brown ale on the market! GO get you some!

Oct 18, 2020
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malinali14 from California

2.86/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: A nice clear dark brownish amber color.
S: Has a soft toasty caramel aroma with a dash of coffee.
T: Tastes excatly like how it smells, except the cofee is burnt. Also, zero hops.
F: Very light in body, smidge of creaminess but it has a good amount of carbonation, it's like the bubbles are having a party in my mouth.
Overall, I would say that this is a less than average brown ale. I would not like to drink it again.

Oct 03, 2020
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johannyne from California

3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Look: Pours a dark amber brown, transparent, no haze whatsoever. Little to no head. A thin rim of beige bubbles stood alongside the glass. Small amount of lacing, virtually none. Carbonation is barely there.

Aroma: Hints of toffee, burnt coffee, roasted caramel and malt. Nothing else really.

Taste: Tastes like the smell but weaker and more watery. Virtually no bitterness, hoppiness, or anything else interesting. Finish is subtle and bready but doesn't lasts long. Alcohol is a tad detectable on the finish but not much. Wife says its like a watery, cold, burnt coffee. I don't disagree.

Feel: Watery, thin, dry finish, carbonation is stronger than anticipated, still weak. Most likely light bodied.

Overall: An okay American Brown Ale that is watered down. Neither good nor bad but it is a hair below mediocre.

Oct 03, 2020
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OK_Denise from Oklahoma

3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bleh, this is an okay Brown Am Ale. It is okay malty and has a decent finish and malty taste but I cannot say that it is an above average ale. The hops are not really too up front so I cannot complain about that, they are okay. Give this a shot and see how you like it!

Jun 29, 2020
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matcris from Arizona

3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

LOOKS: Mahogany up to the light, with loads of small bubbles rising. Light tan, creamy head, that sticks around awhile. Mild lacing.
AROMA: Lightly roasted malt, mild coffee, and caramelized sugar. Mild overall, but pleasant.
TASTE: Sweet and malty up front, that goes quickly to a mild bitter bite, and ends up in the middle. Light roasted malt and slight caramel flavor is about it.
FEEL: Quite thin. Average carbonation, and quite dry on the finish.
OA: Maybe good for a game day brew, if you're not in the mood for lager. I'd take CC Maduro over this 10/10 times, for the same price, with a more robust feel and and more complex flavor.

May 08, 2020
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damndirtyape from Ohio

3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, served in a tumbler glass. Date on bottom of can was smeared - couldn't quite make it out but I'll assume it's fresh.

Appearance: Dark brown with some clarity when held up to the light. Initial white head died back, but decent lacing on the glass noted.

Smell: Roasted malt, a bit of some underlying citrus/pine type hop, but mostly malt.

Taste: Lots of roasted malt with a bit of coffee and cocoa powder notes. Lightly bitter finish with maybe a tiny bit of citrus/pine.

Mouthfeel: A little thin, light carbonation, but still sticky on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: An easily drinkable brown ale. Nothing special, but with a decent malt profile. I think this needs to be paired with food. By itself it was okay, but I kept feeling like it would be better if I had it with food - something hearty.

Mar 09, 2020
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Lucular from Maryland

3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle split with my wife, paired with a caramel flan. Pours a medium brown with a quickly fading head. Aroma and taste feature caramel malt with some citrus, bitter coffee, and a hint of floral hops. Pretty average.

Jan 28, 2020
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jwp777 from Oklahoma

4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

On draught:

Beautiful dark brown color. White head doesn’t last long. Laces fairly well.

Aroma is mainly malt with some sweetness (maybe vanilla?) and mild spices. Some hops present.

Initially the taste is rather sweet and malty, but the hops and spices follow soon after. Not very complex but it is a really pleasant and well balanced taste.

The feel is smooth as can be. Very dry finish. Medium body and medium carbonation. Very drinkable. Just as drinkable as any of your typical cheap commercial American Lagers, but WAY better taste. Quite underrated in my opinion.

Jan 17, 2020
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Gordono from Nevada

3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Great looking beer, pours dark amber producing a thick lacy head. Mild malty aroma. Roasted grain flavors, a little bitter, slightly sweet, dry finish. A good beer, not a lot going on but a good easy drink

Jan 12, 2020
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maddogruss from New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Based on a review from 2013. Had it on draft.
A: pours dark brown body with off-white head with nice retention and lacing
S: sweet, vanilla caramel smell
T: sweet, roasted caramel taste with a sweet, caramel aftertaste
M: medium bodied and pretty smooth; fairly solid
D: nice mouthfeel and taste combo; nice drinking beer overall

Dec 21, 2019
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MaltsOfGlory from Oregon

3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can

Pours two big fingers of off white head into my can-style glass. Pretty pillowy. Retention is very good, not losing anything after a few minutes. Body is a very dark brown, with hues of ruby when held up to the light, which also reveals clarity, and a fair amount of bubbles coming up. Looks really great so far.

My nose is a little stuffy at the moment, but plenty of distinguishable aromas here - caramel, molasses, coffee, bread, a little roasty. This is a really unique nose, especially for such a mass produced beer; it’s really well balanced, not landing quite on sweet or savory. Certainly some sugars here, but a fair amount of roast to balance it out. Also really complex for a brown, very very nice.

Flavor is also very nice, but certainly more down to earth. Some sweet dark malts collide with a little roast and a somewhat dry mineral finish - again, still well balanced. Not nearly as potent as the nose, but this is still a nice beer, right around the 3.75/4 range.

Mouthfeel is pretty straight forward. Body is on the lighter side. Carbonated perfectly at about medium carbonation. Aforementioned, not too sweet, not too dry. Maybe a tad bitter from the roasted malts. Nice mouthfeel.

Drinkabiltiy is very high, this is well balanced and tasty.

The appearance turned out phenomenal. The head dissipated down to a sliver, but retention overall was great. Lacing was thick all the way down the glass.

Overall a really nice beer. Flavor was by no means bad, but I just wish it carried over more of the aromas.

Nov 22, 2019
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Nass from Florida

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

There is no date on the can just a number code on the bottom. This beer has lovely can artwork, great use of color. The pour is brown. On the aroma i'm getting i'm just getting some roasted malts. I'm getting big roasted malts on the taste as well as some caramel, & little bit of nuttiness near the backend. The mouthfeel is near medium. All the flavors come together quite well in this beer, this is a darn good brown ale. I'm glad to have tried from a beer from the OG craft brewery Big Sky Brewing Company. Cheers! B

Oct 06, 2019
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marcablanc96 from Missouri

3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very malty taste with a nutty finish. Satisfyingly dark color and slightly intoxicating caramel scent. Minimum carbonation with a light white head, therefore the feel is too light and leaves more to be desired. Overall, it's very similar to Newcastle, just slightly livelier. Might have rated higher if this beer didn't have such a cult following around it—I don't taste enough of a difference to justify buying this over the more affordable and just as satisfying Newcastle. Doesn't hold up to my standard-bearers of brown ale, Bell's Best and Jackie O's Chomolungma, but still an enjoyable glass.

Aug 29, 2019
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daliandragon from Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a beer I have been hunting for a while, so I am glad to finally nail that down. Big caramel nose here atop a clear brown hue.

Big caramel flavor in the taste as well, nicely offset by plenty of spicy and floral hops for balance. Really nice cocoa note in the afertaste as well.

Aug 09, 2019
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michiganmatt from California

3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

One reviewer below notes "thin mouthfeel & heavy flavors are an interesting mix". I agree with this, however I have a positive take on this combination. I like that I get the taste of a good brown/amber, but with a lighter mouthfeel. Makes it more drinkable/sessionable. The taste is a bit watery though, so overall this is a mediochre beer.

Jun 11, 2019
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elNopalero from California

3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A well-executed amber ale is a good rejoiner to me to not write-off amber ales. This one came praised by my drinking buddy but I found it still too malty all the same. I got a lot of the sweet caramel and rich malts, but not enough hop contrast to balance things out.

Jun 03, 2019
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