Moose Drool Brown Ale | Big Sky Brewing Company

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Moose Drool Brown AleMoose Drool Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company
Montana, United States

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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Reviews: 905 | Ratings: 2,709
Photo of jacobkaskel
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Deep brown, pretty opaque. When held up to light had beautiful dark red color

Smell: Initial smell is of hops, which eventually gives way to sweet chocolate and butterscotch

Taste: Nice and malty, faint touch of hop bitterness which eventually gives way to faint chocolate notes on the exhale.

Feel: Initially drank it pretty cold, had a very thin water-like consistency. As it warmed, it became more creamy and lingered on the palate for much longer.

Overall very drinkable beer, would pair well with some brisket.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap poured into glass at the the yard house

Brown, cola like liquid with a thin ring around the edge

Aroma of faint roast malts , whiff of chocolate and coffee

Roast malt taste with coffee and chocolate

Thin body

Nice beer

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Photo of MinerBob
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

By far my favorite Big Sky offering so far. Pours a deep amber with almost no head. The smell has some chocolate and coffee notes but the taste is more coffee. Smooth going down and a great swallow with no aftertaste. One of the best brown beers out there.

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Photo of andrewh995
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is incredibly balanced but I wish that they would up the intensity in the flavor. Hops, caramel, malt, sugar, chocolate, mild coffee. Great beer, I can see why it has such a cult following.

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Photo of jspencermorris
2.93/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

L: The color is a very deep and opaque brown. The head is relatively smooth and thin.

S: There is a faint odor of chocolate malt.

T: Initial over-carbonation quickly recedes to caramel notes, with very pleasant bitter-chocolately aftertaste. The sweet/bitter balance of the aftertaste is good.

F: Very smooth with a long-lasting carbonation.

O: Solid for a brown ale.

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Photo of Davidvols
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smooth beer, no hop taste whatsoever, looks like a stout, but drinks like a brown ale. Not usually a brown ale fan, but this has a nice coffee taste without the bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Brown pour, light in terms of thickness and viscosity, this is a brown ale, not a porter for sure, 1/2 off white head. Caramel smells, grain.

Mild Newcastle like kind of beer, no hops, super restrained bitterness, a watery, mildly sugary mouth feel. Pretty much my least favorite beer from Big Sky (wait, they make that awful "kriek").

I dunno, something like this typifies my reluctance with brown ales most of the time. Restrained and meh.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a tulip

A- pours deep brown in color with a small creamy off-white head that reduces to a thin film on top

S- smells of caramel and chocolate malt, brown bread, toasted nuts, underlying earthy hops

T- sweet and malty up front with notes of caramel & chocolate, nutty brown bread, earthy/herbal hops, sweet finish with a longer of caramel/chocolate

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and finish

O- solid straight-forward brown ale

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Photo of Dakin
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Look: Typical brown ale with a slight reddish hue. Head that dissipates quickly. Nice color.

Smell: Malts, nuts, caramel, typical brown ale smell. Good though.

Taste: Malty and light, not bad at all but definitely a little bland.

Feel: Very light, slight bitterness in the mouth.

Overall: Decent cheap brown ale but nothing special. 5/10.

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Photo of D1noB
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A crisp malted toasty front that fades perfectly into a tangy bitterness that lingers.

Taste Rating in Words: You're up to bat, full count, the feeling of the bat hitting the ball the vibrations in the bat, the adrenaline pumps through your body, and the ball sails toward the fence.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours that beautiful clear deep reddish brown, and smells of sweet burnt caramel, dark chocolate, and a tint of roast. Taste is mildly comprised of those same characteristics. The body is thinner than I remember, and finishes pretty dry with a little bit of dirty, earthy bitterness. Overall, this is a pretty classic brown, but not full enough for my taste anymore. Cheers!

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Photo of MFMB
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown root beer like. Little to no head. Tastes of sweet malt, caramel and dates almost amber like. Slightly creamy mouthfeel, medium body.

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Photo of tlema1
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: brown color, thin tan head
S: malty with some caramel
T: follows the nose
F: creamy, medium body, little sweet on the back end
O: I'm not a huge fan of brown ales, but I love this beer

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Photo of hreb
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours a clear cola brown with a moderate tan head. Nutty, mild malt aroma. Flavor is slightly malty, at all heavy or sweet, and in fact comes through dry and crisp. Aggressively carbonated. Funny, I remember this being a really enjoyable brown ale years ago. I'm now finding this kind of fizzy and bland. Not so bad on a summer day like today, but much less rich with barley and molasses than I want from a brown ale.

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

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a vibrant, crystal clear, mahogany brown coloring, with a thin, low profile, bubbly, off-white head. Aromas of rich nut sweetness, heavy roasted notes, earthy overtones, and subtle chocolate highlights. Flavors are heavily roasted forward, with a solid blend of nutty sweetness, bittersweet chocolate, and hints of cream. Smooth bodied, but light and dry, with a roasted and nutty sweet aftertaste. The finish is smooth, dry, with a roasted linger. Good, solid Brown.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours very dark brown in color. Thin brown head that diminished quickly. Not much lacing, low in carbonation. Smell is chocolate, walnut, toasted malt, and molasses. The flavor is similar, but quite light. I wish it had a little more going on. Nonetheless it's a smooth, easy to drink beer that's enjoyable.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can, brewed sometime in 2016:
Pours a straight brown, ending up a deep brown in a fat glass. Head is light tan to beige, with not much buildup but nice coverage into the pour. Clarity is evident.

Nose is mostly malty notes, some medium toast, hint of caramel perhaps. Not too strong.

Taste is similar to the nose, but thankfully a little more full on the palate. It is still a lighter weight offering, and carbonation is pretty active early in the tasting. Lightly charred toast, sweet yet dark maltiness, but with a bit of tangy bitterness that doesn't put too big a dent into the malt-forward nature of this beer. There is a little sting late and lingering on my tongue.

Lightness helps this beer drink fast, and though it is malty, it is otherwise inoffensive. Carbonation seemed a little higher than it needed to be, for me. Would get it as a known or as a lighter craft option if those options were fairly limited, but that's about the only time.

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Photo of jrsqc7
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown Buick brown lacing on glass solid tasty drop biscuits pheasant stew potatoes starchiness early bolt thrower levels of complexity with the fruity notes giving you James brown hey hey heys

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Photo of Antg8989
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very smooth and drinkable. A little bit of lacing. Medium brown in color with a decent head. Aroma is nothing spectacular, but nothing to turn your nose away from. If you like brown ales, this seems to be about average.

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Photo of jeffdr123
3.37/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pretty brown. Lots of lacing. But a boring beer. Not a lot going on. More like a pilsner then a malty brown. Tried it in Sunnyvale at the beer garden.

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Photo of LNelson
1.24/5  rDev -66.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1

The label is great and you want to try it. But, and I do not say this about beer too often - this tasted absolutely horrid. I have NEVER tasted a beer like this before, and I try a LOT of beer. I guess I'm in the minority, but I cannot give it a good rating.

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Photo of AleMan66
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I poured this from a bottle into a clear teardrop glass. It poors an attractive reddish brown with a light brown one finger head. This is a very good brown ale and I will definitely buy it again.s

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Photo of Skor
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big Sky- Moose Drool on Draught. American Brown Ale 5.2% abv 26 IBU poured into 16oz Nonic glass. Written and consumed 4/6/16, posted on BA 4/28/16

Look- Dark Brown, filtered clarity, 1" head

Aroma- very nutty, semi sweet, roasted malt, hazlenut but not spicy

Taste- Dank, nutty, butterscotch almost, a little sweet but not mellow, toasted bread like flavor, or muffin

Aftertaste- Clean, light dryness, nutty flavors linger

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation, medium body, somewhat crisp

Overall- very nice brown ale, typically you get too sweet or too nutty, this is a very evenly blend of both. Kind of generic, but great flavors. would always drink one if it were around.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a tulip glass.

A: Shoe polish brown with a tan one finger head that lingered. Decent lacing.

S: Chocolate malts, caramel and a slight breadiness.

T: Follows nose with a sweet, robust maltiness with very low hop bitterness on the finish.

M: This is what brought the whole experience down. Pretty watery with light mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation. If it were more chewy and full, the feel would match the robustness.

O: I was really looking forward to this one, but the watery feel messed it up for me.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Ruby and brown, with a heavy foam of tan suds. Virtually no lace, though, oddly.

Aroma: Fruity, malty, sweet sugar maple, caramel, toffee.

Taste: Sweet immediately, in a thin body and mouthfeel. This rush of sweetness is followed by a slight hops presence at the finish, but that is really pretty insubstantial. Either this is an improperly-stored or aged bottle, or this is simply a very average, middle-of-the-road brown ale.

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Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
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