Moose Drool Brown Ale
Big Sky Brewing Company

Moose Drool Brown AleMoose Drool Brown Ale
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
Style:
Brown Ale - American
Ranked #512
ABV:
5.1%
Score:
84
Ranked #36,670
Avg:
3.72 | pDev: 13.17%
Reviews:
948
Ratings:
2,861
From:
Big Sky Brewing Company
 
Montana, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  140
Gots
  546
SCORE
84
Good
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.
Reviews: 948 | Ratings: 2,861 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Savan:
Photo of Savan
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
More User Reviews:
Photo of tillmac62
tillmac62 from South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark amber (cola brown) that is a dark ruby under intense light. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Outstanding nose of malt - biscuit, caramel and a touch of char/roast.

Heavy light body that is quite smooth with a bit of oiliness in the texture. Superb carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice burst in the finish.

The flavor is good but lacks intensity. Balance is world class and complexity is good. The flavors appear as a blend and don't separate much. The heavier flavors (roast, chocolate) are the most noted and sweetness never materializes. Light herbal hop flavor and bitterness provide the middle. The finish is a slow fade of blended flavor.

Dec 18, 2015
Photo of Impetuous
Impetuous from Montana

4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
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

Jun 12, 2016
Photo of ThreeJs
ThreeJs from North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jun 17, 2019
Photo of msubulldog25
msubulldog25 from Oregon

3.29/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on-tap (pint glass), Capt. Ankeny's, Portland, OR:

A: A good-looking dark mahogany/brown w/ garnet highlights, nice ivory head w/ clingy lace

S: Not much smell. What I get is somewhat metallic with maybe a hint of toasted malt. Wonder if it's too cold or the serving equipment is off? Regardless, low marks for smell.

T: good, well-balanced. Nice roasted malt flavors with a light bitterness. Again, a bit of a metallic twang...

M: Sharp initially but mellow finish. A little thin, with flavor clinging more to the roof of my mouth than to the tongue. Medium body but lots of carbonation.

D: Not flawed, but not the best brown ale I've enjoyed, either. Wouldn't refuse one if offered, but wouldn't seek one out. Worthy of a try...

Jun 28, 2006
Photo of dudecandle
dudecandle from New York

2/5  rDev -46.2%

Feb 08, 2012
Photo of cudmud
cudmud from Illinois

3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This beer has a medium brown color with little head and weak lacing.

Smell: The major aroma from this beer is coffee, which is backstopped with brown sugar and floral components from the hops. In addition, the alcohol is evident in the nose.

Taste: Starts with sour notes and ends with a nice bitter aftertaste. Thers is also some sweet accents with the malts.

Mouthfeel: The body is thin, but the carbonation and bitterness are refreshing.

Drinkability: Very drinkable and hits the spot on a cold winter night. In all, a good beer and I'll brink more.

Jan 07, 2010
Photo of harrylee773
harrylee773 from Illinois

2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

Sep 22, 2013
Photo of thegerm87
thegerm87 from Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Dec 22, 2012
Photo of dmadsen
dmadsen from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Jul 05, 2013
Photo of BRD14
BRD14 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.5%

Feb 10, 2013
Photo of thebeeler
thebeeler from Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Aug 17, 2013
Photo of andyhurley
andyhurley from Washington

3/5  rDev -19.4%

Oct 05, 2014
Photo of DavidBowles
DavidBowles from Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.5%

Dec 14, 2014
Photo of Mustela_Man
Mustela_Man from California

3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 18, 2019
Photo of kgotcher
kgotcher from Colorado

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well what can I say, a GOOD brown ale.

Pours a nice tan head with a bit of lacings.

Aroma of malt and roasted grain.

Nice carbonated mouthfeel with great body

Goes down smooth with a bit of bitterness at the end. A great beer with depth of favor,

I have found Big Sky beers to be on the Malty side which I really like. This is no dissapointment although there is a nice hop bite at the end.

Oct 10, 2008
Photo of Morey
Morey from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Jun 14, 2013
Photo of gbrill
gbrill from Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

May 29, 2012
Photo of gopens44
gopens44 from Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This dark fellow really brings a nice cream colored foamy head to the party. Just a bit of lacing remains with the fizzy film that can't hide a nearly opaque brown ale. Nice bit sweet maltiness on the nose that compliments the taste of sweet yet bitter roasted malts. The hop presence only peeks in with the bitterness and perhaps a shot of earthiness. Finish is largely absent of much aftertaste, as the only real lingering impression is similar to toasted marshmallow. Very easy drinking and uncomplicated this is.

Apr 05, 2012
Photo of Necronomad
Necronomad from Switzerland

4/5  rDev +7.5%

Jun 20, 2014
Photo of KevBearcat529
KevBearcat529 from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +21%

Jul 08, 2012
Photo of ctwybeerguy
ctwybeerguy from Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Jan 30, 2014
Photo of SicemWT
SicemWT from Texas

4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 17, 2015
Photo of hoptheology
hoptheology from South Dakota

3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Taste (3.75) : 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) : 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 : 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!

Sep 03, 2014
Photo of bmeehan
bmeehan from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +14%
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.

Dec 15, 2014
Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 2861 ratings