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Moose Drool Brown Ale | Big Sky Brewing Company

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Moose Drool Brown AleMoose Drool Brown Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company
Montana, United States
bigskybrew.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
898
Ratings:
2,667
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
22.7%
 
 
Wants:
124
Gots:
458
For Trade:
4
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Reviews: 898 | Ratings: 2,667
Reviews by Spica66:
Photo of Spica66
3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a box from my brother-in-law Jerry. Thanks, dude!

A: Brown with decent head formation.

S: Not too much going on here. A little sweet and maybe a little roast.

T: A little bitterness, not much nuttiness.

M: Medium to thin body and with dry finish.

D: Nothing too strong to keep you from having many, many of these on an autumn day.

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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 tillmac62
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Even though Iam not the biggest fan of this style of brew I enjoy a good quaffing brown from time to time thats why I grabbed this when given the chance.Poured into a standard pint glass a deep chestnut colored brown with 1/2 finger slight off white head that held good retention,unsweetenend chocolate and earth stick out most in the nose not sweet by any means wich is nice.Starts out with chocolate presence on the palate more of a lightly sweet chocolate not much sweetness a little nutty but not overly roasted either finishing earthy.A solid quaffing brown with just enough sweetness to make it a little interesting,a pretty good session brown here.

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Photo of mojohawk21
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RoyalT
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Ruby dark brown in color with lots of active carbonation. The head made an effort but fell short.

Smell – Pure, unadulterated caramel-infused toasted malt.

Taste – There’s a bit of a hop balance in there, but mostly this one is all about the heavy caramel and toasted malts. The refined sugars join the party as well, making this ale a sweet one for sure.

Mouthfeel – Smooth, very sweet and sticky, and somewhat refreshing. This medium-bodied ale showed just a little carbonation.

Drinkability – I enjoyed this sweetened interpretation of the style, and the hop compliment was just enough to balance things out. Well done!

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Photo of Evelyn
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of liveandletdie
4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite beers. If you are a fan of brown ales then this is a must try. It's very affordable, and a pleasure every time I buy it. It's sweet, smooth, dark, and extremely enjoyable- great as a dessert beer. The only drawback is I would not recomend drinking a whole bunch of them. The first one or two are great, then the taste gets kind of old. It would be like eating a ton of ice cream. It's good tasting but I dont think I want to eat the whole tub.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of weatherdog
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a Bells tulip glass

It pours a ruddy brown with a soapy bone colored head. The head dies down quickly to form a sticky bubble ring around the edge of the glass. A nice deep garnet color shines through the sides of the glass.

Sweet crystal malts dominate the nose. The sweetness is over the top. Behind that some biscuit toasted English type malts hit my nose.

The crystal sweetness in the nose doesn't form in the flavor. Instead a nice burst of low roasted coffee comes through nicely. That bready biscuit flavor then takes up the remaining flavor. No hop flavor is present but a balancing bitterness is present which doesn't makes this beer overly malty and sweet.

Mouthfeel is on the low to medium level with a higher carbonation. I would prefer a fuller mouthfeel with less carbonation. Drinkability is high, this is a easy to drink unoffensive beer that I can see appealing to a massive amount of drinkers.

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Photo of woodchipper
3.04/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ajkiser12
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of SkiBum22
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of joemetric
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of dacubz
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue III:

This beer has gained cult status over the years. Decent head retention, enough to get by. Very dark chestnut color with a glowing clarity when brought up to the light. Hint of plum and apple fruitiness in the nose with aromas of faint peppery, minty herbal hop and nutty breadiness. Sharp carbonation up front with a creamy, smooth mouthfeel and a moderate body. Brown bread, toasted husk and nutty throughout. Breadiness goes far and keeps the flavor going for a good while. Ghost bicarbonate flavor. Oily hop lends a substantial amount of flavor with a mild bitterness. Touch of apple skin, raisin, brown sugar and carob in the semi-dry finish.

A solid Brown Ale to be had here, very drinkable. Without a doubt it's a good pick when it comes to Brown Ales.

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Photo of Dmann
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this brew. The pour was fantastic with a great dark brown color that left a huge head and great lacing. The scent was not too powerful but I could detect notes of sweet malts and nuttines. The taste of this beer was great as well with some slight smokiness to it along with a nice nutty malt flavor. The hops snuck in there a little bit but not much. This is a very drinkable beer and one that could be sessionable if it were not so costly here on the west coast!

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Photo of SuomiHobbit
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Pours a pretty dark amber color. Smell is quite weak. Don't get much at all. Taste, while average, is still pretty good. Chocolate is prominent, as well as some caramel. There may be a slight sourness, and the mouthfeel is a bit thin.

I've seen this beer for years, even before I was into craft brews, but never picked it up. I'm glad I finally did, because it's a nice brew!

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this single a little while back, time to pop it open. Pours into my glass a deep dark, brown with chestnut hues as well. A nice half inch of light tan foam sits atop the brew. Aromas begin with some nice toasty, caramel infused roasted malts upfront along with a nice nutty aspect as well. Herbal hops float around in the background. Maybe a touch of dark fruit as well. Pretty nice!

First sip brings a nice sturdy roasted maltiness upfront with notes of caramel, nuts, brown sugar and a touch of cocoa. Flows down with a light sweetness and toasted bread flavor with a bit of herbal hoppiness on the finish. Really clean with a nice flavor profile...just a solid brown ale.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice chewiness. Plenty of carbonation that works in well with the beer overall. Drinkability is pretty high here...would be a nice six pack to bring to a party. A tasty brown ale and the first Big Sky brew I've sampled...I will be on the lookout for this one again and more of their lineup as well!

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Photo of Dangerrangerjas
2.25/5  rDev -39.2%

Photo of BeerDreadz
2.88/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 Onz amber bottle

Appearance: Dark brown color with light brown head that goes away easily.

Smell: Light malt aroma

Taste: medium bodied, maltiness ,some kind of sweet flavors, carbonation that you can feel all around the mouth,a small taste like coffee hidden there.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation you can feel, easy to drink.

Drinkability: Still in the search for my favorite brown ale,this is not a bad one,can drink again if i found it.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark reddish-brown with a medium-tan head.
The aroma is full of toffee and biscuit.
Nice tasting beer. Big toffee, cracker and biscuit notes up front with a nice bittering finish and even a hint of dark fruit.
Mouthfeel is medium and smooth.
A very decent brown ale.

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Photo of Kappakoosh
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Brauntasaurus
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
3.7 out of 5 based on 2,667 ratings.
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