Moose Drool Brown Ale
Big Sky Brewing Company

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American Brown Ale
Ranked #506
Ranked #35,016
3.72 | pDev: 13.17%
Big Sky Brewing Company
Montana, United States
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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Reviews by seedee17:
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4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint after letting it warm up for 5 min. Dark brown in the glass, and ruby red when held up to the light, nice frothy tan head. Smells of toasted grains and dried fruit. Nice and malty sweet, but not cloyingly so, with just a whisper of hop bitterness on the finish for balance. Smooth and creamy going down, this beer makes me want to have another right after. Delicious and balanced, great for a session.

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Photo of tillmac62
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.

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Photo of Impetuous
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

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

Photo of msubulldog25
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...

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Photo of dudecandle
2/5  rDev -46.2%

Photo of cudmud
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.

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Photo of harrylee773
2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of dmadsen
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of thebeeler
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of andyhurley
3/5  rDev -19.4%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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

Photo of kgotcher
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.

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Photo of Morey
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of gopens44
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.

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Photo of Necronomad
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of ctwybeerguy
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
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!

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Photo of bmeehan
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.

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Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 2841 ratings