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Moose Drool Brown Ale | Big Sky Brewing Company

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3.7/5
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2,750 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#28,869
Reviews:
914
Ratings:
2,750
pDev:
13.24%
Bros Score:
3.57
 
 
Wants:
129
Gots:
499
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 2,750 |  Reviews: 914
Photo of Sammy
3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Yrd House, Scottsdale. Very dark brown a little head, it was promising. It had some stouty qualities with licorice and chocolate malts but it was too sweet, and not so drinkable.Average mouthfeel.Its popular as a beer, and maybe a root beer substitute. Had nearly 3 years later and getting licorice with a bit of astringent finish.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger off white head. Dark brown with some light getting through

S: oatmeal and licorice but these are very mild with caramel malt

T: light roast with mostly chocolate notes. Toasted caramel malt as well.

M: high carbonation. Medium body

Overall: not a bad tasting brown. Definitly very drinkable.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by 9/18/12.

Pours a clear super dark crimson brown with a 1 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, vanilla bean, and some nutty aromas. Taste is of toasted malt, toasted nuts, and vanilla bean on the finish. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel but it's a bit thin body wise. Overall, this is a good brown ale with some nice flavors but I just wish the body was beefed up a bit.

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2.86/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown color with orange edges and a decent white head.

Very light, delecate "non-assertive" malt nose.

Thin mouth feel but with decent light malt, burnt toast flavor. Simple malt flavors without complexity. Flavors that are there are pleasant. Hint of weak coffee with a back palate of light hops. Not bad; just not memorable.

Short thin flavors go to short weak finish but with a bit of burnt toast back palate. Not something to go out of your way to try. Just my opinion.

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3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pretty average brown ale here. pours a semitransparent weak coffee color with a minimal cream head. smells like sweet chocolate and caramel malt, even a touch of brown sugar. flavor is sweet and roasty, but lacking much of the complexity that i have come to appreciate in this style. feel is a bit watered down, and the sweetness hangs around in the mouth long after the swallow. overall a decent beer, but nothing special. sessionable but standard.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark reddish amber in color. It poured with a thin tan head that died down but left a patch of bubbles on the surface and a ring around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of dark malts and nuts in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of caramel and nutty malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and not filling but could use a stronger taste and smell.

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3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

With English roots and aspirations, the historic flavors of norther brown ale is alive and well in this highly drinkable, nutty, and chocolaty ale of character and charm, despite it's unappealing name.

As most brown ales do, Moose Drool pours with a medium chestnut brown hue with great clarity and ruby highlight shining through. Well capped with an off white foam topping, the froth retains well for most the session with light lacing left behind on the glass. It's the standard look for the typical brown ale, yet more fortified in appearance than Newcastle.

Moderately aromatic with light toast, chocolate, and nuts. The mild char of grain comes through with a toffeeish sweet scent and nutty grain husk. Background malt offers a light starchy scent of malted milk.

Semi-rich flavors of toast, nuts, and chocolate evenly swing from aromas to flavor while the grain aroma persists with the nutty taste of husk, starch, and toffee. The light balance from hops offer the mild and bitter spice of pine, grass, and damp sod that closes the beer with a snappy crispness despite it's richer taste early on.

Medium bodied, the lighter carbonation and semi-rich malts push against the tongue with a light coat of sweetness on the front of the tongue and mild astringency in the throat. Woody dryness from grain and hops assist the mildly warm alcohol to close the beer with a surprisingly clean taste and texture.

Enjoyable enough, the brown ale doesn't do anything to provide a thumbprint or signature than makes it distinguishable from a lot of other well made but timid brown ales. Unfortunately is kinda forgettable.

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3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. The label depiction of an expectorating moose isn't doing a lot to sway me to take a dip in the native waters of the Big Sky state...and what's with the underside of the cap - "You can Havre"? An inside joke concerning Missoula's cross-state neighbour, perhaps?

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick amber colour, with two fingers of wanly puffy, faintly foamy, and yet creamy pale beige head, which melts away slowly and steadily, leaving some solid webbed lace around the glass in its wake.

It smells strongly of roasted, biscuity, and somewhat meaty (natch!) caramel malt, dry coffee grounds, wet ash, ethereal bittersweet cocoa, and some tame earthy, weedy hops. The taste is more toasted, gamey caramel malt, crackery, semi-sweet chocolate, and prominent musty, herbal, and leafy hops.

The carbonation is quite soft, in its generally lilting frothiness, the body on the lee side of proper medium weight, just a tad creamy, and mostly smooth. It finishes off-dry, the sweet, biscuity malt balanced well enough by the continually emerging musty, bitter hops.

A generally enjoyable brown ale, and big like moose, with a few interesting subtexts. Anyways, good enough to make me salivate a bit, I suppose, but not quite out and out drool-worthy, if ya get my continental drift.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.58/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a three finger head of hardly any cream, decent thickness, and poor retention. Pours a very dark auburn.

Sm: Amber hops, nuts, and caramel. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Nuts and caramel. That's about it. It's nicely balanced, but the build isn't anything special. It's decent.

Mf: Smooth and wet. About the right thickness. For a brown ale, it's too smooth and wet.

Dr: Very drinkable for a brown ale, but it betrays the style. I'd try it on draught, but it's largely unremarkable. It's decently priced for what it is as an import.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Sebastian for this one.

Into a tulip glass, there's a copious level of foam, pretty lacing all around. Retention is also good.
Deep russet tone with a glint of scarlet in the light.

Rich and malty, a touch fruity from the ale yeast. Toasty, bready some cocoa, and raw maltiness.

Toasted malt, graham cracker, fresh baked bread, warm malty blanket. Simple and by the books, but tasty with zero flaws. Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very light sweetness, clean with some malt complexity.

Got any hop phobic/allergic friends? Recommend this beer.
Very easy to drink, a good introductory craft beer.

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Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear burnt caramel color with a foamy tannish head that leaves plenty of lacing

Smell: Biscuity brown bread nose with a touch of malted chocolate

Taste: Starts with a sweet bready, malty flavor that is joined by a vague bit of bitterness on the finish

Mouthfeel: A touch light bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Certainly an enjoyable brown with enough flavor to make it interesting

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.33/5  rDev -37%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a very dark brown color ale with a medium foamy off-white head with better then average retention. Aroma of molasses is quite dominant. Taste is also dominated by this strong molasses feeling, which doesn’t do it for me. Tasted like bad extract homebrew kit. Can’t see why this is rated so high…

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Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle -- great label!

Pours out a deep brown color with a head slightly less than 2 fingers. It smells a little sweet and nutty. The taste is a little sweet as well. The hops are subtle. It has a nice chocolate and roasted malt flavor. It goes down smooth and crisp.

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Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 2,750 ratings
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