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

Dark amber, light brown (24) pour with off white/beige head; good clarity, decent cap retention and good lacing. Roasted nuts and brown bread aromas. Roasted nuts, lite caramel malt and brown bread flavors. Moderate plus carbonation; lite, almost watery mouthfeel; Overall, easy drinking with light roast linger.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft, yard house, LA. Mini Boston shaker.

A: clear red-brown, 1/4 finger khaki head. Little carbonation. Little lacing.

S: chocolate, really a bar of milk chocolate. Malted milk and crispy toast.

T: fairly dry, slightly yeasty arrival. Slightly sweet, but really less sweet than I expected it to be. Also, less hoppy on the finish than I expected. The roast is actually really light, though somewhat layered. This comes across as a very English brown. Very mild, a little yeast esters on the end. Very clean on the finish. No lingering hop or roast.

M: lighter body. Less carbonated. Very clean finish.

O: I am seriously underwhelmed. Turbodog and Mt. Carmel are way better. Even Avery and OldBrown Dog come out ahead. This is very drinkable, which is the point, I suppose, but not as memorable a brown ale as its reputation would suggest.

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Photo of jw4free
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Weizen glass. L: Medium translucent brown. Good effervescence. 1 finger head, fades slowly limited lacing. S: Malt - brown bread, caramel. T: subdued relative to smell. F: decent. A bit thin, but smooth. O: a nice easy drinking ale.

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Photo of stevoj
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brown ale brings out the roasted grains, with a healthy dollop of brown sugar for sweetness. Dark brown with thin beige head, coffee-ish aroma, with some molasses. Taste is first bitter, then sweet, in that order. Finish is abrupt and slightly dry/chalky.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Don't know how I've missed reviewing this one, having had it on several occasions. Pour is chocolate brown with a small khaki head. All the typical brown characteristics are there: sweet caramel malts, some nuttiness, and a little hop taste on the end. Semi dry finish. Nothing that's going to blow your socks off, but still a damn fine,solid ale.

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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 TLWalsh
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep chocolate brown, medium creamy head. A little thin in the mouth and plenty of maltiness, a little nutty. Leaves a moderate but obvious malt aftertaste. Not a bad beer but don't know that I'd seek it out.

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

Pours a decent amber color. Smells of malt and slightly nutty. The taste is strong on caramel malt, but seems slightly watered down. The carbonation isn't bad and the beer goes down easily. Overall a decent beer.

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Photo of T100Mark
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - A beautiful ruby-red color. Amazing clarity. Creamy tan head. Moderate stickage. A fine looking brew!

Smell - Malty. Sweet. Toasty. Big!

Taste - Big malt flavor! Sweet! Toasty (bordering on burnt). A hint of chocolate. There is a slightly bitter flavor on the backend (I believe this has as much to do with the "toastiness" as the hops).

Mouth - Oily. Moderate carbonation.

Overall - We've all heard of "Hop Bombs." How about a Malt Bomb? I like this ale! Newcastle, by comparison, comes across as a little boring? I don't know why this beer isn't rated a little higher.

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Photo of SebD
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice dark brownish/amber color to it. It has a nice light beige head that dies down moderately and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of sweet caramelly malts upfront, toffee, some nuttiness and faint herbal hops in the back.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some nice sweet caramelly malts, light roast, some toffee, balanced nuttiness and some faint grass in the back.

Mouthfeel: It has a low-med carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas. Decent Brown Ale.

Serving type: can

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Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
3.7 out of 5 based on 2,709 ratings.
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