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 lawlerj
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

A - pours a translucent brownish color when held up to the light; nice big tan head with an aggressive pour. After it dissipates, retains a fair bit and leaves moderate lacing on the glass.

S - smoky, caramel malt with just a hint of roasted coffee and rich dark chocolate. Just a bit of hops balance the sweetness.

T - bitter coffee and chocolate up front, mellows as it slides toward the back and more of the caramel malt begins to come through. Nice and nutty as well.

M - medium bodied, fully carbonated. The smoothness up front is followed by a bit of a carbonation pop that's very enjoyable.

O - overall, a very straightforward, delicious beer. One of the nicer smelling (if not more complex) beers I've had in a while. As an aside, love that it come in a can. Keep it up guys!

O -

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

A: Dark brown with moderate off-white head.

S: Strong on dark chocolate and coffee.

T: Lots of chocolate and dark coffee with some nuttiness and roastiness coming through.

M: Medium with medium carbonation.

O: Very good brown ale and especially good for cooler fall nights.

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

From tasting notes 9-27-11
Poured into a snifter

Appearance: Deep brown pour with shades of deep amber; 2-finger tan head, slow to settle and leaves moderate lacing.

Smell: Delicious bready and toasty aromas with a delicate chocolate presence.

Taste: Nice toasty malt backbone supported by delicious chocolate tastes and some burnt aftertastes including slightly burnt homemade bread, and perhaps a hint of nut.

Mouthfeel: Rich, velvety smooth texture; medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation.

Overall: An awesome brown ale that is a staple in my fridge. A nice blend of flavors and a smooth drinking beer.

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Photo of DM1293
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - A very dark brown. Looks almost like a cola. head is small and thick, dissipates slowly. Looks darker than the brown ale's I've had.

Smell - Rich, nutty, sweet. Smells like a brown ale.

Taste - As it smells; rich and nutty, and a little sweet. Very strong though. Its really hard to describe this drink. Like a more bold form of Newcastle, and a better taste generally, but something about the strength of it is putting me off.

Mouthfeel - Kinda thick. Nothing remarkable.

Overall - If you like Brown Ale, this one is a bit on the strong side. But it is an improvement over something like a Newcastle. I really wish I could say more, there is a bit more complexity to this, but my mouth can't read this Brown Ale worth anything.

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Photo of minterro
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Montana mixer

A & S: the scent is pretty much what you would expect from a brown: dark chocolate, malts and caramel. A bit nutty when poured into a glass. The beer is a darker translucent brown color. It has a creamy tan head that pours about a half a fingernail and withdraws quickly to nothing but a thin layer. The head leaves no lacing.

T & M: The taste is pleasant but a bit bland, a nice mix of roasted nuts, brown sugar, and bready malts. Not a whole lot of bitterness to this beer, it has a pretty good mix of sweet and bitter. Semi smooth and semi crisp. On the low side of medium for body with mild carbonation, pretty light beer. Very easy and relaxing to drink.

O: I liked this beer, you know its nothing super special but its like a said relaxing.

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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 Fatehunter
2.8/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I grabbed a sixer of these cans up in Yellowstone. Poured it into a pint glass. It looks amazing. Brown to amber on the edges with a thick, dirty-white head.
A fragrant beer. A good biscuit, yeasty, wet malt smell. A really solid smelling brown ale.
The taste is initially watery, followed by a mild barley flavor. A real let down from how it looked and smelled.
It feels like an average ale; moderate carbonation and normal texture.
Besides the taste, this beer is fine. Too bad that taste is central to a good beer. It was not undrinkable by any means, but it tasted like a watered down brown ale. Maybe grab some for an athletic drinking event since it goes down easy.

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Photo of ahq514
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.

Pours a nice brown color that when held up to light has a bit more of an amber hue. Pours a small solid head. Decent lacing occurs

Smells mostly of slightly roasted malt and light fruity aromas. A light nuttiness is present as well. Hops are not very evident, but some more earthy hops are detectable in the background.

Sweet and nutty. Nuttiness presents itself up front strangely accented by some light fruitiness, but still pretty nice. Then comes in some of the roasted malt with some light coffee and chocolate notes. Hops are identical to how they present themself in the aroma, present but not overly so and earthy. The roasted malt has a nice sweet quality to it.

Lighter medium body, average carbonation. Very drinkable. A little bit of a velvety mouthfeel.

Overall, not a bad brown ale. Sweet and nutty is how I would describe it in both taste and aroma. Nicely balanced. Not the best brown ale I've had, but a solid choice none the less.

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Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a darker shade of copper that bordered being brown...there was some clarity as well as ruby colored highlights...a very light brown head formed and stood about one finger fell to a thin cap but covered most of the top...decent lacing

S - Roasted malts provided chocolate, caramel, and toffee...a nuttiness was present as well...some light, earthy hops in the background

T - The nuts and malts mix well with eachother...the nuts add an extra level to this Brown Ale while the roasted malts provide different flavors...the roast adds depth while the caramel and toffee add a lot of sweetness...chocolate comes in towards the end and shows a little bitterness but that's cut down by the earthy hops

M - Medium bodied...nice carbonation, smooth, sweet but not cloying

O - This was a little sweeter than most Brown Ales that I've had before and I'm not complaining...I would rather have my Brown Ale finish sweet rather than dry...lots of nutiness with layers of roasted and sweet malt flavors

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Photo of kkipple
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My good northern buddy Dr. Merz slung some of these my way after a trip down south. Much thanks!

Moose Drool in a can! Hooray! No freshness date though. Dumped into a little Belgian goblet.

A. Attractive rich walnut-red. Goodly foamy tan head that fades after a few minutes, leaving no lace.

S. Quite well put together - semi-roasted malts, cocoa and light sweetness play well with moderate bittering hops, a mild woodyness, and hints of bark (licorice?). Grainy and clean, not overpowering. I would change very little.

T. Quite tasty - what an American brown ale should be, IMO. Not too over the top; Moose Drool comes in at 5.1% and maintains a very nice even drinkability - no silly bold flavored 6.5% stuff here. Semi sweet, clean and crisp with all the flavors promised by the nose. Dry cocoa, very mild fruitiness (dates), malt depth, and a rustic, toasty quality abound. Hops are in check and the finish is dry.

M / O. Mouthfeel is great, medium with a filling softness from the carbonation. Dry, 30 second finish. Very easy to drink... but that's the point. Some might call this "thin", but it's really just more subtle than the young, Dog Fish Head crew will be expecting.

Moose Drool is an exceptional American Brown ale that hews towards the English / session side of things much more than most. I find that extremely refreshing. Plus, it comes in cans! The ultimate warm weather camping beer? Could be.

Surprised this is not rated higher, really.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

thanks to my dad for bringing home a sixer of this!

12oz. bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. best before 110811.

pours out a clear very dark brown color, lots of rubiness when held up to a light. kind of a fizzy light biege colored head, quickly died to a ring and some patchy foam. no lace.

initially very weak, metallic and watery. as it warms up a bit, hints of some nuttiness, toffee, lightly roasted malt and a bit of chocolate become evident. overall, not the biggest aroma.

no huge flavors at all. can barely pick out some lightly roasted malt, toffee, some nuttiness. slightly metallic with an earthy kind of fruity finish. some bitterness is left on the palate, but not a whole lot of hops detectable.

average kind of meh mouthfeel. carbonation is a little too much, fizzy. mouthfeel is the lighter side of medium. seems watery at times, too thin.

overall, just too weak, too hard to really pick any good flavors out. the sixpack will definatly be an easy kill, but not something i would ever buy. kind of a lackluster style IMO, but even so there are many better examples out there at the same price.

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Photo of Marty30
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Seved very cold into a plastic cup at NewYork,New York casino.

A. Dark brown, a 1 inch off-white head. Pretty good lacing considering the cup.

S. Like I said it was served pretty cool so I tried to let it warm up a little. I get some caramel followed by some chocolate also kkind of a earthy maybe like oats smell.

T. The caramal and toffee are most dominant here,with a slight hint of milk chocolate. A nice little bit of hops in the end.

M. Good medium feel a little on the thin side,not bad though. There is some good carbonation maybe a little to much.

Overall I thought this was a solid brown ale, I would not hesitate to drink this again.

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Photo of ADZA
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear ruby hue which leaves a two finger creamy head and clingy lacing,the smell is sweet malts,earthy hops and toffee,the mouthfeel is light bodied and lacks for my liking with tastes of caramel,sweet toffee malts,ripe plums and finished with a mix of brown sugar and earthy herbal hops and overall i was expecting more cheers.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
2.88/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Moose Drool poured an almsot blacked color with very little head. The smell was very weak, but a bit of a smokey order can be picked up. The taste was lite, but had a little bit of a smokey flavor, a malty note can be picked up. The flavor was a bit too weak, and watery. overall this isnt a bad beer, it can be enjoyed, but it does have a weak flavor.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very nice dark brown, with significant head that dissipates to a nice tan lacing.

Sweet smell of caramel and nuttiness.

Good carbonation with a slightly more thick mouthfeel than I expected.

The taste is good - again sweet and nutty, and a nice finish aftertaste.

Overal a solid brown ale I would enjoy again.

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

Bottle into an SA Perfect Pint.

A- A wonderfully clear deep brown with a half inch of light tan head the dissipated rather quickly. Some lacing sticks.

S- Deep roasted malts, slightly sweet. Some coffee and dark semi sweet chocolate.

T- Sweet roasted malts, earthy herbal hops. Very little bitterness. Sweetness lingers a bit on the finish.

M- On the lighter side of medium, just right carbonation, very pleasant.

O- I really enjoyed this beer, I've had a few brown ales in my day and this one is among the best. Would certainly recomend it.

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

I drank this from a mug...

Pours brown with reddish orange hues and a rocky sand colored head. Smells of brown sugar and caramel with a hint of chocolate. The taste is kind of like burnt chocolate and treacle with a hint of coffee. This beer is medium bodied and smooth with low carbonation. This is a solid brown ale with a nice roasted flavor.

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Photo of ferrari29
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into a Nonic shaped Pint glass

A - Beer pours with a bubbly white colored, one finger, sized head; very dark and cloudy brown colored body; slightly carbonated; appears a bit watery; good amount of lacing forms on the side of the glass

S - Nutty malt scents are followed up by a caramel and brown sugar scents; good scent profile, you can pick out each note; slight note of cinnamon and dark fruit; for some reason I'm picking up scents of sour milk; roasted malt

T - Deep roasted malt flavors, with a touch of coffee; very good; splash of nutty malt flavors also; brown sugar sweetness form on the middle of the tongue and wash out pretty quickly; faint hop taste; touch of vanilla

M - Thin and watery; not very impressed with the mouthfeel profile as I am with the smell and taste; nutty roasted malt flavors linger for a while and then disappear, leaves behind a bitter residue

D - Not bad; pretty good for a American Brown Ale, probably one of the better ones out there; I would definitely recommend this to friends and other beer drinkers; solid roasted and nut malt profile

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Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids & Solids, Longmont, CO

Poured a dark amber color with a small tan head that receded quite a bit and left some patchy lacing behind. Aroma of toasted biscuits and cocoa. Bready taste, toasty, some cocoa bitterness, mild sensation of earthy hops. Light-medium body, moderately carbonated, and fairly drinkable, though I'd say one glass/sample is quite enough.

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Photo of longbongsilver
3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on-tap at a new bar&grill place in town. Following comes from notes, but they're recent -- in fact, from earlier today. Doesn't get much more recent than that.

Tap fills glass a dark (yet translucent) reddish-brown, head is off-white and really dense. Head kind of reminds me of draught Guinness, weirdly enough.

Nutty scent akin to almond comes off, somewhat, but not much else. Considering the serving though, this might have been a temperature thing. Guess I'll find out if I have a bottle later.

Taste brings forward more of the nutty character, with hints of sour fruit in the back, kind of like raisins. It's surprisingly dry for the style, but still pretty refreshing.

Goes down with a persistent fizz. In this case though, it's a plus, because it cuts some of the dry character of it. This isn't usually a characteristic to brown ales, but with this one it works. Could stand to be richer, but that's less a complaint than a mild suggestion.

My impression is that this is a nice, characterful yet still casual brown ale, definitely above average. I get the feeling its true character is more accurately revealed bottled though. Still, on-tap it's a pretty good choice.

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Photo of tone77
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to woodychandler for coming through with yet another canned beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of malts, caramel. Taste is also malty, caramel, a bit of nuts. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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

Big Sky : Moose Drool

Pours a rich brown color with an off white cap. Aromas of caramel, toffee, biscuit, and alittle floral. In the taste, nutty maltyness, caramel, chocolate, brown sugar and enough hop bitterness to keep the malt sweetness in check. Medium bodied brew, ample carbonation and pleasant all around. A solid malty brew worthy of sessioning.

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

I poured this 12 oz. beer into a nonic pint glass. No best by date apparent.

A: clear medium to dark reddish brown color, an aggressive pour produces a one-finger tan head that quickly falls into a thin but persistent cap with adequate lacing.

S: brown sugar, molasses, toffee, vanilla, a hint of coffee, and an underpinning pleasant earthy aroma.

T: up front there is a decidedly roasted malt flavor that I did not pick up in the aroma, the middle features a chocolate and toffee character, and the finish is decidedly earthy with a nutty note, with an herbal hop note finally revealing itself at the finish line. Originally I was going a bit lower on the score, but I warmed to this beer a bit with each sip, and in the end decided it was worthy.

M: medium-bodied, lightly silky texture, and moderate carbonation.

O: I found this beer tasty enough, and would like to try it on tap.

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Photo of HopsKeepDroppin
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Saint Arnold pint glass

A-Very dark brown almost black with some red shining through when held up to the light. Head is one finger and becomes thin quickly but leaves decent lacing.

S- Roasted malts, a small hint of chocolate.

T- Very malty and nutty taste. The hops provide bitterness but no aroma or flavor which is great in this brown ale. The after taste is delicious as well.

M- Very smooth and easy with just a little carbonation. A little thick which is what I think they were going for with "Moose Drool." Maybe it's just my inclinations from the name

O- A pretty good brown ale. I love that they come in a can for when I go fishing. I like the thickness in the beer.

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

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A- Nice deep amber/brown color. Two finger light tan head.

S- nutty smell, plums, apples, raisin bread

T- nuts, lightly roasted malts

M- a bit watery, nice carbonated, very drinkable

O- A very good brown ale for the price

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Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
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