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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2/5  rDev -45.9%

Photo of output01x
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (No Date) into a pint glass.

A moderate pour yields a 1-finger cream-colored head that quickly recedes after about a minute to a thin, clumpy dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a translucent mahogany with traces of copper brown around the edges and a strong amount of energetic carbonation bubbles. Some light lacing can be noticed throughout consumption.

The nose is good and malty. Notes of milk chocolate, fresh-brewed coffee, caramel, and roasted nuts give this beer a sweet, earthy quality that is very welcoming.

Just like the nose, the first sip delivers a complex and enjoyable sweet malt profile with notes of milk chocolate, coffee, and caramel. As the beer is swallowed, a little hop bitterness comes through and blends nicely with the evolving malt flavors. A slightly dry coffee aftertaste lasts between sips beckoning the drinker to reach for the glass again and again.

Medium bodied with good carbonation, this beer would be great on a lazy summer evening or fall day. The body seems slightly light at first but is noticeably heavy during the swallow. The carbonation is only slightly fizzy when the beer is held in the mouth but really pops during the swallow. This combination between the body and carbonation makes this beer very drinkable while not adversely affecting the flavor.

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Photo of nukem5
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crisp clean pepsi color with a great tan cap of foam 1/2 inch thick with foam sticking to walls of glass.

S: Nutty aroma with heavy notes of caramel and malts.

T: Caramel, toffee, malty backbone with a light hop flavor in the end of taste.

M: Mouthfeel is a medium bodied full flavored smooth ale.

O: Overall a very drinkable and pleasant beer with much flavor and aromas to be enjoyed over and over again.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a wine glass. No date.

Appearance - Dark brown/black body. Two finger tan head with moderate retention and good stick.

Smell - Coffee. Kind of smokey. Chocolatey.

Taste - Roasty. Metallic. Balanced, but also sort of bland.

Mouthfeel - Very watery. Astringent.

Overall Drinkability - Enjoyable as a session beer, but not a very flavorful tasting beer.

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Photo of AEArider
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep, clear brown with a thick tan head leaving much lacing. Smell was sweet, nutty, and roasted, with emphasis on the latter. The smell was complex and delicious, but I felt those 'roasted' notes came through overbearingly in the taste. It bordered on a burnt flavor, which I found less than ideal. Wasn't too heavy, so points for mouthfeel and drinkability.

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

Wow, very full aroma for a brown ale. Strong notes of cocoa and roasted malt come out in abundance. As another reviewer stated, it does remind me of Black Butte Porter a bit. That's a compliment.

Taste isn't quite as bold, but it's still very solid. A nice, middle of the road roasted malt profile is in the forefront....some cocoa and perhaps a hint of coffee. A little nuttiness as well. Small hoppiness on the finish that helps close the beer out on a pretty good note.

Pretty solid brown ale...tasty and easy to drink. Nothing exciting, but this style rarely is.

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Photo of MsRif
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Oskar Blues.

Poured dark brown but not completely opaque. Thick beige head that did not dissipate completely, leaving some lacing. Aroma of sweetness, cocoa, roasted malts...a tad earthy, but only as an undertone. Tastes of sweet chocolate, roasted malts and a bit of dark fruit. Complex and well-balanced. Tastes better than it smells.

Moutfeel was medium. Creamy with only a little carbonation. Does not linger long...palate isn't wrecked at all by this one. Very yummy brown ale...I'm glad I got to try it.

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Photo of humuluslupulus8
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Moose Drool is a dark brown and ruby color. It is very similar to the color of cola soda. The head was thick and a light tan color; it lasted a long time and left lacing.

S: I mainly smell roasted malts and some cocoa. The aroma reminded me of Black Butte Porter by Deschutes.

T: Similar to the aroma, I tasted roasted, dark malts. There was also a slightly less noticeable dry finish from the hops, but it definitely wasn't bitter. I could faintly detect the alcohol and maybe a raisin flavor as well.

M: The head was creamy, the body was a medium thickness, and the carbonation was medium-high. Combined, this seemed like a perfect mouthfeel for a brown ale.

O: I like this beer. It's simple enough to drink with ease, but the flavor profile is complex enough to keep it from being boring. This is a good beer for cool, not cold, weather.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nut brown that's actually pale amber in direct light, with tan froth that fades to film with few trailers. Milk chocolate, bread crust and orange hard candy on the nose - appetizing.
Brown sugar and carrot cake earthiness with spice and bark to end. A sharp flintiness buried in there somewhere, too. Sprucey end and dry, herbal linger.
Light to medium, fizzy, kinda creamy, good stick.

Straight ahead brown with enough to keep it interesting. I'm used to some US hops when I see American Brown, but I'm not getting much of that here - more orangey branchy EKG. There's some dark malt roasty acidity, or maybe the water profile, that makes this lean and far from cloying.

I can see where this is a cult beer in Montana - fits in a lot of situations.

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Photo of rlshep
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Light milk chocolate. Caramel candy. A touch of coffee.

Appearance: Thick creamy beige head, slow to dissipate. Dark mahogany color. Clear.

Flavor: Nice chocolate cocoa flavor. Light fruitiness, with a touch of cherry. Low bitterness. Low hop flavor. Some Earthy notes.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy.Low carbonation. Light alcohol. Some residual sweetness stays on tongue.

Overall: I really love this beer. It is everything I expect out of a brown ale. Wish I could get it in Ohio.

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

appearance-pours a brown liquid with a tan head. head disappears a little quicker than expected.
smell-aromas for of a nutty and malty note.
taste-flavors of a nutty malt are present.
mouthfeel-leaves the mouth with an earthy presence.
overall, it's what i'm looking for in a brown ale.

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Photo of stabzmcgee
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is nutty, caramel and almost earthy. Maple brown color with thin dissipating head. Taste is extremely nutty with a hint of caramel as well as malty maples. palate is medium bodied, slightly creamy, soft carbonation fills the mouth. Overall i enjoy this beer a lot. It is one of my favorite browns

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a brown color with an inch and a half tan head. Head retention is decent, and there's a good amount of lacing. Aroma is toffee, chocolate, nuts, and some caramel/bready malt. The brew tastes like coffee, chocolate, bready and caramel malt, and a bit of nuts. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit velvety with good carbonation. It's smooth and goes down easy. Not bad for $8.99 a 6-pack, it's a solid overall brew.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 10/15/11

Appearance: Somewhere between brown and a rich, dark amber - clear, slight beige head, some lacing

Smell: Very mild, even for a brown ale - some cooked malts, bread crust, browned biscuits - some slight chocolate - again, very mild, I really had to get my nose in this to comment on the aroma

Taste: Slightly above average for a brown ale - dark malts, very cooked - bread crust, hint of roasted malts, a touch of molassess, chocolate, and nuts - not really bitter, a hint of some light fruits

Mouthfeel: Medium, nicely carbonated, could really be dryer

Overall: Good, but mostly just memorable because of the name and label art

Out of the five Big Sky beers I purchased during my trip to Oklahoma, I saved this for last. After all, I only knew about the brewery because of this beer's ridiculous name. Unfortunately, some of that creativity may have been better utilized for the actual beer. I'd be happy to drink this again, but I won't be trading for it.

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

A - Two fingers of tan spongy head. Dark brown, almost black with a red glint. Small spots of lace follow but do not stick around long.

S - Roasted malt aromas of treacle, toffee, sweet bread.

T - Follows the nose, roasted, smooth, sweet malts. A bit nutty. Mild bitterness.

M - Light body, moderate carbonation.

O - A nice, above average brown ale. There are better options around for complexity and depth of flavour, but Id happily drink another one of these in the near future. And gotta love those Big Sky Brewing labels.

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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!

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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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Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
3.7 out of 5 based on 2,735 ratings.
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