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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.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Big Sky Moose Drool.

First beer out of these guys. Found a fresh single at my local Meijer for $1.69 and figured why the hell not. Let's see how well Montana makes their beers. Enough talk, time to dive in.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass. I wouldn't exactly call the color brown, more of the deepest level of garnet coloration I have ever witnessed. Clear enough to read the carbonation but not much else. Head is a finger in height and off white colored, but dies down a bit leaving a thick froth on the top of the drink. Carbonation appears to be about medium. Lacing was minimal.

Smell - Hmmm...Ever in your life for whatever reason cook a tootsie roll? Me either. But this beer smells like what I would imagine a cooked toorsie roll to smell like. Small hints of the usual nuttyness as expected out of the style, but mostly dominated by a cooked chocolate esque aroma. Uniqie.

Taste - Well I'll be damned. Beer pretty much tastes like a smoked, nutty tootsie roll. I seriously cannot think of another way to describe it. The flavor lingers around in the mouth for an eternity, and become a bit...fishy O.o . Again, very unique.

Feel - Body is more on the watery side than I had expected. Creamyness is minimal despite the remaining froth and the carbonation stays pretty low. More nuttyness becomes prevelant as the beer sits in the mouth and the flavor really unleashed and coats the back upon the swallow.

Overall - Well...as I've stated, it was certainly UNIQUE. Not really sure about this brew. It's good to experience a time or two but likely not something I could sit around and drink sessionably. Not even sure of the ABV but no alcohol was present. I guess I'd have it again. Maybe one or two. And I'd like to see what else these guys offer, especially the Big Sky IPA.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thoroughly enjoyed for the second time since my first boss brought me one from Montana. This one from a Nebraska store via a friend at work----thanks Randy!

Pours a light and clear mahogany brown with a light tan head of dissipating foam that settles to a thick ring, thin layer, and very nice lacing. Nose of light milk chocolate, caramel, and subtle hops. Flavors exceed the nose with sweet milk chocolate and light molasses mixed with cola notes on all sides to the front and middle followed by a very light bittering hop note that keeps this from being overly cloying. Long malt finish ends lightly nutty and sweet. A good and simple brown ale with medium carbonation. Nice.


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Photo of wordemupg
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle poured into tulip 10/10/15

A light cola with a ruby glow when held to the light, a finger of dark tan foam sits around for a few sips leaving a couple partial rings

S nutty chocolate, herbal, leafy hops, faint tobacco, and a little hard to place over ripe fruit

T not as much chocolate but still has some hops shinning through, everything seems a little faint compared to the nose

M fairly light, bubbles are a little prickly and cream up, slick on the palate with a nutty coco powder finish lingering

O not a bad brown ale at the end of the day, one of those beers that doesn't excel or lack in any areas

My bottles Moo Drool for the Canadian market, I can't remember the story behind that one so If you in the know feel free to inform my ignorant ass

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear dark brown color with two fingers of sticky foam. Aroma has a plum-like sweet maltiness, with just a kiss of floral hoppiness.

First sip has a nice rush of roasted malt flavor, finishing sweet with minimal bitterness. This is by the book definition of a good brown ale - sweet, malty, and clean finishing. Some plum notes as well. Great gateway beer - there is little to no hop flavor or bitterness.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.07/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Dark-brown, almost black, apperance. As far as the smell goes, it is a clear, yet not overbearing malty flavor. The taste is even more subtle than the smell, with the malty flavor being pertained to a limited aftertaste.

In part because of the limited taste, but mostly due to the light character of the body, it is a very easy beer to finish in a hurry. Even though the feel leaves few impressions besides being surprisingly light.

Overall, not a huge hit even though it's not bad by any measure. More forgettable than anything else Will probably not get this again.

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Photo of vladdswrath
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark reddish mahogany color with a nice 2 finger head, although it's not too sticky and barely laces the glass. Smell is strictly sweet caramel and malt. Taste is smooth but not as a rich as it smells and certainly thinner than I expected. It does finish off the chocolate start with a tiny bit of bitter hops, but it dissipates so quickly you're almost not sure it was really there. All an all, this is my kind of session beer. It hits all the notes of the heavier stuff, but pulls back before it knocks you over with them. Like a Cliff Notes version of a 10% stout.

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Photo of jhavs
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into a stemless wine glass.

A= Dark amber, not opaque, slightly off white head that is foamy and thick.

S= Malt, roasted malt, some caramel sweetness.

T= Get a roasted malt flavor up front with a bit of caramel, semi-sweet chocolate, maybe a hint of coffee bitterness.

M=Medium body and moderate carbonation.

O= Balanced and smooth flavors, very easy to drink, a good beer for those who don't like "darker" beers.

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Photo of pianoguy
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75


12 oz bottle (thanks again R.T.R.)

Pours a reddish brown cola body with a tan head.little retention, slight lacing

A nutty, roasted malt aroma .Very prominent

Malty for sure ! a tiny bit of chocolate, but not necessarily sweet.

light feel for a brown ale. a certain crispness. Not overly creamy.

The perfect day for a darker ale. ...First rainy day after a long hot summer. And (pre-season) football is being played ! Perhaps this is clouding my judgement. But I really enjoyed this one !! Malty without being too sweet with a little crispness. If Brown ale is a bridge between english porter and english pale ale this one might be "it".

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Photo of onklsven75
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

This beer has a chocolate and creamy smooth flavor. There is almost no carbonation to it, and no had even when pouring quickly. There is an acidic aftertaste.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.09/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from Kain05 (thanks man). Bottled 5/19/15. Served in a Monday Night nonic.

Pours a deep yet transparent chestnut brown with a fluffy three finger ecrue head. The foam settles to a thin cap, leaving a fair bit of chunky lace.

Smells nutty and malty with just a little faint sugar in the background.

Flavors are rather soft but work . Mild chocolate, nutty and some vague brown sugar. Easy drinking with no trace of any alcohol.

Semi creamy, light body with fairly mild carbonation. Hints of chocolate, nuts and burnt brown sugar

Moose Drool is definitely light for my tastes but this is a quite serviceable and drinkable brown ale. On par for the style, just not something I'd go out of my way for.

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Photo of Zach136
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Deep ruby, thin beige head.

Aroma: Un-mashed chocolate malt and roasted barley. Like it smells exactly like sticking your head in a grain bag.

Flavor: Light nutty and roasty malt character. Touch of earthyness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, watery texture.

Overall: Everyone raves about this beer they had when they were out on vacation. I think its a pretty lack luster brown.

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Photo of KLHBB
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Opaque chocolate brown, a really creamy feel. Smell and taste of malt, chocolate, coffee. I was originally drawn to the name but the brown ale (one of my faves) stands on its own. New Castle used to be my standard (and I'll always have a soft spot for it!) but Moose Drool is the new standard for this style.

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

Serving: Bottle, from the bottle
Served: 4 July 2015

Appearance: Had this one from the bottle so I can't really comment on the beer. The bottle art, though kitschy, is okay though.

Smell: Sweet caramel notes, hints of toffee, and solid assertions of honey whole-wheat bread with an overlaying herbal quality from any hops.

Taste: Similar as the nose, but with a bit more of a dirty, earthen note to it. Definitely not terrible, but rougher than necessary though. Any herbal notes from the nose were not as identifiable on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation makes this one feel a bit bigger than one would suspect.

Overall: Not a bad beer, especially for a style as underloved as the brown ale. Not close to SN Tumbler though. Would drink again, but probably wouldn't buy.

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Photo of Meganomiidae
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: served in a hefe glass with a puffy tan head. Deep ruby red to brown.

S: hint of green pepper and rich oatmeal. Otherwise pretty generic.

T: Very unique. The EKG hops shine in the flavor with a playful spiciness I often find in well done Belgian saisons. Very dry finish, with a strong semi-sweet chocolate and slight coffee backbone. Mostly very light malt flavors, with absolutely no burnt aspects. Tastes like a very well done and only slightly bitter black lager.

F: creamy smooth for the most part, with a prickly tingle after the swallow.

O: solid and worth trying on a trip out west, since I've seen so many clone recipes out there!

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

Tried this on tap at a restaurant in San Jose, CA. Served in a tulip.

A: Brown with a thin head, some lacing

S: Malty, toasty

T: Same as smell, plus a bit of a floral hop note

F: Medium

O: A good brown ale. I easily drank two glasses of this.

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Photo of Safa1
4.48/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. Others have to use nitrogen to make a beer this smooth. Brown ales are fucking awesome and I feel blessed to have this distributed to Ca. Bring some to a friend that swears by Newcastle and chant U S A! U S A! No caramel colored additives.

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Photo of Gumbo2go
4.54/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Moose Drool. I rank other Montana dark beers against this benchmark. This is one nice dark beer. Smooth, delicious with a mild roasted barley flavor and a light chocolate finish. Hops are light and in the background without being overbearing. Never disappointed drinking a few of these.

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Photo of dabone
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle. Dark brown but clear. Decent head, good aroma for a nut brown ale. Flavor was more alcohol than nuts, marginal. Thin texture. Not bad, but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of drunkenmess
3.21/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Overall a nice light brown ale. Typical style, I like. Poured deep amber brown. Nice light tan head that stays, good lacing thru out. Tastes light but bittersweet. Very comforting. Never underestimate

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Photo of Skitzopathic
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Saw it at a liquor store and decided to try it. Haven't tried many brown ales yet (hoping to change that) so I dont have a good base line, but I was pleasantly surprised with this beer.

Appearance - dark amber "roasted" colour, smallish head.

Smell - roasty with a slight hint of nutty smoke.

Taste - roasted and malty flavours

Feel - pleasant, balanced.

Overall - compared to the few other brown ales I have had, this is definitely one of the better ones.

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice oaky brown hue. Smallish manila white head. Clarity was high.

S - Not overly hoppy which is nice. Like an old fence post with just a tiny hint of smoke.

T - Thick malty flavors. Tiny aftertaste of hops but not overpowering.

M - Pleasant well bodied. Not too watery or astringent or bubbly. Good balance.

O - A great representation of the style. Not overly reliant on hops like many American Brown Ales. This beer could hold it's own against some of it's older English siblings and cousins.

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Photo of E-McFarden
3.04/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown in color with lagery Scents and nutty undertones. Obvious nutty tones With biscuity base malts. Alcohol is subtle and presents a wet mouthfeel. Session beer to me

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

4/5/15 (Bottle) - Dark brown pour, thick generous tan head, minimal carbonation. Roast malt aroma with a hint of caramel. Very smooth and pleasant beer to drink, nice roasted malt taste, not very high ABV but nice kick. Very good offering.

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Photo of RenzoD
3.37/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Maybe I'm just not really into Brown ales but every time I have this beer I like it a little less. Super bubbly and large head. Dark brown color. Very malty. Very very roasty. Almost a burnt ash-tray kind of finish. Has a pretty smooth mouthfeel. It is pretty drinkable but not totally impressive.

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Photo of Gully1
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very smooth and easy drinker. Not much hop to this brown but good malty caramel flavor. Great mouth feel and never to much carbonation out of the bottles

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Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
3.7 out of 5 based on 2,655 ratings.
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