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 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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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Taste is smooth roasty, malty, nutty, and very drinkable.
dark brown and mostly clear, medium body, with a creamy head with some lace. Good all around ale.

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Photo of Sathanas
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drinking the Canadian version... 'Moo Drool' thanks to Moose Head being a bunch of pricks. Well done, simplistic brown ale. Some roasted characters, coffee, nutty, a hint of raisin and some dirty, ashy hops. A really light mouthfeel makes this a great poker night beer but not at all a gamble!

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Photo of Raime
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 - 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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Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
3.7 out of 5 based on 2,708 ratings.
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