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 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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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark reddish-brown with a medium-tan head.
The aroma is full of toffee and biscuit.
Nice tasting beer. Big toffee, cracker and biscuit notes up front with a nice bittering finish and even a hint of dark fruit.
Mouthfeel is medium and smooth.
A very decent brown ale.

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Photo of chadski
2.85/5  rDev -23%
look: 1.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Very weak pour with little head and no lacing. Decently sweet, malty aroma, Flavor has a respectable balance between toasty malts and hoppy bitterness.

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

Ultra dark brown beer with a nice tan head....large bubbled. The smell is malty, some roasty notes, and no real fruit. Taste has a melanoid flavor..lots of converted sugars and roasty flavors. Some malt. Bitter balance, but the hops ar not a real factor in the taste. Full in body. Mall idly good.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours light brown with a small head.
Nose shows sweet bready malt along with toasty and nutty notes.
Similar flavours, sweet bready malt, some light toasty characters.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Brown, dark, with a rusty shade, slightly opaque but mostly transparent. Short tan head, quick to fade to a thin cap. Minor lacing.

S - Malt, mild roasted notes suggest caramel and wheat toast.

T - Follows the nose, but adds a mid-point of spice and earthy hop elements. The close is still sweet, but only mildly so.

M - Brisk, with just a touch of drying on the end.

O - A decent, but not exceptional, beer. Tastes good, drinks well. Just not the most robust or nuanced brown I've enjoyed.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brown with a slight red tint. One finger creamy head.
S- malty, aggressive carmel smell, much like my favorite octofests. Sweet.
T- tasty. Great balance with mostly Carmel malty taste with very light chocolate taste. A nearly undetectable hop finish. Vanilla notes detectable.
F- good enough to drink several of these.
O- I was kind of disappointed. Not a very complexed beer, however I haven't had many good browns.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear brown-red, light tan soapy head with sticky lace, pretty full.

S: Roasted malt, nutty toffee, mild smoke.

T: Same as nose, with addition of hop resins and bitterness.

M: Watered-down. very little texture.

O: Unoffensive everyman beer.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've enjoyed Moose Drool in several incarnations, in several settings from Yellowstone to Whitefish to my basement. This sampling is out of a can ($6 for a sixer) picked up on our way home from Montana. Moose Drool pours nicely - a burst of tawny head that gradually disappears. It is a rich ruby color (I think - I am color blind after all). The nose is chocolate and caramel, the taste full of chocolate and happiness. This beer is creamy, smooth and generally delicious.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a translucent chestnut color with a modest head of khaki foam that disappears in short order. Mild aroma smells of caramel and grassy hops with a slight nutty character as well.

The nuttiness is more pronounced in the taste, which also includes a big kick of grain husk toward the middle and end. Grassy hops lend balance but overstay their welcome in the finish. Traces of milk chocolate manifest with a little warming. Light body and crisp carbonation create a semi-creamy mouthfeel that comes off a bit thin for my liking.

Overall, this is a straightforward and drinkable brown ale, albeit lacking in nuance and complexity. I’m hardly a brown ale connoisseur though, so take this review with a grain of salt.

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Photo of bmeehan
4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Moose Drool pours a nice deep shade of brown and tastes...not brown. It's got a good, rich flavor that doesn't tend to drift in either direction (bitter or sweet). It sits in the middle and has a light enough body to want to drink more than one without feeling shitty about it.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a twelve ounce bottle into a snifter.

Beautiful creamy, frothy oatmeal-colored head. Brown and amber body with good clarity against light. 4.5

Heavy caramel aroma with a touch of coffee. Light floral hops. 4

Toasted caramel, bread heavy, floral hops, sweet caramel finish. Good mix of flavors, but nothing too explosive. 3.5

Body is lighter than I'd like, but there's a nice creamy mouthfeel. A sprinkling of hop bitterness on the finish dries this out a bit. Touches of sweetness at times, but it's not cloying in the least. 3.5

This brew is very much like a number of English brews I'm familiar with. It seems pretty true to style in that sense. It makes for a good beer, but certainly one of subtleties and light flavor and aroma. 3.5

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Photo of JCBears
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Appearance: vigorous carbonation and a rich Amber brown really stand nicely with the regal beast on the bottle

Smell: spicy almost Christmas notes which clear the nostrils. Spicy with a hint of sweetness

Taste: smooth creamy and sweet with a spicy bight holding out for the end a good beer for November after a successful hunt

Mouthfeel: a bit disappointing. For the taste it could be a bit richer and fuller

Overall: I just told my wife I would buy this buy the six pack

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Photo of TheFrothDoctor
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

This brown ale does not dissapoint, pours a deep brown ruby red colour with a small frosty off white head. The aroma included dark chocolate and spice with hints of toffee nut lashed throughout.
The taste is very light for a brown ale, low to medium levels of carbonation made moosedrool a real pleasure to drink. The flavours comprise of chocolate malts that simmer down to a roasted peanut & toffee brittle aftertaste. Overall a fantastic easy drinking beer for 5.1%

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Photo of barczar
3.7/5  rDev 0%

Toasted, nutty malt, with caramel and light floral hops form the aroma. There's a hint of chocolate and an almost smoky character. Flavor is herbal, smoky, nutty, with a hint of fruity specialty malt character and cola. The finish is dry and a touch bitter. A fairly even heel brew without any stand-out characteristics. The smoky notes are unexpected.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%

From a bottle into a New Belgium globe
A: rich brown with a ruby tinge around the edges, 1" head that subsides into a film
S: A little sweet and very earthy/malty, some light nutty notes blended in there, and a faint whiff of chocolate.
T: follows the nose...a little caramel sweetness but balanced; the end is nice, with some light earthy and nutty notes that stick with you.
M: Pretty soft, would say creamy except its a little too thin

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Starts with a malty nose with more lightly roasted grains than chocolate with a hint of sweetness. Pours brilliant chestnut brown with a 1" fluffy light tan head that dissipates to a thick film. The palate starts between caramel and chocolate over light roasted nuts moving more to chocolate then a hint of coffee before finishing with a lingering nutty chocolate finish. Very creamy with very fine soft carbonation with a medium body. Everything is very nicely balanced with out a trace of harshness. There are just enough hops on the finish to balance the malty sweetness of the beer.

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

A: A warm chestnut brown with a thin film of head.

S: Notes of nuts and toffee. Maybe a wet moose if you let your mind wander.

M: A little thin, and moderately active carbonation which lends to its drinkability; very high for a dark beer.

T: Promise of the nose seems underserved in taste which is fairly one-note and can be summed up as all NUTS, not chocolate-covered malt balls, just NUTS. It's like they squeezed nuts to a max. You taste walnut, yadi yadi yada, and you get the earthiness of the shell and the bitterness of a walnut that has been juiced. Some dark German black bread quality adds to the earthiness and gives the body some stability. Nary any sweetness, which would actually undermine it's drinkability and strength.

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Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
3.7 out of 5 based on 2,683 ratings.
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