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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Reviews: 905 | Ratings: 2,708
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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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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Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
3.7 out of 5 based on 2,708 ratings.
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