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 loren01
2.63/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Had this at the taproom in Missoula. Beer is a translucent brown color, good sized white head, good lacing.
S: Doesn't smell like much really, maybe some vanilla sweet scents in there
T: Slightly nutty with the same vanilla sweetness that I smelled
M: Smooth, goes down fairly easily
D: I've had this many times before and I remember it being better than this. This is the most popular beer probably in all of Montana, but probably my least favorite from Big Sky. Proof that having a catchy name sells beer.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
2.08/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Looks nice with good head retention and a pretty good lacing. Color isn't so much brown, but it is dark. Sweet and raosty smell made me think this would be a good brown ale, but not so. Taste is green beans(?), roastiness and slight chocolate malts. It's off-putting. Mouthfeel is bad, just not very good. Overall this scared me and I wouldn't have another.

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

Served in a pub glass. Pours a garnet-brown with a one finger frothy beige head that thins to a filmy ring quickly. Moderation amounts of carbonation.

Smells of roasted malts, coffee, nuts, and a powdered dark chocolate. I also smell a rootbeer like sweetness.

Tastes malty sweet initially with a nice nutty flavor that progresses into a light coffee taste and finishes with a slight bitterness. The coffee element may finish a little overroasted, but it is not unpleasant.

Medium bodied beer. Mouthfeel is slightly thinner than I prefer, but very nice overall. Clean mouthfeel. Well balanced. Very easy to drink. Highly sessionable. Not very complex in flavors, but a nice tasty brew.

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Photo of therica
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice dark chocolate-red, nice big foamy light-brown head that stayed and laced in islands, long afterwards.

Nose was a bit tinny hops. Reminds me a bit of being in a canvas tent.

Taste a nice molasses-malt with mild hops and some hints of licorice or more likely anise.

Aftertaste is pleasant although not my preferred, overall. Still a very drinkable beer for a few with a good beefy or beany meal. Coincidence that we're watching Brokeback Mountain, I should have cooked something other than sausage to eat with this good Montana beer, however.

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

The beer pours a deep brown color with hints of red and a light lacing. It has a toasted malt smell. The taste starts with a toasted grainy malt flavor with hints of chocolate and finishes with a crisp nutty bite. The beer is clean and refreshing. It has a nice bite and a fresh after taste. In all the beer is smooth and well blended, very drinkable.

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Photo of watermelonman
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured to a very dark shade of brown with a small head that quickly shrank down to a ring. There's a fair amount of lace, though.

The smell is strong and pleasing. Nuts, toffee, and chocolate add to a nice deep malt base. The taste is smooth, with mostly malts up front. Nuts and chocolate take over through the finish. The mouthfeel is somewhat light but still solid.

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

Thought i'd finally give this one a try when lflesh gave me a bottle.

I put some classical music on, sat on the couch and poured into my pint glass. A deep ice-t brown with a solid half inch of oatmeal colored head filled my glass. Pleasant scents of roasted malts and nuts waffed up to my nose. The taste was of a faintly bitter, somewhat nutty roasted malts all in harmony complimenting each other. A good all around flavor. Nicely carbonated, smooth with a medium mouthfeel. Quite easy to drink. this was a pleasnt surprise.

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Photo of Gehoffrey426
3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Moose Drool Brown Ale is a very good bridge between a brown ale and a stout. Its appearance is that of a dark brown, like that of fine antique furnature. The beer has the bitterness in the after taste that is familiar with a stout, however it has the more complex presentation of flavours that comes from a brown ale. Think of it as a black and tan, but as one beer. The bitterness in the after taste is delightful at first, but as I got closer to the bottom the glass, it became more and more prevelant and almost undesireable to drink. Unfortunately I was not able to sample this beer on draught, only in bottled form.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer was served in a Imperial Pint glass. This beer was from loren01. The beers survived the cross country trip.

Appearance: The beer is a deep mahagony coloration. The head was about one finger high and resolved to a ring of foam.

Smell: The beer has a very pleasing toasted malty smell. A choco-nutty combo greats my nose.

Taste: The beer has a primarily toasted malty flavor. The beer has a nice choco-nutty flavor.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is medium bodied. The beer doesnt really go to any extremes in smell or flavor. This is the kind of beer you could drink all day long.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a dark brown color with hints of red, thick tan head and good lacing. Aroma was very much a nutty malt. Chocolate and caramel malts dominated the flavor. Had an okay finihhs, but nothing spectacular. I had a friend from Montana highly recommend this, and while it is not my favorite beer or style, it wasn't bad for a Brown Ale.

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

Pours a deep, dark mahogany, with a frothy tan head which settles quickly and leaves minimal lacing. Fruity on the nose, cherries and plums, a bit of pineapple and plenty of friendship cake. Carbonation reminds me of fizzy soda. Tangy, a bit tart, but ultimately rather sweet and maybe a bit uninteristeng to me. I've had this beer numerous times on draught and in bottles, but I'm tasting something new this time. Bitterness is very well restrained, but more prominent than I remember, which is a good thing, as this beer has always struck me as sweet and one-dimensional in the past. Mouthfeel is light but smooth, and works well with the tanginess. For whatever reason (is this an old bottle?) this beer seems to have come into its own, either the recipe and brewing process has been stableized and become more consistent or I'm just in the mood for a tasty British style brown ale this morning, but this is really working for me. Not my favorite in the style (I certainly have other favorite brown ales on either side of the style spectrum) and I know it ain't right to hold a grudge forever (Moose Drool had a Fat Tire-like word of mouth a number of years back, causing me some consternation at retail), so I'll have to give Moose Drool credit where credit is due: it's a solid, tasty brew.

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Photo of Gavage
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: dark brown with some burgandy highlights at the glass edge. Nice thick 2" head that lingers around a while.

Smell: a bit of roasted malt sweetness and toffee is evident.

Taste: lighty roasted malt, toffee, and very soft dark choclate tones all wrapped in a mild nuttiness. Very mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: basically smooth with a bit of crispness at the start and it finishes very smooth. Medium bodied. The flavors linger on the tongue for a while after swallowing.

Drinkability: while winding down an evening outside my hotel room enjoying the sunset over the central Washington mountains, I drank a few of these without pulling out an alternative from the cooler. Just as simple and enjoyable session beer that goes down easy.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted on-tap at Henry's 12th Street Tavern in Portland, OR on 06/15/06.

Brown/Mahogany in color with a decent light beige head. Nice aroma of light roasted malts and chocolate/cocoa powder. Flavor was well balanced by malts but certainly not hoppy. It was lightly sweet but certainly nothing to complain about. Light-medium bodied and easy drinking.

A solid Brown Ale but a touch more American in my mind than it is English.

Per BS website:
Pale, caramel, chocolate, and whole black malts.
Kent Goldings, Liberty, and Willamette hops.
OG 13 P
ABV 5.3%

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Moose Drool

Under the bottle cap it say's, "mulligan".

Appearance- Dark mahogany brown with a huge billowy head. Thick lacing on the glass. Head held up throughout the beer.
Smell- Light walnut/ chestnut/ hazelnut with a touch of coffee bean.
Taste- Light hazelnut with an equal balance of malt and coffee bean.
Mouthfeel- Smooth, creamy and easily drinkable. warms the palate.

Overall- An easy beer to chug! Nice flavor and feel. Not a BIG ale here but a nice easy 1.

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

appearance: one of those beer's you see around here so often that you just shrug your shoulder's and get a sixpack. pours a bit light for a brown, more like dark amber. small head that fades.

smell: good, if subdued smell of brown malts. a bit of sweetness light on the hops. nice

taste: I guess this one grew on me. it's a little less roasty than some brown's, although miles roastier than newcastle or acme brown. a hint of english sweet chocolates, blends with some roast and some malt backbone. not much hops. just enough bitterness.

mouthfeel: medium light mouthfeel. aids in drinkability which good.
A good all purpuse soild go to beer. Damn i've had ton's of west coast brown's lately and this hold's it's own. Nothing to seek out, just another solid brown ale.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on-tap (pint glass), Capt. Ankeny's, Portland, OR:

A: A good-looking dark mahogany/brown w/ garnet highlights, nice ivory head w/ clingy lace

S: Not much smell. What I get is somewhat metallic with maybe a hint of toasted malt. Wonder if it's too cold or the serving equipment is off? Regardless, low marks for smell.

T: good, well-balanced. Nice roasted malt flavors with a light bitterness. Again, a bit of a metallic twang...

M: Sharp initially but mellow finish. A little thin, with flavor clinging more to the roof of my mouth than to the tongue. Medium body but lots of carbonation.

D: Not flawed, but not the best brown ale I've enjoyed, either. Wouldn't refuse one if offered, but wouldn't seek one out. Worthy of a try...

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Photo of Wasatch
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark brown/black color, nice carbonation, small head, nice lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of sweet malts, and toffee/caramel.

T - The taste is nice sweet malty, and a nice after taste of toffee.

M - Medium body, nice slight carbonated feel.

D - Drinkable. A nice tasty brew.

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Photo of supercolter
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- dark, dark amber/brown almost black in color, looks pretty thick, but little to no lacing, and small one finger head
S- wasn't too potent until about halfway through the glass, smelled some oatmeal and coffee/chocolate malts and some nutiness as well, the warmer it got the more the alcohol started coming through
T- not a bad flavor, just not one I could drink all night, again the malts are here that I mentioned earlier, and the alcohol taste turned on quite a bit about halfway through
M-good mouthfeel wasn't too carbonated, but felt decently heavy
D- get one and then get a different one to catch up

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Photo of geexploitation
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with some nice carbonation and a decent head that quickly subsides. Supple, inviting and deep brown body. Toasted and vienna malts in the nose, along with warm, spicy yeasts provide a classic brown ale aromatic profile. The palate opens up with zesty carbonation and a slight brown ale sourness, then moves to a metallic tinge and then a sustained grainy note that hangs onto the tongue for a long finish. Mouthfeel is full and round and quite substantial for a brown ale. Highly drinkable and, I would think, an excellent food accompaniment.

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

From notes of June 2nd, 2006 visit to The Ranch Steakhouse in Devils Lake, North Dakota.

Poured into the glass a solid dark chestnut brown with a firm camel colored head. Lacing was impressively thick and appealing.

Smell was dark toasty caramel malts, nutty with a hint of freshly mowed grass.

Taste was toasted sweet malts, mild chocolate middle followed by a nutty, drying hop finish. A bit more hopped than expected for the style, but it works nicely.

Medium-light bodied. Moderate carbonation.

It was a real treat to be in the region and get a couple of really fresh pints on tap. Don't pass up a chance to try this one on tap. Quite a treat.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a six-pack of Moose Drool Brown Ale at the grocery store to taste, review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a pint glass.

Pours a dark translucent brown/black color and is clear. A foamy two-finger beige head forms and is quite resilient. The head laces the sides of the glass nicely.

The smell is fairly strong and malty. There is a caramel aroma, a dairy presence like ice cream, and a faint smell of alcohol.

The taste is smokey, with a coffee flavor, and a hint of caramel. It’s a brown ale, but I think it tastes a lot like a porter.

Mouth feel is full bodied, but smooth and not particularly filling. The beer is moderately carbonated.

This is a very drinkable beer, and I would certainly have it again. I think Moose Drool would be especially good as a winter beer. It’s tasty, has a nice combination of flavors, and robust but smooth mouth feel. Very nice.

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

Very sweet malty aroma is breadier than many Browns and almost touches on the Malt aroma of a Malta pop. Brown with amber hues and a quickly diminishing tan head. Big chocolate/caramel/malt powder punch in the fore. Some fruity apple notes in the middle and a mildly dry nutty finish. I just had the Deschutes Brown Ale and along with this one it gives me hope that there are still very good Brown Ales being made today.

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, no freshness date noted.

pours root beer brown, with a fluffy, long lasting beige head.

Thin rings of lace are left behind.

Aroma is light caramel/toffee, and a little bit of bubblegum sweetness.

Flavor is caramel and chocolate, watered down coffee.

Simple but nice, easy drinking session brew.

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Photo of mattdavis452
1.43/5  rDev -61.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I was quite harsh on my ratings for this brew for good reason - it tasted and smelled like carbonated vomit.

The appearance was beautiful, a dark, rich brown with a little light coming through.

Smell and taste though, as noted above, were worse than atrocious.

Mouthfeel was a little better, it was somewhat crisp.

Drinkability comes straight from taste, and based on my rating of the taste, don't even think about drinking this one.

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Photo of hanco005
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated as packaged on 3/05/05 so it is about 14th months old, poured into a nonic pint glass

A—pours dark solid brown with a hint of light that comes from the bottom and sides, 2 inch cloud like tan head that turns into an island blob of foam that floats on top, spotty lacing all around

S—nutty tones are strongest, some caramel and bread/biscuity notes, sweet

T—smoky, nutty, caramel, coffee, some biscuity notes here as well, stays sweet the whole time, I am not detecting any bitterness, very tasty

M—smooth, but a little watery, medium bodied, good carbonation

D—a solid brown ale. Easy to drink and could be a good session beer

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Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
3.7 out of 5 based on 2,709 ratings.
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