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 | website

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 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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Photo of Crosling
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ruby brown color. Malt accented aroma, with tiramisu hints, mocha and hazelnut, nuts and caramel, and spicy hops, though light. Herbaceous and medicinal flavors with toasty accents and coffee and chocolate flavors. Light hop contribution and a fairly creamy and full body. Maybe it isn’t all in the name.

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Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear burnt caramel color with a foamy tannish head that leaves plenty of lacing

Smell: Biscuity brown bread nose with a touch of malted chocolate

Taste: Starts with a sweet bready, malty flavor that is joined by a vague bit of bitterness on the finish

Mouthfeel: A touch light bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Certainly an enjoyable brown with enough flavor to make it interesting

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Photo of stacey14
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was a bit skeptical about this beer at first because I have never been very fond of brown ales, but I have to admit that I really liked it. It poured out to a nice mahogany-brown color without too much head and little lacing, and the mouthfeel was delightfully in between too thick and too thin. As Goldilocks would say, just right. The taste was nutty and earthy. Very easy to drink and I can imagine it as a good substitute for your typical party beers during the cooler months.

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Photo of jj21
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark Mohagony color with a thick Tan Head. Decent lacing and head retention. Not very much aroma at first but as it warmed Earthy Roasted tones arose. Taste had a mild flavor of Roasted Malts but needs more. Warm and smooth going down. Easily drinkable.

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Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle -- great label!

Pours out a deep brown color with a head slightly less than 2 fingers. It smells a little sweet and nutty. The taste is a little sweet as well. The hops are subtle. It has a nice chocolate and roasted malt flavor. It goes down smooth and crisp.

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

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.19.

Pours a dark mahogany color. When held to the light one can see through it more clearly than one would expect otherwise. One inch light tan head that dropped fairly quickly, yet left a foam collar for some time in my Big Sky Brewing pint glass.

There's a slightly robust grainy note, along with a molasses-like sweetness.

The taste begins with a grainy note, almost immediately followed by a sweet flavor somewhere between molasses and caramel. Things finish out with a dry hoppiness that is just enough to balance the sweet aspects. I wouldn't mind more brown ales to end on such a note.

This would make a good beer to introduce to someone whose idea of a dark beer is Newcastle. The slightly hoppy contrast might actually get them to move on to more adventurous beers. I'm relatively surprised I haven't reviewed this before, as it's my regular brown ale (which is not saying much, since I tend to only drink browns occaisionally). One could do a lot worse than this.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass.

Darker than I expected. Deep brown, chesthut color. Head was small but thick. It didn't last long, however.
Smell of biscuit, caramel and weak coffee.
Taste had an initial bite then a nice smooth chocolate/coffee flavor with some molasses and roasted malt. Then the hops hit again. Nice finish.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I actually bought this just to scam the newfangled 16oz aluminum bottle - I have always smiled at Moose Drool's name, but never got around to trying it because I didn't want to commit to a six pack.

This pours out an extremely dark brown, just a few shades lighter than a porter; It lights up ruby when held up to illumination and sports a finger-thick tan-white head that fades down to a thin but complete covering of tiny bubbles. It leaves behind rather handsome lacing, sheets and spots down the glass.

Strong, warm smells of roasted brown sugar make up most of the nose, with a very slight almost ciderish tang and dark fruit background.

Warm, roasty sugary tastes hit the palate immediately, balanced with a gentle coffee quality; The taste is strong, smooth, and pleasant, warm sugars giving way to a gentle metallic astringency and a tight finish.

This has a nice mouthfeel, full but smooth, chewy, with a sleek carbonation.

I often have a hard time on beers with cute names, but I'm really glad I got around to trying this one - it's quite good!

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

Pours a very dark brown with a thick two finger head that slowly fades to a thick ring with quite a bit of lacing.

Smell; there's a bit of a nutty smell as well as some chocolate and sweet malts.

Taste; this pretty follows the smell. There's a slightly roasted nut flavor, with chocolate malts. The finish has a bit of hop bitterness going on. Mouthfeel is a bit thin but not bad, and is an ejoyable and very sessional beer. Thanks to bditty187 for picking this up for me.

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

On-tap at Old Chicago in Minnetonka, MN.

Dark brown body with a half-inch of head, some lacing. Smell is a little weak. Aroma of dark malts. Taste is sweet with notes of brown sugar, molasses and roasted malts. Not a big tasting beer, fairly simple, but very well done. Tastes good, goes down nice, the key elements of a nice session beer.

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Photo of pweis909
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was on the porter side of brown in color, dark, translucent only near the edges of the glass, with a 1- inch tan foam that mostly vanished in a couple minutes.

The smell was chocolate, and the taste was nicely sweet malt sufficiently balanced by hops so as not to be overpowering, with only a lightly bitter finish. The taste was not complicated, but suggested chocolate beershake. An dthat's a good thing.
There was enough body to reinforce the idea without becoming chewy.

Good thirst quencher, and dessert too. I'm smitten by this uncomplicated by well-made beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a frothy light brown colored head that is perhaps a finger thick. The beer is a deep, dark brown color that can't bee seen through, while it was being poured it showed a pretty, clear, rich chestnut color. The aroma is at first sweet with notes of crystal malt but then starts to pick up nutty notes of dark malt, hints of coffee, notes of toasted biscuits, and a note that reminds me of deeply browned toast.

The taste is light and has an up front soft sweetness that quickly picks up notes of lightly roasted coffee. The finish is quite lone and makes me think of brown, richly toasted malt that lingers on the tongue with a slightly astringent quality to it. This beer is quite the easy quaffer, tasty enough to be interesting, but light enough to be a session beer. This is really an enjoyable beer, perhaps a tad simplistic, but sometimes that is what really hits the spot.

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Photo of deBeers
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very lovely brown ale. Bottle presentation is great too.

Pours a one inch beige head with a mahogany body showing ruby highlights in the light. It's got a little body to it but it's not heavy. You can let it sit in the glass for awhile and the taste just stays there and gets better. The head dies down to a concentric ring with some milky way galaxy stuff going on in the middle. It's very nice.

Light, yet crisp carbonation present throughout. I personally like this brew after is sits just a little. Smells and tastes of caramel malts, brown sugar, little notes of coffee and molasses. Yum. Simple, tasty and drinkable.

Highly recommended if you have the chance to try this and even tastier off tap if I recall.


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Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
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