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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.

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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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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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Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
3.7 out of 5 based on 2,667 ratings.
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