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Moo Thunder Stout - Butternuts Beer & Ale

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Reviews: 330
Hads: 677
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 20.39%
Wants: 22
Gots: 58 | FT: 0
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Butternuts Beer & Ale visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Risser09 on 03-26-2007

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Photo of DuaneL
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is thick and rich; but amazingly only 4.9%, which is very appealing. A contender with Left Hand's Milk Stout, for sure. Worth looking into other beers from this brewery. Found at Elkton.

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Photo of 57md
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with ruby edges and a finger of beige head. The nose is pleasantly roasty. The flavor has bitter and roasty notes with a body that is just a bit light for the style.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a small nonic.

Opaque seal brown liquid is capped by an active camel raft of delicate soft peaks. Ropy lacing, no legs. Adequate retention.

Low roast malt notes with hints of cocoa and hint of cheap tobacco in the nose.

Moderately astringent palate entry with notes of Darjeeling and baker's chocolate. Slowly building roast adds a secondary bittersweet note binding the flavors together. Very low hop presence, and some lingering sugar in the otherwise dry finish. Toasted malt throughout. Well balanced.

Creamy, medium-bodied, eminently drinkable, with decent carbonation.

A good example of the style, simple without being simplistic, and a good value compared to the extremely limited options otherwise found on the shelf for this style in SoCal (while not quite as good as Left Hand, this beer is 70% cheaper at my local).

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz can into a speiglau stout glass.

Color is thick black opaque with a nice slightly tan head.

Aroma is creamy milk roasty like a roast malt milk shake.

Taste is thin but really roasty.

Good stout great drinker.

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Photo of Nyg
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another one that surprised me. The can just caught me eye. Very dark in color with an extra dark chocolate roasted coffee taste. Not heavy like most stouts but I'd drink again for sure

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Photo of ryanmextorf
3.02/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Sorry to be the downer here... but this thing sucks. Pours a thin, watery blackish color with a decent finger and a half of head. Smells of roast. Thats about it. Almost identical to a porter, of which I'm not a huge fan. Mouthfeel was very, very thin, and the taste left quite a bit to be desired. Really just had a sweet, bitter roast character that lingered for some time on the back of the pallet. I guess for the price or someone who is just getting into craft this is fine. But I'll probably never drink this one again.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

P- Giant Beer Garden in Hampden Township

A- dark black that is opaque. Light tan head with average lacing.

S- sweet toffee and milky nose with light caramel malt.

F- toffee and caramel with a milky sweetness

M- creamy smooth body that is very easy to put back.

O- a good milk stout. simple and to the point and well balanced.

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Photo of blindhoedeath
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Got it because the quirky packaging caught my eye. Was not disappointed. It's an oddly smooth for how thick it is and its got an amazing foam to it. So smooth. I can't remember another stout that's gone down so easy. Great beer. Would buy again.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with light head and little lacing. Smells of toffy and malt. Light on the tongue, but decent roasted flavors linger with no discernable alcohol. Very tasty!

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Photo of illpass78
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a stout glass.

Appearance: Pours a solid black with a big two-finger tan head. Spotty lacing on the way down. Looks like a sturdy stout.

Aroma: Lots of nice smells here - milk chocolate, dark coffee with a little bit of sugar, dark malts, and some caramel.

Taste: Those milk chocolate, caramel and coffee notes are there, and there's also some licorice. The creamy, milky sweetness I expected is there, but it's not overpowering. Not just a dessert beer; could pair with chili or stew.

Mouthfeel: Kind of surprised by its lack of body. Lighter than your average stout. Not a flaw so much as a surprising trait. Approachable.

Overall: Very nice not-so-sweet sweet stout. Better than their popular pale ale.

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Photo of jds16
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

I was expecting a tolerable cheap beer. What I got was a surprisingly pleasant cheap beer. A little sweet, a little roasty, no hops to speak of. This one's pretty simple and goes down easy, and ain't nothing wrong with that.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance- The beer pours a black/deep brown color with a one finger off-white head of foam. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading to leave a great level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a sweeter caramel and milk chocolate smell with nice notes of crème. Along with these smells comes a lighter coffee aromas and a decent showing of a roasted smell.

Taste – The taste starts out drier then would have been anticipated for a milk stout but not too dry. It starts with a rather strong roasted malt flavor with a moderate showing of caramel and sweeter milk chocolate flavors. These sweeter flavors lose a bit of ground more toward the end but are replaced by a bit more roastedness and a little more dark chocolate and coffee. With all the transitions and tastes that occur, leaving a rather rich (for a stout of only 4.9 % abv) roasted and moderately sweetened dark flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the lighter to average side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. Both are rather nice for the mix of roasted and sweeter flavors of the brew and create a nice base for the flavors to be well sensed, all while still maintaining the easy drinking feel.

Overall- A rather tasty, somewhat, but not overly, drier-milk stout, which packs a whole lot of flavor into a little bit of abv. This is a rather nice more winter style, sessionable brew.

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Photo of nje123
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Just a really good straightforward sweet stout, but not too sweet.
Easy drinking with hints of coffee, milk and dark chocolate at the end. The flavor dissipates quickly with a fairly dry finish.
Just plain good. Also, love the cans.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picking myself up with a stout. Out of a 12 ounce can, on to the beer:

With a tanned inch of head of top, this stout is nearly ink black colored with a vague hue of brown at the bottom of the glass. Solid head retention. The aroma isn't afraid to come out and play, but more important is that it's appealing. Mostly milk sweet with a pleasant roasty backbone and kiss of mocha.

Not only a flavorful stout, but an easy drinking one as well. It's pleasantly sweet with that edge of roasty stout, and even a kiss of orange from who knows where. It's light bodied but tastes much stronger than that.

Impressive milk stout. Moo Thunder will be on the shopping list for future beer runs (as long as I see it in Orange County).

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Photo of ZagZagg
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into snifter

A: Slick frothy black brew, solid and completely opaque. Two finger root beer looking hat with nice staying power and decent collar to boot. Viscosity looks medium to light, pleasing to the eye.

S: Sweet syrupy aroma of caramel, bakers and milk chocolate, slightly roasted malt aromas. Some nutty notes melding with brown sugar, a lot of caramelized burnt sugar. Aroma isn’t too prevalent, somewhat subdued.

T: Forward feel is roasted malt riddled with strong lactose sweetness. Milk chocolate, with just a touch of bitterness added from the edge of the burnt malts. Hard or mineral water has remarkable influence in the flavor, imparting sandy, slightly metallic flavors. Overall, I find it shallow on the palate, almost diluted.

M: Waaay too light, watery almost. Flavors are diluted in the understated mouthfeel. Drinkability is high by virtue of the mouthfeel, can be guzzled.

O: The nose gave it away with its lack of luster. The flavor profiles are pleasing, but far too subtle. The mouthfeel is the final straw. It’s too light, too watery. Honestly one of the first beers I feel I can clearly identify the influence of the water used in the brewing process. Not terrible, just not what I’m looking for in a milk stout.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Packaged 5/22/14.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, vanilla, and cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same with char and slight cocoa flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but the flavors in this one are quite char forward to me.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can packaged 5/22/14 at 40 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma of roasted malt
Head large (5.5 cm), light brown, creamy with rocks, rapidly diminishing to
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor begins with a roasted malt sweetness, but not too sweet. Ends with a slight bitterness, maybe a hint of bitter chocolate. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, watery, soft carbonation.

This is a quite tasty stout, in fact I’m having trouble typing this review because I keep grabbing my glass instead. This is the (to me) perfect balance of malt sweetness and hop bitterness, such that I can’t taste any hops, only their closing bitterness. So far, this is the best offering I’ve had from Butternuts.

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Photo of leantom
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I saw this in the store and thought, "Why Not?" Here goes:

A: Dark black and opaque. Pours a slight head that quickly dissipates. Normal amount of lacing for a stout. Very generic.

S: Pretty good. No hops; hints of roasted malt and chocolate. Pretty simple, and not much can be attributed to this stout's smell other than dark malt.

T: Very simple, but still adequate. Dark, roasted malts coat the palate. Lots of caramel and roasted malts that impart a sweet and chocolatey taste. It's nowhere near as full-bodied and complex as many of the other stouts on the market. Overall, though, a very decent stout with lots of chocolate flavor. Nothing special, though.

M: Thick like a stout. Not as thick as many of the other stouts I've tried, but it still imparts substantial character. Good.

O: A very simple stout. It imparts the chocolate and roasted malts characteristic of most stouts. However, the lack of complexity may turn off beer aficionados that are used to thick, complex stouts that linger on the palate.

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Photo of Mikecap
3.29/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. can into a can-shaped glass.

A: Pours a deep brown with a thin khaki head, small patches of lacing remain on the glass.

S: Nice chocolate and some nuttiness are most prominent, a bit of coffee as well.

T: Some nuttiness starts on the palate and the chocolate comes through. Not overly sweet but enjoyable tastes do come through.

M: Medium bodied and smooth, easy drinking with a creamy finish and low bitterness.

O: A decent everyday stout that I'd try again. Far from the best of the style, but definitely worth a try.

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Photo of fscottkey
2.84/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A: Dark brown, but not black. Pours with a 2 1/2 finger light tan head that recedes really quickly. Leaves no lacing on the glass.

S: Slight chocolate tones. Nothing dominate in the smell. Maybe a hint of fruit.

T: The taste follows the nose - there is just not that much complexity. Slight bitter chocolate. Maybe a little smoke. Even as it warms I am not getting anything different.

M: Initial mouth feel is very smooth. Then there is a slight feel of carbonation at the back.

O: I had hoped for this to be a winner. I am always pulling for beer from my area. This is an okay brew - but not my favorite in this category.

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Photo of asaharyev
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pour: Extremely dark, almost black with hints of brown near the edges. A whole lot of cream-colored head that fades slowly, leaving a bit of lacing.

Aroma: Chocolate malts are very strong up front, as well as a ton of coffee. There’s a nuttiness in the background, too, and a touch of bitterness, which actually pairs itself with the coffee.

Taste: The coffee becomes the frontrunner in the flavor, but not all the chocolate is lost. There is a nice sweetness to this from the unfermentable sugar, and a nice bit of balancing bitterness at the end. The beer has a flavor reminiscent of dark chocolate covered espresso beans.

Overall: This is, honestly, way better than I expected. I’ve had Pork Slap Pale Ale, and was thoroughly underwhelmed, but this stout is pretty excellent. It’s not the best milk stout in the world, but it's near the top of my budget beer list.

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Photo of BWED
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into a craft pint.

A- Near black in color, a very deep brown. Some light comes through. Tan head retains some, but not by the time I'm done.

S- Combo of roasted malts and burnt sugar. A burnt sweetness comes out.

T- Subtle roasted flavor blanketed by sweetness. A really great mix of the two.

M- Very smooth in feel, like expected, with a good creaminess. Sweet, but slightly dry in the finish.

O- I was impressed with this one. It's a good balance between the roast and sweetness. Not much depth, but this is, simply, a milk stout.

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Photo of KiPhat
3.12/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've never been a big fan of stouts so I'm pretty critical of most of them. Sometime I'll run into one I find outstanding, but that's few and far between. So take this review with a grain of salt.

A - Poured out of the can, It looks alright, but lacks head retention, so this beer quickly looses its visual appeal.
S - Nice malty, slightly chocolatey aroma.
T - A relatively light blend of malts.
M - Decent.
O - Not bad, Not memorable. Ok.

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Photo of DrinkNewport
3.19/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

There are stouts out there that are crammed with a massive complex of flavors, high ABVs and the kind of demand that would make Ferrari blush. This is not one of them.

It pours black(which is good) and with almost no head (which is not).

This beer has a faint aroma of roasted malts...and that's it. If I was blindfolded, I would assume that I was smelling a beer that was a foot away, when it's under my nose.

The flavor is mild.

If you have no interest in the extreme stout arms race, then this is a beer for you. If you are a veteran of those beers, however, you'll probably find Moo Thunder a bit bland.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can purchased and drank at John's Tex Mex in Rochester, NY. Not exactly a world-class pairing with Mexican food, a milk stout, but this one still tasted pretty good.

Pours a glossy black color, with a fizzy 1.5 inch head, and a little bit of lacing down the glass.

Smells fairly roasty, with some used coffee beans and chocolate flavors.

The taste is similar. Not the most vibrant stout ever, of course, given the 4.9% ABV, but it takes what its got and does well with it. The aforementioned aromas translate to the taste, with roasted malt being the dominant flavor. Some creamy lactose flavor is also noted.

Light to medium bodied, creamy, smooth mouthfeel, low carbonation. Very drinkable.

A very sessionable milk stout. Simple, but still exciting to drink.

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