Moo Thunder Stout - Butternuts Beer & Ale

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Ratings: 662
Reviews: 329
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 22
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews by Jesstyr:
Photo of Jesstyr
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a can of this at Burger Bar in South Norwalk where it was uniquely served in a mason jar - not your typical glassware.

More a milky dark chocolate, with some subtle brown. Light tan head that is massive and almost completely disappears. No real lacing or anything else remains. Nose is coffee and chocolate - very very malty, as advertised. Kind of has a smokiness to it, which is interesting.

Basically this is a milk chocolate beer...and I prefer dark chocolate. There's a bit of coffee in there, and there is basically a whole lot of malt. Lacks a bit of the balance I would have wanted - sweetness or bitterness. A little lighter body then I would have expected, and this beer is incredibly dry, which hinders its drinkability in my book. Overall its alright, but not the best stout I've ever had...

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I havent been overll impressed as of yet with the Butternuts line of beer I would say the hefeweizen has been the best thus far.This poured into a standard pint glass deep and dark but not ink black it has a bit of ruby colored hue to it a thin tannish colored head is gone quickly leaving no lace,mild chocolate aromas along with some molasses and dark roast coffee.Pretty thin borderline watery but not quite mouthfeel,mild roastiness and bitter chocolate flavors I think its saving grace is a raw earthy finish keeping it somewhat balanced.Pretty low in alcohol no doubt wich is true to style but it lacks alot.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue IX:

Moo Thunder comes in a can featuring a cartoon cow with dangling utters, jumping as its ass is getting jolted by a black lightning bolt. Ha! We just remembered that Black Lightning was the first black comic book hero in the late '70s. Man, he was one badass crime fighter.

Pours a rich, opaque black with dark brown edges and a creamy tan lace. Soft aroma, all malt, with some roastiness, dark chocolate and a hint of milkiness. Smooth up front, with a medium body and even consistency that's on the lighter side of the Stout spectrum without being watery. Edges are a wee bit astringent with a roasty bite, but it smoothes out beneath with some chocolate, earth, toasty brown breads and a lingering malty sweetness. The sweetness isn't cloying and is quite pleasing on the palate. Hops are very tame, only making an appearance as a light herbal and leaf character way in the back--not at all bitter, which is on par with what they're aiming for. Finishes dry and moreish, along with some bitter chocolate and rustic bread flavors that dissipate fairly quickly.

This is beer, people. Beer that reminds us that sometimes simple can be best and its marketing reminds us that beer is, and always has been, fun. Flavorful, extremely drinkable and ... fun!

Photo of Doomcifer
2.8/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown, when held to light gives off burgundy hues. Minimal head which recedes rather quickly. Aroma is roasty, dark chocolate, coffe. Good smell, but like their other beer I tried earlier, it is pretty subdued. Taste is seems like it is going to be extremely roasty and great immediately upon hitting the palette but then disappears into a watered down mouthfeel and an off flavor. Then the finish brings back some roasty, dark chocolate notes. Rather strange. Watery mouthfeel, not much carbonation, semi dry finish. This is one of the thinnest and slightly strangest stouts Ive ever had.

Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can, pours near black, with light shining through at the edges, nice looking fine head, film and then plenty of splotchy delicate lace. Roasty nose with hints of licorice, and smoldering malts. Nice easy drinking, medium bodied stout. Plenty of well crafted dark malt notes. Sweetish finish, like a mocha cafe au lait with a 1/2 spoonful of sugar. Gotta love a quality stout in a F'n can! I'm suprised by the low scores fo this one, c'mon folks this stuff is well crafted, easy drinking and quite tasty...

Photo of MisterDeeds
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a deep black, with a hint of red coming through in the light. Looks thin pouring out of the can, but darkens and appears to thicken in the glass. Weird. Cocoa frothy head thats thins to quarter inch lacing.

Aroma has a mix of chocolate and roasted malts. Very promising.

A bit of sweet chocolatey malt up front, that is quickly overtaken with with a dry bitter bite.

Mouthfeel is thicker than what I expected from the pour, but still seems to be thinner than I am used to from a stout.

Not my favorite stout, but still fairly impressive. Definitely went a long way to dispell the myth of no good beer comes in a can.

Photo of tigg924
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: medium carbonation, 1 inch head, dark brown

Smell: malt, chocolate syrup--like Bosco, and cream

Taste: chocolate, burnt malt, nut, and cream

Mouthfeel: sweet, medium bodied, smooth

Drinkability: This is a surprisingly sessionable stout. I like the nutty taste. I could have several of these especially around a campfire.

Photo of Mora2000
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to zdk9 for sharing this can.

The beer pours a dark brown color with red highlights and a white head. The aroma is chocolate and roasted malt. A very nice aroma. The flavor is not as good as the aroma. I get some roasted malt and toffee, but I also get something that resembles earth/dirt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of jondeelee
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Moo Thunder, despite the ridiculous name, smells rich and malty straight from the can, ripe with notes of chocolate malt, milk chocolate, cream, coffee, and tobacco.

On the tongue, the beer begins slow, washing gently over the tastebuds in dark chocolates and chocolate malts. As the mouthfull progresses, darker flavors come out, especially the coffee and tobacco from the aroma. Dark fruit esters, including fig and black cherry, help sweeten the brew, tempering the bitter, ashy flavors. The aftertaste is largely chocolate malt and tobacco, and lingers on the tongue for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium-light.

Overall, this is a good stout, and I doubt there are many from a can that could be said to be much better. The beer boasts good flavors, and in decent quantities. One of the only faults is a faint metallic bite around the edges, though I'm not sure if that's due to the can or something related to the brewing process. Either way, this is a stout worth trying.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can pulled from my fridge poured into a bulb style glass. sticker on 6 pack indicates it was packaged on JUN 17 2010.

pours out opaque pitch black with about a one finger of creamy dark mocha/ brown colored head. eventually setteled to a retentive ring. hardly any lace.

aromas of primarily of roasted malts, sweet milky malts, dark fruits. also bits of molasses, carboard and tobacco.

lots of sweet roasted malts and milkiness on the palate. dark fruits and hints of tobacco on the backend. finishes just slightly roasty bitter with some milk chocolate. just a little bit of muddled flavor in there, hard to describe, but a little like cardboard.

mouthfeel is a touch watery at times, but overall creamy on the palate. just a bit too high of a carb at first, but it settles. medium to light body.

goes down easy, and is an easy session beer for the price, but the only thing that would keep me coming back is the fact that its local. nothing too special.

Photo of alexkeil
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is listed as a sweet stout but has a considerable amount of bitterness. The sweetness is in the background with the outstanding mouthfeel.

Deep roasty stout, nicely carbonated that creates a slightly bitter dry mouthfeel. Very drinkable with hints of chocolate, biscuit, and herbal character.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice to see a milk stout in a can, Moo Thunder with this crazy cartoon cow...okay I'll drink it. Poured into my imperial pint glass nice mocha tan head forms nicely with lacing strung evenly between sips. Body is dark nearly black, light toffee brown highlights when held toward the light just around the edges of the glass. Aromatics offer up dark roasted malt with creamy lactose sweetness. Hints of anise a touch of meaty soy sauce with herbal hops in the background. Flavor has a rounded creamy sweetness, with dark chocolate and mild coffee from the nearly burnt malted barley additions. Herbal hops underlying a nice session milk stout out of the can what complexty and nice flavors from a canned stout, this is excellent. Soft even carbonation creates a silky smooth mouthfeel, again I was scared to try these beers base off of SIDT's nightmare tasting show they had, but I'm glad I gave these guys a fair shake. I'm wondering if they're case was out of date or not. Drinkability again great stuff sessionable and packed with flavor, what every beer drinker out there is looking for.

Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can served in a Unibroue snifter.

Pours black and opaque, but with traces of dark brown at the edges. The tan head is semi-dense and moderately durable. It leaves more lacing than might be expected.

The aroma is rather light for style and simple when cold, with a smokey roasted malt base, but it becomes markedly richer with warming, revealing notes of coffee, raisins, toffee and chocolate.

Taste: mildly bitter and, thankfully, notably stronger than the aroma indicates; i.e., this is more than acceptably malty and flavorful. Has a lasting finish with hints of smoke and coffee.

M: nicely carbonated; medium body is typical and a little thinner than ideal. Some dryness in the finish.

O: a well-crafted stout that is less sweet and more smokey than average for style. For your own good, do not drink this ice cold or directly out of the can!

Photo of mocktm
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Packaged on June 11, 2011, gotta be honest, if not for the ass lightning cow artwork, I would have never picked this up. I have not been a fan of the other brews I've had from them, but seeing as I did...

Cola colored, dark brown to black with amber highlights throughout. Two fingers or so of tan colored head, creamy and thick with pretty solid retaining abilities. So far, so good.

Aromas don't melt your face off, but are there. The dark roasted malt emits scents of cocoa powder and milk sugar predominantly.

Tastes mainly of the flavors advertised in the nose, dark chocolate, coffee grinds and a hint of earthiness, like tobacco. My girlfriend who is really not too into beer commented that this tasted like "muddy sludge water", which is a bit of an exaggeration. It's not the most flavorful stout ever, but out of a can at sub 5% alcohol, its not too bad.

Medium bodied, creamy consistency and definitely sessionable. Perfect for a low ABV stout.

Overall, not the greatest stout in the world, not even the best canned stout (Ten-Fidy), but for a dark beer you can drink a lot of, this sure kicks the crap out of Guinness.

Photo of glid02
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can from a mized 12-pack from Hop City in Atlanta.

Pours black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin ring around the glass leaving almost no lacing.

Smells of deeply roasted and black malts and not much else.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Deeply roasted malt flavors up front become even more bitter midway through the sip with a hint of ash. The ending is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is alright. It's a bit on the thin side but with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished the can without much problem but I'm not sure about another.

Overall this certainly isn't a bad stout but more body and deeper flavors would help it out immensely.

Photo of Brenden
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This stout is nearly black with a pretty good-sized crown of brown head showcasing some thickness and rockiness to it, leaving lacing in patches as it slides down the glass.
The aroma is appropriately malty with a sweetness that has a decidedly sugary aspect to it (though not overly sweet) as well as a mildly lactic quality. Some underlying grains and a touch of chocolate finish it out.
The aroma really follows suit, though a bit more roastiness is allowed to come out over the sweetness while a very light addition of hops seems to balance but lets the malt be the star. A bit of earthiness and some toast carry through underneath into the finish.
I don't expect this to be one of the beast stouts American craft connoisseurs are becoming more accustomed to, but this is oddly spritzy for a stout and crisp, certainly fitting a lighter style. There is a smoothness that pulls through. The body is medium, seemingly light for a medium but not at all thin and actually quite on par though, while not flat by any means, it does just so slightly seem to lack depth.
This is a good stout, particularly if one is looking for a lighter, more drinkable stout rather than a monster.

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

12oz can poured into a goblet. Fresh from the brewery.

A: Pours a solid black with a 1 finger khaki head. Head sticks around for a while and laces the sides of the glass a little.

S: Sweet nose of chocolate and coffee. Other roasted malts. Some darker fruit smells as it warms up.

T: Great milk stout. Lots of chocolate and coffee at first, sweetens up some and has a roasty lingering taste. Quite delicious and easy drinking.

M: Full bodied, creamy, milky and silky. Lower on the carbonation and can tell its low in booze.

Overall one of my favorite milk stouts. Keeps it nice and simple which makes it refreshing. Great to either start or end a night.

Photo of caddybuyer
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a can into a pint glass...

A-Black stout with amber highlights when held to light. Thick, creamy tan head that lasts a long time and laces nicely.

S-Roasted malt and cocoa powder...not overpowering but nice. Dare I say chocolate milk???

T-Slightly watery but creamy mocha richness...I love a good RIS but this may just hit the spot on a hot summer day. The flavor is thin, yet that may be what makes this brew interesting...We all have Ten Fidy for the cold spells, how about a light sessionable stout for a warm summer day?

M-On the lighter side, but that is not bad for what this is....

D-You can pound these...a nice diversion in the hot weather....Bravo to these guys for making a sessionable stout.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A dark brown color, almost black with a light-mocha head, pretty standard looking for the style.

Big malty aroma of gentle roasted nuts and sweet vanilla covered oats. A proper herbal hoppy edge gives nice depth and balance.

The flavor is packed with smooth and gentle malt flavor's from light hershey's chocolate and vanilla with earthy oats and wheat. good balance. This one tastes very much like a mild/cream stout.

The feel is smooth and creamy at first, thins out a bit in the middle, not exactly watery but thin. finishes dry and long.

This is a fine stout in can! yes, that's stout in a can. that's fun to say.

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

WIfey snagged this at the local market.

Pours near black with a nice tall cocoa head that sticks...around...ehhmm. Haha very punny. Good retention and lacing.

Roasted malt aromas with a bit of cocoa in there. Slight yeastiness too.

Taste is a hint bitter, slightly sweet in the middle with a smooth somewhat creamy finish. Nice. Mellow carbonation and a fairly thick mouthfeel.

A really nice session Stout which I'll be visiting again soon!

Photo of jmz62565
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a jet black with a smallish tan head. The smell is pungent with coffee,chocolate,and milk. The taste is strong with a creamy milk chocolate,coffee,and roasted malt,not bad but it is a little thin. The m/f is medium with the flavors mixing OK. Not a bad beer, but nothing really all that special either.

Photo of asabreed
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can into a pint glass.

Appearance: More opaque than I thought it'd be, with the light coming through just at the bottom and side edges of the glass. Nice lighter mocha-colored head that leaves some interesting rings and clumps around the top of the glass.

Smell: Mild coffee, roasted malts, and sweetened chocolate that seem fairly balanced, though it's a bit too mild to make an impact that has much potential.

Taste: A nice balance of chocolate cream, roasted malts, and mild coffee, with an interesting note of lighter sweetness after a bit of bitterness from the hops that melds together well at the end.

Mouthfeel: Oddly thinner-bodied and a bit watery, with the carbonation fighting at the end to make itself presence, but it falls a little short. It may not be as noticeable for some brews, but for a stout, it's pretty easy to recognize.

Drinkability: Probably my favorite from the Butternuts mix pack. More carbonation would help this brew out a lot. But as far a flavorful stout I could drink a few of on a cooler day, this works for me.

Photo of Metalmonk
2.96/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hanna-Barbara-esque cartoon cow; calls itself a stout and right under that a "farmhouse ale"; brewed by Butternuts Beer & Ale (isn't ale beer?); all this in a can. Curiosity killed me. I had to buy a can.

Pours a half-inch stiff brown head, lasts a long time and leaves dots of lace on the glass. Tar-black, just as a stout should be.

Not getting a whole lot of aroma here, just a little nuttiness, maybe a very light hint of coffee and even a little dark fruit if I really use my imagination.

Unimpressive taste. Some coffee bitterness, though not coarse, along with the milky sweetness that I suppose is the main feature here. A nut husk earthiness hangs around into the finish, as does a mellow sourness that creeps up as I get further into it. I'm left a bit unfazed. Not bad, but not really that good either.

Definitely not a very stout texture--a little on the watery side, it just hangs on thanks to the carbonation, which is probably a little heavy for the style.

Sure goes down easily, as it's not heavy of texture, has an undemanding flavor and is light-bodied for the style; nothing offensive about it either. Hey, the can design totally suckered me in, I admit it.

Photo of Sammy
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black with noticeable lighter mouthfeel, lots of white dots lacing.Smells malty. Carbonation is on the aggressive side, less than medium mouthfeel. Some coffee grounds light chocolate and cola-like. Drinkable as on the sweet side. Lactose aftertaste.

Photo of tdm168
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - black with some reddish hues around the edges; huge brown head that has great retention

S - burnt sugar, dark bread, faint roasted malts

T - roasted malts, burnt sugar, creamy, some faint lactose, some faint underlying citrus, borderline sour or tart finish

M - medium bodied, smooth, a bit crisp

This is a strange beer. It has some notes that indicate a milk stout, but it also has some strange off notes. The tart finish is definitely off putting. The faint citrusy character is also a bit off putting. I think the citrus could work but it seems to accompany the tartness in the finish which I think is what makes it unwelcomed. I'm not sure this is a beer that I will get again, but I'm glad I tried it once.

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Moo Thunder Stout from Butternuts Beer & Ale
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