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Moo Thunder Stout - Butternuts Beer & Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

604 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 604
Reviews: 319
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 20
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Butternuts Beer & Ale visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Risser09 on 03-26-2007)
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Reviews by droomyster:
Photo of droomyster
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%

Another guy in a can that I'm excited to try. Can features a hilarious cartoon cow dodging a black lightening bolt - I gotta show this pack around for the some laughs. I don't know why they felt it necessary to print on the side that the beer contains 150 calories, 8 grams of carbs and 1 gram of protein, and 0 grams of fat, but it just adds to the fun quirkiness. Pours your standard stout black with a brown foaming head. Smells of dark chocolate but not much else. Tastes great: yes on the dark chocolate, expresso, charred steak. Thick mouthfeel but not as dense as some in its class, which I suppose makes it more drinkable than most in its class. I'll buy another pack and bring it out with friends.

droomyster, Nov 22, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

oberon, Dec 31, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

DanGeo, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of GameOfBeers
4.04/5  rDev +13.2%

GameOfBeers, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +12%

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!

BeerAdvocate, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +12%

TimoP, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Doomcifer
2.78/5  rDev -22.1%

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.

Doomcifer, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%

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...

Billolick, Jan 01, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Guinnsslvr, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of MisterDeeds
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%

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.

MisterDeeds, Mar 14, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +19%

mctizzz, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of tigg924
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

tigg924, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of Mora2000
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%

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.

Mora2000, Oct 15, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

dankjohn, Aug 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

mjtiernan, May 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12%

Milkysunshine, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of jondeelee
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

jondeelee, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of dogfishandi
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

dogfishandi, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of alexkeil
4/5  rDev +12%

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.

alexkeil, Mar 27, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

doremite, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.55/5  rDev +27.5%

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.

WVbeergeek, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of chinchill
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%

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!

chinchill, Mar 04, 2012
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3.58/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

mocktm, Sep 11, 2011
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3.48/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

glid02, Sep 09, 2009
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2.75/5  rDev -23%

acurtis, Dec 31, 2013
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Moo Thunder Stout from Butternuts Beer & Ale
81 out of 100 based on 604 ratings.