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Moo Thunder Stout - Butternuts Beer & Ale

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562 Ratings

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Ratings: 562
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.61%

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:
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(Beer added by: Risser09 on 03-26-2007)
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Photo of morayeel


4.8/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apperance- pitch BLACK.

Smell- a little hint of smoke and choclate

Taset- lite smoke and chocolate flavoe just a hint of coffe at the end.

Mouth feel- smoth not to heavy and not to thin.

Drinkability- A nice stout to have one or two and move on to something lighter.

I love this stout for the taste. Perfect with a nice porter house on the grill.

Serving type: can

10-28-2010 00:32:44 | More by morayeel
Photo of WVbeergeek


4.55/5  rDev +27.8%
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 I'm wondering if they're case was out of date or not.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.

Serving type: can

09-12-2010 19:44:22 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of davednyc

New York

4.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perhaps there should be a value metric, because at under $2 a serving, these Butternut brews can not be beat (Also a big fan of their Porkslap and Snapperhead brews).

Appearance - Dark dark brown, like one would expect from a stout. A wee bit of head and lacing.

Smell - Maybe nutty, maybe sweet? Poured into a glass, certainly lacking some sour qualities that I sometimes recognize in a beer.

Taste - This is really what it's about, isn't it. A damn good brew, I can taste some sweet/nutty, coffee, chocolate notes.

A really nice tasty stout. It's an unseasonably cool January evening in NYC (opposed to a bitter cold January evening), and this is the perfect match for my wife's beef stew.

Serving type: can

01-28-2012 23:28:46 | More by davednyc
Photo of pitweasel

New York

4.38/5  rDev +23%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sadly, I wasn't able to pour this out, which is why I'm just going with an average appearance rating. There was a bit of leakage around the top though, and it looked to be a nice mocha head just waiting to get out.

Speaking of mocha...yum. This was somewhere around 50-55 degrees when I popped it open, and it tasted like drinking a cool cup of carbonated mocha. Absolutely delicious. I had another one that was colder later in the day, and there was a lot less coffee to it. So depending on whether you like a good cup of joe or not, just drink this one at the right temperature and you'll get what you want.

Serving type: can

10-20-2009 11:56:07 | More by pitweasel
Photo of erosier


4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a deep black color with a tall and thick brown colored head that takes some time to settle. It leaves some nice lacing as it goes down as well.
S: The smell is of very deep rich roasted malts, and hints of chocolate, caramel, and coffee in the nose.
T: The taste is very good for a stout. It has all the flavors in the aroma blended together very well for a very good tasting beer.
M: Very creamy, smooth, thick, fresh, with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable as this one is not only very tastey, it isn't very high on the ABV scale to knock you over with just one beer.

Serving type: can

06-24-2008 10:23:32 | More by erosier
Photo of CrazyMacHarris99


4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with a nice mocha tan head that leaves a little layer throughout the session. The smell is roasted malts, coffee and chocolate and the taste is much of the same. This one is in my opinion, the perfect example of a simple American Stout. The mouthfeel isn't too thick or cloying and I sucked it down way too fast. These showed up in PA recently so I will definitely be stocking up on these.

Serving type: can

09-20-2009 22:29:47 | More by CrazyMacHarris99
Photo of iceball585

New York

4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pitch black color, non-transparent, thin white cover that faded to a thin ring around the glass

S- Roasted malts, dark chocolate, slightly sweet, freshly brewed coffee

T- Chocolate milk, vanilla, roasted coffee beans, creamy, hint of smoke near the end

M- Medium/heavy body, low/medium carbonation, very smooth, fairly dry bite then oily finish

D- Great session brew

One word really describes this beer... WOW! I've never tasted anything this good out of a can. Not the best stout I've ever had but fairly good for a milk stout (expecially out of a can?!).

Serving type: can

03-06-2008 23:42:48 | More by iceball585
Photo of BeefyMee


4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Beautifully black with absolutely no light escaping. Only loses points for not having much of a head.

S: Smells almost exactly like coffee with cream and sugar.

T: Roasty and sweet with a wonderful vanilla aftertaste. Many flavors but nothing goes overboard.

M: Chewy with a good amount of bubbly zing. An interesting combination.

D: Very good but I might want to quit the sweetness after a couple.

Serving type: can

08-01-2010 00:39:35 | More by BeefyMee
Photo of DIM


4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: This had a black body and it poured with a small tan head.

s: Aromas of lactose and roasty cocoa with some underlying milk chocolate.

t: Very satisfying combination of sweet, modestly sugary lactose and deep roastiness with a nice bitter finish.

m: Feels like a small stout with slightly creamy carbonation.

o: I never tried anything from Butternuts because I think their graphics are cheesy. My mistake, this is a great beer and a bargain to boot.

Serving type: can

09-14-2011 20:24:33 | More by DIM
Photo of sinstaineddemon


4.28/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - this canned stout pours typical impenetrable stout black with a half finger of tan head

S - malts dominate, with an alcohol twinge, background lactose/chocolate sweetness and coffee balance out the aroma

T - thinner than expected, but in a good way, quite great roasted malts with a great chocolateiness, the coffee beans rear their head in the aftertaste, which is persistent

M&D - a surprisingly refreshing stout, easy to drink, not overpowering in any aspect, a good introductory stout, a rare sessionable stout

Serving type: can

11-05-2008 19:02:23 | More by sinstaineddemon
Photo of STEG

New York

4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black color with a near two finger head of light sand head into a snifter as the head receeds it leaves layers of lacing really nice looking and it's opaque enough to block out the sun. Smell has smoke, stale cinnamon, dare i say whole milk, coffee and chocolate notes are present as well. Taste has sweet malt and bittersweet/bakers chocolate up front coffee and a touch of bitterness in back. Mouthfeel is creamy and viscous but has a thinness to it that could be made up for on tap. I would have no problem drinking a few of these

Serving type: can

08-13-2010 22:58:36 | More by STEG
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.2/5  rDev +18%
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...

Serving type: can

01-01-2008 04:26:42 | More by Billolick
Photo of tgbljb


4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very deep brown, almost black color with moderate tannish head.
Smell is a very nice combination of roasted malt, nuts, chocolate, and coffee.
Taste has strong notes of chocolate and coffee.
Finishes with a sweet, creamy mouthfeel.
Very easy to drink. A by-the-book example of the style.

Serving type: can

01-02-2008 23:20:04 | More by tgbljb
Photo of tbrown4


4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can -> Weyerbacher tulip

Pours deep black, two finger cream head. Pretty standard stout aroma, immediate roasted notes. Flavor is deep chocolate and bright. Not quite sure how to really describe it. Graham cracker notes as it opens up. Some almost savory notes appear as well Finishes very clean. Easy to drink and a great representation of the style for me.

Serving type: can

12-05-2010 22:48:16 | More by tbrown4
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Poured from a 12 oz. can into a glass. A bit of off white head forms and recedes to the edges. Nearly opaque dark brown.

S. Toasty malt, coffee with cream.

T. Roasted black malt with a lactic twang that provides residual sweetness on the back of the palate. The hop profile is minimal, earthy and as someone described earlier, soapy. Pretty tasty stout right here!

M. Smooth and creamy. Kind of like a guinness in this regard. A bit watery.

D. If this were more readily available it could be a main-stay. Almost has an Imperial Stout roasted character and was very enjoyable. This is a winner.

Serving type: can

08-22-2008 19:51:35 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of animalchin

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Solid black with a tan head. Not much lacing going on really.

S - Some coffee and caramel - pretty apparent. Malts in the nose as well.

T - Like any good stout, a lot of chocolate and coffee notes. Milk-like also. Reminds me of creamer. Very very rich.

M - Pretty loose actually and not as thick as I expected. Has a lot of different densities.

D - One would suffice. An excellent tasting beer with a lot to offer. Fills up fast though. My first experience with a canned stout turned out to be very pleasant.

Serving type: can

03-01-2010 02:24:03 | More by animalchin
Photo of Bounty628


4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Moo Cow Thunder Milk Stout when poured from the can immediately exudes a coffee and nutty aroma when poured into the glass. There is certainly a very roasted malt presence to the pour and there seems to be a much more heightened aroma than many stouts tend to offer.

This milk stout is a very dark pour with an almost completely black color to the pour. The beer is free of the more burgundy hues often associated with stouts like Guinness and the beer tops off with a tan head that fits nicely on the top of the glass. The head remains pretty steady throughout the offering and leaves an off color, thin lace along the glass.

Some people tend to shy away from stouts because of the impression that they are far too thick to truly enjoy. Not so with this stout! This is a very easily drinkable stout that while achieving the desired smoothness is not as weighty as some other stouts could prove to be. This stout certainly could turn into a very nice session beer.

One could perhaps describe the taste of this beer as being highly complex and remarkably well rounded. There is a highly present coffee flavor to this milk stout that gives off a rich and dark espresso undertone to the taste. Thanks to the very high presence of roasted malt flavor noticed in the offering, there is a very strong yet not burnt taste to the Moo Cow. Off in the background of the taste one can also find hints of chocolate present.

Serving type: can

08-21-2008 00:07:38 | More by Bounty628
Photo of DrinkBEEROrDie


4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer in a 6 pack at my local store of choice, once again Andover Liquors.This is a very good stout if you want a session beer , It pours a very typical nice black stout color and has not much head with a little spotted lacing , It has a very smooth mouth feel and a nice malty chocolatey aroma .The Moo Thunder has a creamy chocolatey taste and I would recommend it probably one of the best if not the best stouts i've had in a can. Along with a creative name the design on the can is also quite eye catching i definitely will drink this again !

Serving type: can

02-27-2010 09:58:03 | More by DrinkBEEROrDie
Photo of lou50rp


4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark almost black with a tan head which is small and dissipates quickly.
Smell of dark roast coffee and dark chocolate with a touch of sweetness.
Taste is as the smell promises, dark chocolate and coffee with a hint of sweetness.
Mouth feel is light, but not watery.
Very drinkable. A good session beer because of its light feel and taste. On my list for future purchases, when my batch of cream stout gives out.

Serving type: can

08-08-2010 00:39:59 | More by lou50rp
Photo of doopydoogle

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a good beer glass:

A - Nice dark brew with a creamy brown head that lingers and leaves some luxurious lace.

S - Coffee, milk and dark chocolates, caramel, toffee, pumpkin pie, rye bread, tobacco, wood ash, slight hop character of pine and maybe a bit citrusy

T - Dark roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate followed by sweeter more mellow milk chocolates, toffee. Surprisingly dry for the style and very well balanced yet distinct flavors. Roasted coffee and dark chocolate reside with the finish with a slight hop bitterness backing them up.

M - Good carbonation, a fairly light mouthfeel for what is usually a sweet, slightly sticky style. Good delineation on the palatte and a nice bitter tannic character.

O - Quite a good stout, really. Nothing that knocks you over the head, but the flavors are all there and quite well balanced. A very drinkable yet distinct brew.

Serving type: can

08-31-2011 03:38:40 | More by doopydoogle


4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Only an inch of deep tanish brown head is achieved with a strong pour. Fades in a couple of minutes leaving no lace. Body is a thin blackness. Nose has roasty sweet malt and a bit of smoke and some zesty spice. Enters the mouth with malt that is a little burnt around the edges and even has some nice carmalized notes. Even, rich and quite smooth overall. A solid stout that I cant say anything bad about. Mouthfeel is slightly thick and teamed with a bit of dry spice on the tongue. Very nicely drinkable.

Serving type: can

08-12-2008 20:33:47 | More by SPLITGRIN
Photo of Antikythera

New York

4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can to glass. I've been hoping to find this stuff ever since I moved from Canada to New York State. It's hard to forget the can illustration.

a: dark, thick, oily with an initially thin but lingering beige head.

s: chocolate and roasty coffee. Really nice.

t: more chocolate and coffee, without a lot of sweetness. Very little residual bitterness.

m: creamy and smooth. Goes down a little too fast!

o: a winner. Not as sweet as I expected but very pleasantly drinkable.

Serving type: can

03-18-2013 22:37:57 | More by Antikythera
Photo of maddogruss

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from Oak Tree in South Plainfield.

A: Pours a black body with a small, tan head with no real retention and minimal lacing.

S: A chocolatey, roasted smell that is quite enticing with some slightly sweet undertones.

T: A nice, sweet, roasted taste with a smooth, roasted chocolate aftertaste that was very good. A really good tasting stout.

M: A light but smooth mouthfeel that was pretty good for an American Stout.

D: A good mouthfeel and taste combination that led to this being a really good stout. Definitely a very drinkable stout.

Serving type: can

10-30-2008 03:16:25 | More by maddogruss
Photo of Brad007


4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a color that's black as night with a two-finger brown head that quickly fades.

Roasted malt with a sweet edge and hints of caramel & creme. Very nice aromas.

Creamy with lightly-roasted malt and cocoa notes. Very easy to drink. Kind of like a milkshake.

Ditto on mouthfeel. Creamy and all of the flavors seem to be balanced.

Most certainly worth a try!

Serving type: can

01-30-2012 02:05:53 | More by Brad007
Photo of Lupe

New York

4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with reddish-brown hues when held to the light. Small fizzy tan head that quickly disappeared. No lacing.

Nice malty aroma with a healthy dose of roastiness - chocolate, espresso, and caramel. Some vanilla cookie (Nila Wafers!) and a touch of smoke. Simple and pleasant aroma

Roasted and toasted malt, chocolate, mild coffee, and vanilla flavors. Not overly sweet - roasted character balances the malt well. Light hops and finishes with a light roasted bittnerness. Simple, straightforward, and tasty.

Light in body - silky smooth, crisp and a bit thin. Would like just a bit more body. So easy to drink. Not going to blow you away, but a tasty, easy-drinking milk stout.

Serving type: can

12-23-2007 20:04:40 | More by Lupe
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