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Moo Thunder Stout - Butternuts Beer & Ale

Moo Thunder StoutMoo Thunder Stout

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560 Ratings

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Ratings: 560
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 JayS2629


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

Pours a thick black with three finger tan head that fades slowly and leaves rings of lace.

The aroma is roasted malts, dark chocolate, vanilla, cream and coffee. Earthy hops hide well.

The flavor is nicely balanced. Good sweet lactose but nothing cloying, a chocolatey, bitter cocoa and coffee middle with some toffee undertones. Caramel and vanilla hints with an earthy underneath.

Very nicely balanced, easy drinking, smooth, thick, creamy

Very good milk stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 17:53:49 | More by JayS2629
Photo of atr2605

New York

3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-pours black with a tan colored head
S-camarelized sugar and chocolate
T-follows the same profile as the aroma. Hops linger in the background contributing to the balance but not the flavor
M-medium-full with a bit of carbonation. Very creamy body
O-Very enjoyable. Not jaw dropping but very delicious

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 22:34:17 | More by atr2605
Photo of scootny

New York

3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A jet black fluid with a brown head. Good retention and a moderate fade. Spots of lace here and there. Smell of coffee and dark roasted grains. Sweet caramel and light molasses. Taste is like a great cup of coffee. Touch of mocha. A bit of sweet lactic sourness. Dry earthy finish with dark roastyness. Feel is light with a good carbonation. Very drinkable. A good one for winter or summer. Simple and very well done I will be keeping this one around the house. Great beer here.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 01:45:27 | More by scootny
Photo of BatDaddy


3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown that turns solid black as the contents of the can empty into the glass. A good finger of head stands for a minute or two and then quiets down to a small lacing.

S - Aroma is very subtle - getting some sweet malts and a bit of smoky roasted undercurrent. Maybe a hint or two of chocolate.

T & M - Simple and straightforward roasted malt. Just a touch of chocolate here and there. There's an underyling mild sweetness throughout that's expected from a milk stout. Mouthfeel is a little dry and bubbly, but not bad. A tad on the light side though.

D - An easy drinker, for sure.

Nothing too flashy, but a pretty decent stout with some mild but pleasant flavor. As long as the price was within reason, I'd purchase this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 23:58:33 | More by BatDaddy
Photo of billab914


3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured pretty close to black with a nice thick tan head on it. The head faded a bit but left some nice lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma is pretty light overall, but also pretty smooth. It has a bit of a bitter-sweet chocolate flavor to it with a tiny bit of roasted flavor as well. Not bad but not overly interesting either.

The taste shows some nice roasted, burnt, coffee and chocolate flavors up front. The finish shows even more of the burnt and bitter flavors. It has a bit of milk stout characteristic in the smoothness and the creamy flavor it had. It's pretty light and almost watery for a stout though. Still some nice roasty and burnt flavor going on though.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied overall and pretty light for the style. The carbonation is moderate overall as well. Drinkability is pretty decent, it had some nice roasty and bitter flavor to it and was pretty smooth overall.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 00:48:45 | More by billab914
Photo of Fish113d


3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served chilled from a can into a pint glass, it pours s a dark-roast coffee color with a rather thin, tan head foming quickly on top and then dissipating to a surface layer to be proud of. Very opaque.

Very sweet chocolate roast aroma. French roast coffee also comes to mind.

Sweet mocha coffee up front with a strange beechnut flavor also coming in to remind me of a campfire. It's tasty, just strange (not what I was expecting exactly). Quite chewy throughout with a burnt coffee finish and aftertaste.

Great body and well-balanced. Nothing else to note.

Overall this is a fairly decent stout that took me by surprise. Nothing flashy or fancy, but fairly well done. I'll definitely have another.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 00:38:03 | More by Fish113d
Photo of MmmIPA


3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black body with a very small tan head that fell to a small ring.Not much to speak of.

Milk and roasted malts are the dominate notes.

Powdery chocolate(sweet) and some roasted tastes.Fruitiness is in there also.The taste is clean.

The carbonation is abit more then I would expect from the style.The mouthful could be a bit more creamy.

The abv is low so you can have a few.This isnt one of the better sweet stouts I have had.It sort of taste like my home brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2008 23:50:52 | More by MmmIPA
Photo of Mikecap


3.29/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: can

03-23-2014 23:07:56 | More by Mikecap
Photo of fscottkey

New York

2.86/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

Serving type: can

03-06-2014 03:07:00 | More by fscottkey
Photo of asaharyev


3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: can

02-16-2014 16:00:00 | More by asaharyev
Photo of BWED


3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: can

12-19-2013 21:53:11 | More by BWED
Photo of KiPhat


3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Serving type: can

11-29-2013 23:02:44 | More by KiPhat
Photo of DrinkNewport

Rhode Island

3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Serving type: can

11-09-2013 23:07:33 | More by DrinkNewport
Photo of stacket1


3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: nice dark, reminded me of the cow on the can

Smell: mild, chocolate coming up

Taste: Somewhat unpleasantly surprised from a can labeled "farmhouse ale" that this tasted like a stout. It was fine for what it was, just not expected.

Mouthfeel: Given relatively low ABV, surprised at how it full bodied it seems, plenty of carbonation but flavor helped too

Overall: this tastes like a stout. it's a fine light tasty stout, but not like a saison or usual farmhouse ale. also while it's good, will not be craving it any time soon.

Serving type: can

08-26-2013 02:56:29 | More by stacket1
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz Can from the Potsdam NY IGA for $2.50

Appearance - Dark brown/black colour with an average size fizzy/frothy light beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There is also some breads/grains and some light burnt flavours.

Overall - A nice well balanced very drinkable stout. Not really remarkable in any way other than how well rounded it is. Worth picking up a can.

Serving type: can

08-25-2013 00:26:29 | More by spinrsx
Photo of StonedTrippin


4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a really underappreciated stout here, the best of both words, as it has some light sweetness in the finish, but also a bitter malt profile that balances this brew perfectly. dense dark brown from the can, rising pillowy tan head, great lacing. I smell cocoa powder and vanilla, both subtle but there behind dense chocolate malt, bitter barley, and a touch of char. the taste is much less aggressive and angry than the nose, with the lactose sugar really bringing this together beautifully, especially in the finish, which is soft and rich, desserty without being diabetic. huge body but an unbelievably delicate feel, creamy and velvety on my palate, and finishing clean and satisfying. scary drinkable for what it is, and to me a beautiful example of a style that is often tried, and infrequently executed well. this is really a lot better than its scores indicate here, one of new yorks hidden treasures.

Serving type: can

08-05-2013 14:15:22 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of weller1js

West Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a heavy dark brown, almost black, with tan foamy head, leaving slight lacing.

S: Scent is a very bold, deep aroma of chocolate, with roasted malts also notable. Very appealing.

T: Begins very mild, attributes of a milk stout present themselves outright, following with roasted malts with a light sweetness that bitter hop attributes, finishing in a similar fashion, with a light bitter lingering.

O: Great milk stout, no part is more overpowering than the others, very enjoyable.

Serving type: can

07-23-2013 01:03:36 | More by weller1js
Photo of dar482

New York

4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out in an almost pitch black color with 2 fingers of a beautiful creamy fluffy tan head. Unfortunately, no date on the can.

The aroma is very chocolate forward with some roasted malt. You definitely get more as it warms up.

The flavor is quite good. There’s a hit of coffee, and then a bitter chocolate. There’s even a roasty dryness on the back end. It leaves you with a bit of chocolate malt powder flavor. The flavors aren’t too big, but not bad as well. It has quite the porter/coffee quality in there.

The mouthfeel unfortunately is a bit light, but that reminds me of many classic, well rated porters and stouts.

This actually is not a bad beer at all. While Young’s can be quite offensive in flavor, this packs tons of flavor for a 4.9% ABV beer. I’m really happy with having tried this. Not my favorite stout/porter, but a really good session option.

Serving type: can

06-18-2013 04:36:53 | More by dar482
Photo of godlessape


3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Moo thunder pours and extremely dark body. This is darkness collapsed upon itself in an abandoned mine shaft at about 3am. The smaller then average light brown head stays the course.

The aroma is all about the roasted malt, with a slight hint of cheap coffee.

The flavor is sweet and roasty, with perhaps, a fleeting hint of cocoa.

The mouthfeel is a bit much with the higher then called for carbonation level.

Overall a decent sweet stout.

Serving type: can

05-19-2013 03:16:09 | More by godlessape
Photo of BrewMaven

New York

3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

Serving type: can

04-09-2013 21:06:38 | More by BrewMaven
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 brewdude1982

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This was a 12 oz can poured into a pint glass.

It pours a dark opaque black with a datk brown frothy head with large bubbles. It has some particles in the bottom of the glass. It has a slight bready smell with a little booze in the nose as well. I get a lot of spur which makes me wonder if this batch was a little off. I was expecting more malty taste. It has a decent body and decent carbonation. I want to try a different batch of this beer at another date but if this is how this beer usually tastes I would not recommend over some of the others that are better.

Serving type: can

01-25-2013 17:24:52 | More by brewdude1982
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: can

01-25-2013 17:21:52 | More by tdm168
Photo of GPHarris


3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a - poured a one finger thick bubbly and coffee-colored head into a snifter that left a thin ring throughout. the body was dark brown almost black.
s - lactose, roasted malt, some herbal hop character.
t - roasted coffee, yeasty, lactose.
m - thin and bubbly.
o - very drinkable and enjoyable for the most part.

Serving type: can

12-03-2012 16:42:55 | More by GPHarris
Photo of Kooz

New York

2.75/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a nice dark brown with a tan head. The head dissipated pretty quickly, leaving only a film over the top of the pint glass. This dragged to a sticky lacing with every pull.

Smelled malty and slightly sweet. Reminiscent of sweetened condensed milk, which isn't a bad thing.

Tasted a bit malty at first, but devolved to an ashy flavor which was not very pleasant. It had good moments, but also bad moments. The slightly ashy aftertaste is not nice. No, there were no smokers near me, and I am not a smoker myself.

I was disappointed in the mouthfeel--I really expected more. There was not enough body for this heavy beer. It's carbonated just right though.

Overall, it's slightly below average for me. I see that people are raving about it, but I need to be honest--it isn't a taste I'd go out of my way to have again. With so many good milk stouts out there these days, I will pass on Moo Thunder.

Serving type: can

11-06-2012 20:49:04 | More by Kooz
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