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Moo Thunder Stout - Butternuts Beer & Ale

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Ratings: 651
Reviews: 327
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 21
Gots: 46 | 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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Ratings: 651 | Reviews: 327
Photo of beancounter
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a pint glass. Less than a one finger head. The lacing is thin a dissipates quickly. Dark brown color.

S-A light, almost sour malty smell.

T- Smooth flavor, roasted malts very subdued,light sour and milky flavors - easy drinking.

M-Light to medium, very silky and smooth.

O-Decent example of a milk stout. Very drinkable. I could have several of these in a row. The flavor is simple, but not boring or one dimensional.

Photo of rfgetz
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep dark brown, light shines through on edges, disapointing lack of head. Scent is of dark roasted and charred malts with lactose comming though in the end. First sip is heavily roasted and charred, faint thoughts of dark cocoa powder, lactose is very subdued, lacks the sweetness expected from a milk stout. Towards the end of the can, the char is the dominant note and obliterates the palate. Medium bodied, watery at times, lacks creamynes from style, long lingering char notes. Not a great milk stout due to the overwhelming char and lack of lactose sweetness and weak body.

Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark, dark, dark.... with no light passing. The massive two finger or so beige head stayed afloat throughout the session.

S: Chocolate won!.... over the mild coffee notes, and a bit of a malt profile that was very reminiscent of the Rogue, Pacman yeast one. Not too bad!

T: Not too sweet at all, nice medium body, and a pleasant Nestle's quick-like taste. I got the lactose kick on the end.

M: Thick enough, but nothing overly syrupy. The lacing was about 10 cuts above sufficient and the carbonation was fine.

O: I liked this one. I wouldn't rank it up their with Surly Four, Moloko, or anything like that, but it did the job. Good stuff!

Photo of scotvega18
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz can into Pint glass

A- a Guinness-like brownish-black, very little light passes through with a light tan three-finger width head

S - Not much but some light roastiness on the nose. maybe some faint caramel and chocolate

T - Roastiness upfront with chocolat and coffee on the finish, but does not last long as the palate cleans right up

M - Thin and drinkable. nice carbonation that makes it very sessionable and able to drink multiple of

Notes - for what this is, its very nice. Will buy again when i want to drink multiples in a night or in the mood for something roasty and light.

Photo of Pencible
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear black cherry with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like dry cocoa powder and bitter dark chocolate, with some roasted coffee.
T: It tasted like bitter dark chocolate and dry cocoa powder, with roasted coffee and a bit of metallic hops. It had a bitter but clean aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation. Pretty good.
D: This was a very simple stout, but it was clean and enjoyable. Not much to it, so it was super easy to drink, but not easy to remember drinking. Was expecting a bit more sweetness and not as dry from a milk stout.

Photo of ngeunit1
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black with a hint of brown in it with a big finger-and-a-half of frothy tan-brown head atop. The head fades slowly down to a thin layer lacing nicely on the glass.

S - Aroma is full of roasted caramel malts and chocolate and coffee aromas. Bit of milkiness also mixed in as well.

T - Starts off with some sweet caramel flavor and some lactate flavor. There is a bit of roasted coffee in the background, but starts off subtle. Through the middle, a lot more roasted flavors come out with a bit of chocolate flavor. The finish is a mix of roasted caramel, some chocolate flavor, some coffee bitterness, and a touch of milk that lingers.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels slightly creamy, but maybe a touch thin for a stout. Finish is roasty and a bit dry which is nice.

D - Very drinkable. Not too heavy and goes down very smooth. It could have used a bit more body, but is really smooth and light and not empty as it is.

Photo of mntlover
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black to look at it some deep red showing thru when held to the light. Tan head falls slow and leaves some lace.

Aroma is roasted malts some light coffee along with light chocolate milk notes.

Taste is roasted malts with some good coffee and chocolate notes, some milk like notes, smooth and pretty tasty. Finish has some good bitterness along with liquorice hints.

Mouthfeel is light for a stout probably but it is pretty smooth and lightly creamy, so overall enjoyable.

Drinkability is well good this would make a good summer stout for me. Favorable with out being big and heavy which can be a bad thing out in the middle of summer when u looking for something to quench our thirst.

Photo of ToasterChef
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A cellar temperature can poured into a pint glass. The opaque liquid is colored dark brown. A large brown head of cascading bubbles rests atop. As the cascading stops, the the head devolves into large bubbles. It's receding and leaving behind some lacework.

The beer has a good aroma that I could smell as I was pouring. Bitter chocolate mixes with some woodsy hops to give Moo Thunder an appealing scent.

The beer is malty, but does have a fair share of coffee bitterness. It's most apparent at the finish. Some milk chocolate is tasted as soon as the beer hits my tongue; I can still taste it after all the other flavors have faded. There is some acidic bitterness in the aftertaste that I do not care for.

This is a creamy, thick beer. Carbonation levels are high and can really be felt. It feels like the bubbles are biting my tongue and throat as I swallow. Plenty of coating and a bit of stickiness.

This is an acceptable stout. It is nothing to write home about, but is enjoyable. If you are curious, you may like it, but I wouldn't go out of my way to obtain it.

Photo of HattedClassic
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: One finger tan that dissipate quickly. The beer itself reminded me more along the lines of a dark dark chocolate bar than anything else.

Smell: I smell roasted malts, some light coffee with dark chocolate dominating the senses.

Taste: Sucker Punch. I was not expecting the acidity that was waiting for me. The best I can describe it was lemon (citrus hops?) dominating the fight between the malts and coffee. The other flavors were more afterthoughts that were barely detectable underneath the acidity. The taste did not in anyway mirror the smell.

Mouthfeel: Heavily carbonated and crisp but too watery for my taste.

Overall: I can see what Butternuts wanted to accomplish with this stout but I think they might have gone too overboard with the hops. The beer was not too bad but I think there better uses of time.

Photo of coachdonovan
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a stout-appropriate black but what little head it started with disappears quickly. That's disappointing. First sniff is a punch of roasted coffee but surely there is some chocolate in there as well. The roast vs. sweetness battle is much more evenly matched in the taste, or perhaps there is just very little of either. I would think this is a good starter stout, since the sweetness isn't cloying but it does help balance out any bite. "Simple" is the best word I can use to describe the taste, but it does deliver with scorched malts with a touch of lactose.

My biggest complaint with this beer is the mouthfeel- it's WAY too watery. However, I do love the container, and there are sure to be times I would drink this right out the can, so maybe that would be less noticeable. Low ABV makes this a decent option if you're looking for a non-lager kickball beer.

Photo of ocbears
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can.

A: Deep, dark brown, with a tinge of red when in the light. Creamy camel-colored head about half a finger thick.

S: The easiest way to describe the nose would be Kona coffee ice cream. A certain milkyness comes through a long with a prevailing sense of coffee. I'm not a coffee drinker but I loved Kona coffee flavored ice cream and this reminds me exactly of that.

T: Sweetness up front followed by a mild acridity (is that an oxymoron?). Doesn't really taste very coffee-y until after the finish. I don't really notice a bitterness from coffee-like or dark chocolate flavors. It's just kind of sweet then sour.

M: Thin bodied, but it doesn't bother me. Ideally it would be a bit heavier, i.e. creamier, but I can live.

D: Really, really high. I could drink a ton of these anytime, anywhere.

Notes: This beer is one of my favorites and I don't really know why. It's just a great beverage to drink. It may not seem like much, but for whatever reason, it goes down really easily and isn't offensive in any way.

Photo of chodinheaven
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black out of a neat looking can with a cow on it. Thick milky head on top. Smell is milk chocolate and coffee, or in that case mocha. The smell is definitely quality coming out of the can and no metal can be detected.

Taste is weaker than I was expecting from the smell. Some light roast coffe in there maybe burnt chocolate, but it leaves a stale aftertaste in the mouth, which is slightly offputting. Mouthfeel is definitely watery and takes away from the experience. I expected a creamier and heavier feel. Its not terrible by any stretch, but its not the best beer I've ever had. I'll try their others though for sure.

Photo of nickthetick
3.27/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: pours a opaque black into my dogfish head signature glass with a thin to a almost nonexistent thin skim of dark khaki bubbles that leave no lacing.

S: over cooked coffe and dark chocolate bitterness, some dark malt sweetness.

T: milk chocolate mixed with the same overcooked coffee, a little earthy and grassy.

MF: a little too watered down for a milk stout and lacking carbonation.

O: an average stout with a below average mf, what saves this beer is being in a mixed 12 pack.

Photo of TheGordianKnot
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured by server from can into pint glass.

A- Poured black (appeared so in dimly lit bar at least) with a half inch head that subdued fairly quickly and left almost no lacing. Standard looking stout, nothing special but not bad.

S- Everything here is slightly subtle. Some dark fruits present, plum the front runner. There is also a mixture of roast and sweetness from the malts. Again, not bad but not amazing.

T/M- Very similar to nose. The balance of the roast is pretty nice here. Not too astringent, but also a bit more pronounced than the aroma would lend itself towards. There is some chocolate sweetness in there, but this is hidden behind the roast/coffee. This has a fairly light body for a milk stout. I would have liked it a bit more full, but the light/moderate carbonation is nice.

O- Decent overall, but forgettable. I love this style and I have had much better, but I have also had worse. I would be interested to try this on a nitro-tap like Left Hand or Young's Double Chocolate (both of which I had the same night)...

Photo of kenpo23
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

love the cow on the can so how could i ever have not tried this one.

A: dark, not black but definitely dark. no head with just a bit of lacing that was gone quickly.

S: smells like a mix of milk chocolate and malts. not overpowering.

T: gets better as it warms up. theres a surprising vanilla taste to it that i quite liked. if it were only a bit thicker i'd be crazy happy.

M & D: a very light brew that should make it easy to kill a bunch of these in the summer. i usually like my milk stouts thicker but this one is creamy and light enough that it really would hit the spot when the temp outside is 98.

grab one...laugh at the can...and enjoy.

Photo of Bung
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. A good solid black pour, nearly no whitish head. So retention and lacing not so much.

Aroma has small roast and chocolate.

Taste is slightly more roasty than sweet. Enough roast malt and slight coffee to off set the lactose and sweeter chocolates. Finishes with some cocoa.

Lighter body for a stout and slightly prickly carbonation, but it goes down fairly smooth. Very easy to drink. Thought it does not necessarily make you want to drink it.

A very good session brew, would consider drinking this often at less than 5%. Drinkability would be exceptional if not for the body.

Photo of robhunta
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a - dark brownish black, this foamy head, dissipates to leave a nice ring

s - oh yea, chocolate malt. very nice hints of coffee and hops as well

T - tasty chocolate malt, not much hops, not terribly complex. crisp.

M - I would like it to be a bit more dry, not terribly smooth.

D - very drinkable, possibly too drinkable, if there such a thing, personally i like to feel like I should be savoring my stouts, while this one is a bit light and watery.

Photo of DoctorDog
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz can into a nonic. Thanks to beveritt for procuring yet another along to me.

A- Essentially black and opaque. Pours with ~1/2 finger of brown head, which fades quickly into a smattering of bubbles. Sporadic spotty lacing.

S- Roasted, slightly smoky malts/acidic coffee dominate, with hints of milk chocolate.

T- Follows the smell quite faithfully- Roasted malts and coffee, some milk chocolate, and a bit of smokiness on the finish. Bitterness is fairly low.

M- Moderate carbonation. Slightly watery, and a bit light on the feel.

D- Good. This is a very easy drinking stout, and would be a good stout to session.

Future outlook: Nothing about this beer jumps up and grabs you, but it is nevertheless a solid, easy drinking stout. As beer that doesn't come here, not one to seek out, but certainly not one to avoid if you happen upon it.

Photo of Daktyls
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep, dark black, with a one finger creamy, mocha colored head almost akin to the same tiny little bubbles on top of a fresh cup of coffee.

S: Definitely a sweet milky, chocolate-y smell with some roasted malts and a hint of cocoa.

T: A lighter taste with milky/lactose present up front with some chocolate and roasted malts following. Pretty much just like the nose.

M: Light on the tongue for sure, a light amount of carbonation for a light bodied beer.

D: Quite drinkable, actually very tasty. It's nice to find another canned beer (better packing in the fridge!) that's pretty tasty.

Photo of backfat
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

another awesome looking can from butternuts. poured in my SA perfect pint glass with goovatron's pie flap playing in the backround.

Pours a rich opaque black. tannish brown head

smells like coffee of the bat. tobacco, chocolate, some milk, and some roast are also present

The taste is nice but weak. It's like a very dry and creamy coffee with some roasty malt and some bakers chocolate.

Kind of thin and watery like all the other butternuts I have had tonight.

I am loving the new can craze and especially the stouts. I would love to take some of these on a cold hiking trip (that is, if ten fidy isn't available)

Photo of foogerd
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- black body some coffee colored head with nice lacing.

S- roasted malt, milk with coffee, and a light nutty flavor.

T- Roasted bitter chocolate malts.

M- Carbonated smooth and just enough silk.

D- Definitely the strong point for this brew. Low abv with a good amount of taste.

Photo of scootny
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of BatDaddy
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of KTCamm
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a shaker pint glass, lightly chilled, at the Burger Bar in SoNo, CT.

Pours jet black, very little foam. Virtually no lacing observed. Modest smell, light roasted, some notes of coffee or expresso, but very mild.

Taste is a milky smooth darker malt, with very light hop throughout. Moderate carbonation. Very evenly balanced, and quite tasty.

Photo of muttyd
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Black/deep brown body with a thin tan head that persists throughout. Aroma is of chocolate, dry roasted malt, some wood notes. Flavor follows the nose with a chocolate malt sweetness, balanced by an earthy roast character. Getting some chocolate milkshake and caramel flavor as well. Creamy smooth body with a clean toasty finish. Very drinkable, very well priced.

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Moo Thunder Stout from Butternuts Beer & Ale
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