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Moo Thunder Stout - Butternuts Beer & Ale

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Ratings: 637
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 19
Gots: 37 | 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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Photo of EgadBananas
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark cocoa colored pour, rather opaque, with brown/blood reds around the edges. Minimal beige head, and no lacing.

Aroma is faint sweetness and cocoa.

Taste is pleasant, with nice milk chocolate, hints of bittersweet, milk and roasted malts.

The feel is nice and creamy, pushing medium, lower carbonation.

Damn decent milk stout. Wouldn't mind a few of em'.

Photo of greenmonstah
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass.

A- Tiny head that dissipates immediately. A pours a deep dark brown that makes you crave to drink it!

S - Roasted malts dominate. Hint of chocolate and even a little alcohol and a very slight hop aroma that doesn't show up so much in the taste.

T - Roasted malts and a hint of dark chocolate. Chocolate comes out as it warms to the ideal temperature.

F - Light to medium body with slight creamyness to it. God carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

D - Enjoyable, but I'd probably only want one or maybe two. Nothing bad to say about it.

All-in-all a pretty simple and tasty stout. Nothing to complain about, but nothing really to rave about either.

Photo of Mora2000
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
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 Metuo
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark, not quite opaque, but not much light gets through. The head is a nice fluffy tan pillow. Decent lacing.

S: Malt, sweet milk, bitter chocolate and butter cream.

T: Unsurprisingly follows the nose. Sweet cream as it hits the palate, and a hint of butter and coffe at the end.

M: Only slightly carbonated, but pleasant. Sits nicely in the mouth.

D: Very easy to drink, smooth and unoffensive.

Overall a solid beer, nothing too special, but worth a taste and another purchase.

Photo of IronLover
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep black in color with a thick beige head after the pour that slowly dissipates and leaves no cap or lacings. Roasted malty aroma with hints of chocolate, vanilla and dark fruit. Smooth and creamy feel. A bit thinner than I expected, which made it less filling. Roasted malt flavor in the beginning with a touch of milky sweetness that tapers to a pleasant toasty malt character. Very easy to drink.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +12%
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 WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%
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 harpus
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer poured from a can into a pint glass...

A: The beer pours a nearly black color with a large tannish head and decent lacing...

S: The smell is light, but I am getting some roasted malt, and maybe some lactose...

T: A nice flavor up front, which leads to a smoother milk stout flavor, with the lactose...

M: Smooth a nicely bodied...

D: A decent brew easy to drink

Photo of TangTKE402
3.22/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. can into a pint glass. Thin, 1/2 finger chocolate-mousse head appeared and disappeared into a wispy saddle in minutes. The beer is licorice-black in color.

Smells of prunes, toasted caramel malts, and hints of milk chocolate are most prevalent.

The taste is smoky on the front, with distinct caramel malt flavors finishing. There is a slight bitter metallic taste which might come from the can is also there, and the overall flavor is on the thin side. There is a nice toasted flavor that lingers after the swallow.

The mouthfeel is very slightly creamy, but overall lacks the substance one would expect of a stout. It is a touch watery and thin in the mouth.

Drinkability is fairly high, as it is not a bad stout and doesn't take up that much room in your belly. This beer is also not a palate-cleanser with it's mild flavor and feel.

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

330ml can bought online from Beersofeurope.co.uk

Poured a deep dark brown / almost black colour. Burnt brown head poured pretty thick, foamy and meringue like then faded to light covering with thick edging... some light lines of lacing ring the glass...

Aroma - Toasted bread and lightly roasted malts, some dark brown sugar sweetness, roasted nuttiness, some blackcurrant, raisin and black grape fruitiness, very light oatiness, some faint smokiness coming through, leathery hints...

Taste - Nice lightly roasted milky chocolate notes, toasted malt loaf, caramel and molasses sweetness, again some dark berry fruits, light nutmeg traces, quite a lot of sweet nutty hints, some pepperiness...

Feel - Smooth initially then a little sharpness comes through... medium bodied... extremely quaffable at only 4.9%...

Overall - A very enjoyable stout - might be a little sweet for some though... recommended...

Photo of puboflyons
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz can with no lot code or expiration date. Sampled on August 28, 2010. The pour is a rich black with a quick one inche tan head that dissolves down to a thin ring around the glass. Lacing is short-lived too. The aroma is of burnt dark chocolate, modest malts, and milk. The taste has a full-bodied chocolate bitterness with a sharp hoppy bite toward the finale. A stout from a can! What do you know?

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

A - Pours a pitch black with carbonation sticking to the sides of the glass all the way up. 2 finger thick creamy tan head. Head retention is great as well as lacing.

S - Smells of roasted malts, sweet vanilla and lactose, maybe some slight chocolate.

T - Taste follows the nose pretty well. Taste is a little more sweet than the smell puts on. Roasted malts become a nice backbone to the lactose sweetness.

M - Very smooth and creamy. Medium to heavy bodied, it just slides down your throat. Finish is very sweet and slightly dry.

D - Great drinkability. The sweetness isn't overpowering at all, this could be a very good session-able beer.

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

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz can into an Imperial pint glass. Label is a running, upright cow with a black lightning bolt striking the ground right behind it.

Appearance: Pours with 1/2 finger of medium tan head. This settles to a ring around the glass and some spotty coverage. Some lacing. The beer itself is an extremely dark ruby brown, almost black, and completely opaque.

Smell: Roasted barley bitterness with undertones of lactose sweetness. Hints of vanilla and tobacco.

Taste: Strong barley bitterness assaults the tastebuds upfront and immediately. This and a grainy huskiness linger well after the sip, accompanied by the slightest milk sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Average to a little higher than average carbonation level. Body is good.

Drinkability: Got this is a mixed 12 predominantly because I wanted to get some Pork Slap Pale Ale for a friend. Who says beer geeks are not subject to marketing. A robust and flavorful carry me through all the reading I need to do for the start of school tomorrow.

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

12oz can served in tulip pint.

A: Pours a deep, dark brown with mahogany highlights. An inch worth of mocha head shrinks to a thin layer of suds rather quickly. Just a ring remains for the duration of the beer. No real lace to speak of.

S: Sweet roasted malt. A little Hershey's syrup. Just a faint hint of coffee. Fresh cream. Some vanilla. Very simple, but in a good way.

T: Pretty much what was expected based on the aroma. Starts out with some nice toasty flavors. Milk chocolate makes an appearance. Just a little hoppiness to add some balance. Mild bitterness dries it up at the end. Leaves just a little coffee in the aftertaste. Flavor is restrained, but very appealing. Some thing is missing mid-palate. Other than this gap of flavor, all is well.

M: Mouthfeel is a little thin, watery even. Carbonation is ok, slightly prickly.

D: These go down easy.

This is a pretty interesting beer. Some might call it boring, but I'm really starting to appreciate subtle, restrained beers like this. Its far from perfect, but if you're in need of some dark roasted flavor in a session-like beer, this one fits the bill. Bonus points for beer in a can, not to mention the fun artwork on the label.

Photo of STEG
4.25/5  rDev +19%
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

Photo of barknee
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

This is a gorgeous looking brew in the glass; opaque black with a huge dark mocha colored head having massive longevity. The nose is MMMOOOoooo...like smoked fresh heavy cream mixed with just ground fresh espresso beans smoked over beechwood, simply fabulous. The taste is akin to the nose; dark heavily French or Italian roasted beans with some dark chocolate nibs thrown in for good measure. Very malty and milk like in flavor, its an oddity that the mouthfeel is surprisingly quite lithe. Thin in the mouth with little body, the mouthfeel is totally out of synchronous with the rest of the factors; this is unusual statistically speaking. One would expect some additional creaminess and weight in a brew as well endowed as this and I must say it was obvious when I poured it from the can that this would be the case. Although a fairly negligible demerit, this is nevertheless a well made and enjoyable milk stout that has a bit of a Bamberg brewing influence. This my friends is one way to get your vitamin D !

Photo of caddybuyer
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
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 lou50rp
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Photo of BeefyMee
4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Photo of Axic10
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark black/brown with two fingers of tan head that quickly settles.

Smell: Chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and sweet lactose.

Taste: Chocolate, coffee and a creamy taste from the lactose.

Mouthfeel: Very light and watery mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Decent surprise. Other than the mouthfeel, this was a solid beer. I would probably have again, but I'm not going out of my way to seek it out.

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

I was fairly impressed with this stout in a can. Though not as good as the Left Hand Milk Stout, this stout is still highly drinkable.

With a lighter body and color than most stouts this brew can easily be consumed in mass quantities. And at only 4.9% above, you won't be feeling it in the morning.

This milk stout has a creamy mouthfeel with flavors of lactose, chocolate, and cocoa. This brew is worth a try.

Photo of billab914
3.36/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of mjaskula
3.29/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass. The beer is black like it should be, but the thin brown head left much to be desired. Leaves a small amount of finger like lace.

The aroma is thick with roasted malt and a sweetness of brown sugar. There is also a faint antiseptic/band-aid like aroma. The flavor is almost entirely roasted malts, slightly sweetened, fairly smooth. Low but present bitterness. Mouthfeel is thin to moderate. Still I'd say it's fairly drinkable.

Photo of Freethyhops
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

a- pours the darkest brown before black. near completely opaque, only the slightest bit of light penetrating the corners. a nice cream/tan colored had was produced but didn't show exceptional retention.

s- some mild roast and cocoa with a significant hints of cream-like sweetness. a nice pleasant aroma. nothing mind-blowing but it would be hard to acheive at under 5%.

t- totally centered around a nice mix of light roasted character and a persistent moderate sweetness. I really enjoy the balance it achieves. a bit of bitterness does kick in mid palate but it only momentarily balances the sweetness. the only downside, it is a fairly one-note beer. besides some light cocoa it doesn't have much going on.

m- medium-fully bodied with a light creaminess to it. it really could be a bit thicker/creamier. a nice moderate carbonation is welcomed.

d- really shines here. a nice beer from a cool company with a great image. nice designs, cans, and overall just breaking for the norm...seem to be getting me picking up certain beers more and more. I would definitely grab a 6er of this one after the single can trial run.

Photo of yesyouam
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Butternuts Moo Thunder is a pitch black beer with a dense, light brown head that thins a bit and leaves thick sheets of lacing. It has an aroma of chocolate and coffee. It smells like a Jamocha Shake. It's medium-light bodied and pretty smooth. It leaves the tongue a little chalky and numb. It's a tad watery. It's lightly flavored and just a touch sweet. It never becomes cloying. It tastes roasty-- more like coffee than chocolate; not dark roast coffee. A note of caramel is detected. There's no bitterness, really. This is a simple and easy to drink beer. It's definitely the best I've had from Butternuts.

Moo Thunder Stout from Butternuts Beer & Ale
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