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Moo Thunder Stout - Butternuts Beer & Ale

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Ratings: 593
Reviews: 318
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 19
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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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.

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New York

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The black beer with dark brown halo and two fingers of frothy tan head that settles quickly leaving some patchy lace.

The olfactory fills with rich dark chocolate followed by lightly toasted malts, chocolate milk, latte and a hint of orange as it warms.

One is greeted with bitter malt and chocolate. Otherwise the flavor loosely follows the nose, finishing with another punch of bitterness that mellows and lingers.

The palate detects a full-bodied, creamy ale with fizzy carbonation, mild astringency and a little alcohol.

This one is easy to consume and interesting enough to handle a discussion.

Serving type: can

07-26-2009 02:10:20 | More by SLeffler27
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New Hampshire

1.88/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

12oz can purchased at The Liquor Shoppe in Tygsboro, MA. Pours a pitch black opaque body with an inch of khaki head. Smells nutty, burnt, some smoky tobacco. All I taste is smoky tobacco too, bunt, planty. Moderate in both mouthfeel and carbonation. Astringency hurts the drinkability greatly. Not too impressed with this one...

Serving type: can

07-25-2009 00:09:53 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can into a pint glass. Best by date is September 2009.

A - Black, with a thick 2-inch, tan head. The head dies quickly but leaves a nice tan cap and almost no lacing.

S - A slight hint of coffee, sweet malt. On par for a stout.

T/M - Light-medium bodied with cola like carbonation. Strong roast malt flavor up front with coffee that follows. Slightly sweet, but a little too light bodied.

D - This beer goes down well and it's a decent stout but there are better representations of the style.

Serving type: can

07-08-2009 01:05:33 | More by SuperSpy
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with a thick 2 finger head that hangs around for the duration

S - Malty, just a slight hint of coffee

T - Nice well rounded malt flavor. A little light for a stout but far better than I was expecting from a can

M - Very smooth, an almost soda-like carbonation feel.

D - Very drinakble, went down easy and the low ABV makes it a good session beer.

Definitely a beer I would seek out again.

Serving type: can

07-06-2009 17:04:21 | More by mphopkins99
Photo of Georgiabeer


3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown, nearing black with a thin head that fades to a ring. Smells slightly roasty and quite grainy, with a somewhat thin, grainy, sourness that intrudes a bit into the more pleasant top notes. The taste is pretty similar. Could have a bit more body, and if this were shifted a bit more eithwr to the dry side with more body, or as is to the sweet side, perhaps with some added lactic sugars, then this would hit the mark a bit closer. As is its drinkable but fairly forgettable.

Serving type: can

07-05-2009 21:56:56 | More by Georgiabeer
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3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

06-09-2009 14:40:02 | More by tigg924
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3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce can into a Ro's Restaurant pint glass.

A: Poured a deep, burnt black color with ruby highlights and a thick head of off-white foam.

S: Smells of burnt coal, dark chocolate and deep roasted malts. A little weak coffee makes it way into the aroma as well.

T: Taste is a little weak actually, but the burnt malts and coffee flavors are there. The stout is semisweet and slightly creamy, but this fades to a smooth malt wash and a little sting of hop bitterness.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and fairly drinkable for a canned stout.

D: Modest ABV and nice, mellow roasted malt flavors allow this stout to be a nice afterdinner brew or latenight sipper. With summer rapidly approaching, find a little space for this stout in your cooler or camper.

Serving type: can

06-02-2009 23:03:14 | More by Gambrinus1184
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4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark murky brown to black with about 3/4 of an inch of off-white head that slowly sinks away.

Smells of dark toasted bread and roasted malt. Maybe a little bit of smokiness and roasted coffee gets in there as well...

Tastes very rich and roasty, a lot like an iced black coffee with some of that smokiness coming out as well. Very tasty stuff and probably one of my favorites from Butternuts.

Very simple but well done stout in a can. No complaints, very rich, roasty and toasty. Great stuff for a fall camping trip or a cool summer night.

Serving type: can

06-02-2009 21:22:57 | More by indiapaleale
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North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A joyous dancing cow fleeing a black lightning bolt adorns the 12-ounce can; label puffery includes "Moo Thunder", "all malt", "stout", and "farmhouse ale" in addition to nutrition information and the usual legal BS and brewer info. Hmmm. So is Moo Thunder a 'stout', or a 'farmhouse ale', or what?

I crack the seal on the can and disgorge the contents into my imperial pint sized willibecher glass. A darkened garnet body capped with three fingers of grainy, brown-sugary foam screams of Belgian-style dark ale, but hardly whispers 'stout'. The head retains for a time, resting at a misshapen wallop and leaving fine webby rings of puffy 3-D lacing stuck upon the sides of the tumbler.

The smell is fruity and chocolatey, with notes of golden raisins, ripe plums and juicy figs amidst a mild but savory dark mocha background.

The taste is fruity with a dark mocha finish; juicy notes of plum and creamy unsweetened chocolate accented with bitter citrus and burnt roast relinquish the finish to notes of cooled strong black coffee. Each renewing sip features a juicy splash of dilute apple-pear-plum that disperses and fades as it works across the palate, dissolving finally into balancing, bittering, dusty burntness.

The brew is light-bodied with plenty of extremely-fine carbonation. Were it not for the 'stout' word on the label, I'd be convinced I just had a nice, mild, quaffable Belgian ale. Did I? Who cares! At any rate, Moo Thunder is a tasty, interesting beer that comes in (amusing-looking) cans, and I could drink a few at a sitting for sure. Thanks for the canstas, Lumsta!

Serving type: can

05-23-2009 13:53:13 | More by cvstrickland
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3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

After dinner at a local restaurant, I ordered one of these ($5) and a piece of chocolate cake. Thought it would be a nice combo. Poured into a tall juice glass. Dark black color. Surprised to see really no head form. No lacing either. Not much smell to report, and the taste was sub par. It had a somewhat roasted barley flavor with a hint of milk chocolate. Only problem was that it seemed very watered down. Both the flavor and the body were extremely thin. Not what I expected or hoped for. I guess you could say it was easy to drink because it was so mild and watery, but I would not call this a great example of a craft stout. Though it did leave me curious as to what their other beers taste like in these funny looking cans.

Serving type: can

05-23-2009 03:51:54 | More by morebeergood
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce can into my standard shaker glass. The stout appears a dark brown color with about a finger of lingering ecru foam. Smells and tastes of roasted grain, both bittersweet and milk chocolates, bitter grassy hops. A bit thin bodied with ample carbonation. Worth a try.

Serving type: can

05-19-2009 04:40:06 | More by ClockworkOrange
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3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cute can! I recommend looking at Butternuts website - its highly entertaining. And interesting; this beer is a nod to the fact that their brewery was once a dairy farm.

Appearance - dark black with 1 finger brown head.
Smell - marshmallow, coffee with sugar, malts
Tastes - malty, roasty, coffee, with a sweet edge of caramel
Mouthfeel - creamy
Drinkability - okay. It's good but a little too intense to drink much of. It's a sipper, but fun and tasty.
Definitely worth a try, I may have this again.

Serving type: can

05-16-2009 02:35:27 | More by sophisticated
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can into nonic pint glass

A- Really black with a little head (off white).

S- Roast malt with a yeasty smell.

T- Burnt with a pleasant underlying sweetness.

M- very thin for a stout.

D- Not bad. This would be a very good golf course beer. The people I shared this beer with did not like the sweetness, but to me, it was no different than having a soda to knockout a thirst (not that I am comparing this beer to a soda-just it delivery in the heat!).

Serving type: can

05-02-2009 13:51:30 | More by mobud
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North Carolina

2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hanna-Barbara-esque cartoon cow; calls itself a stout and right under that a "farmhouse ale"; brewed by Butternuts Beer & Ale (isn't ale beer?); all this in a can. Curiosity killed me. I had to buy a can.

Pours a half-inch stiff brown head, lasts a long time and leaves dots of lace on the glass. Tar-black, just as a stout should be.

Not getting a whole lot of aroma here, just a little nuttiness, maybe a very light hint of coffee and even a little dark fruit if I really use my imagination.

Unimpressive taste. Some coffee bitterness, though not coarse, along with the milky sweetness that I suppose is the main feature here. A nut husk earthiness hangs around into the finish, as does a mellow sourness that creeps up as I get further into it. I'm left a bit unfazed. Not bad, but not really that good either.

Definitely not a very stout texture--a little on the watery side, it just hangs on thanks to the carbonation, which is probably a little heavy for the style.

Sure goes down easily, as it's not heavy of texture, has an undemanding flavor and is light-bodied for the style; nothing offensive about it either. Hey, the can design totally suckered me in, I admit it.

Serving type: can

04-29-2009 22:41:20 | More by Metalmonk
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Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Blcak color , nie head but then settled to a pond. Left spots on the glass from lace.

smell - Roasted malts and coffee smell here.

taste - Roasted malt, some bitterness at the end of the taste.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Not bad for a canned beer. Would buy it again, worth a try. Easy drinking beer, funny name for a beer too.

Serving type: can

04-29-2009 00:15:19 | More by auxiliary
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3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This underrated little number from New York State is a great beer to grab if you're on a budget or just want to enjoy a great session stout.

It opens with a thin white head and a dark brown complexion, boasting a chocolate aroma with the faint hint of alcohol and oats (although the ABV isn't too high).

Beer is thin with a chocolate bar flavor reminiscent of Rogue Chocolate Stout, but a bit more fulfilling. As it warms, a slight berry flavoring peaks out.

The whole package goes down nicely with a nice, sweet back end and a slight hint of carbonation. It's quite a solid ale, packing the flavor of the "big" beers, but with a price and availability that'll make you smile.

All in all, a reliable and tasty stout.

Serving type: can

04-24-2009 03:20:08 | More by deapokid
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3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Add another canned craft beer to my growing list, this 12 oz'er came courtesy of Wasatch as an unexpected extra. Poured to a pint glass. Website shows this to be 4.9% ABV.

I found some humor in the cow caricature leaping over the word 'STOUT' - which is above 'Farmhouse ale', a term usually reserved for saisons and the like.

A: Dark chocolate brown, but not quite black - there's a deep amber glow when held to light. Head is rather short and quick to fall, building to barely half a finger of khaki cream before dropping as a thin swirl of film and a broken clinging ring. Some lace sticks in latticework patterns.

S: The initial mineral/cocoa aroma is fine, it is a bit like an Irish dry stout aroma-wise. Some sweetness creeps in as it warms, showing the added lactose sugariness of a milk stout - milk chocolate and caramel.

T: Starts with a dark cocoa powder and mineral/chalky huskiness. The bittering gives way at times, allowing a lighter sweetened coffee or milk chocolate to emerge. But the dark roast keeps returning with each new sip, drowning out the sweeter parts of this one. Has plenty of flavor, just not sure about the balance.

M: Light but dense carbonation, rather thin weight. Finishes with a bitter dryness that lasts several minutes.

D: Hmm, this was surprising. With the lactose addition, I expected a smoother, sweeter stout. What I got was more roasted and bitter, with a touch of souring. Still, it's good enough to have again if I were in the mood and somehow found a can in Oregon (or travels took me to NY). Thanks, John.

Serving type: can

04-22-2009 21:32:56 | More by msubulldog25
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2.4/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours out black with a lot of dark ruby colors coming through where light passes. It has a nice tan head that leaves good lace and actually has hood retention. The aroma is very mild and of dark roasted malt. Nothing burnt or charred. The flavor is nothing special...it's not bad, but it's just a normal stout. In fact, I think this is the best butternuts beer I've had. I give them a lot of cred for canning their beers...great move.

Serving type: can

04-19-2009 19:10:41 | More by Douglas14
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3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JoeyBeerBelly for the opportunity to try this one.

A- 12 oz can poured into a mug. Beer is black with a small white head, even from a hard pour. Decent retention, but not much lacing.

S- Primarily a roasted aroma, with a detectable sweet scent.

T- Roasted flavor and a lot of sweetness from caramel and chocolate notes. Not outstanding or thrilling, but above average.

M- Full body; this beer is pretty thick and creamy. No carbonation evident.

D- I could have a couple in a sitting, but not sure if I'd want to have much more than 2.

Serving type: can

03-19-2009 18:27:11 | More by akokandy
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3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: can

03-14-2009 01:48:27 | More by MisterDeeds
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New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep black with a medium beige head that lasts. Thick, good lacing.

Smell is a bit subdued. Some oaty malts, a thick and grainy smell to it. But it's not all that present.

Taste is very, very good. There's a strong smoky note surrounded by malt, some mild dark fruits that aren't overly present. The focus is definitely on the smoked, roasted aspect of the stout.

Mouth feel is thick, full-bodied, and a joy to drink. Really god brew here, must try.

Serving type: can

02-21-2009 05:13:05 | More by Vendetta
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3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to donkeyrunner for this can.

Poured into a pint glass at 46 degrees.

Appearance: The color the beer is dark brown with garnet hues. There is a creamy tan one finger head, with some retention. The clarity of the beer is opaque. There is some lacing on the glass.

Nose: A roasted malt, cream, molasses, burnt sugar and some hints of fruity esters. There is also a slight hint of bitter coffee in the background.

Taste: A roasted malt complex, with burnt sugar, cream, and coffee in the flavor of the beer. There is a slight hint of fruity esters, bitter hops, and resin.

Overall: The mouth feel is a lightly medium body that is creamy and flat. The finish is light and quick. I must admit the name on the can had me laughing, but the beer in the can doesn't have me laughing. The beer is rather uninteresting, flat and the burnt character is a little overwhelming. It is just okay.

Serving type: can

02-17-2009 05:44:22 | More by colts9016
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3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a dark brown (almost black) with several fingers of foamy mocha colored head. Decent looking retention leaves back some spotty swathes of lacing. The aroma is a bit subdued at first but then opens up VERY NICELY as it warms. Chocolate, lactose, roast, maple syrup, and very dominant coffee all help give this aroma some pop. It took a bit of time to get there but was ultimately worth it.

Unfortunately, I can't say the same thing about the taste. It's similar to the aroma but it's just not popping out at all. Chocolate and milky sweetness up front, followed by some coffee and roasted bitterness in the back. Decent but a letdown compared to how nicely the aroma opened up. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lower feeling carbonation but still has an underlying creaminess to it that keeps it smooth in the mouth.

Not bad, especially compared to a couple other offerings from Butternuts and I actually finished the can. I just wish that the overall flavor had given up some more.

Serving type: can

02-12-2009 17:53:21 | More by Kegatron
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S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poored from bonus can from serving at the CNY beerfest black as night no light escapes this sucker, jet black in direct light as well, big bubbles formed the head that dropped down to a foam which left pretty good lacing.
Smell is all big black coffee nothing else happening there
Taste is again with the black coffee, ya know that smell of asphalt during summer rain? that's in a taste here, random sweetness shows up too at the end
mouthfeel is typical dry stout feeling
drinkability this is on the same plane as those big 3 from Ireland

Serving type: can

02-10-2009 00:42:55 | More by sliverX
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New York

2.13/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A gift from kbnooshay. My first stout in a can. I know, I know, TEN FIDY! blah...blah...blah... haven't tried it yet.
Pours black. Less than impressed with the head on this one; mostly because there was virtually none. There are a few small dots of lace on my glass, but I'm not sure how they got there.
Smells really good though. Some nice roasty malt, coffee and chocolate. No discernable hop presence. A touch sweet.
Flavor was also very good. An even roasted bitterness that transitions into a sugary sweetness in the finish. Some coffee & powdery bakers cocoa. Slightly medicinal.
Feel is thin & watery, somewhat underwhelming.
Still a pretty tasty and drinkable stout. I enjoyed it. Where it loses points is in the aesthetics (look & feel).

UPDATE: 11-04-09

Ok this is not what I remember. I remember a beer that was thin, but flavorful (read above). This is just a thin, watery mess. Smells strange, like the inside of a rubber boot, and is virtually tasteless. What flavor can be detected has an off quality. Maybe they add ginger to this one too, like they do with the Pale Ale??? Not sure and don't care. Won't be buying it again.

Serving type: can

02-06-2009 23:36:10 | More by Hoagie1973
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