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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:
No notes at this time.

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


3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can #4 from my combo 4-pack.

Reminds me of Guinness Stout both in smell and taste.

A= black, with modest tan head, some lacing.

S= nice roasted caramelized dark malts, hops, slight smoky nose.

T= actually fairly decent, a little dry up-front, decent bitters, a nice blend of Guinness Stout-style toasted malts and hops.

M= slightly dry and a little astringent; almost a slight tongue-numbing effect.

O= The first impressive offering that I've found in this 4-pack which is now finished.

Serving type: can

10-14-2011 17:16:49 | More by therica
Photo of JunkYardJake


3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can to pint glass.
Pitch black in color with a modest tan head. Smells mega-roasty, almost burnt. Some sweetness and a bit of hazelnut also in the nose. The roasted flavors and the lactic sweetness in the palate are bold and pronounced. Tasty, but might benefit from more subtle flavors and greater complexity. Light carbonation with a thinner mouthfeel than most milk stouts. Decent beer overall.

Serving type: can

10-14-2011 02:09:54 | More by JunkYardJake
Photo of DrDemento456


3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Wow I am surprised it is so dark, almost pitch black except for some ruby highlights. Has a slight bit of cocoa colored head too.

S - Smells pretty light but I picked up some roast and some coffee, maybe some chocolate.

T - Light roast and smoke meet the bitter side of bittersweet chocolates and a touch of hops, which is light enough to enjoy.

M - Light to medium kind of weird since it gave it a bit of a watery feel rather than creamy.

Overall not something I would seek out but if I got a six pack for say 8.00 it would not be something I would avoid. A decent offering.

Serving type: can

10-09-2011 06:04:55 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of samie85


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

A-Pours an inky black color with two fingers of cappuccino cap.

S-Light roasted and huge chocolate notes with hints of vanilla and light, earthy hops.

T-Dark chocolate and light roasted notes with some light herbal hops on the finish.

M-Light yet smooth and crisp with light carbonation.

D-Pretty tasty and another low ABV, yet flavorful from Butternuts; very nice.

Serving type: can

10-08-2011 21:12:57 | More by samie85
Photo of Minkybut


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

I poured this cool looking can of beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer poured a opaque beer with a nice brown head. The beer had a thick coffee smell. The beer tasted like it had burnt malt in it and the mouthfeel was chewy. The beer tasted like a milk stout with a hint of smoke in it. I like and will buy again.

Serving type: can

10-07-2011 16:49:19 | More by Minkybut
Photo of cavedave

New York

3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thickest black with a light brown one finger head and legs like a beer Marilyn Monroe.

Chocolate milk and mild roast coffee, some floral and a touch of herbal bitter and molasses give this medium strength bouquet a definite appeal.

Sweet molasses and honey, coffee, and caramel start the sip. The roasty notes meander in with some nice bitter chocolate as it warms, giving it a pleasant bitter accompaniment to the light bitter from hops that creeps in at the end of the sip. Not very complex, nor deep, a simple milk stout, but quite tasty.

Light in the mouth, a bit too light actually, and less viscous than it looks, with a touch more carb. than is optimal, and a finish that is nice, but not complex nor long lasting.

Very decent stout, quite surprised by this, not a fan of Butternuts so far. Give it a shot, great value for sure.

Serving type: can

10-06-2011 01:15:36 | More by cavedave
Photo of keysofebony

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Having this beer in a can poured into a Kronenbourg 16oz pilsner glass. Got it a create-your-own 6 pack at my job.

Appearance- black with tan/eggshell white head. Pours a frothy head, dies down, but stays alive. Can see a hint of red when held up to a light.

Smell- a dry, bready chocolate. a hint of carboard. some dark fruits. Smells thick, but is deceiving. slight alcohol (surprising it shows through at 4.9%)

Taste- very thin beer. I get a dryness on the finish, but sweet malts up front. Tastes of coffee and bread. A strong resemblance to those church wafers; like a cardboard bread flavor. Dark fruits like in the smell come through.

Mouthfeel- like I said, sweet up front, dry on the finish and an overall very very thin beer. look and smell can be very deceiving.

Overall- It is fairly unique compared to other stouts. I'd say if you're curious enough to read a review, it's worth trying this beer. It's good and i might consider buying it again, but it's not my favorite stout by any means. I prefer imperial stouts, but this is better to session with. It was a tasty brew and I don't mean to offend the brewers, but it is easily forgettable, however I am curious about some other beers this company offers...craft brew in a can is something I'm becoming strangely fond of.

Serving type: can

09-30-2011 06:50:28 | More by keysofebony
Photo of sulldaddy


3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pouring a room temp can into a pint glass. The beer pours deep mahogany to chocolate brown color, there is some ruby highlights in the glass when held up to the light.
Very large frothy tan head foams up even with the gentlest of pours.Fairly tight latticework the glass after each sip.
Aroma is roasted malt brown sugar and maybe a little chocolate milk.
First sip reveals a farily light body with silky texture and minimal carbonation. The flavor is some caramel and toffee with a bit of cocoa powder and roasted malt. I do get some tangy notes on each sip, lactose or mild infection? Im not sure. Not very robust flavors combined with the light body make this a session beer.
Enjoyable but not something I would hunt down regularly.

Serving type: can

09-21-2011 03:04:15 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of BeerLover99


3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: jet black body, trace head, no lacing

S: chocolate, roasted malt, toffee, mild nuts

T: light cocoa, roasted malt, mild smokey bitter finish

M: med/light body, little too much carbonation

O: Surprised me, nice session stout in a can.
Worth getting again and recommending.


Serving type: can

09-19-2011 17:26:57 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of jpro

South Carolina

2.95/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a single can at Total Wine. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass..

A: Pours a dark brown, cola-esque; khaki head fades fast, leaving a few spots of lace; looks pretty light on the pour.

S: Roasty malts; some sweetness; some metallic notes.

T: Average taste. Roasty, with some lactose sweetness. Not very fulfilling.

M: Thin... Borderline watery toward the finish; higher carbonation.

O/D: Maybe a good beer to have a few of around a campfire, but that’s about it. Lacking a robust flavor and fuller mouthfeel makes this one under appealing.

Serving type: can

09-16-2011 00:58:31 | More by jpro
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 mostpoetsdo

Rhode Island

3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Mucky looking brown, a frothy looking, light tan head. Good lace blotching all over.

S: Subtle notes of coffee, a nice roasty quality, a little metallic.

T: Rather bitter up front, a tartness bordering on sour. Once past that, notes of cocoa powder and tobacco arrive. Finishes with a very pleasant charred-coffee taste. Not all that sweet.

M: Thin body, lower carbonation, but rather smooth. Has a creamy element that saves it.

O/D: It has some off flavors, and unfortunately they are up front. Once over that hurdle, the positives give way, a decent cocoa powder flavor is introduced, but can't tell if it's fake or natural.

Serving type: can

09-12-2011 00:35:04 | More by mostpoetsdo
Photo of mocktm


3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Packaged on June 11, 2011, gotta be honest, if not for the ass lightning cow artwork, I would have never picked this up. I have not been a fan of the other brews I've had from them, but seeing as I did...

Cola colored, dark brown to black with amber highlights throughout. Two fingers or so of tan colored head, creamy and thick with pretty solid retaining abilities. So far, so good.

Aromas don't melt your face off, but are there. The dark roasted malt emits scents of cocoa powder and milk sugar predominantly.

Tastes mainly of the flavors advertised in the nose, dark chocolate, coffee grinds and a hint of earthiness, like tobacco. My girlfriend who is really not too into beer commented that this tasted like "muddy sludge water", which is a bit of an exaggeration. It's not the most flavorful stout ever, but out of a can at sub 5% alcohol, its not too bad.

Medium bodied, creamy consistency and definitely sessionable. Perfect for a low ABV stout.

Overall, not the greatest stout in the world, not even the best canned stout (Ten-Fidy), but for a dark beer you can drink a lot of, this sure kicks the crap out of Guinness.

Serving type: can

09-11-2011 15:35:23 | More by mocktm
Photo of Burt

Rhode Island

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

Served in a pint glass.

Blackish brown that had a thick tan head that dispersed quickly but not completely. Left loose lacing that was very clumpy.

Unsweetened chocolate, toffee, little bit of burnt toast.

Chocolate in the beginning, middle gets sweet like toffee end is coffee that has been left on too long. Has a slickness in the beginning then turns thin at the end.

This was the last can from a mixed 12 pack that I picked up and is definitely the best one of the bunch. Nice beer that I would pick up some more of.

Serving type: can

09-04-2011 23:08:31 | More by Burt
Photo of metter98

New York

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

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color (traces of amber are visible at the edge of the glass when held to the light). It poured with a finger high tan head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface..
S: There are aromas of lactose in the nose along with notes of milk chocolate.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and the lactose and chocolate flavors have a bit of sweetness; there are hints of bitterness roasted malts in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and its low alcohol content and relatively light-bodied nature make it a very sessionable stout.

Serving type: can

08-31-2011 23:52:03 | More by metter98
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
Photo of CaptDavyJones

New York

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

Poured an almost pitch black color from a 12 oz can with the date of packaging clearly marked.
Massive two finger tan/mocha head that dissipates very slowly, leaving behind some very nice lace.
Aroma is a nice blend of malt, milk chocolate and cocoa.
Taste, similar to smell is high on malts upfront with hints of sweetness and the perfect amount of bitterness in the finish.
This is a very drinkable, medium bodied dry stout. Good mouthfeel and very tasty. One of the better milk stouts around, and definitely one of the better canned beers.
Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: can

08-16-2011 21:55:01 | More by CaptDavyJones
Photo of THECPJ


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

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown black with a 1 finger mocha head

smell: roast, malts, lactose, sweet

taste: sweet, roast, black patent.

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium to full body,

overall: decent milk / sweet stout. glad I got to try it.

the CPJ

Serving type: can

08-13-2011 16:48:54 | More by THECPJ
Photo of Genuine


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

Poured from the can into a clean pint glass. Thin black in color, not much of a head to speak of, but it is a dark tan which looks very pleasant.

Smell - As it should for a milk stout, coffee, roasted malts.

Taste - lots of dark roasted coffee and malts pull through on this one, some hops in the back to keep things rounded.

Mouthfeel - a bit thinner than I like in a stout but not any less than medium.

Overall - Pretty good milk stout. Not sure if I would get again but nonetheless, it was good to try.

Serving type: can

08-10-2011 17:45:48 | More by Genuine
Photo of SFLpunk


3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can thanks to aapp! No date nor production code.

Pours a thin black with very little tan head. Nose smells a little lactic, as per expected. Cream and coffee grounds. Palate is medium-light-bodied with some acidic pull and a fair amount of roasted bitterness, like over-cooked coffee. Some creaminess too, rounds things out.

Reminds me of my first Guinness, sans the nitro. Solid and worth a try.

Serving type: can

08-10-2011 04:55:01 | More by SFLpunk
Photo of CHickman

New York

3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black like coffee with a 1 finger brown milkshake-like head that left decent lacing.

Smells of sweet malt, roasted grains, coffee, toffee and cocoa; an overall roasted aroma.

Tastes of coffee, toffee, cocoa, chocolate, caramel, burnt wood, roasted malts, citrus hops, lemon and smoked peat; nice smoky flavor overall with a rich coffee taste.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with low carbonation, a medium body and a bitter finish.

A very tasty beer that went down smooth and easy. The flavor had a lot more depth than I expected, especially from a can, and while this might have been on the thin side, I really enjoyed it.

Serving type: can

08-08-2011 03:12:35 | More by CHickman
Photo of jondeelee


3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Moo Thunder, despite the ridiculous name, smells rich and malty straight from the can, ripe with notes of chocolate malt, milk chocolate, cream, coffee, and tobacco.

On the tongue, the beer begins slow, washing gently over the tastebuds in dark chocolates and chocolate malts. As the mouthfull progresses, darker flavors come out, especially the coffee and tobacco from the aroma. Dark fruit esters, including fig and black cherry, help sweeten the brew, tempering the bitter, ashy flavors. The aftertaste is largely chocolate malt and tobacco, and lingers on the tongue for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium-light.

Overall, this is a good stout, and I doubt there are many from a can that could be said to be much better. The beer boasts good flavors, and in decent quantities. One of the only faults is a faint metallic bite around the edges, though I'm not sure if that's due to the can or something related to the brewing process. Either way, this is a stout worth trying.

Serving type: can

08-03-2011 19:33:26 | More by jondeelee
Photo of bpw28

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: One finger brown head, very dark brown/black (about a 39 SRM), very nice lacing.

Smell: Massive smoky malts, sour milk , sweet chocolate, mild coffee, cigar smoke (earthy sort of smell, cant describe it but cigar smoke seems to come close)

Taste: Clean roasted malt, suprise floral, good sweetness not over bearing, light smoky chocolate aftertaste. The mouthfeel is very light, not a problem I thought I'd run into with a milk stout or a stout in general.

Final Thoughts: It's decent. It would be the perfect stout for a first timer. Big malts, light hops, light body, smoky. A good start point and your not starting them on the best, so theres plenty of room to show them the better. Just hope the "turning milk" smell does turn them off.

Serving type: can

07-26-2011 12:13:24 | More by bpw28
Photo of Suds


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

Bought this beer because I needed decent craft beer that came in a can, for an afternoon at a private lake. The beer didn't disappoint me. It's a thick, black color. Frothy brown head. The aroma is a nice mix of grain, chocolate, and dark fruit. Nice aroma. The flavor is balanced, but maybe a tad on the sweet side. Full in body. This is a nice beer.

Serving type: can

07-17-2011 20:06:00 | More by Suds
Photo of nukem5


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

A: Pours a oily black color with thick rich creamy cap of foam, very tasty looking and decent lacing on sides of glass.

S: Smells of sweet malts dark chocolate with bittering hops all pretty small in the smell dept but the malts do stick out nicely.

T: Coffee sweet and sugary light chocolate and malty tastes all pretty good as for balance, wish they were all a bit more pronounced.

M: A bit on the watery side and thin not quite what I expected for such a dark and stouty beer. Ok carbonation level.

O: Ok , pretty good as go the 3 I have sampled this is the best and might not still order another a bit small on taste as far as the style goes there are a few really great ones out there , and this is a bit over average for me.

Serving type: can

07-16-2011 23:26:25 | More by nukem5
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