Moo Thunder Stout - Butternuts Beer & Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

662 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 662
Reviews: 329
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 22
Gots: 52 | 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 Chico1985
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black, tan head starts at a few fingers before winding down to a decent ring and cap.

Cocoa powder, sugars, some coffee with cream in the scent. Simple but pleasant, good strength.

Taste follows suit, mix of milk+dark chocolates, caramel, and an overall lactose/sugar feel, not overly sweet though. Not much hops to speak of.

Decent mouthfeel, a bit foamy/high on the carbonation, would like to have it a little smoother.

Like many milk stouts, it doesn't wow or break boundaries, but it's solid and satisfies that craving for a lighter stout. The price and can format are pluses, definitely wouldn't mind sessioning it.

Photo of alexkeil
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is listed as a sweet stout but has a considerable amount of bitterness. The sweetness is in the background with the outstanding mouthfeel.

Deep roasty stout, nicely carbonated that creates a slightly bitter dry mouthfeel. Very drinkable with hints of chocolate, biscuit, and herbal character.

Photo of monique
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer yesterday and loved it sooo much that I bought a 6 pack.
A - like any stout

S - nice chocolatie aroma, not too strong

T - knocked me out until next week! Nice flavor without being over powering

Overall - loved it. Maybe my go to cold weather/dessert beer

Photo of leansean88
2.85/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured at the local bar. Huzzah, I'll be the first to review it on tap. Sadly, it's sort of underwhelming. It seems like the beer went sour. Burnt chocolate taste is still there, like it was in the can, but not really much in the creamy stout department. Such a disappointment.

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Packaged January 25, 2012

A: Pours a near pitch black with ruby edges and almost no head

S: Nice roasted malts and a hint of sweetness in the back. Not much else, maybe some licorice

T: Follows the nose with the roasted malts and a touch of sweetness. Some light hops provide a light bitterness towards the end and leave a great finish

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Fairly smooth

O: Another extremely sessionable beer by Butternuts. Could use a little more sweetness as per the style, but aside from that this is an above average milk stout. And it comes in a can. Sweet!

Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can served in a Unibroue snifter.

Pours black and opaque, but with traces of dark brown at the edges. The tan head is semi-dense and moderately durable. It leaves more lacing than might be expected.

The aroma is rather light for style and simple when cold, with a smokey roasted malt base, but it becomes markedly richer with warming, revealing notes of coffee, raisins, toffee and chocolate.

Taste: mildly bitter and, thankfully, notably stronger than the aroma indicates; i.e., this is more than acceptably malty and flavorful. Has a lasting finish with hints of smoke and coffee.

M: nicely carbonated; medium body is typical and a little thinner than ideal. Some dryness in the finish.

O: a well-crafted stout that is less sweet and more smokey than average for style. For your own good, do not drink this ice cold or directly out of the can!

Photo of Flounder57
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a small mocha head that has reduced into a thin layer. Pitch black with signs of carbonation at the top sides of the glass. Nice lacing as the beer was drank.

Smell: roasted and chocolate malts, bready notes, vanilla, smoke, molasses

Taste: All the culprit flavors are there, but they seem a bit light. Roasted coffee, smoke and ash, mocha, bread, vanilla, and some burnt molasses too. Would be nice to get fuller flavor from this beer, but still good.

Mouthfeel: full bodied, medium to high carbonation, slightly watery, ash/smoke/burnt flavors, smooth, and easy to drink.

Overall: A decent milk stout to come out of a can. You don't too much of these here on the east coast and a nice addition to the short lineup of them. I could revisit this again in the future.

Photo of Brad007
4.06/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a color that's black as night with a two-finger brown head that quickly fades.

Roasted malt with a sweet edge and hints of caramel & creme. Very nice aromas.

Creamy with lightly-roasted malt and cocoa notes. Very easy to drink. Kind of like a milkshake.

Ditto on mouthfeel. Creamy and all of the flavors seem to be balanced.

Most certainly worth a try!

Photo of davednyc
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perhaps there should be a value metric, because at under $2 a serving, these Butternut brews can not be beat (Also a big fan of their Porkslap and Snapperhead brews).

Appearance - Dark dark brown, like one would expect from a stout. A wee bit of head and lacing.

Smell - Maybe nutty, maybe sweet? Poured into a glass, certainly lacking some sour qualities that I sometimes recognize in a beer.

Taste - This is really what it's about, isn't it. A damn good brew, I can taste some sweet/nutty, coffee, chocolate notes.

A really nice tasty stout. It's an unseasonably cool January evening in NYC (opposed to a bitter cold January evening), and this is the perfect match for my wife's beef stew.

Photo of JayS2629
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of airforbes1
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm conducting a three-way taste test of milk stouts tonight. This is the first beer in the line up, with the others being Keegan Ales' Mother's Milk Stout and Left Hand's Milk Stout.

First of all, I want to say Moo Thunder is an awesome name for a milk stout and I love the cartoon design on the can.

Of the three, this by far has the best appearance. The beige head is foamy and profuse and retains much longer than the other heads. It was also the darkest, showing all black even when held to the light.

The aroma has strong roasty notes. I'm expecting this one to taste like coffee.

I'll use "roasted coffee" as a taste description as well. Maybe there's a tiny amount of vinegar in there, too? It reminds me more of Guinness Draught than a milk stout. Like Guinness Draught, the taste profile doesn't blow me away, but it is easy to sip. I'd say it's more astringent than creamy.

The mouthfeel is even more like Guinness Draught's: thin. I guess that's why it doesn't take me long to drink 12 ounces of it.

This is an OK stout, especially for the price point ($9.99 for a six pack on Long Island). That said, I'd probably look elsewhere for something that has stronger milk stout characteristics.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a tumbler pint, the beer is jet black with a frothy, light, foamy light brown head that is roughly a half an inch, and it clings to the glass like crazy. Mild chocolate tones sweeten up the toasted barley backbone and the smooth, malty presence. Flavors are light and mild, on a slick, thin body. Smokey roasted coffee and dark chocolate throughout, with a light malt sweetness that balances everything out nicely. The aftertaste is more on the coffee side, with some roast and bitter qualities. The finish is dry, and leaves the mouth quickly, with a slight astringency from all the bitter qualities. Good, solid stout.

Photo of Fadefury
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark. 1/2 inch brown/tan head. Head did not retain very long, and left little lacing.

S: Chocolate sweetness. No hop or alcohol is noticed

T: Sweet chocolate, with hints of the coffee and standard stout flavor.

M: More carbonated than I like in a stout. Was not as smooth as I'd like it to be for the sweetness of the beer.

Overall: The low ABV makes this a stout that I could drink multiple of in one sitting, but does not blow me away enough to purchase if I had other options.

Photo of atr2605
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
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

Photo of plehnus
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Dark roasted malts. Chocolate. Soy.

Appearance: Dark brown body with a slight red hue. Tan head.

Flavor: Sweet roasted notes. Earthy hops. Cream.

Mouthfeel: Full body with a wet, smooth, and mildly bitter finish, that lingers.

Overall: Smooth and straightforward, but it is difficult to identify the flavor profile- as none of the flavors truly present themselves fully. Well balanced and drinkable, but not memorable either.

Photo of SickGnar
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Quite black and opaque too. Just the barest hints of brown at the edges when backlit. Light brown, medium size head that falls relatively fast but leaves some bits of lace.

S: Chocolate / cocoa & roast with a bittersweet burnt sugar and molasses sweetness. No hops. Good strength and richness. Hint of lactose when cold, but it really comes out as it warms.

T: Plentiful bittersweet cocoa wrestling with roasty notes of dark coffee with hints of ash that is blunted by brown sugar sweetness on the open which softens as the lactose opens up. Solid malt base with toasty grain and a hint of toffee. Some shy hops just for balance. Not a ton of nuance, but this has superb depth and balance.

M: A little bit under medium body with softer carbonation to match. Smooth and almost creamy. Dry roasty finish.

D: Rich cocoa & lactose sweetness, but also nicely roasty. Not complex, but impressive depth. Very solid everyday stout. Highly drinkable.

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled in short straight-sided glass

A: solid black; great bevy of beads, but little head (even with a dramatic pour)
S: very inviting aroma of toasted barley
T: aggressive charred flavor (a bit on the burned side); very little hops evident; malts are more significant; but the toasted barley forms the entire complex here

Overall, a decent, good stout, definitely on the burned side.

Photo of therica
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of JunkYardJake
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of samie85
3.65/5  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.

Photo of Minkybut
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of cavedave
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of keysofebony
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Moo Thunder Stout from Butternuts Beer & Ale
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