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Moo Thunder Stout - Butternuts Beer & Ale

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Ratings: 638
Reviews: 325
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 19
Gots: 38 | 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 tigg924
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of cvstrickland
3.75/5  rDev +5%
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!

Photo of morebeergood
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of sophisticated
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Photo of mobud
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
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!).

Photo of Metalmonk
2.96/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Photo of auxiliary
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of deapokid
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of Douglas14
2.41/5  rDev -32.5%
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.

Photo of akokandy
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of MisterDeeds
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of Vendetta
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of colts9016
3.06/5  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.

Photo of Kegatron
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of sliverX
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
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

Photo of Hoagie1973
2.13/5  rDev -40.3%
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.

Photo of biegaman
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A rum and coke appearance, it is dark but not truly black in colour. It's far more luminous than most stouts; the entire bottom is distinguished by lambent chestnut. With strong back lighting I can almost see my finger. This isn't as concerning as the complete and total lack of head. Perhaps it's part of the 'farmhouse' theme, but this surface is more flat and bare than a prairie mile.

The aroma is selling some nice things but for whatever reason I'm not interested in buying. The chocolate smells artificially syrupy as if from a cheap ice cream stand. The coffee smells stale like it's been sitting on the counter all morning. The roast malts seem like they could have been pulled from the kiln a few minutes earlier. I like smelling chocolate, coffee, and roast malts in my stouts but this particular cast isn't doing it for me.

Liquid smoke and sponge cake make for a decent (albeit dreadfully plain) tasting stout. There are also hints of coffee grinds and powdered chocolate. Each sip, however, concludes on the same off putting, overly ashy note which soon gives out to a sweet lingering. They better start adding more malt if they plan to keep printing 'stout' on the can.

What I see as blue they'd probably call green, Butternuts and I apparently have differing perspectives (or tastes, anyways). They celebrate the fact that their stout is lighter than others - which is fine - but I wouldn't consider that to make it more drinkable. The fact that they've left out the "tail and teats" isn't a good thing in my books, I sorrowfully wish they had left them in. This beer needs a little more beef ... so to speak.

It's good Butternuts comes out and says that this isn't meant to be heavy or viscous. It might otherwise have been confusing with 'Thunder' in the name. I'm sure there are people who would prefer a stout this light bodied, I'm simply not one of them. I didn't dislike Moo Thunder, I enjoyed it an average amount, which seems about right considering it's an average stout.

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

Stout in a can with a frolicking cow fleeing from a lightning bolt = awesome. Also, their website has the best layout of any brewery I've seen. Anywho...

Pours black, and holds that way even when held to light. Large, foamy mud brown head with end of glass retention and muliple layers of lacing (four to be precise).

Smells of dark roast malt and some coffee. After sticking my nose in the glass I got some almond scent as well.

Silky dark roast really comes through. Minimal coffee. Smooth, milky mouthfeel. A prefectly uncomplicated and balanced stout. Freindly and pleasant though a bit watery.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can from Wasatch... John knows I like canned micros.. and this brewery is new to me.. thanks! Poured into my New Belgium snifter.

Wow.. looks are not great.. even not good.. no head.. no lace.. no cap.. the brew is dark brown when held to a light.

aroma is sorta underwhelming.. mild chocolate and very subtle roastiness... some background dark cherry fruitiness as it warms..

flavor is better.. nice coffee overtones.. cocoa is prevalent without ever going big. the problem is.. it is very clean... not alot of anything going on. pretty body and carbonation for the style.. but we're talking flavor.. and this one just leaves me yearning..

Overall.. I gotta give a better review than the above would suggest.. I have a PNW palate.. and while this brew is solid.. actually it is pretty damn good for the style.. it needs more head retention and lace.. but overall.. it is okay.

Thanks John.. this is another brew that I probably never would have traded for.. and now.. I gotta try their others... Galt loves a good canned Micro.

Photo of bort11
3.96/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Wasatch for this one.

12 oz can, poured into an imperial pint glass. Virtually no head and a thin tan ring around the edges. Color is a dark ruby red to black. Not quite what I have in mind for a stout.

Smell is a rich dark chocolate with some dark roasted coffee. Very sweet aroma. Taste is more of a dry cocoa, but still chocolaty. There is some sweet black berry notes.

Mouthfeel is not as light as a dry stout, but no where near a milk stout creaminess. Very smooth and would be a great alternative to Guinness.

Photo of esv
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

From a can, so cool.

I poured it hard, into a tall, wide-mouth, Ball jar. The head was two inches and rising. Porous with some big craters. It's stout-black. The head flattened and it eased down the sides though it did stick in some spots.

Their is a vegatable smell in the nose. I try not to read reviews before I write mine, but I saw the same comment in the most recent review. Once you get past the vegatables, there is a very soft coffee aroma that whiffs up.

The taste is a mild coffee and chocolate. A light, light roast. The beer is wonderfuly balanced. Just a little sweet ... just barely bitter. The interplay is more discernable as it warms. Just the slightest hint of roasted malt in the finish. No real bitterness in the first half but in the second, there was some bitterness in the early part of the finish.

A light to medium mouthfeel.

So Drinkable! I just loved to drinking it. I enjoyed thinking about the beer but I could certainly drink the beer without thinking about it ... a nice break from all the imperial stouts I've been drinking.

easy, friendly, doesn't have to be the center of attention ... really a delight I thought.

Moo Thunder Stout from Butternuts Beer & Ale
81 out of 100 based on 638 ratings.