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Moo Thunder Stout - Butternuts Beer & Ale

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Ratings: 651
Reviews: 327
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 21
Gots: 46 | 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 coldmeat23
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Pours up nice and black. Almost two-fingers of light brown foam sit on top. This rededes to a thin, filmy, covering. The lacing is very good. It's sticky and full, almost like curtains, which is the way that I like it to be.

Man, this smells like roasted caramel milk. Tasty!
A wonderfully big malt presence, with a decent amount of roastiness. Very nice lacto presence. Good presence of caramel and english toffee notes. Mild coffee presence and a very light hint of milk chocolate.

Roasted malts galore. Good coffee presence with dark chocolates and a light touch of milk chocolate. Mild lacto sweetness. Very mild hint of butterey caramel. The finish is fairly dry and full of more roastiness.

Medium-bodied, which is something that is common with stouts, but I prefer them to be solidly full-bodied, myself. Medium, almost mild, carbonation level. It achieves a nice level of smoothness, but misses the creaminess that I love so much.

The plus side is that with its easy drinking taste and its low abv (4.90%), this would be a great session stout. Very drinkable, indeed.

Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with a nice mocha tan head that leaves a little layer throughout the session. The smell is roasted malts, coffee and chocolate and the taste is much of the same. This one is in my opinion, the perfect example of a simple American Stout. The mouthfeel isn't too thick or cloying and I sucked it down way too fast. These showed up in PA recently so I will definitely be stocking up on these.

Photo of glid02
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can from a mized 12-pack from Hop City in Atlanta.

Pours black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin ring around the glass leaving almost no lacing.

Smells of deeply roasted and black malts and not much else.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Deeply roasted malt flavors up front become even more bitter midway through the sip with a hint of ash. The ending is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is alright. It's a bit on the thin side but with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished the can without much problem but I'm not sure about another.

Overall this certainly isn't a bad stout but more body and deeper flavors would help it out immensely.

Photo of ditch
2.48/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I let the artwork get the best of me here. This one is so bad I don't think I'll ever try another from this brewery. Let me know if i'm wrong. Tastes like a weak watered down oatmeal stout. Pour and head are unimpressive. Why bother mass producing this? If it was a home brew I would say keep trying buddy, but they brewed this in a brewery. bah!

Photo of qchic
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Always happy to try a craft beer in a can, and this one also lists some nutritional info (makes me wonder what effect that would have on the consumption of big huge beers, but I digress). Opaque not-quite-black. Weak head that faded to some shadowing on the surface. Smells like dark roasted malts, chocolate, with a hint of oily coconut. The flavor resembles the aroma closely, especially up front, but then the taste just kinda drops off. Some bitterness sneaks back. As it warms, some fruitiness comes in to add a little something, but it's still not quite enough to make this something I'd reach for again. Not horrible, but not so exciting. I might only think about this one again if someone is specifically looking for a non-imperial stout in a can.

Photo of Traquairlover
2.55/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12-oz can poured into a pint glass. This is easily one of the most disappointing stouts I have ever had. I picked it up while on vacation up in the Adirondacks thinking it might be nice to have a nice normal stout or porter to enjoy the much cooler weather in upstate NY compared to home.

A = Pours a very dark chestnut brown which is perfectly fine, but the head consists of some fizzy light tan bubbling and quick receding that is more reminiscent of a soft drink than of a good beer. After a couple minutes there are almost no traces on the surface that it ever formed a head at all other than a very slight amount of bubbles right at the very edge where the beer meets the glass.

S = Light metallic, tinny scents, some light sweet flavors which remind me a root beer but that also brings a smokey scent as though ashes from a wood fire have been mixed with it.

T = There just not much there, there. I get a decent medium bitterness that starts at the tip of the tongue and remains through a fairly long finish, but otherwise there's just not a lot of good things I can think to say about this beer. It has a taste of ashes that is somewhat out of place, the metallic sensation is less present than in the nose, but it is still there.

M = This is quite a bit more watery than I was expecting. It is limpid.

D = This goes down pretty easily, but it is just not good enough to really make you want to keep drinking it.

Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into snifter.

A: Thick malty brown head about a finger, pitch black color with no light

N: Nose has lots of chocolate and coffee with roasted malts and light tangy fruit and oats

T: Taste starts with chocolate and roasted malts, oats, creamy stout like taste, some dark chalky center and a touch of coffee, a little alcohol shines through, some chocolate milk in the middle

M: Creamy thick mouthfeel

F: Finish starts sweet but dries up and adds more stout and chocolate and touch of fruit and bitterness

Final thoughts: Its a pretty basic thick milk/oatmeall stout not bad nonetheless. I was surprised how nice it ended up after reading some of the other reviews. This can is also about a year old so I wonder if that changed the beer.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.77/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours out a clear, dark brown body. Despite a vigorous pour, there's no appreciable head formation beyond a thin, white ring on top.

Smell: Sweetish, grainy nose with a distinct though light hint of added milk sugar. Notes of toast, roast, and basic chocolate.

Taste: Reasonably roasty malts with, as was the case with the nose, light touches of roast, toast, and chocolate. Slackened sweetness. As with their Heinneweisse, there's this unpleasant grainy astringency. Touch of lactose. Faint (thankfully) vegetal undertones in the distant background. Very low earthy, roasty bitterness. Finishes dry, roasty, and almost spiritedly grainy.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: One to skip. Alright, so Butternuts, thinking outside the brew box, aimed for a not-so-stout milk stout, so look for a beer that's washed out and watered down in terms of taste and peppered with a few off-flavors.

Photo of SLeffler27
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
1.92/5  rDev -46.2%
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...

Photo of SuperSpy
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of mphopkins99
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.5/5  rDev -2%
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.

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.

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Moo Thunder Stout from Butternuts Beer & Ale
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