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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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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz black can that has a cartoon picture of a black and white milk cow jumping out of the way of a black lightning bolt. The back side has the barcode, US Government warning, and the average anaysis of 150 calories, 8 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of protein, and 0 fat.

When poured into a Stoudt's pint glass, this canned beer is a midnight black with dark chestnut brown highlights at the bottom. The head of foam was a bit disappointing. The head of foam was only a small skim of tan colored foam that quickly dissipated into a handful of tan rings along the edge. It didn't bother to leave any lace behind. The aroma was coffee based with roasted coffee beans, fresh cut grass, a hint of milk chocolate, and a splash of lactose at the finish. The taste was lightly dry with roasted coffee beans, roasted malts, milk chocolate, a tiny touch of grass, and then it finished up with a hint of grassy hops and lactose. The mouthfeel was light to medium bodied with a dry aftertaste of roasted malts, bitter roasted coffee beans, and lactose. In the end, it was a nice little session roasted milk stout. Since it has plenty of flavor and the fact that it comes in a can, that helps the drinkability out a bit.

Serving type: can

06-04-2008 21:15:50 | More by AltBock
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3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty, dark brown, with chestnut highlights at the edges. Good sharpness to the aroma, which contains more than sweet malt notes -- there are also elements of roasted malt, hazelnuts, and crystallized sugar. On the palate, sweeter than expected, albeit with a definite hop kick up front. After that, things smooth out to a creamy sweetness later tinged with roasted barley. Mouthfeel is excellent -- the carbonation is perfect, malts smooth and roasts and hops sharp, but all in concert and balance. Very well done.

Serving type: can

06-03-2008 21:42:21 | More by geexploitation
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New York

3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark brown/black with chestnut highlights on the edges where just a tad of light passes through. Huge frothy head the color of coffee paint that leaves thick patches of lacing all over the place.

A: Roasted/toasted malts, cocoa powder, and coffee accented by an earthy aroma that I can't put my finger on. Wet stone?

T: Flavor is somewhat like the nose, but earthy and roasty. Not too much chocolate in the flavor... Kind of an earthy, roasty Guiness with a slightly dry and bitter finish. There's some sweetness in there too, primarily in the beginning

M: Thin and light bodied with minimal carbonation. Nothing spectacular going on here.

D: Easy drinking. As was aforementioned, kinda like a "craft" Guinness beer that falls slightly short on the mouthful. Not as bad as I was expecting given some of the earlier reviews. It's a decent beer. I wouldn't necessarily turn one down if there was a limited selection.

Serving type: can

05-23-2008 00:32:00 | More by kasper
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3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received in a "all can" trade with JoeyBeerBelly. Served in an Imperial Pint Glass. Vigorous pour reveals a coffee brown beer with ruby highlights and a 1 finger head of creamy, tan colored foam with decent retention and a minimal amount of lacing. Smell is not very prominent, but reveals scents of dark roasted malt with hints of raisins and chocolate. Taste is a similar combination of roasted malt mixed with coffee and chocolate and an underlying milky sweetness. Feel is slightly thin, but still rather creamy with a decent level of carbonation for the style. Somewhat watery overall. Drinkability on this is good. The combination of flavors, while not stand-outish, still provides a nice, easy-to-drink stout. That being said, it's probably a little less full-bodied than I would look for in a milk/sweet stout.

Serving type: can

05-17-2008 03:40:32 | More by Phillyduke
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3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown color with a nice tan colored head. The head dissipated fairly quickly.
Smell is primarily chocolate malts. A slight bit of coffee malts as well.
Flavor is dominated by the sweeter malts, not the roasted ones. There is a nice chocolate taste here in the beginning followed by a bit of the coffee taste at the end.
Mouthfeel is a nice creamy feel, however a little too thin for what I would like in a stout.
The drinkability is very nice on this beer. It is a sweeter stout, much like a Murphy's, but with the strong chocolate taste it is good for maybe one or two.

Serving type: can

05-04-2008 13:34:36 | More by BDIMike
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3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. No freshness date.
It pours a ruby-hued tar pitch color with a thin, fast-fading head. Some wispy trails of lacing web the glass.
The aroma takes some deep inhalation to fully appreciate. Mild smells of coffee, dried malt and hay are noticed.
A bit of coffee, dark chocolate and wheat crackers round out the malt profile. The citrus and metallic hop bite balances the malt nicely. This light stout has a dose of sweetness and just a touch of warming alcohol.
Not bad...

Serving type: can

04-25-2008 22:40:50 | More by BeerResearcher
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours what at first appears to be a deep brown to near black colour, but when held to the light is more of a dark ruby colour. Head retention time is minimal and leaves zero residue on the glass.

Aroma is nice and chocolate-like with a good amount of roasted malt and a bit of coffee in the mix as well.

Flavour is in line with the aroma, although perhaps a bit sweeter and creamier than said aroma would lead on. Chocolate takes on a bit more of a lead role here, with the roasted malt stepping to the back and being the most noticeable at the middle of each sip. Coffee blends with the roasted malt toward the finish, where chocolate once again jumps in. Mouthfeel is medium to full boded and might be a bit too overcarbonated at times.

I like, but don't love, the Butternuts lineup and this one is no different. It's good but not great but is certainly something I'd drink again.

Serving type: can

04-20-2008 02:29:51 | More by guinness33
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3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rageagainst123 for the trade!

Appearance: Dark black beer with almost no head at all. Not much to look at.

Smell: Nice sweet and creamy coffee smell with a big amount of malt as well.

Taste: Nice sweet taste of roasted malts, sweet cream, and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body and not much in the way of carbonation. Leaves a nice sweet flavor behind and finishes quite dry.

Drinkability: Being a fan of a good sweet stout, I enjoy this beer. The low ABV and low carbonation make this a nice beer to have several of if you desire. Worth a try.

Serving type: can

04-17-2008 01:17:28 | More by hellcatsjg
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2.53/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Received this brew quite a while ago from someone as an extra in a trade. Not 100% sure who that generious person was but much thanks! Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale tulip.

Appearance- Pours a dark brownish black with a very very small head that dissipates very quickly. Leaves zero cap and ultra thin collar with zero lacing.
Smell- Very sweet smelling with loads of caramel and chocolate malt. Plenty of rich, roasted coffee and some sugary sweet vanilla. I wasn't expecting much but this isn't a bad nose at all.
Taste- Very roasted and slightly burnt bitterness from the malts that is very chocolaty and not as sweet as the nose led me to believe. A little bit of coffee sneaks into the aftertaste but it's so thin and watery that flavor isn't exactly abundant.
Mouthfeel- VERY thin and watery with no body and no feel with even less carbonation.
Drinkability- Well the beer looked horrible but I got a air of hope after the nose. The taste is not bad or good; it's non existent. It's basically just really watered down coffee. Not very good but glad I got the opportunity to try this little guy.

Serving type: can

04-16-2008 22:08:16 | More by younger35
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Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black with noticeable lighter mouthfeel, lots of white dots lacing.Smells malty. Carbonation is on the aggressive side, less than medium mouthfeel. Some coffee grounds light chocolate and cola-like. Drinkable as on the sweet side. Lactose aftertaste.

Serving type: can

04-02-2008 00:41:39 | More by Sammy
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3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Awesome graphics on the can of a dancing cow. I bought it since it looked discreet.

Poured pitch black with minimal head that dissipated quickly with minimal lacing. Smells like espresso and chocolate with a bit of malt. Decent flavor but light to medium bodied beer with little mouthfeel. No lasting flavor on palette.

$8.50/6-pack in Wellesley, MA - ouch.

Serving type: can

03-27-2008 00:41:05 | More by msolar
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New York

3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown color with an average head that left a slight tan ring around the glass. The smell is of fairly strong aroma of milk chocolate and roasted coffee, very mocha like. The taste is primarily of milk and semi-sweet chocolate with a bittering roasted malt backbone with some light metallic notes in the end. The feel is moderate with soft carbonation lending to a creamy texture, finishes on the bitter side and a tad astringent. Overall a decent stout with a good flavor profile, perhaps a tad bitter.

Serving type: can

03-22-2008 05:15:28 | More by Gmann
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New York

3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's a stout. In a can! I first tried this at Brewtopia '07. Thought it was good then & have had it since. I'm also a bit partial to it as my 10.5 y/o cat's name is Mooden Cowden. aka. Moo or Moo Cow. She has since developed a new nickname when she runs- Moo Thunder.

A- Darkbrown body with a light brown head

S- Suprisingly rich- roasted malts, chocolate & some coffee

T- Malty & chocolaty

M- This is a tinner bodied stout... but its in a can! Pretty creamy though.

D- I really think this is a nice solid stout... and its in a can!

Serving type: can

03-21-2008 00:55:28 | More by Avryle
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New York

4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pitch black color, non-transparent, thin white cover that faded to a thin ring around the glass

S- Roasted malts, dark chocolate, slightly sweet, freshly brewed coffee

T- Chocolate milk, vanilla, roasted coffee beans, creamy, hint of smoke near the end

M- Medium/heavy body, low/medium carbonation, very smooth, fairly dry bite then oily finish

D- Great session brew

One word really describes this beer... WOW! I've never tasted anything this good out of a can. Not the best stout I've ever had but fairly good for a milk stout (expecially out of a can?!).

Serving type: can

03-06-2008 23:42:48 | More by iceball585
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3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My can kick continues ... I think that this must be a Milk Stout, based based on the joyous-looking heifer cavorting on the can's label.

I got a finger's worth of deep tan/light brown head as the result of my pour. The nose was chocolaty, definitely sweet, with underlying notes of anise. The color was a deep, dark brown with ruby highlights. The mouthfeel was medium with a taste like a chocolate milkshake or better yet, chocolate syrup, given its slight graininess on the tongue. The finish struck me as being both a bit watery as well as weak on the chocolate flavor. It seemed as though it needed a little more oomph. It was not a bad beer, but I would stick with Butternuts' Hefe, instead.

Serving type: can

03-06-2008 23:26:42 | More by woodychandler
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New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: black in color with a 1/4" head that breaks apart immediately. Some surface spots develop afterwards. No lacing develops.

Smell: roasted malts with softer chocolate and coffee tones are pleasant.

Taste: roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, hints of licorice, some bits of fruity sweetness, and a very mild bitterness makes up a sweet stout.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Smooth and lightly dry throughout. Aftertaste is very brief.

Drinkability: decent if you have the need to have canned beers where glass isn't acceptable. Worth a try.

Serving type: can

02-21-2008 16:06:34 | More by Gavage
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New Jersey

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

Black body with ruby highlights, becomes a dark but translucent ruby when held to to direct light. Three fingers of light tan foam decays a little quick, but leaves decent lacing.

Aroma has nice roasted coffee notes, hints of chocolate. Overall, could be a bit more assertive.

Taste starts with coffee, has a mild chocolate middle, and finishes with a stronger roasted coffee. Needs a bigger finish.

Mouthfeel is light for even a dry stout, I'd prefer something a bit chewier.

Drinkability is fine, just somewhat boring.

Nothing really wrong here, not particularly interesting either though. Similar to current Guinness.

Serving type: can

02-11-2008 05:02:59 | More by RonfromJersey
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Rhode Island

2.78/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown, when held to light gives off burgundy hues. Minimal head which recedes rather quickly. Aroma is roasty, dark chocolate, coffe. Good smell, but like their other beer I tried earlier, it is pretty subdued. Taste is seems like it is going to be extremely roasty and great immediately upon hitting the palette but then disappears into a watered down mouthfeel and an off flavor. Then the finish brings back some roasty, dark chocolate notes. Rather strange. Watery mouthfeel, not much carbonation, semi dry finish. This is one of the thinnest and slightly strangest stouts Ive ever had.

Serving type: can

02-09-2008 18:34:26 | More by Doomcifer
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New York

3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I have had all the Butternuts beers and this one is the best IMO.

A: Pours a super dark brown/black with some head. Most of their other beers do not produce a head.

S:Roasted smell is up front. Some caramel in there as well.There is another smell there that is so familiar but I can't put my finger on it.

T: Roasted malt. Nothing too crazy but it came from a can so I handicap it a little.

M: Little on the thin side for a stout. All butternuts beers seem to lack a good mouthfeel.

D: Very drinkable stout. The lack of a thick body makes it a session stout.

Serving type: can

02-05-2008 23:24:18 | More by aerozeppl
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New York

3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the can into a pint glass. Body is brownish-black with slight reddish highlights. Absolutely no head whatsoever despite a fairly aggressive pour. No lace either.

S: Not terribly strong in the nose. What's there is mainly roasted malt, with a hint of coffee and cocoa powder.

T: Dominant characteristic is sweetness. A hint of both vanilla and chocolate over roasted malt and coffee. At one point I thought I got a taste of wood or charcoal as well, but the description I keep coming back to is "sweet." Not in a cloying way, but there's not a lot of bitterness to balance it.

M: Being low in carbonation it's fairly smooth. A bit light in heft, however, bordering on thin.

D: Went down very easily. I could imagine substituting this for Guinness as a sessionable lighter stout, though I imagine that after a few I may get tired of the sweetness just a bit.

Serving type: can

02-04-2008 21:56:25 | More by Kendo
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New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can

Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights and a minimal head that vanishes quickly. A bit light in color for a stout. Smells of coffee and chocolate. Taste is bitter roasted coffee and chocolate. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for a stout. Bitterness lingers after each sip. Not a bad stout, but needs more color and body. I could certainly session this without much trouble.

I revisited this one now that its available in my state.
Pours a solid black with a thinnish head that dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lace. Smells of roasted coffee, caramel, butterscotch and a hint of chocolate. Any bitterness in the aroma seems to come from roasted grains. Taste is roasted coffee and chocolate mixed with a bit of caramel and mineral water. Slightly tart sweetness in the middle. Long lingering roasted grain and licorice in the finish. Medium body and carbonation level. This is still a great little stout. I think I liked it better this time though.

Serving type: can

01-29-2008 23:04:06 | More by johnnnniee
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New York

3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a dark chocolate color with a half-finger tan head. It has a sweet smell of roasted malts and some coffee and chocolate notes. The taste is robust and starts off with roasted malts and ends with some pretty big coffee notes and little bit of bitterness. The mouthfeel is full and thick. The beer is fairly imposing and I couldn't imagine drinking more than one or two at a time.

Serving type: can

01-25-2008 05:36:04 | More by TheTrevor
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North Carolina

2.55/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours and looks kind of flat. A thin head that quickly vanishes. Not black, more brown with red highlights. Looks like a soft Porter. Smell is sweet. Milk chocolate, like coffee, some bitterness. Taste is pretty simple but not effective. Chocolate, caramel, more Porter like. Defintely sweet with a tiny bitter finish. Mouthfeel is thin, lacks carbonation. Almost watered down tasting. Again, more like a Porter. Drinkability is so-so. I mean, it goes down because of a low ABV but isn't what I look for by any means when it comes to a stout. I like the names of their beers and the can designs but past that, this stuff doesn't live up to expectations.

Thanks to shaebs99 for the chance to try this.

Serving type: can

01-15-2008 00:12:33 | More by ncvbc
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New York

3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a jet black color from the can into a glass. Almost no head and no lacing. Aroma is sweet and somewhat nutty, with nice hints of espresso and chocolate.

This is a pretty tasty beer. The sweet espresso/coffee bean flavor really comes through, as well as sweet cream and a subtle smokiness. This beer may be a stout, but it's honestly rather thin, which helps its drinkability a bit. Out of all the sweet stouts from a can I've had (ok ok, this is my first), this was the most enjoyable. Worth a try.

Serving type: can

01-14-2008 18:56:05 | More by BBM
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4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very deep brown, almost black color with moderate tannish head.
Smell is a very nice combination of roasted malt, nuts, chocolate, and coffee.
Taste has strong notes of chocolate and coffee.
Finishes with a sweet, creamy mouthfeel.
Very easy to drink. A by-the-book example of the style.

Serving type: can

01-02-2008 23:20:04 | More by tgbljb
Moo Thunder Stout from Butternuts Beer & Ale
81 out of 100 based on 593 ratings.