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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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Butternuts Beer & Ale visit their website
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 hopdog
2.79/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can.

Poured a dark brown with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, vegetables, and some weird earthiness. There was just something 'odd' about this aroma. Tastes of chocolate, light roast, and coffee. Hmm...

Notes from: 3/6/08

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special thanks to Wasatch for the trade on this one!

A: Poured a nice brown, with an off white/tan head about half an inch thick, quickly subsided to a film with a few gobs of lacing on the sides. A very light colored stout.

S: Big time chocolate on this one, that really dominates the front of the nose, chocolate milk, and a faint hint of lightly roasted coffee, odd smell of permanent marker?

T: A lot of the flavors in the nose follow through to the tongue, chocolate sweetness, roasted malt bitter/burnt flavor, lots of milk chocolate, really not a whole lot else, an interesting beer though. A good lighter stout.

M: Thin, and not very carbonated, a little bit of stickiness on the lips, and a rather dry easy finish. Not too shabby at all.

D: This wouldn't be a bad session beer, at all, smooth, as far as I can tell low alcohol, and pretty tasty to boot. A little light for the stout name, but not so light as it might be mistaken for a brown ale. Good, easy drinking stout.

Note: Avoid at all costs butternuts' website. It's pretty darn lame.

Photo of asabreed
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can into a pint glass.

Appearance: More opaque than I thought it'd be, with the light coming through just at the bottom and side edges of the glass. Nice lighter mocha-colored head that leaves some interesting rings and clumps around the top of the glass.

Smell: Mild coffee, roasted malts, and sweetened chocolate that seem fairly balanced, though it's a bit too mild to make an impact that has much potential.

Taste: A nice balance of chocolate cream, roasted malts, and mild coffee, with an interesting note of lighter sweetness after a bit of bitterness from the hops that melds together well at the end.

Mouthfeel: Oddly thinner-bodied and a bit watery, with the carbonation fighting at the end to make itself presence, but it falls a little short. It may not be as noticeable for some brews, but for a stout, it's pretty easy to recognize.

Drinkability: Probably my favorite from the Butternuts mix pack. More carbonation would help this brew out a lot. But as far a flavorful stout I could drink a few of on a cooler day, this works for me.

Photo of maximum12
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to marcpal for slipping this into a full & screamingly happy box of beer that arrived not long ago, a brew straight off my wants list. Who wouldn't want a beer called "Moo Thunder"?

Props for the name, the cute little can, & the pitcher black pour. Smells very nice, sweet chocolate. Tastes like straight-up coffee with some malt creamer, stirred with a chocolate-coated stick. The first sip kind of revolted me. The second & third grow on me. I'm liking it better & better.

Weakness is in the beer's thinness. It tastes kind of like real coffee, which I liken to dirt mixed thoroughly with water, & the stout behind it doesn't grab enough sac. Drinkability is great.

I'd definitely have this once in a while if it was local. Solid beer.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 12/26/08. Can. Pours black with a small light tan head. Aroma of sweet roasted malt. Flavor is quite sweet with roasted malt and roasted nuts in the finish. A pretty decent stout, especially for one that is 4.9%. Flavor is better than the aroma.
6/3/7/3/14 (3.3/5)

Photo of beertunes
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured with almost no head. I'm not a fan of a lot of head, but even splashing this from the can into the glass brought an absolutely minimal head. Aroma was very nice. Had that roasty smell that good stouts and porters have. Flavor followed the expectations that the aroma set. Nice body, although slightly thin for the style. Very drinkable. Of the 4 styles that came in a sampler pack I found this to be the best of the bunch. This stout doesn't seem to have the weird flavor the other 3 styles had. I would certainly drink this more regularly if it was locally available.

Photo of everetends
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz can that I must thank IBUnit63 for. I have been intrigued by this crazy cow beer in a can for quite a while. Served up in my DFH shaped pint.

A: Pours what appears to be a nice black into the glass, but I was pouring right in front of a light source. As the stream fell into the glass, you can clearly see that this is a dark brown that has wonderful red hues to it. As it sits idlely in the glass, it appears to e black. Nice mocha head rests on top and has pretty nice retention. The lacing is actually pretty sticky and is webbing the glass everywhere. Looks good.

S: Smell isa bit of a let down. All I am getting is a mildly roasted malt and a bit of lactose. There is honestly nothing else coming out of this glass. Shame.

T: Taste makes up for things a bit. The first thing that hits you is a nice dark coffee flavor. Then you get some roasted malts. From there some flavors of chocolate milk develop. The chocolate is absolutely of the milk chocolate variety. There is a touch of nuttiness to this brew as well. Slight hop bitterness in there as well.

M: This is a bit thin. Its medium in body but on the thin side with a touch of wateriness to it. Carbonation is a bit higher than I expect from a stout. It does finish pretty clean with only a slight hops bitterness on the aftertaste. ABV is not noticable whatsoever.

D: This brew has some things going for it and then some things holding it back. It is a very easily drinkable brew. Just a good taste and good look, but the feel and nose is lacking. Still, this is not a let down in any way and I really enjoyed this beer. Thanks again, Larry.

Photo of CrellMoset
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can courtesy of dkachur - thanks!! Poured into a traditional pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown of average thickness - pretty average - with a nice, bubbly, foamy one-and-a-half-finger cocoa-colored head of average retention. It initially leaves some nice, fluffy, flame-like lacing with a nice sheen of thin foam.

Aroma: Solid if not groundbreaking. Heavy on the toasted malts - not too heavily toasted, though I do detect a few stray smoky astringencies - and more towards the coffee-end of things than the chocolate-end. Those two aren't really ends on a spectrum, but, you know what I mean.

Taste: Again, pretty good if not mindblowing. Similar to the nose - toasted malts, coffee with one cream, faint milk chocolate, slight smoke, plus a dash of mild hop bitterness and a faint, grassy hop note. There's a slight tartness to the milkiness, perhaps due to the hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thin bodied, with minimal carbonation - most of the prickle is from the mild hop bitterness and the toasted astringencies. Smooth and creamy, even and mild, and overall pleasant.

Drinkability: This is actually a pretty good, probably my favorite of the sampler four-pack, even though it's not my favorite style. The alcohol was manageable and completely hidden, the tastes textbook, enjoyable, and balanced. Give this one a shot.

Photo of Proteus93
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Strange what a mental thing can do... even though the cans tend to have farm animals (or farm-related matter on them), I can't help but see stout and the cow and want to believe that this is a milk stout, though it would appear that it really is not.

A: Brew itself is pretty black, though the head is lighter than I would have thought... pale beach sand, or lightly toasted marshmallow.

S: Coffee grounds stand out, or perhaps a little closer to a chilled coffee drink. Nice roasted malts make for a softer, but pleasant smelling beer.

T + M + D: Modest, but still flavourful. Some light chocolatey flavours, along with modest coffee and a tasty maltiness that is certainly accessible. It's on the lighter side, as is the body, though it comes with a nice little carbonation kick to turn it up a notch. The ABV is presumably rather low (I haven't been able to find it, though I haven't searched too deep yet), and drinkability seems hellishly easy. Goes down extremely smooth. This could make for a reasonable session candidate.

Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Bounty628 for this brew.

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, not much sticky lacing though. The nose is malty, with some toffee, caramel, chocolate. The taste is sweet, malty, with the dark stuff. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice brew, recommended.

Photo of ballewblake
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from can into my Grimbergen chalice.

Dark black in body and a tan one finger head. The head fell quickly to a transparent lace over the body. Lacing left on the glass from the head is almost completely solid. Nose is a subtle smoke, a little malt. Taste has a strong smoke flavor, mild carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, but the flavor is a bit boring on this one, the most I get are the smoked malts, though the carbonation picks up the more I go through it.

Photo of droomyster
3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Another guy in a can that I'm excited to try. Can features a hilarious cartoon cow dodging a black lightening bolt - I gotta show this pack around for the some laughs. I don't know why they felt it necessary to print on the side that the beer contains 150 calories, 8 grams of carbs and 1 gram of protein, and 0 grams of fat, but it just adds to the fun quirkiness. Pours your standard stout black with a brown foaming head. Smells of dark chocolate but not much else. Tastes great: yes on the dark chocolate, expresso, charred steak. Thick mouthfeel but not as dense as some in its class, which I suppose makes it more drinkable than most in its class. I'll buy another pack and bring it out with friends.

Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with dark rubyish brown edges. A light tan head descends to a patch. Spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of dark maltiness, roast/ash and milk chocolate.

The taste is chocolate-y - almost like chocolate milk. It has some earthy notes in the back with some roast/ash, and chickory. It has a dry-ish, roasty-ish finish.

It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied - more porterish and stoutish, though it has a creamy smoothness to it.

An enjoyable stout - sweetish turning dryish. Some complexities going on for a lighter, easy-drinking stout.

Photo of BeerSox
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into Scandanavian mug.

Deep black hue with a one finger tan head that slowly settles to a thin rim.

A light amount of deep roasty grains without much to speak of.

The light roasty grains repeat in the flavor with not much else. A little bit of coffee and chocolate in the flavor. Full bodied with good carbonation. The deep grains linger for a while.

An okay stout, it has all the good characteristics but I felt the flavor and aromas were a bit muted.

Photo of ATPete
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can

Pours an opaque dark brown color with a medium size, sticky tan head. A fair helping of roasted chocolate malt on the nose as well as a subtle but zingy hop character. Smooth and creamy enough to make this one session-able stout for sure. Just enough going on to keep interest. Solid malts give off notes of chocolate and light coffee all this is set atop of a fresh, fruity hop balance. Good semi-sweet grainy finish as well. Over all, a very nice beer.

Photo of spointon
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 12oz can into a tulip pint glass.

A= This stout poured a dark black/brown with cola colored highlights around the edges. The light tan head was really insane. Took me a few minutes just to get 12oz into a 20oz glass. The head eventually dropped to about 1/4" and stayed there. Lots of sudsy lace down the glass.

S= The aroma of this beer was not terribly good. Some sweet and roasty malts, coffee, and mild alcohol present, but also a very pungent bitterness that was not very pleasant.

T= Much better than the smell, the flavors were a nice balance of creamy sweet and bitter roasty malts. A flash of earthy hops in there midway, followed by more mild coffee bitterness in the finish.

MF= Relatively thin body with a creamy mouthfeel. Light carbonation.

D= Nice drinkable stout here. Nothing world class, but also nothing to complain about either. Very sessionable.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, wicked looking fucker, into my Guinness glass. If not for Lum and the Heavy Metal BIF, I would have never found this, so this one's for you, Paul!

A: What appears to be black actually is a very deep reddish brown when held against a strong light. Highlights are deep crimson with visible carbonation and a thin tan head that recedes fairly quickly to a disk

S: Mildly roasty with some dark chocolate, cream and surprisingly, a hint of cardboard. How a can got oxidized, I have no clue, but I'm definitely picking up some cardboard aromas here. On the lighter end of the spectrum of stouts

T: Opens up with a pleasing bitterness from the heavily roasted malt/barley and a faint hint of dark chocolate. The mid-palate is mildly sweet with some cream and a hint of fruits. Coffee appears on the finish, which is long and mildly bitter. Nothing to get excited about but nothing to look down on either, this is one solid stout. Thankfully, the cardboard flavors aren't replicated on the nose

M: Fairly light in body with a pleasing mild sweetness that coats the palate and a light carbonation make this easy to drink. The finish is pretty solid too.

D: This is one of the easier drinking stouts out there. Nothing remarkable but perfect for the camping trip where you don't want to get shitfaced with Ten Fidy!

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.27/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - this canned stout pours typical impenetrable stout black with a half finger of tan head

S - malts dominate, with an alcohol twinge, background lactose/chocolate sweetness and coffee balance out the aroma

T - thinner than expected, but in a good way, quite great roasted malts with a great chocolateiness, the coffee beans rear their head in the aftertaste, which is persistent

M&D - a surprisingly refreshing stout, easy to drink, not overpowering in any aspect, a good introductory stout, a rare sessionable stout

Photo of dickieb
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a light tan head and moderate lacing. The smell is not overpowering mostly dark roasted malts with some hints of coffee and dark chocolate. The taste is much like the nose, noting that reaches out and grabs you but a nice mix of the roasted malts and a bit heavier on the coffee flavor. The mouthfeel is a bit thin but its covered by a slightly higher carbonation. This like all the other Butternuts beers is extremely drinkable. I enjoy the easy drinking simple brews from this brewery and wish they were more readily available around here.

Photo of Nickls
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours completely black with a thin slightly tan head, which dissipates quickly

S - Roasted coffee malt aroma, with some sweetness

T - Taste very much mirrors the aroma. This is definitely more of a sweet stout vs. something dryer or smokier in nature

M - Thinnish for the style, and would have expected more body

D - Definitely drinkable. Not overwhelming in body or flavors, but easy going

Overall, this is a nice simpler stout and I will revisit. I would recommend.

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

pours black from the can with a very short tan head and a very light coating of lace. roasted malt, and strong bitter coffee aromas. taste is same. light to medium mouthfeel and carbonation is good. nice stout just lacking in appearance a bit. would buy again.

Photo of maddogruss
4.04/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from Oak Tree in South Plainfield.

A: Pours a black body with a small, tan head with no real retention and minimal lacing.

S: A chocolatey, roasted smell that is quite enticing with some slightly sweet undertones.

T: A nice, sweet, roasted taste with a smooth, roasted chocolate aftertaste that was very good. A really good tasting stout.

M: A light but smooth mouthfeel that was pretty good for an American Stout.

D: A good mouthfeel and taste combination that led to this being a really good stout. Definitely a very drinkable stout.

Photo of Deuane
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks again to Kegatron for the hook up on the Butternuts 4 pack.

A-Deep, dark, clear, cola brown with dark ruby highlights. A small tan head reduces quickly to a thin film and leaves no lace whatsoever.

S-Light roasted malt and a bit of burnt wood.

T-Roasty, toasty malt with a bit of bitter chocolate and a dry woody astringency.

M-Medium-light in body. This is a bit too thin for a stout, more like a hearty brown. Needs more body. Decent lingering bitterness.

D-Roast flavour is good at the start but then...yawn....this one is a one trick pony. The lack of body hurts and the whole thing becomes boring and one dimensional as you taste the same bitter roast over and over and over. This beer has no depth at all. Certainly the best of the four Butternuts beers, but that isn't saying much.

Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
2.66/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served cool from a 12 oz can into a Boston Lager glass.

Pours with a modest light colored head that leaves virtually no lacing. Color is a clear, dark brown.

Aroma is decent with a hint of ash and some roastiness.

Flavor is weak, and masked by a strong astringency.

Mouthfeel is fizzy and astringent.

Overall, not an enjoyable beer. It wasn't toxic or anything, but glad I only bought one can and not a 6-pack. Can't recommend this one.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a dark cherry-cola color with a thin frothy dark khaki head that was moderatly lasting leaving a nice full sheet band lacing behind.

S: simple and dark, loaded with deep roasted coffee scents.

T: The deep roasted coffee grinds take center stage here as there is not much else going on complexity wise. Some dunkin donoughts coffee with a dried milky sweetness. There is a light chalkiness as well. Deep rich yet simple.

M: a tad overcarbonated per style for my liking. Light in body with an oily texture the finish finds a dark roasted malting but fades off to quickly never sticking around long to enjoy.

D: Average drinkability, much better examples out there. Limited in complexity and while simply dark and rich, it wont hold your attention for long.

Moo Thunder Stout from Butternuts Beer & Ale
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