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Moo Thunder Stout - Butternuts Beer & Ale

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Ratings: 616
Reviews: 321
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 20
Gots: 29 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Risser09 on 03-26-2007)
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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.

Deuane, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
2.63/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

BattleRoadBrewer, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

beerthulhu, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The best of the Butternuts line in my experience. Not deep or sophisticated, but clean and drinkable.

Pours a deep black with a lively, off color head that leaves decent lacing. The aroma is strong, roasted malt, with an almost soy sauce-like intensity. The flavor, however, is milder, with a nice roasted malt character - woody, cherry-like, with a slightly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with just enough cling to emphasize the slight bitter finish. A nice drinkable stout, though nothing extraordinary in the genre.

Seanibus, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of williamherbert
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, milky look. Black with a brown tinge. No head. Brown film on top. About average.

The smell is of sweet raisin, black licorice. Not burnt or bitter. Sweet and even a little sour ... in a good way.

Slightly roasted stout flavors. Some sour raisin as well; nice malt character. Tart in the sweet raisiny taste. Very pleasant. Toffee, caramel & molasses as it warms up.

Feels milky smooth. A little bubbly too. Really nice feel to this beer. It's a good, drinkable stout. Mild, sweet and pleasant.

williamherbert, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a slick looking can... definitely a collectible, nothing beats a dancing cow. This stout is pretty damn good too. A little lighter bodied than the usual stout but I think it still works well. Plenty of flavors and carbonated well enough to make this an easy drinker. The best of the Butternuts line up.

oriolesfan4, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of Mauerhan
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

i got this little guy in a recent trade (thanks to jwale76) pours a rich dark brown, almost black, has an abundance of head. easily three finger that is a rich mocha brown. the head turns into a mass of larger bubbles in the brew and leaves a nice amount of lacing on the glass.

initial smell fresh out of the can smells like bud light. i was almost turned off from the beer, it smells like metal and yellow fizzy water. upon further inspection i get some malts. but not enough to warrant a good grade on the smell.

taste is alright. i get quite a bit of malts, a sweetness that goes right into a sour finish. not my first sour stout, and definitely not my favorite.

mouthfeel is medium bodied, very high carbonation. and it leaves a sour metallic taste in the mouth.

i probably would pass on this beer again but i would be interested to try it off draft rather than out of a can.

Mauerhan, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Single, twelve-ounce (355 ml) can copped from Super Saver Liquors in Somerville for $1.49...
Appearance: A hefty pour yielded a deep, dark purple, light-black hue with a decent-sized foamy head that quickly dissipated and deposited a thin film of lacing...
Smell: Hints of pure chocolate, vanilla, and marshmallows in the nose...
Taste: Light-to-medium-bodied, taste strongly paid homage to the aroma... Definitely a nice dichotomy between vanilla and chocolate...
Good mouthfeel...
Ultra-easy level of drinkability...

dsa7783, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of number1bum
2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark brown, not quite black and not completely opaque, with about two fingers of creamy light tan head on top. Settles down to a thin, uneven lace and leaves a little bit of stick.

Smell has a bit of milk chocolate, along with some butterscotch, charcoal and molasses. It's ok, but nothing particularly wonderful.

The taste is quite rough around the edges, and, altogether, not very good. Butterscotch and charcoal flavors are mainstays, and here and there are flavors of earth, chocolate, smoke, and wood. But they don't blend together well and the butterscotch/charcoal combo is off putting.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy, and softly carbonated.

I bought this as a tailgating beer and I suppose it will be ok for that purpose, but the fact that I found the other Butternuts beers to be pretty solid makes this one a big disappointment. I won't revisit this again after this 6er is consumed.

number1bum, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of ppoitras
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12ozer can bought as part of a 6-pack from Table & Vine, West Springfield, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 2 1/4" tan head over the clear ruby reddish brown brew. Large-bubbled head fades slowly, with sporadic chunky lacing. Aroma is effevescent dark malts, with something else foatin around that I can't quite put my finger on. Taste is lightly sweet upfront, worty in the middle, with a slightly crisp close. Mouthfeel could be easier, but drinkability remains pretty good. Kind of out of its element in this style, but for canned stouts it is a quite serviceable product.

ppoitras, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Poured from a 12 oz. can into a glass. A bit of off white head forms and recedes to the edges. Nearly opaque dark brown.

S. Toasty malt, coffee with cream.

T. Roasted black malt with a lactic twang that provides residual sweetness on the back of the palate. The hop profile is minimal, earthy and as someone described earlier, soapy. Pretty tasty stout right here!

M. Smooth and creamy. Kind of like a guinness in this regard. A bit watery.

D. If this were more readily available it could be a main-stay. Almost has an Imperial Stout roasted character and was very enjoyable. This is a winner.

Stinkypuss, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of Bounty628
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Moo Cow Thunder Milk Stout when poured from the can immediately exudes a coffee and nutty aroma when poured into the glass. There is certainly a very roasted malt presence to the pour and there seems to be a much more heightened aroma than many stouts tend to offer.

This milk stout is a very dark pour with an almost completely black color to the pour. The beer is free of the more burgundy hues often associated with stouts like Guinness and the beer tops off with a tan head that fits nicely on the top of the glass. The head remains pretty steady throughout the offering and leaves an off color, thin lace along the glass.

Some people tend to shy away from stouts because of the impression that they are far too thick to truly enjoy. Not so with this stout! This is a very easily drinkable stout that while achieving the desired smoothness is not as weighty as some other stouts could prove to be. This stout certainly could turn into a very nice session beer.

One could perhaps describe the taste of this beer as being highly complex and remarkably well rounded. There is a highly present coffee flavor to this milk stout that gives off a rich and dark espresso undertone to the taste. Thanks to the very high presence of roasted malt flavor noticed in the offering, there is a very strong yet not burnt taste to the Moo Cow. Off in the background of the taste one can also find hints of chocolate present.

Bounty628, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

"The cow is of the bovine ilk;
One end is moo, the other, milk."

--Ogden Nash

Burnt umber that becomes darkest cranberry when backlit. I don't mind the lucency of the beer so much, but it looks thin and sounded thin on the pour. The mocha colored crown is small (after a high-altitude pour) and hangs around for a short while. Unfortunately, the appearance is no better than average for the style.

The aroma's only weakness is its weakness. A pleasant roasted maltiness leads the way and cocoa powder makes more of an impression with the passage of time. A chocolate milk-like quality is probably nothing more than the power of suggestion (thanks to the dancing cow on the can).

The brewers state that they wanted to brew a stout that was 'not too strong' and 'not too viscous'. Mission accomplished. Moo Thunder Stout is one of the thinner, lighter versions to have entered my glass in quite some time. If that's your bag, fine, but I prefer something a bit meatier, even when the ABV is only 5.0%.

The biggest problem is that there isn't enough malt to provide much flavor depth. In addition, ain't no way this is a sweet stout since it isn't... uh... sweet. It's charred chocolate malty and tastes a little like iced black coffee. Irish dry stout all the way.

The mouthfeel is the biggest disappointment. The fact that the brewers consider 'viscous' to be a dirty word is at odds with the fact that I like big, creamy, expansive mouthfeels on almost all styles. A few more bubbles wouldn't hurt either.

Several things are commendable about Butternuts Beer And Ale: their attitude and their brewing philosophy, their website, and the fact that they use cans. I just wish Moo Thunder Stout was better beer. Thanks marcpal.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 14, 2008
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Only an inch of deep tanish brown head is achieved with a strong pour. Fades in a couple of minutes leaving no lace. Body is a thin blackness. Nose has roasty sweet malt and a bit of smoke and some zesty spice. Enters the mouth with malt that is a little burnt around the edges and even has some nice carmalized notes. Even, rich and quite smooth overall. A solid stout that I cant say anything bad about. Mouthfeel is slightly thick and teamed with a bit of dry spice on the tongue. Very nicely drinkable.

SPLITGRIN, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Espresso dark with thin head to match. A little thin for stout but not too bad.

Very mild charred malt with big grassy hops. Quite mild and dry.

A little light - very smoky and slightly clammy at first but evens out with a little warmth.
Has an almost mild herbal quality. Would prefer a little more heft but this isn't bad at all - again, quite dry.

Velvety coating on mouth - deep and even finish.

Drinks quite well for a stout - clean and ends up being nice and hearty.

IBUnit63, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of Jwale73
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a nonic. Poured two shades south of black with a half-inch foamy off-white head that lost half its volume in under a minute before coalescing into a ring around the perimeter. Some spotty strands, but lacing was essentially non-existent. Mild nose; some roasted character, malt and a hint of cocoa, but very bland. Flavors really failed to pop on this one. Consistent with nose, but very subdued. Mouthfeel was somewhat thin and watery with a light effervescence. Drinkability was fair. It went down easy and was pretty sessionable, but a little weak for the style.

Jwale73, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of Oxymoron
1.83/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

In my udder pants? Pours a black color with a off white head that quickly dissipated and no real lace to speak of. Decent clarity when held to the light and left a reddish hue.

The nose is mostly astringent malty notes with some off aromas. Easy to pick out the roast and black malts. Some noticeable black marker that is a big deterrent for me. Some minor yeasty notes in the back ground with a hint of earthy and soapy hops.

The flavor is a little subdued from the nose. Some balance to the astringency to the malt. Some toffee and off caramel notes blends with some coffee and astray flavors. Noticeable black marker again. There is a lactic quality that gives a milky sourness that is just off. Stays in the finish and leaves a filmy aftertaste.

The body is moderate to light. Hard to pick out with the roast and sourness. Overall this was just off in so many ways. An udder un-delight.

Oxymoron, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of MmmIPA
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black body with a very small tan head that fell to a small ring.Not much to speak of.

Milk and roasted malts are the dominate notes.

Powdery chocolate(sweet) and some roasted tastes.Fruitiness is in there also.The taste is clean.

The carbonation is abit more then I would expect from the style.The mouthful could be a bit more creamy.

The abv is low so you can have a few.This isnt one of the better sweet stouts I have had.It sort of taste like my home brew.

MmmIPA, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of PBBC
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep black/red. nice tan/grey head

Aroma is heavy in black malt-- ashy...

Taste is roasted.... deep tofee and light coffee flavors

Smooth mouthfeel... goes down smooth, but doesnt feel too well finished, the beer feels "young" or "green" for some reason.

A good piece of a good sampler pack... butternuts is a great brewery.

PBBC, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of jmz62565
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a jet black with a smallish tan head. The smell is pungent with coffee,chocolate,and milk. The taste is strong with a creamy milk chocolate,coffee,and roasted malt,not bad but it is a little thin. The m/f is medium with the flavors mixing OK. Not a bad beer, but nothing really all that special either.

jmz62565, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of erosier
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a deep black color with a tall and thick brown colored head that takes some time to settle. It leaves some nice lacing as it goes down as well.
S: The smell is of very deep rich roasted malts, and hints of chocolate, caramel, and coffee in the nose.
T: The taste is very good for a stout. It has all the flavors in the aroma blended together very well for a very good tasting beer.
M: Very creamy, smooth, thick, fresh, with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable as this one is not only very tastey, it isn't very high on the ABV scale to knock you over with just one beer.

erosier, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of kbnooshay
2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the can this is a very dark brown color that lets in pinkish-red highlights when held up to the light. The tan head is frothy and hangs around for a few minutes. Weird licorice like aroma. Super sweet malt. I also pick up some weird medicinal scent. The taste is not quite as sweet as the smell. Malty and musty. The feel is smooth but wayyy too light and watery. Moderately drinkable I suppose, but this is just weird for a milk stout.

kbnooshay, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of Goliath
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black from a distance, but shows some red hues in the light. A big 2 inch head is produced and lingers with good retention leaving no lace behind.

Some nice familiar scents are present. Mostly chocolate with a touch of coffee in the background.

Taste is alright. Bitter chocolate tones and a touch of coffee. Too bitter for a milk stout.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and slightly creamy. Too much carbonation IMO.

Drinkability is moderate. Flavors are decent, and I suspect the alcohol is low making this a pretty easily consumed beer.

Goliath, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of AltBock
3.5/5  rDev -2%
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.

AltBock, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of geexploitation
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

geexploitation, Jun 03, 2008
Moo Thunder Stout from Butternuts Beer & Ale
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