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Moo Thunder Stout - Butternuts Beer & Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

633 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 633
Reviews: 323
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 20
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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.

(Beer added by: Risser09 on 03-26-2007)
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of SPLITGRIN
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of kasper
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of Phillyduke
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of BDIMike
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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...

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.75/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of hellcatsjg
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of younger35
2.53/5  rDev -29.1%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Moo Thunder Stout from Butternuts Beer & Ale
81 out of 100 based on 633 ratings.