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Moo Thunder Stout - Butternuts Beer & Ale

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Ratings: 652
Reviews: 328
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 21
Gots: 46 | 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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Ratings: 652 | Reviews: 328
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.

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.

Photo of williamherbert
3.99/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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.

Photo of Mauerhan
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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...

Photo of number1bum
2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
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
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
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
4.12/5  rDev +15.4%
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
3.37/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

4.07/5  rDev +14%
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.

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