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Moo Thunder Stout - Butternuts Beer & Ale

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606 Ratings

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Ratings: 606
Reviews: 319
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 20
Gots: 25 | 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 Avryle
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

Avryle, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of iceball585
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
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?!).

iceball585, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of woodychandler
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

woodychandler, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of Gavage
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Gavage, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of RonfromJersey
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

RonfromJersey, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of Doomcifer
2.78/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

Doomcifer, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of aerozeppl
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

aerozeppl, Feb 05, 2008
Photo of Kendo
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Kendo, Feb 04, 2008
Photo of johnnnniee
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

johnnnniee, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of TheTrevor
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

TheTrevor, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of ncvbc
2.55/5  rDev -28.6%
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.

ncvbc, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of BBM
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

BBM, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of tgbljb
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

tgbljb, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've been waiting for the day I would see this beer and it has finally come. I have tried the other three by this brewery, so where we go with this one.

Pours a dark brown that lets light through. No head. Nose is roasted malts. Flavor is a completely odd and not appropriate mix of smoked malts and roasted malts. I already know I will not be finishing this. Feel has a decent carbonation and a liquid feel that is too thin. If you see this one, just pass. Borders on a disaster of a stout, IMO.

RblWthACoz, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can, pours near black, with light shining through at the edges, nice looking fine head, film and then plenty of splotchy delicate lace. Roasty nose with hints of licorice, and smoldering malts. Nice easy drinking, medium bodied stout. Plenty of well crafted dark malt notes. Sweetish finish, like a mocha cafe au lait with a 1/2 spoonful of sugar. Gotta love a quality stout in a F'n can! I'm suprised by the low scores fo this one, c'mon folks this stuff is well crafted, easy drinking and quite tasty...

Billolick, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of oberon
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I havent been overll impressed as of yet with the Butternuts line of beer I would say the hefeweizen has been the best thus far.This poured into a standard pint glass deep and dark but not ink black it has a bit of ruby colored hue to it a thin tannish colored head is gone quickly leaving no lace,mild chocolate aromas along with some molasses and dark roast coffee.Pretty thin borderline watery but not quite mouthfeel,mild roastiness and bitter chocolate flavors I think its saving grace is a raw earthy finish keeping it somewhat balanced.Pretty low in alcohol no doubt wich is true to style but it lacks alot.

oberon, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, delicious, and decidedly drinkable, Moo Thunder is sure to please. A thin cap of tan rises oover its dark body as you pour it. The head retention and lacing could be better, but it does leaves some spotty lace in its wake. The aroma offers sweet dark chocolate with a hint of juicy red fruit in the background. In the mouth it's velvety-smooth with a medium-light body and restrained carbonation. The flavor offers mainly sweet dark chocolate up front before revealing its underlying yeasty fruitiness. Some nougat character comes through across the middle, and it finishes with some mild black coffee that fades gently away, leaving behind some residual notes of light caramel, nuttiness, some mild bitterness, and a touch of spent grassy hops. It's a light, easy-drinking stout, and the dark malt acidity and bitterness are well heeled. Quite drinkable!

NeroFiddled, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of sleazo
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A_pours from the can almost black, the true nature of it being brown is only revealed when held up to the light. A one finger white head diminishes quickly into a slick across the brew. Some lace clings, but not much.

S_Is quite good, ;like a coffee milkshake. Sweet, slightly roasted and a good ammount of coffee.

T_Mild roasted malt, a bit of coffee bitterness are what you first taste. Not as sweet as the smell suggests. A mild sweetness creeps unto the tongue after this initial wave. Hints of cola as well. Chocolate character is absent.

M_Slightly thick and creamy but not overwhelmingly so. Carbonation is good and manages to cut through the heaviness as well.

D_Pretty good brew, easily drinkable but nothing out of the ordinary. This can make for a good session stout that does not overwhelm your taste buds like a stronger stout. A lot of BAs might not like it for just this reason, but it works for me.

sleazo, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of Lupe
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with reddish-brown hues when held to the light. Small fizzy tan head that quickly disappeared. No lacing.

Nice malty aroma with a healthy dose of roastiness - chocolate, espresso, and caramel. Some vanilla cookie (Nila Wafers!) and a touch of smoke. Simple and pleasant aroma

Roasted and toasted malt, chocolate, mild coffee, and vanilla flavors. Not overly sweet - roasted character balances the malt well. Light hops and finishes with a light roasted bittnerness. Simple, straightforward, and tasty.

Light in body - silky smooth, crisp and a bit thin. Would like just a bit more body. So easy to drink. Not going to blow you away, but a tasty, easy-drinking milk stout.

Lupe, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of LeftyBWS
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a Shaker pint glass.
A: Jet black in color, impenetrable by light. Thinnish creamy white head that melts into the beer quickly.
S: Sweet chocolate and milkiness, actually, like a watery beery milkshake.
T: Malty and slightly sweet. Not all that much flavor, but nothing that tastes bad.
M: Not bad, actually. Not too heavy for this amount of malt, and not too sweet either.
D: Fine, easy to drink, but doesn't leave me wanting another one.

LeftyBWS, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of Stimack
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Just getting around to review this brew, have had a number since the release a few months ago. This brew pours to a deep brown color, guess hedging on black. Small medium colored tan head that did not have much in the way of legs and hardly left any lacing. The aroma is pretty nice, but simple. Chocolate, caramel and roasted grains come to mind. The taste also is pretty good but seems to have a feel of being watered down. Mostly roasted malt flavor with a little charcoal feel besides that not much else there. I was hoping for so much more in this brew, while it is not bad, it clearly is not very good. Hard pressed to get this again. Actually glad I finally got through them all, just taking up space.

Stimack, Dec 14, 2007
Photo of GnomeKing
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sweet and creamy this beer certainly is. It's smooth and pleasant, but also thin and lacking substance. It's not a very stout stout. It won't warm your bones on a cold winter's night. The malt taste comes through as bready with a very slight roasted character. And there's sugar too...the brew has a cranked up sweetness, almost like you'd expect from an iced tea or soda; as a result, the aftertaste lingers long on the tongue.

GnomeKing, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of Viggo
2.25/5  rDev -37%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can.

Pours a clear dark red, not even brown. Stout? I think not! Almost pours flat, tiny bit of tan head forms, disappears immediately, bit of a ring around the glass. Smell is sweet, bit of garbage, light roast, bit of chocolate, caramel milkiness, watery, not so good. Taste is not good, very watery, light caramel, bit of chocolate and roast, sweet caramel, sugar, weird. Mouthfeel is very thin and watery, medium carbonation. This is no stout! But I guess I should have expected as much.

Viggo, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of tempest
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasty, but a little too sweet and bland. The aroma has a very mellow cream and cocoa smell with a bit of roasted malt. The flavor is more of the same but with an overriding sugary sweetness that seems to mask the flavor. Seems like a blander version of the Sam Adams Cream Stout. Not a bad beer, just a little light in flavor for the style I guess.

tempest, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of NEhophead
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz can; served in a tumbler.

Pours a thin caramel that settles to a near opaque, muddy brown. Rather carbonated, creamy tan head that settles quickly to a brown sheet. Barely any lacing to speak of.

Milk chocolate aroma with light cream. Yeast-filled mustiness. Roasted coffee beans and a dry, nutty profile. Moderately-layered with diacetyl.

Tame, creamy milk chocolate; roasted malts with espresso soon follow. Notes of diacetyl throughout. Thin, roasted character; however, the floral hops are rough and astringent. Off-tasting fruity esters; dark fruit with slightly tart qualities.

Medium in body; a strange combination of a thin roasted malt texture and a robust floral hop bite. Not quite balanced.

A bland Sweet Stout with some flaws. Not unpleasant, but nothing that puts the Moo Cow Thunder beyond average.

NEhophead, Nov 01, 2007
Moo Thunder Stout from Butternuts Beer & Ale
81 out of 100 based on 606 ratings.