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Moo Thunder Stout - Butternuts Beer & Ale

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628 Ratings

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Ratings: 628
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 21
Gots: 30 | 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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

kasper, May 23, 2008
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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.

Phillyduke, May 17, 2008
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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.

BDIMike, May 04, 2008
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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...

BeerResearcher, Apr 25, 2008
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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.

SixpointJMH, Apr 20, 2008
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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.

hellcatsjg, Apr 17, 2008
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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.

younger35, Apr 16, 2008
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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.

Sammy, Apr 02, 2008
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3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Awesome graphics on the can of a dancing cow. I bought it since it looked discreet.

Poured pitch black with minimal head that dissipated quickly with minimal lacing. Smells like espresso and chocolate with a bit of malt. Decent flavor but light to medium bodied beer with little mouthfeel. No lasting flavor on palette.

$8.50/6-pack in Wellesley, MA - ouch.

msolar, Mar 27, 2008
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3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown color with an average head that left a slight tan ring around the glass. The smell is of fairly strong aroma of milk chocolate and roasted coffee, very mocha like. The taste is primarily of milk and semi-sweet chocolate with a bittering roasted malt backbone with some light metallic notes in the end. The feel is moderate with soft carbonation lending to a creamy texture, finishes on the bitter side and a tad astringent. Overall a decent stout with a good flavor profile, perhaps a tad bitter.

Gmann, Mar 22, 2008
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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
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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
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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
Moo Thunder Stout from Butternuts Beer & Ale
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