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Moo Joos | Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
Minnesota, United States | website

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jera1350 on 01-05-2011

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Reviews: 148 | Ratings: 463
Photo of bbtkd
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brau Brothers Moo Joos, nice oatmeal milk stout, good coffee taste, some chocolate, with slight coffee bitterness, overall excellent, going on my favorites list

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown, lighter to the edge, almost no head. Aroma was like they switched beers on me, no roast, no coffee, no lactose.

Taste finally hit some lactose notes, very minimal. Sweetness is kinda weird for me, less like sugar/lactose, more like coffee sweetener packet. Mouthfeel could use more 2 row. Delving into brown ale territory.

No off flavors, this was meh.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled this past Saturday on 12/19/15. Had this a couple times in the past but never did a review on it so here it goes. Comes in a 12-ounce bottle and bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "It's 5 O'clock Somewhere" pint glass.

Brew pours very close to a pitch-black in color with a thin beige head. Decent amount of lacing is seen when sipped, which was a surprise since the head was small. Lots going on with the aroma as there are dark roasted malts, hint of coffee and brown sugar. More going on with the taste as there is some vanilla and caramel in the mix also. Good balance of the flavors with nothing over powering anything else. Finishes slightly dry with the coffee and milk sugar near the end. Overall, a very tasty brew. Lighter side of medium-bodied with perfect carbonation.

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Photo of OmahaKF
3.34/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Rating is for S'mores Moo Joos (32 oz crowler from N St. Drive In) - will revise and replace rating the next time I have regular Moo Joos.

Smell is graham cracker extract, chocolate milk, hazelnut, and marshmallow cream. Taste is chocolate, graham cracker, lactose, with a nutty finish. Smells much better than it tastes, but a really easy drinking dessert beer.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Considering that this is both an oatmeal and milk stout, I expected something as smooth as it gets. Instead, there's a strong coffee aftertaste that lingers a bit too much and hurts it as a whole. Fine, but not amazing.

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Photo of Carb-Overlord
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Meh... this is an okay Oatmeal stout. I was surprised how little body feel this beer had. The color and smell were fantastic. The feel of this beer reminded me of the thinness that comes from brewing with extracts versus whole grains (couldn't imagine this being extract brewed). Anyway, the flavor was a solid sweet oatmeal with a little bitter aftertaste. Again, I was a little a taken back as this bottle says oatmeal milk stout and I was expecting something sweeter and thicker. I would definitely recommend trying the beer, but in my opinion, it was underwhelming.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a very run of the mill. It has a good nose and a decent upfront taste, but the after taste leaves me lacking and the finish leaves a bad taste in your mouth. You could do worse, but not something I would seek out again.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another bottle from the head of the industrial electrical group from Nebraska---THANKS RANDY!

Enjoyed from a 12 oz bottle in a JAFB snifter. Pours a dark black with brown highlights, a quickly dissipating head that leaves a thick ring and light layer of foam with spotty lacing. Nose of dark sweet chocolate, light coffee, deeply roasted malts, and sweet sugars. Flavors follow the nose with dark sweet bakers chocolate to the front and sides, sweet milk sugars to the sides and back, and a light bitter coffee flavor presenting itself on the aftertaste. Finish is a tad watery with little carbonation to the mouth feel finishing a touch dry and moderately roasty. Other than that a solid offering and a first for me from this brewery. Nice.


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Photo of Kurmaraja
2.95/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

There's an acrid, sour taste to this that is unappealing. The flavor isn't unpleasant, but not robust ... some cofee, some chocolate, almost sour chocolate milk. The mouthfeel is watery. I can drink it and it's not unpleasant ... but there are far better beers out there that are easily available.

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Photo of rab53
2.99/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Rather thin and flat. Aroma was a touch acidic (like coffee, not sour). I think the beer really suffered from mouth feel , especially for something touting itself as an oatmeal stout.

Another factor for the lower rating was probably the mental comparison to a solid barrel-aged stout earlier that evening. Not fair, but just accentuated the weaknesses.

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Photo of pat61
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Moo Joos pours black with a 1” dark tan head. Roast and sweet malt with a touch of grain aromas rise from the glass. A mild sweetness runs throughout with some chocolate that lingers well into the aftertaste. The roast is mild and is moderated by a pinch of caramel. There is a little oatmeal body feel on your tongue but overall the body is little thin.

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Photo of larryi86
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Stillyman11 for this
12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Black with a two finger tan head.

S- Burnt coffee, cocoa, some lactose.

T- More roster coffee than burnt coffee, lactose, fairly sweet, bitter sweet chocolate.

M- Smooth, fairly creamy, medium body.

O- A nice milk stout that I would really enjoy with breakfast. Not really a beer I would seek out again, but I wouldn't pass up given this. I would like to try this if there was a coffee version of this brew.

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Photo of MNAle
2.64/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

First bottle to a tulip glass. Even though the pour was moderately aggressive, no head at all, just a tan ring. No visible carbonation. Second bottle to a pilsener glass, very aggressive pour, to better cause a head and view any carbonation. 2nd time, a 1 inch tan head, bubbly, dissipates relatively quickly with lacing. Carbonation is virtually nonexistant; an occasional bubble is visible rising up, and I have to hold it to the light to see that. After a few minutes, no visible carbonation at all. Dark brown to black color. Very nice roasted aroma. Taste follows the aroma, dominated by roasted malts, transitioning to sweetness and a touch of bitterness. Aftertaste is sweet and only slightly bitter. Body is a bit thin and flat. Very flat. Overall, this is a very blah beer. Not very good at all. It is not drain-pour bad, but there is nothing special at all in this beer and the lack of mouth feel makes it really a struggle to try to enjoy. Given the reviews, I expected a lot more. I gave this beer 2 full bottles before writing this review. While the 2nd made perhaps a slightly better impression than the first, this does rank as the worst stout/porter I've had to date, admittedly not a huge sample population, but I definitely won't be buying this one again.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Evan for the thoughtful extra

Lactose, cream, oat biterness....light bodied and a touch creamy. A pretty decent melding of oatmeal and milk stouts. Thanks!

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%

Moooooooooooo. Cow time.

Serving style : 12 oz bottle poured into glass for appearance.

Appearance (4.5) : Pours a dark brown/black absolutely 100% opaque body with a nice 4 finger foamy chocolate shake head. It's like I just poured a glass of chocolate milk and added a half bottle of Hershey's syrup. I kinda likes it.

Smell (4.25) : Ah, like a chocolate shake. Cocoa, cocoa bean, roasted malted coffee bean, malted milk, chocolate syrup, a hint of good quality black liquorice, some yeasty malts. I feel like eating a candy bar.

Taste (4) : A weird oatmeal buzz that ends in chocolate bliss. The body contains a hint of sour ale, some of that roasted coffee bean, a hint of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and some pale sour malts. Ends pleasantly sour.

Out of the bottle it has more of the special dark chocolate/candy wrapper flavor. Ending with sour bean rather than sour malts.

Mouthfeel (4) : It's so thick and hearty. Drinkable like whole chocolate milk. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel and goes down easy. Very drinkable.

Overall (4.27) : I was super impressed with this beer. I would buy it again, and yes in a six pack, to share it around a fireplace or with friends on a chilly night. Heck, I'd just buy it to drink and relax with a good TV show or a nice book. This is the Borders of beer.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.09/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle marked 1424024142312 at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of coffee
Head none
Lacing none
Body black, opaque
Flavor very reminiscent of McDonald’s iced coffee – no alcohol, no hops,
Palate medium to full, watery, flat

This is supposed to be an oatmeal milk stout. All I can taste is the coffee aspect. It lacks the lactose sweetness and oatmeal silkiness which are usually present in them. As stated previously, this bears an uncanny resemblance to iced coffee.

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Photo of krowman2652
4.74/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I am pretty new to craft beers but have tried several coffee stouts and oatmeal stouts. I like this one a lot!

Great taste and goes down smoothly. I usually have some OLD 56 nearby as I don't like to drink too many beers with a high ABV in one sitting. They go well together.

I guess this isn't a very professional review, but I highly recommend this beer and this brewery.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

A - It is basically black with an inch of mocha head.

S - The lactose sugar is evident. I get some sweet chocolate, cocoa, and coffee.

T - The taste doesn't quit live up to the smell. It is a coffee with creamer taste. It is good, but not as strong as the smell.

M - Medium to full

O - It is actually better than I anticipated. It has some nice coffee notes, and I like the creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of Honisbygonis
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After just taste testing a Deschutes Black Butte Porter, poured a MJ to keep the MoJo going:

Appetizer (Color/Aroma/Carb): molasses black (even poured slower than most out of bottle); almost no carbonation, and just a scent.

Entree: cold, wet, and inviting (compared to Deschutes, subtle initial bite and aftertaste); you can't go wrong (believe my first OMS = oatmeal milk stout that I can remember--and I mean remember by type name - of having tried). Until I've compared several others, this one a nice (if not super nice) stand-by.


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Photo of peoplewithhands
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured dark brown with a half inch tan head that cuts in half and half again, then stays lacing the glass as it goes down.

Smell: Spice first, then chocolate. Pleasant and semi complex.

Taste: Yeasty, malty and sweet. not as much spice in taste as in smell. Has more of a malt flavor. just barely a touch of bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Tingly with medium carbonation. Tease of creaminess.

Overall: Its not a bad milk stout. Beautiful appearance. Its a little on the sweet side, but I would buy it again.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer served in bar in the bottle. Not rating on the appearance.

Aroma is wonderful, grainy, roast, coffee, chocolate, and a little sweet.

Beer is sweet and smooth, notes of toast and a lot of chocolate with a hint of coffee. Delicious.

Medium mouthfeel and food carbonation.

A very very tasty beer. Sweet and chocolaty, very drinkable, no flaws.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Brau Brothers Moo Joos a couple weeks ago for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. Brau Brothers just showed up in my area and since I've never had any beers from them I thought i would give them a try and I decided to start with their Milk Stout, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, it's kind of bland looking, but it has some nice information on it. It poured a very dark brown color that bordered on being black with two fingers worth of slightly darker tan head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left some nice spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking beer and it looks true to style, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by some dark roasted malt aromas with some coffee and chocolate coming through in the background. Up next comes a sweet and creamy lactose like aroma followed by a light amount of fruity yeast This beer had a pretty good aroma that was very true to style, I liked it.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by some nice dark roasted malts with some chocolate flavors sticking out the most . Up next comes some sweet and creamy lactose like flavors followed by a light bit of fruity yeast. On the finish there's a lighter amount of bitterness followed by a roasted malt and chocolate like aftertaste. This was a pretty good tasting beer, I liked it and I thought it was very true to style.

M- Smooth, creamy, a little dry, on the thick side of being medium bodied with a low amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was very nice, true to style, and it worked very well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and a pretty good and true example of the style, it had everything that I look for in this style and I would put it just about on the same level as Left Hands Milk Stout. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, creamy, and the flavors did a good job at holding my attention, I think I could drink a few of these without getting bored with it. What I liked the most about this beer was how true to style it was, this pretty much the definition of a Milk Stout. What I like the least about this beer was nothing, there isn't anything that I would change. I would for sure buy this again and keep some around in the fridge and I would like to try it on Nitro. I would highly recommend this to anyone who likes the style. All in all I was happy with this beer and I thought it had no weak points. This made for a good first impression for the Brau Brother's and I'll have to be on the look out for more of their beers, good job guys.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Small to maybe medium sized light brown head slowly settles down above a seemingly clear black beer.

Light aroma of rich roasted grain malts hinting at German chocolate frosting with light chocolate aspects and light roasted nuts.

Rich creamy well roasted grain malts taste that borders on dark bakers chocolates.

A dry aftertaste with very little and light malts tastes remaining with this full bodied beer.

I liked the taste that wasn't quite dark chocolates but you seemed to take another drink to try find more of those dark chocolate tastes.

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Photo of Brenden
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This stout is very, very dark brown with a tan head that's one finger tall to start. Taking a little time, it drops to a foam, leaving mostly patching mingled with spotting as it slides down the glass.
The smell offers a pleasant mix of roast, lactic sweetness, coffee, and a gentle char.
The taste offers much the same, but with the addition of dark fruits throughout mingling with the roast. There's a milky, creamy sweetness all the way. Bitterness is very light, though it's clear this beer's getting some support from a light hops presence that lets it be what it is.
It's a bit frothy, maybe even spritzy, that's off. Even though the full body is achieved, it leans very, very close to medium. Carbonation is just too high for a stout, particularly an oatmeal stout, and it isn't as smooth as it should be because of it.

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Photo of chinchill
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, unbdated, poured into a SA lager glass.
A: pour is clear and very dark brown but looks pitch black in the glass. A gentle pour is needed to keep the tall mocha head from going over the top. Glass is thoroughly coated upon tilting, with some lacing clinging the glass afterwards.

Smell: Sweet and rich with a suggestion of cinnamon, a clear note of chocolate, oat bread, a touch of dark fruit, and a hint of granola. Very slighty, and pleasantly, boozy.

Taste: not quite as good or complex as the aroma, but still quite good.
Sweet up front but balanced by the finish. Hints of coffee, dark fruits and chocolate in the aftertaste.

M - Full bodied; very smooth; ABV seems hight than 6%.

O: very nice cross-over (milk + oatmeal) stout with a super aroma.

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Moo Joos from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
86 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.