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Moo Joos - Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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Reviews: 143
Hads: 445
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 28
Gots: 75 | FT: 3
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Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: jera1350 on 01-05-2011

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Photo of krowman2652
4.74/5  rDev +22.5%
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. (375 characters)

Photo of KeefD
4.69/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Saw this a few days ago for only $7.99/sixer and decided to give it a shot considering this one of my favorite styles of beer and it's locally made. I did have reservations though since I've been less than impressed with most offerings from this brewery. That being said.... Pours a dark brown color, almost completely black in the glass, and despite a hard pour it produced little head, with no lacing. This was the only part of this beer that was less than amazing! Full, luxurious aroma of chocolate, cream, light coffee, and sweetness with no alcohol coming through. Smells heavenly, and the chocolate and lactose really dominate the aroma, which I really love. Taste is a home run! Creamy milk chocolate up front, a touch of graham cracker, a hint of espresso, and just enough enough charred malts to make this interesting. It's sweet but not cloyingly so, just a perfect amount of balance between the sweetness/toffee/chocolate and the roast that really make this stand out. There is a slight twang from the lactose in the middle, but is then washed away by a semi-dry chocolaty finish. I have to say that this is EXACTLY what I look for in a milk stout. Nothing stands out too much away from the rest, everything is perfectly balanced, and it's incredibly drinkable. Mouthfeel is creamy and silky smooth, probably from the toasted and rolled oats used in the mash. Carbonation is a bit low, but that only serves to reinforce the slick mouthfeel. Damn, this beer is WINNING! I can hardly believe this has come out of Brau Borthers, a very much underwhelming brewery for me, and I imagine this is a sign of good things to come from this brewer. If this truly is a new year round beer, I can see myself buying at least a couple sixers a month. Great, great stuff here. (1,772 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.63/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Black color. Just about one finger of light brown head that fell quickly and left no lacing.

5.0 S: Wonderful interplay of lactose and chocolate. Actually, there's a good hit of coffee in there as well, so this is much like a mocha latte. Light roastiness and plenty of oats. This is incredibly intense, but also incredibly appealing. Excellent!

4.5 T: Taste is a lot like the nose. Lactose, chocolate, and coffee flavors do the trick again. Oats, a light roastiness, and grainy malts add complexity. Really nice again.

4.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy and insanely smooth.

5.0 D: The taste could have easily been a five. This is a damn tasty brew and shockingly close to Cowbell in terms of flavor profile and quality. I think I need to get ahold of several more of these. (840 characters)

Photo of DaCheesehead
4.62/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. 3.0 A: Black color. Just about one finger of light brown head that fell quickly and left no lacing. 5.0 S: Wonderful interplay of lactose and chocolate. Actually, there’s a good hit of coffee in there as well, so this is much like a mocha latte. Light roastiness and plenty of oats. This is incredibly intense, but also incredibly appealing. Excellent! 4.5 T: Taste is a lot like the nose. Lactose, chocolate, and coffee flavors do the trick again. Oats, a light roastiness, and grainy malts add complexity. Really nice again. 4.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy and insanely smooth. 5.0 D: The taste could have easily been a five. This is a damn tasty brew and shockingly close to Cowbell in terms of flavor profile and quality. I think I need to get ahold of several more of these. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 05-05-2011 04:41:10 (891 characters)

Photo of ddahlen
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass with about 1 cm of head and a deep black color. The nose on this brew is great with notes of dried fruit, chocolate and aromatics that only oats can bring to the table. The taste is has some nice smooth chocolate with some creamy sweetness. The mouthfeel is almost velvety, very very smooth, but somewhat light. Overall, I honestly can't find anything that I really don't like about this brew. It's incredibly drinkable. Awesome stuff. (482 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very deep dark brown, really could not be any darker without turning black. Huge off white head with lots of good lace down the glass till the very end.

Smell was very strong, rich creamy milk chocolate, with lots of hidden spices and other subtle aromas. A hint of hops possible on the back. Wow, very first impression was of a chocolate ice cream flaot, very much a dessert beer in taste, wow. A bit thin on the feel though, would have throught it would have been a bit more robust. Nice carbonation made it feel frothy when going down. As it warmed, hints of root beer and hops started to present themselves and round out the taste profile very nicely.

Overall a very nice dark session beer. A little light compared to its big brothers in the field, but a fine brew none the less. (795 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very dark brown near black color. The head is a half an inch in height, and recedes into sticky tan lacing. The aroma is quite strong. Graham cracker, cream, roasted malt, and milk chocolate. Very nice. The taste is full of roasted malt with a hing of chocolate, and some very faint vanilla. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a silky texture. Overall, this is a really good beer. I really like the way it straddles between two styles. One sip makes me think it is more of an oatmeal stout than a milk stout while the next sip makes me think the opposite. I can see this beer becoming one of my go to stouts. (651 characters)

Photo of jera1350
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Semi-viscous black color with a thinner tan head that moves to a ring around the glass. Very little lacing though.

Awesome creamy lactose and chocolate smell. Very chocolate milkshake like.

Very chocolatey with a light dark roasted malt presence. Nice milk sugar sweetness with cappuccino notes. A little fruitiness from the yeast in the finish. Very, very flavorful and satisfying.

Very smooth and slick feeling. The combination of oatmeal and lactose turn this into a thing of beauty.

Extremely drinkable. A few of these would go down with ease. This has to be one of the better sweet stouts I have had in a long while. Great job Brau Bros., this one is an absolute winner and I look forward to having more. (714 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Dark black with only a little brown color shining through the bottom. Lots of rising bubbles and a good five fingers of tan head with good retention and lots of sticky lacing.

Smell: Rich aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate, milk, and coffee. Also some good hints of oats, vanilla, nuts, sugar, and anise. Very rich and sweet smelling.

Taste: Like the smell, sweet and roasty dark malts with lots of dark chocolate, coffee, and milk. Also some strong hints of oatmeal, nuts, vanilla, sugar, yeast, and anise. Also a fruity flavor that comes from British cask yeast according to the label. Very complex, rich, and sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth.

Overall: A very good stout that is rich and complex but not heavy. (861 characters)

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.44/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A really thick and greasy pour into the glass, it has the look of tar about it. A great opaque chocolate body, there are very subtle beige highlights in there. The mocha colored head builds to about a finger width. It looks good, but it isn’t great.

Smell: The dominant smell is the burnt sugariness that is common to milk stouts. It’s reminiscent of charcoal, caramel, and roasted coffee. The oats are also very easy to spot. It adds a great complimentary flavor to the roasted caramel malt. It’s very bold and malty.

Taste: Just as with the nose, the caramel roasted sweetness is the first thing noticed on the sip. It then slowly reveals the coffee roast flavor and oats. The oatmeal and roasted qualities carry through to the finish.

Not anything distinguishable from the hops, although there is a slight bitterness that is in the finish. Mostly though, there is just the fantastic roasted malt profile complimented by the oatmeal. Surprisingly good.

Mouth feel: All smooth all the time. It would be a very chewy drink as well, if not for the viscosity. It’s really slick on the tongue. It suits the oatmeal and sugary malt profile perfectly.

Overall: This is the brew that made me a believer in Brau Bros. Even if I only find one more offering from them that is built as well as this beer, it will have been worth it. This is a beer that should be tried by anyone and everyone. Enjoy! (1,419 characters)

Photo of argock
4.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Received from my brother Greg -- nice one!

A: Black with beige 1/2-to-1-finger head that falls away quickly and leaves a rare spot or two of lace.

S: The aroma is that of a much bigger beer with strokes of coffee, fudge and a light dash of licorice. Powerful and very appetizing.

T: The flavor succeeds even more with big milk chocolate fudge and coffee flavors with licorice bite in the finish. There is a touch of milk sweetness, but the bigger roast flavors really carry this brew.

M: Feels a lot bigger as well. I didn't know the ABV and would have though this was an 8.5% ABV beer. Medium-to-full bodied with low carbonation which leaves it creamy without feeling syrupy.

O: One of the most surprising beers I have had in a long time -- the components come together optimally to provide a huge flavor and aroma experience in a relatively low ABV package. Moos Joos proves that you don't need high gravity to have big aroma and flavor. Great job Brau Brothers. (1,042 characters)

Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this at the builder setion at Hy-Vee Drugtown.

The glass becomes a vessle for this ominous looking mass that is so dark there's just a hint if brown on the edges. The aroma is cocoa with a hint of toffee and perhaps cinammon. It's taste, WOW! The cocoa and milk are most of the flavor and are very sweet, with some roasted malt on top. This is like drining a chololate brownie, it's so tasty. This is absolute repeat buy and I'm glad it's in the build a six-pack section. (476 characters)

Photo of mwilbur
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap into pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark and dense black with 1/2 inch dark tan head. Decent retention. This one is damn dark...well, I'll just say it...like a black hole.
S: Roasted chocolate and caramel malts. Aromas of milk and cream emerge as well. Toasted grains in the background.
T: Wow...simply delicious! Coffee (medium roast), chocolate (dark and slightly bitter), and toasted grains meld together on top of a roasted caramel malt backbone. Layered in is a creamy milk note...like adding a quality half and half to a mocha. Anise comes to the surface with warming.
M: This is the highlight of the beer: extremely smooth from the oatmeal and wonderfully creamy from the lactose. Like drinking silk. Light-medium body. Finishes dry and slightly bitter...getting you ready for the next sip.
D: An extremely drinkable and satisfying brew. My new favorite session beer. Nicely complex, but not overly so. Would pair well with heavier meat fare (e.g. filet mignon) and great conversation. (1,003 characters)

Photo of bwiechmann
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass. $6.99 for a 6-pack of this recently released brew.

A- Pours nearly black with a hint of ruby highlights when held up to direct light. Nice 1-finger mocha head leaves a little lacing but diminishes quickly.

S- Roasted malts, muted milk chocolate and some sweetness star in the nose.

T- Well crafted stout, dark malts primarily with notes of milk chocolate, slight coffee, and a noticeable but not-overpowering lactic sweetness.

M- Perfect. Silky smooth, medium-full body is perfectly executed.

D- Wow, extremely drinkable, it's hard not to put a few back at a time.

Overall a really, really delicious beer. The drinkability is phenomenal and the mouthfeel is unbeatable. It's tasty and complex without being a chore to consume. Great job, guys. (796 characters)

Photo of ovaltine
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a pint glass, inky black with no diffusion when held up to light.

S: Smoky, roasted notes, relatively light.

T: Outstanding, especially if you like your milk stout to have a heavy chocolate taste, which I do. This is the definition of smoooth.

M: Nice carbonation, 1" head with an agressive pour. Very smooth mouthfeel.

D: Brau Brothers has done a really nice job of providing very drinkable complex beverages at a great price point (this Moo Joos sixer was 6.99, was was the Ring Neck Braun Ale, which I picked up at the same time). Wrapped around a cold Minnesota evening, Moo Joos is a great beverage to enjoy. (632 characters)

Photo of lwillitz
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from 12 oz. bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass at around 50 degrees F

A - A fairly agressive pour gave me a 2-finger head of beautiful dark tan, which diminished in average time, perhaps a bit faster. Under the head is pitch darkness. A red-orange tint becomes apparent in certain lighting. Some lacing lingers on the glass, not a lot.

S - The delicious aroma of roasted malt is very conspicuous immediately. A hint of chocolate is also present.

T - Delicious! I am not a fan of overly sweet beers, but the sweetness here is pleasant, well-balanced, and not at all overpowering. Milky, chocolaty, and fruity flavors are prominent. The aftertaste of roasted malt leaves me constantly wanting another swig. This is an excellent stout!

M - Wow! Very smooth, oily consistency. Quite pleasurable.

D - Keeping my glass on the table was difficult. The smoothness and delicious flavor of this beer keep it flowing.

At $6.99 for a six-pack, you can't do much better for the price. I'll buy again and so should you!

NOTE: I tried another bottle, this time straight from the fridge. At this lower temperature, a smokey flavor dominated the palate. I definately suggest drinking Moo Joos at 50 degrees F or warmer to enjoy it in its glorious complexity. (1,264 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap, monks house of ale, sioux falls,sd

from notes

appearance: served in a deschutes shaker pint, dark mahogany body, creamy chocolate head

smell: sweet roasted malts, creamy chocolate, touch of espresso

taste: very lovely milk stout - similar to a beer float...decadent creamy milk chocolate, brown sugar, oats, lactic qualities, chocolate pie. consumed after a nice dinner - a perfect dessert beer

mouthfeel: rich and creamy

overall: very nice (454 characters)

Photo of Gosox8787
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Twelve ounce bottle poured into a pint glass, served chilled and allowed to warm to near room temperature.

Appearance: Black in color with a nice light brown head.

Aroma: Coffee, milk chocolate, and a touch of brown sugar. Vey pleasant and balanced.

Taste: Much like the aroma, mild and smooth coffee is paired with some nice milk chocolate. A touch smoky and toasted at the same. Nice balance.

Mouthfeel. Medium bodied, but the oatmeal brings a creamy fullness that is needed.

Overall, a really great oatmeal or milk stout. I guess you could call it either as it really gets a lot of character of both styles. Really spot on. I would definitely get this again if it were local. (700 characters)

Photo of stealth
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this on-tap @ the Railhouse in Lake City, MN.

Real dark, with a strong roasted chocolate aroma. Subtle chocolate on the palate, with your typical roastiness expected in a stout. Coffee in the end/finish that I really enjoy. Creamy. I'll be checking out more brews from Brau Bros for sure. This hooked me. (313 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%

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. (1,306 characters)

Photo of hardy008
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, almost black color with a small tan head which did not last very long. The aroma has chocolate, coffee, lactose sugar, and some oatmeal.

The taste is just like the aroma. chocolate, coffee, lactose sugar, and some oatmeal. Nice sweetness balanced by coffee bitterness.

Smooth, creamy, modest carbonation, and easy to drink. I could drink this again with ease. (374 characters)

Photo of bsp77
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Brown-black with nice dark tan head and slight lacing.

Smell: Heavy roast, with milk chocolate, cream, coffee and oats.

Taste: Tastes very much like a creamy mochachino. Despite the sweet, chocolatey core, the finish has enough coffee, sharp roast and English hoppiness to keep it surprisingly balanced.

Feel: Unbelievably smooth. Wow. Carbonation is kept in check and the finish is somewhat dry.

Overall: This is an incredibly smooth, balanced Stout. I really like Brau Brothers new lineup. (568 characters)

Photo of mrseano
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark, dark brown with slight white lacing and evident caramel colored rim. Head disappears quickly back into beer.

S: Roasted coffee (not too strong, however), roasted nut, sweet caramel (touch of it).

T: Great taste. Full-bodied beer with roasted coffee flavor and malt, hint of caramel, some cocoa and nut flavors.

M: Creamy with more carbonation than expected. Full-bodied beer that is a good example of a creamy stout.

O: Really good beer overall. Layered flavors, great hints of coffee and caramel in scent, and textured mouthfeel. (543 characters)

Photo of TCMike
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Produced 1.5 finger tan, dense head. The beer color is an ultra dark brown. Not translucent. Some lacing.
The aroma of oatmeal, coffee, and dark chocolate.
The taste is similar, but with a slight sweetness. Heavy mouth-feel, and low carbonation.
I really liked this one, and it goes down good. (293 characters)

Photo of Gtreid
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle thanks to mnbearsfan. Poured into my Bruery tulip.

A: Deep, muddy, brown color. The pour dropped a two finger wet sand, colored head that left some spotty lace.

A: Milk chocolate, slight roasted coffee beans, and roasted nuts. Notes of sweet vanilla and caramel.

T: Aggressive milk chocolate up front, followed by a nice roasty coffee flavor, and finishing with sweet vanilla. There is a small bitterness from the tart grassy hops as well.

M: Medium, bordering on heavy body. Good levels of carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

O: This is a fine brew. They pack a lot of flavor into a beer that only comes in at 5.8%. I would absolutey pick this one up if I had access to it. Skal. (696 characters)

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Moo Joos from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
87 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.