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Moo Joos - Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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373 Ratings
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Ratings: 373
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 28
Gots: 45 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jera1350 on 01-05-2011)
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Photo of SolomonGrundy
2.13/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Holy mackerel, I still can't believe I'm this close to being finished with this project...Crikey....

Another extra from excellent trader GraniteSkunk, this time from uber-small Lucan, MN with a population of 220...fun!

The basics: no idea on price and 5.8% ABV...cheers!

A little bit thin in color on the pour...I expect my stouts to be opaque, and this one lets some color through. A decent enough head forms and quickly disappears...Very slight lacing...

Aromas are sweet, as might be expected from a milk stout, what with the unfermentable sugars and all...Get a decent enough malt component among the milky chocolaty stuff...A bit faint if you ask me (and you didn't)...

Flavor is way more thin than I'd expect or hope to see in a milk stout. It's almost like water was added afer the fermentation process!! Really disappointing, in fact. It's almost like a Milk Stout Italian Soda!!! Super thin, and the malt component is almost absent...Very poor in my opinion...I'm actually surprised this is an oatmeal stout the body is so thin. Almost a drainpour in my opinion. They really need to work out the recipie on this. It's not serviceable at all...Very unfortunate as I was seriously hoping for more. Even the finish is like "what the heck was that...where'd it go"...This is the Calista Flockhart of Milk Stouts (as opposed to the, say, Keira Knightly of Milk Stouts)...you are big boys, figure it out...

What I like most: The price...(again, figure it out)...

What I like least: everything else...

Verdict: Unless it has a crapload of money you can spend, don't waste your time and if you do, don't brag to your friends about it...

<edit> I must be a totally uneducated beer drinker...Somehow 25 other people have rated this an average of an A-...That can't be possible with stuff like Mackeson XXX and Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout out there in the World, but I'm just a novice, right???

<edit #2> I am aware Samuel Smith's ISN'T a milk stout...It is, however, an oatmeal stout...I'm re-reading some of the other reviews of this and I can't possibly believe this is the same beer they drank...It's not possible given what I'm reading, but I'm looking right at the label on the bottle and it's the same...This stuff is watered down swill, in my opinion, and I can't believe they had the same stuff I'm having...sorry...

SolomonGrundy, May 01, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

CWhite, Jan 17, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

MacStinson, Jul 27, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

eph1291, Jul 05, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Herky21, Apr 05, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Beerlover, Apr 18, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

ChopsMeister, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of lurpy1
2.63/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap at Pat's Tap. The script with Brau is that everything is good with the beer until it hits the mouth. Then the trouble begins. Let's see how it goes this time. The Brothers should have a leg up - it's a style I love.

Pretty dark pour, not a lot of head. Good lacing though. Smell is more coffee than advertised. Roasts. Bittering. Not as many sweet smells as a fella might expect from a Milk Stout. Then again, a fella might not know what the F he is talking about. Still, an enjoyable smelling beer. So far so good...

...And right on cue, Moo Joos goes into the mouth and off a cliff. Bitter, malts, roast, and that damned, can't-escape-from-it dirty water Brau taste. Again with the dirty water? Are you kidding me?

Moving on to mouthfeel. You know, dirt doesn't just taste bad, it feels terrible in the mouth. Aggravating gritty feel. And this comes light years away from the thick, coagulating feel of a Milk Stout.

And with that, I throw my hands up in the air in dismay. I would love for another Minnesota brewery to step up and make like Surly and THB and be great, and I would love for it to be Brau. But they're not. Frankly I'm baffled by the ratings for this beer. In my book, if you can't get milk stout right, you can't really be redeemed. I can't tell you how many times I've seen a Brau beer and said "maybe this is the one they turn it around with". No more. This time,I mean it.

lurpy1, May 16, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

StPaulSchmitty, Jan 02, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

kraticus41, Jun 24, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

heytomcat, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of TheGordianKnot
2.98/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Another bottle sent from UngerTaker, thanks! Poured into tulip glass...

A- Dark, no head, still liquid, meh... Nothing to see here

S- Sweet vanilla and milk chocolate. Slight roast and a nice oatmeal finish. Smooth and balanced aroma.

T/M- Coffee flavor with some medicine mixed about. Milky and full of caramel. Nothing is extremely pronounced here, but the subtle blend of flavors work fairly well. Mouthfeel is watery with a lackluster carbonation. Body could use a pick-me-up...

O- Ok, but thats as far as it goes. Wouldn't seek out again as the finish was too medicinaly and the feel was thin and watery.

TheGordianKnot, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown, plenty of light gets through around the edges, very small head on it, less than 1/8". Aroma, what the, where are the stout like qualities? Coffee, chocolate, 2 row, roasting,. . . .hello?

Taste, very bland, gritty lactose like character as if it didn't dissolve. Really reminded me of an even blander oatmeal stout with some creamer added to it, to give it that weird textured sweetness I'm pulling down. Middle of the road in almost every way, doesn't make me like or dislike it really (I guess dislike since I had my expectations up). Overall the bland and thinness of the experience were probably the greatest letdowns.

If it was any thinner, I'd think people were cutting this with like, water and nonfat milk.

Beerandraiderfan, May 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

fanboy77, Dec 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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Moo Joos from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
86 out of 100 based on 373 ratings.