Moo Joos - Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
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4.47/5 rDev +17.6%
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.
06-13-2011 00:10:59 | More by mikesgroove
3.4/5 rDev -10.5%
This poured out as a deep black color with a thin yellowish head on top. It faded really quickly, leaving hardly any retention and definitely no lacing. The smell of the beer is a little on the strange side... not really appealing to me, there are some subtle chocolate and roasted aromas but there is something else in there I'm not really caring for. The taste of the beer is a little harsh and burnt right away but as the beer warms up it becomes a little more chocolaty and creamy. The mouthfeel is lighter than I expected, decent carbonation also. Overall this beer was ok, but not something I need to have again. Glad I got to have it though.
03-01-2013 01:57:15 | More by Knapp85
4.03/5 rDev +6.1%
Got these from an online store - France 44. Served in a Surly pint glass.
A - A half-finger of dark mocha foam settles to a thick ring and partial cap, but minimal lacing. Very, very dark brown with a slightly lighter glint at the fringes.
S - Big milk chocolate, light coffee, roasted earthy grains - this reminds me of one of my favorite chocolate bars, Coffee Crisp.
T - Taste is a little more one-dimensional, with intense roast bitterness, dark chocolate, and light espresso. Not as much sweetness as the aroma suggests. Some slight chalkiness in the finish.
M - Carbonation is a little high and verges on unpleasant. Medium-light body that is otherwise creamy and appropriate for the ABV. No obvious alcohol is present.
D - A solid oatmeal milk stout that smells quite good. Quite easy to drink and one of the better beers I've had from Brau Brothers. Would pair nicely with a scoop of ice cream.
08-30-2011 21:53:10 | More by MasterSki
4.03/5 rDev +6.1%
Brau Brothers Moo Joos…"…combines the full body of a milk stout, with the silky smoothness of an oatmeal stout. Lactose sugar in the boil contributes a full and creamy mouthfeel, while toasted and flaked oats in the mash round out the beer with an oily texture. A deep malt bill builds layers of roasty notes with hints of chocolate, coffee, and anise. A traditional British cask yeast is then pitched, which leaves us with a fruity, malty ale." Oh, really. You don't say.
Brewed in Lucan, MN, pop. 220.
deep ebony hue, with a creamy tan head, rocky, bubbly, lace-leaving, looking the perfect fit for a stout.
Smellin' it: Ah, there's the roast, the bittersweetness, the slight fruitiness…some cream comes through, but roast and toast are king here. Mmm. Pitch perfect.
Taste: creamy milk stout, full bodied, full flavored, meet smooth, roasty oatmeal stout. Great idea. Has anyone else done both at once, or was it up to the the Brothers Brau to create this sweet, satisfying amalgamation?
Bitterness, very mild, plays first on the palate, then folds back, sweet, milky, creamy malt flavor runs in and takes over. There's a brief pitstop, where the bottom falls out and the cream and the milk is standing tall. Bitterness never leaves, sweetness never takes over, a great feat of balance. Oats bring in the smooth, drop the silky, and the cream is all gravy. Here comes the anise, now, and there's some of the coffee…it's getting going…all the parts are in play. A thoroughly satisfying stout, perhaps my favorite BBBC beer so far.
10-11-2011 06:28:50 | More by feloniousmonk
3.78/5 rDev -0.5%
Thanks to bunkrock (Reddit) for this one.
Creamy black almost 1 finger head fades at a med pace with decent lacing, pretty much pitch black beer.
Nose has some creamy lactose, light milk choc, but of bakers choc, light oats, rich dark malts with a hint of roast and caramel like malts.
Taste starts with a hint of a tinny metallic acrid char from roasted malts. Then quickly into creamy lactose and milk chocolate, more like chocolate milk, some oats, light roast, light caramel, fairly rich and creamy though. Just a touch of earthy light hops in there with mild bitterness. Finish is drier but mouth coating richness and creamy, light roast and creamy chocolate milk lingering.
Mouth is med to fuller bodied but not really as thick as I thought it would be, decent carb, fairly creamy.
Overall decent, quite creamy and nice lactose and oats, light chocolate, not chalky which is nice, but just a bit of acrid char.
12-02-2012 23:19:50 | More by jlindros
4/5 rDev +5.3%
a really drinkable stout, combining the best elements of a milk stout and an oatmeal stout. the pour is the darkest brown, with no light able to pass through, and a few fingers of off white bubbles that slowly fade to a thin film. the nose is definitely sweet from the lactose sugars, but also bitter from the dark roasted malts. I pick up a little vanilla and a touch of dark chocolate too. the flavor roasted barley heavy, dark and bitter without as much sweetness as the nose suggests until the very end. this is a hearty warming cold weather beer, with a velvety smooth texture from the oatmeal and a fuller soft body. there is a little chocolate flavor in the finish, enough to counteract the bitterness. an elegant stout that would be extremely well suited t the nitro tap. my first beer from brau brothers, looking forward to my next. this is very well done.
04-10-2013 16:42:47 | More by StonedTrippin
3.53/5 rDev -7.1%
Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.
Appearance: Pours an opaque dark brown bordering on black. There is a small layer of tan head that fades to a very thin ring around the edge of the glass.
Smell: A touch of sweetness with some dark chocolate an roasty. Not a very strong smell.
Taste: More assertive than the smell. Creamy roast and dark chocolate are the dominant flavors. There is a coffee note in here as well. The finish is roasty and slightly bitter.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth yet tingly carbonation and a slightly dry finish.
Overall: This is a pretty good milk stout. Not quite as smooth as I would have liked, but I enjoyed it just the same.
06-20-2012 00:53:52 | More by oline73
3.33/5 rDev -12.4%
Powerful tastes of chocolate, coffee grounds, and sugary milk. Hard to quibble with most of the other reviews. Interesting stuff and not quite like anything I've encountered with the word "beer" on the label. Still, the elements sort themselves out eventually. Dark rich caramel, burnt malt, scorched milk. Hops are a slow burn. The smell of doctored up milk is a little off-putting. Color is black with mahogany highlights. Decent head.
For the student of stouts in all their variations, this is a must-try. I would think it's a matter of chance whether any normal person would like this or not. I'm not so crazy about it. Bought with a bunch of other random stuff at International Beverage Selections in Grand Rapids.
09-19-2011 03:16:29 | More by mactrail
3.9/5 rDev +2.6%
Thanks to Dunt for the chance to try this one. Poured into a pint glass this brew appears black in color with a very dark finger worth of brown head. The cap slowly fades revealing some lighter brown clarity around the edge when held to the light. Some leggings of lace stick to the glass.
The smell of this brew is roasty with a hint of espresso-like grain quality. Some chocolate mixed with anise emerges along with a mild sweetness to the nose lightly reminiscent of lactose. A light touch of herbal hops brings in the back to round out the nose.
The taste is bitter roasted grain again with that roasted coffee element. Some milk chocolate bitterness initially coupled with the roasted grain transitions into more of a semi-sweet chocolate flavor. More sips bring forth a greater focus on the rich sweetness of lactose. There is a minor touch of herbal hops mixed with a bit of earthy to mineral-like quality filling out the back. The aftertaste is pleasantly roasty mixed with some fresh grain quality like oats that is almost slick to the feel.
This is a medium bodied brew that is super smooth almost slick to the finish. It is modestly carbonated. The alcohol is well integrated in this brew. One of the more roasted and bitter examples of the style that gets increasingly more sweet with each sip. It is a decent take on the style but the mineral aspect I could do without. Worth a try if you get the chance.
09-26-2011 23:51:46 | More by stakem
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.83/5 rDev +0.8%
Pours a light tan head. Color is dark brown nearing black.
Aroma: Espresso and cocoa with chocolate mixed in. Some vanilla and roast. Creamy lactose flavors.
Taste: Mimics the nose, but it is a little sweater and has more of a vanilla and caramel flavor. Nice coffee and a light roast flavor. Pleasant.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends with a little coffee bitterness.
Overall, a decent milk stout. Very enjoyable and a solid offering. I'd drink more.
05-22-2012 02:09:51 | More by mothman
3.68/5 rDev -3.2%
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours clear fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger fairly dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some decent spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted malt, milk, cream, toast, oats, and light coffee. Pretty nice aromas with good strength and balance. I can honestly say this is the first stout I have had that has a true milk aroma component. Taste of chocolate, roasted malt, cream, toast, oats, caramel, and light coffee. Slight roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, roasted malt, cream, and oats on the finish for a short bit. Quite dry on the finish. Good balance of flavors, but it is a bit on the bland side of things as far as robustness. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel as expected. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a very slight warming after the finish. Overall this is a good milk stout. A little bland, but has nice balanced flavors; and is certainly enjoyable.
07-09-2012 01:35:10 | More by superspak
3.75/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
09-29-2013 19:18:18 | More by LXIXME
4.03/5 rDev +6.1%
Review from notes:
A: Pours a deep brown, almost black, with a tan head made up of fairly large bubbles. Spotty lacing.
S: A little bit of roasted malt, some cocoa, and a little bit of cream sweetness.
T: Definitely get the lactose/creamy flavor along with some cocoa, milk chocolate, and hints of coffee and vanilla.
M: Medium bodied, extremely creamy, with a slightly dry finish. Good level of carbonation.
O: One of the better milk stouts I have had. The creamy mouthfeel is really nice as well as the lactose coming through well on the flavor profile.
05-24-2011 20:43:18 | More by mdaschaf
3/5 rDev -21.1%
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.
05-08-2012 03:29:52 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.94/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
09-06-2013 01:27:49 | More by chinchill
4/5 rDev +5.3%
Reviewed from notes:
appearance: dark brown black with 1 finger head
smell: roast, malts, vanilla, coffee,
taste: vanilla, coffee,
mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium to full body, with a creamy head
overall: a nice mellow stout that is sweet and creamy.
05-22-2011 14:18:10 | More by THECPJ
4.38/5 rDev +15.3%
On-tap, monks house of ale, sioux falls,sd
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
07-07-2011 17:32:23 | More by dirtylou
3.88/5 rDev +2.1%
Thanks to N8dietz for the MN beer pick-up.
Great dark brown to black color and a brisk tan head.
Aroma is roasted, milky, chocolatey, and hints of coffee.
You can taste the milk sugars in this oatmeal stout. The roasted malts adds coffee and chocolate to the mix. Interesting oatmeal and milk stout mix for a nice long session.
08-25-2011 03:09:14 | More by scruffwhor
3.45/5 rDev -9.2%
12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
String of numbers printed towards bottom of bottle. No other info. (5.8% ABV)
A - An aggressive pour glugs into the pint with force, filling it with a pitch black beer that rests, viscous-looking, after some short-lived cascading. The tall mocha head drops slowly, caking the pint in dense Swiss cheese-like lacing.
S - Undertones of lactose sweetness and oats do their best to soften the hard, astringent aroma of Moo Joos. Gritty, biting roasted bitterness attacks the senses with force, passively suggesting coffee and chocolate as the full bodied aroma finishes with hints of dark fruit. It's got a basement-type of smell stemming from old, old wood and dirt, though.
T - Upon the first sip I find myself cautious to say it's less aggressive than the aroma and a little sweeter, and my caution pays off. Within moments, this beer turns harshly bitter, biting with astringent roast that could rival any Russian imperial stout. Sweet lactose and soft oats continue their perilous quest to soften and smooth the roasted malt bill, but there's pleasure found within the complex undertones of chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit. It doesn't seem to venture far enough into the dirty wood basement thing the aroma does though.
M - Moo Joos is gritty and full bodied; almost cloyingly aggressive with it's heavily roasted, astringent bitterness. The oats provide a slick, smooth texture while lactose sweetens the flavor and feel for a roundness that's nice; if it wasn't there, I'd almost call it undrinkable. While full, the beer never becomes syrupy or throat-coating which is also an attribute which keeps this on the somewhat enjoyable side.
O - I pegged Moo Joos to be a good breakfast beer, but even as a heavily roasted black coffee lover, I find this beer, at the risk of beating a dead horse, over the top on astringent roasted bitterness. There are some really nice things going on in this beer; the undertones of coffee, chocolate, dark fruit esters, and even the oats and lactose but, these things are all overshadowed too greatly to elevate the beer to something really enjoyable. I'd knock the roasted malt back a bit and get some more caramel notes in there, personally.
09-09-2012 15:55:20 | More by BeerFMAndy
Moo Joos from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
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