Moo Joos - Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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very good

438 Ratings
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Ratings: 438
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 29
Gots: 71 | 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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Ratings: 438 | Reviews: 145
Photo of Brenden
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of papat444
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to kjyost for this one.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, no freshness info.

Appearance: Down & dirty brown body, massive head the color of light milk chocolate that grips the sides. Nice large air bubbles around the sides.

Smell: Grainy oatmeal with layer of creamy chocolate then rounded out by flakes of oats.

Taste: Nice mix of oats & chocolate at first but not very strong. Room temp helps some but still not full in flavor.

Mouthfeel: Has a silky smoothness but a bit watery overall and not up to the body it should be.

Overall: Drink this warm for best results but the aroma was definitely better than the flavor.

Photo of Lawl3ss
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Lightly chilled 12 oz. bottle into 12 oz. shaker.

Look- Pours a rich deep brown with a dense silky cap of off-white foam that sticks around for a minute or two. Decent stick, ropy lacing.

Smell- Sweet, loads of dark roast grains and coffee. Nothing too flashy, but well done.

Taste- Baker's chocolate and espresso laced with sweetened condensed milk. Mellow mocha through the finish with a bit more roasted grain and coffee at the end.

Mouthfeel- Medium-full body, medium for the style. Light carbonation, creamy feel. Dry-ish finish, light astringency but not overbearing. Easy drinking.

Overall- Pretty standard profile but a very well-executed brew. Above average for the style, but not something I'd seek out.

Photo of TheSSG
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a big, frothy, tan head. Rich, toasted coffee aroma. Black color. Starts with a tart, bright, acidic flavor that has notes of deeply roasted malt. Medium bitterness gives way for even more deep, toasted malt in the finish. As it lingers, roasted coffee beans sit on the palate.

Overall, not bad. I really like the toasted flavors, thought the acidity is a bit too high for my tastes. It's smooth, but not as thick as I'd like.

Photo of AndyP612
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into Uptown Bar pint glass.

A- Black, next to no light comes through. No Head.

S- Malt, sweet roast with that sweet malt. Coffee, very sweet coffee scent.

T-Follow nose in malt forward. Roasted malt. Starts super sweet, becomes very sweet, roasted malt yet balance with bitter coffee after.

M- Medium bodied. Very balanced. All I am getting is roasted malt here with a touch of coffee. Delicious.

O- Definitely a lighter style of stout. Hits every point of a sweeter style stout. With milky overtones yet musty. Cheers.

Photo of jimmah120
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no date

Very dark burgundy color, with a tall mocha head. Smell is wet grain, toffee, caramel malts. There is also an odd, almost fruity smell in there i can't put my finger on. Taste is sweet, with a slightly bitter, roasted coffee-like finish. Milky light-medium feel with little carbonation.

Nice easy drinking stout.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of DragonzBreath
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This dark creamy stout (oatmeal milk stout...as the label says) is a dark rich pour. It had a small tan head that didn't last long, but nice lacings remained. The smokey dark coffee taste was intense and in my opinion, the oatmeal prevents the bitter aftertaste that usually accompanies these stouts. I would buy it again.

Also, nice label. We love it when breweries take the time and effort to market with am imaginative and informative label.

Photo of JamesMN
3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Completely opaque black with a one finger soapy tan head.

Aroma: Exactly what you'd expect for the style. Dark roasted malts, some sweetness, milk chocolate, and a hint of light coffee.

Taste: Given its modest 5.8% ABV, Moo Joos has a decent amount of flavor. Roasted malts with hints of chocolate and bitter coffee. It's a little harsh on the palate because all the flavors seem very separate from each other like there are gaps in the taste. There is also an odd 'dust'-like flavor to it right before the finish (which ruins it for me). Some lingering coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Just above thin in body with moderate carbonation. Average to slightly below average drinkability. Missing some of the smoothness I was expecting given the description.

Final Thoughts: I'm can appreciate a good low ABV stout. However, I have trouble truly enjoying an unbalanced one. It's a valiant effort, and one that some may like, but I just can't say I'm pleased with this one. Would I drink it again? No, but I would try an imperial version.

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moo Joos pours a black color with a small head. There is a strong smokey coffee aroma, with small hints of cholate malts mixed in. The taste is smokey and has a strong malty backbone, with strong coffee flavors. Good full flavor, nice dry felling. Overall A very good bold strong milk stout.

Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of CHADMC3
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly black body beneath the creamy, mocha head which dissolves to leave a sticky dense lacing clinging to the glass.

Aromas of roasted oats and barley float from the glass with milky notes and more toasted malt.

The flavor is also well roasted with oats and barley with a lactic flavor mid palate and a hint of milk chocolate in the finish.

Medium to fuller in body with a slightly chewy finish and medium carbonation.

A nice milk stout both roasted and a touch bittersweet in the finish and just all around tasty.

Photo of mwilbur
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Photo of 1Nrwyscotch
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle.

It appears almost black with a fingers width of a light brown head. The lacing lingered as I enjoyed my pint.

A light sweet coffee and smoky chocolate aroma.

It tastes like sweet coffee and is very easy drinking. It finishes with some smokiness that lingers for a little while.

It has a medium body with a an almost creamy texture which makes for easy drinking.

A flavorful version of an Oatmeal Milk Stout which I enjoyed.

Photo of inlimbo77
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz, no date
Beer Scene open mouth snifter

A: Wholly carbonation! Big hiss and fully snifter full of fluffy medium tan colored head. Fizzy, marshmallow appearance. Pours a really deep brown color. Not completely thick and black.

S: Definitely getting that lactose sugar sweetness on the nose even through the head. Milk chocolate. Never used it before but anise is there. Minimal roast and/or coffee.

T: First thing I notice, prickly carbonation. Getting some light roast coffee. Some milk chocolate. Sweet lactose sugar. I thought I would get more smoothness from the oats. Finish is quite dry.

M: Medium bodied. Thin actually.

O: B- it's ok.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pitch black, finger of mocha head, dissipated to a few random islands, some random lacing
S - big chocolate and coffee notes with some grain and burnt qualities, very rich
T - huge smoky roasty flavour, followed by some light syrup, brown sugar oatmeal, finishes with coffee and cocoa, all rich flavours
M - heavy and lowish carbonation, a bit of a cocoa chalky feel, musty, finishes full
O - this is a stout through and through, the smoky woody flavour appeals to me but maybe not for everyone

Photo of andrenaline
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black with a dark ruby red hue on the edges, thumb of mocha head with decent retention and no real lacing.

S - Sweet cocoa and milk chocolate notes and espresso notes that linger.

T - The cocoa and milk chocolate notes dominate, the lactose adds a sweetness that counters the bitter coffee notes making for a balanced ale. The chocolate and espresso notes linger on the palette alongside a hint leafy greens.

M - A thinner bodied ale that goes down smooth and finishes sticky and wet.

O - A tasty milk stout that offers up a solid balance between sweetness and bitterness. Well worth a try and a delicious treat indeed.

Photo of TCMike
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of JCaweinstein
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a dark tan head which recedes quickly. There is a small amount of carbonation from what I can tell.
Very strong aromas grab my attention. I smell sweet chocolate and coffee, there is also a hint of fruit which I cannot place.
It's sweet and fruity and I can also taste the chocolate and coffee.
The mouthfeel is the best part of this beer. It is silky smooth, much more so than any other beer that I have ever had. Again, I did not notice a lot of carbonation but it doesn't feel flat at all.
This is a quality beer. It's interesting to me because it smells strongly of chocolate and coffe but tastes more fruity. The feel is superb and I'd love to have this again.

Photo of jsprain1
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep dark brown, nearing black. Head is one and a half fingers of tan head. Good retention and lacing.
S- Roasted malt, sweetness (really just generic sweetness), and a bit of espresso.
T- Decently big stout flavors. Coffee, chocolate, roasted malt. Quickly, the sweet part of the milk stout character takes over. Sweet, lingering finish.
M- Sweet body sits on the tongue nicely, quite smooth. Just ever so slightly on the full side of medium.
O- A good milk stout. Defeinitely worth trying.

Photo of mattjv
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with about one finger of khaki head that retreats after not too long. Nice lacing down the glass. Typical roasted malts come through on the smell, coffee and a smoky note are most prominent. Definite sweetness to the aroma with some dark fruit presence. Taste has a bitter twang up front quickly extinguished by a dark fruit sweetness faintly reminiscent of cola. Bitterness flashes again on the finish and lingers in the aftertaste with a smoky and faint chocolate note. Mouthfeel is pleasant, medium body for a stout with light carbonation and the classic mount coating oatmeal slickness.

For my first venture into the milk stout style this was enjoyable. The sweetness was restrained just enough to find balance, any more would approach cloyingly sweet. Overall a good beer and the third I've enjoyed from these folks.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Ilafan
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Holy black beer, Batman! Very rich and creamy (as it should be, right?), this perfectly named beer is practically a meal unto itself. I love stouts, porters ... The rich stuff. This beer makes the grade. As alluded to earlier, this beer pours black with long-lasting lattice and head. It has a good deal of chocolate and coffee in its taste, and the rather low alcohol content lets other flavors shine through. I had a glass with a grilled cheese. My arteries were screaming, but my taste buds were slapping high fives!

Moo Joos from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
86 out of 100 based on 438 ratings.