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Moo Joos - Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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363 Ratings
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Ratings: 363
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 27
Gots: 43 | 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 birchstick


4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

A - pours a nice black color with minimal head, however the head that is there retains really well and forms a light taupe ring around the center of the glass

S - first reaction is pure milk and dark chocolate, with a little bit of vanilla mixed in

T - Starts off with silky milk chocolates in the front and middle of the palate. This flavor holds up well into the end where there is a dark chocolate and very subtle roasted, dry finish.

M - full and creamy body on this creates a rather luxurious mouthfeel

D - Although the flavor profile is a tad one-dimensional, it hits the profile of this style very well. Really nice chocolate flavors dominate the flavor, however I don't know if I would want any other flavor in there to take away from the richness of the chocolate. Recommended!

09-27-2011 01:44:11 | More by birchstick
Photo of stakem


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
Photo of Tballz420


3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Moo Joos pours out an opaque black color, no light getting through. Small tan head doesn't last too long.

The nose is mostly chocolate malts, with a bit of creamy coffee.

The taste starts with roasty chocolate malts, some milky and coffee notes, oatmeal, just a hint of vanilla. The mouth is smooth and full.

09-25-2011 01:28:59 | More by Tballz420
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.53/5  rDev -7.1%

Not very nice to look at. Despite a pretty rough pour, there was almost no head or lace. Color was very dark black, like inky darkness.

Smell is quite good. Chocolate, vanilla, coffee, roasted malts, maybe some black licorice.

Taste is pretty good, plenty of milk chocolate, lots of coffee, plenty of roasty malts.

Body is medium and carbonation is very low. Lots of chocolate and roasty aftertaste.

Overall it's pretty good but could use a bit more carbonation. I'd like to try it on tap, and it would probably lend well to nitro-cans or nitro-tap.

09-22-2011 20:47:44 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of mactrail


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
Photo of hardy008


4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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.

09-18-2011 02:48:28 | More by hardy008
Photo of EgadBananas


3.88/5  rDev +2.1%

Big thanks to Andrea (sweetwillyrolbar) for this!!

Pours black, with a light mocha finger of head that leaves nice lace behind in it's wake.

Wow, there is some amazing dark roasted coffee here...it's really like the chocolatiest coffee ever. Lots of roast too.

Light coffee, milk chocolate and a sugary milk taste. Not as good as the aroma, but it's tasty.

Feel is a bit thin, but nothing bad. Very creamy nonetheless.

The aroma is great! Though a bit thin, it's tasty and a VERY nice milk stout!

09-15-2011 02:10:19 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of Bung


3.68/5  rDev -3.2%

12 oz. Close to black with a thin layer of tan head.

Aroma, roast malt, milk chocolate, some caramel.

Taste, again roast malt, chocolate and definetely some lactose. Just a little tartness, cherry maybe. Roast becomes a bit acrid, coffee and cocoa.

Just a tad over carbed and a little thiner, probably still medium body, not bad. Drinks easy though quite dry. To me it was just a hair off from being upper tier.

09-06-2011 03:26:52 | More by Bung
Photo of Retail1LO


3.73/5  rDev -1.8%

Poured from a bottle into a 5 oz snifter. Pours opaque with but the wispiest head. Coffee, toffee, and vanilla dominate nose. The taste follows suit with some cherry along for the ride. The mouthfeel is pretty thin. Really thin. Few detractions overall. Ready for another.

09-05-2011 02:30:20 | More by Retail1LO
Photo of MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

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
Photo of polisanl


3.63/5  rDev -4.5%

Bottle to snifter glass.
Pitch black with little lacing around edge. Smells like a typical oatmeal stout. Taste has a great balance between both milk and oatmeal. Sweet from the sugars and mild dark chocolate in the after taste. Smooth and chewey. Leans to the heavier side in the mouth. Great example of two styles blended. Worth seeking.

08-30-2011 02:33:39 | More by polisanl
Photo of scruffwhor


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
Photo of TheDudeRules


3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

Poured into a bar pint.

Had the opportunity to try this on tap. Couldn't pass it up.

Jet black pour with a thick mocha head. Smell is sweet bakers chocolate and lactose. Just what I was looking for.

Taste is where the bottle and tap differ. Roast and char. Flat out threw me off. Bottle was far different. It was controlling everything.

This may be the one time in my life that a tap beer played second fiddle to a bottle. For one reason or another the bottle mellowed everything out. Tap was basically more aggressive. It didn't work for me.

08-20-2011 17:35:01 | More by TheDudeRules
Photo of DaCheesehead


4.65/5  rDev +22.4%

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

08-16-2011 21:00:23 | More by DaCheesehead
Photo of Pintofbrown


4.45/5  rDev +17.1%

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!

08-14-2011 16:50:18 | More by Pintofbrown
Photo of antlerwrestler19


3.3/5  rDev -13.2%

Beer poured from a bottle into a tulip was an oily pitch black with a nice looking thin creamy caramel head that dissipated quickly leaving a scarce amount of lacing - after awhile only a small tan ring remains around the surface of the beer. Smells of light coffee grounds, licorice, milk/cream. The taste is mainly of roasty malts and subtle milk chocolate but nothing is really standing out assertively. The mouthfeel is smooth with a skim milk like feeling - not super thick but not super thin - little to no carbonation. This beer doesn't really stand out to me, it was not bad by any means, but I have a couple of sixers and hope to find something different when I come to revisit it in the future.


08-10-2011 05:17:20 | More by antlerwrestler19
Photo of OakedCanuck


3.05/5  rDev -19.7%

12oz bottle into shaker.

A - Pours a dark brown with light brown edging. Very little, faint beige head that was only around for a second or two. No lacing

S - Sweet lactic sugars, roast coffee, caramel, chocolate

T - Much like the nose however the presence of the expected sweet milk was very faint. There was the grainy oatmeal flavour along with some bittersweet chocolate and a bit of pine

M - Very thin. You expect a milk stout to have a certain distinct creaminess to the mouth, but not to be found here.

O - I think this beer overextended itself. I didn't get the creaminess of the lactose or the distinct flavour of rolled oats. Nothing really stood out.

08-09-2011 23:17:08 | More by OakedCanuck
Photo of bashiba


3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

Poured a deep dark and opaque brown with a light inch of tan head, quickly becoming a light tan ring. No lacing to speak of.

The smell is dominated by dark fruit and coffee with hints of burnt black malt and smoke.

The flavor is very sweet and creamy in a very classic milk stout way. Nice hints of light smokey flavors along with coffee and some dark fruits. A bit of light astingency but not so much to detract from the beer to noticeably.

The mouthfeel is light and creamy, even a bit sticky.

A pretty solid Milk Stout overall and nicely drinkable.

08-07-2011 20:58:21 | More by bashiba
Photo of beagle75


4/5  rDev +5.3%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: Opaque dark brown color with one finger of beige-tinted foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Roasty, pungently unctuous, and mildly chocolate. Earthy in a very organic, but not particularly herbaceous, way.

T: Begins off-dry, with refined dark grain that features an acidic spike after a few beats. Custard and dark citrus are briefly revealed as acidity fades. More mild dark grain populates the middle, with a faint and generically fruity accent. The finish is husky with renewed dark grain that stand apart from the beginning, presenting slightly scorched bitterness and a whiff of umami that emerges late.

M:Medium viscosity, labile and mostly balanced save for a small amount of perceptible acidity, with low carbonation.

D/O: Despite the seeming mass appeal of stouts among those with a taste for artisanal beer styles, the bottled non-imperial variety may be an endangered species. This oatmeal and milk sugar hybrid is a real winner, with full and interesting qualities that are packed into a a fairly small package at sub-6% abv. The smell reminds of a dairy product that has been left out a bit too long, yet it works. The finish is particularly compelling, with a satisfyingly intense host of dark qualities that will lodge in the memory and hopefully grow into a favorable reputation for the brewer.

08-03-2011 02:42:30 | More by beagle75
Photo of OddNotion

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +9.2%

Poured into my Russian River Belgian Glass.

Appearance: Minimal light brown head, dark black body with brown around the edges.

Smell: WOW, mazing! Roasty, dark chocolate, very coffee forward, sweetness.

Taste: Very good, nice and roasty. Not too bitter, sweet just as advertised. Nice coffee flavors.

Mouthfeel: A little high on the carbonation but good smoothness, medium thickness.

Overall: Very good beer, I would certainly want to have this again. Probabaly no more than one at a time but certainly enjoyable.

07-31-2011 21:12:26 | More by OddNotion
Photo of SWMeyer4141


4.15/5  rDev +9.2%

Poured into a Claret...

Appearance-Dark dark brown, Almost a finger of light brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves some decent lacing.

Smell-Sweet milk chocolate with some subtle bitter coffee and vanilla.

Taste-Enjoyed straight out of the fridge and closer to room temp. Sweet milk chocolate, followed by just enough hops to balance it out. Just like the aroma, vanilla as well. Dessert beer for sure.

Mouthfeel-Creamy, great texture, very mellow and refreshing. Not to thick, not to thin and nicely carbonated.

Overall-Very impressed, fits the style nicely.. Very easy to drink, very simple, but very refreshing stout. Could drink for breakfast, lucnh, or dinner.

07-31-2011 01:50:48 | More by SWMeyer4141
Photo of schmoopsbeer


4/5  rDev +5.3%

from 12 oz bottle to pint glass
Big thanks to millah for sending this along as an extra

Color: A very Dark brown, no light shines through. A cream cto khaki colored 2 finger head forms after pour. Very little lacing.

Nose: A gentle roastiness followed by a sweet creaminess from the malths and lactose sugar. Hints of oats and coffee that are very welcomed.

Palate: The mouthfeel is thick and bold. Almost oily and sticky. The carbonation is big and makes this beer drinkable, but in moderation. No hinys of booze what so ever. The tongue gets coated with coffee and a thick creaminess that then is followed by some milk chocolate and oats.

Finish: Short but layered with flavor, not overly complex but a solid beer. A little thick and oily knocks it down a bit, but a solid offering

Rating: 89/100

07-23-2011 01:29:26 | More by schmoopsbeer
Photo of BretSikkink


3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

Very solid if unprepossessing milk stout here. Dark in color with a fine head. Aroma and body are light, but the flavor is pretty full and the drinkability is smooth. Taste profiles include the usuals suects, including cocoa, espresso, and a dollop of lactic acid. Hops are relegated to naught, while a slight root beer note emerges, along with a prick of alcohol and carbonation minerals. A pretty good effort from Brau Bfos.

07-19-2011 05:15:24 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of dirtylou


4.38/5  rDev +15.3%

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

07-07-2011 17:32:23 | More by dirtylou
Photo of Gtreid


4.22/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

06-24-2011 00:59:26 | More by Gtreid
Moo Joos from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
86 out of 100 based on 363 ratings.