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Moo Joos - Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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391 Ratings
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Ratings: 391
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 28
Gots: 53 | FT: 3
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 NuclearDolphin
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12oz Tumbler Pint Glass

Appearance - Pitch Black color with no transparency at all. Very Brown Head (Almost as brown as Surly Darkness) that is about 1 finger in length.

Smell - Dark Chocolate, Cocoa & sweet cream mixed in with a slight coffee scent. There's also some burnt malts in here as well.

Taste - Chocolate and sweet cream flavor with a burnt malt backbone. The coffee flavor is a little more obvious in the flavor than in the smell, but the chocolate and sweet cream are the big flavors here. The burnt malts give the flavor a level of complexity. The chocolate flavor isn't quite as rich as say...Young's Double Chocolate, but the sweet cream added gives it a bit of extra complexity

Mouthfeel - Body is on the thicker side and the carbonation is fairly moderate, but not too intense.

Overall - It's a good Milk Stout beer. Flavor-wise, it isn't simple but neither is it complex and that's fine. Those looking for a good stout beer should check this out! It's my second beer from Brau Brothers and so far, they have a solid track record in my book. Let's hope more offerings are just as good.

NuclearDolphin, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of zgunder
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

zgunder, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of bondebonde
4/5  rDev +5.3%

bondebonde, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of melikesbeer
4/5  rDev +5.3%

melikesbeer, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of warnerry
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours black with one finger of creamy tan head. Head has decent retention and leaves patchy lacing.

S - Chocolate and roasted malts, with some sweet cream.

T - Similar to smell with quite a bit of creaminess up front. Finishes dry and earthy, with lingering roasted malts.

M -- Medium mouthfeel that is pretty creamy initially, and dry on the finish.

O - A pretty good milk stout. The oatmeal elements are nice. I'd the this again.

warnerry, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of BeerNutz324
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ap- dark brown/black, completely opaque. tan head has OK retention, finishes with just a rim around the glass.

Ar- sweet cream, buttermilk, sugar, semi-sweet chocolate, sweet malts but i whiff a bit of roasty malt too

T- creamy and sweet. oatmeal and sweet cream, that semi-sweet chocolate is back too. The sweet malts hit up front and the roasty malts towards the rear.

M- this is where the beer lacks. feels thin, light carbonation. not thick enough for a stout IMO.

O- good tasting beer, just doesn't seem to pack the flavor that a stout should.

BeerNutz324, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Exiled, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of spoonhawk
3/5  rDev -21.1%

spoonhawk, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of Beerdregs
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Served from a 12 bottle into a surly pint glass. Pours a dark brown almost black with very minimal thin head

S: Great aromas going on here. Like an iced mocha with a some raisin characteristics.

T: For being a lighter bodied beer there is a lot going on here. First you get a sweet coffee flavor which mellows into a deep dark chocolate finish.

M: Minimal carbonation which helps to accentuate the deep flavors. Has sort of an oily texture on the tongue.

O: A great beer! The addition of lactose really helps to add some body into this 5.8% beer. Was disappointed with the lack of head so the appearance took a knock on points but overall a wonderful offering from Brau Brothers!

Beerdregs, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of Namarsha82
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Namarsha82, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of jag21
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

jag21, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of pocwolf
4/5  rDev +5.3%

pocwolf, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of thisladyluck
5/5  rDev +31.6%

thisladyluck, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is opaque black; no light passed through when I held it to a lamp. Two fingers of buttery, thick, tan head dissipated quickly (which was a surprise) to leave trails along the glass, a thin film, and a ring around the edge.

Smell: Dark, roasted malts make the first impression. Coffee, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, caramel, and black licorice. The aroma is very rich, much like a thick, chocolate pudding, and it has an oatmeal smoothness to keep the roasted bitterness at bay.

Taste: Once again, the roasted malts make the first impression. Coffee is most evident, but its roasted characters are mostly kept in check by sweeter flavors of dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and caramel. That said, the roasted characters actually leave a delicious bitterness lingering in deep crevices. It is not as sweet as the smell, but I am cool with that. It still exhibits that lactose and oatmeal balance.

Drinkability: It is a stellar example of oatmeal/milk stout with a nice roasted edge. Very enjoyable.

TheQuietMan22, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of doucmehu
4/5  rDev +5.3%

doucmehu, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Reagan1984
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really thick & creamy head sits atop this deep black brew.

Aroma is thick and filled with soy, a touch of black licorice and some charred malt. Can also detect some sweetness.

Chocolate sauce, a touch of black pepper, soft dark roasted malt. No harshness in the roast. The lactose does provide some distinctive sweetness, luckily without the mucous like flavor/Feel I get at times.

Really velvety mouth feel. Very smooth Fairly thick. Very rounded and soft.

Decent little milk stout. I am happy not to get too much of that sour milk flavor that I get at times.

Reagan1984, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +5.3%

nmann08, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of djschnabel
5/5  rDev +31.6%

djschnabel, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of output01x
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (No Date) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 1 1/2-finger tan-colored head that slowly recedes after a few minutes to a thick dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a dark brown nearing black with no traces of color when held to light. Some light lacing can be seen clinging to the glass throughout consumption.

Chocolate. Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and earthy, peppery cacao. There is almost no aroma from the roasty malt or hops. This beer smells like a hotel room after Milton Hershey and Willy Wonka spent the night together.

Dark chocolate starts each sip with notes of milk chocolate, roasted malt, and just a touch of bittering hops. As the beer is swallowed, the cacao flavor really comes out. Just like the nose, it is quite earthy and very peppery. As the flavors settle, a milk chocolate aftertaste becomes prevelant in the back of the throat.

Medium to full bodied with good carbonation, this beer really helps the drinker experience all of the flavors it has to offer. The body is nice and thick without being syrupy or sticky. The carbonation is a bit prickly but certainly does not detract from the flavors. Just like most milk stouts this beer has a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel that makes it a treat to drink.

output01x, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of dogfishandi
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

big thanks to mizzouguy for sending this as part of the noob bif round 6.

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into an SA perfect pint glass. no freshness info.

pours out nearly opaque black, reveals just a slight dark brown on the edges. a dark tan/ mocha colored head that quickly receeded to a ring and a few patchy spots of foam. a bit of lace off of a swirl that is quick to fall back into the beer.

very metallic aroma intially, this subsides a lot after the head dies down, but is still noticable in the background. lots of heavily roasted grains, some roasted coffee, heavily toasted/ burnt grain, and a hint of creamy oats and milky lactose. also a hint of fruit esters.

smooth, somewhat creamy, roasted malt, a bit of heavily toasted grain, dry bakers chocolate. a nice even bitterness throughout the taste and into the finish. kind of a subtle milky, creamy, oatiness takes this from a standard porter to a pretty decent milk stout. some slight fruit ester creep in towards the finish.

medium bodied, a little too much carbonation for the style for my liking. also maybe a bit too dry in the finish. left me longing for just a bit more body. a little chalky feel.

overall, maybe not a whole lot really stands out in this beer, but they seem to have gotten everything right for a very easy drinking, tasty stout. well made.

dogfishandi, Nov 12, 2011
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 tfratzke
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black. Seriously. I held it up to light and could not see through it. Brownish tan head. not much lacing on the glass. Smells of roasted coffee, chocolate and molasses. Taste is bitter chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. Nice creamy mouthfeel with little carbonation and silky smooth on the palate. I enjoyed this Milk Stout through and through.

tfratzke, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of claspada
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very deep dark brown,with a small off-white head that leaves some nice lacing down the glass as the foam recedes.

Aromas are fairly roasted; dark cream, bitter baker's cocoa, dusty, dry and dark chocolate with a some light sweetness integrated.

The tastes are really roasted as well. Intense espresso and dark bitter chocolate. Fairly one-dimensional to be honest. Searching for the creaminess I usually associate with a Milk Stout but I am not finding it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. This should be toned down for this style as well. Finish is fairly crisp and dry thanks to the intense roasted maltiness. Should be smoother and creamier as I mentioned earlier.

Overall this was a miss for me. Lacks any real sweetness or creaminess that is necessary for the style. Unbalanced toward the roasted flavors. There are much better examples, specifically Lancaster just to name one. Pass...

claspada, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of Gosox8787
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Gosox8787, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of cjacobsen
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

(A) No doubt about it, this sucker pours onyx black. Bold and beautiful. Fine quarter inch tan head that leaves lacing as it recedes.

(S) Rich roasted dark malts and coffee great the nose. Biscuit and some dark fruits follow and are finished by the dry oats. Some cocoa lingers throughout the aroma.

(T) The oatmeal really pairs well with the roasted malts and creates a wonderful foundation to this beer. Cocoa and coffee make up the bulk of the flavor but gives way to a slightly bitter hop character. Some sweetly, toasted bread and a hint of leather interject themselves into the taste.

(M) Kind of chewy but really smooth. Mellow. Slight bitterness but really full body. Ends only slightly dry.

(O) Never expected to try this beer but I'm glad I got the chance. I'm curious as to how this would be on nitro. It's a solid oatmeal stout and really has great flavor. It's bold and heavy but it doesn't set as a meal. Quite good.

cjacobsen, Oct 14, 2011
Moo Joos from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
86 out of 100 based on 391 ratings.