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Moo Joos - Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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BA SCORE
86
very good

398 Ratings
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Ratings: 398
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 27
Gots: 56 | 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 output01x
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of TheGordianKnot
2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

Photo of tfratzke
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of claspada
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
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...

Photo of Gosox8787
4.38/5  rDev +15%
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.

Photo of cjacobsen
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Scotchboy
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle & an extra in a trade from laymansbeerfan; thanks man! Poured into a snifter.

A: Dark opaque body, about a fingers worth of tan head, decent lace...not stout dark, with ruby red showing around the thinner parts of the beer.

S: Good aromatics - roasted malt and mike chocolate...some molasses...smells sweet and roasty, with a slight lactic quality.

T: Follows the nose, roasted malts, sweeter milk chocolate, some caramel notes.

MF: Creamy, wet body...lighter body and refreshing...good oat & lactose presence but a little thin.

O: A good dessert stout, if you can find it try it.

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Dark black with only a little brown color shining through the bottom. Lots of rising bubbles and a good five fingers of tan head with good retention and lots of sticky lacing.

Smell: Rich aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate, milk, and coffee. Also some good hints of oats, vanilla, nuts, sugar, and anise. Very rich and sweet smelling.

Taste: Like the smell, sweet and roasty dark malts with lots of dark chocolate, coffee, and milk. Also some strong hints of oatmeal, nuts, vanilla, sugar, yeast, and anise. Also a fruity flavor that comes from British cask yeast according to the label. Very complex, rich, and sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth.

Overall: A very good stout that is rich and complex but not heavy.

Photo of birchstick
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of stakem
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Tballz420
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mactrail
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of hardy008
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of Bung
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Retail1LO
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of MasterSki
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of polisanl
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TheDudeRules
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of DaCheesehead
4.65/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Moo Joos from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
86 out of 100 based on 398 ratings.