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Moo Joos - Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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BA SCORE
86
very good

362 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 362
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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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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
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herman77

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%

A: Deep dark brown with a light tan head with lots of big bubbles. Mediocre lacing.

S: A bit of roasted malt, light coffee. Hints of coco, cream and vanilla. Smells good, but has a weak nose.

T: Lightly roasted malt and coffee up front, then the sweet creaminess comes through. Oats punch through as well. Finishes with a bit of bitter/slightly burnt malt taste.

M: Medium to fuller body. Very smooth and creamy, makes the body feel a lot thicker than it really is.

O: A nice and creamy milk stout. The oat addition makes it all the better! Pretty good drinkability too, not too heavy, not too light.

06-12-2011 04:12:48 | More by herman77
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nrbw23

Ohio

3/5  rDev -21.1%

A- Pours a dark brownish black color with a small tan head. Head is gone in a flash and no lacing left at all.

S- Smell is hints of chocolate and coffee. A bit of sweetness too. Nothing really jumping out at me here.

T- Roasted coffee, a bit of oats, chocolate and a touch of cream.

M- Lighter side of medium in body and carbonation.

O- Not really digging this one too much.

06-06-2011 21:07:37 | More by nrbw23
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%

A-Dark brown with ruby notes

S-Definitely a milk stout. Creamy lactose aroma....some coffee....some chocolate.

T-Nice roasty flavor. Coffee...chocolate...cream...nicely done..

M-Has some velvet like smoothness to it. Perhaps just a tich thin but I'm getting picky here.

O-I really like this beer. Reminds me of the Gray's Oatmeal Stout of years ago that I liked back then. Not sure if that one is still around but this is a fine example.

05-28-2011 18:58:20 | More by ZAP
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mdaschaf

Washington

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
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THECPJ

Delaware

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.

cheers,
The cPJ

05-22-2011 14:18:10 | More by THECPJ
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mrseano

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +11.1%

A: Dark, dark brown with slight white lacing and evident caramel colored rim. Head disappears quickly back into beer.

S: Roasted coffee (not too strong, however), roasted nut, sweet caramel (touch of it).

T: Great taste. Full-bodied beer with roasted coffee flavor and malt, hint of caramel, some cocoa and nut flavors.

M: Creamy with more carbonation than expected. Full-bodied beer that is a good example of a creamy stout.

O: Really good beer overall. Layered flavors, great hints of coffee and caramel in scent, and textured mouthfeel.

05-20-2011 22:57:37 | More by mrseano
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harrymel

Washington

3.43/5  rDev -9.7%

No bottle date

A: pours a dark brown with a small latte foam head with little resonance. Falls to a sheet of the same with spotty lacing. Looks good, but nothing impressive.

S: Cream, cocoa, hay, sheetgrass, cold pressed coffee. Nutty flavors. Malts are sweet and creamy. Very nice. Smallest hint of salted caramel.

T: Sweet and creamy yet again. Plenty of cocoa, latte flavors. Dry and roasted dark chocolate malts. The lactos is very evident here.

M: Medium body with moderate to spritely carbonation. Dry finish. I think the carb is a touch high for the style and the body a touch low.

O: Nice, easy drinker. The best milk stout, no, but good. Sweet in the right places.

05-18-2011 23:14:52 | More by harrymel
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ddahlen

Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +21.1%

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass with about 1 cm of head and a deep black color. The nose on this brew is great with notes of dried fruit, chocolate and aromatics that only oats can bring to the table. The taste is has some nice smooth chocolate with some creamy sweetness. The mouthfeel is almost velvety, very very smooth, but somewhat light. Overall, I honestly can't find anything that I really don't like about this brew. It's incredibly drinkable. Awesome stuff.

05-12-2011 01:38:22 | More by ddahlen
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rundocrun

Iowa

3.8/5  rDev 0%

A - Pours a dark brownish black. Nearly opaque and only slight hints of brown highlights when held to the light. No head to speak of and no lacing on the glass.

S - Faint hints of chocolate and coffee. Some slight sweetness too, but overall very hard to distinguish any noticeable aromas.

T - Wow! The taste very much redeems the lackluster appearance and smell. Rich roasted coffee and creamy smooth oatmeal flavors intertwine nicely.

M - Slightly watery for an oatmeal stout. Doesn't quite compliment the creamy flavors like I would hope. On the plus side it is very drinkable and the carbonation is good too.

05-11-2011 04:12:53 | More by rundocrun
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.63/5  rDev +21.8%

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.

05-05-2011 04:41:10 | More by DavoleBomb
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JackieTH

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Poured out of the bottle a dark brown/black watery liquid which was nearly opaque, with practice over the course of three bottles I was able to stir up a 1" head, however with a normal pour, just the faintest trace of foam appeared and didn't stick around long.

A pleasant aroma of roasted malt, oats, chocolate and sweet lactose, seems to be as advertised.

Taste was heavier on the roasted malt elements, definite chocolate presence, mildy sweet with a notable sweet/sour dark fruit element that I couldn't place maybe cherries or dark plums. Finishes slightly burnt/bitter. Mouthfeel is terribly thin, carbonation is light.

Overall the aroma hits the right notes, taste is 'okay', mouthfeel needs to be re-tooled but quite honestly I had no trouble finishing the six pack.

05-02-2011 21:03:32 | More by JackieTH
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SolomonGrundy

California

2.13/5  rDev -43.9%

Holy mackerel, I still can't believe I'm this close to being finished with this project...Crikey....

Another extra from excellent trader GraniteSkunk, this time from uber-small Lucan, MN with a population of 220...fun!

The basics: no idea on price and 5.8% ABV...cheers!

A little bit thin in color on the pour...I expect my stouts to be opaque, and this one lets some color through. A decent enough head forms and quickly disappears...Very slight lacing...

Aromas are sweet, as might be expected from a milk stout, what with the unfermentable sugars and all...Get a decent enough malt component among the milky chocolaty stuff...A bit faint if you ask me (and you didn't)...

Flavor is way more thin than I'd expect or hope to see in a milk stout. It's almost like water was added afer the fermentation process!! Really disappointing, in fact. It's almost like a Milk Stout Italian Soda!!! Super thin, and the malt component is almost absent...Very poor in my opinion...I'm actually surprised this is an oatmeal stout the body is so thin. Almost a drainpour in my opinion. They really need to work out the recipie on this. It's not serviceable at all...Very unfortunate as I was seriously hoping for more. Even the finish is like "what the heck was that...where'd it go"...This is the Calista Flockhart of Milk Stouts (as opposed to the, say, Keira Knightly of Milk Stouts)...you are big boys, figure it out...

What I like most: The price...(again, figure it out)...

What I like least: everything else...

Verdict: Unless it has a crapload of money you can spend, don't waste your time and if you do, don't brag to your friends about it...

<edit> I must be a totally uneducated beer drinker...Somehow 25 other people have rated this an average of an A-...That can't be possible with stuff like Mackeson XXX and Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout out there in the World, but I'm just a novice, right???

<edit #2> I am aware Samuel Smith's ISN'T a milk stout...It is, however, an oatmeal stout...I'm re-reading some of the other reviews of this and I can't possibly believe this is the same beer they drank...It's not possible given what I'm reading, but I'm looking right at the label on the bottle and it's the same...This stuff is watered down swill, in my opinion, and I can't believe they had the same stuff I'm having...sorry...

04-30-2011 23:54:40 | More by SolomonGrundy
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mdwalsh

Iowa

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%

A: Very very dark brown bordering on but not quite black. One or two finger light brown head not great on the lace but a nice texture.

S: Stouty. Roast is the dominant but with a doughy undertone not unlike oatmeal cookies. It's a very soft, warming smell.

T: There's still a lot of roast in the taste. More roast than I would like in an Oatmeal stout, but not so much that it totally kills it. Quite dry, just a touch astringent. No bready tastes or anything remotely sweet. The flavors do seem to blend together pretty good though.

M: Smooth, very smooth, but not full.

D: Highly drinkable, a great beer.

04-27-2011 22:10:48 | More by mdwalsh
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dbossman

Nebraska

3.8/5  rDev 0%

A: Dark brown--nearly black with a thin head and minimal retention; lacing fades rather quickly; delicate bubbles do penetrate the surface quickly and quite nicely

S: A strong and plentiful barrage of oats with roasted coffee coming shortly after; this is sweet, malty, and milky; it smells pretty darn good

T: While the oats and roasted coffee hits you up front, it all fades rather quickly leaving a somewhat unpleasant sour note--almost like slightly sour milk; because the back end isn't all that great, you are inclined to keep drinking quickly--which is okay because really the first 2/3 of this beer drinking experience is quite nice: coffee, oats, cream, slightly charred malts, and a pleasant sweetness that doesn't overwhelm; it's just that weirdness at the end...

F: Too thin for my taste but for a light-medium bodied beer, it does manage to cling to the roof of the mouth fairly okay and is decently creamy

D: This is a nice offering from Brau Bros. I just wish it tasted as good as it smells; I came back to bump up the overall slightly because as this beer went down, it got better...in the end it really is a nice oatmeal milk stout; good work Brau Bros.

04-27-2011 20:37:20 | More by dbossman
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regspeir

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%

Thanks to mnbearsfan for this 12 oz bottle via trade. Poured a thin black with a mocha/tan small one-finger head. Nose was some smoke/ash, chocolate, molasses and brown sugar. Taste was vanilla, oatmeal, chocolate and coffee as was expected, but also some fruit (cherries?). Body was smooth but thin with medium carbonation. Overall, a good offering in a style I like, but I have found others I like more.

04-18-2011 21:44:54 | More by regspeir
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KeefD

Minnesota

4.72/5  rDev +24.2%

Saw this a few days ago for only $7.99/sixer and decided to give it a shot considering this one of my favorite styles of beer and it's locally made. I did have reservations though since I've been less than impressed with most offerings from this brewery. That being said.... Pours a dark brown color, almost completely black in the glass, and despite a hard pour it produced little head, with no lacing. This was the only part of this beer that was less than amazing! Full, luxurious aroma of chocolate, cream, light coffee, and sweetness with no alcohol coming through. Smells heavenly, and the chocolate and lactose really dominate the aroma, which I really love. Taste is a home run! Creamy milk chocolate up front, a touch of graham cracker, a hint of espresso, and just enough enough charred malts to make this interesting. It's sweet but not cloyingly so, just a perfect amount of balance between the sweetness/toffee/chocolate and the roast that really make this stand out. There is a slight twang from the lactose in the middle, but is then washed away by a semi-dry chocolaty finish. I have to say that this is EXACTLY what I look for in a milk stout. Nothing stands out too much away from the rest, everything is perfectly balanced, and it's incredibly drinkable. Mouthfeel is creamy and silky smooth, probably from the toasted and rolled oats used in the mash. Carbonation is a bit low, but that only serves to reinforce the slick mouthfeel. Damn, this beer is WINNING! I can hardly believe this has come out of Brau Borthers, a very much underwhelming brewery for me, and I imagine this is a sign of good things to come from this brewer. If this truly is a new year round beer, I can see myself buying at least a couple sixers a month. Great, great stuff here.

04-17-2011 17:19:44 | More by KeefD
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%

A: Dark brown with a frothy tan head that recedes into a thin collar.

S: Rich milk chocolate, light espresso and caramel.

T: Chocolate and roasted malts and slight lactose sweetness. Doesn’t have that milky lactose flavor I loved in Surly Four, but have yet to find another beer that does. There’s also a bit of dark fruityness (plum?), light oats, and finishes with a full, roasty bitterness.

M: Body is somewhat light, but very smooth and carbonation is appropriately low.

Really nice coffee and chocolate flavors and the cask yeast seems to add a little extra character. Bold, but still a very drinkable stout – the kind you need to have 2 or 3 of. Really good stuff.

04-15-2011 03:51:42 | More by GeezLynn
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alphagnome

Iowa

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%

A: Poured into a nonic glass, this beautiful enough to frame and hang up on the wall. A rich black beer that is impenetrable by light shares the glass with an equally rich inch high head. The head subsides to practically nothing with a bit of lace.

S: A pleasant and welcome mix of roasted coffee and malts and chocolate. Very faint notes of caramel and the occasional whiff of hops.

T: There is a lot going on in every sip of this beer. It begins with a rush of chocolate milk and ends with a complex mix of oatmeal and roasted coffee. Every single sip is an experience that just about anyone should enjoy.

M: This is incredibly creamy, thick bodied beer that has no noticable carbonation.

D: It's about as easy to drink as they come. This will be a beer I reach for once the snow starts to fly and so should you.

04-12-2011 02:16:51 | More by alphagnome
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DesMoinesMike

Iowa

4.43/5  rDev +16.6%

Got this at the builder setion at Hy-Vee Drugtown.

The glass becomes a vessle for this ominous looking mass that is so dark there's just a hint if brown on the edges. The aroma is cocoa with a hint of toffee and perhaps cinammon. It's taste, WOW! The cocoa and milk are most of the flavor and are very sweet, with some roasted malt on top. This is like drining a chololate brownie, it's so tasty. This is absolute repeat buy and I'm glad it's in the build a six-pack section.

04-11-2011 17:21:02 | More by DesMoinesMike
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blackdog1101

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

I bought a bottle of Brau Brothers Moo Joos the other day in a mixed 6'er. Served cool but not cold, poured into a nonic.

A: This is almost pitch black. The head starts out strong but doesn't last long, and shrinks to a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. It looks oily.

S: Smells really nice. Chocolate with some coffee notes. Background of roasted malts.

T: Tastes great. Very nice chocolate and mocha notes. The lactose and oats make the beer nicely sweet but in no way cloying. I am not typically a fan of lactose sweetened beers, but this really works well.

M: The beer has a very smooth mouthfeel, almost oily. Creamy. This is lovely.

O: This is a very good sweet stout at any price, and even better since it retails at about $7 per 6 pack. I will be buying more of this for sure. Really an excellent beer from Brau Brothers.

04-10-2011 22:54:17 | More by blackdog1101
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +17.6%

This beer pours a very dark brown near black color. The head is a half an inch in height, and recedes into sticky tan lacing. The aroma is quite strong. Graham cracker, cream, roasted malt, and milk chocolate. Very nice. The taste is full of roasted malt with a hing of chocolate, and some very faint vanilla. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a silky texture. Overall, this is a really good beer. I really like the way it straddles between two styles. One sip makes me think it is more of an oatmeal stout than a milk stout while the next sip makes me think the opposite. I can see this beer becoming one of my go to stouts.

03-27-2011 22:00:45 | More by KarlHungus
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morimech

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%

Dark black color with one finger of head that slowly settled to a thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma of milk chocolate, oatmeal, coffee, and roasted malt. A very good combination.

Flavor of milk chocolate and coffee. Slightly roasted flavor that balances the sweetness.

I expected a fuller body from the flake oat addition. Texture is creamy with a soft carbonation.

A good, balanced stout that has a lower ABV. Possible to drink a few of these in a sitting.

03-27-2011 19:57:54 | More by morimech
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plfahey

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Inky black and totally opaque. Moderate crop of tan foam on top with decent retention, light lacing.

Aroma-Chocolate milk, roasted grain, fresh oatmeal, dark bread crusts. Light coffee, coffee creamer, and very low earthy hop aromatics. Smooth and roasty.

Flavor-Much more roast in the flavor, with coffee flavors and coffee creamer coming from the lactose addition. Light toasted notes and bread crusts also present. Sweetness up front is cut in the finish by a fair amount of roast acidity. Hop bitterness is low and hop flavor is barely perceptible.

Mouthfeel-Full, silky, smooth, and oily body from the lactose and the oats. Carbonation is moderate. This is hellishly smooth.

A solid milk stout, with good aroma and flavor, and impeccable mouthfeel. Probably my favorite Brau Bros. Brew.

03-26-2011 02:47:28 | More by plfahey
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pmccallum86

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours a dark brown color with a thin and quickly dissapating head.

Smell is of smooth oats and chocolates, pretty nice.

Taste is sweet and chocolatey up front with some lingering hop bitterness. Very good.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

Overall this is a really solid stout, especially once you factor in the price.

03-24-2011 00:54:09 | More by pmccallum86
Moo Joos from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
86 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.