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Moo Joos - Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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370 Ratings
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Ratings: 370
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 27
Gots: 45 | 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:
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(Beer added by: jera1350 on 01-05-2011)
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Photo of GeezLynn
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

GeezLynn, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of alphagnome
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

alphagnome, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

DesMoinesMike, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of blackdog1101
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

blackdog1101, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of KarlHungus
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

KarlHungus, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of morimech
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

morimech, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of plfahey
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

plfahey, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of pmccallum86
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

pmccallum86, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of garymuchow
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First bottle still cold. This review at a warmer temp and it appears to make all the difference.
Nice coffee aroma with some chocolate and classic oatmeal characteristics.
Smallish dark head that laces nicely. Very dark with barely a ray of light showing through.
Semi-rich coffee flavor with sizeable feel surrounding a smaller body. Light dark chocolate. Even the mouthfeel is better warm with a smoother carbonation enhancing the smoothness of the body. As noted on the label a small fruitiness. Not quite the oily slickness I like (although other reviews have picked it up).
I nice drink, with easy drinkablility.
Thanks Geoff.

garymuchow, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of Jayli
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from Sinatra716 via Show Someone What You're Made Of BIF so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours nice deep, dark opaque black. No head or lacing appear on this beer.

S: Nose is a nice sweet chocolate, mild milk/cream notes and a hint of light roastiness.

T: Taste starts nice and sweet. Milk chocolate sweetness hits the forefront, with very light vanilla notes. A hearty roasted malt fills out the middle. Finish has a bit of coffee and char notes.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, nice and clean body with a crisp, dry finish to it.

O: Goes does very easy, quite tasty, not very filling, mild kick, great representation of style. I enjoy milk stouts and this is a highly drinkable, and very enjoyable beer. I would hit this one up regularly if it were distributed here.

Jayli, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of Seppish1
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pitch black pour with very little head from my particular bottle. Head is a nice tan color, but not much there and it diminished quickly.

Smell- First smell was of roasted hops, then got hit with a sweet fruity smell. On second sniff really smell the chocolate.

Taste- Wow! Really great flavor, very sweet taste right away, kind of a fruity with a chocolate hops mix. Very little bitterness to finish.

Mouthfeel- Some carbonation, but not a lot. I got a very creamy texture, mildly thick like I feel a stout should be. This almost leave a film behind in your mouth almost as if you just took a drink of whole milk.

Drinkability- Love this stout I had three back to back, but got a bit full afterwards. Not a high ABV so no drunk feeling.

A superb stout, especially for the price!! Will definitely purchase again.

Seppish1, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of mellowmark
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love the name

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle to an Imperial Pint glass. No freshness date I can find. $7.99 for a 6-pack.

Appearance: Pours black with brown edges with a 2-finger light brown fizzy head. Not much head retention. Almost zero lacing. Looks rather tepid.

Smell: Chocolate and dark fruits in the nose. Roasted malt and light roasted coffee. There seems to be a slight metallic note to it, but it's not overpowering in any way. You also have to dig a little to find the nose in this one as it seems to be a tad muted.

Taste: Wow that is unusual, but very good. Sweet up front hitting you with vanilla, dark fruit and sweet cream. Very fruity in the middle with roasted coffee and toasted malt lingering on the palate long after. Earthy hops poke their way through towards the end. Lingering citrus brings it all together leaving my mouth juicy. Almost zero bitterness yet not cloyingly sweet due to the roasted character. Perfect balance with multiple layers of enjoyment spaced out over each sip. This is really big stout flavor in a small stout package.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is medium and oily smooth with a medium carbonation.

Drinkability: High

To be honest I was not very impressed to start out, but this is one tasty brew I will definitely seek out in the future. Good luck trying to find a better sweet stout for this price.

mellowmark, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of MinnesotaRIS
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle. Pours with decent body. Head that pours very tan. Leaves a low amt of lace. Clear tan, dark prune at the edges.
Black color.

S - low malt sweetness, hint of smokiness with a touch of ashy character. Slight chocolate malt. No real hop presence yet it seems well balanced with bitterness, malt to alcohol.

T - specialty malt with the pale malt base. Oatmeal resins and chocolate feel. A bit simple. I thought this would have a more dextrinous feel.

Wish this were a bit more fuller bodied. Could use a touch of a revision for next year's brew but this was an excellent effort. Give it a try and support small MN breweries!

MinnesotaRIS, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of FreshHawk
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black with a small, foamy, bubbly, thinish, cafe colored head. Disappears pretty fast leaving a slightly patchy, thin lace.

S - Interesting aroma. Starts with a slightly smokey, roasted malt. This gives way to a chocolate and espresso aroma with a slight sweetness. A faint vinous tart/astringent aroma.

T - Starts with the faint charred, smokey flavor. This quickly fades to a milk and dark chocolate along with a hint of roasted coffee. Hints of sweet lactose/creamy taste starts here with a nice undertone. Finishes with a slight tart and earthy flavor.

M - Medium body and good carbonation. Very silky smooth. Really nice body.

D - Easy to drink with interesting mix of flavors. Taste like a milk stout along with a smokey and slightly tart flavor. I could regularly drink this.

Notes: Interesting milk stout. Nice flavors with an interesting smokey kick. Great body and nice flavor. Not amazing, but very nice.

FreshHawk, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of lwillitz
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from 12 oz. bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass at around 50 degrees F

A - A fairly agressive pour gave me a 2-finger head of beautiful dark tan, which diminished in average time, perhaps a bit faster. Under the head is pitch darkness. A red-orange tint becomes apparent in certain lighting. Some lacing lingers on the glass, not a lot.

S - The delicious aroma of roasted malt is very conspicuous immediately. A hint of chocolate is also present.

T - Delicious! I am not a fan of overly sweet beers, but the sweetness here is pleasant, well-balanced, and not at all overpowering. Milky, chocolaty, and fruity flavors are prominent. The aftertaste of roasted malt leaves me constantly wanting another swig. This is an excellent stout!

M - Wow! Very smooth, oily consistency. Quite pleasurable.

D - Keeping my glass on the table was difficult. The smoothness and delicious flavor of this beer keep it flowing.

At $6.99 for a six-pack, you can't do much better for the price. I'll buy again and so should you!

NOTE: I tried another bottle, this time straight from the fridge. At this lower temperature, a smokey flavor dominated the palate. I definately suggest drinking Moo Joos at 50 degrees F or warmer to enjoy it in its glorious complexity.

lwillitz, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of bwiechmann
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass. $6.99 for a 6-pack of this recently released brew.

A- Pours nearly black with a hint of ruby highlights when held up to direct light. Nice 1-finger mocha head leaves a little lacing but diminishes quickly.

S- Roasted malts, muted milk chocolate and some sweetness star in the nose.

T- Well crafted stout, dark malts primarily with notes of milk chocolate, slight coffee, and a noticeable but not-overpowering lactic sweetness.

M- Perfect. Silky smooth, medium-full body is perfectly executed.

D- Wow, extremely drinkable, it's hard not to put a few back at a time.

Overall a really, really delicious beer. The drinkability is phenomenal and the mouthfeel is unbeatable. It's tasty and complex without being a chore to consume. Great job, guys.

bwiechmann, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of tavernjef
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid dark brown and settles quite black and glossy. A smallish, loose bubbly browned foam lifts briefly to then dimish to nary a smik and a few spots of lace.

Aroma is of dark cream, slim cocoa, dusty and dryish broken chocolate with a tenderly flighty sweetness puffing about.

Taste is mediumly set with a firm milken lactic-like tone of creamyness and tang set with light cocoa, dark cream, pie crust, and a dash of brown sugared oatmeal.

Mediumish body, super soft, smooth, and creamy with a very easy going milken-esque tecture and tang. There's just a hint to some light smacking of cocoa dusty dryness floating about in there as well.

Pretty solid Milk Stout here! Can and will drink a whole bunch of this stuff.

tavernjef, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of jera1350
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Semi-viscous black color with a thinner tan head that moves to a ring around the glass. Very little lacing though.

Awesome creamy lactose and chocolate smell. Very chocolate milkshake like.

Very chocolatey with a light dark roasted malt presence. Nice milk sugar sweetness with cappuccino notes. A little fruitiness from the yeast in the finish. Very, very flavorful and satisfying.

Very smooth and slick feeling. The combination of oatmeal and lactose turn this into a thing of beauty.

Extremely drinkable. A few of these would go down with ease. This has to be one of the better sweet stouts I have had in a long while. Great job Brau Bros., this one is an absolute winner and I look forward to having more.

jera1350, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of AmericanGothic
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Peace Tree pint.

A: Pours opaque, dark brown with a one finger, mocha head. Head disappears fairly quickly, leaving some lace.

S: Milk chocolate, roasted malt. Quite pleasant.

T: More milk chocolate, faint coffee, a bit of caramel. Roasted notes in the background keep the flavors interesting.

M: A bit of oil and syrup, luscious smoothness side by side with enough carbonation to bring the roasted flavors back into play.

D: Could drink this all night. Very easy going down, but might get bored after a couple and want to switch to an imperial.

All in all, not a bad offering. Nothing earthshaking, but definitely well made and worth revisiting regularly. I'll buy it again.

AmericanGothic, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of ovaltine
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a pint glass, inky black with no diffusion when held up to light.

S: Smoky, roasted notes, relatively light.

T: Outstanding, especially if you like your milk stout to have a heavy chocolate taste, which I do. This is the definition of smoooth.

M: Nice carbonation, 1" head with an agressive pour. Very smooth mouthfeel.

D: Brau Brothers has done a really nice job of providing very drinkable complex beverages at a great price point (this Moo Joos sixer was 6.99, was was the Ring Neck Braun Ale, which I picked up at the same time). Wrapped around a cold Minnesota evening, Moo Joos is a great beverage to enjoy.

ovaltine, Feb 26, 2011
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Moo Joos from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
86 out of 100 based on 370 ratings.