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Moo Joos - Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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Reviews: 143
Hads: 447
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 21.35%
Wants: 27
Gots: 78 | 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

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Beer added by: jera1350 on 01-05-2011

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Reviews: 143 | Hads: 447
Photo of lurpy1
2.68/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap at Pat's Tap. The script with Brau is that everything is good with the beer until it hits the mouth. Then the trouble begins. Let's see how it goes this time. The Brothers should have a leg up - it's a style I love.

Pretty dark pour, not a lot of head. Good lacing though. Smell is more coffee than advertised. Roasts. Bittering. Not as many sweet smells as a fella might expect from a Milk Stout. Then again, a fella might not know what the F he is talking about. Still, an enjoyable smelling beer. So far so good...

...And right on cue, Moo Joos goes into the mouth and off a cliff. Bitter, malts, roast, and that damned, can't-escape-from-it dirty water Brau taste. Again with the dirty water? Are you kidding me?

Moving on to mouthfeel. You know, dirt doesn't just taste bad, it feels terrible in the mouth. Aggravating gritty feel. And this comes light years away from the thick, coagulating feel of a Milk Stout.

And with that, I throw my hands up in the air in dismay. I would love for another Minnesota brewery to step up and make like Surly and THB and be great, and I would love for it to be Brau. But they're not. Frankly I'm baffled by the ratings for this beer. In my book, if you can't get milk stout right, you can't really be redeemed. I can't tell you how many times I've seen a Brau beer and said "maybe this is the one they turn it around with". No more. This time,I mean it.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown, plenty of light gets through around the edges, very small head on it, less than 1/8". Aroma, what the, where are the stout like qualities? Coffee, chocolate, 2 row, roasting,. . . .hello?

Taste, very bland, gritty lactose like character as if it didn't dissolve. Really reminded me of an even blander oatmeal stout with some creamer added to it, to give it that weird textured sweetness I'm pulling down. Middle of the road in almost every way, doesn't make me like or dislike it really (I guess dislike since I had my expectations up). Overall the bland and thinness of the experience were probably the greatest letdowns.

If it was any thinner, I'd think people were cutting this with like, water and nonfat milk.

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Photo of argock
4.41/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Received from my brother Greg -- nice one!

A: Black with beige 1/2-to-1-finger head that falls away quickly and leaves a rare spot or two of lace.

S: The aroma is that of a much bigger beer with strokes of coffee, fudge and a light dash of licorice. Powerful and very appetizing.

T: The flavor succeeds even more with big milk chocolate fudge and coffee flavors with licorice bite in the finish. There is a touch of milk sweetness, but the bigger roast flavors really carry this brew.

M: Feels a lot bigger as well. I didn't know the ABV and would have though this was an 8.5% ABV beer. Medium-to-full bodied with low carbonation which leaves it creamy without feeling syrupy.

O: One of the most surprising beers I have had in a long time -- the components come together optimally to provide a huge flavor and aroma experience in a relatively low ABV package. Moos Joos proves that you don't need high gravity to have big aroma and flavor. Great job Brau Brothers.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a chalice. Thanks to storminspank for this.

A: Very black with faint light at the edges. Half finger creamy mocha head with decent retention and lacing.

S: Lots of oatmeal, coffee, and lactose. Light roast. Faint hints of chocolate and anise.

T: Chocolate and lactose upfront. Roast coffee and anise come big in the middle. Finishes with chocolate and oatmeal.

M: Medium light body. Medium light carbonation. Silky.

O: Haven't had many milk stouts but this is pretty tasty. Not a fan of anise but it wasn't over the top like Stone's Belgo Anise.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have been wanting to try this beer for a long time! Ran into a 6er the night before KBS release party finally popping the top on a bottle!

poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: light black bodied beer with a one and a half finger high head that fades to a thin cap quickly. Spotty lace on side of glass.

Smell: smells like a good milk stout should! decent roasty malts and lactose are noted right away in the nose. Little smoke and a little black licorice and even a little fruity. Overall it smells fairly sweet.

Taste: A little inderwhelming compared to the nose, but its still tasty. Mild raost and smoke mixes with a sweet and lactose / milky taste. You can taste a little bit of the oats in this beer as well. Mild roast in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: light end of a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Silky, creamy, and smooth thanks to the oats. Really drinkable stout, a little thinner than I like, but it works okay in this beer. Carbonation is good match for this beer.

Overall: Nice sessionable milk stout. Easy drinking and simple beer; make it a little thicker and a little more robust. It is an enjoyable stout!

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Photo of zeledonia
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Been meaning to try this for a while, finally getting around to drinking it. Enjoyed 5 Feb 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours very dark brown, essentially black. A hint of light through the edges, but this beer looks thick. Medium brownish tan head, one finger, okay retention and a bit of lacing.

The smell is really interesting. I've never had an oatmeal milk stout before, but this smells like what I'd expect from one. A pleasant full milky-oaty sweetness. It's a blend that works really well together. I don't get much of the stout, just a bit of roast in the background.

Taste is a little bland, IMO. That same oaty milky sweetness, but it's muted. And again, I don't know where the malts went, as they just don't present much flavor here. A mildly bitter back end rolls through. I want more flavor out of it.

Mouthfeel is quite nice. Silky, slick, and full, all in one big mouth-filling combo. Carbonation is right where it should be - medium-low.

An interesting combo, and a pleasant, easy-drinking stout. My main complaint is that I want more flavor. For a beer with this much involved, the taste should have more potency or more variety or both.

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Photo of yamar68
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - looks like a fresh pint of black coffee, near zero clarity, thin latte cap

s - fresh cream, oily coffee beans, sweet honey, more coffee, really a pleasant aroma I think

t/m - milk and oatmeal as promised, aftertaste like a dark roast with half and half, the oats take a back seat to the lingering latte flavors - mouthfeel could stand to get beefed up a bit

o - overall, this is a solid offering from a brewery that is really hit or miss for me, I'd recommend this to any stout fan

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Photo of budgood1
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours out an opaque brown colour with the slightest of ruby hues. ruby stained dark tan head appears with vigor and reduces to some fine lace. chocolate covered cherry aroma with accents of malted milk balls and chocolate ice cream. very nice! the flavour profile hits first with some dark roasted malts, quickly followed by a milk chocolate/chocolate milk combination. the slightly sour/lactic aspect has it's day making the ripe red fruit nuances seemingly taste like liquid chocolate covered candies. pretty yummy stuff. this liquid delicacy has a medium body with a pretty tame mouthfeel...if the sour flavour can be described as a feel, then this has it, in a good way. very drinkable...a real treat.

overall...oatmeal stout meets milk stout works for me. recommended.

*disclaimer* 4-5 years ago i ripped this brewery for serious issues when it came to bottling/packaging after buying a bunch of bad/infected/horrible beers. i've been reluctant to purchase anything from Brau Bros. since then but moo joos has restored my confidence in the libations from Lucan. two in a row now from them that i enjoyed.

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Photo of gatornation
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap 12 oz pour

A- pours a black color with some brown highlights in the head and body with good lacing

S- roasted malts with milk chocolate and coffee

T- was a light coffee and cream taste with light roasted malts some milk chocolate

M- was sweet with chocolate and coffee, light on the palte

O- an easy drinker with a sweet choc/coffee taste

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Photo of stealth
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this on-tap @ the Railhouse in Lake City, MN.

Real dark, with a strong roasted chocolate aroma. Subtle chocolate on the palate, with your typical roastiness expected in a stout. Coffee in the end/finish that I really enjoy. Creamy. I'll be checking out more brews from Brau Bros for sure. This hooked me.

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Photo of brycelarson
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a malt guy. So this beer works for me.

Roasty, creamy, slick oily (in a good way) mouth feel. Slight sweet edge and a surprising finish of hops. The chocolate is held in the back but apparent. Pretty simple and straight forward for a stout - which I love.

I'm always a fan of beers that state what they're doing and just do it - and this one does. Oatmeal milk stouts should be creamy, slightly sweet and have that great oat smoothness and mouthfeed - and this does it.

The brau bros are really coming up in Minnesota brewing. I'm becoming more enamored with them ever day.

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Photo of HosP
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a 12oz bottle from Shadesofgray. Poured into New Belgium snifter.

A- Pours black with some light around the edges. Very little head, what is there is a dark khaki color. No retention or lacing.

S- Sweet milk chocolate smell. Roasted malts in the background. Nothing over the top, just a good aroma.

T- Sweet up front. Chocolate at the beginning. Coffee is nice addition at the end. Roasted flavors add a nice touch. A little grainy with the roasted flavors. Ends sweet.

M- Medium body, almost full. Low carbonation. A little chewy.

O- Very solid beer. Like oatmeal stouts and milk stouts and this was a good combination of the two. Doesn't try to get cute with the flavors, but very good all the way around. Could drink this all winter. Thanks Ryan for the beer!

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Photo of Greggy
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - tan head over black body. Lacing is present

S - creamy chocolate lactose and great fruity yeast notes

T - milky lactose chocolate and fruitiness. It's not bold but aligns with the nose. Finish is dry and slightly tart

M- low carbonation and thin body

D- an average milk stout. Definitely worth a shot

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Photo of match1112
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: pours pitch black with no head, just a thin tan ring, and no lacing.

s: smells more like a weak coffee stout than a sweet oatmeal stout.

t: burnt malts, chocolate, coffee some oats and lactic sugar.

m: rather thin and water, expected a thicker, chewier body.

o: disappointed. the pour was rather flat. the taste is more coffee than oatmeal.

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Photo of Mdog
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black, good sized brown head.

Smell: Roasted malt, mocha.

Taste: Coffee flavor, slight mocha sweetness, back to coffee bitterness for the finish.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light feeling, not as full feeling as some other milk stouts I've had.

Picked up a single of this to try since I like sweeter stouts. It didn't quite hit the mark as the sweeter flavors were overshadowed by the roasted coffee flavors. Not too bad though.

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of warnerry
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of BeerNutz324
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of Beerdregs
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of output01x
4.07/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of tfratzke
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of claspada
3.22/5  rDev -16.1%
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...

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Moo Joos from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
86 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.