Moo Joos - Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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Reviews: 142
Hads: 442
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 28
Gots: 71 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of schmoopsbeer
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from 12 oz bottle to pint glass
Big thanks to millah for sending this along as an extra

Color: A very Dark brown, no light shines through. A cream cto khaki colored 2 finger head forms after pour. Very little lacing.

Nose: A gentle roastiness followed by a sweet creaminess from the malths and lactose sugar. Hints of oats and coffee that are very welcomed.

Palate: The mouthfeel is thick and bold. Almost oily and sticky. The carbonation is big and makes this beer drinkable, but in moderation. No hinys of booze what so ever. The tongue gets coated with coffee and a thick creaminess that then is followed by some milk chocolate and oats.

Finish: Short but layered with flavor, not overly complex but a solid beer. A little thick and oily knocks it down a bit, but a solid offering

Rating: 89/100 (804 characters)

Photo of BretSikkink
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very solid if unprepossessing milk stout here. Dark in color with a fine head. Aroma and body are light, but the flavor is pretty full and the drinkability is smooth. Taste profiles include the usuals suects, including cocoa, espresso, and a dollop of lactic acid. Hops are relegated to naught, while a slight root beer note emerges, along with a prick of alcohol and carbonation minerals. A pretty good effort from Brau Bfos. (426 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap, monks house of ale, sioux falls,sd

from notes

appearance: served in a deschutes shaker pint, dark mahogany body, creamy chocolate head

smell: sweet roasted malts, creamy chocolate, touch of espresso

taste: very lovely milk stout - similar to a beer float...decadent creamy milk chocolate, brown sugar, oats, lactic qualities, chocolate pie. consumed after a nice dinner - a perfect dessert beer

mouthfeel: rich and creamy

overall: very nice (454 characters)

Photo of Gtreid
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle thanks to mnbearsfan. Poured into my Bruery tulip.

A: Deep, muddy, brown color. The pour dropped a two finger wet sand, colored head that left some spotty lace.

A: Milk chocolate, slight roasted coffee beans, and roasted nuts. Notes of sweet vanilla and caramel.

T: Aggressive milk chocolate up front, followed by a nice roasty coffee flavor, and finishing with sweet vanilla. There is a small bitterness from the tart grassy hops as well.

M: Medium, bordering on heavy body. Good levels of carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

O: This is a fine brew. They pack a lot of flavor into a beer that only comes in at 5.8%. I would absolutey pick this one up if I had access to it. Skal. (696 characters)

Photo of iadler
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark brown almost black color with a two inch slight tan head. Leaves some small lines of retention

S- Bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, faint coffee, roasted malt and a bit of spice.

T- Similar to smell with some chocolate, vanilla coffee, roasted malt and faint spice notes in the background such as anise.

M- A bit thin for what I was looking for. If it had a little more body, this beer would be terrific. Quite drinkable though.

O- One of the better Milk Stouts I've had. While it's certainaly no Moloko, it's still a great representation of the style. Well done Brau Brothers. (596 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (795 characters)

Photo of herman77
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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. (604 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (381 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (441 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (564 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 (277 characters)

Photo of mrseano
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (543 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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. (678 characters)

Photo of ddahlen
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (482 characters)

Photo of rundocrun
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (614 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.63/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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. (840 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (778 characters)

Photo of SolomonGrundy
2.15/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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... (2,346 characters)

Photo of mdwalsh
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (610 characters)

Photo of dbossman
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (1,174 characters)

Photo of regspeir
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (405 characters)

Photo of KeefD
4.69/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,772 characters)

Photo of GeezLynn
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (680 characters)

Photo of alphagnome
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (819 characters)

Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.41/5  rDev +14%
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. (476 characters)

Moo Joos from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
87 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.