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Moo Joos - Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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BA SCORE
86
very good

335 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 335
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%


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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match1112

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 03:04:21 | More by match1112
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Mdog

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 22:00:53 | More by Mdog
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NuclearDolphin

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 04:02:57 | More by NuclearDolphin
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warnerry

Michigan

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 19:02:18 | More by warnerry
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BeerNutz324

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 03:13:10 | More by BeerNutz324
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Beerdregs

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 01:27:09 | More by Beerdregs
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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 05:36:38 | More by TheQuietMan22
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 23:03:59 | More by Reagan1984
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output01x

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 03:21:36 | More by output01x
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dogfishandi

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 20:47:44 | More by dogfishandi
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TheGordianKnot

Tennessee

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 01:05:36 | More by TheGordianKnot
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tfratzke

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 03:07:45 | More by tfratzke
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claspada

New Jersey

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...

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 16:41:57 | More by claspada
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 23:31:55 | More by Gosox8787
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cjacobsen

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 20:48:37 | More by cjacobsen
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 06:28:50 | More by feloniousmonk
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Scotchboy

Idaho

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 02:11:15 | More by Scotchboy
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MattyG85

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 06:38:51 | More by MattyG85
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birchstick

Colorado

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!

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 01:44:11 | More by birchstick
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stakem

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 23:51:46 | More by stakem
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Tballz420

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 01:28:59 | More by Tballz420
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 20:47:44 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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mactrail

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 03:16:29 | More by mactrail
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hardy008

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 02:48:28 | More by hardy008
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

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!

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 02:10:19 | More by EgadBananas
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