Moo Thunder Stout Farmhouse Ale
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Moo Thunder Stout Farmhouse AleMoo Thunder Stout Farmhouse Ale
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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #812
Ranked #41,902
3.63 | pDev: 13.77%
Butternuts Beer & Ale
New York, United States
Moo Thunder Stout Farmhouse AleMoo Thunder Stout Farmhouse Ale
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Photo of Nass
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I taste sweet milk chocolate, slight cream taste from the lactose milk sugar, the body is about medium I would say, this beer definitely fits the bill of an milk stout & at 4.9% abv you can put back 3 or 4 of these cans easily in a session. Cheers! B

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Nass from Florida, Feb 06, 2019
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3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best of their beers!
a) Pours a dark chocolate colored body with limp head that laces not so much.
s) Roasty, milky sweet, chocolate.
t) Starts firm enough, starts roasty, with a lots of lactose and creamy chocolate flavor that balances with a bitter edge. Nice.
f) Thinner than I l'd like, mod. carb. but ok.
o) A pleasant light stout finishing mid-pack. Sessionable low ABV, plenty of flavor.

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Act25 from New Jersey, Dec 25, 2018
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3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25


Can from work colleage, DG.

Not bad for coming out of a can. Aroma Is coffee, toasted malt. Dark black, frothy white head. Taste is a bit overly acidic. Some chalk.


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q33jeff from New Jersey, Apr 01, 2017
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3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Black, no head.

Smell: Dark chocolate, milk, chalk.

Taste: Same as the aroma, except instead of milk the flavor is more cream.

Feel: Smooth, almost creamy, slightly chalky.

Overall: One of the stranger brews I've had. It's like other stouts, only with the chocolate and coffee taking the background and milk/cream the forefront. I quite enjoy it, and will likely be exploring this style more.

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PhillyB from New York, Aug 18, 2016
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3.02/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It does not pour viscous and the color is off black on the pour. Smell is just generally sweet. Tastes seems to be missing something, tastes almost ashy though there is sweetness. Feel is light and watery. Overall it is an ok light milk stout but nothing crazy.

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Photo of AmeriCanadian
3.09/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Recommendation for a high-quality canned stout from a reliable friend, so I was excited to try it. Look is jet black but thin with an off-white head that looked creamy but consisted of pretty large bubbles so made me a little nervous about how highly carbonated it was. Smell was roasty with appealing notes of espresso and dark chocolate, with some sweet cream in the mix. Very appealing. Unfortunately taste and texture didn't follow suit. Taste is bland with bitter coffee notes and minimal sweetness, tons of malt but in a middling, non-descript way. Feel is thin and highly carbonated, which isn't what I'm looking for in a milk stout. A passable offering in the category, but disappointing overall.

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AmeriCanadian from Tennessee, Mar 06, 2016
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3.01/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

stout in a can! interesting... so I bought it at my grocer and cracked one open. pours a nice dark roasted malt color (almost black) as a stout should. lacing is kind of weak.. head a short stack of foam. some roasted malt and coffee and dark chocolate in the nose. taste: I asked myself out loud 'wheres the hops?' there isn't much bitter, nor is there much of any hop flavor. if I had to guess at the ibus I would hazard around 15 ibus tops. .. but then milk stouts aren't heavily hopped to begin with. the roasted malt and dark chocolate are okay but not great. the mouth feel to me seemed rather watery. I would have guessed that the abv was no more than 4%. ive had worse and better.. and made better as well. I give it a solid 3 out of 5. it is ok but I would not go out of my way for it.

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zorak1066 from Florida, Jan 27, 2016
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3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Lots of coffee and chocolate in the aroma and the taste. Just a touch too subdued, would have liked a little more boldness. Overall, though, it has a little feel like chocolate milk, which is ok with me, lol.

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hophugger from Virginia, Jan 06, 2016
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4.93/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This has become my go to beer for the winter. It's just an awesomely balanced stout that isn't boring yet isn't over the top. It's super drinkable. At $10 per six pack retail you can't beat the value either. This beer is really underrated.

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hybo11 from New Hampshire, Dec 30, 2015
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4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is thick and rich; but amazingly only 4.9%, which is very appealing. A contender with Left Hand's Milk Stout, for sure. Worth looking into other beers from this brewery. Found at Elkton.

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DuaneL from New Jersey, Sep 05, 2015
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3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with ruby edges and a finger of beige head. The nose is pleasantly roasty. The flavor has bitter and roasty notes with a body that is just a bit light for the style.

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57md from Pennsylvania, Aug 28, 2015
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3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a small nonic.

Opaque seal brown liquid is capped by an active camel raft of delicate soft peaks. Ropy lacing, no legs. Adequate retention.

Low roast malt notes with hints of cocoa and hint of cheap tobacco in the nose.

Moderately astringent palate entry with notes of Darjeeling and baker's chocolate. Slowly building roast adds a secondary bittersweet note binding the flavors together. Very low hop presence, and some lingering sugar in the otherwise dry finish. Toasted malt throughout. Well balanced.

Creamy, medium-bodied, eminently drinkable, with decent carbonation.

A good example of the style, simple without being simplistic, and a good value compared to the extremely limited options otherwise found on the shelf for this style in SoCal (while not quite as good as Left Hand, this beer is 70% cheaper at my local).

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augustgarage from California, Aug 16, 2015
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4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz can into a speiglau stout glass.

Color is thick black opaque with a nice slightly tan head.

Aroma is creamy milk roasty like a roast malt milk shake.

Taste is thin but really roasty.

Good stout great drinker.

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Photo of Nyg
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another one that surprised me. The can just caught me eye. Very dark in color with an extra dark chocolate roasted coffee taste. Not heavy like most stouts but I'd drink again for sure. Very similar to other good milk stouts but a bit dryer on the end.

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Nyg from New York, Jul 19, 2015
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3.02/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Sorry to be the downer here... but this thing sucks. Pours a thin, watery blackish color with a decent finger and a half of head. Smells of roast. Thats about it. Almost identical to a porter, of which I'm not a huge fan. Mouthfeel was very, very thin, and the taste left quite a bit to be desired. Really just had a sweet, bitter roast character that lingered for some time on the back of the pallet. I guess for the price or someone who is just getting into craft this is fine. But I'll probably never drink this one again.

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ryanmextorf from Virginia, Apr 22, 2015
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3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweet indeed. Milk chocolate, delicate roasted malts, oat and with the slightest hint of hops. This is a nice little milk stout in a can. Not the best, not the worst.

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PatrickCT from Connecticut, Apr 08, 2015
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3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

P- Giant Beer Garden in Hampden Township

A- dark black that is opaque. Light tan head with average lacing.

S- sweet toffee and milky nose with light caramel malt.

F- toffee and caramel with a milky sweetness

M- creamy smooth body that is very easy to put back.

O- a good milk stout. simple and to the point and well balanced.

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Dodo2step from Pennsylvania, Mar 17, 2015
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4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Got it because the quirky packaging caught my eye. Was not disappointed. It's an oddly smooth for how thick it is and its got an amazing foam to it. So smooth. I can't remember another stout that's gone down so easy. Great beer. Would buy again.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with light head and little lacing. Smells of toffy and malt. Light on the tongue, but decent roasted flavors linger with no discernable alcohol. Very tasty!

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tekstr1der from New Hampshire, Dec 05, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a stout glass.

Appearance: Pours a solid black with a big two-finger tan head. Spotty lacing on the way down. Looks like a sturdy stout.

Aroma: Lots of nice smells here - milk chocolate, dark coffee with a little bit of sugar, dark malts, and some caramel.

Taste: Those milk chocolate, caramel and coffee notes are there, and there's also some licorice. The creamy, milky sweetness I expected is there, but it's not overpowering. Not just a dessert beer; could pair with chili or stew.

Mouthfeel: Kind of surprised by its lack of body. Lighter than your average stout. Not a flaw so much as a surprising trait. Approachable.

Overall: Very nice not-so-sweet sweet stout. Better than their popular pale ale.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

I was expecting a tolerable cheap beer. What I got was a surprisingly pleasant cheap beer. A little sweet, a little roasty, no hops to speak of. This one's pretty simple and goes down easy, and ain't nothing wrong with that.

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jds16 from Ohio, Oct 19, 2014
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3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance- The beer pours a black/deep brown color with a one finger off-white head of foam. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading to leave a great level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a sweeter caramel and milk chocolate smell with nice notes of crème. Along with these smells comes a lighter coffee aromas and a decent showing of a roasted smell.

Taste – The taste starts out drier then would have been anticipated for a milk stout but not too dry. It starts with a rather strong roasted malt flavor with a moderate showing of caramel and sweeter milk chocolate flavors. These sweeter flavors lose a bit of ground more toward the end but are replaced by a bit more roastedness and a little more dark chocolate and coffee. With all the transitions and tastes that occur, leaving a rather rich (for a stout of only 4.9 % abv) roasted and moderately sweetened dark flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the lighter to average side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. Both are rather nice for the mix of roasted and sweeter flavors of the brew and create a nice base for the flavors to be well sensed, all while still maintaining the easy drinking feel.

Overall- A rather tasty, somewhat, but not overly, drier-milk stout, which packs a whole lot of flavor into a little bit of abv. This is a rather nice more winter style, sessionable brew.

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Darkmagus82 from Virginia, Oct 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Just a really good straightforward sweet stout, but not too sweet.
Easy drinking with hints of coffee, milk and dark chocolate at the end. The flavor dissipates quickly with a fairly dry finish.
Just plain good. Also, love the cans.

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nje123 from Pennsylvania, Sep 15, 2014
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3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picking myself up with a stout. Out of a 12 ounce can, on to the beer:

With a tanned inch of head of top, this stout is nearly ink black colored with a vague hue of brown at the bottom of the glass. Solid head retention. The aroma isn't afraid to come out and play, but more important is that it's appealing. Mostly milk sweet with a pleasant roasty backbone and kiss of mocha.

Not only a flavorful stout, but an easy drinking one as well. It's pleasantly sweet with that edge of roasty stout, and even a kiss of orange from who knows where. It's light bodied but tastes much stronger than that.

Impressive milk stout. Moo Thunder will be on the shopping list for future beer runs (as long as I see it in Orange County).

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DoubleJ from Wisconsin, Jul 30, 2014
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3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into snifter

A: Slick frothy black brew, solid and completely opaque. Two finger root beer looking hat with nice staying power and decent collar to boot. Viscosity looks medium to light, pleasing to the eye.

S: Sweet syrupy aroma of caramel, bakers and milk chocolate, slightly roasted malt aromas. Some nutty notes melding with brown sugar, a lot of caramelized burnt sugar. Aroma isn’t too prevalent, somewhat subdued.

T: Forward feel is roasted malt riddled with strong lactose sweetness. Milk chocolate, with just a touch of bitterness added from the edge of the burnt malts. Hard or mineral water has remarkable influence in the flavor, imparting sandy, slightly metallic flavors. Overall, I find it shallow on the palate, almost diluted.

M: Waaay too light, watery almost. Flavors are diluted in the understated mouthfeel. Drinkability is high by virtue of the mouthfeel, can be guzzled.

O: The nose gave it away with its lack of luster. The flavor profiles are pleasing, but far too subtle. The mouthfeel is the final straw. It’s too light, too watery. Honestly one of the first beers I feel I can clearly identify the influence of the water used in the brewing process. Not terrible, just not what I’m looking for in a milk stout.

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ZagZagg from New Jersey, Jul 29, 2014
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