Moo Thunder Stout Farmhouse Ale | Butternuts Beer & Ale

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Moo Thunder Stout Farmhouse AleMoo Thunder Stout Farmhouse Ale
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Moo Thunder Stout Farmhouse AleMoo Thunder Stout Farmhouse Ale

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Butternuts Beer & Ale
New York, United States

Style: English Sweet / Milk Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Risser09 on 03-26-2007

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Reviews by Antikythera:
Photo of Antikythera
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can to glass. I've been hoping to find this stuff ever since I moved from Canada to New York State. It's hard to forget the can illustration.

a: dark, thick, oily with an initially thin but lingering beige head.

s: chocolate and roasty coffee. Really nice.

t: more chocolate and coffee, without a lot of sweetness. Very little residual bitterness.

m: creamy and smooth. Goes down a little too fast!

o: a winner. Not as sweet as I expected but very pleasantly drinkable.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of zorak1066
3.01/5  rDev -16.2%
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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Photo of oberon
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I havent been overll impressed as of yet with the Butternuts line of beer I would say the hefeweizen has been the best thus far.This poured into a standard pint glass deep and dark but not ink black it has a bit of ruby colored hue to it a thin tannish colored head is gone quickly leaving no lace,mild chocolate aromas along with some molasses and dark roast coffee.Pretty thin borderline watery but not quite mouthfeel,mild roastiness and bitter chocolate flavors I think its saving grace is a raw earthy finish keeping it somewhat balanced.Pretty low in alcohol no doubt wich is true to style but it lacks alot.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of GameOfBeers
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue IX:

Moo Thunder comes in a can featuring a cartoon cow with dangling utters, jumping as its ass is getting jolted by a black lightning bolt. Ha! We just remembered that Black Lightning was the first black comic book hero in the late '70s. Man, he was one badass crime fighter.

Pours a rich, opaque black with dark brown edges and a creamy tan lace. Soft aroma, all malt, with some roastiness, dark chocolate and a hint of milkiness. Smooth up front, with a medium body and even consistency that's on the lighter side of the Stout spectrum without being watery. Edges are a wee bit astringent with a roasty bite, but it smoothes out beneath with some chocolate, earth, toasty brown breads and a lingering malty sweetness. The sweetness isn't cloying and is quite pleasing on the palate. Hops are very tame, only making an appearance as a light herbal and leaf character way in the back--not at all bitter, which is on par with what they're aiming for. Finishes dry and moreish, along with some bitter chocolate and rustic bread flavors that dissipate fairly quickly.

This is beer, people. Beer that reminds us that sometimes simple can be best and its marketing reminds us that beer is, and always has been, fun. Flavorful, extremely drinkable and ... fun!

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Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.22/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Doomcifer
2.8/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown, when held to light gives off burgundy hues. Minimal head which recedes rather quickly. Aroma is roasty, dark chocolate, coffe. Good smell, but like their other beer I tried earlier, it is pretty subdued. Taste is seems like it is going to be extremely roasty and great immediately upon hitting the palette but then disappears into a watered down mouthfeel and an off flavor. Then the finish brings back some roasty, dark chocolate notes. Rather strange. Watery mouthfeel, not much carbonation, semi dry finish. This is one of the thinnest and slightly strangest stouts Ive ever had.

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Photo of Magister_Beav
1.03/5  rDev -71.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can, pours near black, with light shining through at the edges, nice looking fine head, film and then plenty of splotchy delicate lace. Roasty nose with hints of licorice, and smoldering malts. Nice easy drinking, medium bodied stout. Plenty of well crafted dark malt notes. Sweetish finish, like a mocha cafe au lait with a 1/2 spoonful of sugar. Gotta love a quality stout in a F'n can! I'm suprised by the low scores fo this one, c'mon folks this stuff is well crafted, easy drinking and quite tasty...

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Photo of Guinnsslvr
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of MisterDeeds
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a deep black, with a hint of red coming through in the light. Looks thin pouring out of the can, but darkens and appears to thicken in the glass. Weird. Cocoa frothy head thats thins to quarter inch lacing.

Aroma has a mix of chocolate and roasted malts. Very promising.

A bit of sweet chocolatey malt up front, that is quickly overtaken with with a dry bitter bite.

Mouthfeel is thicker than what I expected from the pour, but still seems to be thinner than I am used to from a stout.

Not my favorite stout, but still fairly impressive. Definitely went a long way to dispell the myth of no good beer comes in a can.

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Photo of mctizzz
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of tigg924
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: medium carbonation, 1 inch head, dark brown

Smell: malt, chocolate syrup--like Bosco, and cream

Taste: chocolate, burnt malt, nut, and cream

Mouthfeel: sweet, medium bodied, smooth

Drinkability: This is a surprisingly sessionable stout. I like the nutty taste. I could have several of these especially around a campfire.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to zdk9 for sharing this can.

The beer pours a dark brown color with red highlights and a white head. The aroma is chocolate and roasted malt. A very nice aroma. The flavor is not as good as the aroma. I get some roasted malt and toffee, but I also get something that resembles earth/dirt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of dankjohn
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of mjtiernan
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Milkysunshine
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of jondeelee
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Moo Thunder, despite the ridiculous name, smells rich and malty straight from the can, ripe with notes of chocolate malt, milk chocolate, cream, coffee, and tobacco.

On the tongue, the beer begins slow, washing gently over the tastebuds in dark chocolates and chocolate malts. As the mouthfull progresses, darker flavors come out, especially the coffee and tobacco from the aroma. Dark fruit esters, including fig and black cherry, help sweeten the brew, tempering the bitter, ashy flavors. The aftertaste is largely chocolate malt and tobacco, and lingers on the tongue for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium-light.

Overall, this is a good stout, and I doubt there are many from a can that could be said to be much better. The beer boasts good flavors, and in decent quantities. One of the only faults is a faint metallic bite around the edges, though I'm not sure if that's due to the can or something related to the brewing process. Either way, this is a stout worth trying.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can pulled from my fridge poured into a bulb style glass. sticker on 6 pack indicates it was packaged on JUN 17 2010.

pours out opaque pitch black with about a one finger of creamy dark mocha/ brown colored head. eventually setteled to a retentive ring. hardly any lace.

aromas of primarily of roasted malts, sweet milky malts, dark fruits. also bits of molasses, carboard and tobacco.

lots of sweet roasted malts and milkiness on the palate. dark fruits and hints of tobacco on the backend. finishes just slightly roasty bitter with some milk chocolate. just a little bit of muddled flavor in there, hard to describe, but a little like cardboard.

mouthfeel is a touch watery at times, but overall creamy on the palate. just a bit too high of a carb at first, but it settles. medium to light body.

goes down easy, and is an easy session beer for the price, but the only thing that would keep me coming back is the fact that its local. nothing too special.

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Photo of alexkeil
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is listed as a sweet stout but has a considerable amount of bitterness. The sweetness is in the background with the outstanding mouthfeel.

Deep roasty stout, nicely carbonated that creates a slightly bitter dry mouthfeel. Very drinkable with hints of chocolate, biscuit, and herbal character.

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Photo of doremite
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice to see a milk stout in a can, Moo Thunder with this crazy cartoon cow...okay I'll drink it. Poured into my imperial pint glass nice mocha tan head forms nicely with lacing strung evenly between sips. Body is dark nearly black, light toffee brown highlights when held toward the light just around the edges of the glass. Aromatics offer up dark roasted malt with creamy lactose sweetness. Hints of anise a touch of meaty soy sauce with herbal hops in the background. Flavor has a rounded creamy sweetness, with dark chocolate and mild coffee from the nearly burnt malted barley additions. Herbal hops underlying a nice session milk stout out of the can what complexty and nice flavors from a canned stout, this is excellent. Soft even carbonation creates a silky smooth mouthfeel, again I was scared to try these beers base off of SIDT's nightmare tasting show they had, but I'm glad I gave these guys a fair shake. I'm wondering if they're case was out of date or not. Drinkability again great stuff sessionable and packed with flavor, what every beer drinker out there is looking for.

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Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can served in a Unibroue snifter.

Pours black and opaque, but with traces of dark brown at the edges. The tan head is semi-dense and moderately durable. It leaves more lacing than might be expected.

The aroma is rather light for style and simple when cold, with a smokey roasted malt base, but it becomes markedly richer with warming, revealing notes of coffee, raisins, toffee and chocolate.

Taste: mildly bitter and, thankfully, notably stronger than the aroma indicates; i.e., this is more than acceptably malty and flavorful. Has a lasting finish with hints of smoke and coffee.

M: nicely carbonated; medium body is typical and a little thinner than ideal. Some dryness in the finish.

O: a well-crafted stout that is less sweet and more smokey than average for style. For your own good, do not drink this ice cold or directly out of the can!

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