Moo Thunder Stout | Butternuts Beer & Ale

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Moo Thunder StoutMoo Thunder Stout

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Butternuts Beer & Ale
New York, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet 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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Photo of hybo11
4.93/5  rDev +37.7%
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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Photo of morayeel
4.8/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apperance- pitch BLACK.

Smell- a little hint of smoke and choclate

Taset- lite smoke and chocolate flavoe just a hint of coffe at the end.

Mouth feel- smoth not to heavy and not to thin.

Drinkability- A nice stout to have one or two and move on to something lighter.

I love this stout for the taste. Perfect with a nice porter house on the grill.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%
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 I'm wondering if they're case was out of date or not.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 DuaneL
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%
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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Photo of davednyc
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perhaps there should be a value metric, because at under $2 a serving, these Butternut brews can not be beat (Also a big fan of their Porkslap and Snapperhead brews).

Appearance - Dark dark brown, like one would expect from a stout. A wee bit of head and lacing.

Smell - Maybe nutty, maybe sweet? Poured into a glass, certainly lacking some sour qualities that I sometimes recognize in a beer.

Taste - This is really what it's about, isn't it. A damn good brew, I can taste some sweet/nutty, coffee, chocolate notes.

A really nice tasty stout. It's an unseasonably cool January evening in NYC (opposed to a bitter cold January evening), and this is the perfect match for my wife's beef stew.

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Photo of blindhoedeath
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
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 erosier
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a deep black color with a tall and thick brown colored head that takes some time to settle. It leaves some nice lacing as it goes down as well.
S: The smell is of very deep rich roasted malts, and hints of chocolate, caramel, and coffee in the nose.
T: The taste is very good for a stout. It has all the flavors in the aroma blended together very well for a very good tasting beer.
M: Very creamy, smooth, thick, fresh, with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable as this one is not only very tastey, it isn't very high on the ABV scale to knock you over with just one beer.

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Photo of pitweasel
4.34/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sadly, I wasn't able to pour this out, which is why I'm just going with an average appearance rating. There was a bit of leakage around the top though, and it looked to be a nice mocha head just waiting to get out.

Speaking of mocha...yum. This was somewhere around 50-55 degrees when I popped it open, and it tasted like drinking a cool cup of carbonated mocha. Absolutely delicious. I had another one that was colder later in the day, and there was a lot less coffee to it. So depending on whether you like a good cup of joe or not, just drink this one at the right temperature and you'll get what you want.

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Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with a nice mocha tan head that leaves a little layer throughout the session. The smell is roasted malts, coffee and chocolate and the taste is much of the same. This one is in my opinion, the perfect example of a simple American Stout. The mouthfeel isn't too thick or cloying and I sucked it down way too fast. These showed up in PA recently so I will definitely be stocking up on these.

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Photo of BeefyMee
4.28/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Beautifully black with absolutely no light escaping. Only loses points for not having much of a head.

S: Smells almost exactly like coffee with cream and sugar.

T: Roasty and sweet with a wonderful vanilla aftertaste. Many flavors but nothing goes overboard.

M: Chewy with a good amount of bubbly zing. An interesting combination.

D: Very good but I might want to quit the sweetness after a couple.

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Photo of iceball585
4.27/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pitch black color, non-transparent, thin white cover that faded to a thin ring around the glass

S- Roasted malts, dark chocolate, slightly sweet, freshly brewed coffee

T- Chocolate milk, vanilla, roasted coffee beans, creamy, hint of smoke near the end

M- Medium/heavy body, low/medium carbonation, very smooth, fairly dry bite then oily finish

D- Great session brew

One word really describes this beer... WOW! I've never tasted anything this good out of a can. Not the best stout I've ever had but fairly good for a milk stout (expecially out of a can?!).

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.27/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - this canned stout pours typical impenetrable stout black with a half finger of tan head

S - malts dominate, with an alcohol twinge, background lactose/chocolate sweetness and coffee balance out the aroma

T - thinner than expected, but in a good way, quite great roasted malts with a great chocolateiness, the coffee beans rear their head in the aftertaste, which is persistent

M&D - a surprisingly refreshing stout, easy to drink, not overpowering in any aspect, a good introductory stout, a rare sessionable stout

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Photo of DIM
4.27/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: This had a black body and it poured with a small tan head.

s: Aromas of lactose and roasty cocoa with some underlying milk chocolate.

t: Very satisfying combination of sweet, modestly sugary lactose and deep roastiness with a nice bitter finish.

m: Feels like a small stout with slightly creamy carbonation.

o: I never tried anything from Butternuts because I think their graphics are cheesy. My mistake, this is a great beer and a bargain to boot.

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Photo of STEG
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black color with a near two finger head of light sand head into a snifter as the head receeds it leaves layers of lacing really nice looking and it's opaque enough to block out the sun. Smell has smoke, stale cinnamon, dare i say whole milk, coffee and chocolate notes are present as well. Taste has sweet malt and bittersweet/bakers chocolate up front coffee and a touch of bitterness in back. Mouthfeel is creamy and viscous but has a thinness to it that could be made up for on tap. I would have no problem drinking a few of these

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Photo of nje123
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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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Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
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 Eamonn-Cummings3
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
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 tgbljb
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very deep brown, almost black color with moderate tannish head.
Smell is a very nice combination of roasted malt, nuts, chocolate, and coffee.
Taste has strong notes of chocolate and coffee.
Finishes with a sweet, creamy mouthfeel.
Very easy to drink. A by-the-book example of the style.

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Photo of tbrown4
4.16/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can -> Weyerbacher tulip

Pours deep black, two finger cream head. Pretty standard stout aroma, immediate roasted notes. Flavor is deep chocolate and bright. Not quite sure how to really describe it. Graham cracker notes as it opens up. Some almost savory notes appear as well Finishes very clean. Easy to drink and a great representation of the style for me.

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Photo of animalchin
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Solid black with a tan head. Not much lacing going on really.

S - Some coffee and caramel - pretty apparent. Malts in the nose as well.

T - Like any good stout, a lot of chocolate and coffee notes. Milk-like also. Reminds me of creamer. Very very rich.

M - Pretty loose actually and not as thick as I expected. Has a lot of different densities.

D - One would suffice. An excellent tasting beer with a lot to offer. Fills up fast though. My first experience with a canned stout turned out to be very pleasant.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Poured from a 12 oz. can into a glass. A bit of off white head forms and recedes to the edges. Nearly opaque dark brown.

S. Toasty malt, coffee with cream.

T. Roasted black malt with a lactic twang that provides residual sweetness on the back of the palate. The hop profile is minimal, earthy and as someone described earlier, soapy. Pretty tasty stout right here!

M. Smooth and creamy. Kind of like a guinness in this regard. A bit watery.

D. If this were more readily available it could be a main-stay. Almost has an Imperial Stout roasted character and was very enjoyable. This is a winner.

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Photo of DrinkBEEROrDie
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer in a 6 pack at my local store of choice, once again Andover Liquors.This is a very good stout if you want a session beer , It pours a very typical nice black stout color and has not much head with a little spotted lacing , It has a very smooth mouth feel and a nice malty chocolatey aroma .The Moo Thunder has a creamy chocolatey taste and I would recommend it probably one of the best if not the best stouts i've had in a can. Along with a creative name the design on the can is also quite eye catching i definitely will drink this again !

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Photo of Bounty628
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Moo Cow Thunder Milk Stout when poured from the can immediately exudes a coffee and nutty aroma when poured into the glass. There is certainly a very roasted malt presence to the pour and there seems to be a much more heightened aroma than many stouts tend to offer.

This milk stout is a very dark pour with an almost completely black color to the pour. The beer is free of the more burgundy hues often associated with stouts like Guinness and the beer tops off with a tan head that fits nicely on the top of the glass. The head remains pretty steady throughout the offering and leaves an off color, thin lace along the glass.

Some people tend to shy away from stouts because of the impression that they are far too thick to truly enjoy. Not so with this stout! This is a very easily drinkable stout that while achieving the desired smoothness is not as weighty as some other stouts could prove to be. This stout certainly could turn into a very nice session beer.

One could perhaps describe the taste of this beer as being highly complex and remarkably well rounded. There is a highly present coffee flavor to this milk stout that gives off a rich and dark espresso undertone to the taste. Thanks to the very high presence of roasted malt flavor noticed in the offering, there is a very strong yet not burnt taste to the Moo Cow. Off in the background of the taste one can also find hints of chocolate present.

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Photo of doopydoogle
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a good beer glass:

A - Nice dark brew with a creamy brown head that lingers and leaves some luxurious lace.

S - Coffee, milk and dark chocolates, caramel, toffee, pumpkin pie, rye bread, tobacco, wood ash, slight hop character of pine and maybe a bit citrusy

T - Dark roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate followed by sweeter more mellow milk chocolates, toffee. Surprisingly dry for the style and very well balanced yet distinct flavors. Roasted coffee and dark chocolate reside with the finish with a slight hop bitterness backing them up.

M - Good carbonation, a fairly light mouthfeel for what is usually a sweet, slightly sticky style. Good delineation on the palatte and a nice bitter tannic character.

O - Quite a good stout, really. Nothing that knocks you over the head, but the flavors are all there and quite well balanced. A very drinkable yet distinct brew.

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Photo of lou50rp
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark almost black with a tan head which is small and dissipates quickly.
Smell of dark roast coffee and dark chocolate with a touch of sweetness.
Taste is as the smell promises, dark chocolate and coffee with a hint of sweetness.
Mouth feel is light, but not watery.
Very drinkable. A good session beer because of its light feel and taste. On my list for future purchases, when my batch of cream stout gives out.

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