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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Photo of Sammy
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black with noticeable lighter mouthfeel, lots of white dots lacing.Smells malty. Carbonation is on the aggressive side, less than medium mouthfeel. Some coffee grounds light chocolate and cola-like. Drinkable as on the sweet side. Lactose aftertaste.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Packaged 5/22/14.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, vanilla, and cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same with char and slight cocoa flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but the flavors in this one are quite char forward to me.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a really underappreciated stout here, the best of both words, as it has some light sweetness in the finish, but also a bitter malt profile that balances this brew perfectly. dense dark brown from the can, rising pillowy tan head, great lacing. I smell cocoa powder and vanilla, both subtle but there behind dense chocolate malt, bitter barley, and a touch of char. the taste is much less aggressive and angry than the nose, with the lactose sugar really bringing this together beautifully, especially in the finish, which is soft and rich, desserty without being diabetic. huge body but an unbelievably delicate feel, creamy and velvety on my palate, and finishing clean and satisfying. scary drinkable for what it is, and to me a beautiful example of a style that is often tried, and infrequently executed well. this is really a lot better than its scores indicate here, one of new yorks hidden treasures.

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Photo of metter98
3.76/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color (traces of amber are visible at the edge of the glass when held to the light). It poured with a finger high tan head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface..
S: There are aromas of lactose in the nose along with notes of milk chocolate.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and the lactose and chocolate flavors have a bit of sweetness; there are hints of bitterness roasted malts in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and its low alcohol content and relatively light-bodied nature make it a very sessionable stout.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a slick looking can... definitely a collectible, nothing beats a dancing cow. This stout is pretty damn good too. A little lighter bodied than the usual stout but I think it still works well. Plenty of flavors and carbonated well enough to make this an easy drinker. The best of the Butternuts line up.

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Photo of brentk56
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark chocolate color with plenty of ruby highlights showing through when backlit; the head, modest to start with, dissipates quickly and fails to leave much lace

Smell: Roasty aroma with undertones of chocolate

Taste: Starts out rather roasty, with a developing lactose and chocolate flavor that has a bitter edge, as well; after the swallow, the milky flavor is more pronounced but secondary to the roasty elements

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Certainly a lighter stout, almost what I would call a summer stout; decent enough

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.21/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After my last beer experience with Butternuts, I did not have high hopes at all for this one. However, I was pleasantly surprised here. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a dark brown with a thin mocha head that has a bit of staying power. The nose brings forward some roasted malt as well as a good deal of both dark and milk chocolate. The taste is roasted malt and some chocolate as well. Mouthfeel is of a medium body with lower levels of carbonation. Drinks pretty well all around. Nothing too bad here, which I was quite fearful of.

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Photo of oberon
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
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 jlindros
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into snifter.

A: Thick malty brown head about a finger, pitch black color with no light

N: Nose has lots of chocolate and coffee with roasted malts and light tangy fruit and oats

T: Taste starts with chocolate and roasted malts, oats, creamy stout like taste, some dark chalky center and a touch of coffee, a little alcohol shines through, some chocolate milk in the middle

M: Creamy thick mouthfeel

F: Finish starts sweet but dries up and adds more stout and chocolate and touch of fruit and bitterness

Final thoughts: Its a pretty basic thick milk/oatmeall stout not bad nonetheless. I was surprised how nice it ended up after reading some of the other reviews. This can is also about a year old so I wonder if that changed the beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, delicious, and decidedly drinkable, Moo Thunder is sure to please. A thin cap of tan rises oover its dark body as you pour it. The head retention and lacing could be better, but it does leaves some spotty lace in its wake. The aroma offers sweet dark chocolate with a hint of juicy red fruit in the background. In the mouth it's velvety-smooth with a medium-light body and restrained carbonation. The flavor offers mainly sweet dark chocolate up front before revealing its underlying yeasty fruitiness. Some nougat character comes through across the middle, and it finishes with some mild black coffee that fades gently away, leaving behind some residual notes of light caramel, nuttiness, some mild bitterness, and a touch of spent grassy hops. It's a light, easy-drinking stout, and the dark malt acidity and bitterness are well heeled. Quite drinkable!

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Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Photo of Kegatron
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a dark brown (almost black) with several fingers of foamy mocha colored head. Decent looking retention leaves back some spotty swathes of lacing. The aroma is a bit subdued at first but then opens up VERY NICELY as it warms. Chocolate, lactose, roast, maple syrup, and very dominant coffee all help give this aroma some pop. It took a bit of time to get there but was ultimately worth it.

Unfortunately, I can't say the same thing about the taste. It's similar to the aroma but it's just not popping out at all. Chocolate and milky sweetness up front, followed by some coffee and roasted bitterness in the back. Decent but a letdown compared to how nicely the aroma opened up. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lower feeling carbonation but still has an underlying creaminess to it that keeps it smooth in the mouth.

Not bad, especially compared to a couple other offerings from Butternuts and I actually finished the can. I just wish that the overall flavor had given up some more.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of milk chocolate, roasted malts and faint touches of dark fruit and hops.

T: The taste starts out creamy and malty up front with flavors of dark chocolate, lactose, black coffee and a little bit of dark fruit. The malt character is hearty but not overly heavy. The hops presence is very mild as it should be for this type of beer but is still quite complementary. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent stout with enough flavor and substance to make it worth drinking for a long time if you're in the mood for a sessionable stout.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with dark reddish brown highlights when held up to the light and a light amount of visible carbonation near the surface of the beer. The beer has a finger tall dense tan head that slowly reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of dark roasted malts with milk chocolate and lactose.

T: Starts out with the flavors of the dark roasted malts that give it a little bitterness which fades into the sweetness of the lactose and milk chocolate.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth with some light dryness in the finish.

O: Very easy to drink and the low ABV makes this a sessionable milk stout. Enjoyable.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.77/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours out a clear, dark brown body. Despite a vigorous pour, there's no appreciable head formation beyond a thin, white ring on top.

Smell: Sweetish, grainy nose with a distinct though light hint of added milk sugar. Notes of toast, roast, and basic chocolate.

Taste: Reasonably roasty malts with, as was the case with the nose, light touches of roast, toast, and chocolate. Slackened sweetness. As with their Heinneweisse, there's this unpleasant grainy astringency. Touch of lactose. Faint (thankfully) vegetal undertones in the distant background. Very low earthy, roasty bitterness. Finishes dry, roasty, and almost spiritedly grainy.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: One to skip. Alright, so Butternuts, thinking outside the brew box, aimed for a not-so-stout milk stout, so look for a beer that's washed out and watered down in terms of taste and peppered with a few off-flavors.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

"The cow is of the bovine ilk;
One end is moo, the other, milk."

--Ogden Nash

Burnt umber that becomes darkest cranberry when backlit. I don't mind the lucency of the beer so much, but it looks thin and sounded thin on the pour. The mocha colored crown is small (after a high-altitude pour) and hangs around for a short while. Unfortunately, the appearance is no better than average for the style.

The aroma's only weakness is its weakness. A pleasant roasted maltiness leads the way and cocoa powder makes more of an impression with the passage of time. A chocolate milk-like quality is probably nothing more than the power of suggestion (thanks to the dancing cow on the can).

The brewers state that they wanted to brew a stout that was 'not too strong' and 'not too viscous'. Mission accomplished. Moo Thunder Stout is one of the thinner, lighter versions to have entered my glass in quite some time. If that's your bag, fine, but I prefer something a bit meatier, even when the ABV is only 5.0%.

The biggest problem is that there isn't enough malt to provide much flavor depth. In addition, ain't no way this is a sweet stout since it isn't... uh... sweet. It's charred chocolate malty and tastes a little like iced black coffee. Irish dry stout all the way.

The mouthfeel is the biggest disappointment. The fact that the brewers consider 'viscous' to be a dirty word is at odds with the fact that I like big, creamy, expansive mouthfeels on almost all styles. A few more bubbles wouldn't hurt either.

Several things are commendable about Butternuts Beer And Ale: their attitude and their brewing philosophy, their website, and the fact that they use cans. I just wish Moo Thunder Stout was better beer. Thanks marcpal.

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Photo of billab914
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured pretty close to black with a nice thick tan head on it. The head faded a bit but left some nice lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma is pretty light overall, but also pretty smooth. It has a bit of a bitter-sweet chocolate flavor to it with a tiny bit of roasted flavor as well. Not bad but not overly interesting either.

The taste shows some nice roasted, burnt, coffee and chocolate flavors up front. The finish shows even more of the burnt and bitter flavors. It has a bit of milk stout characteristic in the smoothness and the creamy flavor it had. It's pretty light and almost watery for a stout though. Still some nice roasty and burnt flavor going on though.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied overall and pretty light for the style. The carbonation is moderate overall as well. Drinkability is pretty decent, it had some nice roasty and bitter flavor to it and was pretty smooth overall.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this one in the fridge last night and just had to go for it! Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, it was enjoyed on 09/29/2009.

Brilliant pour, just what I would have wanted for the style. Rich dark brown in color and nearly completely dark with a big tan head on the top of it that hung around for what seemed to be forever. Rich lacing up and down the sides of the glass just added to its luster. Aroma was a touch light though. Brown sugar, chocolate, hints of light coffee notes and a definite milk shale like smell, but it seemed kind of light and a touch off, no matter though. Nice full feel, dry as well, took me off guard for a moment. Cocoa, hints of sugar, light smoke note as it warms as well and a really dry finish. Very light and not nearly as filling as I thought it would be led to this one going down quite easily.

Overall a very solid offering here, nothing crazy but very good for a stout in a can for sure.

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Photo of smcolw
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Near black color, no light shines through.  Modest head that does leave some stringy lace. 

Smoky, lightly burnt coffee aromas. 

Burnt black patent malt flavor.  Relatively thin for the style. Nice stronger hop finish that makes this notably different from most stouts

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Pours a straight jet black with a light halo of khaki head. The smell is mostly roasted matls, chocolate, and coffee. The taste follows almost exactly, though the coffee takes first precedence, followed by the malts, and the chocolate comes in as a side flavor in the back. Nice lightly medium body makes for a nice, straight-forward, highly drinkable stout.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My can kick continues ... I think that this must be a Milk Stout, based based on the joyous-looking heifer cavorting on the can's label.

I got a finger's worth of deep tan/light brown head as the result of my pour. The nose was chocolaty, definitely sweet, with underlying notes of anise. The color was a deep, dark brown with ruby highlights. The mouthfeel was medium with a taste like a chocolate milkshake or better yet, chocolate syrup, given its slight graininess on the tongue. The finish struck me as being both a bit watery as well as weak on the chocolate flavor. It seemed as though it needed a little more oomph. It was not a bad beer, but I would stick with Butternuts' Hefe, instead.

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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 johnnnniee
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can

Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights and a minimal head that vanishes quickly. A bit light in color for a stout. Smells of coffee and chocolate. Taste is bitter roasted coffee and chocolate. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for a stout. Bitterness lingers after each sip. Not a bad stout, but needs more color and body. I could certainly session this without much trouble.

I revisited this one now that its available in my state.
Pours a solid black with a thinnish head that dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lace. Smells of roasted coffee, caramel, butterscotch and a hint of chocolate. Any bitterness in the aroma seems to come from roasted grains. Taste is roasted coffee and chocolate mixed with a bit of caramel and mineral water. Slightly tart sweetness in the middle. Long lingering roasted grain and licorice in the finish. Medium body and carbonation level. This is still a great little stout. I think I liked it better this time though.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've been waiting for the day I would see this beer and it has finally come. I have tried the other three by this brewery, so where we go with this one.

Pours a dark brown that lets light through. No head. Nose is roasted malts. Flavor is a completely odd and not appropriate mix of smoked malts and roasted malts. I already know I will not be finishing this. Feel has a decent carbonation and a liquid feel that is too thin. If you see this one, just pass. Borders on a disaster of a stout, IMO.

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Photo of tdm168
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - black with some reddish hues around the edges; huge brown head that has great retention

S - burnt sugar, dark bread, faint roasted malts

T - roasted malts, burnt sugar, creamy, some faint lactose, some faint underlying citrus, borderline sour or tart finish

M - medium bodied, smooth, a bit crisp

This is a strange beer. It has some notes that indicate a milk stout, but it also has some strange off notes. The tart finish is definitely off putting. The faint citrusy character is also a bit off putting. I think the citrus could work but it seems to accompany the tartness in the finish which I think is what makes it unwelcomed. I'm not sure this is a beer that I will get again, but I'm glad I tried it once.

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