Moo Thunder Stout | Butternuts Beer & Ale

BA SCORE
81
good
715 Ratings
Moo Thunder StoutMoo Thunder Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Butternuts Beer & Ale
New York, United States
butternutsbeerandale.com

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Risser09 on 03-26-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
715
Reviews:
337
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
13.97%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
80
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 715 |  Reviews: 337
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.

 250 characters

Photo of acurtis
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

 579 characters

Photo of GRG1313
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

 906 characters

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

 310 characters

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.

 767 characters

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

 593 characters

Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Boone757
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

 861 characters

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!

 862 characters

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.

 531 characters

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.

 757 characters

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.

 614 characters

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.

 917 characters

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.

 848 characters

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.

 1,027 characters

Photo of smithj4
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

 970 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Moo Thunder Stout from Butternuts Beer & Ale
3.58 out of 5 based on 715 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.