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 Mikecap
3.29/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. can into a can-shaped glass.

A: Pours a deep brown with a thin khaki head, small patches of lacing remain on the glass.

S: Nice chocolate and some nuttiness are most prominent, a bit of coffee as well.

T: Some nuttiness starts on the palate and the chocolate comes through. Not overly sweet but enjoyable tastes do come through.

M: Medium bodied and smooth, easy drinking with a creamy finish and low bitterness.

O: A decent everyday stout that I'd try again. Far from the best of the style, but definitely worth a try.

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Photo of fscottkey
2.84/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A: Dark brown, but not black. Pours with a 2 1/2 finger light tan head that recedes really quickly. Leaves no lacing on the glass.

S: Slight chocolate tones. Nothing dominate in the smell. Maybe a hint of fruit.

T: The taste follows the nose - there is just not that much complexity. Slight bitter chocolate. Maybe a little smoke. Even as it warms I am not getting anything different.

M: Initial mouth feel is very smooth. Then there is a slight feel of carbonation at the back.

O: I had hoped for this to be a winner. I am always pulling for beer from my area. This is an okay brew - but not my favorite in this category.

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Photo of asaharyev
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pour: Extremely dark, almost black with hints of brown near the edges. A whole lot of cream-colored head that fades slowly, leaving a bit of lacing.

Aroma: Chocolate malts are very strong up front, as well as a ton of coffee. There’s a nuttiness in the background, too, and a touch of bitterness, which actually pairs itself with the coffee.

Taste: The coffee becomes the frontrunner in the flavor, but not all the chocolate is lost. There is a nice sweetness to this from the unfermentable sugar, and a nice bit of balancing bitterness at the end. The beer has a flavor reminiscent of dark chocolate covered espresso beans.

Overall: This is, honestly, way better than I expected. I’ve had Pork Slap Pale Ale, and was thoroughly underwhelmed, but this stout is pretty excellent. It’s not the best milk stout in the world, but it's near the top of my budget beer list.

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Photo of BWED
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into a craft pint.

A- Near black in color, a very deep brown. Some light comes through. Tan head retains some, but not by the time I'm done.

S- Combo of roasted malts and burnt sugar. A burnt sweetness comes out.

T- Subtle roasted flavor blanketed by sweetness. A really great mix of the two.

M- Very smooth in feel, like expected, with a good creaminess. Sweet, but slightly dry in the finish.

O- I was impressed with this one. It's a good balance between the roast and sweetness. Not much depth, but this is, simply, a milk stout.

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Photo of KiPhat
3.12/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've never been a big fan of stouts so I'm pretty critical of most of them. Sometime I'll run into one I find outstanding, but that's few and far between. So take this review with a grain of salt.

A - Poured out of the can, It looks alright, but lacks head retention, so this beer quickly looses its visual appeal.
S - Nice malty, slightly chocolatey aroma.
T - A relatively light blend of malts.
M - Decent.
O - Not bad, Not memorable. Ok.

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Photo of DrinkNewport
3.19/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

There are stouts out there that are crammed with a massive complex of flavors, high ABVs and the kind of demand that would make Ferrari blush. This is not one of them.

It pours black(which is good) and with almost no head (which is not).

This beer has a faint aroma of roasted malts...and that's it. If I was blindfolded, I would assume that I was smelling a beer that was a foot away, when it's under my nose.

The flavor is mild.

If you have no interest in the extreme stout arms race, then this is a beer for you. If you are a veteran of those beers, however, you'll probably find Moo Thunder a bit bland.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can purchased and drank at John's Tex Mex in Rochester, NY. Not exactly a world-class pairing with Mexican food, a milk stout, but this one still tasted pretty good.

Pours a glossy black color, with a fizzy 1.5 inch head, and a little bit of lacing down the glass.

Smells fairly roasty, with some used coffee beans and chocolate flavors.

The taste is similar. Not the most vibrant stout ever, of course, given the 4.9% ABV, but it takes what its got and does well with it. The aforementioned aromas translate to the taste, with roasted malt being the dominant flavor. Some creamy lactose flavor is also noted.

Light to medium bodied, creamy, smooth mouthfeel, low carbonation. Very drinkable.

A very sessionable milk stout. Simple, but still exciting to drink.

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Photo of stacket1
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: nice dark, reminded me of the cow on the can

Smell: mild, chocolate coming up

Taste: Somewhat unpleasantly surprised from a can labeled "farmhouse ale" that this tasted like a stout. It was fine for what it was, just not expected.

Mouthfeel: Given relatively low ABV, surprised at how it full bodied it seems, plenty of carbonation but flavor helped too

Overall: this tastes like a stout. it's a fine light tasty stout, but not like a saison or usual farmhouse ale. also while it's good, will not be craving it any time soon.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz Can from the Potsdam NY IGA for $2.50

Appearance - Dark brown/black colour with an average size fizzy/frothy light beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There is also some breads/grains and some light burnt flavours.

Overall - A nice well balanced very drinkable stout. Not really remarkable in any way other than how well rounded it is. Worth picking up a can.

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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 weller1js
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a heavy dark brown, almost black, with tan foamy head, leaving slight lacing.

S: Scent is a very bold, deep aroma of chocolate, with roasted malts also notable. Very appealing.

T: Begins very mild, attributes of a milk stout present themselves outright, following with roasted malts with a light sweetness that bitter hop attributes, finishing in a similar fashion, with a light bitter lingering.

O: Great milk stout, no part is more overpowering than the others, very enjoyable.

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Photo of dar482
3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out in an almost pitch black color with 2 fingers of a beautiful creamy fluffy tan head. Unfortunately, no date on the can.

The aroma is very chocolate forward with some roasted malt. You definitely get more as it warms up.

The flavor is quite good. There’s a hit of coffee, and then a bitter chocolate. There’s even a roasty dryness on the back end. It leaves you with a bit of chocolate malt powder flavor. The flavors aren’t too big, but not bad as well. It has quite the porter/coffee quality in there.

The mouthfeel unfortunately is a bit light, but that reminds me of many classic, well rated porters and stouts.

This actually is not a bad beer at all. While Young’s can be quite offensive in flavor, this packs tons of flavor for a 4.9% ABV beer. I’m really happy with having tried this. Not my favorite stout/porter, but a really good session option.

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Photo of godlessape
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Moo thunder pours and extremely dark body. This is darkness collapsed upon itself in an abandoned mine shaft at about 3am. The smaller then average light brown head stays the course.

The aroma is all about the roasted malt, with a slight hint of cheap coffee.

The flavor is sweet and roasty, with perhaps, a fleeting hint of cocoa.

The mouthfeel is a bit much with the higher then called for carbonation level.

Overall a decent sweet stout.

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Photo of BrewMaven
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wifey snagged this at the local market.

Pours near black with a nice tall cocoa head that sticks...around...ehhmm. Haha very punny. Good retention and lacing.

Roasted malt aromas with a bit of cocoa in there. Slight yeastiness too.

Taste is a hint bitter, slightly sweet in the middle with a smooth somewhat creamy finish. Nice. Mellow carbonation and a fairly thick mouthfeel.

A really nice session Stout which I'll be visiting again soon!

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Photo of Antikythera
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
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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Photo of brewdude1982
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This was a 12 oz can poured into a pint glass.

It pours a dark opaque black with a datk brown frothy head with large bubbles. It has some particles in the bottom of the glass. It has a slight bready smell with a little booze in the nose as well. I get a lot of spur which makes me wonder if this batch was a little off. I was expecting more malty taste. It has a decent body and decent carbonation. I want to try a different batch of this beer at another date but if this is how this beer usually tastes I would not recommend over some of the others that are better.

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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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Photo of GPHarris
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a - poured a one finger thick bubbly and coffee-colored head into a snifter that left a thin ring throughout. the body was dark brown almost black.
s - lactose, roasted malt, some herbal hop character.
t - roasted coffee, yeasty, lactose.
m - thin and bubbly.
o - very drinkable and enjoyable for the most part.

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Photo of Kooz
2.8/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a nice dark brown with a tan head. The head dissipated pretty quickly, leaving only a film over the top of the pint glass. This dragged to a sticky lacing with every pull.

Smelled malty and slightly sweet. Reminiscent of sweetened condensed milk, which isn't a bad thing.

Tasted a bit malty at first, but devolved to an ashy flavor which was not very pleasant. It had good moments, but also bad moments. The slightly ashy aftertaste is not nice. No, there were no smokers near me, and I am not a smoker myself.

I was disappointed in the mouthfeel--I really expected more. There was not enough body for this heavy beer. It's carbonated just right though.

Overall, it's slightly below average for me. I see that people are raving about it, but I need to be honest--it isn't a taste I'd go out of my way to have again. With so many good milk stouts out there these days, I will pass on Moo Thunder.

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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 beastmammoth
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I want to start by saying I could drink 10 of these.

The mouthfeel stands out as smooth, satiny and surprisingly light, without being watery. The dominant smell is sweet dark chocolate and dark roasted malt. Taste is simple- a bit of milky sweetness, a hint of dark chocolate, tasty roasted character. Nothing overwhelming, but overwhelmingly pleasant throughout. A great session stout. And you can't beat it at 8$ a 6 pack.

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Photo of AdamBear
2.37/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A-black with thin tan head. Almost non existent.

S-creamy, lactosey. Hint of chocolate powder. Not bad.

T-comes with a slightly sour taste of aged cocoa. Doesn't taste too awesome. It's kinda disgusting. 

M-watery with a watery finish

O-ouch this is just horrible. It's actually gross. It's sour? Not a good sour! The sort of sour that old milk is. Yuck. Going down the drain.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass:

A: black colored body with a one finger off white head that lasted for a good minute. The body was too dark for any carbonation to be seen. There was barely any lacing.

S: chocolate and roasty coffee up front with just a tad of hops in the background.

T: basically the same.

M: light to medium, slightly watery leads to very drinkability.

O: this was a decent stout that I would have again.

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Photo of Tschnab
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- dark black pour with a very thin mochoa brown head. No lace.

S- milk chocolate and a roast and bitter hop profile, some dark nuts and some burnt toast.

T- same chocolate and bitterness and a light twang that is slightly metallic.

O- a nice stout in a can, good flavors but it was a little thin.

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Photo of mattbk
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought a variety 12 because these are from NYS and in cans. I thought I had heard some decent things about Moo Thunder as well. The others in the variety have been mostly disappointing, let's see how Moo Thunder does.

A- Fairly well carbed, it pours a thick head, which is tan. Light viscosity during the pour, but the color is deep brown to black. The head is sticking around a while, and leaves some nice lacing as it goes down.

S- Not a strong aroma, but what I do get is roast, chocolate, and faint amount of lactose. Better than average.

T- On first impression: confused. It is very bitter, acerbic even. The lactose is fairly well buried by the roast, maybe bittering hops? which leaves only an aftertaste of anything sweet. This is more like a dry stout than a sweet stout. Once you get used to this, the beer is ok, but fairly one dimensional in terms of burnt roast character. I am guessing they used black malt or black barley in this.

M- Thin and watery, but light in mouthfeel, again, more appropriate for dry stout style.

O - This starts off well, and if it was described as a dry stout I may have rated it higher, it's not entirely unpleasant to drink. But I'm just not sure Butternuts knows what they're doing, so I'm docking them for the incorrect description of this beer style.

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Moo Thunder Stout from Butternuts Beer & Ale
3.58 out of 5 based on 715 ratings.
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