Moo Thunder Stout | Butternuts Beer & Ale

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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:
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Added by Risser09 on 03-26-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
715
Reviews:
337
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
13.97%
 
 
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Photo of jondeelee
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
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 bpw28
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: One finger brown head, very dark brown/black (about a 39 SRM), very nice lacing.

Smell: Massive smoky malts, sour milk , sweet chocolate, mild coffee, cigar smoke (earthy sort of smell, cant describe it but cigar smoke seems to come close)

Taste: Clean roasted malt, suprise floral, good sweetness not over bearing, light smoky chocolate aftertaste. The mouthfeel is very light, not a problem I thought I'd run into with a milk stout or a stout in general.

Final Thoughts: It's decent. It would be the perfect stout for a first timer. Big malts, light hops, light body, smoky. A good start point and your not starting them on the best, so theres plenty of room to show them the better. Just hope the "turning milk" smell does turn them off.

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

Bought this beer because I needed decent craft beer that came in a can, for an afternoon at a private lake. The beer didn't disappoint me. It's a thick, black color. Frothy brown head. The aroma is a nice mix of grain, chocolate, and dark fruit. Nice aroma. The flavor is balanced, but maybe a tad on the sweet side. Full in body. This is a nice beer.

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Photo of nukem5
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a oily black color with thick rich creamy cap of foam, very tasty looking and decent lacing on sides of glass.

S: Smells of sweet malts dark chocolate with bittering hops all pretty small in the smell dept but the malts do stick out nicely.

T: Coffee sweet and sugary light chocolate and malty tastes all pretty good as for balance, wish they were all a bit more pronounced.

M: A bit on the watery side and thin not quite what I expected for such a dark and stouty beer. Ok carbonation level.

O: Ok , pretty good as go the 3 I have sampled this is the best and might not still order another a bit small on taste as far as the style goes there are a few really great ones out there , and this is a bit over average for me.

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Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Couldn't help but try one of these after seeing them around NYC so often. Poured at low altitude from a 12oz can into a Guinness pint glass.

A: Maybe the Guinness glass is skewing my judgment, but the beer itself looks almost exactly the same as Guinness -- deep nearly opaque brown. The head here doesn't compare, however. A couple finger tan color head with minimal retention.

S: Primarily malt notes, with a good deal of chocolate as well. Coffee and milk in the background. Smells delicious...

T: I wish I could say it tastes like it smells, but that's where this beer falls short for me. It tastes like a pretty typical stout, but unfortunately it's all one note and there's an overriding bitterness that doesn't sit well with me.

M: Definitely seems a bit light for a stout. It's also far too dry for my liking -- not very creamy at all. Perhaps my expectations were too high after seeing the cow on the can...

D: Not the greatest beer overall, but I could certainly take this one down like a lager.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours pitch balck with a brown head that has decent retention that settles to a light skin.
Aroma has a lot of roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate.
Taste: semi sweet coffee, milk shake flavor with some bakers chocolate, with a definite coffee after taste.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, surprisingly thin, light in carbination.
Overall, o.k. but not a lot of flavor and pretty forgettable.

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Photo of Brenden
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This stout is nearly black with a pretty good-sized crown of brown head showcasing some thickness and rockiness to it, leaving lacing in patches as it slides down the glass.
The aroma is appropriately malty with a sweetness that has a decidedly sugary aspect to it (though not overly sweet) as well as a mildly lactic quality. Some underlying grains and a touch of chocolate finish it out.
The aroma really follows suit, though a bit more roastiness is allowed to come out over the sweetness while a very light addition of hops seems to balance but lets the malt be the star. A bit of earthiness and some toast carry through underneath into the finish.
I don't expect this to be one of the beast stouts American craft connoisseurs are becoming more accustomed to, but this is oddly spritzy for a stout and crisp, certainly fitting a lighter style. There is a smoothness that pulls through. The body is medium, seemingly light for a medium but not at all thin and actually quite on par though, while not flat by any means, it does just so slightly seem to lack depth.
This is a good stout, particularly if one is looking for a lighter, more drinkable stout rather than a monster.

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Photo of fountainofyouth
2.35/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased at RFD in Washington, DC. Poured from a can into a snifter.

CAVEATS: My first caveat about this review is that I had this beer very soon after a mocha porter, so I might have been slightly impervious to some of its flavor profile. The second is that some of the characteristics of this particular beer (based on my own observations and those of my friends with me at the time) lead me to wonder whether this might be an unusual experience for this beer; I certainly hope so. With those caveats out of the way, let's dig in.

Appearance: Awesome. This is one of the darkest beers I've ever seen, almost like Imperial stout. There's a pretty decent off-white head. Modest lacing.

Smell: This was one of the unusual features -- it smelled like a gallon of milk maybe a day or two past the due date. I really struggled to get to the darker malt characteristics, but managed to get a little bit of coffee. No apparent hops.

Taste: As strange and unpleasant as the smell. Like, I get that it's a milk stout, but was there a single ingredient in this beer besides lactose? If there's a left-right spectrum of milk stouts from least lactic to most, imagine Sam Adams Cream Stout on the left end, Belhaven Stout and Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout in the middle, and Moo Thunder way over on the right.

There's some light coffee and dark chocolate in the background, but it's really deep down there. Light hopping on the finish.

Mouthfeel: A little watery, with carbonation in check.

Overall: Unless I can be convinced that the beer I received or the condition of my tongue was an aberration, I will not try this beer again. There are superior sweet stouts.

UPDATE: The very unpleasant sour milk experience may have been an aberration. I recently tried a different beer at a restaurant and got a similar taste -- but I tried another beer from the pack and it tasted much better. I will re-review this someday and hopefully get a better result.

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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 deltatauhobbit
3.29/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pack date 5/24/11
Best by November 2011

Pours a dark brown color, not much of a head nor any cap on top, nothing for lacing either, body seems thin from the pour, more like a cola without the intense fizziness.

The smell actually has a nice deep roasted malt aroma that dominated the nose, much stronger than I would have though, slightly sweet with a cocoa presence.

Taste is not overly milky or sweet, the roasted malt is the star here, not overly complex but fairly straight forward, light dark chocolate bitterness in the aftertaste, not overly thick and can seem thin at times.

A fairly average stout, not bad if looking for a budget stout except this isn't cheap enough to be considered budget in my books. Cute label though.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into fluted glass, nice light tan head that dissipates and clings nicely; color is dark brown to black with light amber hues on the edge of the glass.

Smell is a nice roasted malt with strong chocolate notes, light lactose note and hint of smokey/earthy scents in there as well.

Taste is on the roasted malt side, not overly sweet but good good flavor retention from the lactose, hints of chocolate, smoke and earth. A different flavor profile from other milk stouts, but it balances well.

Mouthfeel is a touch on the sticky side, which is expected with this brew but something about it hits the mouth differently, could be the combo with the over roasted/smoke and lactose.

Overall, I like this brew as its a nice combonation of stout flavors for a milk stout. The earthier flavors mix well with the lactose.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very close to being pitch black, some ruby highlights on the edge. A light brown somewhat creamy head creeping down the glass.

Roasted malts, chocalate, coffee, sweet caramel and a hint of smokiness.

Everything I mentioned with the aroma, it merges very quickly into one bland taste and ends with a dry bitterness. The flavors are on the weaker side from the aroma portrayed

Medium body feel when it hits the lips but watery while in the mouth. This seems to be a little too carbonated for what a stout should feel like. It leaves the mouth feeling dry.

Overall, not really impressed by this stout. Flavors are average at best, there is certainly no Wow factor to this stout at all. The aroma lied to me, making me believe this was going to be a tasty brew. Give it a shot if you're into average stouts.

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

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a dark coloa brown with about an inch of light tan head. This one has nice retention with a bit of soapy lace.

The aroma is full of chocolate with a bit of lactose in the background. A little bit of coffee rounding this one out. The flavor is really good here. A nice mellow cocoa aroma with bitter coffee finishing this one up.

Nice feel on this one. Creamy feel with a full body. Overall this one impressed me quite a bit. A very well done stout and a fun canned offering.

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

Pours black and brown edges. Light tan frothy head dissipates pretty quickly. Aromas are chocolate and coffee, flavors follow but there's a tinge of an oldish earthy characteristic that comes and goes. Medium mouthfeel and no complaints about the carbonation. Can easily put a few of these down and will definitely go back for more.

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Photo of surprenant1138
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown/ black with no head and reasonable lacing. Aroma is light: some coffee beans, earthy, some Light chocolate and slightly earthly. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Taste is of coffee beans, some hops, a hint of slices, a bit of vanilla, and some sort of burnt taste I can't identify. Overall a pretty good brew from a mixed twelve pack of cans.

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Photo of beancounter
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a pint glass. Less than a one finger head. The lacing is thin a dissipates quickly. Dark brown color.

S-A light, almost sour malty smell.

T- Smooth flavor, roasted malts very subdued,light sour and milky flavors - easy drinking.

M-Light to medium, very silky and smooth.

O-Decent example of a milk stout. Very drinkable. I could have several of these in a row. The flavor is simple, but not boring or one dimensional.

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

Deep dark brown, light shines through on edges, disapointing lack of head. Scent is of dark roasted and charred malts with lactose comming though in the end. First sip is heavily roasted and charred, faint thoughts of dark cocoa powder, lactose is very subdued, lacks the sweetness expected from a milk stout. Towards the end of the can, the char is the dominant note and obliterates the palate. Medium bodied, watery at times, lacks creamynes from style, long lingering char notes. Not a great milk stout due to the overwhelming char and lack of lactose sweetness and weak body.

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

A: Dark, dark, dark.... with no light passing. The massive two finger or so beige head stayed afloat throughout the session.

S: Chocolate won!.... over the mild coffee notes, and a bit of a malt profile that was very reminiscent of the Rogue, Pacman yeast one. Not too bad!

T: Not too sweet at all, nice medium body, and a pleasant Nestle's quick-like taste. I got the lactose kick on the end.

M: Thick enough, but nothing overly syrupy. The lacing was about 10 cuts above sufficient and the carbonation was fine.

O: I liked this one. I wouldn't rank it up their with Surly Four, Moloko, or anything like that, but it did the job. Good stuff!

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Photo of scotvega18
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz can into Pint glass

A- a Guinness-like brownish-black, very little light passes through with a light tan three-finger width head

S - Not much but some light roastiness on the nose. maybe some faint caramel and chocolate

T - Roastiness upfront with chocolat and coffee on the finish, but does not last long as the palate cleans right up

M - Thin and drinkable. nice carbonation that makes it very sessionable and able to drink multiple of

Notes - for what this is, its very nice. Will buy again when i want to drink multiples in a night or in the mood for something roasty and light.

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Photo of Pencible
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear black cherry with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like dry cocoa powder and bitter dark chocolate, with some roasted coffee.
T: It tasted like bitter dark chocolate and dry cocoa powder, with roasted coffee and a bit of metallic hops. It had a bitter but clean aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation. Pretty good.
D: This was a very simple stout, but it was clean and enjoyable. Not much to it, so it was super easy to drink, but not easy to remember drinking. Was expecting a bit more sweetness and not as dry from a milk stout.

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black with a hint of brown in it with a big finger-and-a-half of frothy tan-brown head atop. The head fades slowly down to a thin layer lacing nicely on the glass.

S - Aroma is full of roasted caramel malts and chocolate and coffee aromas. Bit of milkiness also mixed in as well.

T - Starts off with some sweet caramel flavor and some lactate flavor. There is a bit of roasted coffee in the background, but starts off subtle. Through the middle, a lot more roasted flavors come out with a bit of chocolate flavor. The finish is a mix of roasted caramel, some chocolate flavor, some coffee bitterness, and a touch of milk that lingers.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels slightly creamy, but maybe a touch thin for a stout. Finish is roasty and a bit dry which is nice.

D - Very drinkable. Not too heavy and goes down very smooth. It could have used a bit more body, but is really smooth and light and not empty as it is.

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Photo of mntlover
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black to look at it some deep red showing thru when held to the light. Tan head falls slow and leaves some lace.

Aroma is roasted malts some light coffee along with light chocolate milk notes.

Taste is roasted malts with some good coffee and chocolate notes, some milk like notes, smooth and pretty tasty. Finish has some good bitterness along with liquorice hints.

Mouthfeel is light for a stout probably but it is pretty smooth and lightly creamy, so overall enjoyable.

Drinkability is well good this would make a good summer stout for me. Favorable with out being big and heavy which can be a bad thing out in the middle of summer when u looking for something to quench our thirst.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A cellar temperature can poured into a pint glass. The opaque liquid is colored dark brown. A large brown head of cascading bubbles rests atop. As the cascading stops, the the head devolves into large bubbles. It's receding and leaving behind some lacework.

The beer has a good aroma that I could smell as I was pouring. Bitter chocolate mixes with some woodsy hops to give Moo Thunder an appealing scent.

The beer is malty, but does have a fair share of coffee bitterness. It's most apparent at the finish. Some milk chocolate is tasted as soon as the beer hits my tongue; I can still taste it after all the other flavors have faded. There is some acidic bitterness in the aftertaste that I do not care for.

This is a creamy, thick beer. Carbonation levels are high and can really be felt. It feels like the bubbles are biting my tongue and throat as I swallow. Plenty of coating and a bit of stickiness.

This is an acceptable stout. It is nothing to write home about, but is enjoyable. If you are curious, you may like it, but I wouldn't go out of my way to obtain it.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: One finger tan that dissipate quickly. The beer itself reminded me more along the lines of a dark dark chocolate bar than anything else.

Smell: I smell roasted malts, some light coffee with dark chocolate dominating the senses.

Taste: Sucker Punch. I was not expecting the acidity that was waiting for me. The best I can describe it was lemon (citrus hops?) dominating the fight between the malts and coffee. The other flavors were more afterthoughts that were barely detectable underneath the acidity. The taste did not in anyway mirror the smell.

Mouthfeel: Heavily carbonated and crisp but too watery for my taste.

Overall: I can see what Butternuts wanted to accomplish with this stout but I think they might have gone too overboard with the hops. The beer was not too bad but I think there better uses of time.

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Photo of coachdonovan
3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a stout-appropriate black but what little head it started with disappears quickly. That's disappointing. First sniff is a punch of roasted coffee but surely there is some chocolate in there as well. The roast vs. sweetness battle is much more evenly matched in the taste, or perhaps there is just very little of either. I would think this is a good starter stout, since the sweetness isn't cloying but it does help balance out any bite. "Simple" is the best word I can use to describe the taste, but it does deliver with scorched malts with a touch of lactose.

My biggest complaint with this beer is the mouthfeel- it's WAY too watery. However, I do love the container, and there are sure to be times I would drink this right out the can, so maybe that would be less noticeable. Low ABV makes this a decent option if you're looking for a non-lager kickball beer.

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