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 BucannonXC5
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had in Blue Mountain Lake, N.Y., on July 3, 2012. Can into a pint glass. Two fingers of head. Black color. Tan lacing with long lasting, good retention.

Smelled dark chocolate, coffee beans, toffee, caramel and chocolate ice cream.

Tasted pretty close to the nose. Got coffee malts, dark chocolate, smoky fire, all with a good finish.

Full body, Creamy texture. Above average carbonation. Long, smooth finish.

A very nice beer and great way to end my variety pack. Would definitely have it again.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours nearly black. Slight light penetration. Head is dark tan and dies off very quickly. It starts off big then literally pops away to nothing. The thin crown does leave much more lacing than expected.

S-Milky and sweet but also roasty and milk chocolatey. Yeasty too. Cereal grains and char. Almost a bit smoky. The nose is a bit odd but it is enjoyable and also hard to describe. I am interested to take a sip.

T-Lactic like the nose. Blatantly a Milk Stout. Roast and coffee is not very intense but its certainly there. Burnt grains and cereal. Chocolate of both the milk and dark variety. Still a bit smoky. Way more to describe than I was expecting. Impressed to a certain degree.

M-Light bodied. I only bought one can but I could easily drink a sixer of these. Bubbly and easy to put back. Nice feel.

O/D-Surprisingly good. I have avoided this beer and all beers by Butternuts. After this I feel as though I may need to try some others by Butternuts. This is neat beer in a cool can. Far exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of horshack7
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A rather dark beer with out any other color to it. The head upon pouring looks like a head on a rootbeer float.

Aroma: Some milk sugar in the front. Dark coffee, roasted malts with a pumpernickel aroma. Hops are roasted rather dark as well that have a light floralness. Faint notes of dark fruits.

Taste: Lots of milk sugar with a very smooth mouthfeel like melted milk chocolate. Slight coffee notes, dark roasted malts and hops. Vanilla, dark bread and a light floral finish.

Notes: Very solid and drinkable. Cheers.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can with no freshness info. This was a souvenir from working American Craft Beer Fest, and was poured into my Bruery tulip.

Moo Thunder Stout pours a solid black, with about two fingers of light caramel foam crowning the beer. There's decent head retention on display, as well as some lightly sticky lacing. The nose is nice, smells of light, sweet coffee, with a slightly heavy roast edge to it. The flavor profile retains that coffee note, but leans a little bit heavier on the roast. The result is that the taste comes across as a little too dry and roasty at times. The body is solidy full, especially for a low ABV beer. It could stand to be a little more creamy though, and is paired with a slightly overactive carbonation. Moo Thunder is a passable Sweet Stout, and definitely makes a better impression than the American Pale Ale I just had before from Butternuts.

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

Sample: 1 can 2012

A: Almost black dark brown in color, pours a very thin light brown head, minimal internal carbonation

S: Very sweet and malty in terms of fragrance, moderately fragrant, some cocoa and a bit of pepper

T: Seems weak in the flavor department to me, heavy malt and coffee notes, light cocoa, well balanced and just the right amount of sweetness

M: Quite smooth and easy to drink, not lingering or overpowering in the least, light espresso aftertaste and not drying

O: Decent given its style and smooth, but lacks complexity and flavor/fragrance intensity

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Photo of match1112
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: deep dark brown pour settles in black. one inch of thick creamy foam fizzles out in no time. moderate lacing is left.

s: lactos, chocolate malt, and a touch of roasted malt.

t: milk chocolate mainly but there is a slight sourness to the lactos taste. a certain astringency seems to linger in my mouth.

m: thin body, maybe a little too much carbonation. that astringent sourness is always pessent.

o: not impressed by any means.

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

12oz can poured into a goblet. Fresh from the brewery.

A: Pours a solid black with a 1 finger khaki head. Head sticks around for a while and laces the sides of the glass a little.

S: Sweet nose of chocolate and coffee. Other roasted malts. Some darker fruit smells as it warms up.

T: Great milk stout. Lots of chocolate and coffee at first, sweetens up some and has a roasty lingering taste. Quite delicious and easy drinking.

M: Full bodied, creamy, milky and silky. Lower on the carbonation and can tell its low in booze.

Overall one of my favorite milk stouts. Keeps it nice and simple which makes it refreshing. Great to either start or end a night.

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Photo of socon67
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black pour with a swirling foam. The smell is rich and malty. The taste has got a creamy feel to it. This is a very drinkable stout. Light feel, not too rich, and well balanced. Certainly worth seeking out.

Had this on cask, but I'd like to try the canned product. Hopefully it is just as good.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Three fingers tan curling head, of a deep black abyss. Cocoa nibs and dark dry malts on the nose. Cocoa puffs chocolate cereal on the tongue. Velvety feel. A light/medium body with minimal carbonation.

Decent milk stout. Nice texture very light. Slainte

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Photo of Chico1985
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black, tan head starts at a few fingers before winding down to a decent ring and cap.

Cocoa powder, sugars, some coffee with cream in the scent. Simple but pleasant, good strength.

Taste follows suit, mix of milk+dark chocolates, caramel, and an overall lactose/sugar feel, not overly sweet though. Not much hops to speak of.

Decent mouthfeel, a bit foamy/high on the carbonation, would like to have it a little smoother.

Like many milk stouts, it doesn't wow or break boundaries, but it's solid and satisfies that craving for a lighter stout. The price and can format are pluses, definitely wouldn't mind sessioning it.

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

This is listed as a sweet stout but has a considerable amount of bitterness. The sweetness is in the background with the outstanding mouthfeel.

Deep roasty stout, nicely carbonated that creates a slightly bitter dry mouthfeel. Very drinkable with hints of chocolate, biscuit, and herbal character.

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Photo of monique
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer yesterday and loved it sooo much that I bought a 6 pack.
A - like any stout

S - nice chocolatie aroma, not too strong

T - knocked me out until next week! Nice flavor without being over powering

Overall - loved it. Maybe my go to cold weather/dessert beer

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Photo of leansean88
2.85/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured at the local bar. Huzzah, I'll be the first to review it on tap. Sadly, it's sort of underwhelming. It seems like the beer went sour. Burnt chocolate taste is still there, like it was in the can, but not really much in the creamy stout department. Such a disappointment.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Packaged January 25, 2012

A: Pours a near pitch black with ruby edges and almost no head

S: Nice roasted malts and a hint of sweetness in the back. Not much else, maybe some licorice

T: Follows the nose with the roasted malts and a touch of sweetness. Some light hops provide a light bitterness towards the end and leave a great finish

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Fairly smooth

O: Another extremely sessionable beer by Butternuts. Could use a little more sweetness as per the style, but aside from that this is an above average milk stout. And it comes in a can. Sweet!

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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 Flounder57
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a small mocha head that has reduced into a thin layer. Pitch black with signs of carbonation at the top sides of the glass. Nice lacing as the beer was drank.

Smell: roasted and chocolate malts, bready notes, vanilla, smoke, molasses

Taste: All the culprit flavors are there, but they seem a bit light. Roasted coffee, smoke and ash, mocha, bread, vanilla, and some burnt molasses too. Would be nice to get fuller flavor from this beer, but still good.

Mouthfeel: full bodied, medium to high carbonation, slightly watery, ash/smoke/burnt flavors, smooth, and easy to drink.

Overall: A decent milk stout to come out of a can. You don't too much of these here on the east coast and a nice addition to the short lineup of them. I could revisit this again in the future.

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Photo of Brad007
4.06/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a color that's black as night with a two-finger brown head that quickly fades.

Roasted malt with a sweet edge and hints of caramel & creme. Very nice aromas.

Creamy with lightly-roasted malt and cocoa notes. Very easy to drink. Kind of like a milkshake.

Ditto on mouthfeel. Creamy and all of the flavors seem to be balanced.

Most certainly worth a try!

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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 JayS2629
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick black with three finger tan head that fades slowly and leaves rings of lace.

The aroma is roasted malts, dark chocolate, vanilla, cream and coffee. Earthy hops hide well.

The flavor is nicely balanced. Good sweet lactose but nothing cloying, a chocolatey, bitter cocoa and coffee middle with some toffee undertones. Caramel and vanilla hints with an earthy underneath.

Very nicely balanced, easy drinking, smooth, thick, creamy

Very good milk stout.

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Photo of airforbes1
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm conducting a three-way taste test of milk stouts tonight. This is the first beer in the line up, with the others being Keegan Ales' Mother's Milk Stout and Left Hand's Milk Stout.

First of all, I want to say Moo Thunder is an awesome name for a milk stout and I love the cartoon design on the can.

Of the three, this by far has the best appearance. The beige head is foamy and profuse and retains much longer than the other heads. It was also the darkest, showing all black even when held to the light.

The aroma has strong roasty notes. I'm expecting this one to taste like coffee.

I'll use "roasted coffee" as a taste description as well. Maybe there's a tiny amount of vinegar in there, too? It reminds me more of Guinness Draught than a milk stout. Like Guinness Draught, the taste profile doesn't blow me away, but it is easy to sip. I'd say it's more astringent than creamy.

The mouthfeel is even more like Guinness Draught's: thin. I guess that's why it doesn't take me long to drink 12 ounces of it.

This is an OK stout, especially for the price point ($9.99 for a six pack on Long Island). That said, I'd probably look elsewhere for something that has stronger milk stout characteristics.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a tumbler pint, the beer is jet black with a frothy, light, foamy light brown head that is roughly a half an inch, and it clings to the glass like crazy. Mild chocolate tones sweeten up the toasted barley backbone and the smooth, malty presence. Flavors are light and mild, on a slick, thin body. Smokey roasted coffee and dark chocolate throughout, with a light malt sweetness that balances everything out nicely. The aftertaste is more on the coffee side, with some roast and bitter qualities. The finish is dry, and leaves the mouth quickly, with a slight astringency from all the bitter qualities. Good, solid stout.

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

A: Very dark. 1/2 inch brown/tan head. Head did not retain very long, and left little lacing.

S: Chocolate sweetness. No hop or alcohol is noticed

T: Sweet chocolate, with hints of the coffee and standard stout flavor.

M: More carbonated than I like in a stout. Was not as smooth as I'd like it to be for the sweetness of the beer.

Overall: The low ABV makes this a stout that I could drink multiple of in one sitting, but does not blow me away enough to purchase if I had other options.

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Photo of atr2605
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-pours black with a tan colored head
S-camarelized sugar and chocolate
T-follows the same profile as the aroma. Hops linger in the background contributing to the balance but not the flavor
M-medium-full with a bit of carbonation. Very creamy body
O-Very enjoyable. Not jaw dropping but very delicious

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Photo of plehnus
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Dark roasted malts. Chocolate. Soy.

Appearance: Dark brown body with a slight red hue. Tan head.

Flavor: Sweet roasted notes. Earthy hops. Cream.

Mouthfeel: Full body with a wet, smooth, and mildly bitter finish, that lingers.

Overall: Smooth and straightforward, but it is difficult to identify the flavor profile- as none of the flavors truly present themselves fully. Well balanced and drinkable, but not memorable either.

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

A: Quite black and opaque too. Just the barest hints of brown at the edges when backlit. Light brown, medium size head that falls relatively fast but leaves some bits of lace.

S: Chocolate / cocoa & roast with a bittersweet burnt sugar and molasses sweetness. No hops. Good strength and richness. Hint of lactose when cold, but it really comes out as it warms.

T: Plentiful bittersweet cocoa wrestling with roasty notes of dark coffee with hints of ash that is blunted by brown sugar sweetness on the open which softens as the lactose opens up. Solid malt base with toasty grain and a hint of toffee. Some shy hops just for balance. Not a ton of nuance, but this has superb depth and balance.

M: A little bit under medium body with softer carbonation to match. Smooth and almost creamy. Dry roasty finish.

D: Rich cocoa & lactose sweetness, but also nicely roasty. Not complex, but impressive depth. Very solid everyday stout. Highly drinkable.

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