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 ocbears
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can.

A: Deep, dark brown, with a tinge of red when in the light. Creamy camel-colored head about half a finger thick.

S: The easiest way to describe the nose would be Kona coffee ice cream. A certain milkyness comes through a long with a prevailing sense of coffee. I'm not a coffee drinker but I loved Kona coffee flavored ice cream and this reminds me exactly of that.

T: Sweetness up front followed by a mild acridity (is that an oxymoron?). Doesn't really taste very coffee-y until after the finish. I don't really notice a bitterness from coffee-like or dark chocolate flavors. It's just kind of sweet then sour.

M: Thin bodied, but it doesn't bother me. Ideally it would be a bit heavier, i.e. creamier, but I can live.

D: Really, really high. I could drink a ton of these anytime, anywhere.

Notes: This beer is one of my favorites and I don't really know why. It's just a great beverage to drink. It may not seem like much, but for whatever reason, it goes down really easily and isn't offensive in any way.

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Photo of Rschis16
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black out of a neat looking can with a cow on it. Thick milky head on top. Smell is milk chocolate and coffee, or in that case mocha. The smell is definitely quality coming out of the can and no metal can be detected.

Taste is weaker than I was expecting from the smell. Some light roast coffe in there maybe burnt chocolate, but it leaves a stale aftertaste in the mouth, which is slightly offputting. Mouthfeel is definitely watery and takes away from the experience. I expected a creamier and heavier feel. Its not terrible by any stretch, but its not the best beer I've ever had. I'll try their others though for sure.

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Photo of nickthetick
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: pours a opaque black into my dogfish head signature glass with a thin to a almost nonexistent thin skim of dark khaki bubbles that leave no lacing.

S: over cooked coffe and dark chocolate bitterness, some dark malt sweetness.

T: milk chocolate mixed with the same overcooked coffee, a little earthy and grassy.

MF: a little too watered down for a milk stout and lacking carbonation.

O: an average stout with a below average mf, what saves this beer is being in a mixed 12 pack.

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Photo of kenpo23
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

love the cow on the can so how could i ever have not tried this one.

A: dark, not black but definitely dark. no head with just a bit of lacing that was gone quickly.

S: smells like a mix of milk chocolate and malts. not overpowering.

T: gets better as it warms up. theres a surprising vanilla taste to it that i quite liked. if it were only a bit thicker i'd be crazy happy.

M & D: a very light brew that should make it easy to kill a bunch of these in the summer. i usually like my milk stouts thicker but this one is creamy and light enough that it really would hit the spot when the temp outside is 98.

grab one...laugh at the can...and enjoy.

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Photo of Bung
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. A good solid black pour, nearly no whitish head. So retention and lacing not so much.

Aroma has small roast and chocolate.

Taste is slightly more roasty than sweet. Enough roast malt and slight coffee to off set the lactose and sweeter chocolates. Finishes with some cocoa.

Lighter body for a stout and slightly prickly carbonation, but it goes down fairly smooth. Very easy to drink. Thought it does not necessarily make you want to drink it.

A very good session brew, would consider drinking this often at less than 5%. Drinkability would be exceptional if not for the body.

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

a - dark brownish black, this foamy head, dissipates to leave a nice ring

s - oh yea, chocolate malt. very nice hints of coffee and hops as well

T - tasty chocolate malt, not much hops, not terribly complex. crisp.

M - I would like it to be a bit more dry, not terribly smooth.

D - very drinkable, possibly too drinkable, if there such a thing, personally i like to feel like I should be savoring my stouts, while this one is a bit light and watery.

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

Presentation: 12 oz can into a nonic. Thanks to beveritt for procuring yet another along to me.

A- Essentially black and opaque. Pours with ~1/2 finger of brown head, which fades quickly into a smattering of bubbles. Sporadic spotty lacing.

S- Roasted, slightly smoky malts/acidic coffee dominate, with hints of milk chocolate.

T- Follows the smell quite faithfully- Roasted malts and coffee, some milk chocolate, and a bit of smokiness on the finish. Bitterness is fairly low.

M- Moderate carbonation. Slightly watery, and a bit light on the feel.

D- Good. This is a very easy drinking stout, and would be a good stout to session.

Future outlook: Nothing about this beer jumps up and grabs you, but it is nevertheless a solid, easy drinking stout. As beer that doesn't come here, not one to seek out, but certainly not one to avoid if you happen upon it.

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

A: Pours a deep, dark black, with a one finger creamy, mocha colored head almost akin to the same tiny little bubbles on top of a fresh cup of coffee.

S: Definitely a sweet milky, chocolate-y smell with some roasted malts and a hint of cocoa.

T: A lighter taste with milky/lactose present up front with some chocolate and roasted malts following. Pretty much just like the nose.

M: Light on the tongue for sure, a light amount of carbonation for a light bodied beer.

D: Quite drinkable, actually very tasty. It's nice to find another canned beer (better packing in the fridge!) that's pretty tasty.

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Photo of backfat
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

another awesome looking can from butternuts. poured in my SA perfect pint glass with goovatron's pie flap playing in the backround.

Pours a rich opaque black. tannish brown head

smells like coffee of the bat. tobacco, chocolate, some milk, and some roast are also present

The taste is nice but weak. It's like a very dry and creamy coffee with some roasty malt and some bakers chocolate.

Kind of thin and watery like all the other butternuts I have had tonight.

I am loving the new can craze and especially the stouts. I would love to take some of these on a cold hiking trip (that is, if ten fidy isn't available)

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Photo of foogerd
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- black body some coffee colored head with nice lacing.

S- roasted malt, milk with coffee, and a light nutty flavor.

T- Roasted bitter chocolate malts.

M- Carbonated smooth and just enough silk.

D- Definitely the strong point for this brew. Low abv with a good amount of taste.

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Photo of scootny
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A jet black fluid with a brown head. Good retention and a moderate fade. Spots of lace here and there. Smell of coffee and dark roasted grains. Sweet caramel and light molasses. Taste is like a great cup of coffee. Touch of mocha. A bit of sweet lactic sourness. Dry earthy finish with dark roastyness. Feel is light with a good carbonation. Very drinkable. A good one for winter or summer. Simple and very well done I will be keeping this one around the house. Great beer here.

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Photo of BatDaddy
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown that turns solid black as the contents of the can empty into the glass. A good finger of head stands for a minute or two and then quiets down to a small lacing.

S - Aroma is very subtle - getting some sweet malts and a bit of smoky roasted undercurrent. Maybe a hint or two of chocolate.

T & M - Simple and straightforward roasted malt. Just a touch of chocolate here and there. There's an underyling mild sweetness throughout that's expected from a milk stout. Mouthfeel is a little dry and bubbly, but not bad. A tad on the light side though.

D - An easy drinker, for sure.

Nothing too flashy, but a pretty decent stout with some mild but pleasant flavor. As long as the price was within reason, I'd purchase this again.

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

Poured from a can into a shaker pint glass, lightly chilled, at the Burger Bar in SoNo, CT.

Pours jet black, very little foam. Virtually no lacing observed. Modest smell, light roasted, some notes of coffee or expresso, but very mild.

Taste is a milky smooth darker malt, with very light hop throughout. Moderate carbonation. Very evenly balanced, and quite tasty.

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Photo of muttyd
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Black/deep brown body with a thin tan head that persists throughout. Aroma is of chocolate, dry roasted malt, some wood notes. Flavor follows the nose with a chocolate malt sweetness, balanced by an earthy roast character. Getting some chocolate milkshake and caramel flavor as well. Creamy smooth body with a clean toasty finish. Very drinkable, very well priced.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours from the can a very dark black/brown, with light tan brown head of two fingers thick

Smoke and mild malt on the nose, pleasant and simple not too big and not to small either. Wood like characteristics of tree bark on the nose as well, with some soil earth.

Taste is a sweet faint malt, with mild carbonation of a soda pop fizz quality, but not too much and a bitter hop afterfinish with some tobacco.

Average drinkability.

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

Unassuming stout on a can, and in that context it delivers quite a pleasing surprise. Nice brew.

Presentation: 12 oz black bell can. Oval image presiding it with a blue and white palette, noting name of the brew and a cow smiling as it runs away from the thunder. Notes all malt and lacks any recognizable freshness or best by date. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Black pour with thin dark brown edges. 1/2" creamy tan head, medium to low retention but with a nice surface memory and good splashes of lacing.

S - Fair nose, roasted sense with a dash of lactose sugar, pinch of chocolate as it ties itself to the malt.

T - Nice roasted sense with the same dash of lactose sweetness woven down to the bittersweet sense.

M - Medium/light body with medium carbonation, lightly bitter finish.

D - Good enough, not too enticing to make a session stout out of it but quite nice in its own way.

Notes: Quiet brew, but quite recommendable. Nothing extraordinary but it is a notch well above average.

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

The beer was served in a pint glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer is black like a good cup of coffee. The head is light tan and resolves to a ring of foam. Whisp of foam mark this beers passage from my glass.

Smell: Very straight forward aroma of light to mid roasted malt with some nice sweet chocolate notes.

Taste: Very straight forward roasted malt with an edge of char pleasing chocolate undertones a light sweetness that is held in check by roast.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is light but not watery. The carbonation levels are on the lower side but work out well. This is a very nice comforting milk stout. No gimmicks involved just straight up well made beer. Moo Thunder brings the thunder to your glass.

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Photo of witster18
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My favorite offering from this brewery. A straight forward stout. Nothing original here. Nose of choco. LIght mouthfeel! Flavors are great... warm milk/choco... nothing original here, but nothing off-putting either. Really good, especially considering this is out of a can. Could easily put back a six of this without getting tired of it.


Easy drinking solid stout, lighter mouthfeel but tastes good and goes down very easy.

This would be a fantastic transitional beer for the novice palate.

awesome drinkability for the style - a pounders' stout.

a wee bit watered down and a little sourness to the finish which is a little unpleasant, but overall this is a pretty good stout, and a novelty out of a can.

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Photo of goldbot
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black with thick, creamy, light brown head and great head retention and lacing. Rich, roasty malt aroma with plenty of chocolate. Sweet smelling. More chocolate flavor, less roasty but still some coffee and burnt malts there. Thin tasting though, with a thin, watery mouthfeel.

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Photo of tbrown4
4.16/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can -> Weyerbacher tulip

Pours deep black, two finger cream head. Pretty standard stout aroma, immediate roasted notes. Flavor is deep chocolate and bright. Not quite sure how to really describe it. Graham cracker notes as it opens up. Some almost savory notes appear as well Finishes very clean. Easy to drink and a great representation of the style for me.

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

Appearance- Black with dark copper highlights around the edges.
Tan head that dissipated quickly.

Smell- Roasted barley, chocolate, and a little coffee.

Taste- Chocolate, roasted barley and bitter coffee with hop flavors at the end.

Mouthfeel- Not bad for an average stout. I would prefer a little more of a mouthfeel, but that just maybe me.

Drinkability- Good drinkability. I would have another easy.

This is a good beer. If this was regular offering around me I would buy it from time to time.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.09/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black with a lasting, thick, brown head and nice lasting. Aroma of bready, roasted malt, dry fruit and some coffee. Body is light for a stout, high carbonation. Flavors are light coffee, vanila, dry fruit and roasted malt. Short, bitter finish. Somewhat light for a stout but not bad for the price.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can pulled from my fridge poured into a bulb style glass. sticker on 6 pack indicates it was packaged on JUN 17 2010.

pours out opaque pitch black with about a one finger of creamy dark mocha/ brown colored head. eventually setteled to a retentive ring. hardly any lace.

aromas of primarily of roasted malts, sweet milky malts, dark fruits. also bits of molasses, carboard and tobacco.

lots of sweet roasted malts and milkiness on the palate. dark fruits and hints of tobacco on the backend. finishes just slightly roasty bitter with some milk chocolate. just a little bit of muddled flavor in there, hard to describe, but a little like cardboard.

mouthfeel is a touch watery at times, but overall creamy on the palate. just a bit too high of a carb at first, but it settles. medium to light body.

goes down easy, and is an easy session beer for the price, but the only thing that would keep me coming back is the fact that its local. nothing too special.

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

12oz can into a kitchen glass.

A- Look is dark, not mega black, but black enough. A cream colored 1/2 inch of foam came and went, no stick.

S- Roasted malt, lactose, tootsie rolls, vanilla.

T- A mix of malt, chocolate, slight roast, and vanilla/milk/lactose.

M- Kinda bland feel and bordering on the thinner side, could use a boost, carb is there and noted, yet not bloated.

D- A nice canned stout that's lighter in ABV, would love to try this super fresh.

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Photo of tehawful
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I bought the Butternuts Beer Mix Pack after having tried (and loved) the Pork Slap Pale Ale. Each style has a unique graphic on the can...with a cow getting shocked in the ass by a black lighting bolt to represent this milk stout.

Appearance: Somewhat thick pour into a black body. Pours with a small head that carries a very faint reddish-brown tint. The head quickly dissipates to a ring around the glass.

Smell: A medium to faint aroma, mostly coffee with a hint of chocolate and dark fruit.

Taste: Tastes of heavy roasted coffee and pale malt. Strong astringent taste quickly follows the roasted flavors leaving a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Body is medium, but not as heavy as I had hoped after the pour. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: I was hoping for more in terms of a milk stout from this brewery. The sour astringent taste and dry finish were more prominent than what I would have liked. I probably will not be revisiting this one in the near future.

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