Moo Thunder Stout Farmhouse Ale | Butternuts Beer & Ale

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Moo Thunder Stout Farmhouse AleMoo Thunder Stout Farmhouse Ale
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Moo Thunder Stout Farmhouse AleMoo Thunder Stout Farmhouse Ale

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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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Added by Risser09 on 03-26-2007

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Photo of imbibehour
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
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 +8.1%
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 +11.4%
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 +3.6%
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 +2.5%
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 +15.9%
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%
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 -13.9%
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 -1.7%
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 +0.3%
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 -17%
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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Photo of morayeel
4.8/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apperance- pitch BLACK.

Smell- a little hint of smoke and choclate

Taset- lite smoke and chocolate flavoe just a hint of coffe at the end.

Mouth feel- smoth not to heavy and not to thin.

Drinkability- A nice stout to have one or two and move on to something lighter.

I love this stout for the taste. Perfect with a nice porter house on the grill.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can pours a deep, brown color. Any head doesn't stick around for very long. Slight lacing. Aromas of chocolate and some roasted malts. Sweet smell. I taste some chocolate and coffee along with the malt flavors. Somewhat of a thin stout. Drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark cocoa colored pour, rather opaque, with brown/blood reds around the edges. Minimal beige head, and no lacing.

Aroma is faint sweetness and cocoa.

Taste is pleasant, with nice milk chocolate, hints of bittersweet, milk and roasted malts.

The feel is nice and creamy, pushing medium, lower carbonation.

Damn decent milk stout. Wouldn't mind a few of em'.

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Photo of greenmonstah
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass.

A- Tiny head that dissipates immediately. A pours a deep dark brown that makes you crave to drink it!

S - Roasted malts dominate. Hint of chocolate and even a little alcohol and a very slight hop aroma that doesn't show up so much in the taste.

T - Roasted malts and a hint of dark chocolate. Chocolate comes out as it warms to the ideal temperature.

F - Light to medium body with slight creamyness to it. God carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

D - Enjoyable, but I'd probably only want one or maybe two. Nothing bad to say about it.

All-in-all a pretty simple and tasty stout. Nothing to complain about, but nothing really to rave about either.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to zdk9 for sharing this can.

The beer pours a dark brown color with red highlights and a white head. The aroma is chocolate and roasted malt. A very nice aroma. The flavor is not as good as the aroma. I get some roasted malt and toffee, but I also get something that resembles earth/dirt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Metuo
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark, not quite opaque, but not much light gets through. The head is a nice fluffy tan pillow. Decent lacing.

S: Malt, sweet milk, bitter chocolate and butter cream.

T: Unsurprisingly follows the nose. Sweet cream as it hits the palate, and a hint of butter and coffe at the end.

M: Only slightly carbonated, but pleasant. Sits nicely in the mouth.

D: Very easy to drink, smooth and unoffensive.

Overall a solid beer, nothing too special, but worth a taste and another purchase.

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Photo of IronLover
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep black in color with a thick beige head after the pour that slowly dissipates and leaves no cap or lacings. Roasted malty aroma with hints of chocolate, vanilla and dark fruit. Smooth and creamy feel. A bit thinner than I expected, which made it less filling. Roasted malt flavor in the beginning with a touch of milky sweetness that tapers to a pleasant toasty malt character. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue IX:

Moo Thunder comes in a can featuring a cartoon cow with dangling utters, jumping as its ass is getting jolted by a black lightning bolt. Ha! We just remembered that Black Lightning was the first black comic book hero in the late '70s. Man, he was one badass crime fighter.

Pours a rich, opaque black with dark brown edges and a creamy tan lace. Soft aroma, all malt, with some roastiness, dark chocolate and a hint of milkiness. Smooth up front, with a medium body and even consistency that's on the lighter side of the Stout spectrum without being watery. Edges are a wee bit astringent with a roasty bite, but it smoothes out beneath with some chocolate, earth, toasty brown breads and a lingering malty sweetness. The sweetness isn't cloying and is quite pleasing on the palate. Hops are very tame, only making an appearance as a light herbal and leaf character way in the back--not at all bitter, which is on par with what they're aiming for. Finishes dry and moreish, along with some bitter chocolate and rustic bread flavors that dissipate fairly quickly.

This is beer, people. Beer that reminds us that sometimes simple can be best and its marketing reminds us that beer is, and always has been, fun. Flavorful, extremely drinkable and ... fun!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice to see a milk stout in a can, Moo Thunder with this crazy cartoon cow...okay I'll drink it. Poured into my imperial pint glass nice mocha tan head forms nicely with lacing strung evenly between sips. Body is dark nearly black, light toffee brown highlights when held toward the light just around the edges of the glass. Aromatics offer up dark roasted malt with creamy lactose sweetness. Hints of anise a touch of meaty soy sauce with herbal hops in the background. Flavor has a rounded creamy sweetness, with dark chocolate and mild coffee from the nearly burnt malted barley additions. Herbal hops underlying a nice session milk stout out of the can what complexty and nice flavors from a canned stout, this is excellent. Soft even carbonation creates a silky smooth mouthfeel, again I was scared to try these beers base off of SIDT's nightmare tasting show they had, but I'm glad I gave these guys a fair shake. I'm wondering if they're case was out of date or not. Drinkability again great stuff sessionable and packed with flavor, what every beer drinker out there is looking for.

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Photo of harpus
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer poured from a can into a pint glass...

A: The beer pours a nearly black color with a large tannish head and decent lacing...

S: The smell is light, but I am getting some roasted malt, and maybe some lactose...

T: A nice flavor up front, which leads to a smoother milk stout flavor, with the lactose...

M: Smooth a nicely bodied...

D: A decent brew easy to drink

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Photo of FeloniousDrunk
3.22/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. can into a pint glass. Thin, 1/2 finger chocolate-mousse head appeared and disappeared into a wispy saddle in minutes. The beer is licorice-black in color.

Smells of prunes, toasted caramel malts, and hints of milk chocolate are most prevalent.

The taste is smoky on the front, with distinct caramel malt flavors finishing. There is a slight bitter metallic taste which might come from the can is also there, and the overall flavor is on the thin side. There is a nice toasted flavor that lingers after the swallow.

The mouthfeel is very slightly creamy, but overall lacks the substance one would expect of a stout. It is a touch watery and thin in the mouth.

Drinkability is fairly high, as it is not a bad stout and doesn't take up that much room in your belly. This beer is also not a palate-cleanser with it's mild flavor and feel.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml can bought online from

Poured a deep dark brown / almost black colour. Burnt brown head poured pretty thick, foamy and meringue like then faded to light covering with thick edging... some light lines of lacing ring the glass...

Aroma - Toasted bread and lightly roasted malts, some dark brown sugar sweetness, roasted nuttiness, some blackcurrant, raisin and black grape fruitiness, very light oatiness, some faint smokiness coming through, leathery hints...

Taste - Nice lightly roasted milky chocolate notes, toasted malt loaf, caramel and molasses sweetness, again some dark berry fruits, light nutmeg traces, quite a lot of sweet nutty hints, some pepperiness...

Feel - Smooth initially then a little sharpness comes through... medium bodied... extremely quaffable at only 4.9%...

Overall - A very enjoyable stout - might be a little sweet for some though... recommended...

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Photo of puboflyons
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz can with no lot code or expiration date. Sampled on August 28, 2010. The pour is a rich black with a quick one inche tan head that dissolves down to a thin ring around the glass. Lacing is short-lived too. The aroma is of burnt dark chocolate, modest malts, and milk. The taste has a full-bodied chocolate bitterness with a sharp hoppy bite toward the finale. A stout from a can! What do you know?

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