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 GarrettMD
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a pitch black with carbonation sticking to the sides of the glass all the way up. 2 finger thick creamy tan head. Head retention is great as well as lacing.

S - Smells of roasted malts, sweet vanilla and lactose, maybe some slight chocolate.

T - Taste follows the nose pretty well. Taste is a little more sweet than the smell puts on. Roasted malts become a nice backbone to the lactose sweetness.

M - Very smooth and creamy. Medium to heavy bodied, it just slides down your throat. Finish is very sweet and slightly dry.

D - Great drinkability. The sweetness isn't overpowering at all, this could be a very good session-able beer.

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

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz can into an Imperial pint glass. Label is a running, upright cow with a black lightning bolt striking the ground right behind it.

Appearance: Pours with 1/2 finger of medium tan head. This settles to a ring around the glass and some spotty coverage. Some lacing. The beer itself is an extremely dark ruby brown, almost black, and completely opaque.

Smell: Roasted barley bitterness with undertones of lactose sweetness. Hints of vanilla and tobacco.

Taste: Strong barley bitterness assaults the tastebuds upfront and immediately. This and a grainy huskiness linger well after the sip, accompanied by the slightest milk sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Average to a little higher than average carbonation level. Body is good.

Drinkability: Got this is a mixed 12 predominantly because I wanted to get some Pork Slap Pale Ale for a friend. Who says beer geeks are not subject to marketing. A robust and flavorful carry me through all the reading I need to do for the start of school tomorrow.

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

12oz can served in tulip pint.

A: Pours a deep, dark brown with mahogany highlights. An inch worth of mocha head shrinks to a thin layer of suds rather quickly. Just a ring remains for the duration of the beer. No real lace to speak of.

S: Sweet roasted malt. A little Hershey's syrup. Just a faint hint of coffee. Fresh cream. Some vanilla. Very simple, but in a good way.

T: Pretty much what was expected based on the aroma. Starts out with some nice toasty flavors. Milk chocolate makes an appearance. Just a little hoppiness to add some balance. Mild bitterness dries it up at the end. Leaves just a little coffee in the aftertaste. Flavor is restrained, but very appealing. Some thing is missing mid-palate. Other than this gap of flavor, all is well.

M: Mouthfeel is a little thin, watery even. Carbonation is ok, slightly prickly.

D: These go down easy.

This is a pretty interesting beer. Some might call it boring, but I'm really starting to appreciate subtle, restrained beers like this. Its far from perfect, but if you're in need of some dark roasted flavor in a session-like beer, this one fits the bill. Bonus points for beer in a can, not to mention the fun artwork on the label.

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Photo of STEG
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black color with a near two finger head of light sand head into a snifter as the head receeds it leaves layers of lacing really nice looking and it's opaque enough to block out the sun. Smell has smoke, stale cinnamon, dare i say whole milk, coffee and chocolate notes are present as well. Taste has sweet malt and bittersweet/bakers chocolate up front coffee and a touch of bitterness in back. Mouthfeel is creamy and viscous but has a thinness to it that could be made up for on tap. I would have no problem drinking a few of these

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Photo of barknee
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

This is a gorgeous looking brew in the glass; opaque black with a huge dark mocha colored head having massive longevity. The nose is smoked fresh heavy cream mixed with just ground fresh espresso beans smoked over beechwood, simply fabulous. The taste is akin to the nose; dark heavily French or Italian roasted beans with some dark chocolate nibs thrown in for good measure. Very malty and milk like in flavor, its an oddity that the mouthfeel is surprisingly quite lithe. Thin in the mouth with little body, the mouthfeel is totally out of synchronous with the rest of the factors; this is unusual statistically speaking. One would expect some additional creaminess and weight in a brew as well endowed as this and I must say it was obvious when I poured it from the can that this would be the case. Although a fairly negligible demerit, this is nevertheless a well made and enjoyable milk stout that has a bit of a Bamberg brewing influence. This my friends is one way to get your vitamin D !

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Photo of caddybuyer
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a can into a pint glass...

A-Black stout with amber highlights when held to light. Thick, creamy tan head that lasts a long time and laces nicely.

S-Roasted malt and cocoa powder...not overpowering but nice. Dare I say chocolate milk???

T-Slightly watery but creamy mocha richness...I love a good RIS but this may just hit the spot on a hot summer day. The flavor is thin, yet that may be what makes this brew interesting...We all have Ten Fidy for the cold spells, how about a light sessionable stout for a warm summer day?

M-On the lighter side, but that is not bad for what this is....

D-You can pound these...a nice diversion in the hot weather....Bravo to these guys for making a sessionable stout.

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Photo of lou50rp
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark almost black with a tan head which is small and dissipates quickly.
Smell of dark roast coffee and dark chocolate with a touch of sweetness.
Taste is as the smell promises, dark chocolate and coffee with a hint of sweetness.
Mouth feel is light, but not watery.
Very drinkable. A good session beer because of its light feel and taste. On my list for future purchases, when my batch of cream stout gives out.

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Photo of BeefyMee
4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Beautifully black with absolutely no light escaping. Only loses points for not having much of a head.

S: Smells almost exactly like coffee with cream and sugar.

T: Roasty and sweet with a wonderful vanilla aftertaste. Many flavors but nothing goes overboard.

M: Chewy with a good amount of bubbly zing. An interesting combination.

D: Very good but I might want to quit the sweetness after a couple.

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Photo of Axic10
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark black/brown with two fingers of tan head that quickly settles.

Smell: Chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and sweet lactose.

Taste: Chocolate, coffee and a creamy taste from the lactose.

Mouthfeel: Very light and watery mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Decent surprise. Other than the mouthfeel, this was a solid beer. I would probably have again, but I'm not going out of my way to seek it out.

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Photo of Gouxman
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was fairly impressed with this stout in a can. Though not as good as the Left Hand Milk Stout, this stout is still highly drinkable.

With a lighter body and color than most stouts this brew can easily be consumed in mass quantities. And at only 4.9% above, you won't be feeling it in the morning.

This milk stout has a creamy mouthfeel with flavors of lactose, chocolate, and cocoa. This brew is worth a try.

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Photo of billab914
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured pretty close to black with a nice thick tan head on it. The head faded a bit but left some nice lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma is pretty light overall, but also pretty smooth. It has a bit of a bitter-sweet chocolate flavor to it with a tiny bit of roasted flavor as well. Not bad but not overly interesting either.

The taste shows some nice roasted, burnt, coffee and chocolate flavors up front. The finish shows even more of the burnt and bitter flavors. It has a bit of milk stout characteristic in the smoothness and the creamy flavor it had. It's pretty light and almost watery for a stout though. Still some nice roasty and burnt flavor going on though.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied overall and pretty light for the style. The carbonation is moderate overall as well. Drinkability is pretty decent, it had some nice roasty and bitter flavor to it and was pretty smooth overall.

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Photo of mjaskula
3.29/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass. The beer is black like it should be, but the thin brown head left much to be desired. Leaves a small amount of finger like lace.

The aroma is thick with roasted malt and a sweetness of brown sugar. There is also a faint antiseptic/band-aid like aroma. The flavor is almost entirely roasted malts, slightly sweetened, fairly smooth. Low but present bitterness. Mouthfeel is thin to moderate. Still I'd say it's fairly drinkable.

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Photo of Freethyhops
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

a- pours the darkest brown before black. near completely opaque, only the slightest bit of light penetrating the corners. a nice cream/tan colored had was produced but didn't show exceptional retention.

s- some mild roast and cocoa with a significant hints of cream-like sweetness. a nice pleasant aroma. nothing mind-blowing but it would be hard to acheive at under 5%.

t- totally centered around a nice mix of light roasted character and a persistent moderate sweetness. I really enjoy the balance it achieves. a bit of bitterness does kick in mid palate but it only momentarily balances the sweetness. the only downside, it is a fairly one-note beer. besides some light cocoa it doesn't have much going on.

m- medium-fully bodied with a light creaminess to it. it really could be a bit thicker/creamier. a nice moderate carbonation is welcomed.

d- really shines here. a nice beer from a cool company with a great image. nice designs, cans, and overall just breaking for the norm...seem to be getting me picking up certain beers more and more. I would definitely grab a 6er of this one after the single can trial run.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Butternuts Moo Thunder is a pitch black beer with a dense, light brown head that thins a bit and leaves thick sheets of lacing. It has an aroma of chocolate and coffee. It smells like a Jamocha Shake. It's medium-light bodied and pretty smooth. It leaves the tongue a little chalky and numb. It's a tad watery. It's lightly flavored and just a touch sweet. It never becomes cloying. It tastes roasty-- more like coffee than chocolate; not dark roast coffee. A note of caramel is detected. There's no bitterness, really. This is a simple and easy to drink beer. It's definitely the best I've had from Butternuts.

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

Pours a nice opaque sable with a fairly thick beige head that sticks around for a bit. Aroma is like a fine roast coffee, rather smoky and inviting. Flavor is like a cold mocha with coffee and unsweetened chocolate tones and just a hint of molasses. Texture is smooth, just a little tingly and a bit on the thin side, but this is the beer's weakest aspect. All in all, a decent stout, not the best but still palatable.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of milk chocolate, roasted malts and faint touches of dark fruit and hops.

T: The taste starts out creamy and malty up front with flavors of dark chocolate, lactose, black coffee and a little bit of dark fruit. The malt character is hearty but not overly heavy. The hops presence is very mild as it should be for this type of beer but is still quite complementary. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent stout with enough flavor and substance to make it worth drinking for a long time if you're in the mood for a sessionable stout.

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Photo of Turnerad
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a can. Kind of different for a micro.

I heard good things about this beer from a salesperson at my local liquor store. I decided to give it a try.

Poured into a pint glass. Head is dark chocolaty, body is opague. The smell is of milk, bakers chocolate, and some sweetness comes through.

The taste was actually a bit surprising. I fully expected a milk stout taste, however, the extra bit of sweet maltiness really made this a treat. The taste is foremost a bitter chocolate that is complemented with a milky smooth sweetness. Just great.

The only qualm I have about this beer its odd acidic aftertaste. Its a complete 180 from the initial taste and its unfortunately because its a completely drinkable and delicious beer otherwise.


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Photo of clayrock81
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a darkish-brown, almost black body with some offwhite head that disipates slowly. A good roasted and sweet malt presence but some aluminum funk as well. Smooth, creamy, light on the malts but still has a dark cocoa/roasted malt taste alonf with some caramel and coffee for an easy drinking sweet stout with a dry finish. Nothing exceptional but for the cost I could drink a few of these...and only b/c of the cost.

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

Grabbed a can of this at Burger Bar in South Norwalk where it was uniquely served in a mason jar - not your typical glassware.

More a milky dark chocolate, with some subtle brown. Light tan head that is massive and almost completely disappears. No real lacing or anything else remains. Nose is coffee and chocolate - very very malty, as advertised. Kind of has a smokiness to it, which is interesting.

Basically this is a milk chocolate beer...and I prefer dark chocolate. There's a bit of coffee in there, and there is basically a whole lot of malt. Lacks a bit of the balance I would have wanted - sweetness or bitterness. A little lighter body then I would have expected, and this beer is incredibly dry, which hinders its drinkability in my book. Overall its alright, but not the best stout I've ever had...

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Photo of MikeBrandman
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours from a can into a glass with 2 fingers of quickly fading head. Head is a soft mocha brown. Thin lacing. Body is jet black with light ruby tones around the edges. Perfectly opaque with no visible carbonation.

S - Roasted coffee and chocolate. It says all malt on the can and I believe it. No hop bitterness in the nose at all, nor is there alcohol either. Not a very strong smell though.

T - Very chocolately. It's milk chocolate, not chocolate milk. Not a bitter chocolate taste, although this beer isn't as sweet as I'd expect. Overall, I'm not thrilled by this. I'm getting a slight diacetyl or acidic taste to this. Bigger sips make this taste better.

MF - Slightly too carbonated. Might be a good idea to pour and let this one sit for a few. Other than this, medium body with a slightly sticky finish.

D - If the acid taste doesn't bother you, I can see this being very easy to pound. Very smooth and creamy.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty dark in color-not quite a solid black. Small, tight tan head. Moderate amount of roasted aroma-touch of sweetness as well. Really nice roasted/grainy flavor. Good level of bitterness with a touch of sweetness in the finish. A lot of flavor here. Good body as well. Very, very drinkable. Easy going down-I could see this being a session beer for me.

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Photo of biglite351
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours pitch black with a tall brown head.

S - Malt and coffee. Very long lasting scent.

T - coffee and malt. No after taste. Minor creamy chocolate undertone.

M - very mild coating, but too watery. Minor tingle on front of tongue.

D - I would be happy to see this at a party. I would also buy one or two at the bar. However, it is not tasty enough to be an all night drink.

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Photo of abrand
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can courtesy of Arenbeer poured into a standard pint glass.

The Moo Thunder Stout pours a deep cola brown with a 1.5 finger tan head that bubbles away quickly. Not much lacing in on the glass. Aromas consist of burnt coffee with a musky aged smell that lingers. No malts are noticed, not the best smelling. Taste is somewhat watery with coffee dominating the flavors. Not much comes through on the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is somewhat watery and creamy. Drinkability, is meh. Easy drinker but not much to the nose or the palate. May skip in the future.

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Photo of Fish113d
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served chilled from a can into a pint glass, it pours s a dark-roast coffee color with a rather thin, tan head foming quickly on top and then dissipating to a surface layer to be proud of. Very opaque.

Very sweet chocolate roast aroma. French roast coffee also comes to mind.

Sweet mocha coffee up front with a strange beechnut flavor also coming in to remind me of a campfire. It's tasty, just strange (not what I was expecting exactly). Quite chewy throughout with a burnt coffee finish and aftertaste.

Great body and well-balanced. Nothing else to note.

Overall this is a fairly decent stout that took me by surprise. Nothing flashy or fancy, but fairly well done. I'll definitely have another.

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Photo of Jayli
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired this one from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

A: This beer pours a deep dark opaque brown, almost black. A one finger of creamy light brown head. Head retains moderately and leaves wispy lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is of big roasted malts, a great deal of nuttiness, milk chocolate and a hint of cream.

T: Taste starts with burnt malts and bitter dark chocolate. Toasted malts, milk chocolate, and caramel malts sweeten the middle. Finish is a touch hoppy but mostly full of coffee.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, thin bodied with a touch creamy finish.

D: A decent representation of style, not a fabulous beer but a highly drinkable beer. Drinkability would be higher if the body was not quite so watery save for the finish.

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Moo Thunder Stout Farmhouse Ale from Butternuts Beer & Ale
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 726 ratings