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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Risser09 on 03-26-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
715
Reviews:
337
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
13.97%
 
 
Wants:
24
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80
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Photo of mjaskula
3.29/5  rDev -8.1%
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 +6.1%
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 +4.2%
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 -2.8%
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 +4.7%
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 +8.9%
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.

7/10

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Photo of clayrock81
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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 -2.2%
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%
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 +8.4%
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 -3.4%
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%
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 -2.2%
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 +4.7%
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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Photo of alysmith4
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Decent beer, especially one from a can. Tried this at a new spot near my apartment called "The Passenger." It was pretty good - hard to tell though because of the can. For a lot of it, I kept tasting the can. The smell was of aluminium (surprise) and toffee and chocolate. Taste was less bitter than I had expected, a nice stout to finish off the night. Would like to try this beer again, but in a glass next time.

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Photo of Coolcheech
2.49/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured thin, with a dark brown color. It looks black in the glass. Also has a super thin, very light tan head.

S: It smelled burnt, sweet, nutty, and a little like wine. I didn't find the smell appetizing at all actually.

T: A little dry, and nutty; almost woody.

M: Thin, with very mild carbonation.

D: This wasn't as good as an experience as I had hoped for. The first time I drank this beer was on the day I bought it, straight from the can, and it was good. The can I just reviewed has been in my fridge for a month, I don't know if that's going to affect it though.

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Photo of Brent
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brewery lists lactose sugar as brewing ingredient, so this might be better considered a milk or sweet stout. The dancing cow and name suggest the same. Pours a deep black. Nice, deep roasted malt flavor up front, with well balanced bittering. Wheels sort of come off the bus at the finish, however, with a rather sharp, acidic sourness.

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Photo of tone77
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz . can. Has a black color with a small head. Smell is mild, some malts and chocolate. Taste is also mild, again malts with some chocolate. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall a pretty good but unspectacular beer.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
2.91/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12fl oz can poured into my tulip

Pours an opaque black color with a dense two inch mocha colored head with nice big bubbles sitting on top of the head. Great head retention that fades very slowly but hardly leaves any lacing.

Smell is of bakers chocolate, roasted malts, prunes, cherries, brown sugar, vanilla, leather, and tobacco.

Upfront taste of tobacco that then leads to a sweet taste of chocolate, cherries, prunes, figs, and slightly soy like taste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied for a stout(little watery)with fairly high carbonation which is abnormal for this style.

Average stout which has a pretty looking cow on the front of the can. Overall I would not waste my money buying this beer.

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Photo of blackie
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

dig the moo cow in the can - the contents, not so much

a: pint serving, healthy mocha colored head, deep mahogany brown beer, light retention

s: meh - dominated by a light, one-dimensional roasted barley aroma with a metallic hop character

m: carbonation light considering the big head, body light-medium side, the word "flabby" comes to mind

t: same one dimensional roast with a touch of lactose sugar providing at attempt at body, very dry finish, metallic hop flavor

d: nothing off, light, but pretty damn boring

single from Ye Olde Spirit Shop, Frederick, MD

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Photo of animalchin
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Solid black with a tan head. Not much lacing going on really.

S - Some coffee and caramel - pretty apparent. Malts in the nose as well.

T - Like any good stout, a lot of chocolate and coffee notes. Milk-like also. Reminds me of creamer. Very very rich.

M - Pretty loose actually and not as thick as I expected. Has a lot of different densities.

D - One would suffice. An excellent tasting beer with a lot to offer. Fills up fast though. My first experience with a canned stout turned out to be very pleasant.

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Photo of DrinkBEEROrDie
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer in a 6 pack at my local store of choice, once again Andover Liquors.This is a very good stout if you want a session beer , It pours a very typical nice black stout color and has not much head with a little spotted lacing , It has a very smooth mouth feel and a nice malty chocolatey aroma .The Moo Thunder has a creamy chocolatey taste and I would recommend it probably one of the best if not the best stouts i've had in a can. Along with a creative name the design on the can is also quite eye catching i definitely will drink this again !

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Pours a straight jet black with a light halo of khaki head. The smell is mostly roasted matls, chocolate, and coffee. The taste follows almost exactly, though the coffee takes first precedence, followed by the malts, and the chocolate comes in as a side flavor in the back. Nice lightly medium body makes for a nice, straight-forward, highly drinkable stout.

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

A: Pitch black with small off-white head that fades quickly. Very little lacing.

S: Big yeasty aroma, which I found odd for a stout. Underneath you can find some toasted malt elements, but the yeast dominates.

T: Again, the yeast in most prominent. Then toasted malt with hints of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Some light hops as well.

M: Light bodied, with little carbonation

D: Even though there were some off-flavors, I still found this enjoyable. Nice flavor, and low ABV, makes this a great session stout. Especially, if you going someplace that only allows cans.

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

Poured from the 12 oz can into my straight sided tumbler. Small amounts of dark lace appear in my glass. A nicely balanced hop and malt nose up front. A chocolate taste with dark fruit and clove predominate. The proper mouthfeel for a light bodied stout. The light ABV will allow this stout to be more drinkable than most.
This is a very nice beer and well worth your time to consider.

Just a thought,

barleyman

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