Moo Thunder Stout | Butternuts Beer & Ale

Moo Thunder StoutMoo Thunder Stout
718 Ratings
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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Added by Risser09 on 03-26-2007

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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,


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Photo of Ezone024
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks Oil Black with a Creamy Chocolate head that fades quickly
Smells Yeasty with some carmel notes
Taste is Mostly sweet and sugary with a little toffee on the tongue, has unique hefeweizen vibe to it.
Not as stouty as most stouts, it tastes to me like a black and tan made with a hefeweizen.

Very drinkable, tasty beer.

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

Aggressive pour from can yields a nice, one finger, dark tan head with decent lacing formed all the way around the glass. The ale itself is pitch black, as expected from a stout. Very nice cascading effect when taking a drink from the glass.
Smell is reminiscent of a cup of coffee. Also has big whiffs of roasted malt.
Taste has toffee notes. The taste reminds me of an iced coffee type drink, has a very malty finish.
This stout feels a bit watery and thin, but it is no Imperial, so this is acceptable to me. Carbonation is great with this one. This is one of the more drinkable brews to come from a can.

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Photo of TheDeuce
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Butternuts Moo Thunder....

Appearance-jet black with a creamy viscosity, brown to white head bubbles up slightly before disappearing entirely.

Smell-coffee and chocolate, different grains as well, sort of a burnt aroma. Strong.

Taste/Mouthfeel-sweet, somewhat thin, nice balance between the chocolate and alcohol, mix is light but nice, watery mouthfeel but nothing untoward.

Drinkability-nice light stout, if you like the flavor it's very drinkable.

Overall-nice stout, not knock your shoes off good by any means but I like it for what it is.

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Photo of mgbickel
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 12 oz. can into a standard pint glass. Formed a 2 finger light tan head that held on for quite some time. There was very little lacing as the head dissipated down to ½ finger. Dark brown if not black body. Very solid allowing little to no light in when help up at eye level.

The nose is molasses, chocolate and burning rubber. Very strange aroma...the only thing I can equate it to is when the motor seized up and burned out on my rotary tool...unpleasant.

The flavor is nothing like the nose...which is a good thing! Roasted coffee beans are first in the mouth, followed by slightly sweet malts and finishes with a calm chocolate slide. Unfortunately a slight bit of the burnt smell/taste comes through in the aftertaste.

The mouth feel medium and creamy with a pretty fair amount of carbonation.

Drinkable based upon flavor, but the smell is hard to get past...probably will not seek this out again...

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Photo of brentk56
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark chocolate color with plenty of ruby highlights showing through when backlit; the head, modest to start with, dissipates quickly and fails to leave much lace

Smell: Roasty aroma with undertones of chocolate

Taste: Starts out rather roasty, with a developing lactose and chocolate flavor that has a bitter edge, as well; after the swallow, the milky flavor is more pronounced but secondary to the roasty elements

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Certainly a lighter stout, almost what I would call a summer stout; decent enough

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Photo of Beejay
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to sliverX for this brew.

A: Very deep brown-black. Almost no light comes in at all, a fairly small amount of head, tan.

S:chocolate, caramel, coffee, and tobacco. Possibly some granola in there as well.

T: A hint of chocolate and carmel, with coffee taking up the back. As well as a little bite from something else there at the finish, perhaps lacto... Quite nice, I think this one will improve a bit as it warms.

M: Fairly high on the carbonation for the style, and the mouthfeel is a little bit thin, but I would not say watery.

D: A fine brew, and a fairly good stout. I am really glad I got a chance to try this beer, and would love to try it on tap.

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Photo of PretzelCity
2.74/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to ericwo for sending this extra off of my wants list. Poured a dark brown, almost black, with a thin tan head that faded out pretty quickly. I saw that someone had described the beer as having a "cigarette butt" smell and now it's all I can smell. It's also all I can really taste, cigarettes and booze. Some roasted malts. Not much more going on here. Thin and watery mouthfeel, light body. Pretty drinkable but I wouldn't drink more than one.

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Photo of Thur123
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

OK, this brew pours a very very dark cherry black...its almost opaque. The head was a khaki color but didn't last very long. This looks nice coming out the can. The smell is anise and a kind of dry cocoa that's really faint...maybe just a tinge of alcohol as well.

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Hmm.... At the front is anise and kind of a peaty roasted malt flavor that reminds me of Guinness somewhat. The flavor profile is low key and much simpler than expected, but that's not to say it's bad. There's no alcohol taste and slight hop bitterness comes through in the middle of the flavor, but it's not much. The more I taste this beer the more of the toasted malt flavor seems to come through, like the burn on toast. Overall not bad, but falls short of many other stouts.
The mouth feel was a little thin for me, but over all it passes.

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Photo of pitweasel
4.34/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sadly, I wasn't able to pour this out, which is why I'm just going with an average appearance rating. There was a bit of leakage around the top though, and it looked to be a nice mocha head just waiting to get out.

Speaking of mocha...yum. This was somewhere around 50-55 degrees when I popped it open, and it tasted like drinking a cool cup of carbonated mocha. Absolutely delicious. I had another one that was colder later in the day, and there was a lot less coffee to it. So depending on whether you like a good cup of joe or not, just drink this one at the right temperature and you'll get what you want.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.22/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served from a can into a standard pint glass. Beer is dark (as expected), head falls away quickly to non-existent levels, carbonation is low, can't see it but I can feel that it is low.

Smells really sweet and has a lot of roast in the aroma. Its pretty pleasing and stylistically correct. Maybe a hint of alcohol in the aroma.

This beer is roasty. Very roasty. High roast character in flavor blocks out other flavors. I am not enjoying this beer. Coffee, dark malt, burnt wood. Too much. Help. I have a hard time drinking beer that have a strong roast / smoke character.

Drinkability low, mouthfeel fair. Not a repeat for me.

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

Into a Guinness glass, poured near-black, with a finger of beige head that laced fairly well. The smell was of cocoa powder, toffee, nuttiness, and hop bitterness. The flavor revealed a very nice blend of chocolate-covered nuts from the getgo, dissolving to a slightly bitter finish. The mouthfeel was surprisingly creamy, which added to the flavor sensation, but did end on a slightly thin note. Definitely a good session stout.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A dark brown color, almost black with a light-mocha head, pretty standard looking for the style.

Big malty aroma of gentle roasted nuts and sweet vanilla covered oats. A proper herbal hoppy edge gives nice depth and balance.

The flavor is packed with smooth and gentle malt flavor's from light hershey's chocolate and vanilla with earthy oats and wheat. good balance. This one tastes very much like a mild/cream stout.

The feel is smooth and creamy at first, thins out a bit in the middle, not exactly watery but thin. finishes dry and long.

This is a fine stout in can! yes, that's stout in a can. that's fun to say.

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Photo of tj4288
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

poured from 12 oz can into tumbler pint.

a- poured with vigor and still very little head. no lacing. body is as black as cola.

s- smell is fairly weak and one dimensional. roasted malt. sweet.

t- similar to smell. sweet roasted malt. one dimensional. but not at all bad.

m- fairly light bodied considering style. med carbonation. slightly watery for a stout,

d- great sessionable stout. probabaly wont go seeking it out but i would deffinately drink it again.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this one in the fridge last night and just had to go for it! Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, it was enjoyed on 09/29/2009.

Brilliant pour, just what I would have wanted for the style. Rich dark brown in color and nearly completely dark with a big tan head on the top of it that hung around for what seemed to be forever. Rich lacing up and down the sides of the glass just added to its luster. Aroma was a touch light though. Brown sugar, chocolate, hints of light coffee notes and a definite milk shale like smell, but it seemed kind of light and a touch off, no matter though. Nice full feel, dry as well, took me off guard for a moment. Cocoa, hints of sugar, light smoke note as it warms as well and a really dry finish. Very light and not nearly as filling as I thought it would be led to this one going down quite easily.

Overall a very solid offering here, nothing crazy but very good for a stout in a can for sure.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Pours up nice and black. Almost two-fingers of light brown foam sit on top. This rededes to a thin, filmy, covering. The lacing is very good. It's sticky and full, almost like curtains, which is the way that I like it to be.

Man, this smells like roasted caramel milk. Tasty!
A wonderfully big malt presence, with a decent amount of roastiness. Very nice lacto presence. Good presence of caramel and english toffee notes. Mild coffee presence and a very light hint of milk chocolate.

Roasted malts galore. Good coffee presence with dark chocolates and a light touch of milk chocolate. Mild lacto sweetness. Very mild hint of butterey caramel. The finish is fairly dry and full of more roastiness.

Medium-bodied, which is something that is common with stouts, but I prefer them to be solidly full-bodied, myself. Medium, almost mild, carbonation level. It achieves a nice level of smoothness, but misses the creaminess that I love so much.

The plus side is that with its easy drinking taste and its low abv (4.90%), this would be a great session stout. Very drinkable, indeed.

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Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with a nice mocha tan head that leaves a little layer throughout the session. The smell is roasted malts, coffee and chocolate and the taste is much of the same. This one is in my opinion, the perfect example of a simple American Stout. The mouthfeel isn't too thick or cloying and I sucked it down way too fast. These showed up in PA recently so I will definitely be stocking up on these.

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Photo of glid02
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can from a mized 12-pack from Hop City in Atlanta.

Pours black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin ring around the glass leaving almost no lacing.

Smells of deeply roasted and black malts and not much else.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Deeply roasted malt flavors up front become even more bitter midway through the sip with a hint of ash. The ending is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is alright. It's a bit on the thin side but with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished the can without much problem but I'm not sure about another.

Overall this certainly isn't a bad stout but more body and deeper flavors would help it out immensely.

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Photo of ditch
2.48/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I let the artwork get the best of me here. This one is so bad I don't think I'll ever try another from this brewery. Let me know if i'm wrong. Tastes like a weak watered down oatmeal stout. Pour and head are unimpressive. Why bother mass producing this? If it was a home brew I would say keep trying buddy, but they brewed this in a brewery. bah!

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Photo of qchic
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Always happy to try a craft beer in a can, and this one also lists some nutritional info (makes me wonder what effect that would have on the consumption of big huge beers, but I digress). Opaque not-quite-black. Weak head that faded to some shadowing on the surface. Smells like dark roasted malts, chocolate, with a hint of oily coconut. The flavor resembles the aroma closely, especially up front, but then the taste just kinda drops off. Some bitterness sneaks back. As it warms, some fruitiness comes in to add a little something, but it's still not quite enough to make this something I'd reach for again. Not horrible, but not so exciting. I might only think about this one again if someone is specifically looking for a non-imperial stout in a can.

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Photo of Traquairlover
2.55/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12-oz can poured into a pint glass. This is easily one of the most disappointing stouts I have ever had. I picked it up while on vacation up in the Adirondacks thinking it might be nice to have a nice normal stout or porter to enjoy the much cooler weather in upstate NY compared to home.

A = Pours a very dark chestnut brown which is perfectly fine, but the head consists of some fizzy light tan bubbling and quick receding that is more reminiscent of a soft drink than of a good beer. After a couple minutes there are almost no traces on the surface that it ever formed a head at all other than a very slight amount of bubbles right at the very edge where the beer meets the glass.

S = Light metallic, tinny scents, some light sweet flavors which remind me a root beer but that also brings a smokey scent as though ashes from a wood fire have been mixed with it.

T = There just not much there, there. I get a decent medium bitterness that starts at the tip of the tongue and remains through a fairly long finish, but otherwise there's just not a lot of good things I can think to say about this beer. It has a taste of ashes that is somewhat out of place, the metallic sensation is less present than in the nose, but it is still there.

M = This is quite a bit more watery than I was expecting. It is limpid.

D = This goes down pretty easily, but it is just not good enough to really make you want to keep drinking it.

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

Poured from can into snifter.

A: Thick malty brown head about a finger, pitch black color with no light

N: Nose has lots of chocolate and coffee with roasted malts and light tangy fruit and oats

T: Taste starts with chocolate and roasted malts, oats, creamy stout like taste, some dark chalky center and a touch of coffee, a little alcohol shines through, some chocolate milk in the middle

M: Creamy thick mouthfeel

F: Finish starts sweet but dries up and adds more stout and chocolate and touch of fruit and bitterness

Final thoughts: Its a pretty basic thick milk/oatmeall stout not bad nonetheless. I was surprised how nice it ended up after reading some of the other reviews. This can is also about a year old so I wonder if that changed the beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.77/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours out a clear, dark brown body. Despite a vigorous pour, there's no appreciable head formation beyond a thin, white ring on top.

Smell: Sweetish, grainy nose with a distinct though light hint of added milk sugar. Notes of toast, roast, and basic chocolate.

Taste: Reasonably roasty malts with, as was the case with the nose, light touches of roast, toast, and chocolate. Slackened sweetness. As with their Heinneweisse, there's this unpleasant grainy astringency. Touch of lactose. Faint (thankfully) vegetal undertones in the distant background. Very low earthy, roasty bitterness. Finishes dry, roasty, and almost spiritedly grainy.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: One to skip. Alright, so Butternuts, thinking outside the brew box, aimed for a not-so-stout milk stout, so look for a beer that's washed out and watered down in terms of taste and peppered with a few off-flavors.

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Moo Thunder Stout from Butternuts Beer & Ale
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 718 ratings
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