Moo Joos | Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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Moo JoosMoo Joos

Brewed by:
Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
Minnesota, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of TheDudeRules
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a bar pint.

Had the opportunity to try this on tap. Couldn't pass it up.

Jet black pour with a thick mocha head. Smell is sweet bakers chocolate and lactose. Just what I was looking for.

Taste is where the bottle and tap differ. Roast and char. Flat out threw me off. Bottle was far different. It was controlling everything.

This may be the one time in my life that a tap beer played second fiddle to a bottle. For one reason or another the bottle mellowed everything out. Tap was basically more aggressive. It didn't work for me.

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Photo of DaCheesehead
4.62/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. 3.0 A: Black color. Just about one finger of light brown head that fell quickly and left no lacing. 5.0 S: Wonderful interplay of lactose and chocolate. Actually, there’s a good hit of coffee in there as well, so this is much like a mocha latte. Light roastiness and plenty of oats. This is incredibly intense, but also incredibly appealing. Excellent! 4.5 T: Taste is a lot like the nose. Lactose, chocolate, and coffee flavors do the trick again. Oats, a light roastiness, and grainy malts add complexity. Really nice again. 4.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy and insanely smooth. 5.0 D: The taste could have easily been a five. This is a damn tasty brew and shockingly close to Cowbell in terms of flavor profile and quality. I think I need to get ahold of several more of these. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 05-05-2011 04:41:10

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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.44/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A really thick and greasy pour into the glass, it has the look of tar about it. A great opaque chocolate body, there are very subtle beige highlights in there. The mocha colored head builds to about a finger width. It looks good, but it isn’t great.

Smell: The dominant smell is the burnt sugariness that is common to milk stouts. It’s reminiscent of charcoal, caramel, and roasted coffee. The oats are also very easy to spot. It adds a great complimentary flavor to the roasted caramel malt. It’s very bold and malty.

Taste: Just as with the nose, the caramel roasted sweetness is the first thing noticed on the sip. It then slowly reveals the coffee roast flavor and oats. The oatmeal and roasted qualities carry through to the finish.

Not anything distinguishable from the hops, although there is a slight bitterness that is in the finish. Mostly though, there is just the fantastic roasted malt profile complimented by the oatmeal. Surprisingly good.

Mouth feel: All smooth all the time. It would be a very chewy drink as well, if not for the viscosity. It’s really slick on the tongue. It suits the oatmeal and sugary malt profile perfectly.

Overall: This is the brew that made me a believer in Brau Bros. Even if I only find one more offering from them that is built as well as this beer, it will have been worth it. This is a beer that should be tried by anyone and everyone. Enjoy!

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Photo of antlerwrestler19
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from a bottle into a tulip was an oily pitch black with a nice looking thin creamy caramel head that dissipated quickly leaving a scarce amount of lacing - after awhile only a small tan ring remains around the surface of the beer. Smells of light coffee grounds, licorice, milk/cream. The taste is mainly of roasty malts and subtle milk chocolate but nothing is really standing out assertively. The mouthfeel is smooth with a skim milk like feeling - not super thick but not super thin - little to no carbonation. This beer doesn't really stand out to me, it was not bad by any means, but I have a couple of sixers and hope to find something different when I come to revisit it in the future.


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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.07/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into shaker.

A - Pours a dark brown with light brown edging. Very little, faint beige head that was only around for a second or two. No lacing

S - Sweet lactic sugars, roast coffee, caramel, chocolate

T - Much like the nose however the presence of the expected sweet milk was very faint. There was the grainy oatmeal flavour along with some bittersweet chocolate and a bit of pine

M - Very thin. You expect a milk stout to have a certain distinct creaminess to the mouth, but not to be found here.

O - I think this beer overextended itself. I didn't get the creaminess of the lactose or the distinct flavour of rolled oats. Nothing really stood out.

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Photo of bashiba
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep dark and opaque brown with a light inch of tan head, quickly becoming a light tan ring. No lacing to speak of.

The smell is dominated by dark fruit and coffee with hints of burnt black malt and smoke.

The flavor is very sweet and creamy in a very classic milk stout way. Nice hints of light smokey flavors along with coffee and some dark fruits. A bit of light astingency but not so much to detract from the beer to noticeably.

The mouthfeel is light and creamy, even a bit sticky.

A pretty solid Milk Stout overall and nicely drinkable.

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Photo of beagle75
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: Opaque dark brown color with one finger of beige-tinted foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Roasty, pungently unctuous, and mildly chocolate. Earthy in a very organic, but not particularly herbaceous, way.

T: Begins off-dry, with refined dark grain that features an acidic spike after a few beats. Custard and dark citrus are briefly revealed as acidity fades. More mild dark grain populates the middle, with a faint and generically fruity accent. The finish is husky with renewed dark grain that stand apart from the beginning, presenting slightly scorched bitterness and a whiff of umami that emerges late.

M:Medium viscosity, labile and mostly balanced save for a small amount of perceptible acidity, with low carbonation.

D/O: Despite the seeming mass appeal of stouts among those with a taste for artisanal beer styles, the bottled non-imperial variety may be an endangered species. This oatmeal and milk sugar hybrid is a real winner, with full and interesting qualities that are packed into a a fairly small package at sub-6% abv. The smell reminds of a dairy product that has been left out a bit too long, yet it works. The finish is particularly compelling, with a satisfyingly intense host of dark qualities that will lodge in the memory and hopefully grow into a favorable reputation for the brewer.

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Photo of OddNotion
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Russian River Belgian Glass.

Appearance: Minimal light brown head, dark black body with brown around the edges.

Smell: WOW, mazing! Roasty, dark chocolate, very coffee forward, sweetness.

Taste: Very good, nice and roasty. Not too bitter, sweet just as advertised. Nice coffee flavors.

Mouthfeel: A little high on the carbonation but good smoothness, medium thickness.

Overall: Very good beer, I would certainly want to have this again. Probabaly no more than one at a time but certainly enjoyable.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Claret...

Appearance-Dark dark brown, Almost a finger of light brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves some decent lacing.

Smell-Sweet milk chocolate with some subtle bitter coffee and vanilla.

Taste-Enjoyed straight out of the fridge and closer to room temp. Sweet milk chocolate, followed by just enough hops to balance it out. Just like the aroma, vanilla as well. Dessert beer for sure.

Mouthfeel-Creamy, great texture, very mellow and refreshing. Not to thick, not to thin and nicely carbonated.

Overall-Very impressed, fits the style nicely.. Very easy to drink, very simple, but very refreshing stout. Could drink for breakfast, lucnh, or dinner.

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Photo of schmoopsbeer
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from 12 oz bottle to pint glass
Big thanks to millah for sending this along as an extra

Color: A very Dark brown, no light shines through. A cream cto khaki colored 2 finger head forms after pour. Very little lacing.

Nose: A gentle roastiness followed by a sweet creaminess from the malths and lactose sugar. Hints of oats and coffee that are very welcomed.

Palate: The mouthfeel is thick and bold. Almost oily and sticky. The carbonation is big and makes this beer drinkable, but in moderation. No hinys of booze what so ever. The tongue gets coated with coffee and a thick creaminess that then is followed by some milk chocolate and oats.

Finish: Short but layered with flavor, not overly complex but a solid beer. A little thick and oily knocks it down a bit, but a solid offering

Rating: 89/100

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very solid if unprepossessing milk stout here. Dark in color with a fine head. Aroma and body are light, but the flavor is pretty full and the drinkability is smooth. Taste profiles include the usuals suects, including cocoa, espresso, and a dollop of lactic acid. Hops are relegated to naught, while a slight root beer note emerges, along with a prick of alcohol and carbonation minerals. A pretty good effort from Brau Bfos.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap, monks house of ale, sioux falls,sd

from notes

appearance: served in a deschutes shaker pint, dark mahogany body, creamy chocolate head

smell: sweet roasted malts, creamy chocolate, touch of espresso

taste: very lovely milk stout - similar to a beer float...decadent creamy milk chocolate, brown sugar, oats, lactic qualities, chocolate pie. consumed after a nice dinner - a perfect dessert beer

mouthfeel: rich and creamy

overall: very nice

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Photo of Gtreid
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle thanks to mnbearsfan. Poured into my Bruery tulip.

A: Deep, muddy, brown color. The pour dropped a two finger wet sand, colored head that left some spotty lace.

A: Milk chocolate, slight roasted coffee beans, and roasted nuts. Notes of sweet vanilla and caramel.

T: Aggressive milk chocolate up front, followed by a nice roasty coffee flavor, and finishing with sweet vanilla. There is a small bitterness from the tart grassy hops as well.

M: Medium, bordering on heavy body. Good levels of carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

O: This is a fine brew. They pack a lot of flavor into a beer that only comes in at 5.8%. I would absolutey pick this one up if I had access to it. Skal.

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Photo of iadler
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark brown almost black color with a two inch slight tan head. Leaves some small lines of retention

S- Bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, faint coffee, roasted malt and a bit of spice.

T- Similar to smell with some chocolate, vanilla coffee, roasted malt and faint spice notes in the background such as anise.

M- A bit thin for what I was looking for. If it had a little more body, this beer would be terrific. Quite drinkable though.

O- One of the better Milk Stouts I've had. While it's certainaly no Moloko, it's still a great representation of the style. Well done Brau Brothers.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very deep dark brown, really could not be any darker without turning black. Huge off white head with lots of good lace down the glass till the very end.

Smell was very strong, rich creamy milk chocolate, with lots of hidden spices and other subtle aromas. A hint of hops possible on the back. Wow, very first impression was of a chocolate ice cream flaot, very much a dessert beer in taste, wow. A bit thin on the feel though, would have throught it would have been a bit more robust. Nice carbonation made it feel frothy when going down. As it warmed, hints of root beer and hops started to present themselves and round out the taste profile very nicely.

Overall a very nice dark session beer. A little light compared to its big brothers in the field, but a fine brew none the less.

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Photo of herman77
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep dark brown with a light tan head with lots of big bubbles. Mediocre lacing.

S: A bit of roasted malt, light coffee. Hints of coco, cream and vanilla. Smells good, but has a weak nose.

T: Lightly roasted malt and coffee up front, then the sweet creaminess comes through. Oats punch through as well. Finishes with a bit of bitter/slightly burnt malt taste.

M: Medium to fuller body. Very smooth and creamy, makes the body feel a lot thicker than it really is.

O: A nice and creamy milk stout. The oat addition makes it all the better! Pretty good drinkability too, not too heavy, not too light.

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Photo of nrbw23
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a dark brownish black color with a small tan head. Head is gone in a flash and no lacing left at all.

S- Smell is hints of chocolate and coffee. A bit of sweetness too. Nothing really jumping out at me here.

T- Roasted coffee, a bit of oats, chocolate and a touch of cream.

M- Lighter side of medium in body and carbonation.

O- Not really digging this one too much.

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Photo of ZAP
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Dark brown with ruby notes

S-Definitely a milk stout. Creamy lactose aroma....some coffee....some chocolate.

T-Nice roasty flavor. Coffee...chocolate...cream...nicely done..

M-Has some velvet like smoothness to it. Perhaps just a tich thin but I'm getting picky here.

O-I really like this beer. Reminds me of the Gray's Oatmeal Stout of years ago that I liked back then. Not sure if that one is still around but this is a fine example.

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

Review from notes:

A: Pours a deep brown, almost black, with a tan head made up of fairly large bubbles. Spotty lacing.

S: A little bit of roasted malt, some cocoa, and a little bit of cream sweetness.

T: Definitely get the lactose/creamy flavor along with some cocoa, milk chocolate, and hints of coffee and vanilla.

M: Medium bodied, extremely creamy, with a slightly dry finish. Good level of carbonation.

O: One of the better milk stouts I have had. The creamy mouthfeel is really nice as well as the lactose coming through well on the flavor profile.

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Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown black with 1 finger head

smell: roast, malts, vanilla, coffee,

taste: vanilla, coffee,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium to full body, with a creamy head

overall: a nice mellow stout that is sweet and creamy.

The cPJ

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Photo of mrseano
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark, dark brown with slight white lacing and evident caramel colored rim. Head disappears quickly back into beer.

S: Roasted coffee (not too strong, however), roasted nut, sweet caramel (touch of it).

T: Great taste. Full-bodied beer with roasted coffee flavor and malt, hint of caramel, some cocoa and nut flavors.

M: Creamy with more carbonation than expected. Full-bodied beer that is a good example of a creamy stout.

O: Really good beer overall. Layered flavors, great hints of coffee and caramel in scent, and textured mouthfeel.

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Photo of harrymel
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

No bottle date

A: pours a dark brown with a small latte foam head with little resonance. Falls to a sheet of the same with spotty lacing. Looks good, but nothing impressive.

S: Cream, cocoa, hay, sheetgrass, cold pressed coffee. Nutty flavors. Malts are sweet and creamy. Very nice. Smallest hint of salted caramel.

T: Sweet and creamy yet again. Plenty of cocoa, latte flavors. Dry and roasted dark chocolate malts. The lactos is very evident here.

M: Medium body with moderate to spritely carbonation. Dry finish. I think the carb is a touch high for the style and the body a touch low.

O: Nice, easy drinker. The best milk stout, no, but good. Sweet in the right places.

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Photo of ddahlen
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass with about 1 cm of head and a deep black color. The nose on this brew is great with notes of dried fruit, chocolate and aromatics that only oats can bring to the table. The taste is has some nice smooth chocolate with some creamy sweetness. The mouthfeel is almost velvety, very very smooth, but somewhat light. Overall, I honestly can't find anything that I really don't like about this brew. It's incredibly drinkable. Awesome stuff.

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Photo of rundocrun
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark brownish black. Nearly opaque and only slight hints of brown highlights when held to the light. No head to speak of and no lacing on the glass.

S - Faint hints of chocolate and coffee. Some slight sweetness too, but overall very hard to distinguish any noticeable aromas.

T - Wow! The taste very much redeems the lackluster appearance and smell. Rich roasted coffee and creamy smooth oatmeal flavors intertwine nicely.

M - Slightly watery for an oatmeal stout. Doesn't quite compliment the creamy flavors like I would hope. On the plus side it is very drinkable and the carbonation is good too.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.63/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Black color. Just about one finger of light brown head that fell quickly and left no lacing.

5.0 S: Wonderful interplay of lactose and chocolate. Actually, there's a good hit of coffee in there as well, so this is much like a mocha latte. Light roastiness and plenty of oats. This is incredibly intense, but also incredibly appealing. Excellent!

4.5 T: Taste is a lot like the nose. Lactose, chocolate, and coffee flavors do the trick again. Oats, a light roastiness, and grainy malts add complexity. Really nice again.

4.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy and insanely smooth.

5.0 D: The taste could have easily been a five. This is a damn tasty brew and shockingly close to Cowbell in terms of flavor profile and quality. I think I need to get ahold of several more of these.

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Moo Joos from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
3.83 out of 5 based on 469 ratings.
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