Moo Joos | Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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

Style: English Sweet / Milk Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Oatmeal Milk Stout.

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Reviews: 160 | Ratings: 500
Photo of Seppish1
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pitch black pour with very little head from my particular bottle. Head is a nice tan color, but not much there and it diminished quickly.

Smell- First smell was of roasted hops, then got hit with a sweet fruity smell. On second sniff really smell the chocolate.

Taste- Wow! Really great flavor, very sweet taste right away, kind of a fruity with a chocolate hops mix. Very little bitterness to finish.

Mouthfeel- Some carbonation, but not a lot. I got a very creamy texture, mildly thick like I feel a stout should be. This almost leave a film behind in your mouth almost as if you just took a drink of whole milk.

Drinkability- Love this stout I had three back to back, but got a bit full afterwards. Not a high ABV so no drunk feeling.

A superb stout, especially for the price!! Will definitely purchase again.

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Photo of mellowmark
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love the name

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle to an Imperial Pint glass. No freshness date I can find. $7.99 for a 6-pack.

Appearance: Pours black with brown edges with a 2-finger light brown fizzy head. Not much head retention. Almost zero lacing. Looks rather tepid.

Smell: Chocolate and dark fruits in the nose. Roasted malt and light roasted coffee. There seems to be a slight metallic note to it, but it's not overpowering in any way. You also have to dig a little to find the nose in this one as it seems to be a tad muted.

Taste: Wow that is unusual, but very good. Sweet up front hitting you with vanilla, dark fruit and sweet cream. Very fruity in the middle with roasted coffee and toasted malt lingering on the palate long after. Earthy hops poke their way through towards the end. Lingering citrus brings it all together leaving my mouth juicy. Almost zero bitterness yet not cloyingly sweet due to the roasted character. Perfect balance with multiple layers of enjoyment spaced out over each sip. This is really big stout flavor in a small stout package.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is medium and oily smooth with a medium carbonation.

Drinkability: High

To be honest I was not very impressed to start out, but this is one tasty brew I will definitely seek out in the future. Good luck trying to find a better sweet stout for this price.

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Photo of MinnesotaRIS
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle. Pours with decent body. Head that pours very tan. Leaves a low amt of lace. Clear tan, dark prune at the edges.
Black color.

S - low malt sweetness, hint of smokiness with a touch of ashy character. Slight chocolate malt. No real hop presence yet it seems well balanced with bitterness, malt to alcohol.

T - specialty malt with the pale malt base. Oatmeal resins and chocolate feel. A bit simple. I thought this would have a more dextrinous feel.

Wish this were a bit more fuller bodied. Could use a touch of a revision for next year's brew but this was an excellent effort. Give it a try and support small MN breweries!

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black with a small, foamy, bubbly, thinish, cafe colored head. Disappears pretty fast leaving a slightly patchy, thin lace.

S - Interesting aroma. Starts with a slightly smokey, roasted malt. This gives way to a chocolate and espresso aroma with a slight sweetness. A faint vinous tart/astringent aroma.

T - Starts with the faint charred, smokey flavor. This quickly fades to a milk and dark chocolate along with a hint of roasted coffee. Hints of sweet lactose/creamy taste starts here with a nice undertone. Finishes with a slight tart and earthy flavor.

M - Medium body and good carbonation. Very silky smooth. Really nice body.

D - Easy to drink with interesting mix of flavors. Taste like a milk stout along with a smokey and slightly tart flavor. I could regularly drink this.

Notes: Interesting milk stout. Nice flavors with an interesting smokey kick. Great body and nice flavor. Not amazing, but very nice.

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Photo of lwillitz
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from 12 oz. bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass at around 50 degrees F

A - A fairly agressive pour gave me a 2-finger head of beautiful dark tan, which diminished in average time, perhaps a bit faster. Under the head is pitch darkness. A red-orange tint becomes apparent in certain lighting. Some lacing lingers on the glass, not a lot.

S - The delicious aroma of roasted malt is very conspicuous immediately. A hint of chocolate is also present.

T - Delicious! I am not a fan of overly sweet beers, but the sweetness here is pleasant, well-balanced, and not at all overpowering. Milky, chocolaty, and fruity flavors are prominent. The aftertaste of roasted malt leaves me constantly wanting another swig. This is an excellent stout!

M - Wow! Very smooth, oily consistency. Quite pleasurable.

D - Keeping my glass on the table was difficult. The smoothness and delicious flavor of this beer keep it flowing.

At $6.99 for a six-pack, you can't do much better for the price. I'll buy again and so should you!

NOTE: I tried another bottle, this time straight from the fridge. At this lower temperature, a smokey flavor dominated the palate. I definately suggest drinking Moo Joos at 50 degrees F or warmer to enjoy it in its glorious complexity.

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Photo of bwiechmann
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass. $6.99 for a 6-pack of this recently released brew.

A- Pours nearly black with a hint of ruby highlights when held up to direct light. Nice 1-finger mocha head leaves a little lacing but diminishes quickly.

S- Roasted malts, muted milk chocolate and some sweetness star in the nose.

T- Well crafted stout, dark malts primarily with notes of milk chocolate, slight coffee, and a noticeable but not-overpowering lactic sweetness.

M- Perfect. Silky smooth, medium-full body is perfectly executed.

D- Wow, extremely drinkable, it's hard not to put a few back at a time.

Overall a really, really delicious beer. The drinkability is phenomenal and the mouthfeel is unbeatable. It's tasty and complex without being a chore to consume. Great job, guys.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid dark brown and settles quite black and glossy. A smallish, loose bubbly browned foam lifts briefly to then dimish to nary a smik and a few spots of lace.

Aroma is of dark cream, slim cocoa, dusty and dryish broken chocolate with a tenderly flighty sweetness puffing about.

Taste is mediumly set with a firm milken lactic-like tone of creamyness and tang set with light cocoa, dark cream, pie crust, and a dash of brown sugared oatmeal.

Mediumish body, super soft, smooth, and creamy with a very easy going milken-esque tecture and tang. There's just a hint to some light smacking of cocoa dusty dryness floating about in there as well.

Pretty solid Milk Stout here! Can and will drink a whole bunch of this stuff.

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Photo of jera1350
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Semi-viscous black color with a thinner tan head that moves to a ring around the glass. Very little lacing though.

Awesome creamy lactose and chocolate smell. Very chocolate milkshake like.

Very chocolatey with a light dark roasted malt presence. Nice milk sugar sweetness with cappuccino notes. A little fruitiness from the yeast in the finish. Very, very flavorful and satisfying.

Very smooth and slick feeling. The combination of oatmeal and lactose turn this into a thing of beauty.

Extremely drinkable. A few of these would go down with ease. This has to be one of the better sweet stouts I have had in a long while. Great job Brau Bros., this one is an absolute winner and I look forward to having more.

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

Poured into a Peace Tree pint.

A: Pours opaque, dark brown with a one finger, mocha head. Head disappears fairly quickly, leaving some lace.

S: Milk chocolate, roasted malt. Quite pleasant.

T: More milk chocolate, faint coffee, a bit of caramel. Roasted notes in the background keep the flavors interesting.

M: A bit of oil and syrup, luscious smoothness side by side with enough carbonation to bring the roasted flavors back into play.

D: Could drink this all night. Very easy going down, but might get bored after a couple and want to switch to an imperial.

All in all, not a bad offering. Nothing earthshaking, but definitely well made and worth revisiting regularly. I'll buy it again.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a pint glass, inky black with no diffusion when held up to light.

S: Smoky, roasted notes, relatively light.

T: Outstanding, especially if you like your milk stout to have a heavy chocolate taste, which I do. This is the definition of smoooth.

M: Nice carbonation, 1" head with an agressive pour. Very smooth mouthfeel.

D: Brau Brothers has done a really nice job of providing very drinkable complex beverages at a great price point (this Moo Joos sixer was 6.99, was was the Ring Neck Braun Ale, which I picked up at the same time). Wrapped around a cold Minnesota evening, Moo Joos is a great beverage to enjoy.

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Moo Joos from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
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