Moo Joos | Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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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 superspak
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours clear fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger fairly dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some decent spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted malt, milk, cream, toast, oats, and light coffee. Pretty nice aromas with good strength and balance. I can honestly say this is the first stout I have had that has a true milk aroma component. Taste of chocolate, roasted malt, cream, toast, oats, caramel, and light coffee. Slight roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, roasted malt, cream, and oats on the finish for a short bit. Quite dry on the finish. Good balance of flavors, but it is a bit on the bland side of things as far as robustness. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel as expected. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a very slight warming after the finish. Overall this is a good milk stout. A little bland, but has nice balanced flavors; and is certainly enjoyable.

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Photo of bsp77
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Brown-black with nice dark tan head and slight lacing.

Smell: Heavy roast, with milk chocolate, cream, coffee and oats.

Taste: Tastes very much like a creamy mochachino. Despite the sweet, chocolatey core, the finish has enough coffee, sharp roast and English hoppiness to keep it surprisingly balanced.

Feel: Unbelievably smooth. Wow. Carbonation is kept in check and the finish is somewhat dry.

Overall: This is an incredibly smooth, balanced Stout. I really like Brau Brothers new lineup.

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Photo of oline73
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an opaque dark brown bordering on black. There is a small layer of tan head that fades to a very thin ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: A touch of sweetness with some dark chocolate an roasty. Not a very strong smell.

Taste: More assertive than the smell. Creamy roast and dark chocolate are the dominant flavors. There is a coffee note in here as well. The finish is roasty and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth yet tingly carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: This is a pretty good milk stout. Not quite as smooth as I would have liked, but I enjoyed it just the same.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Opaque seal brown liquid rests beneath a highly active mass of foam which disappears before I even have a chance to evaluate its color. Minimal lacing; poor retention.

Light roast barley, chicory, and a hint of dusty graininess from the oats. Low caramel aromatics are hinted at as well.

Light lactic tartness melds with a gentle roast malt core. Mid palate I taste berries, cherries, and raisins. A sweet vanilla/white chocolate mixture comes out in the finish which is sweeter than you'd expect from the palate entry though not overly-so. Hints of spice and marshmallow are thrown in for good measure.

Medium-light-bodied, and a touch thin with low carbonation...though it "tastes" creamy per the addition of lactose sugar and oats.

A simple but tasty breakfast beer - a good example of a style well suited to the Mid-West.

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Photo of mothman
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light tan head. Color is dark brown nearing black.

Aroma: Espresso and cocoa with chocolate mixed in. Some vanilla and roast. Creamy lactose flavors.

Taste: Mimics the nose, but it is a little sweater and has more of a vanilla and caramel flavor. Nice coffee and a light roast flavor. Pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends with a little coffee bitterness.

Overall, a decent milk stout. Very enjoyable and a solid offering. I'd drink more.

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Photo of lurpy1
2.68/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap at Pat's Tap. The script with Brau is that everything is good with the beer until it hits the mouth. Then the trouble begins. Let's see how it goes this time. The Brothers should have a leg up - it's a style I love.

Pretty dark pour, not a lot of head. Good lacing though. Smell is more coffee than advertised. Roasts. Bittering. Not as many sweet smells as a fella might expect from a Milk Stout. Then again, a fella might not know what the F he is talking about. Still, an enjoyable smelling beer. So far so good...

...And right on cue, Moo Joos goes into the mouth and off a cliff. Bitter, malts, roast, and that damned, can't-escape-from-it dirty water Brau taste. Again with the dirty water? Are you kidding me?

Moving on to mouthfeel. You know, dirt doesn't just taste bad, it feels terrible in the mouth. Aggravating gritty feel. And this comes light years away from the thick, coagulating feel of a Milk Stout.

And with that, I throw my hands up in the air in dismay. I would love for another Minnesota brewery to step up and make like Surly and THB and be great, and I would love for it to be Brau. But they're not. Frankly I'm baffled by the ratings for this beer. In my book, if you can't get milk stout right, you can't really be redeemed. I can't tell you how many times I've seen a Brau beer and said "maybe this is the one they turn it around with". No more. This time,I mean it.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown, plenty of light gets through around the edges, very small head on it, less than 1/8". Aroma, what the, where are the stout like qualities? Coffee, chocolate, 2 row, roasting,. . . .hello?

Taste, very bland, gritty lactose like character as if it didn't dissolve. Really reminded me of an even blander oatmeal stout with some creamer added to it, to give it that weird textured sweetness I'm pulling down. Middle of the road in almost every way, doesn't make me like or dislike it really (I guess dislike since I had my expectations up). Overall the bland and thinness of the experience were probably the greatest letdowns.

If it was any thinner, I'd think people were cutting this with like, water and nonfat milk.

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Photo of argock
4.41/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Received from my brother Greg -- nice one!

A: Black with beige 1/2-to-1-finger head that falls away quickly and leaves a rare spot or two of lace.

S: The aroma is that of a much bigger beer with strokes of coffee, fudge and a light dash of licorice. Powerful and very appetizing.

T: The flavor succeeds even more with big milk chocolate fudge and coffee flavors with licorice bite in the finish. There is a touch of milk sweetness, but the bigger roast flavors really carry this brew.

M: Feels a lot bigger as well. I didn't know the ABV and would have though this was an 8.5% ABV beer. Medium-to-full bodied with low carbonation which leaves it creamy without feeling syrupy.

O: One of the most surprising beers I have had in a long time -- the components come together optimally to provide a huge flavor and aroma experience in a relatively low ABV package. Moos Joos proves that you don't need high gravity to have big aroma and flavor. Great job Brau Brothers.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a chalice. Thanks to storminspank for this.

A: Very black with faint light at the edges. Half finger creamy mocha head with decent retention and lacing.

S: Lots of oatmeal, coffee, and lactose. Light roast. Faint hints of chocolate and anise.

T: Chocolate and lactose upfront. Roast coffee and anise come big in the middle. Finishes with chocolate and oatmeal.

M: Medium light body. Medium light carbonation. Silky.

O: Haven't had many milk stouts but this is pretty tasty. Not a fan of anise but it wasn't over the top like Stone's Belgo Anise.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have been wanting to try this beer for a long time! Ran into a 6er the night before KBS release party finally popping the top on a bottle!

poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: light black bodied beer with a one and a half finger high head that fades to a thin cap quickly. Spotty lace on side of glass.

Smell: smells like a good milk stout should! decent roasty malts and lactose are noted right away in the nose. Little smoke and a little black licorice and even a little fruity. Overall it smells fairly sweet.

Taste: A little inderwhelming compared to the nose, but its still tasty. Mild raost and smoke mixes with a sweet and lactose / milky taste. You can taste a little bit of the oats in this beer as well. Mild roast in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: light end of a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Silky, creamy, and smooth thanks to the oats. Really drinkable stout, a little thinner than I like, but it works okay in this beer. Carbonation is good match for this beer.

Overall: Nice sessionable milk stout. Easy drinking and simple beer; make it a little thicker and a little more robust. It is an enjoyable stout!

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Photo of zeledonia
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Been meaning to try this for a while, finally getting around to drinking it. Enjoyed 5 Feb 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours very dark brown, essentially black. A hint of light through the edges, but this beer looks thick. Medium brownish tan head, one finger, okay retention and a bit of lacing.

The smell is really interesting. I've never had an oatmeal milk stout before, but this smells like what I'd expect from one. A pleasant full milky-oaty sweetness. It's a blend that works really well together. I don't get much of the stout, just a bit of roast in the background.

Taste is a little bland, IMO. That same oaty milky sweetness, but it's muted. And again, I don't know where the malts went, as they just don't present much flavor here. A mildly bitter back end rolls through. I want more flavor out of it.

Mouthfeel is quite nice. Silky, slick, and full, all in one big mouth-filling combo. Carbonation is right where it should be - medium-low.

An interesting combo, and a pleasant, easy-drinking stout. My main complaint is that I want more flavor. For a beer with this much involved, the taste should have more potency or more variety or both.

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Photo of yamar68
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - looks like a fresh pint of black coffee, near zero clarity, thin latte cap

s - fresh cream, oily coffee beans, sweet honey, more coffee, really a pleasant aroma I think

t/m - milk and oatmeal as promised, aftertaste like a dark roast with half and half, the oats take a back seat to the lingering latte flavors - mouthfeel could stand to get beefed up a bit

o - overall, this is a solid offering from a brewery that is really hit or miss for me, I'd recommend this to any stout fan

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Photo of budgood1
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours out an opaque brown colour with the slightest of ruby hues. ruby stained dark tan head appears with vigor and reduces to some fine lace. chocolate covered cherry aroma with accents of malted milk balls and chocolate ice cream. very nice! the flavour profile hits first with some dark roasted malts, quickly followed by a milk chocolate/chocolate milk combination. the slightly sour/lactic aspect has it's day making the ripe red fruit nuances seemingly taste like liquid chocolate covered candies. pretty yummy stuff. this liquid delicacy has a medium body with a pretty tame mouthfeel...if the sour flavour can be described as a feel, then this has it, in a good way. very drinkable...a real treat.

overall...oatmeal stout meets milk stout works for me. recommended.

*disclaimer* 4-5 years ago i ripped this brewery for serious issues when it came to bottling/packaging after buying a bunch of bad/infected/horrible beers. i've been reluctant to purchase anything from Brau Bros. since then but moo joos has restored my confidence in the libations from Lucan. two in a row now from them that i enjoyed.

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Photo of gatornation
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap 12 oz pour

A- pours a black color with some brown highlights in the head and body with good lacing

S- roasted malts with milk chocolate and coffee

T- was a light coffee and cream taste with light roasted malts some milk chocolate

M- was sweet with chocolate and coffee, light on the palte

O- an easy drinker with a sweet choc/coffee taste

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Photo of stealth
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this on-tap @ the Railhouse in Lake City, MN.

Real dark, with a strong roasted chocolate aroma. Subtle chocolate on the palate, with your typical roastiness expected in a stout. Coffee in the end/finish that I really enjoy. Creamy. I'll be checking out more brews from Brau Bros for sure. This hooked me.

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Photo of brycelarson
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a malt guy. So this beer works for me.

Roasty, creamy, slick oily (in a good way) mouth feel. Slight sweet edge and a surprising finish of hops. The chocolate is held in the back but apparent. Pretty simple and straight forward for a stout - which I love.

I'm always a fan of beers that state what they're doing and just do it - and this one does. Oatmeal milk stouts should be creamy, slightly sweet and have that great oat smoothness and mouthfeed - and this does it.

The brau bros are really coming up in Minnesota brewing. I'm becoming more enamored with them ever day.

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Photo of HosP
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a 12oz bottle from Shadesofgray. Poured into New Belgium snifter.

A- Pours black with some light around the edges. Very little head, what is there is a dark khaki color. No retention or lacing.

S- Sweet milk chocolate smell. Roasted malts in the background. Nothing over the top, just a good aroma.

T- Sweet up front. Chocolate at the beginning. Coffee is nice addition at the end. Roasted flavors add a nice touch. A little grainy with the roasted flavors. Ends sweet.

M- Medium body, almost full. Low carbonation. A little chewy.

O- Very solid beer. Like oatmeal stouts and milk stouts and this was a good combination of the two. Doesn't try to get cute with the flavors, but very good all the way around. Could drink this all winter. Thanks Ryan for the beer!

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Photo of Greggy
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - tan head over black body. Lacing is present

S - creamy chocolate lactose and great fruity yeast notes

T - milky lactose chocolate and fruitiness. It's not bold but aligns with the nose. Finish is dry and slightly tart

M- low carbonation and thin body

D- an average milk stout. Definitely worth a shot

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Photo of match1112
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: pours pitch black with no head, just a thin tan ring, and no lacing.

s: smells more like a weak coffee stout than a sweet oatmeal stout.

t: burnt malts, chocolate, coffee some oats and lactic sugar.

m: rather thin and water, expected a thicker, chewier body.

o: disappointed. the pour was rather flat. the taste is more coffee than oatmeal.

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Photo of Mdog
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black, good sized brown head.

Smell: Roasted malt, mocha.

Taste: Coffee flavor, slight mocha sweetness, back to coffee bitterness for the finish.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light feeling, not as full feeling as some other milk stouts I've had.

Picked up a single of this to try since I like sweeter stouts. It didn't quite hit the mark as the sweeter flavors were overshadowed by the roasted coffee flavors. Not too bad though.

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12oz Tumbler Pint Glass

Appearance - Pitch Black color with no transparency at all. Very Brown Head (Almost as brown as Surly Darkness) that is about 1 finger in length.

Smell - Dark Chocolate, Cocoa & sweet cream mixed in with a slight coffee scent. There's also some burnt malts in here as well.

Taste - Chocolate and sweet cream flavor with a burnt malt backbone. The coffee flavor is a little more obvious in the flavor than in the smell, but the chocolate and sweet cream are the big flavors here. The burnt malts give the flavor a level of complexity. The chocolate flavor isn't quite as rich as say...Young's Double Chocolate, but the sweet cream added gives it a bit of extra complexity

Mouthfeel - Body is on the thicker side and the carbonation is fairly moderate, but not too intense.

Overall - It's a good Milk Stout beer. Flavor-wise, it isn't simple but neither is it complex and that's fine. Those looking for a good stout beer should check this out! It's my second beer from Brau Brothers and so far, they have a solid track record in my book. Let's hope more offerings are just as good.

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Photo of warnerry
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours black with one finger of creamy tan head. Head has decent retention and leaves patchy lacing.

S - Chocolate and roasted malts, with some sweet cream.

T - Similar to smell with quite a bit of creaminess up front. Finishes dry and earthy, with lingering roasted malts.

M -- Medium mouthfeel that is pretty creamy initially, and dry on the finish.

O - A pretty good milk stout. The oatmeal elements are nice. I'd the this again.

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Photo of BeerNutz324
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ap- dark brown/black, completely opaque. tan head has OK retention, finishes with just a rim around the glass.

Ar- sweet cream, buttermilk, sugar, semi-sweet chocolate, sweet malts but i whiff a bit of roasty malt too

T- creamy and sweet. oatmeal and sweet cream, that semi-sweet chocolate is back too. The sweet malts hit up front and the roasty malts towards the rear.

M- this is where the beer lacks. feels thin, light carbonation. not thick enough for a stout IMO.

O- good tasting beer, just doesn't seem to pack the flavor that a stout should.

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Photo of Beerdregs
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Served from a 12 bottle into a surly pint glass. Pours a dark brown almost black with very minimal thin head

S: Great aromas going on here. Like an iced mocha with a some raisin characteristics.

T: For being a lighter bodied beer there is a lot going on here. First you get a sweet coffee flavor which mellows into a deep dark chocolate finish.

M: Minimal carbonation which helps to accentuate the deep flavors. Has sort of an oily texture on the tongue.

O: A great beer! The addition of lactose really helps to add some body into this 5.8% beer. Was disappointed with the lack of head so the appearance took a knock on points but overall a wonderful offering from Brau Brothers!

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is opaque black; no light passed through when I held it to a lamp. Two fingers of buttery, thick, tan head dissipated quickly (which was a surprise) to leave trails along the glass, a thin film, and a ring around the edge.

Smell: Dark, roasted malts make the first impression. Coffee, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, caramel, and black licorice. The aroma is very rich, much like a thick, chocolate pudding, and it has an oatmeal smoothness to keep the roasted bitterness at bay.

Taste: Once again, the roasted malts make the first impression. Coffee is most evident, but its roasted characters are mostly kept in check by sweeter flavors of dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and caramel. That said, the roasted characters actually leave a delicious bitterness lingering in deep crevices. It is not as sweet as the smell, but I am cool with that. It still exhibits that lactose and oatmeal balance.

Drinkability: It is a stellar example of oatmeal/milk stout with a nice roasted edge. Very enjoyable.

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