Moo Joos | Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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BEER INFO

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

Style: English Sweet / Milk Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Oatmeal Milk Stout.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#23,228
Reviews:
160
Ratings:
499
pDev:
12.37%
 
 
Wants:
31
Gots:
92
Trade:
2
 
User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 160 | Ratings: 499
Photo of 1Nrwyscotch
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle.

It appears almost black with a fingers width of a light brown head. The lacing lingered as I enjoyed my pint.

A light sweet coffee and smoky chocolate aroma.

It tastes like sweet coffee and is very easy drinking. It finishes with some smokiness that lingers for a little while.

It has a medium body with a an almost creamy texture which makes for easy drinking.

A flavorful version of an Oatmeal Milk Stout which I enjoyed.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz, no date
Beer Scene open mouth snifter

A: Wholly carbonation! Big hiss and fully snifter full of fluffy medium tan colored head. Fizzy, marshmallow appearance. Pours a really deep brown color. Not completely thick and black.

S: Definitely getting that lactose sugar sweetness on the nose even through the head. Milk chocolate. Never used it before but anise is there. Minimal roast and/or coffee.

T: First thing I notice, prickly carbonation. Getting some light roast coffee. Some milk chocolate. Sweet lactose sugar. I thought I would get more smoothness from the oats. Finish is quite dry.

M: Medium bodied. Thin actually.

O: B- it's ok.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pitch black, finger of mocha head, dissipated to a few random islands, some random lacing
S - big chocolate and coffee notes with some grain and burnt qualities, very rich
T - huge smoky roasty flavour, followed by some light syrup, brown sugar oatmeal, finishes with coffee and cocoa, all rich flavours
M - heavy and lowish carbonation, a bit of a cocoa chalky feel, musty, finishes full
O - this is a stout through and through, the smoky woody flavour appeals to me but maybe not for everyone

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Photo of andrenaline
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black with a dark ruby red hue on the edges, thumb of mocha head with decent retention and no real lacing.

S - Sweet cocoa and milk chocolate notes and espresso notes that linger.

T - The cocoa and milk chocolate notes dominate, the lactose adds a sweetness that counters the bitter coffee notes making for a balanced ale. The chocolate and espresso notes linger on the palette alongside a hint leafy greens.

M - A thinner bodied ale that goes down smooth and finishes sticky and wet.

O - A tasty milk stout that offers up a solid balance between sweetness and bitterness. Well worth a try and a delicious treat indeed.

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Photo of TCMike
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Produced 1.5 finger tan, dense head. The beer color is an ultra dark brown. Not translucent. Some lacing.
The aroma of oatmeal, coffee, and dark chocolate.
The taste is similar, but with a slight sweetness. Heavy mouth-feel, and low carbonation.
I really liked this one, and it goes down good.

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Photo of JCaweinstein
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a dark tan head which recedes quickly. There is a small amount of carbonation from what I can tell.
Very strong aromas grab my attention. I smell sweet chocolate and coffee, there is also a hint of fruit which I cannot place.
It's sweet and fruity and I can also taste the chocolate and coffee.
The mouthfeel is the best part of this beer. It is silky smooth, much more so than any other beer that I have ever had. Again, I did not notice a lot of carbonation but it doesn't feel flat at all.
This is a quality beer. It's interesting to me because it smells strongly of chocolate and coffe but tastes more fruity. The feel is superb and I'd love to have this again.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep dark brown, nearing black. Head is one and a half fingers of tan head. Good retention and lacing.
S- Roasted malt, sweetness (really just generic sweetness), and a bit of espresso.
T- Decently big stout flavors. Coffee, chocolate, roasted malt. Quickly, the sweet part of the milk stout character takes over. Sweet, lingering finish.
M- Sweet body sits on the tongue nicely, quite smooth. Just ever so slightly on the full side of medium.
O- A good milk stout. Defeinitely worth trying.

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Photo of mattjv
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with about one finger of khaki head that retreats after not too long. Nice lacing down the glass. Typical roasted malts come through on the smell, coffee and a smoky note are most prominent. Definite sweetness to the aroma with some dark fruit presence. Taste has a bitter twang up front quickly extinguished by a dark fruit sweetness faintly reminiscent of cola. Bitterness flashes again on the finish and lingers in the aftertaste with a smoky and faint chocolate note. Mouthfeel is pleasant, medium body for a stout with light carbonation and the classic mount coating oatmeal slickness.

For my first venture into the milk stout style this was enjoyable. The sweetness was restrained just enough to find balance, any more would approach cloyingly sweet. Overall a good beer and the third I've enjoyed from these folks.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
String of numbers printed towards bottom of bottle. No other info. (5.8% ABV)

A - An aggressive pour glugs into the pint with force, filling it with a pitch black beer that rests, viscous-looking, after some short-lived cascading. The tall mocha head drops slowly, caking the pint in dense Swiss cheese-like lacing.

S - Undertones of lactose sweetness and oats do their best to soften the hard, astringent aroma of Moo Joos. Gritty, biting roasted bitterness attacks the senses with force, passively suggesting coffee and chocolate as the full bodied aroma finishes with hints of dark fruit. It's got a basement-type of smell stemming from old, old wood and dirt, though.

T - Upon the first sip I find myself cautious to say it's less aggressive than the aroma and a little sweeter, and my caution pays off. Within moments, this beer turns harshly bitter, biting with astringent roast that could rival any Russian imperial stout. Sweet lactose and soft oats continue their perilous quest to soften and smooth the roasted malt bill, but there's pleasure found within the complex undertones of chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit. It doesn't seem to venture far enough into the dirty wood basement thing the aroma does though.

M - Moo Joos is gritty and full bodied; almost cloyingly aggressive with it's heavily roasted, astringent bitterness. The oats provide a slick, smooth texture while lactose sweetens the flavor and feel for a roundness that's nice; if it wasn't there, I'd almost call it undrinkable. While full, the beer never becomes syrupy or throat-coating which is also an attribute which keeps this on the somewhat enjoyable side.

O - I pegged Moo Joos to be a good breakfast beer, but even as a heavily roasted black coffee lover, I find this beer, at the risk of beating a dead horse, over the top on astringent roasted bitterness. There are some really nice things going on in this beer; the undertones of coffee, chocolate, dark fruit esters, and even the oats and lactose but, these things are all overshadowed too greatly to elevate the beer to something really enjoyable. I'd knock the roasted malt back a bit and get some more caramel notes in there, personally.

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Photo of Ilafan
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Holy black beer, Batman! Very rich and creamy (as it should be, right?), this perfectly named beer is practically a meal unto itself. I love stouts, porters ... The rich stuff. This beer makes the grade. As alluded to earlier, this beer pours black with long-lasting lattice and head. It has a good deal of chocolate and coffee in its taste, and the rather low alcohol content lets other flavors shine through. I had a glass with a grilled cheese. My arteries were screaming, but my taste buds were slapping high fives!

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Photo of gmfessen
3.24/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Moo Joos is black in the glass with just the faintest crimson red border to it when held to the light. The head is mocha in color, very big and looks like you could bounce a quarter off of it. The nose is rather subdued, bits of burnt chocolate are all that is discernable. The taste has a bit more to it, although the burnt chocolate does take center stage; not as sweet as some oatmeal milk stouts I've had before nor as creamy. Mouthfeel is medium in body and pretty flat for a oatmeal milk stout. Overall, not a bad tasting beer but not impressive either.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours black with a half finger dark tan head, which fades quickly. Eh.

S- not much aroma...a little bit of milky sugar, and thats it

T- a little bit of sweetness, some slight roast...interesting combination for a milk stout, but it's good

M- body is much thicker than most milk stouts I've had

O- it's an interesting beer, but it's a little *too* sweet fresh...mellows nicely with a few months on it

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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 +10.5%
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 -7.1%
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 -0.8%
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 -29.5%
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 -21.1%
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 +16.1%
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 +6.6%
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 +1.1%
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 -13.2%
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 +7.1%
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 +8.7%
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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Moo Joos from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 499 ratings