Moo-Tella: Chocolate Hazelnut Imperial Milk Stout
Terrapin Beer Company

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Style:
English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #664
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #23,265
Avg:
3.84 | pDev: 12.5%
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
64
From:
Terrapin Beer Company
 
Georgia, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  5
Gots
  10
SCORE
87
Very Good
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AngEo from Texas

1.89/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.5

Sour and metallic. Without a doubt infected. Scrolled through some of the reviews and was surprised to not find a similar experience, although I didn't dig too deep. If given the chance I would happily try again, but for now a huge disappointment.

Apr 16, 2020
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zac16125 from South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Terrapin Moo-tella
500mL bottle into a tulip
No bottling dates
Consumed (and review written live) in Nov 2017.


A: Pours a dense appear, opaque absolutely midnight black. Large tan head builds and dissipates at a moderate rate. Leaves no lacing. 3.75

S: Aroma is fairly big chocolate, tons of lactose-like cream notes, subtle roast. Almost no hazelnut on the nose, I don’t think I would have picked it up if I didn’t know what this beer was. Ok Aroma but nothing special. 3.75

T: Interesting. Not very Chocolatey or hazelnut-y. Some roasty notes, subtle sweetness. Meh. 3.5

M/D: Medium body, could be thicker. ABV well masked, drinkability ok. 3.5

O: The Terrapin special reserve series is usually pretty killer but this is fairly average. Not bad by any means but a pretty big disappointment. 3.75

Mar 23, 2020
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.57/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml waxed bottle, no dating that I could find. The main reason I acquired this was for the Hazelnuts.

Pours black with an inch of tan foam, lacing is good.

Taking some whiffs in and I am in Hazelnut heaven. Me=big fan of Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar and Nutella so it's only natural.

It's also loaded with chocolate and has delightful notes of roasted malt.

Taste doesn't disappoint. Hazelnut flavours are like biting into the wafers without the crunch. Milk chocolate is kinda sweet but doesn't make the beer sweet. Roasted malt and some vanilla, yeah, that's what I am talking aboot. The ample abv is hidden pretty well, at least in the opening 4 sips or so.

Fullish mouthfeel, smooth as silk, every sip tastes better than the last...my kind of high abv Milk Stout. So very enjoyable!

Jul 13, 2019
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superspak from Michigan

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

500 ml bottle into snifter, 2017 vintage bottling. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, hazelnuts, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, cream, marshmallow, fudge, cake batter, and dark/brown bread; with light notes of toffee, herbal, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts, hazelnuts, chocolate, and lactose notes; with solid strength. Taste of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, hazelnuts, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, cream, marshmallow, fudge, cake batter, and dark/brown bread; with light notes of toffee, herbal, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Mild herbal/roast bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, hazelnuts, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, cream, marshmallow, fudge, cake batter, dark/brown bread, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, hazelnuts, chocolate, and lactose flavors; with a nice hop/roast bitter/sweet finish, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/roast bitterness. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol for 8.5%. Overall this is a very nice imperial milk stout. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, hazelnuts, chocolate, and lactose flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. Very well balanced all around. Nice richness with good presence of the hazelnuts/chocolate, and a spot on base imperial milk stout malt profile. At 8.5%, I wasn't expecting a thick beer. It does well at the ABV. Maybe a bit thin, but nothing to complain about. A very enjoyable offering.

Apr 28, 2018
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent ebony with a sliver of tan head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Iron & cocoa

T: Mocha, hazelnut flavor, dryness up front. Chocolate, dryness, a touch of coffee as this warms, then some fakey hazelnut almost like a coffee creamer. Finishes dry, with mocha & a little hazelnut

MF: Fairly chewy, low carbonation

Solid, but there is an artificial flavor going on here that detracts. Hoped fro better

Apr 11, 2018
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - Dark brown, chocolate color with no head or lacing

S - hazelnuts and chocolate

T - Chocolate, milk, sweet, hazelnut.

F - Silky smooth, thin body and low carbonation

O - A good dessert beer, slow sipper. Good beer to share, not just for yourself

Mar 18, 2018
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strohme2 from Michigan

3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

2017 Reserve bottle, 16.9 ounce, poured into a tulip.
Pours on the lighter side of black, more brown like. Small tan head with red highlights. It recedes fast with no lacing.
Milk chocolate, nuts, maple syrup, faint hint of coconut. Great nose.
Taste is similar to the nose. Bigger punch of hazelnut, marshmallow and with a slightly nutty bitterness. Slightly cloying sweetness/hazelnuts. Chewy body, especially for the abv.

Feb 20, 2018
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SpeedwayJim from New York

3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

375ml waxed and capped bottle into Night Shift stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Nose is lightly tart. Hints of vanilla, lactose, coca-cola, roasted malt and chocolate. A little less sweet and less chocolate-y than I thought it'd be. Beer opens cinnamon, spice, cocoa powder, chocolate, hazelnut and lactose. Accented on the palate and tastes like Christmas spices. Real sweet and sugary on the finish. Solid but weird. Body is medium to light with moderate carbonation. A little too much bubbles and a touch thin to carry the flavor in this one.

The idea with this beer is nice but the follow-through is a little lacking. The body could be fuller and the flavor is more spicy and floral than chocolate and hazelnut.

Feb 10, 2018
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Roguer from Georgia

3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good looking brew, with a tan head with excellent retention on the initial pour.

Aroma is inviting, with roasted barley, nuts, and cocoa.

Flavor follows, with a slightly sticky sweetness that goes along with an almost sharp red grape juice flavor. Decent amount of roasted barley and cream. Chocolate flavors are roughly medium sweetness, and the hazelnut just adds an accent on the edges, never really coming into focus.

Quite drinkable and enjoyable.

This is an all around good beer, but it falls short of greatness.

Feb 04, 2018
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SHODriver from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a small light tan head which fades quickly to a small collar around the edge of the glass with no lacing
S: Smells of chocolate and roasted malts with some hazelnut notes.
T: Taste is milk chocolate, light coffee, light roasted malts, a little hazelnut. This is a very sweet stout to put it bluntly. Swallow is more milk chocolate, coffee and a hint of lingering hazelnut with some slight roasted malts
M: This beer is fairly full on the palate and slightly silky with carbonation that is just below prickly. The beer also has a drying finish.
O: Overall this is an interesting beer but it is very light on the hazelnut. I think that note could have been more pronounced. Other than that the beer leans very heavy on the sweet end of the spectrum and even in the small format it seems to lend itself to sharing. I've drank a lot of big and sweet beers but this is the first one that I've ever wanted to split. Decent complexity and some solid notes though so if you like the style you may enjoy it.

Jan 26, 2018
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ThickNStout from Georgia

3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bronze wax capped 500mL bottle from Sherlock's (Marietta, GA). 11.98. 2017 Reserve, released 11/2017. Served in a Terrapin snifter. Enjoyed 11/18/17.

Pours black with two and a half fingers of khaki head. The foam recedes to a thin, wispy layer with a narrow crown, leaving a few sparce clumps of lace.

Smells of milk sugar, dark chocolate, vague roast and some faint sharp, earthy nuts. Sweetens nicely as it warms.

Flavors of bittersweet dark cocoa, sugary lactose, a hint of hazelnut coffee, roasted malt, cooked caramel and just a mild tickle of alcohol.

Medium full, fairly creamy feel with moderate carbonation. Lingering bittersweet aftertaste with notes of high concentrate dark cocoa, and lactose sweetened hazelnut coffee.

Another year brings another Reserve release of Terrapin's imperialized Moohoo milk stout. Somehow this hazelnut version comes across a more bitter than the previous coffee blend. A fun and tasty take that I'm glad I tried.

Jan 18, 2018
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Black, no head, a little carbonation. Aroma leans a bit much of lactose sugar, though you do get some hazelnut & milk chocolate. Taste is also pretty sugary in an artifici way, lots of lactose, the hazelnut is used well to ground the sweetness somewhat but I think it is just a little too cloying.

Jan 07, 2018
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rise and shine craft beer lovers, the Terrapin brewing team gets us out of bed with a chocolaty breakfast drink that's obviously meant for adults. With copious amounts of dark chocolate, hazelnut of roasted malt, a milkshake for beer lovers is born.

Pouring with a freakishly dark mocha froth, its head is loosely knit and dissolves rapidly with an oddly sparkling zest. Dark chocolate brown in color, Moo-tella leads with the decadence of death by chocolate cake, along with accessorizing scents of espresso, hazelnut, vanilla and cream. Sweet cream, caramel and chocolate lead the way in taste while nuances of toffee, nuttiness, toast and chocolate milk lurk closely behind.

Remaining rich on the middle palate, the tastebuds are saturated with malt sweetness and copious chocolate additions. Cream, vanilla and hazelnut add a softer demeanor with a soothing comfort while the hops join with the roasted grain and reinforce a bitter baker's chocolate finish with broad woodsy, light smoky bitterness.

Devilishly full, lush and creamy, the beer looses its cream and marshmallowy textures late and the beer trends slightly drying, exposing a harsher bitterness and astringent roast character that serves as the dark ale's only drawback. A long linger of coffee, baker's chocolate and walnut keep the robust, savory and roast edges of the session on the precipice of taste.

Dec 26, 2017
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Dewsby from Kentucky

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L) The beer pours a lovely dark brown with a roasted head (poor retention and lacing).

S) The smell is coffee and toffee forward. Lovely, although not incredibly strong.

T) The taste is quite nice. The sweetness from the lactose and hazelnut very effectively counterbalances excess dark malts, so the pleasant excess roastiness in this brew doesn't come off as astringent. The chocolate is not overly present, but it can be detected, and the malt itself is bringing a dark toffee to the table.

F) The beer is a smidgen thin unfortunately, and slightly over carbonated.

O) This is a very solid milk stout, and among my favorite hazelnut brews.

Dec 23, 2017
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a black body with sweet chocolate hazelnut aroma. Beer is smooth, slightly creamy, mainly a sweet/dessert beer with a nutty dryness and crispness mixed in with a sweet chocolate flavor. Not much else going on but this beer is enjoyable.

Dec 12, 2017
Moo-Tella: Chocolate Hazelnut Imperial Milk Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 64 ratings