Butternuts Moo Thunder Stout

This was the last Butternuts offering of the night. The previous three were okay, but nothing amazing. The last can features what looks like a running cow with a thunderbolt trailing him. The can is black, which instantly makes me think “stout.” I’ve never had a milk or sweet stout, so I’m interested in how this one is going to turn out.

ABV: 4.9%

Style: Milk/Sweet Stout

Trivia: According to wikipedia, “Milk stout (also called sweet stout or cream stout) is a stout containing lactose, a sugar derived from milk. Because lactose is unfermentable by beer yeast, it adds sweetness, body, and calories to the finished beer. Milk stout was claimed to be nutritious, and was given to nursing mothers, along with other stouts, such as Guinness.”

Random: I haven’t tried any Oskar Blues canned beer offerings, but I’m definitely intrigued by them and they’re on my list of brews to try.

This beer poured black. No light was getting through this bad boy. The head was a tan color, which dissipated quickly with no lacing whatsoever. There is no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose has some hints of coffee and burnt malts and, a hint of a milkiness. On first sip, I think that this is way too thin for a stout. It has some flavors like coffee and chocolate, but where’s the body? Where’s the thickness I expect from a good stout? There is also a decent amount of carbonation on the brew. I also get some smokiness from the beer as well. The finish lingers with a silky chocolate taste. This is an easy stout to session, but it’s missing something for me, pretty much like all of the Butternuts brews. This brew is a B- for me.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

Butternuts Snapperhead IPA

The third brew of the night, the Snapperhead IPA. This can is the most unusual to me. A fish wearing sunglasses and listening to headphones? Sounds great to me.

ABV: 6.8%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: A snapperfish is a fish found in the Gulf of Mexico and were originally called Pargo. They also like to frequent shipwrecks.

Random: I’m all about IPAs. The last IPA that I had in a can was okay. (21st Amendment Brew Free or Die IPA). I hope this is at least a little bit better. If I could find a good IPA in a can, I could bring this to events I go to over the summer that I can’t bring bottles to, and that would be sweet (even though the summer is over).

This brew poured with a one finger white head that dissipated and then left some lacing on the glass. The body is mildly cloudy with minimal carbonation visible. The nose has some hops, but not as strong as I expected. There is also a hint of maltiness on the nose as well. On the taste, the hops are balanced by the caramel sweetness that was apparent in the nose. Some carbonation comes into the foray and makes this a nice, crisp brew. The finish is slightly bitter and lingers for a bit. But, this isn’t what I expect when I have an IPA. It’s too…subtle? The body of the beer isn’t thin, but it’s just not what I’m looking for when I grab an IPA. This is an alright beer, but not fabulous. This would be a C+ beer for me. I wouldn’t look for it, but in a pinch, it will do.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

Butternuts Porkslap Pale Ale

This was the second offering from Butternuts that I had for the night. Nicole is a big fan of this beer. When I first saw the can, I thought that it would have some sort of bacon-y flavor, but I was pretty wrong. Onto the beer…

ABV: 4.3%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: Butternuts are fruit of the white walnut tree that is native to North America.

Random: It’s finally getting cool in Jersey, which means that it can officially be stout and porter time. Score!

This brew poured with a one finger white head that dissipated moderately fast and left minor lacing on the glass. There is moderate carbonation on the body, which is clear and a golden brown color. The nose has a hint of hops and a little malty sweet smell. On the taste, there is slightly more carbonation than apparent by looking at it. The hops are very subtle in this and taken over by hints of caramel and brown sugar. The finish is slightly bitter. The beer has another flavor to it…ginger or apricot maybe? It’s a nice session beer due to the low ABV, but unlike almost any other pale ale I’ve had. Not the best pale, but not the worst. Not a beer that you have to search for, but if you see it on a menu, it’s worth a shot. Again, no metallic taste from the can, which is also a bonus.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Butternuts Heinnieweisse Weissbier

It’s almost the weekend, which means that I get to celebrate my birthday (albeit a little late) with my friends. This involves a trip to Cherry Hill to visit the Flying Fish brewery and then off to the Pour House in Haddonfield. I took the day off today, so I have some time to try a few brews. I decided to review the beers I had in the Butternuts variety pack that I got. Butternuts is a can only brewery (as far as I can tell). There’s a certain stigma with canned beers, although it’s going away. The first brew I’m reviewing from them is the Weissbier

ABV: 4.9%

Style: Hefeweizen

Trivia: Butternuts is brewed on a converted dairy farm in the Butternut Mountains.

Random: The can is a little boring compared to the other offerings from Butternuts.

The beer presents with a one finger head that dissipates quickly. No lacing is left on the glass. The body is incredibly cloudy and orange with a lot of visible carbonation. On the nose, there is some banana and very subtle spice. There is also a hint of lemon present. On first sip, the lemon and banana come to the forefront with a lot of carbonation dancing on the tongue. But, there’s just not a lot to impress me with the beer. It’s lighter than a typical hefe, but not in a good way. It just needs a little more body and a little more flavor. The finish is quick with nothing to it. It’s pretty drinkable, but boring. But, you can’t taste any metal from the can, which is always a good thing. Not a bad beer, but nothing impressive. There are much better beers for the style.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0