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Cowbell Imperial Oatmeal Milk Stout - Voodoo Brewing Company

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Cowbell Imperial Oatmeal Milk Stout
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227 Ratings
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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 8.11%
Wants: 191
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Voodoo Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-07-2009

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Ratings: 227 | Reviews: 69
Photo of Mounty4Life
4.94/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite beer of 2013 and hope they make more of it this year!

Photo of kingston2
4.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful nitro draught with silky head on a beautifully dark beer. Smells are sweet luscious chocolate. Taste is true with silky smooth chocolate with great creamy mouthfeel. As good a milk stout as I've ever had. Would love to see this bottled but for now seek it out and don't pass on it if you do find it.

Photo of 57md
3.92/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark brown to black with a big fluffy tan head that lingered for a long, long, long time and left thick lacing behind. The nose has a very light essence of brandy. Dark malts are certainly present in the flavor profile along with some sweetness on the finish. This offering is not particularly roasty, but it is very rich and silky smooth.

This is an enjoyable and easy drinking offering even though it clocks in at 8.5% abv.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.72/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at the barrel room release. Pour is jet black with a tight creamy light tan head. The nose is roast, milk chocolate and vanilla. Rich malt aromas. Taste is also rich, light roast with rich milk chocolate and vanilla. Body is a touch thin in the finish with gentle carbonation. Extremely drinkable but not overly complex.

Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap at Capone’s,a great nitro beer as its best features are brought out. Creamy mouthfeel, big thick head on a black body. A great stout smoothy. A Good roasting, good milk chocolate,rich, fun, vanilla, milk.A good balance of sweet and bitter elements.

Photo of Mopps
2/5  rDev -55%

Overcarbed metallic mess

Photo of Cylinsier
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

tap

Pours jet black with a thin tan head.

Notable cocoa and coffee notes with some oat malt in the nose.

Flavor is of coffee, caramel, chocolate, and vanilla with some lactose sweetness.

Full body, creamy texture, with a minimal carbonation.

An excellent chocolate stout with great body and flavor balance, goes down way smoother than it should for the strength, a must-try for stout fans.

Photo of stakem
4.37/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nitro pour into a tulip shaped pint glass. The brew streams brown but comes to rest in the glass black. A rich silk topping 1.5 fingers strong of khaki coloring holds like only nitro can deliver. Some faint ruby clarity is noted around the edges when held to the light.

Notes of rich milk chocolate emit through the nose. It is somewhat roasty with a bit of charcoal quality. Some fresh grainy oat aspect emerges as it warms up. While not a bold smelling brew, everything coming out of the glass is nice.

The taste is milk chocolate, semi-sweet with some roasty quality like coffee. A bit of fresh oats are thrown in there as well providing a faint sweetness that is almost vanilla-like. A very well rounded offering here that hints the perfect balance of grainy sweetness to bitter roast.

This is a medium bodied brew with a rich, silky smooth and luscious texture to it. The feel is just sheer exaggerated smoothness that makes for a crushable offering. The alcohol is masked very well in this which only makes it more dangerous in how easy drinking it is.

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a pitch black color with a cascading of brown bubbles billowing up through the brew. A thick head is left sitting atop the beer, fading slowly over time to give a good level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is dark and sweet. The dark notes are of a chocolate, roasted malt and coffee aromas with the sweet being mainly of a milk/lactose aroma. With these smells there are other lighter notes of an earthy nature as well as some light hints of toffee and caramel. Overall the mix of the aromas gives delicious roasty and sweet smell to the beer.

Taste – The taste begins with a strong coffee and chocolate flavor. These are sweeter and creamier up front with notes of caramel and oatmeal. A milk/lactose flavor comes to the tongue while the caramel fades creating a mocha cappuccino like flavor on the tongue. As the taste advances to the end it dries out slightly with more coffee coming to the tongue bittering it a bit. While slightly less sweet, the beer is vary balanced and smooth at the end, leaving an enjoyable dark and creamy taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is creamy and thick with it coating the mouth in a lighter but smooth bath of carbonation. The feel is a fantastic, chewy, and soothing delight with all the wonderful dark and sweet flavors accentuated by the silky feel of the brew.

Overall- A tasty brew with a good feel and the right balance between roast and sweet. A rather easy drinking and tasty imperial.

Photo of rodlavers
4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap, prob third or fourth time I've had this but first shot at reviewing it. Pours black with a massive head.EVENTUALLY settles down leaving abundant lacing behind. Unfortunately the smell is not terribly aggressive; not much, really. Light malt, coffee, hops smell, emphasis on light...which completely belies the awesome taste. Simple flavors, creamy but bitter with coffee/light chocolate. It does resemble milk, but it amazing. It's super smooth and delightful crisp and slightly chewy. Very enjoyable. Overall this is great, highly recommended. Cheers.

Photo of Knapp85
3.96/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This must have been one of the first pours out of the keg, there was a lot of sediment in the glass and the color was a milky brown instead of a deep black color. The head was creamy looking almost like it was surved from a Nitro Tap. The lacing and retention on this were fantastic. The smell of the beer gives off some roasted notes as well as a subtle sweetness. The taste of the beer is on the sweeter side with a bitter roasted finish. The mouthfeel is heavy, creamy and rich. It's also very smooth. Overall I should have gotten another glass later in the day when it was pouring at its full potential, unfortunately I didn't. This beer is worth having though and one day I hope to have it again.

Photo of thecheapies
4.02/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black and benign. Still khaki foam. 3.5

Woody for a milk stout. The lactose is there, but the sweetness/tanginess is subdued. Caramel, dusty cocoa, roasted malts, and milk chocolate. A tad earthy. 4.0

Coffee shines through on this chocolatey milk stout. Alcohol way in-check for the strength. Whole lotta malts with a bite of steak char. 4.0

Smooth with a bitter middle. Clean finish and a spiked carbonation works charmingly. 4.5

Delish. Worth the visit. 4.0

Photo of NABS
4.7/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I read these reviews and just get totally lost. I don't know all the intricacies of beer, so this is no more than an "Average Joe" review.

I was lucky (smart) enough to head to Meadville for the grand opening of Voodoo Brewing Co's brewpub. This was the 3rd beer I had and by far was the highlight, not only of the day, but of all stouts I've had probably since Evil Twin's Soft Dookie.

This beer poured as dark as you can imagine a stout with a big, foamy head. Over good conversation and people watching, the head dissipated, but lasted quite a while.

The only aroma I got, that I could place, was sweet chocolate, but apparently I just don't know/can't pick lots of aromas as I read others' reviews.

Taste; what can I say. I was so glad I had this last because there could be no better finisher. Taste backed up the aroma. Sweet, creamy chocolate. I saw a gif recently that had cocoa beans flowing in a river of molten chocolate over a bed of chocolate chunk. That's the only equivalent I can think of, just chocolate madness... in a fantastic way.

I don't get the whole mouthfeel part, but this beer was perfect. Creamy chocolate goodness that was more than sippable. Definitely easy to drink in between talking/watching.

Like I said, best stout I've had in a while. I can't wait to get back and get some more Cowbell!

Photo of adamette
4.73/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Poured from Nitro-tap at the brand new Voodoo Brewing Company's brewpub in Meadville, PA June 30th, 2012, their grand opening night. I do not recall the price. The price did not matter that night.

A Absolutely no light can make it through the snifter full of greatness that is Cowbell. A nice 3 inch head took its time dissipating. I cannot imagine an improvement to the look. 5.0

S Great dark roast malt but a nice milky/cream sweetness is also noted in the smell. This smell certainly makes me want to drink it! 4.5

T Great balance between the dark roast malt, the sweet creamy milk taste and a kick of alcohol but really it is well eclipsed by the great tasting creamy dark roast malt. As I enjoyed this well crafted Milk stout I struggled to think of a better made version of this style. I could not. 5.0

M Smooth as silk while maintaining that great dark roast and creamy milk characteristic. Nearly perfect. 4.5

D/O Drinkability is just great. Overall this is a world class Milk Stout.

Notes: So happy to support Matt and everyone at Voodoo Brewing Company on the occasion of their Grand Opening in Meadville! Now, can you open a second brew pub in the Cleveland area?

Photo of jeremy13586
4.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured in to pint glass from a nitro tap. Took a very long time to pour, but it was worth every minute.

Jet black with a velvety smooth tan head. The head lasted until the end of the beer and it left some pretty kickass lacing.

Very roasty. Chocolate, coffee, and some toffee.

Smooth milk chocolate and roasted malt hit front. The chocolate and taste of lactose subside a bit and lets the roasted malt and coffee flavors really shine, though it is very sweet throughout. Nice bitter finish.

Full bodied and chewy. Very creamy. Slightly astringent finish.

This was one super awesome stout. Not at all what I was expecting, but it blew my expectations out of the water.

Photo of Veillantif
4.85/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It seriously takes about five minutes for the bartender to pour this into a tulip glass (Doobie's, 22nd and Lombard near Fitler Square)

A: Typical stout color, but the chocolate-colored head on top is the real attention-grabber.

S: Right behind the roasted malt there's this hint of—is that vanilla?

T: Yes, it is. Not so in-your-face; just enough to complement the bitterness. Fantastic.

M: I don't mean to overdo the confectionary analogies, but that head is like ice cream. I want to get lost in it and never come out.

D: Quite possibly the best stout I have ever had. With every glass—and I've had many—it goes from beautiful to better.

Photo of soulfly1492
4.2/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Bready, like a grainy cereal. Bold worty raw malt, some chocolate and lactose.

Appearance: Black, opaque. Takes forever to settle (5-8 minutes). Tall light brown head seems solid, will not settle. Some lacing once the liquid level starts to drop.

Flavor: Mild lactose and milk chocolate. Mildly roasty coffee and burnt chocolate. Some mild pine hops. The aftertaste is of burnt chocolate and pine.

Mouthfeel: Full body. Slick and oily. Low carbonation.

Overall: Bold savory brew. A lot more roastiness than the typical milk stout, but it works great.

Notes: Consumed on 5/6/2012 at House of 1000 Beers.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.93/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap said this was 9% so unless it's the new ABV it might be a mistake on there part. Served at the House of 1,000 for 6 dollar (16oz pint)

A - They warned me it would take 10 minutes to pour and it did. I really got to wander who gauged the nitro since the first pour was almost a full glass of foam. After 5 fills I got 12oz of beer and 4oz of mocha colored foam. Beer appeared to be very dark black in color.

S - Very good smell I am getting some rich dark malts mostly chocolate and roast in nature, some lactic sweetness, and very little hops.

T - Kind of disappointed I do get some great balanced flavors but nothing as described in other reviews as "Malted milk ball beer" The roast about halfway almost got to the point of cloying which had me hoping it was a touch sweeter. Finish and body was pretty excellent drinking almost like water for 8.5%.

M - Medium bodied and creamy.

Overall I guess I will not be seeking this one out again. Don't get me wrong it's not bad just not as sweet as one would expect for a "milk stout" just because of it's limited availability, nitro only option (no bottles), and the low sweetness.

But who gives a f about my review right? Cheers on producing this high octane Milk stout!

Love the Big Black Voodoo Daddy!

Photo of mltobin
3.97/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Varga Bar in Philly.

Appearance is near black with a short beige head to it. Its` nose contains cream, chocolate and light roasted malts. The taste is vanilla, milk, malts, some more of the chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium, a very smooth texture, finishes with a sweet taste. All in all, a very nice milk stout, my first beer from Voodoo...we`re off to a good start !

Photo of oline73
4.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on nitro tap at Capone's. Served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black with a two finger tan, smooth nitro head and great retention.

Smell: Sweet chocolate with mild roast and some dark fruit notes. Not overly complex, but very nice.

Taste: Chalked full of chocolate. This is a very smooth beer. The roast is there, but not very bitter. The roast is mostly in the finish with some mild vanilla notes as well.

Mouthfeel: The body is thick with smooth carbonation and a finish that is slick and then mildly dry.

Overall: I think this one is a bit easier to drink than Choklat. Still a chocolate bomb and I'll definitely have another in the future given the chance.

Photo of russwbeck
4.06/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A black as night pour with a few fingers of thick brown head. Retention is phenomenal and the lacing is such that you can't really see through the glass where it rests. 4.5

He aromas are very focused on roasted malt coffee like flavors. My nose is also picking up some dry dark chocolate. Balanced, but average. 3.5

The taste reminds me of decadent gourmet chocolate with some roast hiding underneath. Really very focused on the dryer side of chocolate and roast, the beer doesn't boast many differing flavors. 4

Very thick creamy body with a low to normal amount of carbonation. Dry finish. I thought the drinkability was great, I couldn't stop taking sips 4.5

$3 for 6 oz, which I thought was pretty good for a Voodoo beer I had never tried and on nitro. I loved this. Thick, delicious, and tasty. If you haven't seen it, find it. 4.5

Photo of MDDMD
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-dark bown to black color with a compact tan head and tremendous lacing all the way down the glass

S-chocolate and roasted coffee with hints of vanilla

T-rich chocolate with roasted malt and coffee and slight bitterness to finish

F-medium body with light carbonation, nice rich, smooth mouth feel

O-a delicious milk stout with rich flavor and good balance

Photo of mgbickel
4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Piper's Pub 06/05/2011

Arrived at my table in a 12oz goblet. A thick layer of dark mocha foam formed a perfect cap on top of the oil black body. The head pretty much retained throughout the drink, dissipating ever so slowly...lots of lacing.

The nose of this will get you mouth watering! Chocolate, heavy cream, roasted malts and (to a lesser extent) coffee.

The taste is right in line with the nose...starts off with a sweet lactose flavor, creamy cocoa in the center and a roasted coffee finish. Very flavorful, but not very complex.

The mouthfeel is pretty much where I feel a stout should be...right on the border of medium and heavy with a little slick-ness and low to moderate carbonation.

This is a great offering...one I have been seeking out for a while and extremely happy it did not disappoint. I really wish they would bottle this one...will quickly become the standard for the style.

Photo of jmdrpi
4.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On nitrotap, served in pint glass. Appears opaque jet black with a thick 1" off-white head. The head diminishes very slowly as it rides the beer to the bottom of the glass, leaving nice lacing. Aroma is mild, roasty malt a bit of chocolate. Taste is cross of oatmeal stout and milk stout, with a nice highlight of vanilla flavor that really ties it all together. Very smooth thick body. Like a beer milkshake.
Looks like I've got a new favorite Milk Stout.

Photo of Rifugium
4.7/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had: on nitro at Capone's, Norristown, PA

2011 batch: Poured a luscious black with a creamy finger of tan head. Aroma of thick chocolate and roasty malts...nothing else really needs to be said. A tiny almost imperceptible twang of cocoa bitterness in the taste up front is quickly overcome by rich chocolate-vanilla milkshake goodness, with the nitro giving it a decadent smoothness. Full bodied, flavorful, and highly drinkable. One of the best milk stouts I've ever had. Easily.

2012 batch: I don't want the rating to suffer because I have faith in this beer. However, apparently due to capacity issues, Cowbell was contracted out and brewed at Dark Horse. And regrettably, I think it has suffered because of that. From what I've had of it so far, it's lost alot of its chocolatiness, and taken on a much more generic and roasty profile. It's not nearly as good as it was in '11, but I have hopes that it'll improve again. I'd rate this batch probably about a 4/5 at the most, which is still pretty good.

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Cowbell Imperial Oatmeal Milk Stout from Voodoo Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.