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Cowbell Imperial Oatmeal Milk Stout - Voodoo Brewing Company

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Reviews: 69
Hads: 260
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 6.68%
Wants: 201
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of cpetrone84
3.72/5  rDev -14.3%
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. (331 characters)

Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.73/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on Nitro Tap into a goblet style glass. Overflowing creamy, foamy head. Dark brown almost black color to the brew. Smooth creamy taste. Strong tastes of chocolate, vanilla and milky flavors. Some minor subtle coffee notes. Lactose is very noticable both in flavor and texture. Very drinkable. (299 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.86/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Capone's on 2/17/11.

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger frothy beige head that has excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Sweet chocolate tootsie roll aroma with subtle roasted coffee, oatmeal and lactic cream. Very sweet smelling with a heavy dose of milk chocolate in the nose.

Slightly flat with subtle crisp hop spice up front that is quickly countered by a silky sweet milk chocolate presence. There's also a prominent lactic creaminess that makes this beer taste like dessert. Hints of chocolate cake and tootsie roll. A bit one dimensional but still a pretty good dessert beer. Similar to ST Choklat. (702 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.92/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (440 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
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! (1,265 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Voodoo Cowbell Imperial Oatmeal Milk Stout

Served ontap in a snifter, appears a midnight black with a small off white head and little lacing. In the aroma, vanilla, chocolate and some roasted malt. This follows right into the taste, with a nice lactic sweetness, chocolate malt, some vanilla. Light alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is super smooth but carbonation is alittle thin. Overall I thought this was a very good offering but its no Big Black Voodoo Daddy. (459 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (701 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (263 characters)

Photo of mltobin
3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
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 ! (385 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a creamy light tan head. In the aroma, roasted malt and a mix of coffee and chocolate. In the taste, milk chocolate and a coffee backround. A smooth and medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a dry coffee and chocolate aftertaste. Sweet to dry and big coffee flavor, hides the alcohol quite well. (318 characters)

Photo of thequeen711
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

YUM, anything with stout in the title can't be bad!
This biter, dark chocolate pour with a touch of cream and roasted coffee beans is wonderful! Nice head retention, almost too frothy. Aroma is a mild coffee. Mouthfeel chewy, creamy, smooth and tasty...I can't drink too much of this or it will fill me up, but I must say, there was froth until the last sip!! I never had a brew that left foam until the final sip! (414 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
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 (463 characters)

Photo of haazer
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had at the Blue Dog in lansdale. First nitro tap and first from Voodoo.

A- dark brown sludge pour. White fizzy bubbles rise up to top off one finger of a latte head. Decent retention.

S- Roasty malts, coffee, blended with cocoa and vanilla. Little hints of smoke. Some oats and caramel.

T- upfront is chocolate and caramel, almost like a milky way bar. Flavor transitions to coffee midway through the brew. Then you get some creamer mixed that goes real well with the previously mentioned coffee. Lastly the flavor ends with some heat letting you know the alc is there.

M- As close to chocolate milk as you can get. Super smooth and very creamy. Booze and malts bring on a little astringency but not enough to complain about. Medium to full bodied.

D- Fairly. Interesting flavors, great mouthfeel. If you like chocolate milk, and you like beer this is a match made in heaven. Alc is not noticeable accept for a tiny bit of heat. (938 characters)

Photo of radioscooter
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was drinking ST Creme Brulee before I had this, so I won't find it as sweet as others have.

Had at the overly pretentious and extremely tedious U Pick Six (I know, right?) in Erie, leftover from the Voodoo tasting 2 days prior. Was rcommended by another BA'er.

Nitro tap poured into a Piraat goblet. Hmmm...the similarities to ST Choklat are more than passing. Imagine a slightly less coco nibs, nitro version of that and you've pegged it.

A perfect nitro pick. Creamy, milky goodness.

Delicious? Yes. As milkshakey and sweet as some are reporting? Sadly no. (565 characters)

Photo of russwbeck
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
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 (840 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.08/5  rDev -6%
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. (700 characters)

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blue Dog in Lansdale, PA.

A- Nice and dark with creamy head.

S- Nice, very sweet and creamy scent.

T- Very sweet and full of chocolate.

m- Very creamy and low carb'd compared to what I'm used to.

D- Nice and easy to drink.

EDIT: I realize that when I wrote this review, I certainly reviewed it according to personal likes and dislikes and not to the style. I've also never had beer on nitro and I certainly was not used to the serving. Numbers have been adjusted to compensate for the difference between the style and my personal impression. I also happened to have another cowbell the other evening... the bartender served me a cowbell instead of what I asked for and I decided to just drink it again anyway to see if my impression had changed. On my first review I may have been a little too intoxicated to make a fair review of the beer anyway. (865 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a goblet at Liberty St. Tavern. Man, this is one big chocolatey beer - but not too much or too thick. The body is smooth, almost velvety, and rich. There are oats, bread crust, milk chocolate, malt candy. Despite the sweetness and mouthfeel, this beer was a pleasure to drink. One of the best dessert beers I've come across in some time. (341 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich dark black with merangue like brown head. Decent retention and lacing. Smell is of chocolate milk and/or hot chocolate, ... cocoa powder, malted milk, sweet whipping cream. Taste follows scent with a touch of burnt coffee bean. Could have been a little bolder and more assertive, but blame that on the nitro. Body is creamy due to the nitro, but to the expense of taste possibly. This beer is very good, so i dont understand why you would want to cloud it behind all that nitro gass... give me flavor instead of over creamy body.

Update: Had another glass of this on 1/26/11 and boy was this a different animal. Much more aggressive flavors, especially the chocolate. It's finally got enough flavor to overcome the dampening caused by the nitro pour. Upgrading taste and drinkability .5 points each (812 characters)

Photo of cooch69
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a tap almost black into a goblet glass. No head whatsoever other than some very thin patchy film.

Nose of burnt chocolate and black malts, 80 % cocoa and some black starbucks bold.

Beer is surprisingly thin on the palate. Slightly sticky and pretty bold in the flavor profile but only medium bodied. Very rich and almost a bit like a super burnt piece of toast. A bit of hops in the finish, but only enough to balance it out.
This beer is the best I've had yet from Voodoo. (490 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Voodoo- Cowbell

On tap at the Hulmeville Inn.

A- Dark black, thick, with a small tight lacing head.
S- Dusty bitter dark chocolate with a light touch of cream and roasted coffee beans.
T- Thick chocolate malt. Bitter dark chocolate/ hot chocolate with a good lightly sweet cream and burnt coffee bean flavor.
M- Thick dry powdery hot chocolate. Semi sweet creamy body with a bitter cocoa and slight acrid coffee bean finish.

Overall- This is practically hot chocolate in beer form. (484 characters)

Photo of soulfly1492
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (614 characters)

Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Showed up for the Hulmville Inn's release of Cowbell from Voodoo brewery...very satisfied!
Looks very similar to a Young's Double Chocolate Stout. Very dark black with a light tan head, extremely creamy head and thick. Smell is light and of chocolate.
Very smooth, creamy, and consistent notes of chocolate milk...especially in the after taste. Very tasty and drinkable. Good Milk Stout! (388 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by capra12. Poured from a growler into a Troegs pint glass.

A: Super vigorous pour yields no head. Maybe a couple of giant bubbles floating at the top of a ptich black brew. No lacing either.

S: Chocolate, slight coffee, lactose, vanilla, nutty, slight sweet sourness, and an oddly pleasant mintyness.

T: Opens minty nutty chocolate, milk chocolate malt, slight booziness. Just realized that this one clocks in at 8.5%. How could this possibly be 8.5%!?!?! Drinks like a 5%... maybe less. No aftertaste, maybe a hint of coffee bitterness but very, very faint.

M: Medium bodied and flatter than a pancake made with 2008 Angel's Share batter! Slightly oily in the mouth and watery. So smooth since there's no carbonation to aggravate the palate. Finish is clean with little to no aftertaste. Slight viscousness towards the end.

D: One of the most drinkable milk stouts that I've ever had. Doesn't get a full grade in mouth, taste, or drink because I could do with some carbonation. Regardless, still very very good and the alcohol in this one is completely masked. (1,079 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro-tap, served in a tulip

A deep, dark ink black with a thick, one finger mocha colored cap. Due to the nitro, the cap was obviously thick and not shifting shape at all. Nitro really makes for a pretty beer.

You know that smell when you first squeeze Hershey's syrup into a glass of milk? That pretty much describes this aroma. Syrupy chocolate with sweet lactic sugar. Not much depth, but definitely an inviting, unique aroma.

Sweet lactic sugar up front then a rush of bitter, syrupy chocolate and mild roast coffee for good measure. There is a touch of grassy/earthy hops in the finish with a touch of lactic sugar on the lips.

Silky smooth, rich and creamy, definitely aided by the nitro. Medium body, not too heavy at all. A nice sweetness in the finish.

Surprisingly drinkable and one of the better milk stouts I have had. The addition of the chocolate makes it stand out a bit for me. This guy is a winner. (921 characters)

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Cowbell Imperial Oatmeal Milk Stout from Voodoo Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.