Cowbell Imperial Oatmeal Milk Stout - Voodoo Brewing Company

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Ratings: 244
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 194
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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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: 244 | Reviews: 73
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of mikereaser
4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capones Restaurant in Norristown, PA

A - Pours a dark chestnut brown with an inch of smooth tan foam

S - light aromas of roasted malts, bittersweet chocolates, vanilla and coffee

T - slightly sweet milky flavor, roasted malts and again the sweet milky chocolate flavor returns

M - very light, smooth and creamy, this one is such a treat to drink

D - it hides the 8.5% so well, you just want to keep drinking it. I've met the brewer twice since having this and I just couldn't stop telling him how much I liked this beer. It really is a treat to have.

Photo of kingmiggo
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Christmas seasonal from Voodoo Brewery on nitro at UPick6 Beer Store in Erie, PA.

delicious sweet stout, as smooth as the day is long. Served in a tulip, sweet coffee notes maybe mocha leaves a sweet milkshakey like feel in the mouth. magnificient opener perfect for a snowy Erie day.

Sweetness gets a touch overbearing after a couple of pints, so moved on to something more easy drinking. My only problem with this beer is I struggle to take more than 2 pints before the sweetness turns me slightly off. Desperate to try from a bottle to see if same effect.

Photo of zac16125
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On nitro at the source in good ole Meadville,PA
Poured into a tulip


A: jet black, light tan head, great retention and leaves lots of lacing 4.5

S: tons of chocolate, peanut butter, oatmeal, roasty, wonderful 4.5

T: chocolate, nutty, oatmeal, lactose sugar, subtle coffee bitterness 4

M/D: super creamy, appropriately low carbonation, ABV very well masked 4.5

O: very tasty 4.25

Photo of Beerisheaven
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On nitro tap at Capones tonight over dinner.

A - Very dark pour with a pillow that sits on top which manages to stay put and lace the glass. Oh, the wonder of nitro.

S - Dark roasted malts with a whiff of coffee, chocolate, and lactose.

T - Largely follows the smell with a strong backbone of dark roasted malts, oat, coffee, and an underlay of milk. Really pleasant taste. I think that Matt of Voodoo nailed this one exactly as he wanted it.

M - Delicious and once again assisted by the nitro. Hard to find anything that is not great about the mouthfeel.

D - Very good. I had a pint and very easily could have been convinced to have another.

I like Matt and appreciate what he is doing with his line of beers at Voodoo. I would love to see this one bottled, but not sure how the beer would present itself without the nitro element.

If you see this one, give it a drink as it is very good.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nitro-Tap at Capone's in a pint glass.

A- Cowbell is a semi thick black stout with no hints of brown towards the edges. A sturdy thick tannish/light brown head stays on top for a forever, leaving coating brown lace.

S- Nothing much but some roasted malt when cold, cowbell needs some warming. With some time the nose does not explode but some more malts come out with chocolate, small coffee, roast and of course oats.

T- This comes off like chocolate milk with some roast. The chocolate is light but tasty and the nitro tap makes this so creamy which makes for a chocolate milk taste and feel. Also some oat, minimal coffee roast, cream, vanilla.

M- See above. A very creamy stout with a solid medium feel. Went down easy as hell, smooth, no bitterness at all. No alcohol detected at all. The sweetness is at a level where it does not stick around for long.

D- I really liked this, Voodoo has been pumping out some excellent stouts lately. The taste is great, the feel is even better. This was not a chore at all and the sweetness is not overboard. Not very complex but well balanced. If your a fan of stout's, get this.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On nitro at Capone's during my last visit.

A: Pours a dark brown with a nice tan head and a good amount of lacing as it went down.

S: Good amount of chocolate and some roasted malt with hints of vanilla and cream.

T: A nice sweetness from the lactose matches up very well some the slight bitterness emanating from the dark chocolate notes.

M: Medium-bodied and ultra creamy.

D: Very nice all around and one of my favorites from this style to date. Hope to have it again.

Photo of akorsak
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nitro pour at Capone's.

A: The stout is dark, imperial in the truest sense of appearance. The nitro pour has generated a cascading effect that never fails to please me. The nitro-infused head is thick and luxurious, a tan color that laces in thick layers.

S: The nose has sweet lactose alongside roasted stout and chocolate. The kicker is ample vanilla, an intense addition to the stout.

T: Chocolate and vanilla, each a syrupy compliment to the other. The nitro has smoothed out the ale, accentuating the oatmeal and lactose presence. I'm absolutely shocked at how good this is, a chocolatey playground that goes to the next level with the vanilla.

M: The nitro smooths the ale out, no bitterness to be tasted here. Sweet stout and excessive vanilla - a winning combination.

Photo of MDDMD
4.33/5  rDev -2%
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 callmemickey
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Release event at the Khyber

A: Dark black/brown. Tightly condensed light khaki head. Settles slowly to a nice skim. Spotty lacing left behind in the glass.

S: Soft chocolate notes. Light roasted malts and a hint of warm oatmeal.

T: Creamy chocolate, oatmeal, roasted malts and hints of the lactose.

M: Smooth and creamy body. Quite light. Slightly drying finish. Nitro treats this beer real well.

D: A very enjoyable milk stout. The guys at Voodoo put together a complete drinking experience with this one. Easily could drink these all night without experiencing any cloying feelings. Ideally this beer will be around from time to time as it is a winner in my book.

Photo of bonkers
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capone's, 16 ounce pour into a standard pint glass. Jet black pour, no highlights, with a sticky white head. The aroma is sweet chocolate, not a hint of bitterness. The taste follows the nose, sweet chocolate. There is also some coffee in there, it finishes pleasantly sweet. On nitro this is smooth as silk, creamy and luscious. The body is medium, well carbonated. A great beer!

Photo of stakem
4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
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 John_M
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On nitro at TJ's the other day.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with exceptional head retention and considerable sticky lacing. The nose was also pretty attractive, showing noticeable vanilla, dark chocolate and mocha. As good as this beer smells, it tastes even better. The mocha really comes through on the palate, and the flavor profile is greatly enhanced by the soft creamy mouthfeel one gets from the nitro. Otherwise, the flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this moderately sweet, well crafted stout. As for drinkaibility, it's really quite exceptional in this beer, as the alcohol is completely unnoticeable on the palate. Also, on the nitro, there is a light, creamy mouthfeel that really makes this an easy to drink stout.

Yummy stuff...

Photo of sholland119
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On nitro at Capone's, 2/17/10.

A-Pours a cloudy dark brown with lots of frothy mocha head and good sticky lacing.

S-Sweet chocolate notes and roasted malt.

T-Milky sweet and dark chocolate at the front, followed by a nice roastiness with a mild hop bite, then a sweet finish.

M-A perfect nitro beer. The delivery enhances the creamy smoothness and silky body.

D-Please sir I want some more. This one rocks.

HV

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
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 ffejherb
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On nitro-tap at Capone's on 4/17/10.

A - The extremely dark brown liquid cascaded into a mammoth wall of thick, tan foam standing three finger's high, which eventually peeled away to reveal a mesh-like screen of lacing all around the tumbler.

S - Chocolatey and milky sweet aroma with bitter cocoa notes as well as rich heavy whipping cream and vanilla.

T - Yummy balance of sweet lactose and semi-sweet, slightly bitter chocolate with some coffee roast thrown in for good measure, although it takes a back seat to the chocolate character. Finishes with a hint of earthy hop bitterness.

M - Solid medium bodied nitro stout with a fantastic silky, smooth body. Rich and creamy mouthfeel that is not watery in the least. Finishes with a fair amount of bitterness on the palate.

D - Another winning nitro creation from Voodoo (the other being the excellent Got Gas? IPA). Very enjoyable Milk/Oatmeal Stout with a multitide of flavors and smooth mouthfeel.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on nitro on a Friday at the Hulmeville inn. Poured into a pint glass and I most say one of the finest looking stouts I have ever seen. Thick creamy heading that left a very creamy fluff when I finished it off. Opague black and light brown heading.

Smell is very subtle nothing really stands out. Subtle roasted malt and some chocolate notes as well.

Taste is one of the very best in my mind. So much going on here. Very sweet milkiness to start thing's off then turns to a a nice blend of roasted and chocolate malt. The finishing touches is a bit of cinnamon that ends thing's. Amazing.

Mouth is full bodied,and a bit chewy.Extremley velvety smooth and leaves no ill lingering's or off tastes.

Drinkability is awesome I am going over and over what is wrong with this and I can't find a damn thing A very fine stout and a new favorite of mine. Maybe a bit too sweet for a session but a must taste. Again awesome.

Photo of weeare138
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a dense dark black with a fluffy tan head that slowly fades out into a floating cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left arond the glass.
Smell is of roasted grains, cocoa, caramel, rich chocolate, and vanilla.
Taste is of the the aromas with a flavorful blast that reminds me of melted Milk Duds. Hell yeah!
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, chewy, smooth, and creamy.

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 cassanoj
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Capone's in Norristown. Pint glass. Thick and dark with a lovely cream head. Leaves a little lacing.

Smell is chocolate, coffee, oats. Nothing life changing here.

Wow, really creamy. Tastes like I picture a milk stout tasting. Thick, creamy, not very complex but it's okay. Big malt taste as well. Chocolate, coffee, oats of course.

Mouthfeel is wonderful. Like a lactose cloud floating around in my mouth. Becomes a little bitter at the end.

I love this beer. Simple, smooth. I think the name "Cowbell" conjurs up the perfect images for this beer, it's right on! Dang.

Photo of rodlavers
4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
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 IronLover
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark brown to black in color with a modest, but rich biege head. Excellent head retention that slowly reduced to a thin foamy cap. Sweet chocolate and roasted malt aromas, hints of chocolate malt balls and coffee. Smooth, rich, milky, slighty resinous texture. Sweet chocolate and roasted malt flavors, sweet malt ball and sweet sugary cream flavors toward the middle and end. As it warmed, a rich, floral, hoppy flavor intensified at the finish. An excellent stout. No hint of the higher ABV.

Photo of Bone53
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ The Library

Appearance: its dark in here so i assume the beer is the same. One finger ultra creamy beige head

Smell: Very clean aromas of milk chocolate and roasted malt

Taste: A wonderful milk chocolate taste upfront and roasted malt mid palate. Both come together perfectly throughout the finish

Mouthfeel: light medium body; One of the smoothest beers iv ever had, slight coffee like bitter finish

Overall: Absolutely world class oatmeal/milk stout right here. The milk chocolate characters of say Left Hand nitro milk stout and the roasted malt aspect of Rogues chocolate stout meld together perfectly for me. They blend so well yet stand out on their own as different flavors. This is one of the better stouts iv had in a while period, and im glad to call it local. Hell of a job Voodoo!!

Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Has that nitro-tap look, with a thick cloudy black color and a latte cap that sticks from start to finish while leaving plenty of foam sticking to the pint glass

Smell: Chocolate milk, pure and simple

Taste: Chocolate milk flavors dominate from start to finish, although there is also some roast, vanilla and hops in there as well; the lactose is well utilized in this brew

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, with soft carbonation

Drinkability: Voodoo always seems to come through and this beer is no exception; really a nice example of a milk stout

Cowbell Imperial Oatmeal Milk Stout from Voodoo Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 244 ratings.