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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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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 8.11%
Wants: 167
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-07-2009)
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4/5  rDev -9.9%

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4/5  rDev -9.9%

Leeds_xx, Oct 31, 2014
Photo of thequeen711
4/5  rDev -9.9%
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!

thequeen711, Feb 01, 2010
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4/5  rDev -9.9%

SwG237, May 19, 2014
Photo of thecheapies
4.03/5  rDev -9.2%
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

thecheapies, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of haazer
4.05/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

haazer, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of radioscooter
4.05/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

radioscooter, Feb 19, 2011
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.

oline73, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of russwbeck
4.08/5  rDev -8.1%
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

russwbeck, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.13/5  rDev -7%
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.

TheSupremeAJ, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

tempest, Mar 07, 2011
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4.18/5  rDev -5.9%
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

rfgetz, Feb 15, 2010
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4.18/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

soulfly1492, May 07, 2012
Photo of cooch69
4.18/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

cooch69, May 09, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev -5%
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.

NJpadreFan, Dec 15, 2009
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4.22/5  rDev -5%
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!

ShadesOfGray, Dec 12, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Kegatron, May 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

kingmiggo, Jan 11, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Pensfan0782, May 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

mdillon86, Apr 14, 2012
Cowbell Imperial Oatmeal Milk Stout from Voodoo Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.