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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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222 Ratings
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Ratings: 222
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 8.11%
Wants: 174
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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Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -10.4%
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 acurtis
4/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.3/5  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 brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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

Photo of Knapp85
3.99/5  rDev -10.1%
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 Kegatron
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Slatetank
4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had several tasters of this at Pa Flavor served on nitro-tap.

An opaque black color with creamy golden brown cap w/ tight micro bead and some good lace stickage-looks like a cappuccino. The smell is excellent with creamy cocoa odors and subtle burnt grain tinges but a bit more of a dark chocolate aroma dominates with subtle vanilla. The feel is good, but to me the nitro doesn't necessarily improve the overall beer -sure it gives it its creaminess, but it strips and adds bitterness. The burnt malt quality comes forward with slight astringency, the feel is semi-thick and mildly sweet with creaminess high and semi-dry finish with hardly any alcohol detected.

The taste is very good, there is a nice mix of vanilla, cocoa and the mild burnt malt flavor as mentioned before. The roast is present, yet not over the top or out of place it compliments the slight dark roast coffee and caramel malt w/ some toasted flavor. I enjoy the mild vanilla cream as the beer has a smooth nitro finish. A crazy good stout-just as smooth as they come with no hint of 8% on this anywhere. I could enjoy this repeatedly: in fact I did over the course of a few hours, a high quality stout.

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 mendvicdog
4.75/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Rifugium
4.73/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of orangesol
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of yourefragile
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of stakem
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
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 corby112
3.88/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of weeare138
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
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 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.

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of BARFLYB
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
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 akorsak
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
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 Stinkypuss
3.95/5  rDev -11%
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.

Photo of DrBier
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of BillRoth
4.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this at Capone's last week. Matt recommended it, and I was SO glad I had it.

A- Pours/cascades as only the best ales provide. Reminded me of cask pulled.

S- Rich scents rising from the glass...dark malts and touch of milk chocolate.Soft but friendly hints of alcohol. Pleasant not at all overbearing. Was that Madagascar vanilla??

T- Oh yeah. Now the vanilla comes through. Accents and complements the malt and hops. Everything seems to marry so well...hints of sweetness, touches of vanilla, in a medium full malty oatmeal body. With each taste...flavors move around,highlights slightly different flavors. This beer could be explored over and over.

M- My personal bias, and found this very good. Rich and cream like, full but not over the top. Agree with "mikereaser"...this is a treat!

D- This brew has all the makings of a great winter/cold weather ale, but it is SO easy to drink and has a wonderful lightness that makes me think I could drink this all night, and any time of year.

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.75/5  rDev +7%

Photo of John_M
4.4/5  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...

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Cowbell Imperial Oatmeal Milk Stout from Voodoo Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.