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 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 thecheapies
4.02/5  rDev -9%
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 NJpadreFan
4.2/5  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.

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.54/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Voodoo Cowbell has a black body and only a thin line of brown head. Retention and lacing are lacking.

The aroma is great. Coffee with cream, smooth and sweet.

Cowbell Leads off with some sweetness, a hint of chocolate, and then a strong dose of coffee. Before the coffee flavor can become bitter or too powerful, a lactic-cream flavor comes through, mixing with the coffee flavor to form a flavor like coffee with cream added. Actually, I think it tastes more like coffee with Irish Cream. There is a high amount of sweetness, but the coffee and a bit of warmth cut through to stop it from becoming cloying. Slight fruit notes linger in the background, but you really have to look for them. The finish has some more malt flavors thrown in. So what we have here is a mocha with Irish cream. Although I'm not a huge fan of Irish Cream, I really liked this one.

The mouthfeel is good also, thick and creamy with carbonation a little bit on the low side. Very smooth. I've seen that a lot of places are pouring this beer on nitro-tap. I had mine on a normal CO2 setup, and I think that is the best way to pour this beer.

I always try things from Voodoo if they are new or I find them on-tap, so I was naturally interested in trying this one, and I'm glad I did. Even if you aren't a voodoo fan, however, this is a beer you should try. This might be the best milk stout I have ever had.

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 oglmcdgl
4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On nitro at the hulmeville inn. Thanks to the brewer matt for the free beer. Good dude.

A- comes to me with a picturesque cascade that builds a gorgeous two fingers of super creamy dense off white head. Dark as hell brown almost black.

S- like chocolate milk with a touch of coffee. Sweet and roasty.

T- sweetened condensed milk and milk chocolate. Mild roasted coffee and malts. Cocoa powder and hints of black berry.

M- smooth and creamy, rich and luscious. So perfect.

D- what can I say this is amazing stuff and the brewer is one of the best guys in the game.

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 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 adamette
4.73/5  rDev +7%
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 57md
3.92/5  rDev -11.3%
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 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 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 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 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 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 FeDUBBELFIST
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nitro draft served in a pint glass.

A: Average sized head, extremely creamy and frothy and medium dark brown in color. Incredible retention. The body is as opaque as it gets, black, and visibly thick and sticky. Excellent lacing in the form of sheets with concentric rings around the glass.

S & T: Heavy malts of chocolate, lightly roasted coffee beans and toasted grains. Mild burnt character. The hops are light and earthy. Flavors of chocolate milk, cream and vanilla bean work together delicately. Perfect balance between bitter and sweet chocolate. The lactose character really stands out in this milk stout.

M: The full and very thick body is velvety smooth on the palate. This may be the silkiest, creamiest mouthfeel I've ever experienced. The nitro definitely helps out and is, in my opinion, requisite to enjoy this brew to the fullest capacity. The carbonation is only average but perfectly appropriate at the same time. Finishes dry and chalky. Lightly sweet and lightly bitter.

D: Through the roof. This beer was made for nitro.

Photo of BigMike
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on-tap at Capone's.

Poured into a pint glass. Has the cascade effect like Guinness but this one is more brown in color. Head is thick and creamy and remains with the beer for the duration leaving tremendous amounts of lacing behind.

Smell is light but it consists of some bittersweet chocolate,vanilla extract and coffee.

Taste is superb. This beer probably hides the alcohol (8.5) better then any beer i've ever had. This tastes like straight up chocolate milk made with Hershey's syrup. A slight aount of both coffee and vanilla are there, but overall is chocolate milk with no sign of alcohol whatsoever.

Because this was on nitro the mouthfeel is out of this world. Light,creamy,smooth,silky to name a few.

Drinkability is tremendous. The delicious flavor and the mouthfeel combine to make a helluva beer. I highly,highly recommend this one. Especially on nitro!

Photo of russwbeck
4.06/5  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

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 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 beergod1
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nitro Tap at UPick6 in Erie PA. The sweet creamy milk stout aroma is complemented perfectly with a deep, dark black color and huge foamy brown creamy Nitro head. Foam on top,a layer of tiny bubbles underneath, and the Black as night Stout on the bottom, Nice.
Aroma is chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. Flavor is really deep and complex. A little sweet bit super smooth mouth feel. Really a great beer. 1 of the Best Imperials I have had. And you can barely tell the alcohol presence in thisBrew from the Beer God. Loved it!

Photo of mgbickel
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
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 ShadesOfGray
4.2/5  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!

Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.73/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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