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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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214 Ratings
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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 148
Gots: 4 | 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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tobelerone

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

04-07-2013 22:46:01 | More by tobelerone
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

02-26-2014 19:21:39 | More by ShanePB
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

04-28-2013 19:44:42 | More by iL0VEbeer
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -11.7%
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!

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-03-2012 00:57:29 | More by DrDemento456
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-23-2011 18:37:25 | More by OWSLEY069
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev -6.1%
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

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-15-2010 16:04:11 | More by rfgetz
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

05-23-2014 01:19:46 | More by IPAchris
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2013 13:41:15 | More by cpetrone84
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-27-2011 02:44:46 | More by ColForbinBC
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-04-2010 18:53:23 | More by ffejherb
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on-tap at Fathead's. Note: This was not on nitro and for that I'm incredibly happy. Came in a snifter.

3.5 A: Black in color and came without a head.

4.5 S: Rich mocha and lots of lactose. Oats, vanilla, and hints of roasted barley and coffee. This is in your face powerful.

5.0 T: Wow, again a Voodoo stout does not disappoint. The taste is simple amazing. Tons of chocolate that mixes well with the ample lactose. Again, lots of vanilla. Roasted barley and coffee notes give the overall impression of a rich cappucino (well, it would if the coffee component was stronger). Not nearly as complex as BBVD, but equally in your face and tasty.

5.0 M: Heavier medium body. Lactose makes this rich and super creamy. Good moderate carbonation. Incredibly smooth. This in no way needs nitro.

5.0 D: So good I had another glass. The best milk stout I've ever had. I feel sorry for those that had this on nitro, because they really missed out on something special. Incredibly tasty and so drinkable that a few too many might not be enough.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2011 17:30:01 | More by DavoleBomb
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

4.39/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2013 01:58:50 | More by Darkmagus82
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

12-03-2011 18:28:56 | More by deapokid
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

04-23-2013 17:29:46 | More by outoffocus
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -9.4%
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

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2012 04:55:02 | More by thecheapies
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BMart

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

06-17-2014 19:17:11 | More by BMart
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On nitrotap, served in pint glass. Appears opaque jet black with a thick 1" off-white head. The head diminishes very slowly as it rides the beer to the bottom of the glass, leaving nice lacing. Aroma is mild, roasty malt a bit of chocolate. Taste is cross of oatmeal stout and milk stout, with a nice highlight of vanilla flavor that really ties it all together. Very smooth thick body. Like a beer milkshake.
Looks like I've got a new favorite Milk Stout.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-24-2011 02:09:09 | More by jmdrpi
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petermethot

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

06-14-2014 20:59:57 | More by petermethot
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2009 23:00:40 | More by NJpadreFan
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2011 16:29:08 | More by Hojaminbag
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ncaudle

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

03-25-2013 16:22:22 | More by ncaudle
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

05-11-2013 00:55:58 | More by tommyguz
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

12-30-2011 18:33:43 | More by brez8791
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

04-14-2012 02:44:08 | More by mdillon86
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

01-09-2014 13:54:03 | More by PittBeerGirl
Cowbell Imperial Oatmeal Milk Stout from Voodoo Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.