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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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213 Ratings
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Ratings: 213
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 148
Gots: 4 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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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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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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2011 02:03:58 | More by Stinkypuss
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-22-2011 18:12:56 | More by IronLover
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John_M

Oregon

4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
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...

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-21-2011 14:16:06 | More by John_M
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2011 04:01:37 | More by tempest
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radioscooter

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-19-2011 09:36:56 | More by radioscooter
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-19-2011 08:29:11 | More by corby112
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
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

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-16-2011 03:11:53 | More by brentk56
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haazer

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-14-2011 22:31:17 | More by haazer
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TheSupremeAJ

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 17:59:18 | More by TheSupremeAJ
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bonkers

New Jersey

4.38/5  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!

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-03-2011 21:25:27 | More by bonkers
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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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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-21-2011 18:55:54 | More by weeare138
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kingmiggo

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-11-2011 21:55:16 | More by kingmiggo
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beergod1

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
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!

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-01-2011 21:37:34 | More by beergod1
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SamuelJackson45

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Nice dark brown look. Coming off the nitro tap you can see head shoot down to the bottom of the glass and coming back up. Nice head with a coated lace.

S- Chocolate and and coffee notes.

T- Chocolate and oatmeal. Very creamy tasty almost like drinking a Chocolate milkshake. Sweet and did I saw tasty.

M- Very Creamy through the whole sip. Go's down very easy.

D- Man I have to give this up to my partner for recommending this is beer. A killer beer from start to finish. The nitro just enhance the whole experience for this beer. Thanks Capone's

Cheers....

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-10-2010 05:49:06 | More by SamuelJackson45
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mtnbikerpa

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-30-2010 01:14:58 | More by mtnbikerpa
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-29-2010 14:08:34 | More by Thorpe429
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-12-2010 13:18:03 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-11-2010 02:54:23 | More by oglmcdgl
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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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BillRoth

Maryland

4.68/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-02-2010 19:09:49 | More by BillRoth
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-28-2010 15:30:42 | More by mikereaser
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CaptinRedBeard

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-On nitro tap at Capone's poured into a shaker pint glass. Oh the beautiful cascading nitro pour, Like Guinness, only good. A nice one and a half finger head followed by copious amounts of lacing.

S-A very nice blend of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and caramel and roasted malts.

T- Incredible, like drinking a mocha milk shake. Strong coffee and chocolate flavors with some vanilla and a creamy sweetness in the background.

M- Oh so smooth, possibly the greatest mouthfeel I have ever experienced in a beer. the nitro just makes for a ridiculously smooth beer.

D- Goes down so easy. I don't know what else to say, except I really hope that Voodoo decides to bottle this beer.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-19-2010 09:15:18 | More by CaptinRedBeard
Cowbell Imperial Oatmeal Milk Stout from Voodoo Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.