Cowbell Imperial Oatmeal Milk Stout - Voodoo Brewing Company

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Cowbell Imperial Oatmeal Milk Stout
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Ratings: 223
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 8.11%
Wants: 175
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

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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-07-2009)
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Photo of justintcoons
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of mgbickel
4.78/5  rDev +7.7%
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 jmdrpi
4.68/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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 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.

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 MrGumby
4.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Second time I had this, @ Hulmeville Inn, Pa.

A - Dark pour with a minimal head that almost completely disapated, but did hang around till the end with some lacing along the glass.

S - You can smell the chocolate right up front and not much else,maybe a slight hint of coffee.

T - WOW ! took me back to my childhood when I would sneak sips of Hershey's syrup from the can in the fridge. OK, its not that sweet, but that first hit on the taste buds is a blast of chocolate. As it warms a little it seems to have a Kaluah like taste at the finish,where everything seems to come together.

M - Nice, rich and full but not too much.

O - I love this, very easy to drink, wouldn't even know the ABV was 8.5%. " I have a fever, and the cure is more COWBELL"

Note: First time I had this it seemed to taste a little sweeter, not sure if it was a nitro-tap so I'm wondering if that made a difference.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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 timobkg
4.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer looked like very dark coffee, with a light brown head that faded quickly.

The aroma drifting off the glass was of sweet chocolate.

The taste is sweet chocolate mixed with milky creaminess: chocolate milk with a kick. It's as if you added a shot of vodka to really good chocolate milk, but with none of that harsh alcohol bite. The alcohol is present, but it's subdued, mellow, and smooth.

The mouthfeel is smooth, rich, and creamy.

This beer is boozified chocolate milk, it's incredibly easy to drink, and I want another glass.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.83/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
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 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 IronLover
4.5/5  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 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...

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 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.

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 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 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.

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.

Photo of bonkers
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
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 ColForbinBC
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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 kingmiggo
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.

Cowbell Imperial Oatmeal Milk Stout from Voodoo Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.