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Cowbell Imperial Oatmeal Milk Stout | Voodoo Brewing Company

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Cowbell Imperial Oatmeal Milk StoutCowbell Imperial Oatmeal Milk Stout

Brewed by:
Voodoo Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-07-2009

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Reviews: 72 | Ratings: 281
Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.85/5  rDev +11.5%
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


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Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.73/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of mikereaser
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of CaptinRedBeard
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of BigMike
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
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!

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Photo of sholland119
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
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.


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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
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

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Photo of serendipity
4.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the best stouts. And tap handles I've seen in the longest time.

I ordered it by the name.. The smell was ripe coffee beans and chocolate milk. Like a frozen chocolate coffee. The cascading of the beer was so pretty. I wanted totake a picture to keep. Taste was. Simple. Frothy chocolate milk with a hint of coffee beans.
This beer marries milk chocolate and coffee. Perfectly.

Voodoo is simply .. The doodoo! That's a good thing

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Photo of thequeen711
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

YUM, anything with stout in the title can't be bad!
This biter, dark chocolate pour with a touch of cream and roasted coffee beans is wonderful! Nice head retention, almost too frothy. Aroma is a mild coffee. Mouthfeel chewy, creamy, smooth and tasty...I can't drink too much of this or it will fill me up, but I must say, there was froth until the last sip!! I never had a brew that left foam until the final sip!

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Photo of Beerisheaven
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On nitro tap at Capones tonight over dinner.

A - Very dark pour with a pillow that sits on top which manages to stay put and lace the glass. Oh, the wonder of nitro.

S - Dark roasted malts with a whiff of coffee, chocolate, and lactose.

T - Largely follows the smell with a strong backbone of dark roasted malts, oat, coffee, and an underlay of milk. Really pleasant taste. I think that Matt of Voodoo nailed this one exactly as he wanted it.

M - Delicious and once again assisted by the nitro. Hard to find anything that is not great about the mouthfeel.

D - Very good. I had a pint and very easily could have been convinced to have another.

I like Matt and appreciate what he is doing with his line of beers at Voodoo. I would love to see this one bottled, but not sure how the beer would present itself without the nitro element.

If you see this one, give it a drink as it is very good.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of cassanoj
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Capone's in Norristown. Pint glass. Thick and dark with a lovely cream head. Leaves a little lacing.

Smell is chocolate, coffee, oats. Nothing life changing here.

Wow, really creamy. Tastes like I picture a milk stout tasting. Thick, creamy, not very complex but it's okay. Big malt taste as well. Chocolate, coffee, oats of course.

Mouthfeel is wonderful. Like a lactose cloud floating around in my mouth. Becomes a little bitter at the end.

I love this beer. Simple, smooth. I think the name "Cowbell" conjurs up the perfect images for this beer, it's right on! Dang.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.35/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
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!

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