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Mad Cow - Revolution Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 33
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  7.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 06-03-2010)
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Reviews by mecummins:
Photo of mecummins
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A: Poured a dark black brown color with hints of orange when held to the light. One finger of head with a few solitary bits of lacing clinging to the glass.

S: I could smell the milk chocolate immediately, followed by sweet caramel malts and roasted malts. There was a bit of coffee in there too. It didn't smell too sweet for a milk stout, just sweet enough.

T: Tasted the milk chocolate right off the bat. True flavor on the chocolate too (not artificial tasting.) It was followed by a needed bitterness of mild coffee, more like a cappuccino than a mug of straight coffee. The caramel malts are mixed in there too. Just a bit of bitter hops on the back. Just like it smelled, not too sweet at all.

M: Good carbonation. It had a medium mouthfeel, but I was a bit disappointed because I thought that it would be creamier than it was. The finish was short and left a bit of burnt chocolate taste in my mouth. It wasn't unpleasant, but again, not what I was expecting.

O: Overall I enjoyed this milk stout. It isn't my favorite, but it is easy to drink. Most milk stouts can over do it on the sweetness and richness of the beer. This one is easier to drink with food because of the lightness of it.

mecummins, Jan 21, 2013
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3.64/5  rDev -10.3%

tectactoe, Aug 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Dbrulet, Jul 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

jaminjohnson, Nov 20, 2012
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

cwehr13, Sep 07, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very dark brown with just over a half finger of creamy off white head. The head doesn't stick around particularly well. There is a stronger than normal bitterness in the taste, but there is enough sweetness to back it up. I'm getting a coffee note in the taste, but it also shows up quite nicely in the smell. As I drink the beer, the bitterness is a bit overwhelming. The mouthfeel is creamy with very smooth carbonation.

WoodBrew, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of larryarms847
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, with almost no head. Looks like I just poured a Coke.

This is going to be sweet! Chocolate, cream, and burnt sugar greets the nose wonderfully.

Cream, chocolate, nuttiness perfectly balanced and very smooth.

Mouthfeel is smooth as butter.

Overall I dig it, is it my favorite? No. But pretty darn good. Go drink it!

larryarms847, Aug 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

oso, Nov 23, 2012
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4.88/5  rDev +20.2%

blavod, Aug 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

beersdmf17, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint drawn off the beer engine at Revolution.
Review from notes.

Jet black with very fine line where it meets the tan foam. The head rose above the rim of the glass, shaping into irregular peaks. The foam had a nice creamy meringue texture to it, leaving spotty lace in the glass.

Creamy milk chocolate aroma, light and not especially sweet at all.

Similar to the nose, the flavor is dominant milk chocolate, smooth and luxurious in feel. Sweetness is mild and the finish is dry and slightly bitter with roast malts. On cask, the body feels light, creamy and very smooth, almost a chocolate milk texture (possibly from the lactose sugar commonly found in Milk Stouts). Easily sippable, a couple pints could be easily enjoyed, also a definite growler candidate. Glad that Mad Cow is in regular rotation at Revolution...

emerge077, May 25, 2011
Photo of KDawg
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from tp at the brewpub. Poured into a snifter and pours a dark chocolate color with a nice chocolatey head.

well balanced with pungent aromas of malts, milk chocolate, and coffee beans. There is nice depth to it as well.

Full bodied with the feel being the real show. Very smooth and fairly classy as well with flavors of milk chocolate, malts and some roasted notes as well.

This is pretty damn good. It's been a while since it was on tap and I didn't fully remember it. Hopefully this sticks around a bit longer.

KDawg, Sep 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Bonna, Jan 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

spark3148857, May 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

DrZeus10, Jun 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

jegross2, Jan 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

tfidler, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of Katyw02
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in a snifter, 6/05/10.

Solid, rich-colored, ~2 finger head.

Sweet, chocolaty aroma.

Extremely solid mouthfeel. This beer rides the line of being substantial without crossing into sticky sweet motor oil territory. Chocolate taste dominates. Sweet, but not to a fault.

This is a fantastic example of the style. Revolution's done it right with this one.

Katyw02, Jun 07, 2010
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

wesside89, Sep 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

dtomes, Jan 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

xdtfx, Jul 10, 2013
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4.17/5  rDev +2.7%

The beer pours a creamy dark tan head. The beer itself is an opaque dark black with some purple notes. The beer leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. The beer smell has strong lactose notes, give it a milky, sugary smell. The smell also has roasted malt notes as well as dark chocolate notes. The various notes blend rather well such that you get a nice milk chocolate smell along with a nice milk smell. The beer taste is similar to the beer smell in that the beer has a strong lactose note mixed in with roasted malts and dark chocolate. The mouthfeel is extremely smooth for a milk stout to where it is almost silky. Despite a heavy body, the beer also has a biting carbonation. Overall, the beer was very uniquely lactosey and very good. Highly recommend.

HattedClassic, Aug 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

metallvr22, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of oline73
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bomber into a Chimay goblet.

The beer pours a very dark brown with just over a half finger of creamy off white head. The head doesn't stick around particularly well. There is a stronger than normal bitterness in the taste, but there is enough sweetness to back it up. I'm getting a coffee note in the taste, but it also shows up quite nicely in the smell. As I drink the beer, the bitterness is a bit overwhelming. The mouthfeel is creamy with very smooth carbonation.

oline73, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of FreshHawk
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Dark black color with a large, creamy, foamy, thick, khaki head. Good retention with a thick creamy layer of lace.

S - Good amount of roasted dark and milk chocolate and malt with touches of coffee and caramel. A sweet lactose aroma also comes out, but it isn't overly strong for a Milk Stout.

T - Similar to the nose with a good balance of sweet lactose and sweet creaminess along with the roasted chocolate and malt. Hints of vanilla also come out. Some roasted coffee and caramel and a touch of earthiness. It tastes somewhere between a typical Milk Stout and a regular stout with a good level of lactose sweetness but also has a touch of a roasted/bitterness to it.

M - Medium body that is a touch thin for the style and ABV but not bad. Good amount of carbonation with a smooth and creamy feel.

D - Very drinkable beer with a great mix of roasted flavors and sweet lactose. Different kinds of chocolate/cocoa flavors come out. Well balanced beer. Alcohol is pretty well hidden, but gives a slight warming.

Notes: A very nice Milk Stout that has a great balance between the sweet lactose aspects and the more bitter roasted chocolate aspects. Definitely worth a try.

FreshHawk, Aug 17, 2010
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Mad Cow from Revolution Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.