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Mad Cow - Revolution Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.36%
Wants: 34
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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3.13/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Smell of coffee beans and vanilla but very little milk taste. it reminded me more of a cappunchino type stout and bitter at the end alot of coffee smell taste like lagunitas coffee stount over would maybe have again a bit dissapointed because all of revolutions beer has been good but maybe the very mad cow will be better

chicagoanbeerone, Dec 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was one of the many beers poured at the December Albany Taproom bottle share, courtesy of jdhowe (thanks!). Poured out of a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. Freshness date was "3/16/12."

Wow, this is a pretty dark and thick looking stout, especially for a milk stout, although I suppose that the ABV and extra sweetness from the lactic sugars makes the difference overall. Contains an initially frothy white head that dissipates rather quickly into a ring, perhaps due to the beer's age at this point. This is relatively viscous for a milk stout, so it's actually pretty appealing looking.

While the lactic elements are indeed a bit faded at this point, it's still filled with a roasted quality and sweetened goodness that is very refreshing - this seems to be a trend with milk stouts coming out of the Midwest. Fudge, chocolate, light coffee, caramel, and light vanilla, all cover specific notes of dark fruit, most notably raisins, dark cherries, and blackcurrant. Pretty delicious overall, although I'd imagine this was even more powerful when it was fresher. I had the opportunity to try their Very Mad Cow beer at the brewery a while back, and NOW I know why I found it too lactic and sweet. Even at this age, it still retains the sweet flavor, and to be honest, it's just about the right spot for me.

Tastes far more mild, unfortunately, but does manage to be relatively refreshing and easy to drink overall. Notes of milk chocolate, cocoa powder, coffee, vanilla, and some dark fruit (I'm getting mainly dark cherry pits) glide across the palate, with a roasted character being most expressive, and some light sweetness ranging from faded lactic notes to toffee being most predominant. Finishes quite dry, with minimal sweetness, and the chocolate notes appear to last for a good long while. For a beer that's nearly 8%, I was shocked on how well hidden the alcohol is, and especially fascinated by how light bodied it feels. This could definitely benefit from going through a nitro-tap, as it does display many similar qualities to Irish dry stouts. Definitely enjoyable - will want to revisit this, however.

It's held up decently well, but I definitely wouldn't mind trying a fresher bottle the next time around. The chocolate notes are very well expressed, and it seems it could benefit from extra creaminess from the lactic notes. Tasty, and definitely as good in some ways to Left Hand's milk stout.

magictacosinus, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of 71gto
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall a very solid beer. I have had this in a growler and on tap. Obviously better on tap. I averaged my ratings to reflect both on tap and in a growler together. If on tap I would raise all ratings by .5ish and if in a growler I would drop all ratings by .5ish.

A little on the thin side, by also very drinkable. Sweet as most milk stouts are with that wonderful roasty taste. Very good balance.

71gto, May 12, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewpub. Served in a 5oz taster glass.

A - Served with minimal head - a thin collar and some stray wisps. Nice glass-coating lace lingers as the beer is consumed. Dark brown body with ruby transparency when held to the light.

S - A hefty dose of roasted malts, baker's chocolate, and earthy grains. Surprisingly low sweetness for a milk stout, although there's an undercurrent of lactose sugar present. That being said, not sure I would have guessed the style in a blind tasting.

T - The taste is even less sweet, with more roast and even a bit of char. Espresso bitterness in the finish. Gets a bit sweeter as it warms, with notes of lactose, chocolate, and a dollop of caramel. Far more 'stout' than 'milk stout' to me. No alcohol presence either.

M - Medium-light body that seems a bit lighter than the listed 7.9%. Dry and roasty texture, with moderate carbonation that doesn't intrude, and a lightly sticky finish.

D - Pretty good in a 5oz serving, but I'd have difficulty consuming a 22oz bottle. I like the bourbon version a lot better, as it has a nice vanilla sweetness that balance the roast. This is just a bit too charry for a milk stout.

MasterSki, Oct 13, 2012
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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
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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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Dbrulet, Jul 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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Mad Cow from Revolution Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.