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Mad Cow - Revolution Brewing Company

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124 Ratings
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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.14%
Wants: 33
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
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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Photo of mecummins
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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
2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

Photo of oline73
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
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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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

brandoman63, Jan 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

thinwhiteduke, Jan 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

jegross2, Jan 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Rhettroactive, Jan 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

DooshBagalow, Jan 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

esullivan880, Dec 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

MarkyMOD, Dec 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

smartassboiler, Dec 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

dna1964dna, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of chicagoanbeerone
3.13/5  rDev -22.7%
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
Photo of ChicagoNick
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

ChicagoNick, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of SCZ
4/5  rDev -1.2%

SCZ, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of Jeffo
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a nice, two finger, medium looking, frothy, light tan head with very good retention. Transparent brown pour but sits black in the glass. Relatively clear with lower levels of carbonatin evident. Head slowly fades to a good foam cap and leaves some nice lacing on the top of the glass. A splotchy wisp and ring remain leaving some nice lacing down the glass. Could be a little darker, but still solid for the style.

SMELL: Milk, lactose sugars are there, with sweet cream, iced cappuccino, some roasted, smoky notes and a touch of cocoa powder. Bold enough with lots of lactose there. Nice stuff.

TASTE: Roasted malts, smoky notes and sweet lactose milk sugars. Swallow brings lots of sweet cream, lactose again, burnt coffee beans and more roasted and burnt malt notes lingering on the palate. Light cocoa powder as well. Quite flavorful, and well balanced between sweet milk sugars and bitter, burnt coffee beans.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Enough weight on the palate for sure, and plenty creamy smooth. Goes down smooth and finishes dry on the palate. Great feel for the style. Top notch stuff.

OVERALL: This was excellent. I'd never heard of this brewery before, but I'm usually a critical fan of milk stouts, and this one totally delivered. Lots of well balanced flavors and a feel worthy of the style. Would love to try the bourbon barrel version of this beer at some point. Solid stuff.

Jeffo, Dec 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

dhbiker0889, Nov 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Thirstygoat, Nov 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

oso, Nov 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

jaminjohnson, Nov 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

sideshowe, Nov 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

johunnic, Nov 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

imperialking, Oct 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Keyportnick, Oct 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

bryang002, Oct 18, 2012
Mad Cow from Revolution Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.