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Mad Cow - Revolution Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

116 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

esullivan880, Dec 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

MarkyMOD, Dec 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

smartassboiler, Dec 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

dna1964dna, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of chicagoanbeerone
3.13/5  rDev -22.9%

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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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

ChicagoNick, Dec 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

SCZ, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of Jeffo
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%

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 +10.8%

dhbiker0889, Nov 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Thirstygoat, Nov 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

oso, Nov 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

jaminjohnson, Nov 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

sideshowe, Nov 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

johunnic, Nov 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

imperialking, Oct 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Keyportnick, Oct 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

bryang002, Oct 18, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

bigjer78, Oct 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

matthageman, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%

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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

tfidler, Oct 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

FullObs, Oct 11, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev +2.2%

22oz bottle, first bottled batch! 7.9% ABV on the label.

A: Pours straight black with some brown hues, a nice light tan head. Really nice lacing.

S: Fresh mocha and dry cocoa, a little bit milky.

T: Slightly roasted barley, coffee, some sweet lactose and chocolate, a bit of hop bitterness.

M: Between medium and thick-bodied with ample carbonation.

O: First Eugene and then this...Revolution seems to be really good at hearty, robust stouts and porters.

Etan, Oct 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

BeerBellyBroke, Oct 10, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev +9.6%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two pint glasses. Thanks to HollyAnn for the assist!

Bottle dated 03.31.12

A: Pours jet black with 2 fingers of dense, creamy, dark khaki colored foam on top. Retention was excellent and plenty of ropey lace was left behind to decorate the glass.

S: Rich aromas of milk chocolate, mild coffee, fudge brownies, cocoa, and mild roasty malt.

T: See above. Loads of chocolate and light lactic sweetness.

M: Heavily on the pillowy/creamy side with just the slightest boozy intrusion. Leaves a slightly spicy prickle on the tongue towards the end of the glass.

O: Holy crap, this was good. Can this!

GbVDave, Oct 08, 2012
Mad Cow from Revolution Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.