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Very Mad Cow - Revolution Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

369 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 369
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 96
Gots: 105 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Mad Cow Milk Stout aged in Woodford Reserve Barrels for 7 months.

(Beer added by: cadaugherty on 12-21-2010)
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

bengore, Apr 25, 2013
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Photo of tectactoe
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kevin for splitting the bottle. It pours out pretty thick and viscous looking; essentially colorless, even at the edges, though it was kind of dark outside, so I didn't have the best lighting to compare it to. The tan-ish head faded pretty quickly, but was very easy to coax back to nearly a half-inch just by gently swirling the glass. Gotta love the carbonation, alive and waiting to be set free.

Milky sweet cocoa nibs jettison from the beer into your nostrils from the get-go, along with lighter straps of vanilla and oak. There's a strong, underlying creaminess that projects the cocoa essence of the beer very nicely. I really don't get *much* bourbon in the aroma; there might be a little bit hiding in there, but it's pretty buried from the abrupt chocolatey sweetness. Vanilla and oak itself shows up stronger than the bourbon, here. No complaints from me, though.

The taste is also built from that milk chocolate body; soft cocoa nib sweetness, cream, and a light touch of roast that sweeps in and out. The barrel sifts in between all of these other things, with hints of oak and vanilla once again reigning supreme. There is detectable bourbon on the palate, but not seven months of barrel-aging worth. I don't feel that a more robust bourbon or boozy presence would necessarily help at this point, though - the beer is quite nice as is.

The bourbon is an afterthought and is pretty much flushed from your palate once you finally get around to swallowing the beer. Oak, chocolate, creamy, residual sweetness, and a faint nuttiness close things out. The body could be a bit bigger, though it still feels pretty nice on the palate. Silky, smooth, and almost oily, I would have liked a bit more creaminess - I think it would have matched the taste a little more closely.

Pretty good sweet stout, and it has me curious to how the base stout tastes without the barrel aging. Sweet enough to be a sweet stout without reaching Chocolate Rain or Dark Lord levels of residual sugar. Though the bourbon notes were low-key, I'm taking that to be a positive, as I was pretty happy with the flavors that were pronounced in this one.

tectactoe, Aug 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Tiernan, Apr 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Krafty34, Aug 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

csmartin6, Jan 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

warnerry, Sep 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

jaminjohnson, Aug 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

GOBLIN, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Poured into 22oz snifter; jet black with a thin fizzy tan head that fades quickly into a thin ring of foam. Smell is big bourbon; fermented bananas and dark fruit, vanilla, oak, sweetness, and some dark sweet chocolate malt, and coffee. Taste is sweet chocolate, bourbon, slightly boozy dark fruit, burnt sugar and slight bitter coffee. Very sweet, but balanced with a perfect dash of chocolate/coffee bitterness and very slight alcohol heat (especially for 9.5%). Mouthfeel is creamy-smooth and pretty full. This is the second best BA stout I've had, beat only by BCBS so far. Awesome.

BurgeoningBrewhead, Aug 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

acurtis, May 19, 2013
Photo of timc100
3.61/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown almost black with ruby/mahogany hues on the sides of the glass. The head looks of that of a smaller BA stout - medium sized bubbles, spotty lacing, big legs. Doesn't look like a huge beer in the color and body

S: Pretty subtle and mild. Boozy bourbon caramel and some coconut, vanilla, and oak sweetness. Is not the most complex and balanced - the base beer is lost in the bourbon a little bit - dark chocolate and coffee try to surface and come up muddled

T: Like the aroma a bit more vibrant. Raw caramel bourbon; bitter dark chocolate, subtle medium roast coffee, and vanilla and oak sweetness at the finish along with bourbon heat.

P: Thinner side of medium, especially considering the style

O: Much better on tap than in the bottle, but still a good beer. Not worth the price tag in my opinion - the bourbon and base beer don't tango well together and leave a kind of confused, mild product

timc100, Apr 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

weonfire, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of joeseppy
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at the Revolution Brewery 2012 Nov release, also had on tap.

Bourbon on the nose with slight vanilla, caramel, and oak backdrop.

Tastes like a bourbon and coke that was sitting around for awhile. Not very sweet.

Low density brew with a bourbon aftertaste. Not alot of depth.

If there were a score for value, I would give it a 'C'. Very drinkable and not overpowering. Worth a try if your at the brewpub.

One year has done wonders for this-glad I cellared. Ratings reflect. Actually has become more complex.

joeseppy, Dec 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

mdaschaf, Apr 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Oct 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

jdobe13, Jul 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

cwehr13, Sep 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

schmidtmattsays, Aug 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Lucho, Mar 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Gonzoillini, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown, almost black. Big off white head. Nice surface lacing and a medium collar.

Smell - Bourbon. Milk chocolate. Oaky.

Taste - Sharp bourbon flavor. Lingers throughout. Just some chocolate behind it. Otherwise it's all bourbon.

Mouthfeel - Overcarbonated. Slight bite from the whiskey.

Overall - I like the bourbon, which makes this enjoyable, but there's not much else to it.

Alieniloquium, Mar 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

1noa, May 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

beergorrilla, Jan 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

ricknelson, Friday at 03:44 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

falconxman, Apr 21, 2013
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Very Mad Cow from Revolution Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 369 ratings.