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Very Mad Cow - Revolution Brewing Company

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Ratings: 358
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 91
Gots: 107 | 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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Reviews by dbc5:
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3.31/5  rDev -20.4%

22 ounce bottle poured into 10 ounce Kentucky Bourbon Stout snifter.

A: Pitch black with a .5 finger off-white head following a moderate-to-aggressive pour. No light makes its way through this dark brew.

S: Intense bourbon. The bourbon presence on this one is unlike any other bourbon age stout I've had. Strangely, the aroma hits me as if the bourbon and stout are somehow completely separate elements. Has one of the more intense "raw" bourbon aromas. The bourbon does start to integrate with the chocolate and roast a bit more as it warms.

T: Hmm, this one is good, but feels like it isn't completely developed and integrated. Perhaps the milk/sweet stout isn't the perfect format for showcasing the bourbon barrel. I wish the chocolate, caramel, and roast melded with the bourbon a bit better.

M: A bit thin for a bourbon barrel stout. Moderate carbonation, slightly more lively than most in the style.

O: I was left hoping for a bit more refinement. Just didn't feel like it was completely integrated and developed. A bit raw on the bourbon barrel elements. Honestly, I was disappointed with the $16.99 price tag too, but I try not to factor that into my reviews.

02-21-2013 02:16:40 | More by dbc5
More User Reviews:
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3.93/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

08-02-2013 16:21:12 | More by tectactoe
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

04-19-2014 00:38:19 | More by Tiernan
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

01-08-2014 01:35:32 | More by csmartin6
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

09-30-2013 02:16:16 | More by warnerry
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Yukon (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

08-01-2013 07:21:35 | More by jaminjohnson
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-02-2014 15:48:14 | More by GOBLIN
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4.88/5  rDev +17.3%

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.

08-09-2013 23:04:02 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

05-18-2013 23:07:35 | More by acurtis
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3.61/5  rDev -13.2%

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

04-15-2013 20:31:15 | More by timc100
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

08-28-2013 17:46:32 | More by weonfire
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4.19/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

12-04-2012 03:50:52 | More by joeseppy
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-19-2014 22:04:11 | More by mdaschaf
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

10-13-2013 22:13:52 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

07-10-2013 13:42:45 | More by jdobe13
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

08-01-2013 04:42:32 | More by schmidtmattsays
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

03-23-2013 00:02:42 | More by Lucho
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

01-10-2013 01:34:08 | More by Gonzoillini
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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.

03-18-2014 02:22:51 | More by Alieniloquium
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

05-14-2013 14:39:28 | More by 1noa
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

01-22-2013 07:36:02 | More by beergorrilla
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

04-21-2013 17:52:58 | More by falconxman
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

06-14-2013 19:08:46 | More by Lanstrum
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4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

Dark, dark brown that's much lighter around the edges. It has an aggressive head from a not-so-aggressive pour. The head is pretty persistent, too.

The nose is toasted coconut, marshmallow, and vanilla. It has some great bourbon notes in it.

What I really like about this is that is imparts flavors from the bourbon, maintains a high abv, but doesn't come off as boozy. Vanilla and coconut are the main flavors with a dashes of chocolate and vanilla. It has a nice sweetness to it without becoming syrupy.

Fantastic creamy mouthfeel. It's very smooth and as I already said, not boozy at all.

I thought this was a really solid b.a. milk stout. In fact, I don't think I've ever had a milk stout from a barrel. Everything about this was subtle, but in a good way.

12-02-2012 02:10:50 | More by Vonerichs
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

10-26-2013 05:52:16 | More by blindpiggie
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Very Mad Cow from Revolution Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 358 ratings.