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Very Mad Cow - Revolution Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

367 Ratings
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Ratings: 367
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 95
Gots: 106 | 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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1/5  rDev -76%

Rlhinson2104, Aug 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

DaveHack, Jan 24, 2013
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3.2/5  rDev -23.1%

Bomber from Masterski. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter
April 2013

APPEARANCE: A very clear brown pour yields a three finger, medium looking, foamy, off-white or light brown head with very good retention. Bistre brown in color, transparent, with higher levels of carbonation for the style. Head slowly fades to a thick foamy cap and leaves some sticky, foamy lacing down the glass. A good full wisp remains leaving lots of lacing down the glass. A very thin body and a touch foamy, but a nice head and solid lacing.

SMELL: Bourbon and oak with sweet cream, light caramel and some chocolate on the nose. Medium strength.

TASTE: Bourbon and oak, with sweet cream and lactose up front. Medium finish of bourbon and wood again, sweet, creamy lactose flavors again, caramel, coconut and hints of bitter chocolate as balance. Barrel and sweet flavors go well together, with a touch of bitterness as well. Not much roast and could be more forthcoming, but solid and enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. A little light on the palate, but creamy enough, goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky. A bit of heat lingers as well. Could use some more weight, but this is creamy and smooth enough.

OVERALL: Decent stuff, but not overly special. I remember enjoying the original Mad Cow a bit more than this version. The milk stout has taken a bit of a back seat here and the barrel isn't all that impressive anyways, making this somewhat mild and mundane. Still, it was easy to drink and I'd drink another if it were offered. Cheers again Masterski.

Jeffo, Jan 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

JVB, Jan 12, 2014
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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.

dbc5, Feb 21, 2013
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3.48/5  rDev -16.3%

Draft serving at Revolution.

Black in the glass, thin off white tan colored head that didn't stick around for long, not surprising considering the abv. A thin skim and ring around the edges is all that's left behind.

Aroma is straight up bourbon, brown sugar and coconut sweetness with some toasted oak and booze. Definitely strong, this batch.

Any nuance that Mad Cow had is completely obliterated by the barrel this time around. It's straight up Woodford, with some feeble cocoa and mild roasty stout notes peeking through. Definitely lost any smooth creaminess and sweetness, it's astringent and boozy from the barrel. Flavors are still good, just a bit harsh and bourbon focused. Seems like it would benefit from a little blending with standard-issue Mad Cow to smooth the rough edges.

emerge077, Mar 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

acurtis, May 18, 2013
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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.

Alieniloquium, Mar 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

falconxman, Apr 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

sgoro, Dec 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

BGsWo22, Mar 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

jffrson729, Mar 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

thewimperoo, Mar 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

marct, Feb 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

outsider, Jun 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

kscaldef, Feb 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

redblacks75, Nov 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Zaximus, Dec 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

sbricker, Dec 14, 2012
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3.55/5  rDev -14.7%

Reviewed from notes on 12/23/12. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 8 oz snifter.

A- pours black with a 1 finger light tan head. Some small bubbles speckle the glass.

S- smells like straight bourbon with slight chocolate.

T- follows nose. Bourbon forward, with chocolate initially and the bourbon with some bitter roast.

M- medium body and finish. Somewhat smooth, alcohol is there but not hot.

O- too bourbon forward! Overpowers base beer.

kawilliams81, Jan 18, 2013
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3.55/5  rDev -14.7%

Poured into a snifter.

Pours deep dark brown, essentially turning to black once in the snifter. A creamy, Boston coffee colored head persistently layers the surface of the beer

Strong bourbon aroma, with a slightly weaker oak. Notes of roast, chocolate, vanilla, and milky lactose in the nose. Noticeable alcohol.

High levels of bourbon right up front, with roast, chocolate supporting. Vanilla and oak, along with light caramel intertwine as secondary flavors. Lactose like sweetness is medium throughout. No hop flavor, medium light hop bitterness. The finish is a paradox - finishes sweet, yet dry, with a long roasty yet sugary aftertaste. Bourbon and, to a lesser degree, oak notes remain incredibly strong. Some surprise coffee flavors peek.

Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation. There is a slight milk stout creaminess, however it seems lacking in mouthfeel. Slight alcohol burn.

The bourbon characteristics in this beer are incredibly high, in aroma, flavor, and aftertaste. So much that it throws the base off balance in a sense. Additionally, it is quite light on that signature, decadently silky creaminess that is a staple of milk stouts. Perhaps it's too young of a beer, and with a year or two on it the intense bourbon will fade from being overbearing to a pleasing, balanced component.

Grohnke, Dec 15, 2012
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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

timc100, Apr 15, 2013
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3.64/5  rDev -12.5%

Bottle dated Nov 12/12. Thanks to Robbie for this one.
Poured in to tulip glass.

A - Poured dark brown and settled black with two fingers of light brown head.

S - Roast and sweet milk chocolate dominate with oak, vanilla and a touch of bourbon in the background.

T - A big hit of bourbon and charred oak up front followed by a huge sweetness. Milk chocolate, roast and molasses flavours are present. At first the flavours seem well integrated but after a while they start to seem disjointed and the sweetness becomes somewhat cloying.

M - Medium body but somewhat watery at times. Moderate carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Apr 17, 2013
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3.7/5  rDev -11.1%

A: appearance is dark black with brown highlights at the edges, a hint of clarity, minimal head

S: nose features an onslaught of whiskey and barrel. Not getting a lot of the milk stout base. Some coconut comes through.

T: the barrel seems overdone on the tongue, quite a bit of booziness with the milk stout getting lost in the background. The wood provides a raw character too that somewhat detracts from the smooth creamy stout

MF: this feels a little thin with mild carbonation

O: this is the second barrel aged treatment I have tried of Mad Cow, and I must say this one leans towards dissapointment. While this wasn't a bad brew by any means, Revolution has been holding it to such a high standard and I feel this one is a little short of that.

homebrew311, Mar 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

schmidtmattsays, Aug 01, 2013
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Very Mad Cow from Revolution Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 367 ratings.