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Very Mad Cow - Revolution Brewing Company

Very Mad CowVery Mad Cow

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

333 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 333
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.17%


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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Alieniloquium

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 02:22:51 | More by Alieniloquium
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.2/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 08:19:48 | More by Jeffo
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presently, this is #16 in the Milk Stout category here on BA. For over $20/bottle, it'd better be.

Served in a Boulevard tulip.

A: So, so dark and then some. The head just sat there like a rat bastard from hell.

S: Bourbon, coconut….. not too potent or anything. Just right down the middle as far as these BB-aged milk stouts go.

T: So awesome, for sure. Worth the barrel aging IMO. Full body, yet the coconut hit the palate at just the right angle. Not an "Almond Joy" candy bar.

M: Like most barrel-aged entries, this wasn't ridiculously sweet at all. So, so, so perfect in the mouth regard. Low card and no ABV detected.

O: Cellared for 1 year+. I honestly couldn't ask for more. Great brew!

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 03:40:34 | More by Chaney
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

4.66/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured into a glass, the beer was a malty black color with a slight mocha color lacing around the rim of the glass.

Smell - The booziness in the aroma was modest, but it was still attention seeking. The bourbon did not bludgeon the malt out of existence in the aroma.

Taste - In the initial impression, one notes the sweet bourbon. The malt of the stout is balanced with the bourbon, so you know this is not just some booze bomb. Notes of sweet dark fruit, vanilla, and oak also are detectable. The beer finishes with a smooth and warming aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Being a milk stout, there is a smooth sweetness to the mouthfeel. In conjunction with the bourbon notes, it creates an impressive effect.

Overall - This is among the best bourbon aged beers I have ever had. If you are able, get it.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 17:52:08 | More by JohnnyHopps
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CooperEllis

New York

3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

From @CrushedVol as part of a Baseball BIF box. 22 oz bomber into a tulip .3l.

This pours like cola. Maybe it was the temperature I served this, or maybe the body is just naturally thin out of the bottle. Nose is thin whiskey, very little pokes through and that is unfortunately true in the flavor as well.

The reality is this isn't very fair to Revolution, but I had this after BA Blackout and the comparison isn't flattering. The nose is thin on complexity, overall it is fine but for a beer intentionally aged on bourbon barrels, this falls short.

Flavor is fine, if underwhelming. What is missing is the richness of a milk stout, there is no creaminess in the mouthfeel and that is evidenced in the taste as well where this offering fails to coat the palate in a gentle swath of flavor. A bit of bourbon - think the last sip of a Johnny Black on the rocks - is always present throughout.

I'm going to wait and have the second half of this bomber at room temp.

EDIT: Damn, the overall rating is harsh and I did enjoy this, but I don't think I'm taking it over other shelf offerings from around the country. Also I originally rated this 3/3/3.5/3/3.25 but after allowing this to warm I think two things - 1) Drink this at room temp, it is a totally different beer and 2) the new rating is not based on a composite - just the warmer consumption.

(217th)

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 23:40:34 | More by CooperEllis
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jokemon

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black as coffee with a magical white stripe on the top from fast fleeting foam.

S: chocolate, booze, sweet, creamy, hint of coffee. Chocolate booze is the most prominent.

T: creamy chocolate with a booze kick on the tail end.

Overall a very nice beer, there are some clear distinctive flavors going on, nice balance and not hard to drink for the booze content.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 00:54:44 | More by jokemon
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 16:21:12 | More by tectactoe
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Bung

North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz. A thick enough looking black pour, light tan head that retains well.

Aroma, Chocolate, lactose sugar and molasses. Light peaty barrel and vanilla.

Taste, milk chocolate, maybe a chocolate malt. Vanilla caramel and oak barrel. Some roast in the finish. A chocolate milkshake bomb with some light bourbon. Pretty straight forward and pretty nice.

Body is barely medium to me, but this seems to happen with many barrel aged sweet stouts. Cafe Royale comes to mind. Carbonation is good and abv is barely apparent. Drinks very easily.

Certainly worth trying, I bet this is even better on draft.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 01:59:39 | More by Bung
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, Winter '13
The Bruery tulip

A: Pours a deep brown color. More like a brown ale on the initial pour. Reddish hues. Got a full finger of light tan on the start. Some alcohol feet.

S: Booze heat, just like some of the other Deep Woods brews. Milk sugar sweetness. Light milk chocolate. Slight roast.

T: Sweet milk sugar sweetness, right up front. The booze is really nicely incorporated. Milk chocolate. Smooth roasted coffee. Finish is long and creamy and rich.

M: Medium to full bodied.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 18:53:25 | More by inlimbo77
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appears to be a date stamped on the label but half of it is missing. Looks like it starts with April, so I'm assuming this is around 2 months old. 9.7% ABV

A: Pours a very dark brown, not quite black. Big fluffy light brown head. Head fades slowly leaving pretty decent chunks of fluffy lacing. Good head retention.

S: Nice sharp bourbon aroma with a bunch of toffee and burnt sugars. Burnt sugar reminds me of toasted marshmallow in fact. Hints of caramel and some milk chocolate. Spicy alcohol hit, almost reminds me of peppermint. My brain might be making that one up.

T: Bourbon up front but a lot mellower than in the smell. Burnt sugars, hints of toffee and caramel. Chocolate is more prominent here, a creamy sweet milk chocolate mixing nicely with the bourbon. Bourbon fades into the back end, leaving pure decadent milk chocolate. Small bourbon resurgence in the finish with again that sort of minty flavor and a bit of oak. A little booze in the lingering aftertaste as well with some more mintyness.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy.

O: Nice bourbon barrel milk stout. Don't get a lot of barrel-aged milk stouts. This one is nice, bourbon is quite prominent but very tasty (I believe Woodford Reserve? My favorite bourbon, so I'm biased). Interesting mint flavor, pretty mild but I'm curious where it comes from. It's similar to the mint chocolate flavor from the Stone Mint Chocolate Stout collaboration from last year. Tasty and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 03:51:58 | More by Dope
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Etan

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from the first release (2012).

A: Pours a glassy black with a large light tan head.

S: Aromas of charred oak, molasses, coffee roast, dark chocolate and tannic egg cream waft up.

T: Taste brings soft vanilla and cocoa, some marshmallow-like sweetness, roasted grain, some smooth bourbon notes, caramel, drying oak, lactose, hint of raisin.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: This was pretty nice. Might be a little sweet for some, but I like it.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 23:42:37 | More by Etan
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ThickNStout

Georgia

4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from The Beer Temple (Chicago, IL). 17.99. No bottle date. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours cola brown with three quarter finger pale tan head. The head fades quickly, lacking retention or lace.

Smells of sweet cream, sugar, vanilla and bourbon.

A complex sweet bomb. Lactose, Cadbury cream, bourbon, vanilla, sweet coffee creamer and a little oak. Very little alcohol presence. Nice sweet mixture.

Medium feel with moderate carbonation. The sweet lactose remains on the tongue for a long finish.

A damn fine barrel aged sweet stout that I would definately buy again at half the price. Quite enjoyable but the cost makes it a one time purchase.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 19:46:35 | More by ThickNStout
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark chocolate brown, leaves a thin toffee colored layer and a marginally thin and delicate toffee colored ring on the glass.

S - Light chocolate, cherries, light oak, light vanilla, bourbon, light chocolate.

T - Matches the nose: perfect balance between bourbon, oak, vanilla, light cherries, and has very light alcohol and pleasingly lingering aftertaste with caramel, oak, and bourbon vanilla that's not at all overpowering.

M - Velvet smooth on the palette.

O - Exceptional and underrated when considering the overall score. This beer is a real find.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 21:23:15 | More by jzeilinger
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.64/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 01:39:27 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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bcm75

Illinois

4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at the Revolution tap room, poured in a FFF teku. Aromas - very boozy with some vanilla and general sweetness. Body is thinner than I would like. Appearance not-quite-black. Sweetness - you'll know this is a milk stout. I found the carbonation level appropriate for the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 23:28:33 | More by bcm75
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage 22 oz bomber shared with a friend; poured into my trusty Bell's tulip today 4/12/2013.

Aroma: Sweet milk chocolate, a good bourbon and oak presence. A little vanilla. Not super pungent but not weak either. Nice on the nose. (4)

Colour: Pretty average looking milk stout. Dark cola colour, very dark with 2cm beige head that disappears within the minute leaving a beige film but barely any collar. And the lacing is minimal. So pretty average for a BA milk stout. (3)

Flavour: Sweet as heck, bourbon presence throughout from the beginning. As it warms up, more bourbon comes out as well as the milk chocolate sweetness which is probably the lactose. There is a decent bit of vanilla which is really nice and is the cherry on top and comes out the most at room temperature. The oak comes out more at the end. Very nice combination of bourbon and milk stout, probably the best I've had. But then again there isn't a ton of BA milk stouts. (4.5)

Mouthfeel: Thinner medium body, tastes quite creamy but not particularly thick. Aftertaste is a decent bit of bourbon and oak (or could it be just the bourbon? since the oak is part of the bourbon...) not particularly intense but comes with a pleasant dry finish and a little bit of heat at room temp. (4)

Overall: Very drinkable barrel-aged milk stout. The sweetness is really good at complementing the bourbon and malt flavors. It's a very enjoyable beer to drink after dinner and that's really its main role. I very much enjoyed the relative balance of sweetness and bourbon. (4)

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 06:33:33 | More by Stevedore
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bobhits

Kentucky

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 4.25

Rather tame in appearance, this one pours like a milk stout with light brown clarity from the bottle turning deep dark brown in the glass, a head forms but the alcohol is too strong for it. No real lacing left over.

A sinfully good bourbon nose with hints of lactose, milk chocolate, oak, vanilla, and light sugars.

A bourbon infused milk stout flavor...simply amazing. Milk stouts have a somewhat milk chocolate flavor unlike most stouts which take on a bakers dark chocolate. This beer takes on that same element of vanilla, lactose, and milk chocolate with just an astonishing amount of bourbon. Honestly if only woodford (a bourbon nearly as over rated and hyped as makers mark, without being terrible like markers is) tasted this good.

Sadly the body is rather watery and thing. The alcohol is very apparent and the carbonation is all but non existent.

A damn DAMN tasty beer that at 16 bucks a bottle is worthy of a try though splitting it might be a good idea as this isn't upper echelon.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 00:38:42 | More by bobhits
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: 22 oz. bottle chilled and poured into a Cigar City tulip. Big thanks to Beerlistman for the bottle. Bottled in November of 2012.

Appearance: Dark brown to black in color with a light, beige colored head. Really nice one finger, pillowy head with really impressive retention. Keeps a nice lacing throughout.

Aroma: Pretty strong bourbon character with some caramel and brown sugar notes. A touch of peat and smoke from the barrel as well. The barrel notes are definitely front and center. Some chocolate and fudge cake tones in the background as well. Really nice flavor profile but the raw bourbon character is a bit strong.

Taste: The barrel character is really strong and provides a huge raw bourbon character. Almost like sa shot of nice bourbon has been added to this beer. Caramel, molasses, and milk chocolate make up the rest of the beer. The booze character from the bourbon stands out a little, but this is still relativel easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: Perhaps a bit lighter body than the average bourbon barrel stout. Plenty of carbonation though.

Overall, a nice beer that suffers from a bourbon barrel character that isn't completely integrated into the base beer. I feel that a little more time in the barrels or in the bottle would have helped the beer come together better. The bourbon character is really nice though and the whole experience is a lot like sipping a bourbon. Very tasty but with some noticable flaws.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 00:39:13 | More by Gosox8787
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a near pitch black color. Produced some nice tan froth and some lacing as it dissipated.

(S)- A lovely combo of a creamy but chocolatey raisin and vanilla oakiness. Its not super complex but really quite sexy.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. It really does have a sexy profile overall. Quite creamy with underlying notes of vanilla, raisin, and gingerbread. Finishes almost dry with superb oak and bourbon notes.

(M)- A smooth carbonation level. A really nice balance to it. Such a nice smooth underlying creaminess to this (base beer), that it really mellows out.

(O)- Overall, a superb barrel aged stout. So smooth and creamy yet having great bourbon barrel notes. Sadly, this might get overlooked by all the other bigger barrel aged stout releases out there, but this is one great offering by Revolution!

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 21:58:08 | More by sweemzander
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emyers

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Appearance: Pours a murky dark brown with a very thin beige head dissipating almost immediately.

Smell: Bourbon and oak up front. Oak is quite strong relative to most BBA beers, which tend to just highlight the bourbon. Cocoa and roasted malt comes through afterwards, in a way that is reminiscent of chocolate covered malted milk balls. Some alcohol on the nose.

Taste: Lactose is apparent right away. Malty sweetness followed by oak and bourbon, once again with the oak being very strong. Cocoa and roasted malts finish off the flavor profile. The beer is very balanced, with the bourbon being fairly mild. It's a very well done BBA stout, but I'm waiting for some flavor to really take over and make an impression and I'm just not getting it.

Mouthfeel: Exceptionally smooth, with a silky feel as it goes down. However, not a whole lot of body - I prefer my stouts nice and thick and this one is fairly thin.

Overall: Clearly Revolution knows what they're doing when it comes to barrel aging. This is a very balanced, well done beer. Yet, it doesn't do enough to really stand out from other options.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 02:22:07 | More by emyers
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dbc5

Ohio

3.31/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 02:16:40 | More by dbc5
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tut2528

Illinois

4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

thanks to Lognar for opening this one at the tasting!

A: pours a deep maple brown, with no head formation. alcohol legs are present on this one. forcing head formation creates a khaki colored head, but it immediately dissipates.

S: whoaaa. immense bourbon wood/oak notes dominate the nose. theres an alcohol burn, leather, slight tobacco, with a big lactose base.

T: still big on the milk/lactose sweetness, big bourbon, slight vanilla, very sutle hint of tobacco.

M: this is my only complaint. its actually on the lighter of medium bodied. doesn't really coat the mouth as I was expecting. it does leave a milky/cream touch on the palate tough that is enjoyable

O: a nice brew for sure, but its shockingly light on the feel, which pushes this beer just slightly off. its complexity is lacking, but it definitely works for this beer. the bourbon and the barrel notes are truly the main players in this brew. If this was just a bit more viscous, it would definitely be an A+ in my books.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 02:06:44 | More by tut2528
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sleuthdog

Illinois

4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to lognar for opening this one!
Poured into Founders Bolt Cutter glass

Pour: A dark brown to black with no head formation. Swirling does create a khaki color foam. No lacing evident and almost looks oily on the beer surface.

Smell: Wow big barrel, oak and wood with a touch of booze. Smells sweet with vanilla and bourbon. Leather rounds out the smell. The lactose is very evident in this.

Taste: Sweet up front with vanilla and oak. Bourbon heat in this with some chocolate and a bit of bitterness too.

Mouthfeel: Actually this is where this disappoints a bit. More so on the side of light than medium feel. Would have liked a bit more thickness and chewiness.

Overall: Nice to try this one and actually enjoyed it quite a bit. The feel was the only real let down for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 02:05:19 | More by sleuthdog
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was sent time from mjmadsen21, major thanks on this one man! This beer poured out as a nice looking black color with a brown head on top. There is a moderate retention and lacing. The aroma on this beer is huge, it screams bourbon, it's sweet and boozy and strangely addictive. The taste of the beer follows the nose, lots of bourbon, chocolate and vanilla with a boozy wooden flavor in the finish. The mouthfeel is pretty slick, lightly carbonated and finishes with some ethanol heat. Overall I loved it, I think if anything there is maybe too much bourbon and it masks the a dual beer, but either way I thought it was great.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 01:39:03 | More by Knapp85
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Very Mad Cow from Revolution Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.