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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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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

t0rin0, Mar 28, 2013
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at drewone's tasting.

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, bourbon, and wood. Taste is much the same with a smooth bourbon finish and a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is really tasy and smooth.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

djrn2, May 18, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%

On tap at the brewpub - December 27, 2010.

Pours near black with a thin mocha head that persists for a bit before falling to a thin cap. The nose brings a very strong bourbon presence. A bit heavy on that and the booze right now, though it is nice. I think this will develop well, it just needs a bit more time. The taste adds a bit more complexity with a bit of roasted malt and some chocolate. A bit of sweetness counteracts the boozy nature of the beer. A bit too much alcohol in the feel, but is nice and rich. Drinks pretty well overall. Wish I had a bottle or two to age for a bit.

Thorpe429, Jan 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

zestar, Jul 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

acurtis, May 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Texasfan549, Aug 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

kjkinsey, Jan 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

ygtbsm94, May 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

GRG1313, Dec 02, 2012
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4.51/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

Knapp85, Jan 26, 2013
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3.78/5  rDev -9.1%

Served in a shaker pint glass.

Why would you wanna piss a cow off that much, anyway? Regardless, this stuff pours a deep black-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises chocolate cake, bourbon, and a twinge of coffee. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some light cardboard and some mild roasted malts. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid-ish feel. Overall, a generally tasty and enjoyable beer. I wouldn't say that the barreling really injected the base with a significant amount of better-ness, but it certainly didn't hurt it.

TMoney2591, Jan 03, 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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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

SocalKicks, Jul 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

nickfl, Jul 29, 2013
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

On-tap at Goose Island Stoufest. Out of all the strange Goose one-offs, BCS variants, etc. this might have been my favorite beer. Served in a taster glass.

A - Pours with a big persistent tan foam that settles to a thin cap, leaving splotchy lace. The body is a very, very, dark brown that is a bit lighter at the fringes. Good looking brew!

S - Tons of barrel notes - coconut, butterscotch, whiskey - meld perfectly with lactose sugar, roasted grains, cocoa, and some earthiness. I just kept smelling this one all afternoon - a reference quality barrel-aged milk stout.

T - Taste is a bit of a letdown, but still quite solid. Lots of milk chocolate, roasted grains, butterscotch, and a little whiskey bite. Perhaps a bit muddled and understated.

M - Smooth, lower carbonation, medium body. Finishes quite sticky. It could stand to be a bit creamier, I suppose, being a milk stout and all.

D - This stuff is awesome. I went back for numerous pours throughout the event. I hope it makes a reappearance at the pub soon (and that they allow growler fills).

MasterSki, Mar 13, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

oline73, Mar 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

MarkyMOD, Jan 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

XmnwildX12, Dec 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

beernads, Nov 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

imperialking, Jan 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

drewone, Dec 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Gonzoillini, Jan 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

mdaschaf, Apr 19, 2014
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Very Mad Cow from Revolution Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 367 ratings.