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Very Mad Cow - Revolution Brewing Company

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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  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Hallertau, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of bobhits
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.

bobhits, Apr 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

t0rin0, Mar 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

drummermattie02, Mar 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Sparky44, Mar 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Lucho, Mar 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

egrace84, Mar 22, 2013
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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.

Gosox8787, Mar 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

billyshears, Mar 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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spycow, Mar 10, 2013
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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!

sweemzander, Mar 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

brandoman63, Mar 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

DonFrap, Mar 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

oline73, Mar 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

kscaldef, Feb 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

JRBecks, Feb 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Stevie_Janowski, Feb 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

MIA4IPA, Feb 23, 2013
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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.

emyers, Feb 23, 2013
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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.

dbc5, Feb 21, 2013
Very Mad Cow from Revolution Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 369 ratings.