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Very Mad Cow - Revolution Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
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426 Ratings
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Ratings: 426
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 117
Gots: 135 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cadaugherty on 12-21-2010

Mad Cow Milk Stout aged in Woodford Reserve Barrels for 7 months.
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Ratings: 426 | Reviews: 59
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap into snifter at Revolution Brewpub Logan Square in Chicago.

A- Deep chocolate brown almost black with no light let through. A fingers worth of dark tan head dissipates quickly not as thick looking as expected from an ale aged for over six months.

S- Bourbon dominated nose with a slight sweet tease but bourbon is mostly present.

T- Taste follows the nose closely with bourbon whiskey attacking my tastebuds. Subtle toffee and chocolate flavors are present with a pleasant smokey finish.

M- Not nearly as big as I thought I would experience with this ale. I would call it a straight medium mouthfeel. Not watery yet not what I have become used to experiencing when drinking milk stouts, not too rich.

O- Very nice, lots of bourbon present but it doesn't come close to the full bodied stouts that I have come to expect when ordering barrel aged stouts. I would say this ale is comparable to New Holland's Dragon's Milk, which is in no way an insult. It's just not what I was hoping for.

Cheers.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle into a snifter. 2015 edition.

Pours dark, somewhat opaque. Not much head, with some clingy lacing. Smell is a good balance of bourbon aroma, roasted malts, chocolate. Taste mostly follows the nose with the malts leading the way, some chocolate, a little less bourbon than the smell, a hint of coffee. Pretty nicely balanced. Sweet, as expected. Very smooth, good mouthfeel. A touch thin, but not overly so.

Very enjoyable beer. Will likely be an annual purchase, although it's not as cost justifiable as some of the others in the Deep Wood series. Had the 2014 on tap and remember it seeming a little richer.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.66/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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Very Mad Cow from Revolution Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 426 ratings.