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Very Mad Cow - Revolution Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

382 Ratings
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Ratings: 382
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 101
Gots: 104 | FT: 5
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%

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

celticfutblclub, Mar 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of sweemzander
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
Photo of emyers
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
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Davihaw, Feb 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

pathman, Feb 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

BrewTasting, Feb 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

marct, Feb 03, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

DrJoe82, Feb 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

popery, Feb 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

CB_Crowe, Jan 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

harrylee773, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of tut2528
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.

tut2528, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of sleuthdog
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.

sleuthdog, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
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.

Knapp85, Jan 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Bonna, Jan 25, 2013
Very Mad Cow from Revolution Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 382 ratings.