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Very Mad Cow - Revolution Brewing Company

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93
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354 Ratings
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Ratings: 354
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 85
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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Vonerichs

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark, dark brown that's much lighter around the edges. It has an aggressive head from a not-so-aggressive pour. The head is pretty persistent, too.

The nose is toasted coconut, marshmallow, and vanilla. It has some great bourbon notes in it.

What I really like about this is that is imparts flavors from the bourbon, maintains a high abv, but doesn't come off as boozy. Vanilla and coconut are the main flavors with a dashes of chocolate and vanilla. It has a nice sweetness to it without becoming syrupy.

Fantastic creamy mouthfeel. It's very smooth and as I already said, not boozy at all.

I thought this was a really solid b.a. milk stout. In fact, I don't think I've ever had a milk stout from a barrel. Everything about this was subtle, but in a good way.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 02:10:50 | More by Vonerichs
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ASUBeer

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

12-02-2012 01:27:05 | More by ASUBeer
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DrWalterWhite

Illinois

5/5  rDev +20.2%

11-26-2012 21:02:28 | More by DrWalterWhite
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bsuedekum

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

11-21-2012 02:32:15 | More by bsuedekum
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JohnnyChicago

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.8%

11-20-2012 17:56:02 | More by JohnnyChicago
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hopswap1

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-19-2012 20:03:45 | More by hopswap1
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bertram

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.8%

11-19-2012 00:46:25 | More by bertram
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thinwhiteduke

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

11-18-2012 16:41:26 | More by thinwhiteduke
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JimGlonke

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-17-2012 00:09:16 | More by JimGlonke
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redblacks75

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

11-06-2012 22:59:44 | More by redblacks75
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MarkFy

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

08-07-2012 20:11:11 | More by MarkFy
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Rev Kedzie Grand Opening Party.

A - Pours black, cream-colored head, thin collar.

S - Bourbon, coconut, vanilla, barrel, light roast, and chocolate. Very sweet and boozy, but in a good way. Sweetness works well with the booze and there's a touch of creaminess that comes through as well.

T - Mostly bourbon with the remainder of the beer coming afterwards. Light barrel, chocolate, roast, and vanilla in the middle which helps tone down the booze. Alcohol is there, but works well with what's going on. Finish is coconut booze and creamy chocolate.

M - Full body, rich and smooth, creamy finish.

O - A nice BA milk stout that could use a bit more time before it's really "on". That said, I easily finished my pour and would have again if offered up.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2012 17:27:49 | More by Sean9689
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tripledbrew

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

03-13-2012 04:10:19 | More by tripledbrew
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coz

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

03-10-2012 06:01:10 | More by coz
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: appearance is dark black with brown highlights at the edges, a hint of clarity, minimal head

S: nose features an onslaught of whiskey and barrel. Not getting a lot of the milk stout base. Some coconut comes through.

T: the barrel seems overdone on the tongue, quite a bit of booziness with the milk stout getting lost in the background. The wood provides a raw character too that somewhat detracts from the smooth creamy stout

MF: this feels a little thin with mild carbonation

O: this is the second barrel aged treatment I have tried of Mad Cow, and I must say this one leans towards dissapointment. While this wasn't a bad brew by any means, Revolution has been holding it to such a high standard and I feel this one is a little short of that.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2012 07:37:03 | More by homebrew311
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Beertrader60657

Illinois

5/5  rDev +20.2%

03-09-2012 03:12:36 | More by Beertrader60657
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thewimperoo

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

03-06-2012 06:18:34 | More by thewimperoo
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KDawg

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had on tap at revolution. Poured into a snifter with a good dark brown color with very little head

pungent nose with the noticeable bourbon aromas to it along with some raisins, dark chocolate, and loads of malts

full bodied with a good feel. The flavors aren't as complex with notes of bourbon, dark chocolate and malts. The bourbon dominates a bit too much

A quality stout. Full bodied with more complexity on the aromas than the flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2012 21:30:45 | More by KDawg
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emerge077

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2012 20:53:46 | More by emerge077
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lstokes

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark with a thin tan head and plenty of lacing. This is heavy on the whiskey and oak notes, with the lactose only showing up in the taste, and that late. I like the bourbon-into-sugar development in the taste, but ultimately the bourbon is a bit much. I guess I like my milk stouts sweet? Creamy, rich mouthfeel--I was happy to drink my snifter but probably would not want another.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2012 05:22:34 | More by lstokes
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whartontallboy

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

01-02-2012 22:15:20 | More by whartontallboy
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THEOPTIMATOR88

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-02-2011 05:07:53 | More by THEOPTIMATOR88
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Deeeeezzzzznuts

Illinois

5/5  rDev +20.2%

11-17-2011 07:47:28 | More by Deeeeezzzzznuts
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Darker brown beer that has a nice tan head. Little bit of lacing on the sides.

S - For a milk stout this smells awesome. Roasted grains and cocoa with some nice oak and bourbon. Less of a lactose and milk bomb, probably due to the barrel aging. Smells appealing.

T - Milk chocolate, impressive roasted notes, the nicest bit of bittering espresso to mellow the sweetness. Bourbon is more of a hint than a presence, not hot at all.

M - Smooth, lower carbonation, medium bodied, no complaints.

D - Like this a lot more than most milk stouts, found it very good and went back for at least one more pour before the night got hazy. Good stuff I would like to have again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2011 04:58:19 | More by AgentZero
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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).

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2011 14:38:28 | More by MasterSki
Very Mad Cow from Revolution Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 354 ratings.