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Cowcatcher Milk Stout - Smartmouth Brewing Company

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Cowcatcher Milk Stout
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83
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20 Ratings
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Ratings: 20
Reviews: 2
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.57%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Smartmouth Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
We welcome the re-release of Cowcatcher Milk Stout, named in tribute to the railroads that surround our brewery. Originally brewed as a limited edition 10-barrel batch, resounding appeals convinced us to offer it from January through April. This surprisingly sessionable brew is as black as night. With one deep whiff of its thick tan head, you’ll immediately catch the aromas of rich cocoa and dark-roasted coffee beans. Swish it around your palate to savor its full-body and smooth mouthfeel. It boasts a warm pumpernickel-bready flavor and finishes with a touch of bittersweet chocolate. Enjoy this beer with dessert - brownies, chocolate chip cookies, or any rich, sweet treat.

(Beer added by: MistaRyte on 10-21-2013)
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Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

djrn2, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of clayrock81
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours basically black body (I'm not wasting time discerning if it's black or just dark brown) with one finger tan head and lace patches as head goes down. The aroma is mostly sweet as I pick up chocolate and toffee and hints of syrup (doesn't seem heavy enough for molasses) and some roasted and bread malts. Beer is smooth, refreshingly light and easy to drink, nothing heavy or real chewey about this beer. The sweet malts are dominant but there is balance so it's not a sugar blitz. Main tastes are chocolate, caramel, some sticky syrup, toffee, maybe vanilla (doubtful) with the balance coming from breadlike roasted malts. Hops are almost non existent but my wife thought she detected figs and possible plum but I don't. Not the greatest stout and I don't really pick up the milk/dairy aspect but it is a smoother, sweeter stout than most and is must try if you're at the brewery.

clayrock81, Mar 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Hanzo, Mar 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

July2Nov, Jun 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

MattSharpless, Jul 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Sanchezrox23, Apr 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

SonOfKyuss, Feb 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

John_Beeryman, Jul 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

xseanprimex, Oct 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

ThomasAWilson2, May 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

flyersfan900, Mar 31, 2014
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4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Deep walnut brown, nearly black (although the bar was dim, making this assessment difficult). Head was a finger of tan foam -- it faded quickly, but left nice lacing.

S: Pretty typical for the style, with sweet, dark fruit aromas dominating. Toasted grain is definitely there, as well as a hint of maple syrup.

T: A lot of sweetness, both from the malt and the lactose, bordering on cloying. The sweetness gradually melds into faintly acrid, burnt grain mixed with coffee; and then stronger, tart fruit takes over, including plum and maybe a hint of bitter orange. Finish was a little bitter and acrid, giving some balance to the initial sweetness.

M: Somewhat chewy, fair carbonation, smooth/creamy; just a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: A very solid milk stout, one that can stand up to any of the style and hold its own. Perhaps a touch too sweet for my liking, and not the epitome of its class, but one I'd definitely order again.

TappaKeggaBrew, Mar 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Cyrano41, Sep 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Feel_the_Darkness, Feb 22, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

montman, Jul 26, 2014
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1.75/5  rDev -52.2%

rbail012, Aug 09, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev +6%

mda080, Sep 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Unclejesse33, Oct 12, 2014
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3.64/5  rDev -0.5%

Billbarrett, Oct 09, 2014
Cowcatcher Milk Stout from Smartmouth Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.