Cowbell
Voodoo Brewery

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From:
Voodoo Brewery
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Style:
Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #28
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
97
Ranked #748
Avg:
4.37 | pDev: 8.7%
Ratings:
356
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 20, 2022
Added:
Dec 07, 2009
Wants:
  224
Gots:
  35
SCORE
97
World-Class
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Notes: Our double chocolate oatmeal imperial milk stout delivers rich flavors of chocolate and roasty malt. With a big body and velvety chocolate goodness, this beer will fulfill your prescription for “more cowbell.”

This beer is served on nitrogen.
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4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

Bottom of can is stamped with BEST BY 3/17/22 so I guess I'm fucked. Actually, I saw these go up on their website maybe 3 months ago; I can't fathom why a stout would have such a short shelf life. Whatever.

Aggressive pour yields a mere pinky of creamed coffee head that never fully diminishes, merely thinning out to a sheen. Body is a dark doodoo butter brown. Picking up a lot of deep roast on the nose to the point where I'm checking the notes to see if this is a coffee stout. It's not, but it rather smells like it. I dig it. Tastes super-nice too. Damn. Load of chocolate and roasted malt up front that mellows into a sort of tootsie roll flavor on the back end. Lactose lends the mouthfeel a velvety smoothness. It's a little sweet, but damn this is nice.

Apr 20, 2022
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4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

poured from a 12oz nitro can into a snifter. pours a light brown but settles in the glass dark brown with a mocha colored reverse nitro head going on. lovely chocolate aromas as well as toasted malts. taste follows. it’s got a nice chocolate sweetness to it but it doesn’t ever get overly sweet. silky smooth, medium-full mouthfeel. the nitro serves this well. damn fine chocolate milk stout! never gets too sweet yet the chocolate is the main showcase. highly enjoyable.

Feb 09, 2022
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4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

2/3/22 On tap at State College location. This one reminds me of Young's Double Chocolate. Sweet, drinkable and delicious! So glad to have stopped here.

Feb 04, 2022
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4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

What do you get when you put a milkshake and a beer in a blender? Voodoo Brewery's double chocolate imperial milk stout! And that's where this nitro-infused session begins.

Frothy, dark and deeply malty, the nearly black Cowbell carries a creamy pour with smoothie consistency. Its creamy and billowing froth drifts under the nose with a rich confectioner's sweetness of chocolate, baking brownies, vanilla cream and coffee. Deliciously sweet, the early flavors pick up where those bakery fragrances leave off with carmel, chocolate, toffee and sweet cream carrying the load.

Much the same transpires as the rich stout broadens across the middle palate although its more beer-like attributes start to emerge. Slowly shedding its sweeter focus, the beer's roastier edges of coffee, char, nuttiness and woodsiness has the session trending in a stout-like direction, eventually closing with a woodsy, coffee-like bitterness.

Full bodied, creamy and plush, the beer's nitro-infusion has an initial creamy texture that has the taste falling slightly flat toward finish. It doesn't seem to carry the same effects as does Guinness however Cowbell does not need the nitro as it is a fine beer without it.

Feb 03, 2022
 
4 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Dec 09, 2021
 
4.44 by RichRubes610 from Pennsylvania on Sep 24, 2021
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4.12/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by hoptheology from South Dakota

12 oz NITRO can, best by 4/17/21, into Tallgrass snifter.
Had no idea how expensive it was, as there was no price in front of it. (hint : it was) I also had limited internet so I did not check the scores. Hopefully this lives up to its 97. Purchased at Martin's in NOLA.

Anyways, onto the mechanics. Hard straight down pour into the snifter, yielding maybe 3 seconds of fireworks, then it settles to a deep black body and a thin creamy ring.

Aroma of pleasant ash, maybe a touch harsh, with some dark chocolate notes underneath. Some vanilla and chocolate mousse, maybe some caramel.

Flavor is pretty good - brings that chocolate mousse thing forward, followed by chocolate ice cream/shake and slight ash, some very darkly kilned malt, and iron. It does the chocolate milk/chocolate malt thing well.

Feel is smooth and creamy without being empty, pretty solid for a nitro, with a bit of heft to the body and still some prickly carbonation carrying it along. 8.5% isn't absent but isn't prominent, sits about in the middle and doesn't detract from the beer too much.

Overall, if you are expecting chocolate here, you will get it. Probably the most chocolatey stout I've ever had. It doesn't quite match up to 4 Hands' Chocolate Milk Stout, but is sweeter and less balanced so if you're looking for a pastry treat this is it. I'm not sure I'd go for it again, but at it's price I'd assume it goes for around $16 a 4 pack. Not worth it IMO but it is a tasty treat. Not a 97 though.

Mar 24, 2021
 
4.33 by ItsBeer4Me from Pennsylvania on Feb 07, 2021
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4.61/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

Definitely the best milk stout I've ever had. Sweet while extra roasty. The nitro creaminess fits this beer/style so well. Better than a at least half of their barrel room beers that I've had (which sucked apart from magicks).

This barrel aged would be a spectacle.

Feb 04, 2021
 
4 by TheCakePounder from Pennsylvania on Jan 30, 2021
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4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by DIM from Pennsylvania

What's up with no recent reviews?

From the can, hope I get to try it on nitro one day. This has been on my radar for years.

Decadent, chocolate-y, rich, and lushly full-bodied. Simply wonderful.

Jan 26, 2021
 
4.5 by thinwhiteduke from Illinois on Mar 17, 2019
 
4.43 by dirtyjerk from Pennsylvania on Mar 14, 2019
 
4.03 by ScaryEd from New Hampshire on Mar 09, 2019
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4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by REVZEB from Illinois

Had on nitro tap. Lush jet black body with creamy tan head, very appetizing. Nitro certainly helps, but the body is deliciously creamy, smooth, lush and drinkable without sacrificing density. Taste is chocolate, vanilla, oat, malt, slight nuts and fudge. Tastes like a decadent recreation of classic oatmeal stouts of old. Smell reminds me of a chocolate malt shake with a vanilla and oat flair on the finish.

Feb 25, 2019
 
4.54 by mflamar from New York on Feb 08, 2019
 
5 by Jessicalynn_95 from Pennsylvania on Nov 22, 2018
 
4.37 by reebtaerG from Maryland on Nov 06, 2018
 
4.21 by goblue3509 from Pennsylvania on Jul 28, 2018
 
4.18 by Samact from Vermont on Jun 28, 2018
 
4.3 by George2744 from Pennsylvania on May 20, 2018
 
4.31 by Jason_cs from Florida on May 18, 2018
 
4.46 by TangoJuliet from New York on May 10, 2018
 
4.72 by Eychung from New York on Apr 25, 2018
 
4.4 by Dope from Massachusetts on Apr 04, 2018
 
5 by Tallenreiter from Pennsylvania on Feb 15, 2018
 
3.98 by Duncian from Pennsylvania on Jan 17, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by CabbageA19 from Pennsylvania

I think it is somewhere between the oatmeal and milk stout - as with many of their brews it is both unique and great.

Alcohol is hidden very well as you can slug these and not realize how potent it is.

Gotta be on nitro.

Jan 05, 2018
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4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by jlindros from Massachusetts

Someone gave this to me in a trade a while back, and never got around to cracking it, then it got buried, etc etc. Expired 7/16/2017 so unfortunately a bit old, but hopefully held up, esp since this is a nitro can.

Well the carbonation def held up, a huge thick frothy 3 finger head fades semi slowly, nice lacing, and a very dark beer with hints of brown light coming through

Nose also seems to have held up, tons of chocolate, baker's chocolate, milk choc and lactose sugar, nice creamy chocolate milk and some dark chocolate oatmeal, a bit of roast in the background bringing a touch acrid, and a bit of caramel, really no nitro aroma.

Taste brings more of what I expected, but an interesting nutty flavor in the background, a bit of chocolate peanutbutter, plenty more baker's chocolate, dark chocolate oatmeal, mild creamy lactose sugar, and chocolate milk as well, a bit of caramel, roast and a touch of mocha java, burnt caramel and coffee notes, and touches of baking spices, again just a hint of nitro flavor, and no alcohol

Mouth is med to heavier bod, nice creamy milky, tons of fluffy carbonation

Overall def a nice beer, alcohol hidden well, nice layers of chocolate, a little creamy milky flavors and oatmeal, mild roast and even baking spices, coffee, caramel, etc, it had it all.

Dec 07, 2017
 
4.5 by wvsabbath from West Virginia on Nov 09, 2017
 
4.25 by calcnerd from Pennsylvania on Oct 17, 2017
 
4.18 by Roberto11232 from New York on Sep 30, 2017
 
4.5 by edthehead from New York on Sep 24, 2017
 
4 by LooseMoose1978 from North Carolina on Sep 24, 2017
 
4.25 by Sean32 from Pennsylvania on Sep 09, 2017
 
4.25 by warrendietrich2001 from Nevada on Aug 11, 2017
 
4.18 by GregSemenza from Connecticut on Aug 01, 2017
 
4.43 by BubbleBobble from New York on Jul 19, 2017
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4.04/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by GreesyFizeek from New York

On nitro tap at Smallman Galley in Pittsburgh, PA.

This one pours a glossy mostly dark black, with a small white head and a good bit of lacing.

This smells like sweet rich milk chocolate, earthy roasted maltiness, lactose, and cream.

I don't usually like nitro, and I feel this would be even better dispensed normally. However, it is what it is, and it's still very tasty. It's quite roasty and quite chocolatey, with a slight mustiness to it that I get in most nitro'ed beers. The lactose and oats combine to give this a really nice silky creamy character.

This is medium bodied, articificially thick and creamy, with a lower level of carbonation.

This is definitely one of the better nitro beers that I've had, and it shows that Voodoo is awesome when it comes to dark beers.

Jul 17, 2017
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4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by trygelski1 from Pennsylvania

16oz can poured into an East End Brewing snifter:

Look: Pours a nice jet black color with a nice creamy white to tan head. Lacing is present with some retention.

Smell: Aroma pretty much dominated by sweet chocolate with some coffee notes present!

Taste: Notes chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and lactose sweetness present! Kind of has a chocolate milk taste present which is nice via nitro!

Feel: Medium bodied with a nice creamy mouthfeel!

Overall: Never had this on nitro at the brewery and this is the first time they have released in cans! Really nice nitro stout and this is one I will be picking up again! Very solid offering from Voodoo!

Jul 09, 2017
Cowbell from Voodoo Brewery
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 356 ratings