Cowbell Imperial Oatmeal Milk Stout
Voodoo Brewery

Cowbell Imperial Oatmeal Milk StoutCowbell Imperial Oatmeal Milk Stout
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Style:
English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #19
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
96
Ranked #546
Avg:
4.39 | pDev: 8.66%
Reviews:
87
Ratings:
345
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Photo of REVZEB
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of CabbageA19
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.04/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of trygelski1
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of drtth
4.06/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The dark brown, almost black beer is served in a nonic style glass that seems a bit smaller than a standard pint (probably the 12oz size because of the higher ABV). The light tan head is a bit over 1/4" and, as with most beer served on nitro, small bubbled and having quite a persistent foam. Sipping creates sheets of foam on the sides of the glass.

The aromas are dominated by the chocolate backed up by some coffee and some vanilla. There does seem to be some roasted malt but it is not in any way prominent.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the chocolate leading the way and well supported by the coffee and the vanilla. In addition to some sweetness there is some roasty flavor from the malt which is not really bitter so much as not sweet.

The mouthfeel is on the full side of medium bodied and smooth and creamy with some soft creamy carbonation that persists through most of the beer. There is some eventual light dryness as the chocolate, coffee and vanilla fade away to leves some noticable roasty and lightly bitter flavor.

Overall this is a fine beer which I think I personally would have enjoyed more if not on nitro (not being a big fan of nitro). I'd certainly be happy to try it again if I could find it without the nitro. It definitely seems to be a reasonably good example of a milk stout.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.32/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On nitro. Looks like most nitro beers, proper color, creamy head. On the whole there is just too much lactose on this beer for me. You certainly get chocolate malt and some nice smooth coffee / roasted malt and all of that, but it is cloying and sweet with an overdose of lactose sugar.

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Photo of kccraftenthusiast
3.86/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste is chocolate milk and some vanilla with coffee and toasty malts towards the end.

Very thin mouthfeel and very easy to drink. Alcohol is hidden well. Great dessert beer.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.69/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cola black with a permanently thick, dense creamy tan head.

Smell is pretty standard and nondescript roasted malt, nearing coffee, with notes of spiced cola and milk.

Taste is much more unique, like chocolate milk spiked with a little roasted coffee.

Thin but creamy soft with a uniquely dry chewy finish.

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Photo of cmurphy7
3.96/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

definitely a unique taste for a stout. a little light when it comes to mouth feel but the taste delivers a creamy vanilla with a nice sweet aftertaste. great dessert beer.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz Nitro can into a Voodoo Teku glass. Thanks HoppyBastard1 for this generous extra.

Pours a beautiful deep brown body with a big frothy cloud-like head that has a nice brown-to-light brown gradient that eventually settles to a thick layer of retention and lacing. All the great looks of a nitro beer.

Aromas are coffee and chocolate. Taste matches the nose with a deeper chocolate flavor.. very fudgey, very chocolatey. Milk chocolate with a lightly roasty aftertaste. Smooth, silky mouthfeel, very easy to drink.

A nice change of pace.. a very well done nitro beer. This is where nitro adds something to a beer.. but not all styles would benefit like this one.

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Photo of LAp
3.7/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on tap in a sample glass (and ultmately a snifter). Truly a unique beer - pours a dark brown with a one finger mocha head. The nose is straight chocolate milk, and the palate follows suit with notes of coffee quickly being drowned in a creamy bath of chocolate milk. The body is where this beer really falls apart though. The cream of the chocolate milk is very evident at first, but gives way too an extremely thin, almost watery mouthfeel. This is the antithesis of what this beer should be going for in terms of body, and the watery mouthfeel only accentuates a palate that is ultimately disappointingly one-dimensional. There's absolutely a novelty factor to this beer, but it falls far short of being balanced enough to stand on its own throughout an entire glass.

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Photo of 11-52_4hops
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a very fun stout...like mixing chocolate milk and beer. Not normally a big nitro fan but in this case it really adds to a creamy mouthfeel. Sweet chocolate flavor. A tad thin for me but overall this is a nice departure from most of the imperials out there. Huge thumbs up.

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Photo of glass_house
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. nitro draft in a snifter

Pours dark cola brown with milk chocolate highlights and a half-finger of creamy tan head. Smells like light coffee with hazelnut creamer and sugar. Taste is more of the same. Virtually no hint of bitterness whasoever. Soft dark roasted malt with sweet cream, cocoa powder and light coffee. Body is viscous and creamy, very nice. While I do enjoy the smooth feel of a beer that is well-suited for nitro, such as this one, I also tend to feel like there's something missing.

Overall, it's a bit sweeter than I generally prefer my stouts, but it's smooth as can be and makes for a knockout after dinner sipper. It's hard to believe there's any alcohol in here, let alone 8.5%. Glad I got to try this one, and I wouldn't hesitate to get it again.

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Photo of KevBot89
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Jet black, on nitro with a beautiful latte-colored frothy head. Awesome.

Nose is a bit subdued, but lots of creamy sweetness, dark fruits and caramel and chocolate.

Taste follows nose. Lots of caramel sweetness, lactose, coffee, chocolate-chocolate-chocolate, dark fruits. This is tasty af.

Feel: nitrooooo. So awesome. Has a nice full body and oh so smooth. So so smooth.

Overall: knockout round 1 bruh. This is Ronda Rousey pre-Holly Holm.

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Photo of Pukstopper
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice smooth creamy stout not bitter at all and very easy drinking. Pours a deep dark almost black color with nice head and lacing. Not really any alcohol taste for 8.5% which is nice.

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Photo of thebeers
3.53/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown, approaching black, with a finger and a half of lush cola-colored head (on nitro). Sweet aroma of cherry and chocolate. Roasted malt and a touch of smoke are added to that mix in the flavor. Medium bodied and slightly oily mouthfeel. Honestly, this wasn't as good as I expected.

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Photo of Cnote_crafty_1
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cowbell Imperial Oatmeal Milk Stout
I also had this one on Nitro, but I had it at the House of 1000's beers in New Kensington in a tulip glass. The Nitro was oh so good to it, yumm.
Eye: It is easy on the eyes with a black oil look and a beige head.
Nose: The smell hit me right away with vanila, milk, cocoa. Maybe because of the nitro the vanilla was very much the dominant smell, or maybe I was mistaking the lactose sugar for vanilla
Taste: It was again to me vanilla, chocolate, coffee, dark malts, ultra-smooth with me not noticing the alcohol much. It was very balanced.
Moulth: It was very smooth, creamy as a result of the nitro. Not much carbonation. Pretty thick feel. Like a chocolate vanilla beer milk shake, my heaven.
This stout is one of my favorite dessert sort of beers. It reminded me right away of Southern Tiers creme brulee stout. I actually like it better than the creme brule stout though, sorry Southern Tier I still love you.

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Photo of Bone53
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ The Library

Appearance: its dark in here so i assume the beer is the same. One finger ultra creamy beige head

Smell: Very clean aromas of milk chocolate and roasted malt

Taste: A wonderful milk chocolate taste upfront and roasted malt mid palate. Both come together perfectly throughout the finish

Mouthfeel: light medium body; One of the smoothest beers iv ever had, slight coffee like bitter finish

Overall: Absolutely world class oatmeal/milk stout right here. The milk chocolate characters of say Left Hand nitro milk stout and the roasted malt aspect of Rogues chocolate stout meld together perfectly for me. They blend so well yet stand out on their own as different flavors. This is one of the better stouts iv had in a while period, and im glad to call it local. Hell of a job Voodoo!!

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Photo of zac16125
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On nitro at the source in good ole Meadville,PA
Poured into a tulip


A: jet black, light tan head, great retention and leaves lots of lacing 4.5

S: tons of chocolate, peanut butter, oatmeal, roasty, wonderful 4.5

T: chocolate, nutty, oatmeal, lactose sugar, subtle coffee bitterness 4

M/D: super creamy, appropriately low carbonation, ABV very well masked 4.5

O: very tasty 4.25

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Photo of kingston2
4.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful nitro draught with silky head on a beautifully dark beer. Smells are sweet luscious chocolate. Taste is true with silky smooth chocolate with great creamy mouthfeel. As good a milk stout as I've ever had. Would love to see this bottled but for now seek it out and don't pass on it if you do find it.

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Photo of 57md
3.92/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark brown to black with a big fluffy tan head that lingered for a long, long, long time and left thick lacing behind. The nose has a very light essence of brandy. Dark malts are certainly present in the flavor profile along with some sweetness on the finish. This offering is not particularly roasty, but it is very rich and silky smooth.

This is an enjoyable and easy drinking offering even though it clocks in at 8.5% abv.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.72/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at the barrel room release. Pour is jet black with a tight creamy light tan head. The nose is roast, milk chocolate and vanilla. Rich malt aromas. Taste is also rich, light roast with rich milk chocolate and vanilla. Body is a touch thin in the finish with gentle carbonation. Extremely drinkable but not overly complex.

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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap at Capone’s,a great nitro beer as its best features are brought out. Creamy mouthfeel, big thick head on a black body. A great stout smoothy. A Good roasting, good milk chocolate,rich, fun, vanilla, milk.A good balance of sweet and bitter elements.

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4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

tap

Pours jet black with a thin tan head.

Notable cocoa and coffee notes with some oat malt in the nose.

Flavor is of coffee, caramel, chocolate, and vanilla with some lactose sweetness.

Full body, creamy texture, with a minimal carbonation.

An excellent chocolate stout with great body and flavor balance, goes down way smoother than it should for the strength, a must-try for stout fans.

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Cowbell Imperial Oatmeal Milk Stout from Voodoo Brewery
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 345 ratings