Cowbell Imperial Oatmeal Milk Stout | Voodoo Brewery

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Cowbell Imperial Oatmeal Milk StoutCowbell Imperial Oatmeal Milk Stout
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Cowbell Imperial Oatmeal Milk StoutCowbell Imperial Oatmeal Milk Stout

Brewed by:
Voodoo Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-07-2009

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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -9.2%
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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Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Knapp85
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out beautifully from the nitro tap. Very dark black color with a creamy mocha colored head on top. The smell of this is like a chocolate milk shake, Sweet but very enticing aroma. The taste has a lot of milk chocolate and cream flavors in there. The feel is ultra smooth. Overall it's an outstanding beer.

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Photo of metter98
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of oline73
4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on nitro tap at Capone's. Served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black with a two finger tan, smooth nitro head and great retention.

Smell: Sweet chocolate with mild roast and some dark fruit notes. Not overly complex, but very nice.

Taste: Chalked full of chocolate. This is a very smooth beer. The roast is there, but not very bitter. The roast is mostly in the finish with some mild vanilla notes as well.

Mouthfeel: The body is thick with smooth carbonation and a finish that is slick and then mildly dry.

Overall: I think this one is a bit easier to drink than Choklat. Still a chocolate bomb and I'll definitely have another in the future given the chance.

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Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Has that nitro-tap look, with a thick cloudy black color and a latte cap that sticks from start to finish while leaving plenty of foam sticking to the pint glass

Smell: Chocolate milk, pure and simple

Taste: Chocolate milk flavors dominate from start to finish, although there is also some roast, vanilla and hops in there as well; the lactose is well utilized in this brew

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, with soft carbonation

Drinkability: Voodoo always seems to come through and this beer is no exception; really a nice example of a milk stout

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jlindros
4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
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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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of smithj4
4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rifugium
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had: on nitro at Capone's, Norristown, PA

2011 batch: Poured a luscious black with a creamy finger of tan head. Aroma of thick chocolate and roasty malts...nothing else really needs to be said. A tiny almost imperceptible twang of cocoa bitterness in the taste up front is quickly overcome by rich chocolate-vanilla milkshake goodness, with the nitro giving it a decadent smoothness. Full bodied, flavorful, and highly drinkable. One of the best milk stouts I've ever had. Easily.

2012 batch: I don't want the rating to suffer because I have faith in this beer. However, apparently due to capacity issues, Cowbell was contracted out and brewed at Dark Horse. And regrettably, I think it has suffered because of that. From what I've had of it so far, it's lost alot of its chocolatiness, and taken on a much more generic and roasty profile. It's not nearly as good as it was in '11, but I have hopes that it'll improve again. I'd rate this batch probably about a 4/5 at the most, which is still pretty good.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On nitro at Capone's during my last visit.

A: Pours a dark brown with a nice tan head and a good amount of lacing as it went down.

S: Good amount of chocolate and some roasted malt with hints of vanilla and cream.

T: A nice sweetness from the lactose matches up very well some the slight bitterness emanating from the dark chocolate notes.

M: Medium-bodied and ultra creamy.

D: Very nice all around and one of my favorites from this style to date. Hope to have it again.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Slatetank
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had several tasters of this at Pa Flavor served on nitro-tap.

An opaque black color with creamy golden brown cap w/ tight micro bead and some good lace stickage-looks like a cappuccino. The smell is excellent with creamy cocoa odors and subtle burnt grain tinges but a bit more of a dark chocolate aroma dominates with subtle vanilla. The feel is good, but to me the nitro doesn't necessarily improve the overall beer -sure it gives it its creaminess, but it strips and adds bitterness. The burnt malt quality comes forward with slight astringency, the feel is semi-thick and mildly sweet with creaminess high and semi-dry finish with hardly any alcohol detected.

The taste is very good, there is a nice mix of vanilla, cocoa and the mild burnt malt flavor as mentioned before. The roast is present, yet not over the top or out of place it compliments the slight dark roast coffee and caramel malt w/ some toasted flavor. I enjoy the mild vanilla cream as the beer has a smooth nitro finish. A crazy good stout-just as smooth as they come with no hint of 8% on this anywhere. I could enjoy this repeatedly: in fact I did over the course of a few hours, a high quality stout.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.04/5  rDev -7.6%
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 stakem
4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nitro pour into a tulip shaped pint glass. The brew streams brown but comes to rest in the glass black. A rich silk topping 1.5 fingers strong of khaki coloring holds like only nitro can deliver. Some faint ruby clarity is noted around the edges when held to the light.

Notes of rich milk chocolate emit through the nose. It is somewhat roasty with a bit of charcoal quality. Some fresh grainy oat aspect emerges as it warms up. While not a bold smelling brew, everything coming out of the glass is nice.

The taste is milk chocolate, semi-sweet with some roasty quality like coffee. A bit of fresh oats are thrown in there as well providing a faint sweetness that is almost vanilla-like. A very well rounded offering here that hints the perfect balance of grainy sweetness to bitter roast.

This is a medium bodied brew with a rich, silky smooth and luscious texture to it. The feel is just sheer exaggerated smoothness that makes for a crushable offering. The alcohol is masked very well in this which only makes it more dangerous in how easy drinking it is.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rolltide8425
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of BMart
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

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Cowbell Imperial Oatmeal Milk Stout from Voodoo Brewery
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