Mad Cow Stout | Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

7 Ratings

Brewed by:
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mschofield on 03-07-2005

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of tpd975
3.16/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed with lunch at Rock Bottom in Denver.

A: Pours a very flat black hue with a very thin, yet solid head. The little head lasted for the duration but left not lace.

S: Rather light aromas. I could pick up some roasted malt, bitter coffee, and a bit of lactose.

T: Light as well. Coffee and roast malt mainly. No real lactose in taste.

M: Rather thin for the style and not as much carbonation as I hoped.

D: Not bad, but the lack of flavor would keep me from having more than one.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.12/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a deep sable brown, almost black and almost opaque. Smoke dominates the strong aroma, which has hints of coffee and malt. Flavor is much like roast coffee, smoky and strong, with some malt and hop components. Texture is fairly thick, the way I like a stout.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I found this to be a very light and not very satisfying milk stout. However, it was very drinkable and fairly pleasing to have with a meal.

This beer was dark in color, but not viscous like many other milk stouts I've had. Aroma was virtually non-existent. Flavor was just a bit roasty and slightly sweet. It had the right flavors for a milk stout, but it needed the volume on those flavors turned way up. No off-notes or weirdness that I noticed. Mouthfeel was pretty thin for this style.

I had this at the Denver Rock Bottom where it was called "Brewmaster's Choice Milk Stout," and where it was served MUCH TOO COLD. All the taps were covered in condensation that was frozen solid...a sure sign that temps are far too low for artisanal beer.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A black pour. Soft off brown head. Looks promising compared to the other beers here.
Smell of slight coffee and caramel. Some malty sweetness, I guess.
Taste is very weak for a milk stout. Seems more sourness than sweet. Coffee is gone, caramel is old, and the sweetness turns tangy. Not too bad to drink, but will not have another.

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Photo of mschofield
2.22/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a dark brown/black topped with a two finger creamy tan head, left wide bands of lacing.
Creamy, sweet candy aroma.
Very sweet taste, with a floral aftertaste, a little coffee comes through but it's drowned in sweetness. With warming the sweetness does subdue a bit.
Medium-full bodied and smooth, I know milk stouts are supposed to be sweet from the lactose, but this was way too sweet even for the style.

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Mad Cow Stout from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.1 out of 5 with 7 ratings
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