Very Mad Cow
Revolution Brewing

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From:
Revolution Brewing
 
Illinois, United States
Style:
Sweet / Milk Stout
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
92
Avg:
4.12 | pDev: 9.71%
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
453
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Nov 26, 2019
Added:
Dec 21, 2010
Wants:
  114
Gots:
  162
SCORE
92
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Notes: Mad Cow Milk Stout aged in Woodford Reserve Barrels for 7 months.
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.34/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
From old, undated notes; had this on draft.

Black liquid.

Tan head; nice lace.

Bourbon & oak blast in the nose; boozy!

Thick mouthfeel.

Cloyingly sweet caramel & booze in the flavor; a hint of milk chocolate as it warms.

The base beer is dominated by the barrel. Pass.
Nov 26, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by teamwiggum from Wisconsin

Aug 03, 2019
 
Rated: 3.92 by Half-full from Illinois

Apr 19, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by joshdaut from Illinois

Mar 07, 2018
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Reviewed by tf10drap from New York

1.65/5  rDev -60%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5
2015 vintage; 22 oz. bottle poured into 16 oz. Libby snifter

Super bummed but this bottle was definitely infected. When I opened it, it exploded all over my counter and what I could get into a glass smelled very acidic and tasted like cherries. I love Revolution so I would try this if they brewed it again but this bottle wasn't good.
Feb 24, 2018
 
Rated: 4.6 by kreg02 from Illinois

Jan 08, 2018
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Rated by Lonewolfwmv from Michigan

4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Very good beer. Cellared for one year before drinking. Mellowed the bourbon flavor out a bit.
Dec 10, 2017
 
Rated: 3.98 by Dankacheese from Illinois

Apr 12, 2017
 
Rated: 3.64 by Prost76 from New Hampshire

Feb 13, 2017
 
Rated: 3.18 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Jan 10, 2017
 
Rated: 4.5 by Aisha from Massachusetts

Dec 11, 2016
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Reviewed by SawDog505 from New Hampshire

3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured into a 16 oz Flying Dog tulip glass and saying 9.7% ABV. Pours a very dark and attractive slick black.

Smell is booze, dark chocolate, oaky vanilla, dark fruit, and toffee.

Taste follows bourbon start to finish, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, leather, dark fruit, and roasty coffee.

Mouthfeel is maybe medium, mild carbonation, very dry, and drinks easy enough for its boozyness.

Overall this is a very good beer, that seems larger than its 9.7 ABV. I wanted a fuller body, but very nice. Thx @jzeilinger for this surprise.
Oct 30, 2016
 
Rated: 4.3 by 5EKF from Illinois

Oct 19, 2016
 
Rated: 4.31 by tdhoerr03 from Illinois

Oct 17, 2016
 
Rated: 4.74 by AuntBea from Illinois

Sep 29, 2016
 
Rated: 4.34 by gspeer711 from California

Sep 24, 2016
 
Rated: 3.99 by CPAles from Illinois

Sep 24, 2016
 
Rated: 4.1 by mothman from Minnesota

Sep 16, 2016
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Reviewed by Stevem68 from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Pours a dark cocoa color with a light Amber caramel hint. Aroma is smooth mellow bourbon. Flavor is slightly sweet milk stout with a mellow bourbon with a hint of vanilla. Has a smooth body but a little thin. Overall really great flavor.
Sep 04, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Aug 30, 2016
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Reviewed by bwood06 from Wisconsin

4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Saw this 750mL bottle sitting on a shelf gathering dust at a local bottle shop and decided to try it out. Glad I did! This beer features an opaque black hue through which no carbonation is visible. The head is a thick creamy khaki that dissipates somewhat quickly to a thin, whispy lacing. There is a deep mahogany rim around the very edges of the glass. 4/5 The aroma is very enticing and sweet with notes of dark chocolate, milk, caramel, corn (from the bourbon), oak, char, espresso, and dark stone fruit. Based on the aroma, it is very obvious that this is a bourbon barrel aged milk stout, which is something that I somehow missed when looking at the label. 4.5/5 The flavor follows the aroma dead on. The first note to hit my tongue is a rich, sweet caramel, and a bit of molasses intermixed. Then, a milky dark chocolate shows up for another burst of sweetness, although this one a bit more decadent and less sugary than the first. In the middle is where the bourbon really starts to show itself with oak, char, and corn really coming out strong (the corn being a very light undertone). The finish features espresso along with a boozy bite that is accompanied with just a bit of bitterness (the bitterness does not linger). 4/5 The mouthfeel is very full bodied and viscous but not cloying. There is a light carbonation tickle that disappears fairly quickly and this is followed by a full coating feeling where the entire tongue feels coated with liquid. Slightly drying due to the bourbon and this dryness lingers for just a bit, but the lactose helps cut this dryness. 4/5 Overall a very good milk stout that features a nice punch of flavor and a nice complexity, which is something not seen in many milk stouts. The bourbon is not overwhelming, rather providing a nice complement to the milk chocolatey feel of the rest of the beer. 4/5
Aug 25, 2016
 
Rated: 3.77 by bmf5581 from North Carolina

Jul 18, 2016
 
Rated: 4.31 by REVZEB from Illinois

Jul 16, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by Pearlstreetbrewingco from Florida

Jul 06, 2016
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Reviewed by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Bomber. Pours deep brown with thick bubbly head that fades to a ring. Lots of wood and wine notes in the aroma. Taste is also full of wood, just a bit too red winey to be excellent for my taste. Over carbonated a little resulting in a thin zesty mouthfeel. Although not bad, was expecting this one to be better.
Jul 02, 2016
 
Rated: 3.93 by Gambyt20 from Illinois

Jul 02, 2016
 
Rated: 3.32 by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

Jul 01, 2016
 
Rated: 4.02 by Tylertut from Ohio

Jun 21, 2016
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Rated by TboneRN from Minnesota

1.2/5  rDev -70.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
Infected
Jun 14, 2016
 
Rated: 4.12 by Bammer21 from Illinois

Jun 01, 2016
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Rated by Conn454 from Illinois

3.72/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Tad sweet for my liking but still a solid beer
May 27, 2016
 
Rated: 3.88 by gregcordle from Ohio

May 23, 2016
 
Rated: 3.19 by American_Hawk from Massachusetts

May 14, 2016
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Reviewed by basaywhat from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
22 oz bottle. Pour is close to black with some slight red tinting, small off-white head. Aroma is of milk chocolate with a huge amount of bourbon/oak. Slight cream/roast. Flavor is much like the aroma with a sweet and roasted front but finishes with bourbon. This is now my favorite beer, I cannot get enough of it!
May 08, 2016
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Reviewed by dleigh from California

4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
I take this beer as a better version of Velvet Merkin: a barrel aged stout that isn't super high ABV. I think this beer is more interesting and has more going on.

Smell is chocolaty, fruity, and a little peppery. Taste has a little malt up front with some fruitiness to it with some lactose sourness almost. Some chocolate, too. Feel is certainly thinner than your traditional BA stouts, but it's not bad if it's accepted for what it is. Overall, I thought this was an interesting and tasty beer for a non-super-high ABV barrel aged stout. Don't come here looking for Bourbon County, but if you accept this beer for what it is, it's quite pleasant.
May 07, 2016
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Rated by Beginner2 from Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
It was a privilege to have this on tap during a tour of Revolution's brewhouse.
But, I didn't take notes !
Apr 30, 2016
 
Rated: 4.02 by NHhomebrewguy from New Hampshire

Apr 23, 2016
 
Rated: 3.33 by Bosoxfan20 from Missouri

Apr 10, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by Winston3737 from Michigan

Apr 04, 2016
 
Rated: 4.49 by pstam87 from Illinois

Mar 31, 2016
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