Very Mad Cow | Revolution Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
revbrew.com

Style: English Sweet / Milk Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Mad Cow Milk Stout aged in Woodford Reserve Barrels for 7 months.

Added by cadaugherty on 12-21-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,419
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
529
pDev:
9.71%
 
 
Wants:
116
Gots:
165
Trade:
13
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Ratings: 529 |  Reviews: 77
Photo of Half-full
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of joshdaut
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tf10drap
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.

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Photo of kreg02
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lonewolfwmv
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.

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Photo of Dankacheese
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Prost76
3.64/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.18/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Aisha
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SawDog505
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.

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4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tdhoerr03
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of AuntBea
4.74/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of gspeer711
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CPAles
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mothman
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stevem68
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.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bwood06
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

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3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NolaHopHead
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.

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3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of beertunes
3.32/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Very Mad Cow from Revolution Brewing
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 529 ratings