Very Mad Cow | Revolution Brewing

Very Mad CowVery Mad Cow
BA SCORE
91.4%
Liked This Beer
4.13 w/ 525 ratings
Very Mad CowVery Mad Cow
BEER INFO

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

Style: Milk / Sweet 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:
#1,906
Reviews:
76
Ratings:
525
Liked:
480
Avg:
4.13/5
pDev:
9.2%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
117
Gots:
163
Trade:
13
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of TboneRN
1.2/5  rDev -70.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Infected

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Photo of ohiobeer29
2.24/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of CraftFan5
2.26/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

Infected! And not in the good, more complex way.

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Photo of jsh420
2.44/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

bottled dated 01/16/15

smells ok - caramel and bourbon

taste is sour bad off milk bourbon roast chocolate

mouthfeel is flat thin

overall complete mess of a beer and with a price tag of $15 its a never again buy fool me once

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Photo of Jstonerock24
2.94/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer must have got infected. Tastes sour.

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Photo of DaveHack
3/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of blankenhoney
3.16/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bomber of the 2015 release, enjoyed from a snifter

A: Looks a lot like a thin caramel-colored cola coming out of the bottle, but in the glass it's more like a flinty, charcoal black. Frothy eggshell-white head on top. Looks great.

S: Very strong aroma of bourbon leads the way, followed by caramelized sugar, vanilla, and cream. Maybe a touch of chocolate. All the sharp, astringent alcohol on the nose indicates the barrel will be out of control on the taste.

T: Extremely boozy, heavy-handed bourbon dominates the taste. Very little of the creamy, sugary vanilla and chocolate that you might expect to see in the base beer. Maybe this is better with the proverbial "X years on it," but if this is your bag, why not just drink Woodford Reserve straight up?

M: Lighter bodied, creamy, and extremely pleasant.

O: I bet I'd like regular Mad Cow a lot, but the BA version didn't do it for me. I'd say the barrel flavors aren't integrated with the base beer, so that it tasted more like a milk stout with an ounce or two of bourbon thrown in. Consequently, the bourbon overwhelms all the sweet, creamy cocoa and vanilla flavors that I suspect are present in Mad Cow. As this is my third disappointing BA beer from Rev., I'll be passing on all such future releases from them. Except, of course, Straight Jacket.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.17/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber from Masterski. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter
April 2013

APPEARANCE: A very clear brown pour yields a three finger, medium looking, foamy, off-white or light brown head with very good retention. Bistre brown in color, transparent, with higher levels of carbonation for the style. Head slowly fades to a thick foamy cap and leaves some sticky, foamy lacing down the glass. A good full wisp remains leaving lots of lacing down the glass. A very thin body and a touch foamy, but a nice head and solid lacing.

SMELL: Bourbon and oak with sweet cream, light caramel and some chocolate on the nose. Medium strength.

TASTE: Bourbon and oak, with sweet cream and lactose up front. Medium finish of bourbon and wood again, sweet, creamy lactose flavors again, caramel, coconut and hints of bitter chocolate as balance. Barrel and sweet flavors go well together, with a touch of bitterness as well. Not much roast and could be more forthcoming, but solid and enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. A little light on the palate, but creamy enough, goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky. A bit of heat lingers as well. Could use some more weight, but this is creamy and smooth enough.

OVERALL: Decent stuff, but not overly special. I remember enjoying the original Mad Cow a bit more than this version. The milk stout has taken a bit of a back seat here and the barrel isn't all that impressive anyways, making this somewhat mild and mundane. Still, it was easy to drink and I'd drink another if it were offered. Cheers again Masterski.

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.18/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of American_Hawk
3.19/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MattMorin
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JVB
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of beertunes
3.32/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dbc5
3.32/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22 ounce bottle poured into 10 ounce Kentucky Bourbon Stout snifter.

A: Pitch black with a .5 finger off-white head following a moderate-to-aggressive pour. No light makes its way through this dark brew.

S: Intense bourbon. The bourbon presence on this one is unlike any other bourbon age stout I've had. Strangely, the aroma hits me as if the bourbon and stout are somehow completely separate elements. Has one of the more intense "raw" bourbon aromas. The bourbon does start to integrate with the chocolate and roast a bit more as it warms.

T: Hmm, this one is good, but feels like it isn't completely developed and integrated. Perhaps the milk/sweet stout isn't the perfect format for showcasing the bourbon barrel. I wish the chocolate, caramel, and roast melded with the bourbon a bit better.

M: A bit thin for a bourbon barrel stout. Moderate carbonation, slightly more lively than most in the style.

O: I was left hoping for a bit more refinement. Just didn't feel like it was completely integrated and developed. A bit raw on the bourbon barrel elements. Honestly, I was disappointed with the $16.99 price tag too, but I try not to factor that into my reviews.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.33/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Homer53
3.38/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not sure what is going on here but I pick up on some lacto funk. Possible infection?

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Photo of emerge077
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draft serving at Revolution.

Black in the glass, thin off white tan colored head that didn't stick around for long, not surprising considering the abv. A thin skim and ring around the edges is all that's left behind.

Aroma is straight up bourbon, brown sugar and coconut sweetness with some toasted oak and booze. Definitely strong, this batch.

Any nuance that Mad Cow had is completely obliterated by the barrel this time around. It's straight up Woodford, with some feeble cocoa and mild roasty stout notes peeking through. Definitely lost any smooth creaminess and sweetness, it's astringent and boozy from the barrel. Flavors are still good, just a bit harsh and bourbon focused. Seems like it would benefit from a little blending with standard-issue Mad Cow to smooth the rough edges.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of falconxman
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of sgoro
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of BGsWo22
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of bostonryan
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jffrson729
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of thewimperoo
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of marct
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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Very Mad Cow from Revolution Brewing
Beer rating: 91.4% out of 100 with 525 ratings
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