Very Mad Cow | Revolution Brewing Company

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Very Mad CowVery Mad Cow

Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

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.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
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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Photo of bwood06
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
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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Photo of basaywhat
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

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Photo of dleigh
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of jws7968
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this one on tap at Legend's in Mokena. I usually like boozy bourbon barrel, but this one was a little too much. I have a bottle in the garage that I am going to let age before trying again.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

Pours deep black in color with a creamy khaki colored head. Aroma is heavy on the bourbon barrel, with undertones of lactose, chocolate and coffee. Taste is similar to aroma, plenty of spicy barrel character that is complimented by a chocolate milk sweetness, light coffee on the finish. Medium bodied with low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and finish. Very good, especially if you like barrel forward stouts.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown black with a thick mocha head.

Aroma: Bourbon! Alcohol, bittersweet chocolate
Flavor: bourbon, Lactose, coffee, toffee, sweet chocolate.

Its weird that they chose to use a medium ABV stout and amp it up with bourbon but i love it. The bourbon cant help but be a huge part of the aroma and flavor.

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Photo of tigg924
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours opaque, dark brown in color, with 1/4 inch head. Taste is oak, dark and sweet chocolate, vanilla, sugar, and whiskey. Very tasty and sweet. High quality beer along the lines of other Revolution's barrel aged beers. Not as good as Blue Gene, but amazing nonetheless. I will look for this again.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this as part of a flight during dinner trip with the wife. Prefer the base beer to this one, I thought the bourbon influence overwhelmed it entirely. Would be interesting to try it again in, say, 6 months?

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this on tap at the Revolution Kedzie tap room. Straight off the bat, this is a winter warmer. Thick, milkshake like consistency. The lactose elements make this a smooth sipping, full thick stout and the bourbpn barrel aging adds a variety of oak, vanilla and caramel notes. Cadbury's chocolate hints in here along with some lightly brewed drip coffee, akin to that of the worst coffee maker in your place of work.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A two finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitchblack color with no vision of anything. Super frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Vanilla, oak, bourbon, char, roasted, toasted, milk chocolate, and warm booze.

Taste: Same as above. Nice warm booze flavor from the barrels. Tasty and delicious.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, full bodied, bourbon barrel flavor, medium csrbonation, ashy bitterness, and very delicious.

Overall: Aged very well for a 2014 version. Grabbing another glass before it's gone.

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Photo of KFBR392
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on what looks like 1/16/15

Appearance: pours with a soft head which is light brown in color. When held to light some dark brown notes are seen but sit primarily black in the glass. Plenty of active carbonation dancing in the glass. Sticky rings of lacing left behind with each sip.

Smell: intoxicating waves of lactose, butter, vanilla, and butterscotch all over the nose. Dark fruits and some lingering bourbon bite are present on the undertones. Roasty malts mesh very well with the brighter sweetness.

Taste: the front is surprisingly take with some milk sugar sweetness with dark fruits led by plums and blackberry. Booze is a highlight on the body with accents of toffee, vanilla, and butter. Oaky bourbon finish lingers on the palate with residual lactose sweetness as well.

Mouthfeel: viscosity on the mouthfeel is probably on the lighter side for a barrel aged stout but it plays well in this brew. Some boozy sweetness is the biggest play which lingers on the palate. Bright carbonation makes this a surprisingly effervescent experience.

Overall: Revolution has shown themselves to really have a wonderful grasp on barrel aging beers. With some time they really settle into beastly brews. The milk stout aspect of this one is certainly not lost and accents the barrel character very well. Cheers!

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is really interesting. It doesn't really drink like a milk stout. I wanted some residual sweetness, but I really just tasted bourbon. I like bourbon so that's not a bad thing. It just wasn't as balanced as I would have liked.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Very Mad Cow is a great off shoot of the original. The bourbon definitely is present in both the scent and taste. Not surprisingly the beer poured an opaque back with tan head that did not lace. The mouthfeel was fuller in body with smooth carbonation. Overall....very nice.

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Photo of Trooper92292
4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful beer. Beautiful after taste and satisfying aroma. I can really taste the vanilla and bourbon in the taste and the Carmel strongly in the after taste. The only regret I have is I didn't buy more bottles of this. I'm very curious to see how this ages out if I placed it in the cellar for a year or two.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown/black and sits pitch black in the glass with a very thin dark brown layer of frothy foam.

Chocolate, vanilla, coconut, roasty, and some bourbon heat.

Sweet creamy coconut, chocolate, roast, and a subtle but warming bourbon heat.

Heavy-bodied, light carbonation, creamy sweetness, silky smooth roasty bitterness.

Overall, a damn good beer and the bourbon gives this worth sampling more than once.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle split between a pair of large snifters. 1863 A2 0501 is the bottle code (if I'm able to read it correctly).

Pours black, small but definite head. Fairly stable (fades slowly). Seems to be supported by very fine carbonation. Smell is stout. Roasty, coffee, surprisingly yeasty. Definite booze.

Taste is raspberry, creamy sweetness, slight roast, booze (bourbon). Wood and dark, overripe cherry.

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky. Overall, not bad, but nowhere near my list of great barrel aged stouts.

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Photo of jsh420
2.44/5  rDev -39.9%
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 mfnmbvp
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with an apparent bottled on date 01/13/2015 stamped into the label, barely viewable. My first of the Deep Wood Series beers from Revolution Brewing.

Poured into a Big Eddy snifter glass.

A - It pours a surprisingly dark cola body; not the inky jet black liquid I imagined it would be. Opaque & dark in the glass, but not as thick as I thought it would be, I suppose. Less than a finger of khaki head that wanes to a ring. Scattered spotty lacing.

S - The aroma, my god, is heavenly. Huge huge huge oak and bourbon barrel aromas. Vanilla, oak wood, bourbon, must, caramel, buttery toffee. Smells like liquid candy.

T - The taste is the same: chocolate, vanilla, caramel, cream. The bourbon barrel aging has worked it's magic upon the base beer, which I've yet to try, so I'm unable to compare. Sweet, sugary, and semi-boozy, but the alcohol isn't too extreme. Mildly warming.

M - The feel is smooth, sticky, sugary, and creamy. Full-bodied, with moderate carb.

Overall, a decent bourbon barrel aged stout from Revolution. I look forward to trying more of their barrel-aged offerings.

Revolution Brewing Very Mad Cow -----4/5.

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Photo of Chris_the_Tartar
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had it on tap at the brewery. Looked straight black and smell had hints of coffee. Taste was smooth and sweet, made me think créme brûlée. Honestly, was a little too sweet for my liking and not as thick as I would normally like a stout this alcoholic to be. Still a really good beer overall, but not one I'll be hunting down.

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Photo of blankenhoney
3.16/5  rDev -22.2%
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 KYGunner
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The nose is filled with milky, creamy lactose-sweetness, chocolate, coconut and whiskey.

The flavor holds a whiskey sour cocktail tone, strong milk chocolate, coconut and vanilla. This is strong, smooth and delicious.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.51/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown, almost black. Big off white head. Nice surface lacing and a medium collar.

Smell - Bourbon. Milk chocolate. Oaky.

Taste - Sharp bourbon flavor. Lingers throughout. Just some chocolate behind it. Otherwise it's all bourbon.

Mouthfeel - Overcarbonated. Slight bite from the whiskey.

Overall - I like the bourbon, which makes this enjoyable, but there's not much else to it.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.17/5  rDev -21.9%
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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Very Mad Cow from Revolution Brewing Company
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