Very Mad Cow | Revolution Brewing

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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
Ratings:
525
Reviews:
76
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
9.61%
 
 
Wants:
117
Gots:
163
For Trade:
13
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Ratings: 525 |  Reviews: 76
Photo of American_Hawk
3.19/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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 Beginner2
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
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 !

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

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Winston3737
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pstam87
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MDDMD
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sammy
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

On-tap 3/6/2016 at Flynn’s in Mansfield, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a medium beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains licorice, chocolate, alcohol, dark fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of chocolate, licorice and dark fruit. Then a very hearty roasted malt character comes in along with some barrel-aging essence and lactose. The hops presence is very mild as expected and there’s a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, slightly filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of Jason1221
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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 ohiobeer29
2.24/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of EdgarGerik
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CraigMack61
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 wellsnb
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dataylor21
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 THoffner
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 JakerLou
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of liquorpig
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very Mad Cow from Revolution Brewing
4.06 out of 5 based on 525 ratings.
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