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
Ranking:
#2,207
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
530
pDev:
9.71%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 530 |  Reviews: 77
Photo of kalosjakar
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
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 -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tigg924
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
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 +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of liquorpig
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SM00TH_H0PERAT0R
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fargrow
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
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 MarkGutz
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Barnoloid
4.49/5  rDev +9%
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 chuckgietzen
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattMorin
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Flounder57
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
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 -2.9%
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 dvmin98
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
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 cultclassic89
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid.

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Photo of Bugs318
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 Eziel
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very Mad Cow from Revolution Brewing
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 530 ratings