La Vache Folle Imperial Milk Stout
Microbrasserie Charlevoix

La Vache Folle Imperial Milk StoutLa Vache Folle Imperial Milk Stout
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,034
ABV:
9%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,965
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 9.86%
Reviews:
122
Ratings:
277
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Microbrasserie Charlevoix
 
Quebec, Canada
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  54
Gots
  58
SCORE
93
Outstanding
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LeBron_James from Canada (ON)

4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark black appearance with tan brown head. Left some lacing.
The smell is very cool. Sweet vanilla kind of smell with roasted malt.
Taste is upfront sweet vanilla, roasted malt, some coffee notes from the malt character, and maybe some chocolate barely at the end. Super cool and quite sweet but probably not the most drinkable because of the sweetness.
The mouthfeel is normal for a 9% stout. Lowish carbonation and medium-full bodied.
Overall this is something that is definitely worth trying. Super cool dessert beer.

Feb 20, 2021
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Drinker-Diary from Canada (QC)

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

★★★★
Encore une vache folle!
Ce midi, nous avons organisé un dîner virtuel à l’Inox. Habituellement, le vendredi, nous allons manger notre lunch, ou pas, à l’Inox sur la Grande-Allée pour discuter et prendre une bonne bière. Nous nous rejoignons donc dans cette rencontre virtuelle des plus plaisantes. Je mange un club sandwich en buvant cette Vache Folle, une Impériale Milk Stout de la microbrasserie de Charlevoix. Les arômes intenses de torréfaction se mélangent admirablement bien avec le goût amer de chocolat.

Mar 22, 2020
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superspak from Ohio

4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a BIF from TheDoctor. Rated blind. 500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 5/17/2018. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, whipped cream, nuttiness, dark/brown bread, toasted biscuit, and dark fruit; with lighter notes of smoke, char, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. A bit too fruity/yeasty aromas, but not overwhelming. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts, lactose, and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, whipped cream, nuttiness, dark/brown bread, and toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of dark fruit, smoke, char, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate Light-moderate herbal, grassy, peppery hop; and roast/char bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, whipped cream, nuttiness, dark/brown bread, toasted biscuit, light smoke/char, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, lactose, and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance; and no cloying/acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/char bitterness. Medium-plus carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky/bready/grainy, and fairly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 9%. Overall this is an excellent imperial milk stout! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, lactose, and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV with the mellowly bitter/drying finish. Nicely rich English malt complexity, lactose, balancing earthy hops against sweetness, and restrained English yeast presence. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

Oct 13, 2018
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patre_tim from Thailand

4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with an amber tinge when held to the light, and topped 5 fingers of deep, beige head.

Smells of coffee, stale urination, and chocolate.

Tastes of chocolate, dark coffee, its quite sweet, with a hint of umami.

Very smooth, thick body with a little carbonation.

Got this in Gatineau, drinking in Muskoka, April 25th, 2018. Really well done brew.

Apr 26, 2018
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ShoeIn-BrewWin from England

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark black with an ample head. Smells of coffee, vanilla, and milk. Taste is smooth and creamy with coffee, vanilla, and chocolate vying for supremacy. Very thick and creamy mouth feel; although, quite a heavy beer. Overall, it's a good milk stout which I've had a few times and will certainly have again.

Jan 26, 2018
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Poljazz22 from Canada (QC)

4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I f you like milk stouts this is one of the best. It is rich and creamy, filled with chocolate, caramel and coffee goodness.The 9% abv is hidden but there is some warmth as you slowly empty your glass. Perfect for a fall or winter night with some sweet pulled pork or a nice piece of aged cheddar. Read the other reviews. Found easily in Montreal.

Sep 30, 2017
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Lucaskowalik from Canada (AB)

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a 500mL bottle into a Spiegelau stout glass
L- Extremely thick, nearly pitch black, thin off white head
S- Huge aroma on the nose. Espresso, caramel, chocolate, cream, vanilla, dark fruits, a bit of citrus
T- Same as the nose with more emphasis on the fruit and chocolate plus the edition of fragrant herbs.
F- Amazingly creamy with a nice balance between sweetness and dryness
O- Quality milk stout that does everything it should.

Jun 12, 2017
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Hat_Fulla_Beer from Canada (AB)

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown-red with almost no head, just a thin scrim of tan bubbles that leave sparse blotches of lace as it recedes.

Smells of fresh coffee grounds, dark chocolate coated berries, molasses, roasted walnut and faint herbal hops.

Tastes of rich dark chocolate, creamed coffee, mixed berry fruitiness, more roasted walnut, burnt brown sugar, sweet black licorice and more gentle herbal hops.

Feels surprisingly light. Medium bodied with zippy carbonation. Finishes dry with mildly warming alcohol.

Verdict: Highly recommended. A great beer after coming in from the cold.

Jan 19, 2017
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Bruno74200 from France

4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this one in a 500mL format from L'Empire du Malt in Aubières, France. A big stout well rounded with the lactose added. I'd like it a bit more with some roastier notes

Feb 07, 2016
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color with mocha head. Smells like chocolate milk all the way. Taste is sweet and chocolatey, milky, a bit roasty and bitter on the finish. Body is quite heavy and smooth. I also get a bit of warming alcohol. Really nice overall, sweet, milky and chocolatey.

Jan 27, 2016
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From a 500ml bottle dated 2015/06/26.
L: Pours impenetrable darkness, well perhaps one or two mysterious ruby highlights when held up to the window. A vast rocky head of loose, light-brown foam that slowly dies back to a wayward island of bold suds with some spotty lacing.
S: Brandy, plums, licorice, coffee grinds and vanilla caramel.
T: A brown sugar custard with brandied plum sauce. Some chocolate, walnuts, dates and vanilla. Only mildly sweet, with a long, long mellow, slightly bitter and boozy aftertaste that lingers forever on the palate and in the sinuses.
F: Silky smooth with very fine, light carbonation.
O: This is some fine drinking, like cream, infused with viagra and codeine. I could lay myself down in a trough of this.
Jesse, I'm feeling very generous toward you at this particular moment.

Dec 03, 2015
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D-HopSupreme from Canada ()

4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on October 2nd 2015 (nearly two months before I drank it). It pours a dark, ruby-tinted body with foamy, beige head that looks somewhat similar to that of foam at the surf on a beach. The scent is rich in coffee along with some berry-like scents and for some reason a blueberry aroma in particular. The taste is a wonderful bouquet of caramel, milk chocolate, and mild alcohol taste, with a phenomenal balance between sweetness and bitterness. The feel is very smooth. This is an excellent stout for staying in on a winter's night and relaxing, and one of my favorites to date.

Nov 28, 2015
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Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle.

Opaque black with minimal head that dissipates rather quickly. Light chocolate and malty, coffee aromas. Chocolate milk, light sweet malt with chocolate bitterness to finish. Full bodied with expected creaminess and moderate carbonation. Solid and enjoyable. Thanks for sending the bottle Byron!

Nov 26, 2015
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ShakeRaul from Canada (NL)

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great stout! Full flavour! a little sweet but not too sweet. One of the best stouts I've had. Comparable in flavour with ten fiddy but not as thick or syrupy.

Nov 22, 2015
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ksimons from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-almost black in color with no visible color highlights and a light tan creamy head

S-dark and milk chocolate, light roasted malts, and lactose

T-taste is similar to the smell, lots of milk chocolate and some lactose but with a slightly roasted, dark chocolate finish

M-medium body, light to moderate carbonation

Overall I usually don't like milk stouts but this one is way better than I was expecting, still a milk stout but with a bigger body and more roast than usual.

Nov 07, 2015
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CanadianBacon from Canada (QC)

4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - First of all I must say the Vache folle logo is great. This stout pours black, the only light that gets through is at the base where it turns a ruby brown. @fingers foamy head that lasts a long while.

Aroma - expresso, chocolate, nuts, dark fruit, roasted malts.

Taste - Coffee, chocolate, lactose, nuttyness, dark fruit. wow this is complex.

Mouth feel - The feel is medium bodied, with prickly carbonation, finish is bitter and lasts, with some dark fruit.

Overall - This stout was a little thin bodied compared to stouts ive tried in the past but is by no means bad because of it, we should always be open to new things and this is the case with this beer. The different feel along with the complex flavors is a really special mix and it comes out on top. this is one of my favorite stouts to date.

Oct 22, 2015
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ThaneMcC from Germany

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rather dark, reddish brown with copious fine off white foamy head and good amount of visible effervescence. Smells pleasantly of almonds, molasses, coffee, an earthy almost herbal note, hint of cocoa.
Taste is sweet roasted malty (caramel / molasses), dark fruit (prune/raisin), coffee mid note and then ending with a bittersweet note of coffee/cocoa and a fairly clean finish. The lactose qualities were muted.
Mouthfeel was medium bodied – a little thinner than what I’d expected for a stout – and a fair amount of carbonation that gave it some qualities similar to a brown ale – not unpleasant – just unexpected. The carbonation did lift the notes a bit, made it a bit more astringent and though a (overall) sweet stout – it wasn’t syrupy.

Overall – I really enjoyed this ‘Imperial Milk Stout’ – I picked it up on a recent trip to Quebec – one of many incredible craft brews in the Quebec region that I wish were available in the states. . . Definitely a beer I would buy in bulk if I find it in the states. Delicious.!

Aug 28, 2015
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewpub enjoyed two nights later in a beer wasteland.
Rich creamy smooth chocolate and roasty caramel with just a hint of sweetness. Nice beer!

Jul 10, 2015
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VbolieuV from Canada (QC)

4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nice black beer with a one finger off-white head. Smell of dark chocolate, malt and alcohol. Nice sweet taste in the mouth, you again get dark chocolate flavors, sugar, subtle hints of dark fruits and malts. Really smooth for a 9% beer.

Apr 23, 2015
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Advocaate from Canada (AB)

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Caveat: drank this with friends a few days ago so recollection is an issue here. But...

Pours jet black and opaque. Less head than other poster noted, maybe 1 cm with minimal lacing.

N: Mild and nondescript, fruity and nutty.

T: Awesome! Immediate lactose tang and very rich fruit and coffee notes. Didn't notice much by way of chocolate, no more than a typical pale ale would have. Definite alcohol punch and very malty finish.

M: Low carbonation and very creamy, which I love personally.

O: Outstanding overall. Any truly creamy beer wins points from me, and the flavour was complex without being overwhelming. Only criticism was the disappointing pour, some more bubbles wouldn't kill this brew.

Dec 12, 2014
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dar482 from New York

4.39/5  rDev +5.5%

The beer comes in a rich black color.

The aroma has a big punch of dark fruit, raisin, roasted malt, espresso and chocolate.

The flavor is full on the palate. In the front, there's dark fruit of dried date and raisin. Then onto chocolate onto the sides of the mouth, espresso and roasted malt on the back end to dry out the beer. Touches of vanilla and molasses for more complexity.

An underrated brew that tastes towards an hugely improved Narwhal.

Oct 13, 2014
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2_Shaynez from Canada (QC)

5/5  rDev +20.2%

Pours black with no light getting through, but a ruby brown shine at the base when tilting glass into light. 1.5 finger mocha head. Unproportional retention, but really beautiful lacing! Like picture worthy lacing!

Nose: Fresh Skim Milk, Coffee, Chocolate.

Taste: Something I cant put my finger on!!!! Its probably the first taste of the lactose, which I get right after..coffee & chocolate of course, at 9% ABV im getting a bit of alcohol which is expected, but tolerable. Say in comparison to St. Ambroise who do an imperial stout at 9.2% ABV and its a little hard to drink, but this is perfect.

Mouth: Some good body from the lactose, which they do specify on the bottle. Low to low-medium carbonation. A tad of stickiness around the lips.

Overall: "SOMETHING DIFFERENT", a good stout with a twist, i think brewing with lactose really sets it apart. Very very good honestly, and at 9% ABV these 500ml bottles will give you a buzz which makes this a nice after-dinner couch beer!

Sep 24, 2014
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Humphreyproject from Canada (QC)

4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Really nice stout. Quebec microbrasseries are becoming pros at brewing British and Irish style stouts and porters.

VFIMS has a great look in the glass. It's almost opaque in the bottle with a nice almost solid head.

It smells of burnt coffee and earthy molases. The flavor is smooth, slightly bitter and hearty. While it does not have the complexity of Sang d'Encre, it is comforting and satisfying.

For food pairings, it goes great with beef and pork dishes (stews, grilled meats, meat pies, etc) but also goes great with rich sweet foods. I had a glass with a slice of cheesecake and it seemed to pair perfectly much to my surprise after having resisting the suggestion for so long.

May 05, 2014
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BuckyBeerBeaver from Canada (ON)

4.77/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

When Bucky discovered that La Vache Folle by Microbrasserie Charlevoix would be making a rare appearance in the LCBO, he jumped on it like a fat kid on a box of Smarties. La Vache Folle came in a brown 500 ml bottle with a bottling date of February 4, 2013, and was 9.0% alcohol by volume. With its label showing a picture of a "mad cow", this beer is difficult to miss.

La Vache Folle poured an opaque black colour with about 1" of crema coloured head. The head lasted for several minutes before fading to a blob of foam in the centre of my glass, a thin collar of foam and a patchy thin film across the rest of the beer's surface. The remnants of the foam left considerable, attractive lacing down the far side of the glass. Its aroma was mainly of dark chocolate, with notes of coffee, caramel and a bit of alcohol as the beer warmed. I get the impression that I'm in for something special here! The flavour began with sweet chocolate milk which gave way to coffee with a hint of caramel, and finished with a mildly bitter dark chocolate flavour which lingered as an aftertaste. Its 9.0% alcohol content is very well hidden, being just detectable as the beer warms up. A perfect beer for this cold and rainy Canadian night. La Vache Folle had a soft carbonation, creamy mouthfeel and was rich and full bodied. I really hope that this is more than a one-time appearance by this wonderful beer. Though a bit pricey at $5.25 per 500 ml bottle, you are at least getting a superior product in return for your hard earned cash.

Apr 13, 2014
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Trancesexual from Canada (AB)

4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into a Snifter

A: Jet Black with frothy white foam that dissipates fairly slowly

S: A lot of sweetness from the lactose here, a good whiff of booziness from the 9%, but not a whole lot of other discernible smells here.

T: Much like the nose, the sweetness and creaminess from the lactose hits you immediately. Aftertaste ends pleasantly with bitter roasted malt notes, and the high alcohol content is somewhat noticeable.

M: Low carbonation makes this beer deliciously creamy and drinkable on the tongue. Hands down the greatest strength of this brew in my opinion.

Overall: Very solid offering. I only wish the nose had a bit more complexity.

Mar 18, 2014
La Vache Folle Imperial Milk Stout from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 277 ratings