Cowcatcher Milk Stout | Smartmouth Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
3.78/5
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55 Ratings
Cowcatcher Milk StoutCowcatcher Milk Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Smartmouth Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
smartmouthbrewing.com

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
We welcome the re-release of Cowcatcher Milk Stout, named in tribute to the railroads that surround our brewery. Originally brewed as a limited edition 10-barrel batch, resounding appeals convinced us to offer it from January through April. This surprisingly sessionable brew is as black as night. With one deep whiff of its thick tan head, you’ll immediately catch the aromas of rich cocoa and dark-roasted coffee beans. Swish it around your palate to savor its full-body and smooth mouthfeel. It boasts a warm pumpernickel-bready flavor and finishes with a touch of bittersweet chocolate. Enjoy this beer with dessert - brownies, chocolate chip cookies, or any rich, sweet treat.

Added by MistaRyte on 10-21-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#22,976
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
55
pDev:
12.17%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 10
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Boone757
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WoodBrew
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm trying this at the brewery. It poured an opaque dark with ercu head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had hints of dark chocolate. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with milk chocolate being most present. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a decent beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of stevoj
3.12/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft at Yard House-Springfield. Dark, muddy brown with small beige head. Barely there roast grain aroma leads into a fuller taste, but still not that robust. Some notes of chocolate as well, but not enough to push this one above average.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap in a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, brownish-black coloring with a foamy, creamy, light, tan head. Good lacing on the glass, too. Aromas of rich milk chocolate, subtle mocha and roasted notes, and a nice creamy lactose character. Flavors are heavily roasted, with forward notes of milk chocolate, subtle bitter coffee, and solid roasted overtones. The roasted notes provide a solid bitterness to the chocolate aftertaste. Smooth and creamy bodied, with a slow, smooth, slightly dry finish. Solid brew.

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Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of clayrock81
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours basically black body (I'm not wasting time discerning if it's black or just dark brown) with one finger tan head and lace patches as head goes down. The aroma is mostly sweet as I pick up chocolate and toffee and hints of syrup (doesn't seem heavy enough for molasses) and some roasted and bread malts. Beer is smooth, refreshingly light and easy to drink, nothing heavy or real chewey about this beer. The sweet malts are dominant but there is balance so it's not a sugar blitz. Main tastes are chocolate, caramel, some sticky syrup, toffee, maybe vanilla (doubtful) with the balance coming from breadlike roasted malts. Hops are almost non existent but my wife thought she detected figs and possible plum but I don't. Not the greatest stout and I don't really pick up the milk/dairy aspect but it is a smoother, sweeter stout than most and is must try if you're at the brewery.

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4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rjp217
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jason_cs
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 1971bernat
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hophugger
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Nice blackish brown poured from tap at Kroger supermarket. Light head. Sweet chocolate aroma and similar taste. Smooth, lightly hopped and flavors of caramel and roasted malts

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Photo of avisong
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JayQue
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had a pint on tap at Kelly's in Chesapeake VA. I have no idea why they serve every beer in a chilled glass, but I'm sure the light tan head should have been bigger than what I was served. Nice dense dark brown color with no light coming through. I let the beer warm in my hands before sampling. Nice, sweet malty beer with plenty of milk chocolate and lactose in both the aroma and flavor. Nice malty, somewhat sweet flavor. The lactose/milk presence is strong and smooths out this beer the way a milk stout should feel. Nice flavor, mild alcohol presence and very smooth. I would like to pour one myself in a closer to room temperature glass, but still found this very enjoyable. a good milk stout.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into a stemmed cylinder glass. I had this beer a year ago on tap, and it actually tasted better and fresher this time around out of the can. Jet black color, off-white head. Creamy, not sweet, and bold flavors. A solid milk stout, and I love supporting the local Virginia craft beer boom.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.76/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Cowcatcher Milk Stout from Smartmouth Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 55 ratings