Holy Cowbell | Beavertown Brewery

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Brewed by:
Beavertown Brewery
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by CwrwAmByth on 07-25-2014

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Reviews:
12
Ratings:
42
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
14.83%
 
 
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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml can, Three Brothers, Bristol - Pours dark brown with a medium tanned foamy head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Smell - roasted malts, chocolate/coffee. Fruity hops - mango/grapefruit. Taste - sweet, roasted malts as well - chocolate/coffee. Hoppy background, light smoky notes. Nice well balanced variation on a stout.

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Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 330ml can with a BB of Dec 2015. Purchased a little while back from Trembling Madness in York. The label calls it an India stout.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Can conditioned. A very dark reddish-brown hue that appears pitch black in the glass. Yields a huge head of creamy light-brown foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Nice lacing.

S: Aroma of dark, roasty malt with hints of burnt grain, coffee, mild cocoa, pine, weed, citrus peel, earthy yeast, subtle molasses and stewed hops. Plenty of dark malt and hop notes - good stuff.

T: Tastes of intense roasted malt with a hoppy character and a powerful bitter finish. Notes of burnt grain, coffee, cocoa, mild molasses, pine resin, dank weed, peel, grapefruit, citrus, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Faintly sweet, followed by a muscular hoppy bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with spritzy carbonation and good body. Hop oils stimulate the palate. Pretty astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of bitter roasted malt, coffee, piny hops and earthy yeast.

O: Tasty - a nice hoppy stout. Confusing for the senses but enjoyable. Looks good, while the aroma and flavour are seriously stuffed with roasted malt, coffee and pine-laden hop notes. Earthy yeast lurks in the background. Decent body. Long on flavour - worth sampling if you like dark, hoppy brews.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a small head.
Nose shows heavy piny and resinous hops with a whack of roasted malt behind.
Similar flavours, lots of dry roast and a hint of smoke followed by big piny, spicy and resinous hops.

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3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of hdtrice
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EmperorBevis
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My first canned stout since Mackeson's
treading a very fine line between stout and Black IPA
Coffee & Cocoa & hops & confusion

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4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First had poured from 330-ml. (11.2-oz.) can, purchased with several other selections to take away from pub, into water glass. At time, I read "Stout" on the label, skipping over the "India," and made a note that Holy Cowbell is not a very stout stout, but a pretty nice black IPA. Well, yeah.

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Photo of jroof1
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of leitmotif
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of windypete
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of risenz
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sam-VW
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bark
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

The colour is black (100 EBC), the four finger head is pale brown, uneven and airy. It sinks slowly leaving thick lacing on the glass.

The smell is bitter and burned. Creamy notes of dark chocolate and citric hops. Liquorice, banana peels and burned steak. Hints of chloride in the background.

The taste is bitter and dry with floral notes. Growing roasted notes – charcoal and some chocolate. Green plants and tree sap. Medium body. The aftertaste got clean bitterness, some creamy coffee and hints of coconut and more tree sap. The finish is a bit harsh and heavily roasted.

The carbonation is medium strong, the mid-sized bubbles are long-lived and fresh. The liquid is smooth.

I like the style “India stout” much more than “black IPA”. And I like this beer quite a lot, but not the tree sap flavours.

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Photo of Howlader
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of steverx8
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StJamesGate
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

CAN
Cola black body with pitted umber foam that hangs around but weird floaties on the last pour. 3.75
Straight chocolate malted milk ball nose. 4
Kola nut, chocolate extract, tar, and ash then cola bottle sweet-sour and some rosin, evergreen and orange rind. 3.75
Carob finish and earthy linger.
Almost medium, chewy, fizzy. 3.75

“India Stout” - East London hipster BS or somehow actually different from both a CDA and a hoppy porter? There are some sticky hops there (which get more piney as it warms) but there is no particular tropical fruit or citrus to make this put “India” in the name. Some cocoa, some dank, and a MOR strength to make this weirdly in between, a purposeless (with a Black IPA already in their core range) beer. ABV 3.75

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3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Schmoog
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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