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Brewed by Ilkley
Style: Sweet Stout
Ilkley, England

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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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Cranberry Milk Stout. Originally brewed in collaboration with the Craft Beer Co.. There is sharp fresh cranberry to balance the sweetness of the milk


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chr0s (14) - - FEB 10, 2014
The aroma and colour of this beer aren’t what I was expecting. I’d say this is a red ale parading as a stout. The milk stout taste is detectable if you swill at the front or swallow straight away, otherwise the cranberry’s bitterness can overpower slightly. I wasn’t paying attention to the head / pour, unfortunately. When standing, the colour is much lighter than other stouts - somewhat reminiscent of flat Coca-Cola.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zacgillbanks (1841) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2014
Holy Cow bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. This is a hazy dark brown-copper coloured beer with chocolate and red fruity flavours with a slight sweetness followed by a very strong, dry, roasted finish. More of a roasted brown ale with fruit than a stout.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndySnow (2469) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 27, 2014
How: Draught as Holy Cow Cranberry Stout.
Where: The Bishops Arms (Folkungagatan), Stockholm.
Appearance: Dark brown colour with a tan head.
Aroma: Mild fruit, caramel.
Body: Medium body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Sweet, caramel, there are some hints of berries and acidity, but nothing that stands out.

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Franzen (181) - SWEDEN - JAN 25, 2014
Cooked vegetables in the aroma, not much of anything else. Maybe some cranberries are noticeable
Dark red, way to bright for a stout. White head.
No maltiness but nice bitterness in the taste. Unfourtunately also some dishsoap
Full body, soft carbonation and creamy texture
Not very nice and not a stout

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ERB92 (171) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 19, 2014
Caramel, nuts, coffee and roasted malt in the aroma. Dark brown with a white head. Medium sweet and medium bitter. Medium body with a average carbonation. Dry and a bit bitter finish. Overall OK, but not very exciting or extraordinary.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
omhper (18946) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 18, 2014
Bottled (as Holy Cow), from Systembolaget. Dark brown, brief head. Fruity and caramelly nose. Mid sweet with medium body and clean mouthfeel. Lingonberry and salted caramel. Long bitter finish. Bold and dull.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerViking (2074) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2014
Cask as Holy Cow, black with a lasting ivory head, roasty choc and coffee nose, creamy body with strong burnt bitterness, roast cocoa, some umami in the finish. Delicious.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
ClubGonzo (3509) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 9, 2014
Bottle from Matkroken Natland, Bergen. Deep brown, mahogany-hued body with a small white head. A bit too light in color for a stout as far as I’m concerned but hey - that’s how the English like it sometimes. Nose is sweet nougat, nuts, caramel and hints of biscuits and toffee. Taste is caramel, sweet grainy malt tones, bitter herbs, nuts and hints of bread, biscuits and caramel. Full body, medium carbonation. A kind of weird beer, but not entirely unpleasant - particularly the creamy lactose body gives it a certain lift. But where are the cranberries?

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jjsint (497) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2014
Bottle from the Blue Glass, Bedford (as ’Holy Cow’). Mid brown with hints of mahogany, very translucent. Negligible head and lacing. Light coffee, chocolate and berry notes on the aroma. Nice but far from strident. Some initial sweetness hits the tongue, but with increasing sharp bitterness in the rest of the taste profile and the finish. Very dry for a sweet stout. Thin palette, but easy-drinking and refreshing.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vignale (1797) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 8, 2014
Flaska från SB med Holy Cow-etikett. Julöl 2013. Coca cola-färgad, lågt skum, klar. Torr, ganska frisk doft med lite kaffe, lätt syrlighet och rostad malt. Smaken är söt, lätt syrlig med rejäl beska som sammantaget skapar en torr munkänsla, lätt kropp, lättdrucken. Lätt bäriga smaker även om inte tranbären märks, mjuka rostade smaker, kaffe, örtig beska. Bra balans och riktigt trevlig.


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