DetailsBetter than the timeless glass of chocolate milk, Cow Chocula takes the classic and incorporates it into a decidedly more adult beverage. Beer and chocolate meld together with the creaminess of smooth lactose sugar to create this delectable stout. Opening with a pleasant roasty flavor, Cow Chocula transitions to an incredibly silky body with all the memory-jogging flavors of freshly mixed chocolate milk. A billowy, firm tan head is the sanctuary for the evocative aromas of chocolate, slight caramel and pleasant roast. It’s udderly delicious.
- Details & Instructions
4.3 / 5.012 ReviewsAdd 1/4 cup cocoa, and it's perfect!I read the reviews prior to brewing, and if you want the chocolate to be more forward, just add a qt cup of cocoa to the secondary, and it's perfect! I added Ghiradeli cocoa powder, nice twist from Hershey's, which is what I've always used in the Beaver Nuts recipe. The other thing I like to do is use ALL the hops in the kit, instead of just half oz. I find the extra hops makes it more interesting, almost like a bitter sweet chocolate I'm on my second batch, and was looking for something in the Young's Double Chocolate Stout direction. This is definitely it, with the addition of extra chocolate, and hops.October 15, 2017Purchased
8 months agoExcellent milk stout!I brewed a batch of this last Christmas. I left it in the primary for about 6 weeks and the transferred the wort to a five-gallon whiskey barrel. I let it sit the the barrel for another four months. I kegged it last summer. It was absolutely incredible. The blend of the stout and chocolate with the whiskey overtones was unbelievable. It was definitely a five-star stout. Unfortunately, friends and family liked it too and it didn't last long. I'm starting a new batch today. I can't wait until it's ready in June.December 30, 2016My First kitJust cracked open my first batch of this, and I have to say I'm impressed. I thought it was going to be more stouter then this. It's been a hit with my buddies. This will have to end up on my winter rotation now.February 13, 2016Very Good, But Misleading DescriptionI am not a fan of overly sweet stouts, and I've had a few--Narragansett and Southern Tier come to mind--that are just too sweet for me. I'm a fan of Young's Double Chocolate, so based on the description I figured that I could adjust the volume of lactose (the kit comes with a 1-lb bag) and get a good approximation.I followed the extract kit directions exactly, but used 3/4 pound of the lactose. While the result is good and complex flavors ensue, it is not sweet enough! The extra 1/4 pound probably would have been a perfect Young's clone.Perfectly drinkable, however, and while there is an awesome chocolate aroma, the finish of the beer is more coffee than chocolate.It pours a very dark ruby and has a nice tan head. The only other adjustment I might make is to use a bit less priming sugar, as the carbonation is just a tad too much for the style....man, this would be good on nitro, come to think of it.So, no problem with the kit itself, but the catalog description needs to be toned down a bit, IMO.January 9, 2016Best of the lot.I've done about ten kits from Midwest Distributors and this one was by far the best. It's smooth, strong taste with a hint of chocolate that is not at all overpowering.March 12, 2018Purchased
3 months agoLow expectations, high satisfactionI wouldn't have bought this kit by choice, but I received it for free with an offer through MWS a few months ago. Let me start by saying that this is the first kit I've ever done with a dry yeast and I kept it in the primary from start to finish. I didn't have high expectations for it, especially since I'm not a big stout fan (I'm more of an amber/brown ale fan, starting to get into pales/IPAs) . This beer, however, was absolutely delicious. I used the entire package of lactose and the entire priming sugar package, and I was rewarded with good head retention and an excellent coffee flavor. If you're looking for a strong chocolate flavor, you'll be disappointed, as it definitely weighs more towards a coffee flavor; I agree with Jim's review below. Regardless, this is an exceptional mild stout in my opinion and I'd definitely brew it again (and that's coming from a non-stout fan!)January 28, 2016Good beer!The batch is just beginning to mature, and is very good. I had hoped for a little more chocolate flavor, but the chocolate aroma is there if not so present in the finish.March 4, 2016Smooth tastingBrewEasy brew to make, straight forward instructions. I did my primary fermentation in a fast fermenter but transferred to a carboy for secondary fermenting due to adding the coco nibs. The reason I did not do the primary and secondary in the fast fermenter is the coco nibs might settle into the fast fermenter collection ball too quick and not give much flavor to the stout or plug up the bottom if the collection ball valve was closed. Pleased with the results given only 10 days of bottle conditioning. While not as 'chocolate milk' tasting as the claims (thus 4 instead of 5 stars), it was a very smooth bodied beer with pleasant amount of coco notes and mild sweetness from the lactose sugar. Looking forward to a little more aging.October 11, 2016Tastes good but not what i was expectingThis stout has strong roasted coffee flavor upfront and mellows out pretty quickly to a smooth velvety finish. It is full of flavor but isnt a heavy beer by any means. With that said, with a description of "glass of chocolate milk" and "with all the memory-jogging flavors of freshly mixed chocolate milk" I was expecting to get a beer that was a lot sweeter, with a the star flavor being chocolate. The only chocolate flavor I taste is a bitter tone mixed in with the roasted coffee. Again, the beer tastes fine, but if you're expecting something like a Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout clone, look elsewhere.March 7, 2016DisappointingI bought this specifically because I was to told it was CHOCOLATE! However, I found the flavor to be no more chocolate tasting than any other run of the mill choc stout, less so than several I tried. Perhaps with the addition of some chocolate extract, it might be better. Dont get me wrong, it was a pretty good stout, just not as chocolate as the name would imply.As a stout, it is exceptionally smooth. The tones are more coffee than anything, but not overpoweringly so. It needs more mouth feel to be a serious contender as a milk stout, but that can be corrected with the addition of some oats or maltodextrin. OVerall, pretty good stout, but nothing out of the ordinary, and certainly not a good chocolate contender.August 12, 2016
- Customer Q&A
Browse 2 questions Browse 2 questions and 8 answersDo you put the cacao nibs in a hop bag in a secondary fermenter?BEST ANSWER: When I prepared this recipe, I took the Cacoa nibs and soaked them in a small amount of Vodka to sanitize the nibs and then transferred the vodka and nibs to the secondary Fermenter. The nibs will then settle at the bottom of the secondary fermenter and are easy to leave behind when transferring beer to a bottling bucket or keg.I see recommendations to add cocoa powder, when is te best time to add this? Boil, primary, secondary?BEST ANSWER: The kit comes with cocoa nibs. You add them in the secondary for about a week. Adding Cocoa powder would almost be too much chocolate. I have added cinnamon, bourbon, oak cubes and hobinario peppers ti my secondary also Makes a great tatsting beer