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Brown Cow Brown Ale - Carson's Brewery

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Brown Cow Brown AleBrown Cow Brown Ale

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68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 3
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Carson's Brewery visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: RblWthACoz on 10-21-2013

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Ratings: 68 | Reviews: 7
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Photo of secondtooth
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice ruby-brown, with a thick and sudsy head of off-white bubbles. Lace is detailed and lovely, too.

Aroma is chocolate malts up front, with a little woodsy spice (cedary, almost). But it's the chocolate that gets me front and center. Excellent!

Taste is deliciously malty chocolate and a hint of bittering hops at the finish. It's like a rich bittersweet cocoa tone. I also get a touch of a slight burnt flavor, as well as the wood hinted at in the aroma. All-in-all, a distinctively complex, flavorful, and an excellent (even noteworthy) brown ale.

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this fine brown from a 12 oz bottle in a pint glass. This brown ale pours a brilliant lightly hazy copper brown color with a firm light tan head that dissipates to pooling foam and GREAT lacing. Nose of chocolate malts, caramel malts, bread crust, and light herbal hop notes. Flavors are light chocolate malts to the front, sweet caramel malts to the sides and back, and a light bittering hop to the rear. Smooth lightly coating mouth feel leaves a light coating on the tongue of bready moderately roasted malts and grains and a light bittering hops aftertaste mingling with sweet malts. Very nice offering for this often overlooked and snubbed style of ale. Would make a great session ale as well. Looking forward to trying other brews from the brewer.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Second City glass.

Next up from my box o' miscellaneous goodies comes a brown ale from Indiana. Fair enough. It pours a tawny sienna topped by a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises milk chocolate, mild nuts, sweet biscuit, and a touch of coffee. The taste brings in more of the same, the sweet breads and cocoas blending together rather nicely. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, this was quite the pleasant surprise. Both Vdubb and myself definitely enjoyed this beer, and I can easily see myself picking more up as one of my go-to browns.

Photo of LloydDobler
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a non-chilled pint.

Perfect clarity with a nice, thick, light biege collar of foam that had dissipated within a couple minutes. Not much on the nose, but that first sip was so sweet and malty I wasn't too sure about my selection. Also it was thicker than expected on the tongue. Fortunately, and surprisingly, it finished very clean with every sip better than the next. Brown isn't my favorite style but I will revisit this one soon.

Photo of UrbanCaveman
1.87/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

On tap at Beer House in Lombard, IL.

A: Arrived in a pint glass as a deep clear brown with vaguely reddish highlights, with a relatively thick head that dissipated rather quickly. No notes on lacing, because I didn't get more than three sips in.

S: The nose opened with some sweet malt underscored by dark chocolate...and then a barrage of floral hops. This was disappointing on several levels, mostly because every bit of the description for this beer stated "mild hop presence" and "balancing hops", while discussing for several sentences the seven types of malt involved. Even the bartender had advised me that he personally found this to be deliciously malty and chocolatey. Filled with trepidation and apprehension from the perfumed bouquet, I sipped...

T: Pure floral perfume. Nothing but pure floral perfume. No malt got past that to my palate at all, on any of the three sips I took. If you are a malthead averse to beers with enough floral-pine hops to break into the foreground, this is not a beer for you.

M: To be honest, I couldn't particularly tell, on any of the sips. I was too distracted by the hop presence.

O: Not a brown ale I shall repeat. It may very well have the advertised wonderful malt complexity with chocolate notes, but for those of us who are not fans of a "mild hop presence" that seems more on the heavy side of moderate at the very least, it simply isn't there.

Photo of TheNerve
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Best brown ale I've ever had

Photo of barczar
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant brown with amber highlights and a frothy cream head that lingers as a ring of foam.

Aroma is slightly fruity specialty malt, nutty, toasted malt, and a hint of chocolate, along with floral hops.

Flavor is nutty and deeply toasted, with a touch of chocolate, finishing a touch roasty and moderately bitter. There's an underlying fruity malt note that detracts somewhat.

Fairly full mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, light alcohol warmth. Finish is a touch harsh.

Nice brown. Very drinkable beer, but that fruity character is more prevalent than I prefer. Becomes dominant as it warms. Love the chocolatey notes. Good toasted malt presence.

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Brown Cow Brown Ale from Carson's Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.