Sacred Cow - Red Brick Brewing Company
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
3.69/5 rDev -0.8%
Received this as an extra from a trade with BA ThickNStout and am finally getting around to reviewing from notes I took after drinking this on 12/31/2013. Enjoyed out of a brown 12 oz bottle with no dating that I can find, but this is from the 2013 winter season, so it's relatively fresh. Poured into a 16 oz nonic style tumbler glass.
Appearance - An aggressive pour yields a one finger head of cinnamon-sugar brown that is primarily composed of densely packed fine bubbles, but reveals a mottling of larger bubbles throughout, likely from the pour. Body looks near black, but some careful inspection reveals brownish tint around the edges. The foam retains for quite awhile, only finally dissipating to a film after I begin drinking it. There is a silky sheet of lacing on the side of the glass immediately after the foam dissipates, but that eventually fades to a smattering of sticky lace around the sides of the glass.
Smell - I was really excited for how a "chai" stout would come through in the aroma, as it sounded like a pretty solid marriage of flavor profiles. And yes, I can detect that chai spiciness, with faint hints of cardamom and cinnamon on top of the roasty bittersweet chocolate, it is indeed faint. There is more milk stout going on here than chai tea, unfortunately, because I get a sense of what might've been with some more aggressive spicing.
Taste - Initially, I have the same problem with the taste as I did with the smell--fleeting clues to the chai spicing, with milk chocolate, faint cinnamon and perhaps ginger that were clearly incorporated, but without much gusto. That said, as the beverage warms, those flavor profiles do make a slightly more overt impression, especially with the cinnamon. Underlying, there is a nice roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate that is typical of the style, and a lactose sweetness on the finish.
Mouthfeel - Pretty standard to expectations--medium-to-full bodied, with moderate-to-light carbonation.
Overall, an interesting attempt, but one where the description ended up being far more exciting than the beer itself. Would love it if Red Brick could beef up the spicing a bit and try again. Then they might have a really unique beer on their hands.
05-21-2014 22:31:24 | More by LambicPentameter
More User Reviews:
3.74/5 rDev +0.5%
Red Brick Sacred Cow milk stout on tap.
Clear but so dark it is opaque in the glass. Decent head.
Coffee in. the nose and, to a lesser extent, the flavor too.
Flavorful, even for style. Sweet up front with a mildly bitter finish. Nutmeg and, I think, some other spices.
O: a spiced[?] Milk stout? Cross between a winter warmer and a milk stout? Worth a try for sure.
11-17-2013 23:53:17 | More by chinchill
3.69/5 rDev -0.8%
When I saw this beer at TotalWine, I just couldn't resist picking up a bottle to try. Overall, I enjoyed drinking this beer - but it was missing the chai spice notes I'm used to in chai tea. I tasted plenty of yummy chocolate and coffee flavors, but nothing that screamed chai spices.
01-04-2014 08:05:58 | More by iheartmyTHO
3.86/5 rDev +3.8%
12oz bottle from Sherlock's (Marietta, GA). 7.98/ 6 pack. No bottle dating but this was just released within the past couple months. Served in a Brick Mason snifter.
Pours cola brown. Dark and opaque in the glass but brownish at the edges. Light tan head that remains for a while and leaves a good bit of lace.
Smells of baking spice and sweet cream. Sugars, cocoa and a little vanilla in there too.
Nice flavor profile. Bitter black tea, spiced similar to gingerbread, soft cocoa, mild vanilla and a little creamed coffee. Not terribly complex but easy to drink.
The body is about as light as body can get and still be considered creamy. Subtle but present carbonation. Semi bitter tea, lactose sweetness and a bit of those spices in the finish.
A pleasingly different take on a milk stout. Interesting flavors and easy to drink. It's good to see enjoyable new offerings from Atlanta's oldest brewery.
12-17-2013 01:47:51 | More by ThickNStout
Sacred Cow from Red Brick Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.