Sacred Cow - Red Brick Brewing Company

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89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 0
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Red Brick Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Zach136 on 11-16-2013

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Ratings: 89 | Reviews: 15
Reviews by LambicPentameter:
Photo of LambicPentameter
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of chinchill
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ThickNStout
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle active carbonation along the edges of the glass and some dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy dark beige head that reduces to a large patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of chocolate malts and roasted malts underneath slightly strong aromas of chocolate and chai tea spices (cardamon, cinnamon, and clove). There is a light hint of vanilla aroma as well.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of roasted malts with a lighter amount of chocolate malts and a touch of lactose sweetness. There is a very light hint of vanilla with a moderate flavor of chai tea spices (cardamon, clove, and just a touch of cinnamon) and milk chocolate. Light amounts of bitterness are present which linger slightly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slight amounts of dryness in the finish from the Chai tea spices.

O: Interesting but the chai tea spices are a little too overpowering (of the other flavors/aromas) for me. Glad I tried this one but I will probably skip picking it up again.

Photo of Powderhornphil
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to ThinkNStout for this extra.

Pours black and light bodied. Maybe two fingers of head with almost no lacing.

Aroma is of chai tea spice. Light roast notes with a bit of lactose sweetness.

The beer is tasty but perhaps a bit of a novelty. It is however fairly well executed. The expected chai notes are most obvious but are quickly followed by roast, coco and suger sweetness.

Medium bodied. Medium carb.

Enjoyable and well put together.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Another beer I really want to like from Red Brick- but just can't. Even with a hard pour it just doesn't generate much head, and what head there is fades very quickly leaving some squiggly lacing on the glass. The nose is inviting, offering up the advertised chai tea, with a sweet, spicy, milky goodness that very much seems like an iced chai tea with milk and not too much sugar. The taste, at least to me, disappoints. Too little of the milkiness, and too much of the tannic but uneven bitterness of tea, and somewhat harsh, raw spices that mask much of the other flavors. The overall results is thin, sour, and bitter all at the same time with a woody spice note on the finish that fails to capture any of the charm of the nose. Sigh.

Photo of rudzud
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade, poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice brown 'too dark to see through' hue with a one finger mocha head that fades to leave spotty side lacing and a thin blanket.

S - Aromas of light lactose, faint chocolate, pleasant chai spices.

T - Taste is light chocolate, faint cream, fair amount of chai that actually ends up giving this a slightly bitter finish. Fairly straightforward, delivers what it promises.

M - Mouthfeel is slightly on the thinner side, would like it a bit more creamy/smooth.

O - Overall, this is a solid milk stout. Chai is a nice addition and while I'm not a huge chai fan I can respect what this beer is.

Photo of MECove
4.48/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not thick and heavy, but dark. Small head and no impressive lacing. Perfect degree of sparkle for carbonation. The smell is divine, exactly like chai, and the taste has delightful spice, but the aftertaste has a sharp bitterness that lingers. Once you get it on your tongue, it overpowers the vanilla sweet balance.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

a chai milk stout, a noble concept, but this one isnt executed to perfection by any stretch. its got a rich lathery dark brown color with an inch of tan head that leaves decent lacing as it sips. the nose is not overly spicy, no cardamom or peppery heat at all, which i usually get from chai. very little sweetness too. the taste starts like a normal milk stout, velvety smooth and robustly bitter from the dark unmalted barley. balanced only by the lactose sugar, its a nice start. then comes the chai, which is an odd brand of chai i think, lacking the usual spice complex and tasting more like a black tea than anything else, it leaves a very strange almost acridly bitter aftertaste, which ruins what the milk sugars had previously established. a little spice comes back after the swallow, but it is no longer welcome. full body with a bit of a chalky texture after the smoothness on the way down. a good idea, but they could have pulled it together a little better i think.

Photo of OhYesILoveBeer
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

$6.99 for a six pack, so I grabbed it. 12oz into standard pint. Pours almost jet black, until held to the light to reveal a slightly brown, opaque brew. Smells almost similar to another seasonal stout ive had in the last year, spices and a leathery character, I love it. Tastewise, this beer is something new. Its not off putting, nor inviting. The chai leaves show themselves with a pleasant spice note, but does get somewhat cloying after a few sips. Mouthfeel is very clean for this style, which I expect a bit of stickyness with my sweet stouts, but its not a bad thing by any means. Finish is pretty dry, with a lingering spice and roast character. Overall, I dig it.

-V

Photo of Jadjunk
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Red Brick's Sacred Cow Chai Tea Milk Stout is brewed in the style of a Milk Stout with Chai Tea added. This beer first debuted in the 2013-2014 winter season, and is available seasonally in 12 oz. 6 packs and on draft. No label information.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Brick Mason snifter. Served above 52º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, smooth mocha cream head over a very dark brown, near black body. Retention is good, lacing is light and spotty. 4.25

(Smell) The chai tea element is incredibly bold, front-and-center and highly potent. The chai produces a mild blend of earthy and herbaceous spice. Beneath it lies a base of caramel bready malt, a hint of roast and a biscuity chocolate malt. Aromatically speaking, this is one of the more unique smelling milk stouts that I've experienced, primarily due to the chai tea emphasis, it smells more winter warmer-ish than milk stout at this point. Potency is medium. 3.5

(Taste) The flavors balance out much better in the taste, with a fairly even blend of chai tea, chocolate malt, lactose and roast. The chai tea is noticeable up front, with a nice blend of earthy spices, fruit peels, mild pepperiness, and herbaceous bitterness. The chai angle progresses nicely to a mellow sweet lactose and chocolate malt body before finishing with a nicely roasted malt blend plus a dash of burnt chocolate and cinnamon. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, silky, earthy. Carbonation generates a soft frothiness for a gentle mouthfeel. Body is medium for a milk stout, medium+ overall. Balance is equal parts sweet and roasty bitter. Alcohol presence is light. 3.75

(Overall) It only took 20 years to find a beer that isn't in their reserve series to be not just decent, but enjoyable too. This is easily the most original and interesting seasonal to date that I've had from Red Brick. Unless you dislike the complexity and flavor that chai tea brings, this is a milk stout of significant flavor worth trying. The milk stout flavors are a bit milder by comparison, but there's a pleasing level of roast and chocolate malt complexity in this as well. As consistently-low-priced as Red Brick beers tend to be, there should be little hesitation to try this. My hopes are that Red Brick continues innovating and reformulating their future recipe ideas so that they can get back on par or even higher with the Georgia Craft Beer scene. Sacred Cow is a significant first step. 3.75

Red Brick Brewing Co.'s
Sacred Cow Chai Tea Milk Stout
3.73/5.00

Photo of serotoninronin
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a regular ole pint glass.

A: Very dark brown, but not quite black. Like vanilla extract almost. A loose but thick head shows up but fades quickly. Lots more lacing than I was expecting, so that was a nice surprise. The color doesn't hold quite through on a tilt, so I'm a bit worried about wateriness.

S: I think this thing has a beautiful nose. Lots of black tea, chai spices, burning leaves, some funky warm milk. Some shades of starchy fruitiness are floating around as well. Plantains and breadfruit, mainly. I love it because it's so atypical for a stout of any kind. Really not a lot of coffee or chocolate to be found.

T: Sweet cream, again lots and lots of gorgeous unfolding chai spice and tea leaves, with unique attendant bitterness lingering very slowly. There is some lightly seasoned chocolate deep near the finish. A little vegetality as well. Caramelized onions. Slight vanilla.

M: A bit light, as I had feared. I could go for this being a really dank, sludgy thing. Still, very nice carbonation that makes it a smooth affair overall and helps bring out especially the vanilla and milk characters.

O: Incredibly unique and unpretentiously complex. As I said, a bit light; almost too drinkable for the style and profile. A new go-to non-sipper stout.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, effectively black beer with a smallish, light beige head.

Smell: Chai-spiced chocolate, roasted malt, soft milky accent, minor vanilla, a hint of fruit.

Taste: Moderate roastiness, melty dark chocolate. Minor caramel, burnt toast. Agreeable creamy lactose quality. A little dark fruitiness in the background. Also in the background is the chai tea blend. Letting the beer just settle on the thing, you can start getting hints of it, otherwise, it's like white noise to the milk stout. Smooth, subtly spicy, roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's good to a see a few new milk stouts these days. I think chinchill would agree with me.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a warm coffee brown with a thick and rather persistent tan head. Roast malt aroma has a strong coriander overtone plus notes of coffee and caramel. A roast malt foundation supports mocha and coriander flavors, plus a note of licorice; not too strong or bold but still pleasing. Texture seems a bit thin for a stout, but is fairly fizzy. Got milk stout?

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Sacred Cow from Red Brick Brewing Company
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