Sacred Cow - Red Brick Brewing Company
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3.69/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-21-2014 22:31:24 | More by LambicPentameter
3.73/5 rDev -0.5%
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
Serving type: bottle
05-02-2014 02:40:10 | More by Jadjunk
4.45/5 rDev +18.7%
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-13-2014 22:43:47 | More by MECove
4.01/5 rDev +6.9%
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-21-2014 00:28:07 | More by rudzud
Sacred Cow from Red Brick Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.