How Now Brown Cow Brown Ale
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How Now Brown Cow Brown AleHow Now Brown Cow Brown Ale
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American Brown Ale
Ranked #472
Ranked #32,615
3.72 | pDev: 9.14%
Odd Side Ales
Michigan, United States
How Now Brown Cow Brown AleHow Now Brown Cow Brown Ale
Notes: American brown ale. Malty with a smooth finish.

21 IBU
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 71
Photo of Blackop555
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours brown. Short, thin, off white head fades fast.

Smells caramel malt, light toasted malt, bready. Light nutty, cocoa and a very light hint of cream. Finish is semi dry with a light lingering malt, cocoa and nutty. Medium to Fuller body. Very low carbonation. I think it was lost out of cap. 5 month old.

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Photo of oberon
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a chestnut brown with a sticky half finger light almond colored head atop.Caramel and bready aromas with a tinge of dark fruit.Not too sweet on the palate with some caramel and toast,some decent drying earthiness keeps the sweetness in check.Somewhat of a no brainer but the light hop profile makes it in my opinion better than an everyday brown ale.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautifully dark with a creamy head. Poured from bottle to tulip, aroma of sweet cream, cocoa, nuts, malt. Smooth, a bit sweet,with a bit of a cocoa flavor to the standard brown malt/ dark bread/caramel flavor. Awesome. A brown ale to have again.

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Photo of Brenden
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the standard medium brown color, maybe a touch of red in the body. The head is a creamy, tan colored one nearly a full finger tall. Retention is good and lacing is mostly patchy in pretty good volume.
This is more than just a solid brown, a good beer in a style that can be pretty weak. The aromas and flavors are on the stronger side for a typical brown, pretty layered and well balanced. While it's nothing extraordinarily outside the norm, its strong combination of powdered and milk chocolate notes, an additional caramel sweetness, some underlying nut, and a touch of leaf underneath make for a good beer that won't blow your face off.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 FL OZ. bottle
Served in a pint glass

L - It is dark brown with some ruby highlights when held to the light. A couple inches of mocha head top off the pour.

S - There is an aroma of cocoa about this beer. It is more of a bitter cocoa smell.

T - It has a bold cocoa taste. It is rich in flavor of roasted malt as well.

M - Medium

O - This is a solid English brown ale.

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Photo of Fanhitter
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a mug at Ashley's Westland

Looks thin and dark, ideal for the style.

Smells a bit sweet, malt-forward, no overly potent hop aroma.

Tastes malty, with a faint trace of sweet cocoa. It's slightly grainy, but builds a stronger chocolate character as it's drank.

Mouthfeel is standard with no bite, I would expect this to be exceptionally smooth just by looking at it. Without any knowledge of this beer, I'm guessing it's a session brown by how smooth it is. Very easy drinking.

Overall, a great version of the style. I would drink this again.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 10/2, poured 11/19. $2.19 single. Poured into a lame ass shaker pint.

Appearance: Aggressive pour didn't create much of a head -- maybe a finger, that pretty quickly went down to just a slight film. The head has a creamy texture is light brown in color. The beer itself is kind of a ruby black -- a really dark brown ale.

Smell: Oof, very nice -- I thought it smelled porter-y at first, but there's a big caramel/toffee component that makes it distinctly a brown ale. It kind of has a coffee with caramel drizzle aroma that I find kind of interesting. Really nice start so far.

Taste/feel: Hm, quite good. A moderately high carbonation with a decently creamy medium body are the first two things I notice. I'm finding the flavor of this beer to be kind of frustratingly light. The ABV is nowhere to be found online or on the bottle, but if I had to guess, I'd guess this is about 6% ABV. The flavor isn't quite like the smell, unfortunately -- almost tastes watered down. It just tastes like a solid brown ale with nothing really special about it. There's that "brown", caramel, malt flavor you'd expect, but nothing else really worth noting. This is still an above average brown ale because it has a nice feel, and a very good aroma.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

I clicked the above review button instead of the one below so my review got trashed, but this was a very nice brown. Poured out to a sparkingly clear dark mahogany, forming a large yellow head with very good retention and lacing. The nose was as expected for a good brown, toffee, a touch of roasted malt, carob, leather and pipe tobacco. The taste is a recap of the aroma, with lots of leather and tobacco and walnut. Mouthfeel was big and medium dense, quite a big brown. Bitterness was mild and well balanced. A very nice, almost imperial brown, well worthy trying. I would definitely get it again.
L=4.25, A=4.25, MF=4.25, T=4.25, D=4.25

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Oddside Ales How Now Brown Cow Brown Ale last week for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. I don't know much about this beer other than that it says it's a Brown Ale, but since Oddside is a good brewery I thought I would take a chance on it, so lets see how it goes. Bottled on 10/02/14. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it goes well with the name and I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a nice brown color that took on a light crimson hue around the edges when held to the light with two fingers worth of creamy slightly darker tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This was a pretty nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts seeming to be the first to show up and they impart a caramel malt, sweet malt, lightly roasted and light chocolate like aromas with a little bit of doughy yeast showing up in the background. Up next comes a sweet and creamy aroma that leads to just a light nutty aroma. This beer had a nice aroma, but it was a little on the sweet side for the style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma with not as much sweetness to it and starts off with the malts still being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with the roasted malts and chocolate sticking out just a little more than they did in the aroma. Up next comes a light amount of doughy yeast with a slight nutty flavor and just a little bit of the same creamy aspect that I got in the aroma. On the finish there's pretty much no bitterness with a malty, lightly roasted, light chocolate and light nutty like aftertaste. This was a pretty nice tasting Brown Ale that was more robust than most.

M- Smooth, crisp, a little creamy, a little dry on the finish, on the slightly thicker side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a good mouthfeel that worked nicely with it.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and i thought it was a good example of a Brown Ale that was a little unique, when it came down to it this beer was just a little more robust than most in the style and I think that was a nice change of pace and it reminded me of a 50/50 blend of a Porter and Brown Ale. This beer had nice drinkability, it was smooth, crisp, a little creamy, a little dry on the finish, slightly filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I think I could drink a couple of these, but they might start to get a little filling after that and I think it makes for a nice Fall time beer. What I like the most about this beer was that it was a little different and more robust than most Brown Ales and I also thought that the mouthfeel was good. What I liked the least about this beer was the aroma, it was just a little too sweet for me. I would buy this beer again when I'm in the mood for a more robust Brown Ale and I would recommend it to anyone who likes that kind of Brown Ales or even just Brown Ales in general. All in all I liked this beer, it was just different enough to stick out and not get lost with all the other Brown Ales and you could tell that Oddsides put a little bit of a twist on it. It's not my favorite Oddsides beer or my favorite Brown Ale, but it wasn't bad at all and I wouldn't turn one down. Nice job guys, this was a little unique and solid Brown Ale, keep up the hard work. Review #1,050

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 10/2/2014. Pours clear very dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, brown bread, brown sugar, chocolate, nuttiness, roast, light raisin, light herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted/bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, chocolate, nuttiness, roast, light raisin, light herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Minimal roast/herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, chocolate, nuttiness, roast, light raisin, light herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted/bready malt flavors; with no cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice standard brown ale. All around good robustness and balance of dark/roasted/bready malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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