Brown Sugar Brown Cow
D9 Brewing Company

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American Brown Ale
Ranked #569
Ranked #37,514
3.67 | pDev: 18.26%
D9 Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States
Brown Sugar Brown CowBrown Sugar Brown Cow
Notes: This Mocha Brown ale needed a fanatical bovine with a brown sugar sweet side and a kick of Colombian coffee. Brown Sugar Brown Cow is brewed with chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar and Colombian coffee. We added a hint of lactose, and this brew is a mocha coffee and cream concoction so good you’ll say its name.
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2.88/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

The name says it all. If you like Brown Sugar, then you will probably like this beer.
I always figured you can't judge a beer by its label, in this case Brown Sugar Brown Cow Brown Ale is an exception.
After one sip of this beer, I poured the remaining portion in a bowl and mixed with cake batter. Cake turned out great.
Since I purchased two cans of this beer, I am saving the other when Winter Comes and mixed with a pot of chili.

May 17, 2020
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a chestnut color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some chocolate. Taste is of chocolate, lactose, light notes of coffee, a bit on the sweet side. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

Nov 14, 2019
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

They are now putting this cow in a CAN & when they do that, you know that The CANQuest (tm) is not going to be far behind.

From the CAN: ""Unquestionably Original".

I Crack!ed the vent & gave the beer a slow, gentle C-Line Glug. It produced only a finger of fizzy, foamy, soapy, light-tan-head with modest retention. Color was Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled rather sweet, like milk chocolate, but especially sweet. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was less sweet than the nose had led me to expect, with a coffee bitterness to acCANpony the chocolaty sweetness. The brown sugar gave it a sweetness that seemed inCANgruous to the rest of what was going on. Hmm. Finish was sweet, a little too sweet for my refined taste, but not out of line for the style.

Aug 25, 2019
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Korbynlehr from Kentucky

3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lots of chocolate bitterness in the nose and the flavor. There was a sweetness to the after flavor as well. Great head that was tan. Good beer with a very interesting name.

Jul 16, 2019
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Buck89 from Tennessee

3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. Lighter that I expected with a copper color with ruby hues. Slightly hazy and with a modest tan head. Bright milk chocolate, brown sugar, and vanilla aroma. The taste followed closely with chocolate as the dominant flavor. There was a faint brown sugar sweetness, faint coffee, and also vanilla especially on the finish. Floral hops are there to balance it nicely but bitterness is mild. A touch heavier than medium bodied but easy to drink. Nice.

Mar 22, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very dark amber color with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has mocha hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a nicely balanced mocha flavor
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A good Brown Ale

Mar 03, 2019
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ostrichkosa7 from Florida

1/5  rDev -72.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Feel, look, and smell is not as bad as I rated it. But I can't give this beer any points. The taste is terrible. It taste like a little buttery brown sugar was poured into a 4 Loko. Maybe a drop of Hershey's chocolate syrup. Trash man.. I created this account just to bash on this beer. I'm not picky. I try a new beer multiple times a week and can always at least finish it. Not this peice of trash.

Dec 30, 2018
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spectru from Florida

3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Traveling in the Carolinas, this was an opportunity to try unfamiliar local brews. Not disappointed with this one, served in a sports bar near the campus of the University of South Carolina. It is a rich dark brown with a full light brown lacy head. It lives up to its name with a sweet aroma and a sweet flavor.

Dec 29, 2018
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beergoot from Colorado

3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Faintly cloudy, hazelnut brown body; thick, creamy head. Sweet aroma; mild chocolate; brown sugar; faint spiciness. Swetet and nutty flavor; brown sugar (again); cola suggestion. Heavy body and sweetness; crisp yet chewy; sweet finish.

An okay brown ale, perhaps way too sweet overall. The beer nails the darkness, the roasted, nutty quality of a brown ale yet tips over near the cloyingly sweet edge overall.

Oct 01, 2018
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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

My first D9 - and it was definitely interesting...

Two words - liquid caramel - that's what this brew looked like pouring it and even more so once it was in my pint glass. There really wasn't much head or lacing, but it was still a joy to look at. The rest of it was a bit also-ran. The smell was nothing I could tell - no mocha, no brown sugar - very weird, and the mouthfeel was borderline watery (what saved it was a distinct yet distant creaminess I noted. Taste-wise it was full of brown sugar, very light on the mocha (disappointing really) and it had enough of the brown ale flavoring to blend solid enough. Though this is not something I would reach for again, I know some folks who would live this beer.

Sep 01, 2018
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nick_perry from North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, orange-brown appearance. Yeast and coffee aromas. Flavor matches, with a sweet, nutty finish. Flavor lingers for quite a while. Mild amount of carbonation.

Jul 22, 2018
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ordybill from Georgia

3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 16 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a light brown amber mix with a medium sized white head off-white head. The aroma is chocolate malt and caramel. The taste is similar to the nose.

Jun 30, 2018
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JayQue from Virginia

2.91/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I did not like this one at all. Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass, a beautiful clear dark amber color. Subsequent pours had a more hazy look about it. Very small amounts of lacing and a medium size fairly fast fading antique white head. Aroma and taste featured a bitter chemical like presence that offset anything good about the aroma and taste. Maybe there was too much vanilla or the combination of vanilla, milk chocolate and coffee did not blend well. You could smell and taste some milk chocolate which seemed pleasant enough but that odd smell/flavor was prominent enough to mess with any positive qualities. Mouthfeel was a bit too light but there was an overall smoothness and sweetness if you could get beyond the metallic aspects. I will not be trying this one again.

Jun 26, 2018
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Old_Beard_Belly from North Carolina

2.78/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A dark amber actually not really brown. Tastes light hops and slight chocolate.
Feels in between a light and a medium beer not a filling beer. Tastes like they tried and gave up on a good porter and mixed it with a bad light amber beer. Will not buy again. It just feels as if two different beers got mixed together and it didnt work out like my last 2 marriages. Overall a watered down dark beer

Jun 13, 2018
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Steeleman20 from Tennessee

4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ordered this based on the description on the menu and it lived up to it.
Love the vanilla aroma with the mild chocolate notes...came from the tap so the carbonation was lower than a typical bottle which was preferrable.

Feb 14, 2018
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teromous from Virginia

2.7/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I don't see a date listed anywhere on this can.

Appearance: The body is the color of a dark brown tea. It is mostly opaque but it gives semi-transparent glances through dark reddish-brown edges. It has a short, creamy textured, tobacco stained yellow-tan head that has moderate retention and no real lacing.

Aroma: The beer has a very sweet smelling caramel and butterscotch aroma.

Taste; There's more of that butterscotch and caramel character in the flavor here. This is a pretty odd beer because it kind-of has an ESB style flavor but it totes itself as a "MOCHA BROWN ALE" on the can, where it doesn't taste like mocha...I'm not sure if this is supposed to taste like brown sugar given the title of the beer but it doesn't. It really isn't as good as a standard run-of-the-mill brown ale either. It's just this buttery caramel-laden mess. It does taste very sweet so it might appeal to those with a sweet tooth but it simply lacks any base malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: There is a medium body with a light touch of chalk.

Overall: It just wasn't a very good beer. It is fairly one-note with the caramel flavor. I wouldn't recommend it based on my experience and I wouldn't buy it again.

Feb 03, 2018
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

-std. pint glass serving. Chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar, lactose, and coffee brown ale.

A: Murky ice tea coloring has a short lived fizzy, dirty beige capping. Some macro-carbonation bubbles, reminds me of a long island ice tea.

S: Rich experience on the nose. Milky caramel chocolate is rich, sweet, backed by some vanilla. Milky chocolate of good awareness.

T: Earthy caramel-coffee bean flavor, with strong highlights of milky chocolate base and vanilla bean. Mocha and cocoa powder, milk chocolate, with some lactose and sweet brown sugar. There is a nice presence of fresh speciality coffee beans, really nice brown ale base, sweet, with all ingredients equally expressed and represented here.

M: Milky medium full mouthful, good carbonation on the tip of the tongue.

O: Sweet dessert style brown ale with vanilla, brown sugar and chocolate all blending beautifully together. Is there such a thing as a halloween beer? if not this fits the bill nicely.

Nov 02, 2017
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Gavage from New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a 1/2" head.

Smell: somewhat sweet and sugary.

Taste: malt forward beer with a big dose of brown sugar, ripe dark fruits, and a moderate bitteress.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp from start to finish.

Overall: this beer was a bit too sweet for my liking, somewhat unbalanced.

Aug 18, 2017
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I can't peg down the flavor but it's sweet, that's for sure. Amy thinks it's smells like vanilla and chocolate. It's lighter colored that I would have thought and only slight head from tap. Similar taste from the nose but some heat on this beer too. I also thought that it was watery.

Aug 18, 2017
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vwbus7 from North Carolina

1.41/5  rDev -61.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Maybe I had a bad batch. Will try again in the future and revise my review.

It just tasted so unbalanced and had a very astringent metallic taste.

Tried on several occasions just to make sure it wasn't off balance because of what I ate or how I was feeling that day.

Jun 21, 2017
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter. Some sediment on the bottom.
Pours medium brown with a thin head. Full body with near medium carbonation. Creamy smooth.
Smells sweet, and it is. Moderately sweet, not cloying, at a level that mixes well with the chocolate and coffee notes. Neither of the latter are particularly strong. More grains in the nose than in the flavor.

May 03, 2017
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apokatastasis from North Carolina

4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance: Dark, but not entirely opaque. Very typical for a brown ale. There is a hint of a head with moderate lacing.

Aroma: Definite vanilla and chocolate at the forefront, with some mocha and roasted malt undertones. It's not readily apparent from the nose that this is a beer at all, but it does have a very pleasant aromas.

Taste: Vanilla and chocolate are not as prominent in the taste as in the aroma; instead we have a brilliant bouquet of flavour all melding and feeding in to each other, with none becoming dominant or overpowering. Mocha coffee and chocolate milk come to my mind, and though this brew has added sugar it is only lightly sweetened and does not detract from the other flavours.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated, a bit thin (but not watery), and extremely creamy. The presence of lactose is imminently noticeable in the mouthfeel.

Overall: The ingredients listed on the bottle are "chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar, lactose, and coffee brown ale". Every one of these ingredients shines through in the palette without any one being too overbearing. The malt bill imparts a roasted coffee backbone; the chocolate, vanilla, and lactose add flavour and body; and the brown sugar gives the brew a light sweetness that is neither artifical nor cloying. D9 did an excellent job with this one.

Apr 14, 2017
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SGT_Cookie from South Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Oh my word, such a great beer. All around. Must try, must recommend WILL get again. Best brown ale I've ever had. You can taste the vanilla, the subtle coffee and cream. So good

Mar 03, 2017
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AngusOg from North Carolina

3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Loads of vanilla and chocolate milk, with just a bit of coffee and roasted malts in the finish. Definitely sweet, but never seems to become "too much". Drinks (and even tastes a bit) like cream soda rather than beer, which made it go down super fast. One of those beers that I wouldn't want to drink all the time, but it was fun to try and could maybe have one every once in a while. Definitely different for a brown ale, and full marks to D9 for creativity on this one.

Jan 26, 2017
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.02/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was an inch of foamy, off white, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A decent aroma of vanilla, lactose, coffee, and some milk.

T: Tasted of a hint of coffee, a little bit of milk (not as much as I expected), a tinge of the brown ale nuttiness, too much of the lactose (a bit harsh), vanilla, and some brown sugar. The taste definitely didn't live up to its aroma. The harsh, almost chemical quality caused by the lactose is too prevalent. Could have been better.

F: A decent amount of carbonation with a thin, watery finish. Medium-bodied.

O: For the most part, this beer just doesn't work. It has the makings of something good, but it simply doesn't gel.

Jan 04, 2017
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