Brown Sugar Brown Cow
D9 Brewing Company

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D9 Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States
American Brown Ale
Ranked #268
Ranked #25,854
3.64 | pDev: 17.03%
Jul 03, 2022
Dec 07, 2016
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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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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
D9 Brewing Co. "Brown Sugar Brown Cow"
1 pint can "BEST BY: FEB 22 2022"

Notes via stream of consciousness: I'm not even sure what this beer is. Ahh Haa, wait a second, the labels reads "MALT BEVERAGE WITH NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS". Of course it doesn't say what those flavors are, but I'm guessing it's a kind of sweet stout. Let's see. It's poured a very hazy chestnut brown beneath a short head of off-white foam. The aroma is limited but it suggests cocoa powder and vanilla to me more than brown sugar. It's a little bit nutty as well, kind of like a coffee bean. interesting. On to the taste... well, that's different! It's not just a brown sugar "milk stout", and I don't think it's even a stout. I'm not getting roastiness although there is a slight edge. No, this is more of a brown ale as the color suggests. There's a lot of golden caramel and soft cocoa powder in there, and some vanilla as well. It tastes like a chocolate covered coffee bean. I LIKE IT!!! There's some fruitiness to it as well that's like fallen apple, dried fig, and a little bit of black raisin. It's fairly complex, and yet at the same time highly approachable. If I wasn't me, always thinking about what I'm tasting in a beer, I'd just drink this down. With that said, let me get back to it and see if I can find anything else to it... there is a brown sugar component as the name suggests although that wasn't what I first got... some reddish caramel as well as the gold... and there's also a little bit of a hop flavor although it's far from clear. I'm guessing the best way to describe it is grassy. It's not hoppy though, nor is it even bitter. I'm guessing it's got somewhere aroung 12 to 18 IBUs to it and yet it somehow finishes mainly dry. The head has completely disappeared at this point and I didn't even notice when it went because I was so focused on the flavor. There's no lacing left either, which kind of sucks. HA HA! I just scrolled down and the notes for this beer say that it's "brewed with chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar and Colombian coffee" which makes total sense. Why is that not on the label though? Does "natural and artificial flavors" cover adding coffee to a beer? Or are all of these just from flavorings? The cocoa powder flavor seems totally authentic to me but maybe it's just a chocolate flavoring. The vanilla seems authentic as well. I don't know. Where was I before I got distracted? Mouthfeel. It's medium bodied with a dextrinous feel and a median carbonation that leaves it gently bristling and then creamy smooth across the palate. I love this beer but I can't really see it as anything other than a dessert beer as it tastes like a dessert. It's fairly sweet as well, but not as sweet as some. Worth trying.
Review #8,112
Jul 03, 2022
Rated: 3.65 by Gagnonsux from Texas

Jun 03, 2022
Rated: 3.8 by animal69 from Louisiana

Mar 26, 2022
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Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
on draft, served in a Willi Becher style pint glass

chestnut brown in color, cream colored head. Appropriate name - nice flavors of molasses, milk chocolate, a touch of coffee. Moderately sweet. Medium bodied.
Feb 07, 2022
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Reviewed by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Thin bodied Brown Ale. Not much in the way of cofee flavors. There's a little sweetness but it seems forced. I'd say the body is really missing here mostly. Nothing special.
Jun 19, 2021
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Reviewed by 1BrewBacca from Georgia

3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Look: Poured a nice red-amber with a white head that readily melted to a narrow ring around the glass. Decent lace on the sides.
Smell and Taste: Caramel, brown sugar and vanilla are dominate. Pretty sweet for a brown ale. Very light brown sugar aftertaste.
Feel: Thin, somewhat light and seltzery. Then there is a kinda refreshing characteristic. i.e. Thirst quenching on a hot day.
Overall: I don't do Brown Ales often but this one is alright.
Jun 08, 2021
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Reviewed by NiceTaps from New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
16 ounce can in a stout snifter glass.

Pours a amber-like color akin to a Vienna style lager. A linen color cap drops quickly to a thin film and leaves some spot lacing.

Vanilla cream soda aroma, yet not as sweet.

Liquid brown sugar, vanilla bean, coffee milk.

Thin, sweet, soda pop.

Too much sugar and lactose for my liking. I’ll pass.
Apr 22, 2021
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Reviewed by hoptheology from South Dakota

3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I love picking up these awesome random little singles on my beer trips. This one was a fun can and I couldn't pass it up.
16 oz can, no date, into Boiler Red Logo snifter.

Pours a dirty gold from the can - surprising - forming more of a Barleywine or Altbier color in the glass. Perhaps maybe a thin-looking scotch ale. The head doesn't last long either, starts at 2 fingers and settles in at a creamy thin ring with moss on top and no lacing.

Aroma from the can is fresh cut grass, chocolate milk, sweet caramel topping, brown sugar, fig, and toffee. It's super sweet-smelling. From the glass I get more balanced aromas of toasted malt, caramel, brown bread, and toffee.

The flavor brings very sweet malt, almost like wort before you add hops. Lots of caramel action and some bitter roasted chocolate malt. I get some chocolate wafer and chocolate candy corn. There's some grass on the back end, with hints of perfume and honey. Has enough nutty English character peeking through to take it out of pastry beer territory. It's not exceptional, but there's something about it that keeps me coming back.

Feel is wet and slick, with a moderate to high carbonation. Body is medium-light, and has plenty of roastiness on the finish. Some burning alcohol tingling the tongue and gums while leaving a starchy sizzling coating.

Overall, this isn't a half bad beer, though I can understand the negative sentiment. This beer just seems to be hitting the spot for me right now - and whether that's a one time thing or not, I'm not 100% sure whether I'd revisit it or not. It's just a fun, sweet brown ale but isn't particularly keen on depth or complexity. Traditional Brown Ale fans will be almost certainly jilted by this beer. Would be exceptional on a crisp fall night.

Price paid : $2.99 / can
Would buy again : maybe
Dec 31, 2020
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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a cloudy brown color with a reddish tint and a light tan head. Brown sugar and cocoa on the nose, very light.

The brown sugar and cocoa are also featured on the taste, and there’s also a fruity note that lends a cherry flavor to this brown ale which I did not expect.

A nice brown ale, if a bit of a departure from the style.
Nov 11, 2020
Rated: 4.24 by entenduintransit from Tennessee

Nov 05, 2020
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Reviewed by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Not a bad Brown ale and also not as sweet as some described. Very smooth caramel and coffee notes on this one with a slight herbal finish. Not sure I would get it again but it's a decent novelty beer
Oct 13, 2020
Rated: 3.97 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Sep 05, 2020
Rated: 3.84 by 22Blue from Kansas

Sep 01, 2020
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Reviewed by Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
From the tall boy can in a snifter. This solid little ale
pours a medium amber tinged brown color with a
nice head of off white foam that settles to a thick ring, thin
dusty layer, and sports some very nice lacing. Nose of
light coffee, light toffee, earthy malts, and caramel. Flavors
are more than the nose but still muted---brown sugar and
caramel blend with earthy malts, light cream, and mild
coffee. Nice mouth feel; medium light body, medium
carbonation that gives some nice lift, and a lightly
sweet and earthy malt finish with a hint of herbal hops.

Overall, decent but still missing something.....
Aug 20, 2020
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Reviewed by frbnsn from Illinois

2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
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
Rated: 3.95 by jbehlar from Mississippi

Apr 22, 2020
Rated: 3.67 by beaulabauve from Louisiana

Apr 01, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by toast9 from New Jersey

Jan 26, 2020
Rated: 3.31 by markallmon from Tennessee

Jan 25, 2020
Rated: 3.92 by Mac_Cheesin from Maryland

Jan 11, 2020
Rated: 4.17 by jacobk1997 from Georgia

Dec 23, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by paulish from New York

Dec 15, 2019
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Reviewed by tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
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
Rated: 4.26 by SonOfKyuss from Virginia

Nov 04, 2019
Rated: 3.8 by crobinso from Colorado

Nov 02, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by RBorsato from Virginia

Oct 30, 2019
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
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
Rated: 3.5 by MonkeyPilates from Minnesota

Aug 15, 2019
Rated: 3.99 by eluvah from New York

Jul 28, 2019
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Reviewed by Korbynlehr from Kentucky

3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
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
Rated: 3.75 by AMCPhD from Virginia

Apr 14, 2019
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Rated by Roo6 from Tennessee

3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25
Agreeable brown sugar flavor without excessive sweetness,
Mar 31, 2019
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Reviewed by Buck89 from Tennessee

3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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
Rated: 3.79 by DonBowman from Pennsylvania

Mar 01, 2019
Rated: 3.51 by nmann08 from Virginia

Feb 23, 2019
Rated: 3.73 by VeganUndead from Virginia

Feb 06, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by bigschoolrecords from Pennsylvania

Feb 05, 2019
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Rated by Pitaf16 from Florida

4.54/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
This rivals many English ales. The taste, feel, look and smell all get high marks making this a great brown beer when from a fresh tap.
Jan 10, 2019
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Reviewed by ostrichkosa7 from Florida

1/5  rDev -72.5%
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
Brown Sugar Brown Cow from D9 Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 88 ratings