Brown Sugar Brown Cow | D9 Brewing Company

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Brown Sugar Brown CowBrown Sugar Brown Cow

Brewed by:
D9 Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Immortale25 on 12-07-2016

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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by Immortale25:
Photo of Immortale25
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Wicked Weed snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a dark brown color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Milk chocolate, caramel and brown sugar.

T- Lots of brown sugar and vanilla sweetness with some milk chocolate hitting mid-palate and ending with a moderately roasty coffee finish. Pretty drinkable and there's decent balance between the sweetness and roast. Caramel aftertaste.

M- Basic brown feel with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Not bad. Could use a bit more body and there's not a lot of complexity to the flavor profile but if you're looking for a sweet brown ale, look no further.

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Photo of Steeleman20
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of sisterofba
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beerthulhu
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of vwbus7
1.41/5  rDev -61.7%
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.

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Photo of TastyBeverage
5/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tastes like chocolate milk

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Photo of Stofko1992
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbrauneis
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AngusOg
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gavage
3.35/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of teromous
2.7/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
3.02/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

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Photo of cafequaid
4.58/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of khargro2
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sendbeer
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MericanToast
4.46/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Musetta
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of walkinginplace
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RockyM72
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lupercmda
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SGT_Cookie
4.58/5  rDev +24.5%
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

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Brown Sugar Brown Cow from D9 Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 34 ratings