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Brown Sugar Brown Cow | D9 Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
D9 Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Immortale25 on 12-07-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by Immortale25:
Photo of Immortale25
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of chinchill
3.78/5  rDev +5%
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 +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beerthulhu
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of vwbus7
1.41/5  rDev -60.8%
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 +38.9%
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 +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbrauneis
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AngusOg
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
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 Gavage
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
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 avalon07
3.02/5  rDev -16.1%
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 khargro2
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MericanToast
4.46/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Musetta
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of walkinginplace
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SGT_Cookie
4.58/5  rDev +27.2%
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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Photo of yaksurf
3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Kingfish1965
1.22/5  rDev -66.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Photo of apokatastasis
4.27/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

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Photo of XsoldoutX
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Samputnam14
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Vetbidder
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Brown Sugar Brown Cow from D9 Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 23 ratings
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