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Red Brick Brick Mason Series #8: Vanilla Gorilla - Red Brick Brewing Company

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very good

74 Ratings
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 74
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 8.62%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Red Brick Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Zach136 on 10-30-2013)
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

phooky, Mar 01, 2014
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3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Bottled on 10/22/13 lasered on the bottleneck. Received in an informal "locals" exchange with my good friend Erinn in Atlanta.

A: Almost black with a think cap of light beige tightly bubbled head with a few stray lace spots.

S: Vanilla is the dominant aroma but there are notes of coffee, caramel, dates, raisins, and chocolate. It does not have the chemical vanilla flavors the beers that use extract frequently have.

T: Good but somewhat one-dimensional flavor, reminiscent of vanilla cola. There are some roasty and chocolate flavors in the finish that are increased with warming. The coffee of the nose are there in the flavor, while the caramel sweetness gets a little heavy with progress through the beer. I am glad I shared this with my wife. The hopping is mainly countering bitterness. There is little to no alcohol or yeast presence.

M: A bit overfizzed which makes it seem more astringent and acidic in the mouth. Light-medium body with a slightly tacky and mildly chemical feel to it.

O: Vanilla Gorilla is a decent beer but the vanilla plus the sweetness hurts drinkability. It would be nice if they upped the maltiness without accentuating sweetness as this comes off as a chocolate creme soda.

argock, Feb 26, 2014
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3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle is very eye appealing , Color is a rich dark brown . Not much of a smell to it , slightly carbonated , Vanilla is obvious, with hints of chocolate and fruits, has an overall pleasant taste, not much of a bitter finish. Beer is not terrible , but it's not one of the best porters I put in my mouth. Would buy again if I could find.

gildo9, Feb 09, 2014
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yaksurf, Jan 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. Near black pour, thin layer of light tan head. Retains ok and laces the glass just a bit.

Aroma, Chocolates and vanilla. Lesser roast malt.

Taste, Vanilla up front. More roast malt here. Cocoa and a little coffee in the slightly dry finish.

Clean and easy drinking, not overly done with the vanilla. Medium body and a medium amount of carbonation. Maybe just a tad thinner than preferred, but that helps the drinkability.
Not bad at all.

Bung, Jan 18, 2014
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3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a deep pitch black with a one finger medium tan head that fades away rather quickly leaving a thick ring around the top of the beer.

Vanilla is strongly present in the aroma along with heavy roasted malt. There is a touch of coffee and dark chocolate along with a whiff of dark fruits.

The vanilla is even more present in the taste along with plenty of nuttiness and more dark fruit. The coffee is more restrained but lots of roast is still there. Mouthfeel is thick and silky with a lingering sweetness. There is a quick note of alcohol towards the finish.

Overall, this beer is not quite outstanding but it is pretty well put together. What it lacks in depth it makes up for in drinkability. I probably won't pick it up again but I'm glad I got to try it.

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Red Brick Brick Mason Series #8: Vanilla Gorilla from Red Brick Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.