Red Brick Brick Mason Series Beard Envy - Red Brick Brewing Company
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4.44/5 rDev +9.9%
12oz bottle from Hop City (Atlanta, GA). 12.99/ 4 pack. Red Brick still doesn't bottle date but this just hit shelves this week. Served in a Red Brick snifter.
Pours a beautiful transparent chestnut with a half finger of cream hued head which recedes to a nice sized halo and leaved some good looking lace.
Smells of toffee, caramel, bourbon and vanilla.
Taste follows the nose but with so much more. Toffee, sweet bourbon, caramel, oaky vanilla, chocolate, dark fruit, barrel char, earthen bitterness and a dab of booze. Very enjoyable layers of flavor that help the near-10% abv go down smooth.
Creamy-yet-oily, medium full body with mild-to-moderate carbonation. It has a nice weight to it that settles on the tongue and lingers with it's bourbon and toffee finish.
Red Brick has really been stepping up their game over the past year. This is one of the best beers I've had from them. Slightly bitter for an English barleywine but delicious and easy to drink. This one is worth seeking out to try.
01-22-2014 03:42:17 | More by ThickNStout
4.39/5 rDev +8.7%
12 oz. Darkened mohoghanny like pour. Whispy thin layer of off white colored head.
Aroma, Toffee, vanilla, oak barrel, bourbon. Increases as it warms. Still a pronounced citrusy hop presence through the maltiness.
Taste, Dark red fruits up front, toasted malt. Just faint bittering hops and anise. Carmelized brown sugar, toffee. Vanilla and oaky bourbon come strong on their own. Tobacco. Lingers a long time along with some unsweetened chocolate.
Really has some nice distinct layers.
In between medium and full body. Great level of fine bubbled carbonation. It's a little warm, but not overly offensive. 12 ounces can be easily done.
I think this is the best of the series yet.
02-08-2014 03:08:11 | More by Bung
4.36/5 rDev +7.9%
Served from a bottle only a week after bottling. Smell is pronounced bourbon and oak upon pouring. Medium to small head and a nice dark amber color to the beer. More carbonated than expected.
The flavor follows the smell but is a bit more bitter. First thought to comes to mind is their 17th Anniversary beer, but this one is notably more bitter and has less vanilla. The bitter works pretty well at masking the alcohol and balancing out the bit of sweetness in the beer. I'm getting some char flavors too after each swig. They used these barrels for the 20th anniversary bourbon stout recently and you can tell in the flavor.
Overall, very tasty stuff and quite drinkable. Not quite what I expected but enjoyable nonetheless.
01-20-2014 19:33:07 | More by blackcoyote13
4.34/5 rDev +7.4%
Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at Mr. Dunderbak's. Served in a goblet.
A: Hazy deep brown, with a thin fluffy layer of foam and low visible carbonation.
S: Caramel malts, booze, vanilla oak, raisins and dark fruit.
T: Sweet caramel maltiness and toffee up front, then some bourbon burn and sweetness over a bit of resin and citrus hop bitterness. Tons of vanilla and oaky tannins, with toasted caramel, hop bitterness and raisins on the exhale.
M: Significant alcohol presence but not overly hot. Low carbonation sensation, and average weight to the mouthfeel.
O: This was really damn tasty. It may not be truly in the mix for best in class, but if not it's awfully close. I believe it's at least earned a place in an upcoming barleywine tasting. Excellent, and highly recommended.
03-17-2014 02:30:42 | More by macrosmatic
4.26/5 rDev +5.4%
Bottle purchased at Ale Yeah! in Decatur, GA.
poured into travel tulip.
Deep amber almost brown color with white froathy head. Awesome sweet dried fruit and bourbon woody aroma...really friggin nice.
Nice tobacco cocoa woody vanilla bourbon flavor - dried fruit notes linger. Nice flavor...really nice. Slightly hoppy bitter finish.
Its a bit thin...weirdly so - with so much going on in the flavor its weird that its so thin...so major minus there...but it does make it rather chugable so plus there...
Actually a really nice BW. Highly impressed by this one. In fact, its one of the better BW ive had. Id get again for sure. This is one id like to try multiple variants of - BA version, vanilla...yada yada...but regardless...its one where a bunch should be aged like Big Foot, Sucaba, or Goose Island...I think it delicious now, but it would be awesome to try a vintage one.
Anyway...realle nice BW...
04-04-2014 01:44:59 | More by DrinkSlurm
Red Brick Brick Mason Series Beard Envy from Red Brick Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.