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Red Brick Brick Mason Series Beard Envy - Red Brick Brewing Company

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89
very good

23 Reviews
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Reviews: 23
Hads: 142
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 7.33%
Wants: 8
Gots: 31 | FT: 5
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Red Brick Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Omonigan on 01-20-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 23 | Hads: 142
Photo of KevSal
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Big thank you to easyreader, always sending me the best stuff! Long time want and it lives up. wow this guy is bursting with flavor. Juicy dark fruit coats the mouth. Flavor last and last, great barrel. Really impressed with this one. I bet if this came in a fancy waxed bomber the score would be much higher. Great showing from Red Brick (339 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,009 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reddish amber colored body was clear, and formed a two finger thick head in the glass. This looked more similar to a DIPA pour than a darker one I was expecting of a barleywine. The aroma was sweet, with the malts showing up as brown sugar, and hops revealing some orange peel. The taste was quite sweet as well, with the first impression of honey and brown sugar. Mid palette the oak flavors became very evident, as vanilla, banana, and toffee showed up. The finish was quite dry, with charred wood tannin dominating to a slow fade. Quite a light body for the style with a distinct burn late. One of the better beers from Red Brick in my opinion. (651 characters)

Photo of blackcoyote13
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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. (732 characters)

Photo of Zach136
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep hazy brown, one finger beige head dissipates to a thin collar.

Aroma: Huge aroma of toffee, pretzels, caramel, oak, and bourbon.

Flavor: I've had this brew a few times, the oak seems to have actually gotten more intense with age. 6 months was pretty close to perfect in balance between barrel and malt. Now at 9 months, this particular bottle is starting to show signs of oxidation. But not enough to cover up the deep rich caramel and toffee notes. Hops have notably faded from a mildly present background note, to non existant.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, touch of booze.

Overall: I'd be willing to bet the bottles aren't going to get much better than they are now (10-30-14). Drink 'em if you got 'em! (727 characters)

Photo of Bung
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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. (683 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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. (787 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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... (905 characters)

Photo of Tony_D
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown in color with a mocha colored head that is thin but remains.

S: Very strong bourbon smell with maybe a touch of vanilla. Cannot personally pick up any other smells in the overall aroma.

T: Taste is wonderful.

M: Maybe a touch low on the carbonation but overall has a good mouthfeel.

O: This beer surprised me with its drinkability. I was expecting to have to age this beer for quite some time to let it mellow but it is good right from the start. The bourbon is not overwhelming and goes great with the (522 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter a deep amber tinged mahogany with a thick creamy light beige head atop,great clarity and color.Aromas of caramel/vanilla and toffee really stood out with some drunken fruit thrown in.Flavors are warm and sweet but not over the top in sweetness,caramel/vanilla and dark fruit with that sticky toffeeness,mild leafy hops,and toasted oak were detectable but the malty richness is what this beer is all about.A smooth full feel just adds to the beer.To me the beer is more English in nature with it's big malty tones but either just great. (557 characters)

Photo of Ohiovania
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Got this as an extra in a trade and was very excited to break it open. As much as I think the bourbon barrel aged stuff is a trend of making big beers taste even bigger, I'm a sucker for it.

Beer looks great. Smell is fantastic. Bourbon and vanilla and toffee dominate. slightly under carbonated mouth feel but still very nice. Flavor is sweet over sweet. Not sure how old my bottle is but I wouldn't let it sit any longer. No heat at all either for being over 9%.

I'd drink this one again for sure. just maybe after dinner next time. (536 characters)

Photo of portia99
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an Idle Hands tulip.

A - Pours a moderately hazy, somewhat dirty brown color with hints of amber. Low carbonation with no real head formation and only a thin wisp of an off-white collar around the edge of the glass.

S - Buttery toffee, caramel, sweet vanilla, brown sugar, burnt sugar, some smooth bourbon, faint woodiness.

T - Sugary sweet aspects hit first with toffee and brown sugar leading the way...mix of other sugars, caramelized sugar, molasses especially. Off-setting hop bitterness which is medium level and sufficient to provide a good balance of sweet and bitter. Smooth and somewhat subtle bourbon notes complement nicely and provide a smooth transition from the initial sweet to the finishing bitterness. Vanilla blends in lightly to add some more smoothness.

M - Medium body...not quite as full as I'd like but well within the bounds of the style. Low carbonation breathes a hint of life into the beer, but stays well short of creating any kind of tingle. Layers of sweet in various forms of sugars gives this a thin, syrupy feel. Bourbon gives just a bit of a kick and leaves a lingering warmth that is quite welcome.

T - Definitely one that develops more as it warms in the glass. Scarily easy drinking for a BA Barleywine - could be dangerous if multiple bottles were on hand. Nice barrel integration that doesn't overpower...well done - adds a layer of complexity to what seems to be a pretty good base beer to begin with. (1,471 characters)

Photo of shivtim
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Saw a 4-pack and had to try it. While Red Brick's flagship brews are so-so, I've really enjoyed the Brick Mason series, particularly the double IPA and Vanilla Gorilla.

Nice design and name. Poured the bottle into a pint glass.
Deep murky brown/orange, with a thick foamy tan head. Beautiful beer.
Nose is bourbon and malts. Boozy and sweet. Nice but could be more complex.
Taste is very solid for the style. Sweet malts, hints of bitter hops, and some lingering bourbon heat. Slight earthiness with dark fruit. Flavors blend very well.

Great mouthfeel. Not thin/boozy like some barleywines.

Probably my favorite from Red Brick. (631 characters)

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a dark amber color with two fingers of thick off white head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Lots of very sweet dark fruits - smells cloyingly sweet actually. A bit of burnt toffee in the background. As the beer warms up, more toffee and less sweetness come out, balancing the beer a bit. Bourbon is in the background.

T: Again, very sweet dark fruit and toffee. Bourbon becomes apparent, melding fairly well with the beer. As the beer warms, it seems much more balanced like the aroma. Bourbon comes in as well - the flavor works well with the base beer.

M: Medium to light thickness with adequate carbonation.

O: At colder temperatures, this beer really was not very good. As it warmed, some complexity came out, making it quite nice. (776 characters)

Photo of chinchill
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Originally served a little too cold quickly warmed up.

The dark red-amber body is topped b a durable bone-colored head that leaves very good lacing.

Smooth mouthfeel with medium carbonation and a full-light body. A bit hot, but not really more than expected for 9.3%.

Sweet and appealing aroma precedes a fine flavor with ample, but not overpowering, flavoring from the barrel aging. Notes of toffee, dates and wood.

O: very good barrel-aged barleywine but a bit too boozy and hot: this would likely improve with some aging. (557 characters)

Photo of NCalement
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a globe.

A- Pours a deep dark brownish-amber, fast head that fades to a thin ring with light lacing. Small bubbles escape to the surface of the glass.

S- Bourbon, burnt sugar, fig, raisin, toffee, leather, tobacco, some alcohol burn on the nose and some sweet malt finish. Very nice and complex. The bourbon shines the most.

T- Bourbon, vanilla, roasted marshmallow, cereal, graham cracker, toffee, some hop bitterness, raisin and fig as it warms, and toffee. Not as complex as the nose.

M- Washes the palate clean, micro bubbles, thin viscus body, alcohol is present.

O- What an amazing beer. Truly under the radar when it comes to top notch BA Barelywines. I will continue to drink this as long as they make it. (742 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle acquired in trade from a non BA-member. Sampled on August 4, 2014.

The pour is an intriguing looking reddish-amber with a quick burst of off-white. A slight fog.

The aroma explodes with barley malts, maybe a little chocolate, sweetness, dark fruits, but little to no booze.

The body is medium to heavy.

The taste is much like the aroma with bountiful malts, chocolate, and a bitter bite that sneaks up quickly on the back side. I pick up a tad more alcohol in the flavor than in the nose but it is incidental. (541 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very soft hiss as I popped the cap had me worried this would be nearly flat, but a creamy head forms before dying down to a milky ring. The body is a dark, foggy auburn, despite my best efforts to keep the yeast in the bottle. Boozy wooden barrel aromas initially, developing into raisin bread, maple syrup, toffee, vanilla, hazelnut, tobacco, and bitter cocoa. Super smooth Bourbon flavor - not too boozy at all. Toffee, vanilla bean, crumbled graham crackers, dried purple fruits, cakey malts, and a trailing hoppy bitterness. Feels oily slick and smooth in the mouth and medium bodied, which is light for the style and ABV. This would make a great beer to sip on a cool fall evening. (688 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A hard pour raises a rocky ecru head that perches on top of the mahogany colored liquid; nice retention and a curtain of lace is delivered

Smell: Toffee and pecans with a pithy element

Taste: Toffee, pecans and a butterscotch aspect that builds; the pith arrives, after the swallow, to cut into the sweetness but the nuts and caramel tones linger into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I love a good English barleywine and was hoping this beer would be so much better than it was; not a bad beer, but the flavors clash and the overall effect delivers too much sweetness (633 characters)

Photo of mverity
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle given to me by RB's Scotchzi. Poured into a snifter. Deep reddish brown with a finger's worth of tan head that faded into a thick collar and good amount of wisps. Good lacing. Aroma is molasses, sweet nuts (pecan or hazelnut) and toffee. Light body and low carbonation, but a sticky mouthfeel. Taste is much like the aroma: toffee and nutty with lots of grainy sweetness. I typically don't like Red Brick, but this is one of their best IMHO. (448 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

To honor the burley, Red Brick gives them a beer of masculinity, strength, boldness and one meant for the connoisseur.

Beard Envy is a deep garnet ale with bronzen low lights and a dense foamy cap. Its aromas are just as jam-packed, pushing brown sugar, scorched caramel and fruitcake over the senses.

Fruit and booze follow closely behind with cherry, apple, date, fig and plum- all seemingly of the rum-soaked variety. Lavish in its sweetness, the malts never back down as they wrap the fruit and alcohol spice in a blanket of molasses and port-like viscosity.

Warm and spicy in finish, the hops burst through with citrus peels and pine resins. Bitterly balanced, but the hops stop shy of the intense rival from malt. Its rich taste and texture is off of chewy but simply exudes powerful and manly notions otherwise. (822 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade over a year ago.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a crystal clear dark chestnut hue with a super thin head that fades to leave thin wisps and a light halo.

S - Aromas of very sweet caramel, faint bourbon, little bit of older hops, light malts. Bourbon is quite faint. More of a sweet vanilla thing going on.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. More sweet caramel, little bit of bourbon. Actually, the bourbon is quite faint. The vanilla level is low, little bit of barrel, flash of toffee. Sweet malts, faint faint cardboard, older hops.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, a bit sticky/syrupy.

O - Overall this beer was rather lackluster and one note. Really didn't have much bourbon going for it and was mostly just sweet caramel sauce.

Serving Type: Bottle (796 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.12/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is dark copper, a bit murky with a small amount of tan head. Nose is tons of sticky caramel and a bit of brown sugar, a decent bit of rich maltiness, light bourbon notes and a hint of wood. Taste is a bit sweet, the rich malts depth isn't quite there, a good bit of caramel and more brown sugar, slightly cooked, flavor thins towards the back. Bourbon comes in on the finish, soft, full bodied and moderate carbonation and a bit of lingering booziness. (457 characters)

Red Brick Brick Mason Series Beard Envy from Red Brick Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.