Red Brick Brick Mason Series Beard Envy - Red Brick Brewing Company
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4.14/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
02-10-2014 22:09:53 | More by oberon
4.01/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
08-04-2014 21:58:35 | More by puboflyons
3.1/5 rDev -23.3%
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.
07-06-2014 21:37:02 | More by cpetrone84
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
4.26/5 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
3.96/5 rDev -2%
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.
07-05-2014 22:51:53 | More by wedge
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
4.08/5 rDev +1%
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.
05-01-2014 22:40:16 | More by portia99
Red Brick Brick Mason Series Beard Envy from Red Brick Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.