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

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BEER STATS
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29
Ratings:
167
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
25.56%
 
 
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Red Brick Brewing Company
Georgia, United States | website

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Omonigan on 01-20-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.07/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of Zach136
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.43/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of blackcoyote13
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Red Brick Brick Mason Series Beard Envy from Red Brick Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.