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Red Brick Vanilla Gorilla - Red Brick Brewing Company

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Red Brick Vanilla Gorilla
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 22.75%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Red Brick Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: glid02 on 10-23-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.89/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A: Coffee brown. No head. Light lacing.

S: Smoky, vanilla, malts. A little coffee in the mix.

T: Dark fruits, malts, light vanilla. Chocolate. Robust, smooth, sweet. Never picked up the oak barrel aging nor the oatmeal.

M: Light to medium. Chewy. Not much carbonation.

O: A solid porter. Glad I got to try it. I bet it's even better on tap.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In general, we at the Dudeletter are about a week behind the curve in a two week cycle. As a small start up, we have few writers and the article ideas tend to be narrow. However, with beer, my liver urges more out of me. While I don’t have the motivation or money to test the new Kindle, I do have the Hamiltons to try the new Red Brick. While they have broken my heart in the past, with sub-standard beer tasting, and several recent missteps, they are proving with this beer that they have a plan. The beer plays carefully between smokey and sweet, heavy, but not overwhelming. I want to emphasize that there, in fact, is such a complex play of flavors, you could easily miss something under the umbrella of goodness. The smell is subtle, but distinct. It melds roastiness of a coffee, but none remains in the taste. The vanilla is there, but is almost ice creamy, rather than extract. The smokeyness may seem out of place, but it adds almost a savory note; counteracting the presumed sweetness. Having described all the other named aspects, I assume you wonder, how the gorilla tastes. Well the answer is, hairy. The beers size is the gorilla on my back; which is why, post review, I may not be able to stand. The boldness/strength of the beer is so big, it hides the alcohol, but remains balanced. This is possibly one of the best vanilla beers out right now, if you can get it…and



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1/5  rDev -71.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

32oz growler courtesy of mjmoon15 in a recent trade. Thanks Mark! Poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours a rather thick, very dark brown with excellent clarity (amber and ruby highlights when held to the light) and a finger of loose, tan foam at first that settles into a tight, creamy thick skim coat on the surface of the beer. Foamy lacing left on the glass.

S - Grainy, dark roasted malt, coffee-like roast, sweet cream, vanilla bean, mild citrus hops. Overall intensity is a bit on the low side...what is there is good, but wish it had a little bit more "kick" to it.

T - Quite smooth and creamy. Roasted coffee, smooth and rich vanilla, hints of charcoal and burnt toast, citrus hops at a low level. Not aware of this spending time in any kind of barrel, but I get some woody, oaky notes that complements the vanilla nicely.

M - Silky smooth and creamy...slick and oily on the tongue. Noticeable burnt/charred malt aspects that throw just a subtle edge into the beer. Carbonation is on a lower level, perhaps due to coming from a growler, and really blends well with the already smooth body of this beer. Body feels quite full, probably even more than it actually is, and feels thick and viscous. Grassy and citrusy hops come on quite a bit in the finish/swallow and increase in intensity as the beer warms a bit.

O - I've seen conflicting info about the style of this beer (porter vs. stout)...regardless, this is a pretty tasty beer and probably could be classified either way. The thick and oily body is a highlight here. Definitely enjoyable...helping me make the most of a rare snowy evening this winter.

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2.13/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Poured a thin deep brown, nearly black with good carbonation and a nice tan cap

S: Smoke, bakers powder cocoa and some vanilla extract

T: An immediate smoke which pretty much kills any other flavors. Light vanilla extract, a few oats thrown in for good measure?? and some cheap bakers powder cocoa.

M: Thin and off putting feel, overly carbonated and not a tasty brew.

O: This beer should go back to the drawing board. This beer is a perfect example of regional hype. Alabama born and raised.

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4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer I had on cask at The J. Clyde yesterday. Always nice to be able to dip into two casks on one day. I was told that this was the Double Chocolate Oatmeal Porter aged with vanilla, so hopefully this is the right place to post this. Figured I would follow glid02's lead, assuming this was the right area. Served up in an imperial nonic pint glass.

A: This is a bit darker than the original offering I had a couple days before from the bottle. This seemed to be even more black, allowing even less light through. Still had a touch of dark garnet colors springing forth at the extreme edges when held to the light. The thick and foamy tan head had great retention and really created some nice foam lace on the glass as well. Basically, this went up a notch in grading due to the slightly darker color and the better head retention.

S: Smell was a lot better. The malts really come out and let you smell the sweet and roasted qualities. Coffee and chocolate are more pronounced along with a touch of toffee. The vanilla is there but not overpowering or crazy. The oatmeal is also more pronounced and really brings out a nice earthy, breakfast quality. I don't know what brought out more in the nose from this cask offering than the bottle, but everything is more pronounced and easier to smell. Very nice.

T: Taste is almost identical to the bottle offering, but it comes with just a nice addition of smooth vanilla that rounds out the flavors. Has all the qualities of my previous review :
Really nice, chunky oatmeal flavors come out first and foremost. Then there are some nice coffee and cream flavors. This tastes like breakfast. There is also on the finish a really nice milk chocolate flavor that really sits in the aftertaste. Very rich chocolate flavor.
All of this combined with that vanilla really comes together nicely and is incredibly enjoyable.

M: Medium in full in body that seems to be even more creamy than the regular offering. Nice coating thickness to it. ABV doesn't play a role at all it seems, just allows these nice sweet flavors to be enjoyed. Aftertaste is a bit of chocolate and vanilla flavors that are a pleasure to have sticking around.

D: Yet again, a really easy drinking beer. The added vanilla is something that really brings all the flavors together even more, and makes it very enjoyable to drink. This is a sweet beer and was perfect as my dessert. Just damned tasty and easy drinking. Would love to have some of this again. Really happy we decided to have a late lunch here.

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Red Brick Vanilla Gorilla from Red Brick Brewing Company
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