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Red Brick Vanilla Gorilla | Red Brick Brewing Company

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Red Brick Brewing Company
Georgia, United States | website

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Here at Red Brick Brewing Company we're serious about our beer, and the Brick Mason series showcases our dedication to the art of brewing. With that said, we invite you to enjoy this handcrafted Imperial Porter. Featuring Madagascar Bourbon vanilla beans, which impart a rich, dark, and creamy character, these qualities enhance the luxurious chocolate notes in the carefully selected blend of six different malts.The result is a beer at the height of our creative expression as brewers, and completely deserving of our hightest distinction as a Brick Mason.

Added by glid02 on 10-23-2008

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Reviews by Dudeletter:
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4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've seen conflicting reports on what this is. One person said it was a Porter, but I'll go with the guys at Taco Mac and call this an oatmeal stout. Also according to them it's a double chocolate oatmeal stout that's been aged for 25 days with vanilla beans. Daryk77 said that this was at the Decatur Beerfest, but he doesn't think it was from a cask.

I watched this being poured at the bar (I got mine from a server earlier in the night) and there's a big three-finger tan head that recedes into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is pretty sticky.

Smell of roasted malts with mild chocolate and vanilla aromas up front. As the beer warms the vanilla becomes more apparent.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Mild roasted malts with bitter chocolate up front. Again, as it warms the vanilla comes out more and the last sip is mildly bitter dark chocolate with a good amount of vanilla. Bitterness is mild throughout.

Mouthfeel is good. It's from a cask so the carbonation is subdued. It's not quite as thick as I would've hoped, but it does go down very smoothly.

Drinkability is good. This is a solid tasting beer, but I'm not overly anxious to order another.

Overall this is a step up for ABC. All of there beers are good but not great, and this is one of their best in my opinion. I'm hoping that this means they will venture more into dark beers and high gravity beers. I hope they continue to dole out more casks in the future.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lots of vanilla, of course, but I get some really interesting flavore also. Peanut butter, light chocolate malt, lactose sweet and toffee all comprise a nicely constructed beer.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mikexw
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of portia99
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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1/5  rDev -74.1%

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3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cask at Taco Mac Metropolis into a pint glass.

Pours dark, dark brown with a large tan head that hangs around as an inch-thick cap throughout and leaves great lacing.

The aroma has lots of roasted malts and milk chocolate with hints of coffee and vanilla.

The roasted character moves more towarda burnt character in the taste with heavy toasted malts and some espresso. The chocolate is still present in the taste but the vanilla is much more prevalent and lingers through the finish.

The mouthfeel is very, very smooth and creamy as one would expect from the cask. The carbonation is strong and complements the smoothness of the feel.

I haven't tried much Atlanta Brewing beers recently, but I can say without a doubt this is the best one I've ever had. I hope this is a step in the right direction for them and that they'll keep playing around with some more interesting things. Recommended.

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Red Brick Vanilla Gorilla from Red Brick Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.