Red Brick Brick Mason Series #4: Smoked Vanilla Gorilla - Red Brick Brewing Company
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Reviews by nhindian:
3.98/5 rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz bottle poured into a snifter.
A - Pours a cola-colored brown that pours easily into the snifter. There's not much head on here, about a finger's worth, but it does have some decent retention despite the lack in height. Sticky lacing surrounds the glass, layering the glass in its wispy wake.
S - The nose on this is intriguing and unique from the start. My very first impression draws me back to about a year ago when I first tried Short's S'more Stout (which was unfortunately badly infected) in the smokey campfire smell mixed with a strong sweetness. There it was due to the marshmallow and chocolate, but here, the vanilla beans add a pleasant sweetness. It probably helps that they smoke the vanilla beans as well to keep it from being overbearing. A touch of smoked meats flutters here and there.
T - My first takes me by surprise as there is a slight tartness here which I'm not sure is attributable to an infection or just the way the overall profile comes together. Either way, it's not disastrous as the S'more Stout was; it just adds another layer. The smoke is kicked up a notch here, overshadowing the vanilla just a touch, while the beans resurge in the finish to end on a sweeter note. A little bit of chocolate and coffee comes and goes, just staying long enough to make a slight impression. There is only a little bit of whiskey influence here, as I can just barely get some of the flavor mingling in the middle of the pack, but it's definitely not in the top 3 flavors at all.
M - Mouthfeel is moderately light-bodied with high carbonation. A little bit thin, especially for the range of flavors that this beer goes through, but it does keep it rather easy to get down. A smokey, woody finish leaves a lasting aftertaste.
D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. While the whiskey isn't as prominent as I was hoping it'd be, the other flavors seem to more than compensate for it with an interesting flavor profile. This pairs perfectly with a freezing, snowy night.
Serving type: bottle
01-23-2012 04:22:41 | More by nhindian
More User Reviews:
3.63/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A-Black with a small tan head that leaves a slight lace
S-roast with a chocolate nutty aroma coming through with a smoke smell in there
T-The smoke really comes in hard here. Hard smoke taste that has a hop kick then the smoke takes back over
M-kinda full body and low carbonation
O-as the glass goes down the smoke faded, and it had a better taste
Serving type: bottle
02-09-2014 01:45:06 | More by a0lbudman
4.6/5 rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Ahh this will be my first time opening a bottle of Red Brick Mason Series brew, and let me say I am excited to try this smoked beer out! I love my smoked brews and I've got to say that Red Brick Vanilla Gorilla did not disappoint. Upon pouring this treat into my glass my first observation is that the beer has a rich and dark coffee like appearance with a thin tan frothy head. The aroma gave a hint of smoked hickory, malt, and a mild fruity smell. The first sip is very smooth, the brew delights the tongue with a slight fizzle sensation without being overwhelming like cheaper beers (natty), absolutely sensational mouthfeel. The taste is wonderfully balanced, the smokiness is there but done just perfectly I where it doesn't overpower the rest of the flavors, the taste of what I'm assuming to be smoked hickory, vanilla (obviously), malty, with a slight citrusy/fruity tang to top it off. I'm still training my taste buds and senses to be able to pick up on everything but if you're a newbie like me trust me you won't regret picking up this brew. Fantastic I highly recommend. Beer on my friends
Serving type: bottle
08-14-2013 05:41:03 | More by FrattyNattyKA
Red Brick Brick Mason Series #4: Smoked Vanilla Gorilla from Red Brick Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.