Red Brick Brick Mason Series #4: Smoked Vanilla Gorilla - Red Brick Brewing Company
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Ratings: 190 | Reviews: 81 | Display Reviews Only:
4.03/5 rDev +14.8%
Tasted On: 11-19-2011
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Purchased: 4-pack from Midtown, Nashville
Color is black and opaque. The tan head is less than a finger and dissipates quickly. Lacing on the glass is good.
Aromas feature the smoked malt and cherry wood. I also get some roasted notes and a subtle whiskey aroma, but not any vanilla.
Taste is smokey and malt-forward, with highlights from the oak wooded flavors. I also get bittersweet chocolates and a low amount of bitterness of coffee. Maybe a nod to some vanilla, but it seems those flavors get overshadowed by the smoke and woodiness.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy on a medium body. Nice alcohol warming and an aftertaste of smoked and roasted malt.
Overall, a nicely balanced porter, easier to drink than some other smoked beers. I'd recommend this beer, although I think the price is a bit high.
11-20-2011 04:24:41 | More by sommersb
3.98/5 rDev +13.4%
Aroma is SERIOUSLY smoky, like burnt green wood, with a hint of, yep, you guessed it, vanilla, and a touch of coffee. It pours a warm opaque sable with a thick, fluffy, persistent light tan head. Smoky flavor has vanilla, coffee and molasses notes to it. Firm-bodied texture is fairly fizzy and leaves a woody, smoky finish that has hints of coffee and yeast.
11-20-2011 04:04:20 | More by Cyberkedi
3.75/5 rDev +6.8%
Thanks for this one Grant. Poured into a tulip. This one pours a dark cola brown with a finger of light tan head.
The aroma gives off some burnt coffee notes with some hints of vanilla and smoke and cedar. Somehow this is smokier than I had pictured; very tasty though. Lots of smoke and cedar on the pallet with some cocoa tones and a bit of vanilla to round it out.
A little bit lighter on the body than I would prefer with somewhat rough carbonation.
Overall this is a pretty unique one. Pretty enjoyable brew from these guys.
11-17-2011 03:11:38 | More by Bendurgin
3.9/5 rDev +11.1%
12 ounce bottle - $2.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black body with a medium-sized, light beige head.
Smell: A sooty smokiness certainly leads the pack, followed by sweet-scented chocolate, sugar-dosed coffee, and some dark fruits, the vanilla bean pods, as well as the barrel treatment coming in dead last (but, better last than never, right?).
Taste: Sweetish malts, some semi-sweet chocolate, roast-accented coffee, and the expected vanilla, but, unless the previous iteration, with a noted chimney smokiness. Light bourbon character, no more, with caramelized sugar creme brulee tops. Sweetish, smoky finish with that barrel character trying to emerge, even at the last second, but not quite getting there.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Develops a smoothness as the carbonation dies away.
Overall: Sweetish, mellow, and smelling, at times, of smoke. A bit like myself, really.
11-17-2011 00:52:04 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.25/5 rDev +21.1%
Thanks to gford217 for this generous extra!
12 oz bottle poured into Delerium Tremens tulip.
A: Pours a completely opaque dark, dark brown with cherry-cola highlights. 1-finger mocha head dies into a thin cap, leaving a bit of lacing.
S: Vanilla and sweet cocoa dominate the nose, followed by a bit of wood and fresh cream. Also some caramel and molasses Very inviting.
T: Nose characteristics start this off, followed by a great deal of oak and a bit of coffee. Not getting much bourbon, but the oak is omnipresent. Delicious.
M: Carbonation is rather high for the style, although the feel itself is thinner than I'd like to see in a beer like this.
O: Certainly a delicious take on a vanilla porter, although I'd say the flavor profile leans more towards a stout. I also would have liked to see more bourbon, even though the oak is there in droves. Regardless, I would love to have regular access to this beer.
Very nice, and worth more than one take.
11-13-2011 02:31:05 | More by sk8man121
4.18/5 rDev +19.1%
Thanks to bastu for sending me this one!
Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 2 inch foamy beige head that settles to a thin film. Thin broken rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of smoked malt first and foremost. Maybe some slight vanilla and bourbon aromas if you smell very hard. Taste is of smoked malt, chili chocolate, and slight vanilla and bourbon flavors. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a somewhat creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good smoked porter but the vanilla and bourbon that is supposed to be in this beer is very hidden in both the smell and taste.
11-05-2011 07:04:32 | More by UCLABrewN84
4/5 rDev +14%
Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Dogfish Head Snifter.
Color: A coca-cola color with a tan head.
Smell: Smokey, Vanilla, hops and whiskey
Taste: Hops, smokey, vanilla and slight whiskey and chocolate on the back.
Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, smooth and mid-light dry on the palate.
Overall: The hops, vanilla, smoke, whiskey and chocolate are well balanced. My brother really enjoyed this one. Cheers!
10-30-2011 19:32:39 | More by Heatwave33
4/5 rDev +14%
A= Pours dark coffee color with a nice tan head that that sticks around for awhile and there was some nice lacing in this one.
S= You really get a lot of vanilla in the nose it's really strong the smoke does a nice job of hiding the fact it was aged in whiskey barrels. I picked up on the whiskey just a little bit I also picked up on some chocolate.
T= I think the smoke comes through really strong in the taste, then the vanilla which surprised me because the vanilla was really strong in the nose. I also picked up on the chocolate and whiskey in the back of this beer.
M= Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation. I really thought this would be a little bit more full bodied.
O= Overall, I thought this was a wonderful beer and really would like to try this one again. I would say give this one a try.
10-29-2011 19:20:54 | More by LiquidBread219
4.43/5 rDev +26.2%
Pours a deep brown/red and leaves a nice three finger tan head. Smells like a rauchbier. I get smoked meat and whiskey, but no vanilla. Tastes exactly like the smell. Smoked ham comes through and stays throughout. I can taste whiskey at the end, but vanilla is not how I would describe this beer. Very delicious. Very smokey and the whiskey barrels give this a nice smoothness that other smoked beers lack. Very impressed! More characteristic of a rauchbier than a porter. If you love smoked beers, this is a must-try!
10-28-2011 01:26:29 | More by hmf05
4.38/5 rDev +24.8%
Pours a nice deep chocolate brown with a small tan head that recedes slowly to a thick collar.
Aroma is interesting and heavy on smoked malts with some hints of vanilla. There are some roasty malts and a little bakers chocolate underneath.
The taste is excellent and has a few interesting things going on. The smoked malts are still there but the vanilla is a little more prominent as is the chocolate and malts in the backbone.
Smooth feel with good carbonation.
I'm a big, big fan of this beer and I'm pretty excited about what ABC has been putting out lately. Get some now.
10-27-2011 03:54:14 | More by gford217
4/5 rDev +14%
12oz bottle purchased at Total Wine & More in Boca Raton FL early October 2011. Poured into Libbey stemmed porter/stout glass.
A: Pours coffee black with thin tan head that dissipates into a thin film leaving a tan ring around the top.
S: Vanilla detected immediately after the pour when the glass is at least a foot away, but smoke is the most prevalent aroma when the glass is under my nose. Minor whiskey notes intertwined with toffee, roasted coffee and faint hint of chocolate cherries.
T: Smoke still takes center stage, while vanilla, coffee, and chocolate play in the background. Many different flavors but nicely balanced.
M: Medium body, medium carbonation that's almost a little too fizzy for my preference. Would like to see how this one settles after a few months. Slight bitterness that doesn't linger.
O: Lots of different flavors and aromas give it a very interesting complexity that's remarkably well-balanced, with the smokiness and vanilla playing off each other nicely.
10-22-2011 05:36:31 | More by xpdrinker
3.75/5 rDev +6.8%
882nd Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
Served at cellar temp.
Thanks to ahlthe3rd for this one.
App- A good rich mahogany brown with some amber highlights. Borders a deep brown but needs more richess to it. A good two finger head with maybe a couple dots of cling.
Smell- A good bit of smoke flavor with some oak barrel and a tad bit of vanilla. If you say Vanilla, it should have more of it in the nose. A good bit of booze as well.
Taste- A small thiness with the porter malt flavor. The roast comes next with only a touch of vanilla and then a little bit of espresso and the spicy smoked flavors.
Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonation. A good bit of roast and smoke. A little lit down with the lack of vanilla on aftertaste.
Drink- This was a good tasty beer but needed to pop more with the vanilla. The smokiness and roast is there with some oak flavors just needs to balance a bit more.
10-22-2011 04:50:47 | More by FosterJM
4.38/5 rDev +24.8%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Thanks to my buddy Audi for the hookup from the ATL.
A: Pours a dark dark brown color with a 1.5 finger creamy tan head that disappears to a thin ring after a couple of minutes. Spotty lacing.
S: Roasted malts and alcohol hit my nose first followed by the oak smell and some smokey smell and coffee as well. Not a huge smoke flavor but enough to make me want to be sitting next to a campfire.
T: As it warms, the malts take a back seat to the oak and the vanilla. Roasted chocolate malts come through in the middle of the taste as does some more coffee and cocoa. As it warms more, the coffee really comes through at the end.
M: Creamy, wonderful feel that coats the mouth. The alcohol peeks itself out here moreso than at any other point in the brew but it's really welcomed. Perfectly carbonated.
O: A superb brew from Red Brick which at this point isn't anything new. These guys are really good and this beer does not disappoint.
10-12-2011 03:08:59 | More by suspect
4.43/5 rDev +26.2%
Very nice to see another great beer from Red Brick- I'm really enjoying the Brick Mason series. This one pours black with a thin beige head that leaves some lacing. Lightly smoky in the nose, with some underlying roastiness and a fair bit of noticeable sweetness. The taste is similar, but a beautifully integrated whole. Very nice, but gentle notes of wood smoke, subtle bourbon notes, restrained vanilla, some light roastiness and a somewhat sweet and quite creamy finish. Quite nice. The mouthfeel is downright silky- ultra-smooth with notes of smoke drifting in and out of the creaminess. Really good, and hopefully this and the double IPA are harbingers of things to come.
10-11-2011 02:15:43 | More by Georgiabeer
Red Brick Brick Mason Series #4: Smoked Vanilla Gorilla from Red Brick Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.