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Red Brick Brick Mason Series #4: Smoked Vanilla Gorilla - Red Brick Brewing Company

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Red Brick Brick Mason Series #4: Smoked Vanilla GorillaRed Brick Brick Mason Series #4: Smoked Vanilla Gorilla

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Ratings: 193
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 25.14%
Wants: 16
Gots: 21 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Red Brick Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: AdamBear on 09-21-2011)
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Photo of kmatlack
4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Second offering from Red Brick, i quite liked the first one, so hopefully this one is as impressive. No bottled/best by date on the bottle. Poured into a brooklyn tulip.

A- Pours a very dark brown, only light getting through is at the edge of the glass. Semi-aggressive pour yields a finger width off-white head. Seemed a little coarse at first, but has settled down to a thin, creamy head that covers the surface of the beer. Lacing down the side of the glass.

S- First thing that hits the nose is sweet, roasty chocolate. Quickly following is the smoke. Some milk chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, more smoke.

T- Alot going on here so ill just describe it as it comes. Sweet vanilla on the tongue, smoked malts, chocolate, bourbon, roasty malt flavors, coffee, some caramel, and the finish is very reminiscent of chipotle peppers. Almost even seems to have a little spice to it? Maybe my mind is playing tricks on me. Very, very good.

M- Decent carbonation, thin, slick mouthfeel. Wish it was a little more dry but, whatever.

O- Another very good beer from Red Brick. Drink this one slightly cooler than room temperature to fully appreciate this beer. Also really liked the fact that this wasnt overly smoked. There is nothing worse that getting a smoked beer that is like eating a fucking campfire. Great balance.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

big thanks to my man tom for letting me try a bottle of this!

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. no freshness info.

pours out pretty much opaque black, reveals a bit of ruby, brown on the edges in the light. small light tan head that faded pretty quickly to a ring and some light patchy foam, then eventually nothing. no lace.

the aroma doesnt have much to offer at first. as it warms i get lots of vanilla. some roasty milk chocolate, and a hint of some woody, smokey qualities.

lots of roast and vanilla at the forefront. also, lots of milk chocolate and maybe some coffee makes itself known. a bit of smokiness is noticeable, more as it warms, but almost nothing from the whiskey barrel aging. different than most stronger porters, off the first sip i almost got a strange kind of barrel funkiness.

for me, the moughtfeel felt a bit too thin for the style, and just a touch too much of a bitey carbonation.

not really sure what to make of this beer, at times the flavor was great, at times, it tasted off. nice vanilla bean taste, not too sure on the whiskey barrel though. a worthy beer non the less.

Photo of LSUPT
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of jaidenjb
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Merkur
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of surlytwinsfan
5/5  rDev +42.9%

Photo of tmeals
5/5  rDev +42.9%

Photo of sommersb
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 11-19-2011
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Snifter
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.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of bcostner1
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Bendurgin
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bastu
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of NCbeerpirate
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of ColSanders123
5/5  rDev +42.9%

Photo of kzoobrew
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of jmhart
5/5  rDev +42.9%

Photo of meerkat2
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

Photo of sk8man121
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.18/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Heatwave33
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of LiquidBread219
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of hmf05
4.43/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of gford217
4.38/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle.

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.

Photo of xpdrinker
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Red Brick Brick Mason Series #4: Smoked Vanilla Gorilla from Red Brick Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.