Red Brick Brick Mason Series #5: The Lost Years - Red Brick Brewing Company
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4.24/5 rDev +12.8%
Growler from The Beer Growler in Atlanta, served in a St. Bernardus snifter. "an American Strong Ale brewed with spices and aged in Jim Beam bourbon oak barrels" that are being used for the 2nd time, imparting a more subtle bourbon character, according to Red Brick..
Pours very dark reddish-brown, clear with a moderate size tan head. The head reduces to a partial coat and ring too soon, but then hangs on, leaving attractive lacing on the glass.
Disclaimer: I don't like bourbon and think a number of beers have been harmed by over-exposure to bourbon barrels. Nonetheless, this ale has a fantastic aroma that seems at first to consistent almost entirely of sweet bourbon. There's also a solid malt component, a note of orange peel, some spices, and a trace of oak: these all mesh completely with the bourbon effects. The taste is also exceptional: high complexity; very flavorful yet not challenging; and superb bitter/sweet balance.
O: Art, science and luck all came together in this beer from a brewery known for making good but not great beers. With a marvelous aroma; great flavor, and high complexity, The Lost Years is highly recommended. Red Brick: please make more!
05-01-2013 23:07:53 | More by chinchill
4/5 rDev +6.4%
12oz bottle from Bullocks (Marietta, GA). 10.99/ 4 pack. No bottle dating but just hit shelves last week. Served in a Brick Mason snifter.
Pours ruddy brown with a quarter finger off white head. Very little lacing.
Smells of mild bourbon, pronounced star anise and caramel.
Tastes of smooth vanilla-y bourbon, oak, toffee, anise, citrus peel, coriander and caramel. A little alcohol but it's blended well.
Medium body with ample carbonation. Fairly creamy but the carbonation keeps it dancing. Long sweet boubon soaked citrus peel finish.
My favororite of the Red Brick anniversary brews that I've had. A much more complex variation than either 16 or 17 were. The spice additions really compliment the Jim Beam barrel aging. I'll be picking up more of this.
02-01-2013 04:48:20 | More by ThickNStout
Red Brick Brick Mason Series #5: The Lost Years from Red Brick Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.