Red Brick Brick Mason Series #7: 20th Anniversary - Red Brick Brewing Company
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Reviews by BeerDocT:
4.26/5 rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Big thanks to my friend Paul M. for hooking me up with some of this elixir. Found in our local growler store, Dogwood Growlers in Acworth/Woodstock.
Appearance 4.0: Poured out a blackish deep brown with a good sized (1/2") amber head. Any swirling quickly disappeared. Still a striking beer in appearance.
Smell 4.5: Wow, delightful bouquet on this brew. Malt, burnt caramel, high alpha hops and an unmistakeable whiff of wood aging. There is also a hint of booze in this beer, maybe bourbon barrel aged???
Taste 4.25: Front is sweet, with nice highlights of dried fruit: dates, raisins. Middle is actually somewhat dry in the middle of the palate, with a taste explosion of rummy dried fruits on the side of the tongue. Finish is where you get hit with the big hops, the coffee tastes, the almost salty woody resins. Finish is remarkably short put packs a punch: more wood and booze. Nice.
Mouthfeel 4.0: Low carbonation, which is great for this style. However, there is a slight burning present from the over-the-top ABV. This might be off-putting for some (not me!)
Overall 4.25: Excellent beer and a very happy anniversary to Red Brick. This beer will hit you like a ton of bricks, but is entirely sessionable. Deep, dark, heavy but also refreshing and the wood aging really takes it to another level. Recommended if you can find it.
Serving type: growler
08-05-2013 04:54:14 | More by BeerDocT
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4.11/5 rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Thanks to dogdoc for hooking me up with this one in our recent trade. Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter.
A: Very dark brown, essentially opaque. Forms a thin tan head that fades quickly and low visible carbonation.
S: Oaky vanilla, milder bourbon, some chocolatey malts, sweet dark cacao, and dry woody tannins.
T: Roasted malts, vanilla and cacao in balance, tannins from the oak, some muted bourbon, and mild dark fruits - almost more candied fruit peel. Sweet maltiness with mild roast bitterness and a bit of bourbon burn in the hang.
M: Silky smooth mouthfeel but the body is on the light side. Low alcohol heat, especially for style, and moderate alcohol presence.
O: This was a good beer, but not mind-blowing. It didn't have the chewy, thick mouthfeel I'd expect, and there isn't a whole lot of bourbon flavor or heat. Certainly not a beer for someone who prefers a heavy-handed approach to barrel-aging. I had heard enough good things I had high expectations, and it didn't live up to those. I'm still happy to have tried it, but this falls quite short of the best barrel-aged stouts.
Serving type: bottle
04-08-2014 04:05:05 | More by macrosmatic
4.11/5 rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz. The usual black pour, thin layer of tan head. Some minimal lacing.
Aroma, Chocolate, caramel and some barrel induced vanilla.
Taste, Light roast malt, chocolates, toffee. Some vanilla. Big woody oak component. Finishes a little drier, some cocoa coffee and anise.
Near full body. Carbonation a little more than creamy. Alcohol well in check.
A real nice blend of barrel and base beer. Not a barrel bomb, but a well done treatment.
Serving type: bottle
01-19-2014 02:59:21 | More by Bung
Red Brick Brick Mason Series #7: 20th Anniversary from Red Brick Brewing Company
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