Red Brick Brick Mason Series #7: 20th Anniversary - Red Brick Brewing Company
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4.48/5 rDev +7.7%
Half finger tan head with excellent lacing on a jet black body. Aroma is very full with vanilla, plum, dark chocolate, bold coffee, brown sugary and roasted malts. Flavor follows with sweet vanilla and brown sugar up front moving to coffee and dark chocolate and finishing with a more dominating coffee bitterness which is just right. Alcohol is well hidden. Definitely the best beer I have had from Red Brick. Full body and light to moderate carbonation. Semi dry finish.
09-22-2013 23:03:33 | More by kylehay2004
3.9/5 rDev -6.3%
12 ounce bottle - $3.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a black body with a medium-sized, dark tan-hued head.
Smell: Charred nuts, well-roasted malts, cocoa powder, and moist dark fruits wrapped in strapping bourbon barrel notes -- some beers gains the soft, more ingratiating qualities, this beer took on the more hostile elements.
Taste: Accelerated roastiness, coffee hinting, for sure, with touches of burnt nuts. It's a tad astringent but soothed somewhat by the cocoa qualities and some apparent sweetness. Vibrantly raisiny. The barrel character is definitely there, lending some firm barrel notes with a rugged woodiness. Drying, roasty, wood barrel finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: Sharp roast, with a strong alcohol warmth - it's a little rough around the edges, but, it's still enjoyable.
08-10-2013 23:09:25 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.19/5 rDev +0.7%
Poured into a small tulip glass jet black with a thinner khaki colored head atop,it just looked menacing...in a good way.Roasted nuts play a big role in the nose along with bitter chocolate,and vanilla/oak.Low carbonation and a fuller chewey feel is nearly spot on for this beer,just great for slower sipping.Flavors are rich with roasted nuts and bourbon notes but not over the top,chocolate and alcohol dipped dark fruit in the finish.I really liked this beer,rich but not over the top with the barrel.
12-10-2013 13:11:18 | More by oberon
3.59/5 rDev -13.7%
A: Pours jet black with good carbonation leaving behind a moderate tannish colored cap, headretention was and the lacing was meh
S: A nice bourbon forward nose mixed with a chocolate, roasted malts and some wood. Pretty simple and forward but pretty promising as well
T: Initial bourbon splash with a roasted malt backbone and bakers powder chocolate. A wee bit of wood on the taste midway and a restrained vanilla throughout . A hint of smoke towards the end. Speaking of the end, it finishes warm, sweet with layers cocoa and bourbon
M: Medium/full body, well carbonated, perhaps a tinge to high, warming pseudo velvety body
O: I seem to get a cheap bakers powder cocoa from every stout this brewery does. the beers are not bad, just not that complex.
12-01-2013 13:23:39 | More by barleywinefiend
3.65/5 rDev -12.3%
I continue to be relatively unimpressed with this brewery, even when a beer like this comes along that people (relatively) rave about. I find their beers to be relatively uninspired, lacking flavor or depth, and often too thin for the style. This one is a case in point- you don't really get much richness or depth from the stout- or even much flavor. It has a smidge of roasty notes along with a modicum of bitter chocolate, and of course some Bourbon notes. The problem is, even the Bourbon notes are overwhelmed by a woodiness from the barrel that unfortunately doesn't bring much (or any) of the vanilla and spice notes that can make oak so kind to a beer if handled deftly. Just...wood. A bit thin as well, and in this case, perhaps too dry. I keep trying to like them, I really do, but if this one doesn't do the trick...
10-27-2013 20:42:19 | More by Georgiabeer
3.1/5 rDev -25.5%
On-tap at Oblivion in Orlando. Pours a deep dark black color with a thin tan head. The aroma is sweet chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla and some notes from the bourbon barrels. The taste is sweet and roasted malts up front with vanilla and a lingering warm and boozy finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Overall, I feel like this one can definitely need it from some aging. It is just a little too hot at this point for me, needs to mellow out a little.
08-07-2013 00:57:19 | More by cjgator3
4.11/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
01-19-2014 02:59:21 | More by Bung
4.26/5 rDev +2.4%
12 oz bottle from Barrel and Barley in Woodstock, GA -- $2.75ish -- poured into a snifter. Had it a few times before at different temps -- substantially better as it warms. Reviewed as it warmed from cellar to room temp.
Appearance - Typical stout, medium beige head, excellent lacing.
Aroma - Pecans, brown sugar, vanilla maple and oak. Lacks the typical liquor nose most bourbon barrel stouts have.
Taste - Smooth vanilla and roasted malts, slight nutty-ness and just a hint of bourbon and oak. While still bery complex, it again leaves me wishing for a bit more bourbon from the Buffalo Trace barrels. Hides the alcohol very well.
Overall - The best beer I've ever had from Red Brick. It's a very solid Bourbon Barrel stout, and when you factor in price it is magnificent. Black Eye Rye had me a bit skeptical of the new brewing team -- then this beer gave me every confidence in the world about them. Looking forward to the next Brick Mason.
07-31-2013 17:24:28 | More by Zach136
4.11/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
04-08-2014 04:05:05 | More by macrosmatic
Red Brick Brick Mason Series #7: 20th Anniversary from Red Brick Brewing Company
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