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Red Brick Brick Mason Series #7: 20th Anniversary - Red Brick Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

130 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 10
Gots: 17 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Red Brick Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: coreyfmcdonald on 07-30-2013)
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

BrkfstOfChmpns, Aug 22, 2013
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

bradcochran1234, Aug 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

GatorLCA, Aug 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

OldTime, Aug 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

greg4579, Aug 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

bcuz7, Aug 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

ColSanders123, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of watsonmd
5/5  rDev +20.2%

watsonmd, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

45°F, 12 oz bottle into a snifter

A: Black, fluid, and a tan-brown head, sticks to the glass, and leaves a nice lacing throughout the session.

S: BOURBON, then some sweet, dark fruit, chocolate.

T: Again, follows the nose. Strong palate attack up front. The fruity, sweet raisin, plum hits first, then some chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. THe bourbon is not shy, and fills out the back end of the taste... leading to

M: A very nice mouthfeel. Carbonated, but not over carbonated. Thick on the tongue, and full in the swallow due to the heat of the ABV. Lingering fruity, sticky notes after you finish.

O: Great BBA. As a local, I will try to find more, and cellar, share and EXTRA these to get the name of Red Brick out to the masses. Can't believe they have been here 20 years!

GeorgiaBeerGuy, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of mecmd
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

mecmd, Aug 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

bcostner1, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of Keith_R
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Keith_R, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

juanbon, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of Mike
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Mike, Aug 07, 2013
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3.1/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

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.

cjgator3, Aug 07, 2013
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3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle purchased at Hop City, Atlanta.

A - Pours a thick, jet-black with a minimal mocha head that quickly recedes. Decent lacing.
S - Not getting much. Minimal chocolate and roast, barely getting any booze or oak. I do get some dark fruits as the beer warms.
T - There's a slightly harsh, roasted bitterness, followed by a bit of booze. Chocolate.
M - Medium to light body, very carbonated. Not as smooth or full bodied as I would have liked.
O - This is an OK barrel-aged imperial stout. It's not bad, per se, it's just underwhelming and the harsh roasted notes and booze seem to take over. I really wanted to to love this beer, especially considering the Buffalo Trace barrels Red Brick used, but it's just not drawing me back for more. I'll certainly put some aside to see if time in the cellar will mellow it out and let the flavors meld together.

mrandypandy, Aug 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

jriggins6, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of BeerDocT
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

BeerDocT, Aug 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

khargro2, Aug 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

t_carterb, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of FATC1TY
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle, into a tulip. Fresh/Local, just released.

A- Very dark, slightly reddish, mocha colored head. Pours to around 2 fingers, leaves some lacing on glass, settles to a thin 1/3 finger head and dark ring around glass.

S- Smells of dark fruits, oatmeal, burnt sugar, slight smoke or charred wood, chocolate, espresso, and hint of vanilla. Smells like a KBS with a more subtle bourbon nose somewhat. Not over the top on the aroma.

T- Bready cookie. Chocolate, toffee, caramel, dark boozy fruit. Hint of smokey, roasty malts in the finish. A smooth, subtle vanilla note and the bourbon comes on late to clean the flavors up and wash them away. Hides the ABV pretty well. Slight warmth to it. I wish there was a bit more bourbon, would take this to a 5 for me.

M- Medium bodied, but very creamy. Nailed the carbonation well on this I think. I WANT it to be thicker and more viscous, but it's good as is. Thick would elevate this beer so much more I think.

O- Great beer. It's not super wild and complex. Doesn't have a boatload going on, but it's an impressive, and straight forward example of a barrel aged big stout. Has all the qualities, and does it well. I can't wait to see what a couple months or years does to this.

FATC1TY, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of mscudder
4/5  rDev -3.8%

mscudder, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of Zach136
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Zach136, Jul 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

shuajw, Jul 30, 2013
Red Brick Brick Mason Series #7: 20th Anniversary from Red Brick Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.