Red Brick Brick Mason Series #7: 20th Anniversary - Red Brick Brewing Company
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4.75/5 rDev +14.2%
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!
08-14-2013 17:39:50 | More by GeorgiaBeerGuy
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
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
3.7/5 rDev -11.1%
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.
08-06-2013 01:58:02 | More by mrandypandy
4.26/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
08-05-2013 04:54:14 | More by BeerDocT
4.41/5 rDev +6%
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.
08-02-2013 01:45:45 | More by FATC1TY
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
4.3/5 rDev +3.4%
Reminds me of KBS, but with a bit less of the thick chocolate taste and the bourbon is hidden further. Very balanced throughout with a touch of dark chocolate bitterness. Should be even better in 6 months to a year. Bought 1.5 cases of this stuff before it disappears.
As compared to the bottle, a bit less bitter and more robust of a lightly candied dark chocolate flavor. Seems less viscous, making it easier to drink more quickly, but it is a bit more carbonated than the bottle. Definitely a treat, but I actually think the bottle might be my preference. Would love to try a keg after a year or so.
07-30-2013 13:03:04 | More by blackcoyote13
4.28/5 rDev +2.9%
A - Pitch black, head is minimal and the color of cardboard.
S - A lot of chocolate, hints of coffee and charred oak.
T - Malts, barley and bourbon barrel aging are nicely balanced.
M - Slightly creamy, little carbonation. Lingering chocolate finish.
O - Nicely done, smooth and easy-drinking stout. This beer will definitely get better with age.
07-30-2013 05:45:20 | More by nabit
Red Brick Brick Mason Series #7: 20th Anniversary from Red Brick Brewing Company
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