Red Brick Brick Mason Series #8: Vanilla Gorilla | Red Brick Brewing Company

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77 Ratings
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Red Brick Brick Mason Series #8: Vanilla GorillaRed Brick Brick Mason Series #8: Vanilla Gorilla
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Red Brick Brewing Company
Georgia, United States
atlantabrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Zach136 on 10-30-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
77
Reviews:
9
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
8.79%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
12
For Trade:
2
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cellared 12 oz bottle with a bottled on date of Oct. 2013,

Pours dark brown but looks black and opaque in the glass. A medim size tan head is quite creamy and has very good retention.

Aroma: very well balanced and pleasant blend of vanilla beans, dark bread, and light alcohol esters with hints of coffee and dark fruits.

Flavor: a generous amount of vanilla with a very natural flavor. Not so much vanilla as to mask the dark roasted grains nor some alcohol esters. Both the alcohol and the vanilla fade in the aftertaste leaving a gentle impression of dark, vanilla iced bread and coffee.

O: very enjoyable and definitely preferred over the smoked version.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Bung
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. Near black pour, thin layer of light tan head. Retains ok and laces the glass just a bit.

Aroma, Chocolates and vanilla. Lesser roast malt.

Taste, Vanilla up front. More roast malt here. Cocoa and a little coffee in the slightly dry finish.

Clean and easy drinking, not overly done with the vanilla. Medium body and a medium amount of carbonation. Maybe just a tad thinner than preferred, but that helps the drinkability.
Not bad at all.

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4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, $2.75 at Barrel and Barley, poured into a Brick Mason snifter. #properglassware and all that jazz.

Continually impressed by the new brewing team at Red Brick. This year's Vanilla Gorilla has the perfect amount of vanilla, and an awesome white chocolate back bone with hints of roasted coffee coming through. Mouthfeel is light and fluffy -- as it should be with a porter. Spot on fellas. Job well done!

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Bottled on 10/22/13 lasered on the bottleneck. Received in an informal "locals" exchange with my good friend Erinn in Atlanta.

A: Almost black with a think cap of light beige tightly bubbled head with a few stray lace spots.

S: Vanilla is the dominant aroma but there are notes of coffee, caramel, dates, raisins, and chocolate. It does not have the chemical vanilla flavors the beers that use extract frequently have.

T: Good but somewhat one-dimensional flavor, reminiscent of vanilla cola. There are some roasty and chocolate flavors in the finish that are increased with warming. The coffee of the nose are there in the flavor, while the caramel sweetness gets a little heavy with progress through the beer. I am glad I shared this with my wife. The hopping is mainly countering bitterness. There is little to no alcohol or yeast presence.

M: A bit overfizzed which makes it seem more astringent and acidic in the mouth. Light-medium body with a slightly tacky and mildly chemical feel to it.

O: Vanilla Gorilla is a decent beer but the vanilla plus the sweetness hurts drinkability. It would be nice if they upped the maltiness without accentuating sweetness as this comes off as a chocolate creme soda.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.87 out of 5 based on 77 ratings.
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