Red Brick Brick Mason Series Beard Envy
Atlanta Brewing Company

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Style:
Barleywine - American
ABV:
9.3%
Score:
89
Avg:
4 | pDev: 10.5%
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
178
From:
Atlanta Brewing Company
 
Georgia, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  6
Gots
  34
SCORE
89
Very Good
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JohnnyK from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Jan 25, 2014
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oberon from North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter a deep amber tinged mahogany with a thick creamy light beige head atop,great clarity and color.Aromas of caramel/vanilla and toffee really stood out with some drunken fruit thrown in.Flavors are warm and sweet but not over the top in sweetness,caramel/vanilla and dark fruit with that sticky toffeeness,mild leafy hops,and toasted oak were detectable but the malty richness is what this beer is all about.A smooth full feel just adds to the beer.To me the beer is more English in nature with it's big malty tones but either just great.

Feb 10, 2014
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rajendra82 from Georgia

4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reddish amber colored body was clear, and formed a two finger thick head in the glass. This looked more similar to a DIPA pour than a darker one I was expecting of a barleywine. The aroma was sweet, with the malts showing up as brown sugar, and hops revealing some orange peel. The taste was quite sweet as well, with the first impression of honey and brown sugar. Mid palette the oak flavors became very evident, as vanilla, banana, and toffee showed up. The finish was quite dry, with charred wood tannin dominating to a slow fade. Quite a light body for the style with a distinct burn late. One of the better beers from Red Brick in my opinion.

Aug 25, 2015
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rockrob from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Mar 08, 2014
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wedge from North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very soft hiss as I popped the cap had me worried this would be nearly flat, but a creamy head forms before dying down to a milky ring. The body is a dark, foggy auburn, despite my best efforts to keep the yeast in the bottle. Boozy wooden barrel aromas initially, developing into raisin bread, maple syrup, toffee, vanilla, hazelnut, tobacco, and bitter cocoa. Super smooth Bourbon flavor - not too boozy at all. Toffee, vanilla bean, crumbled graham crackers, dried purple fruits, cakey malts, and a trailing hoppy bitterness. Feels oily slick and smooth in the mouth and medium bodied, which is light for the style and ABV. This would make a great beer to sip on a cool fall evening.

Jul 05, 2014
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A hard pour raises a rocky ecru head that perches on top of the mahogany colored liquid; nice retention and a curtain of lace is delivered

Smell: Toffee and pecans with a pithy element

Taste: Toffee, pecans and a butterscotch aspect that builds; the pith arrives, after the swallow, to cut into the sweetness but the nuts and caramel tones linger into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I love a good English barleywine and was hoping this beer would be so much better than it was; not a bad beer, but the flavors clash and the overall effect delivers too much sweetness

May 16, 2015
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - part of the Brick Mason Series 4-pack - $11.98 at Sherlock's in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, mahogany-hued body with a rather slim, off-white head.

Smell: Sweet-scented maltiness present, with toasted bread crusts, sugar glaze, caramel and such. Hint of slightly spoiled fruitiness, a touch of vanilla. Some wafting alcoholic tones present.

Taste: Sugary sweet start of caramel candy, butterscotch and light brown sugar. Splash of triple sec yielding some applied heat to the tongue. Faint hints of figs and appleskin. Vanilla, a little spiciness and slight woodsiness. Finishes warming, a little rough around the edges. Lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Comes across a little boozy, but, all in all, it's fairly good.

Sep 23, 2015
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

To honor the burley, Red Brick gives them a beer of masculinity, strength, boldness and one meant for the connoisseur.

Beard Envy is a deep garnet ale with bronzen low lights and a dense foamy cap. Its aromas are just as jam-packed, pushing brown sugar, scorched caramel and fruitcake over the senses.

Fruit and booze follow closely behind with cherry, apple, date, fig and plum- all seemingly of the rum-soaked variety. Lavish in its sweetness, the malts never back down as they wrap the fruit and alcohol spice in a blanket of molasses and port-like viscosity.

Warm and spicy in finish, the hops burst through with citrus peels and pine resins. Bitterly balanced, but the hops stop shy of the intense rival from malt. Its rich taste and texture is off of chewy but simply exudes powerful and manly notions otherwise.

Jan 22, 2015
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psmith161 from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aug 07, 2015
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shivtim from Georgia

4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Saw a 4-pack and had to try it. While Red Brick's flagship brews are so-so, I've really enjoyed the Brick Mason series, particularly the double IPA and Vanilla Gorilla.

Nice design and name. Poured the bottle into a pint glass.
Deep murky brown/orange, with a thick foamy tan head. Beautiful beer.
Nose is bourbon and malts. Boozy and sweet. Nice but could be more complex.
Taste is very solid for the style. Sweet malts, hints of bitter hops, and some lingering bourbon heat. Slight earthiness with dark fruit. Flavors blend very well.

Great mouthfeel. Not thin/boozy like some barleywines.

Probably my favorite from Red Brick.

Feb 27, 2014
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belgbeerdrinker from Colorado

4/5  rDev 0%

Oct 24, 2014
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bcrossan from North Carolina

4/5  rDev 0%

Feb 06, 2014
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harpus from Alabama

2.75/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Nov 19, 2015
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ygtbsm94 from Utah

4/5  rDev 0%

Feb 11, 2014
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cjgator3 from Florida

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 28, 2018
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macrosmatic from Florida

4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at Mr. Dunderbak's. Served in a goblet.

A: Hazy deep brown, with a thin fluffy layer of foam and low visible carbonation.

S: Caramel malts, booze, vanilla oak, raisins and dark fruit.

T: Sweet caramel maltiness and toffee up front, then some bourbon burn and sweetness over a bit of resin and citrus hop bitterness. Tons of vanilla and oaky tannins, with toasted caramel, hop bitterness and raisins on the exhale.

M: Significant alcohol presence but not overly hot. Low carbonation sensation, and average weight to the mouthfeel.

O: This was really damn tasty. It may not be truly in the mix for best in class, but if not it's awfully close. I believe it's at least earned a place in an upcoming barleywine tasting. Excellent, and highly recommended.

Mar 17, 2014
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Georgiabeer from Georgia

4/5  rDev 0%

Oct 28, 2014
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Mar 03, 2014
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robbmotiwalla from Georgia

3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

May 21, 2015
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DrinkSlurm from New York

4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Ale Yeah! in Decatur, GA.
poured into travel tulip.
Deep amber almost brown color with white froathy head. Awesome sweet dried fruit and bourbon woody aroma...really friggin nice.
Nice tobacco cocoa woody vanilla bourbon flavor - dried fruit notes linger. Nice flavor...really nice. Slightly hoppy bitter finish.
Its a bit thin...weirdly so - with so much going on in the flavor its weird that its so thin...so major minus there...but it does make it rather chugable so plus there...
Actually a really nice BW. Highly impressed by this one. In fact, its one of the better BW ive had. Id get again for sure. This is one id like to try multiple variants of - BA version, vanilla...yada yada...but regardless...its one where a bunch should be aged like Big Foot, Sucaba, or Goose Island...I think it delicious now, but it would be awesome to try a vintage one.
Anyway...realle nice BW...

Apr 04, 2014
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StraightNoChaser from Georgia

4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

look: Deep clear amber. Light tan head.
smell: Toffe and dark fruit, a little bourbon.
taste: Much like the nose with a dose of piney bitterness.

Jul 11, 2015
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Bung from Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. Darkened mohoghanny like pour. Whispy thin layer of off white colored head.

Aroma, Toffee, vanilla, oak barrel, bourbon. Increases as it warms. Still a pronounced citrusy hop presence through the maltiness.

Taste, Dark red fruits up front, toasted malt. Just faint bittering hops and anise. Carmelized brown sugar, toffee. Vanilla and oaky bourbon come strong on their own. Tobacco. Lingers a long time along with some unsweetened chocolate.
Really has some nice distinct layers.

In between medium and full body. Great level of fine bubbled carbonation. It's a little warm, but not overly offensive. 12 ounces can be easily done.
I think this is the best of the series yet.

Feb 08, 2014
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nmann08 from Virginia

2.9/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Apr 02, 2016
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mechamifune from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Jan 24, 2014
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SLeffler27 from New York

3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is gem clear, dark copper with garnet highlights. The light chestnut foam reaches one-quarter inch and ranges from tight to rocky. The head lasts a few minutes before retreating to a creamy veil, leaving a thick webbing of lace on an Antiek snifter glass.

Strong malts are complimented by caramel, toffee, and dark toast. Pecans are also strong with dates and molasses. The aromas are complex, although a bit muddled.

The flavor is sweet and malt-forward, followed by a sharp bitterness. Both quickly become muddy. Toffee is prevalent, distantly followed by dates, pecans and a light dose of brown sugar. The finish is long and moderately bitter. Warmth brings out an odd Cool-Whip flavor and vanilla.

Alcohol is as expected, followed by soft carbonation within a creamy, full-bodied beer.

Warmth dramatically helps this beer. While the muddiness remains, strong notes can still be detected. This is a good beer. It is best enjoyed on its own and has promise for refinement.

Sep 30, 2018
Red Brick Brick Mason Series Beard Envy from Atlanta Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 178 ratings