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Red Brick Brick Mason Series Beard Envy | Red Brick Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Omonigan on 01-20-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
172
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
24.75%
 
 
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8
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For Trade:
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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 172
Photo of Tony_D
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown in color with a mocha colored head that is thin but remains.

S: Very strong bourbon smell with maybe a touch of vanilla. Cannot personally pick up any other smells in the overall aroma.

T: Taste is wonderful.

M: Maybe a touch low on the carbonation but overall has a good mouthfeel.

O: This beer surprised me with its drinkability. I was expecting to have to age this beer for quite some time to let it mellow but it is good right from the start. The bourbon is not overwhelming and goes great with the

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Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of Bung
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a dark amber color with two fingers of thick off white head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Lots of very sweet dark fruits - smells cloyingly sweet actually. A bit of burnt toffee in the background. As the beer warms up, more toffee and less sweetness come out, balancing the beer a bit. Bourbon is in the background.

T: Again, very sweet dark fruit and toffee. Bourbon becomes apparent, melding fairly well with the beer. As the beer warms, it seems much more balanced like the aroma. Bourbon comes in as well - the flavor works well with the base beer.

M: Medium to light thickness with adequate carbonation.

O: At colder temperatures, this beer really was not very good. As it warmed, some complexity came out, making it quite nice.

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Photo of Zach136
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep hazy brown, one finger beige head dissipates to a thin collar.

Aroma: Huge aroma of toffee, pretzels, caramel, oak, and bourbon.

Flavor: I've had this brew a few times, the oak seems to have actually gotten more intense with age. 6 months was pretty close to perfect in balance between barrel and malt. Now at 9 months, this particular bottle is starting to show signs of oxidation. But not enough to cover up the deep rich caramel and toffee notes. Hops have notably faded from a mildly present background note, to non existant.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, touch of booze.

Overall: I'd be willing to bet the bottles aren't going to get much better than they are now (10-30-14). Drink 'em if you got 'em!

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Hop City (Atlanta, GA). 12.99/ 4 pack. Red Brick still doesn't bottle date but this just hit shelves this week. Served in a Red Brick snifter.

Pours a beautiful transparent chestnut with a half finger of cream hued head which recedes to a nice sized halo and leaved some good looking lace.

Smells of toffee, caramel, bourbon and vanilla.

Taste follows the nose but with so much more. Toffee, sweet bourbon, caramel, oaky vanilla, chocolate, dark fruit, barrel char, earthen bitterness and a dab of booze. Very enjoyable layers of flavor that help the near-10% abv go down smooth.

Creamy-yet-oily, medium full body with mild-to-moderate carbonation. It has a nice weight to it that settles on the tongue and lingers with it's bourbon and toffee finish.

Red Brick has really been stepping up their game over the past year. This is one of the best beers I've had from them. Slightly bitter for an English barleywine but delicious and easy to drink. This one is worth seeking out to try.

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Photo of blackcoyote13
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle only a week after bottling. Smell is pronounced bourbon and oak upon pouring. Medium to small head and a nice dark amber color to the beer. More carbonated than expected.

The flavor follows the smell but is a bit more bitter. First thought to comes to mind is their 17th Anniversary beer, but this one is notably more bitter and has less vanilla. The bitter works pretty well at masking the alcohol and balancing out the bit of sweetness in the beer. I'm getting some char flavors too after each swig. They used these barrels for the 20th anniversary bourbon stout recently and you can tell in the flavor.

Overall, very tasty stuff and quite drinkable. Not quite what I expected but enjoyable nonetheless.

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