burgy (456) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 31, 2013
Not bad, but did not seem fully rounded and balanced. It also did not seem to favorable off balanced... A miss for me. Lots of barrel alcohol characteristics but not nothing super unique. Similar to a watery Central Waters barrel aged beer. Imaena (2328) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - MAY 29, 2013
Bottle. This is a solid strong ale with some good spicing and alcohol warmth. PorterPounder (8170) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2013
Augusta, Ga - Toast Wine & Beverage - 12 oz bottle. Murky dark brown pour, sticky khaki colored head that sticks around a while and leaves a light trail of lacing. Aroma has a strong bourbon presence, hints of molasses. Flavor is full of bottom shelf bourbon, not much else. Some molasses, a hint of cherry cola sweetness. Mouthfeel is thick and sticky. Too much bourbon sweetness to allow this to be enjoyable. Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Cask. Deep brown pour with minimal khaki head. The aroma big bourbon, so much so that no much else comes through. Taste is sweet caramel, dark fruits, and then booze of the bourbon variety. The palate came out a bit weak and watery. Compared to some of the other reviews it may have simply been this cask, so might have to give it another try from the bottle. chinchill (5161) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 1, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2013 Growler from The Beer Growler in Atlanta, served in a St. Bernardus snifter. "an American Strong Ale brewed with spices and aged in Jim Beam bourbon oak barrels" that are being used for the 2nd time, imparting a more subtle bourbon character, according to Red Brick..
Pours very dark reddish-brown, clear with a moderate size tan head. The head reduces to a partial coat and ring too soon, but then hangs on, leaving attractive lacing on the glass.
Disclaimer: I don’t like bourbon and think a number of beers have been harmed by over-exposure to bourbon barrels. Nonetheless, this ale has a fantastic aroma that seems at first to consistent almost entirely of sweet bourbon. There’s also a solid malt component, a note of orange peel, some spices, and a trace of oak: these all mesh completely with the bourbon effects. The taste is also exceptional: high complexity; very flavorful yet not challenging; and superb bitter/sweet balance.
O: Art, science and luck all came together in this beer from a brewery known for making good but not great beers. With a marvelous aroma; great flavor, and high complexity, The Lost Years is highly recommended. Red Brick: please make more!
Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2013
Draft at Sybarite Pig in Boca Raton. Tulip. Pours a golden brown with a thin white head. Medium lacing. Overall aroma of wood, bourbon and spice. Taste up front was bourbon, oak, charcoal, with light spices. The hops balanced very nicely. Finishes slightly malty. Very good Strong Ale. mixmasterob (1058) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 22, 2013
Pretty chestnut brown pour with a small but dense off white head. Persistent. Rich malty aroma full of bourbon, wood, vanilla and light spice. Flavors were slightly spicy with a big bourbon presence, oaky, bits of fruit and light vanilla. Mouthfeel was light, a bit thin without being watery. Perfect carbonation. Not too shabby. dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - APR 21, 2013
12oz bottle poured into glass. This one was kinnda a shocker for me. As it warmed up I was really able to get a good sense of the woody barrel flavors. Never really been super impressed by Red Brick stuff but this one was pretty tasty. 50belair (3670) - Florida, USA - APR 11, 2013
On tap at the Coffee District. Clear amber pour with a white head. Heavy malt aromas. Huge caramel malt notes with oak and spice undercurrents. At first I thought this was a DIPA. Nice body with a decent mouthfeel. jrob21 (3760) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 6, 2013
Not getting a ton of the oak but whatever. A red and purple fruit dominant flavor with a touch if spice. Full bodied and smooth. Growler from the beer growler. Finish has a slightly chalky texture. Lots of caramel and sweetness working throughout.