freekyp (2391) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Vanilla spicy notes permeate the aroma and flavor with a hint of raisins and some hop bite near the end. Not shy, the alcohol warms throughout. Tastes like an oatmeal cookie dipped in bourbon. Really smooth and drinkable for such a heavy beer. Cybercat (6047) - Georgia, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Comes out of the growler a pretty clear chestnut with a thick and fairly persistent light wheat head. Hearty, malty aroma has a decided undertone of bourbon-soaked wood plus notes of cloves, horehound and caramel and just a touch of orange. Flavor explodes with bourbon, oak, malt, orange and caramel notes plus hints of cloves and horehound. Firm, smooth texture has plenty of fizz and leaves a sassy bourbon barrel finish. Lose yourself in this one! chinchill (5230) - 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! Travlr (25876) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Draft at Brick Store. Murky maroon brown color, massive thick beige head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of vanilla, butterscotch, candied dates. Taste is boozy Christmas fruit cake. A big beer. Tasty though. GreatDane1632 (1169) - North Dakota, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Poured from a 12oz bottle. The beer pours a muddy brown with half finger head that disappears quickly. Aroma is that of an old ale: leathery, caramel, yeasty. Flavor is much more than I was expecting; very much an old ale but with additional flavors lingering on the tongue mostly from the barrel aging. Very nice sipper.
mcrowther (50) - ATLANTA, Georgia, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Bottle.Wonderful vanilla and spice aroma. Boozy flavor, some vanilla. Could be maybe a bit more balanced but overall a nice effort. One of Red Brick’s better beers. elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - FEB 3, 2013
12oz bottle, fresh release. Served at cellar temperature. For the record, this is aged in Jim Beam Bourbon barrels.
unclemattie (4357) - Georgia, USA - FEB 11, 2013
Pours lightly hazy reddish brown with a two finger beige head that leaves nice bubbly rings and sheets of lacing and recedes to a light to wispy cap.
Aroma is bourbon, toffee, alcohol, caramel, vanilla, oak, bread, molasses, touch of fruit & anise, as it warms some chocolate and coffee come out. Very good strength. Smells amazing.
Flavor is oak, bourbon, vanilla, oak, toffee, caramel, nice dark fruits, anise, good bit of herbal hops, pretty woody, fairly sweet, mild to moderate bitterness, mild to moderate alcohol. Finishes a little weak for a barrel aged beer, doesn’t quite live up to the aroma, but still quite good.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sticky, good carbonation.
This is really fresh and is pretty good out of the gate. The aroma is amazing, very complex. The flavor has a good bourbon presence, a lot of oak, hops could use some time to mellow, although it’s not very hot, some age still might help.
12oz bottle. Hazy brown. Tan foam. Smells like sweet malt, Old Ale. Nice vanilla, and wood. Tastes of wood, heavy chocolate malt. Very smooth, well balanced. The best Red Brick! (3608) kayres (888) - , Georgia, USA - FEB 19, 2013
Pours dark copper with a thin tan head. Sweet vanilla aroma. Sweet and very smooth big bodied malt. Lots of oaky vanilla flavors. No bitter.
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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.