Name: Red Brick Brick Mason Series: 21st Anniversary Dark Saison
Brewery: Red Brick Brewing Company
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Atlanta, Georgia
Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Alcohol Content (ABV): 9.5%
First Brewed: NA
Hey, guys! I took a bit of a hiatus on reviews while the rest of the crew moved! No fears, I’m back with a vengeance. I’ve been excited about this beer since I saw the idea on Twitter a few months back. Red Brick is a regional brewery out of Atlanta, and they have done some serious rebranding and re-brewing honestly. New recipes and a newly expanded barrel program to start.
Their anniversary release is always something barreled, last year was a weak imperial stout, 3 years ago was a BA Brown Ale that was amazing. This year they give us a Rum BA Imperial Dark Saison.
In the glass this thing looks menacing. Overly black with no light penetration, also there’s a tight white head floating.
The nose is all barrel, like it’s almost bourbon. Huge wood and dark rum dominant to say the least.
The taste is just perfect. It tastes like a BA smoked light stout, honestly. The charred barrel really plays well with the smokey base saison, oh and the booze of the rum adds a nice warming characteristic. That base is really light bodied, which allows a glorious use of barrel to pop out; also it’s slightly more carbonated than your BA stout because of the saison base which lends itself toward more drink ability.
The best part of this beer is how it changes. As its warming, I get more dark fruits and a touch of sweetness as it warns, which makes it a treat to drink.
I’ve enjoyed drinking this more than anything in a while. It’s so deep and complex, yet it’s so easy to drink. It’s like a good high end Pinot noir, huge but drinkable.
Well, y’all, I’m out. Til next time.