Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Red Brick Beard Envy


The beer label from Red Brick Beard Envy caught my attention a few days ago. If you keep looking at the person on the label, you will see that it's designed to play tricks with your eyes. The person can be right-side-up or upside-down depending on what facial features you are focused on. And each way, this dude has a mega beard! Beard Envy is a barleywine aged in bourbon barrels and is part of Atlanta Brewing Company's Brick Mason Series. 9.3% alcohol.

Sweet maple syrup and brown sugar and toffee and yeah, bourbon, and that's just the aroma. Sweet toffee flavors come first, accompanied by an alcoholic kick. Chewy texture. Sweet brown sugar piles on the sweetness bandwagon. There are some hoppy nips that attempt to balance that but it never happens. Prunes and raisins soaked in bourbon, some oak. Boozy but not hot, just annoying and again, ridiculously sweet. Sorry, I didn't finish this.

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