Beer Profile: Red Brick Smoked Vanilla Gorilla

Profiled by Ken Carman for

Greeted by very fine bubble head upon first pour and a vanilla, smoked, whiskey aroma: this beer is as advertised. You can taste the whiskey barrel. The sweet vanilla clings to the roof of the mouth as the smoked, peated, whiskey sense passes over the tongue.

Ratebeer has this as an Imperial Strong Porter. No way. Tis not heavy. In fact, though black as any stout, it seems more a moderate bodied ale with all already mentioned. Hops: not really present. It’s almost sweet despite the whiskey sense, that due to the vanilla. A decent amount of carbonation pierces the tongue, lightly as bubbles flow over the palate. Red Brick says “Porter.” That seems more accurate. Perhaps a Brown Porter, not Robust.

Why would anyone drink Bud or Miller when you can have something as interesting as this?

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