The Lost Years left me feeling a little lost, too.
I haven’t really run across a lot of Red Brick Brewing beers in my beer journey. (I have had Divine Bovine, and I really like it.) Actually, I don’t know if I just haven’t seen a lot of Red Brick beers, or if I’ve just seen other beers I’d rather try. Whatever the case may be, I found The Lost Years a while ago and decided it was time to try another of their beers.
The Lost Years is, or was, the 5th installment of the Brick Mason Series from Red Brick. As far as I know it was only brewed one time. It is an American Strong Ale brewed with spices and orange peels and whatever else and then barrel aged.
This beer pours a very dark brown, almost like muddy water. I doesn’t allow much light through, even around the edges. It has a big, 3-finger head that reduces slowly and leaves a large amount of craggy foam that laces the glass heavily.
The aroma starts with a huge amount of malt followed closely by a lot of vanilla. There is a big bourbon note accented by a little bit of citrus. A very surprising and interesting note of coconut is present as well. It is very boozy. A little buttery note emerges as it warms.
Hops are right up front in the flavors. Again, the booziness is very big with nothing to really balance it out. The ABV is 8+%, so it has quite a bite. It has a big, oaky, bourbon barrel note and quite a bit of weird funk. The finish into the aftertaste is dry and funky. The flavors are nowhere near as nice as the aromas which is quite disappointing.
The Lost Years has some issues, and I was a little disappointed. That said, it is still pretty good overall. I give it 3.8 out of 5.
I’m not sure you’ll be able to find this one anymore, but if you do go ahead and give it a try.