IMHO browns and reds come it 2 variations, those that are damn good and those that are gawd awful. I am trying to choke down what is left of my AHA "Bucksnort brown", I will NEVER brew that recipe again. I would say that I brewed it wrong but when the other club members are saying the same thing and we are doing side by sides...yea, that one was rough.
Reds are in this same group as well. I think that age is going to help your issues a LOT. I would try changing up my recipe for the next ones. FWIW I am planning to brew up my St. Pats day red and stout in a few weekends. So aging a red till St. Pats may be a good idea!