Red Brick 15th Anniversary - Red Brick Brewing Company
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Reviews by GeezLynn:
4.35/5 rDev +7.9%
One of those beers I've really been enjoying for awhile and haven't yet had a chance to review until now.
A: Dark shade of amber with a clumpy white head that's reminiscent of melting snow piles. Good retention.
S: Bourbon's the main feature here, especially right after cracking the bottle. Additionally there's heavy caramel malt, brown sugar, and some oak character.
T: Sweet malty caramel and vanilla, with bourbon in more of a complimentary role rather than as dominant as it was in the smell. Finish is lengthy and sweet with a hint of bourbon/alcohol.
M: Light to medium, which fits for a brown, but comes up a little light for a barrel-aged strong ale. A little sticky with medium (well-done) carbonation.
This is definitely a big American Brown Ale and a great sipping/dessert beer. Probably one of my favorites to have come out in the last year. I think the brewers did I nice job using the bourbon barrels in a complimentary fashion while respecting the fact that this started as brown ale.
Tonight (6/6) it's the perfect beverage for watching the Lakers get dropped by the Celtics!
06-08-2010 04:12:34 | More by GeezLynn
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4.85/5 rDev +20.3%
22oz bomber poured into 11oz tulip.
A: pours a dark ruby into a very faint orange bottom with about an inch to 1 1/4" of off white head,which fades away in less than 2-3 minutes. Its just dark enough to allow only a dark shadow of my fingers on the other side of the glass.
S: a very strong sweet bourbon smell with a mixture of toasty spices comparable to a nice snifter of cognac. Hints a vanilla also linger.
T: at first sip it seems as though the bourbon aging is going to completely overwhelm this brew. Then, as the brew cascades across the tongue, a hint of holiday spice crashes into a slightly bourbon-dominated mixture of vanilla & toasty oak notes with a slight alcohol flavor lingering on my tongue.
M: the carbonation on this beer is near perfect. It is not to carbonated to the point that the bourbon barrel aging doesn't play a role & it is not under carbonated to a syrupy bourbon mess either. It plays the notes just right, although if you do not appreciate spice in your beer I would not recommend this one. The deeper into the brew I get the more apparent the bourbon similarities become as it gives more and more of a warming feeling in my throat as I drink, almost like it would soothe me if I had a chest cold on a cold winter night.
D: for what I would assume is at least an 8-10% brew, the drinkability is phenomenal. The flavors are not overwhelming but provide just enough complexity that BA should enjoy. I could have another 22oz before gave in to the abv.
Overall, an excellent beer. I am usually turned off by bourbon aging as most brews turn out an extremely sweet, alcoholic concoction & I am definitely more on the extremely hoppy bitter side as a hophead. Have not been too impressed with anything Red Brick has put out either but this one has pleasantly surprised me & moved into at least my to 25 brews. I would recommend it to anyone, even someone who is hesitant towards ABC as it will change your entire perspective on their brewing.
01-13-2010 02:33:58 | More by gabeerman
3.8/5 rDev -5.7%
From a large bottle into a small snifter in October 2013.
Pours with a clear reddish-brown body with a rather weak head and little lacing.
Tart with aged cherries and other fruits. Limited bourbon aroma and flavor.
O: Enjoyed but not as stellar as I hoped.
10-14-2013 01:20:04 | More by chinchill
4.43/5 rDev +9.9%
On-tap at the brewery - I was interested to see how it stacked up with the bottle version.
Pours a somewhat hazy brown color with a half-finger light tan head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.
Smells of huge vanilla and toffee with good amounts of dark toasted malts lurking in the background.
Tastes very similar to how it smells. Grainy and slightly nutty toasted malt flavors kick things off before being quickly overtaken by vanilla and light bourbon flavors. Hints of toffee make an appearance before giving way to a boozy ending.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a smooth thickness with soft carbonation.
Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have another.
Overall I was a bigger fan of the bottle of this for some reason - I feel as though the brown ale flavors still held their own a bit more. Still, this is a very good beer that's worth a shot in whatever form.
05-26-2010 01:50:19 | More by glid02
3.68/5 rDev -8.7%
A: Pours a very clean amber with a quick cap of dirty white head, fading quickly in some places but leaving nice foamy reservoirs behind.
S: Oak, caramel and a faint vinous character dominate. Also present is wet sugar and a suggestion of raisin and grape peel.
T: Marshmallow, some lofty tartness, vanilla frosting, and what should be dark fruit character but it is overshadowed by the tartness. Not as much caramelization as the nose suggests.
M: Pretty light bodied with a complimentary level of low carbonation.
D: I'm not crazy about this tangy taste that I'm picking up which lowers the score a bit.
09-27-2010 01:53:12 | More by Lazerlobe
4.05/5 rDev +0.5%
A- Pours a dark brown color with an off-white head.
S- The aroma is sweet malt, caramel, and a lot of vanilla/wood notes from the bourbon barrel aging.
T- The taste like the aroma is sweet caramel malts, toffee and some bourbon notes from the barrel aging.
M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.
D- Overall, this is a pretty solid beer that I enjoyed. Definitely worth a try. Happy 15th Atlanta Brewing.
05-22-2010 03:09:21 | More by cjgator3
4.43/5 rDev +9.9%
I love the look of this bottle: Brown glass, with a clear label of gold lettering and gold foil wrapped around the top. Looks fantastic. As for the beer itself...pours a dark amber, almost hazelnut brown. Medium mostly-white head. Very limited lacing - mostly spotty.
I made the mistake of pouring this a little too cold - let this sucker warm up! It morphs into a completely different beer.
When it's chilled, it's mostly a brown ale with a slight alcohol bite. As it warms, though, the brilliant bourbon character starts shining through, with notes of caramel, vanilla and oak. I love the way this brew carries the bourbon character - really a delicious sipper...but also easy-drinking enough that you could drink this as fast as you'd like. But why rush such a enjoyable brew? The mouthfeel is appropriate - nothing about it blew me away, but I don't have any knocks against it either. Dry.
This is truly an excellent beer, and a clear cut above anything else ABC has made. Please, ABC - brew more beers of this quality. You've proven here that you can do it...so do it some more!
03-30-2010 17:25:22 | More by Mavajo
3.38/5 rDev -16.1%
A: Pours a clear copper/mahogany color with one finger of off-white head. The head quickly recedes into a thin ring with no lacing.
S: Caramel, vanilla, oak, and bourbon dominate the nose. Not very complex aromas, but pleasant nonetheless.
T: Very similar to the aroma, there are flavors of caramel, vanilla, oak, and bourbon but not much else. There is a very slight roasted nutty flavor towards the end and the finish has a light alcohol burn. Like a cream soda with a splash of bourbon.
M: Medium body with low carbonation, this beer is a bit watery with the consistency of a soda.
O: Not a bad beer, but the barrel flavors dominate leaving me wondering just what kind of beer went into the barrel since its original flavors are completely absent.
04-22-2011 19:07:45 | More by n2185
4.43/5 rDev +9.9%
Thrilled to be able to try this one. To be honest I had not even really known it was out, but luckily was able to run into it.
The pour was amber, dark amber with a light haze to it and a small puff of white foam that capped the top of it very, very nicely. Light lacing down the sides of the glass left some light, web like lacing. Aroma is boozy at first, but delicate caramel, notes of oak, vanilla, some musky woodsy scents all coming together wonderfully once it touches on room temp. Silky smooth feel as it coats the tongue and the palate with rich caramel and vanilla sweetness. A super musky flavor coming at me now too, hard to describle, bourbony with a touch of almost apricot like flavor mixed with a deep bready malt. Very intresting and complex. Lightly dry finish masks what has to be an impressive amount of alcohol that can be readily picked up a few moments after the final sip.
Overall very, very solid and totally worth of a 15th anniversary. This was wasily the best thing I have had coming out of ABC to date and would love some bottles for the cellar
02-07-2010 19:13:53 | More by mikesgroove
3.6/5 rDev -10.7%
22-ounce brown bottle, wrapped in gold foil, poured into a snifter glass. No date printed on bottle or label, though the brewery's anniversary year indicates this one came out of 2008, putting this bottle somewhere around two years old.
Deep amber in color, mostly clear, with a one-fingered head of frothy off-white foam that fades away quickly, leaving behind some light splotchy remnants on the walls of the glass as it drains.
Aroma is somewhat vinous, with a mild scent of oak and vanilla alongside a twinge of sourness.
Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated, the mouthfeel doesn't scream "high-gravity," and that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Flavors mimic the aroma greatly, opening with a bit of smoky caramel, moving into a light earthy character that gives way quickly to a vinous, somewhat sour note mingling with vanilla and oak, very characteristic of bourbon barrel aging. Moves into a rather sweet, caramely finish, with a lingering sour, dry, white wine-like character.
I'm not quite sure whether the sour character is imparted by the barrel aging or actual age, or both, but overall the beer just doesn't seem suited for aging in a bourbon barrel. Everything is interesting, and the usual bourbon barrel flavors play rather well, but something just doesn't work, be it mouthfeel, sourness, etc., but something is lacking.
Certainly a congratulations is owed to Atlanta Brewing Company for its 15th (now 17th) anniversary, but hopefully something better will come when the brewery turns 20.
10-06-2010 03:55:25 | More by superdedooperboy
4.15/5 rDev +3%
Great surprise in a recent trade, thanks to Geezlynn.
A dark brown, amber with an inch or so of head that fades, leaves a thin layer. decent lacing
S sweet malts, with some caramel and vanilla, slight bourbon smell
T good brown ale, the bourbon definitely comes through with some sweet malty tastes as well, nicely balanced
M/D very smooth drinking beer, good carbonation, alcohol, aside from the bourbon taste/smell, is not very noticeable. Changes considerable as it warms. I actually prefer this a bit chilled, when it is room temp the bourbon is a bit too strong.
very drinkable, excellent job on this beer.
05-30-2010 14:31:03 | More by digita7693
4.88/5 rDev +21.1%
Pours a red body, and settled fast. This beer almost smells like dessert. All kinds of different smells. Caramel is what hit me the most, but there was definitely vanilla and bourbon present as well.
Much sweeter than expected, but it was really well balanced. hints of chocolate, but caramel is definitely present. The finish had a distinct bourbon flavor.
I will have to stock up on this one, before I can't find it anymore.
01-22-2010 04:41:33 | More by mike4aker
4.05/5 rDev +0.5%
Well, it's a Brown Ale with a kick.
Hat's off to Atlanta Brewing for a very tasty beer. The solid brown concoction pours with a medium haze, a dainty head that blankets the beer well and laces up the glass in welcoming fashion. High carbonation gives a fizzy look at first, but the beer soon settles into a handsome and elegant appearance.
The beer holds deep notes of caramel, toffee, vanilla, and wonderful wonderful bourbon aromas and flavors. The beer comes across much stronger than just a Brown Ale. Sure the beer is nutty, lightly toasty (with bread crusts), and milder chocolate notes, but the sheer malt sweetness and strength seem very bold- bold enough to absorb and support the vanillans, caramels, and coconut alcohols that radiate from the base beer. Alcohol flavors (along with some fruity esters) give impressions of cherries, anise, currants, and a lot of other bourbon-soakes stone fruits, giving nearly a sherry flavor at times... quite complex.
The beer's attenuation is high, keeping it drinkable and lighter than Barleywines but the alcohol strength powers through in rather fusal fashion. Sweet because of the low use of bittering hops but the beer keeps from cloying because of the other complexities of flavor.
After that carbonation disipated, the beer turned from good to great. It's much more than a Bourbon Barrel Brown, but a Strong Ale that borrows a lot of Barleywine flavors as well as it does bourbon barrel aging.
03-13-2010 03:44:38 | More by BEERchitect
3.83/5 rDev -5%
Pours a deep, clear copper with a small beige head that recedes very quickly and leaves a tiny ring around around the edge and no lacing.
The aroma is big on bourbon barrel - it's super sweet with vanilla and bourbon. There are some sweet caramel malts and nutty hints in the background but they're secondary to the bourbon.
The taste is a bit more balanced for me with the sweetness of the caramel malts coming out more prominently. There is a light hoppy presence up front but it's all about the bourbon barrels in the finish with vanilla, bourbon and oak dominating the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel is slick and moderately carbonated with the barrel presence dominating - a big bourbon burn in the finish.
Despite the huge bourbon dominance, this one is fairly drinkable and I applaud ABC for brewing something both original and very tasty. Keep it up guys.
12-23-2009 03:22:45 | More by gford217
4.63/5 rDev +14.9%
I've never really been a fan of ABC but a bourbon aged beer is worth a try!
A:Pours a red caramel color. Very small head that dissipates quickly.
S:Smells like Bourbon should! Has the great oaky vanilla smell. I expect huge bourbon like a bourbon bomb
T: I expected it to be a lot stronger from the smell but I can actually taste the base brown ale and the bourbon seperate. I really like that. The bourbon really co-exists with the brown really well. Vanilla sugar oaky brown and nutty. I know brown isnt a taste but imagine newcastle and bourbon.
M: Not syrupy at all. dries out my mouth slightly. If this was anything over 8% percent i would be pleasantly surprised. I think all the flavors would pop out a little more with better carbonation though.
D: I think this is my first bourbon brown ale but i feel it was made really well. I actually feel like im drinking a beer aged in a barrel rather bourbon with some beer in it. I dont feel like im taking a shot at all. Not that im the one to please but I'm impressed and ready for the rest of their big beer line up!
12-18-2009 07:34:17 | More by chefmikeanderson
4.55/5 rDev +12.9%
A- Pours up a deep red-brown with generous white head that settles out quickly.
S- Deep malty, sweet caramel, with a hint of vanilla and bourbon.
T- The bourbon taste initially floods the mouth. As it fades, the malts linger mixed with the bourbon and slight vanilla and oak overtones. Definitely a complex beer.
M- Nice warm mouth feel. A great combination of carbonization and residual unfermentables.
D- A great drinkable beer, especially considering the alcohol content and the bourbon barrel aging.
I am looking forward to aging this beer for a couple of years.
01-17-2010 23:46:30 | More by jhall00
4.38/5 rDev +8.7%
Sample Type: 22oz. Bottle
Glassware: Portsmouth Tulip as usual
Poured out a dark amber color w/ a 1/2 finger cream head as expected. Light lacing left on the glass. Nose was of vanilla, oak, and light bourbon and maple. Taste was of malt, oak, and a hint of vanilla and bourbon. Not that complex, but I thoroughly enjoyed it for what it is, a bourbon aged American Brown Ale. Mouthfeel was thin and crisp, but the mild flavors did hang on the palate. To be honest, I could session this beer all night! Nothing spectacular, but just solid, light, and enjoyable.
Overall, this makes an awesome session beer! Refreshing and clean w/ no alcohol bite present, but will sneak up on you gradually. Will be acquiring more bottles of this.
04-16-2010 19:49:52 | More by mikeyv35
4.1/5 rDev +1.7%
appearance: deep dark brown, almost stoutish
smell: malty aroma with suble bourbon, vanilla
taste: low bitterness, nice brown ale with good bourbon. not over done as many are. nice..
mouthfeel: medium bodied brown ale
drinkability: solid well done bourbon aged brown ale. woudl buy again if available
04-25-2010 20:20:20 | More by CampusCrew
4.28/5 rDev +6.2%
A: nice deep ruby red. Poured a good 1/2 inch head which gradually settled to a nice thin layer. 2/3 down the pint there is still a decent layer of head.
S: Deep bourbon overtones dominate
T: Again, the bourbon aging dominates. The brown ale notes sit quietly in the background.
M: Appropriate for the style. Not to heavy with nice carbonation lasting through the pint.
D: A strong beer. I thought it would overwhelm but in retrospect, it is nicely drinkable.
01-09-2010 21:20:05 | More by jaytee
United Kingdom (Wales)
2.68/5 rDev -33.5%
Pours a clear amber color. Little beige tan head.
Aroma: Fairly decent nose. Bourbon and oak with vanilla, caramel, and chocolate. Not as much flavor as a stout would be.
Taste: Something was off putting here. It didn't match up to the nose. Maybe it was overpowering bourbon, being the base beer was so low in abv? It really didn't taste good.
Mouthfeel: Bubbly and creamy. Lighter bodied with a fine amount of carbonation.
Overall, not really enjoyable. They should have used the barrels for a bigger base beer. I didn't drink a lot of this.
05-07-2012 01:17:45 | More by mothman
3.3/5 rDev -18.1%
Thanks to Jason for sharing this one. Apparently this is aged in Pappy Van Winkle barrrels? Served in a Cigar City snifter.
A - A half-finger of white foam settles to a thin collar and a few cloud-like wisps, leaving behind spotty lace on the sides of the glass. Transparent reddish-brown body.
S - Red licorice, light cocoa, bourbon, vanilla, and some grain character as well. Not bad for a bourbon brown ale.
T - Tastes like I left my ice cubes in my bourbon for too long and they melted, leaving me with watered down bourbon. Plenty of vanilla flavor as well, and the faintest hint of the base beer in the periphery.
M - Zesty carbonation, medium body, sticky finish.
D - This won a gold medal? Seems like a waste of Pappy barrels to me. Not a bad beer, just not very interesting.
04-15-2011 06:15:54 | More by MasterSki
2.93/5 rDev -27.3%
Thanks to boatshoes for this one.
A- Hazy, dirtied ruby in coloration with a small, off white head. It leaves a few initial rings of lace until it dissipates.
S- To me, the smell is the best part of this beer. Plenty of the typical bourbon oak characteristics that never seem to get old. Vanilla is strong, raisins, figs, brown sugar, toffee and caramel. Some vinous notes of cherry and other dark berries begin to peak out.
T- After reading some previous reviews, it seems that this beer has past its prime some time in the last few months. Its taken on a tart, nearly sour, red wine character. This tartness is blanketed over the smooth, silky bourbon notes. Its quite a shame because the vanilla, oak and bourbon seems to be pretty good.
M- Thinner than I expected with a medium level of carbonation.
D- Shucks, I would have really liked to have gotten this beer 4 months ago or so.
11-08-2010 07:31:43 | More by MbpBugeye
Red Brick 15th Anniversary from Red Brick Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.