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Red Brick 16th Anniversary - Red Brick Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 6
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Red Brick Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brick Mason series #1

(Beer added by: glid02 on 10-10-2010)
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Reviews by bcostner1:
Photo of bcostner1
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown with reddish hues. 1 finger tan head that dissipates quickly.

S: Awesome! Bourbon, lots of vanilla, sweetness/brown sugar, and a little bit of woody undertones. Love the aroma.

T: One of my all time favorites (why do I love the one-offs the most??). The most apparent flavor is strong, sweet, smooth vanilla. Get some bourbon, a little bit of wood, some brown sugar. Strong malt backbone. Very little hoppiness to this brew (which I personally like because I don't like overpowering hops...and I know I'm in the minority on this site).

M: A little heavier than a standard brown ale but not as thick as a stout. Could probably drink about 2 of these before it became too much but one as a sipper is fantastic.

Overall, this beer is phenomenal. It's really too bad it's just a one time brew. I wish that Red Brick would consider making this a yearly or seasonal. I bought 12 of them and I'm down to my last 2. Buy 'em if you find 'em....you won't regret it!

bcostner1, Jul 28, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of Outchillen
2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

Outchillen, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask at Hotoberfest - sampled multiple times. Described as an Imperial Brown Ale aged in bourbon barrels (I can't remember which distillery) by the brewmaster. This will be bottled and released in four-packs.

Pours a muddy brown color with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel malts with hints of toastiness. Also present are solid amounts of vanilla and oak along with lighter amounts of milk chocolate.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth caramel malt flavors with hints of darker toasted malts kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are soft milk chocolate flavors that give way midway through the sip to bourbon flavors - vanilla with hints of butterscotch and oak. The bourbon flavors carry through to a mildly sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I didn't find this quite as smooth or robust as the 15th anniversary but it's still a solid beer. Worth a shot, even more so if you use it as an excuse to open up a bottle of the 15th.

glid02, Oct 10, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

ltdantheman, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of cjgator3
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brown color with an off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma features sweet malt, raisins, chocolate, wood, vanilla, caramel, and bourbon from the barrel aging. Great aroma!

T- The taste like the aroma has some sweet malt up front with some woody bourbon flavors as well.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this is a decent beer. It is very sweet and has a good amount of bourbon flavors, but I would like to see some more malt in there as well. The drinkability of this beer for an 11% ABV is crazy. Be careful with this one, it will sneak up on you.

cjgator3, Apr 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

jmhart, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of David_kent
5/5  rDev +25.3%

David_kent, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of Double06
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from Notes: 2/21/11
12 oz bottle into snifter
Price: $11 / 4 pack

A: 1/2 - 1" very light tan head with medium lacing; Hazy, almost a muddy/cloudy brown; Flecks of amber around edges

S: Sweet - from the BAL aging and sweet malts; Vanilla and caramel

T: Just like it smells; Vanilla and caramel; well-balanced with the brown ale and whiskey barrel

M: A little sticky; lingering in the mouth but not overly drying or coating

D: Very high for a BAL aged brown ale; There has been discrepancy of the actual ABV but either way it is very well hidden

A nicely done anniversary ale from the local guy.

Double06, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of beerFool28607
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

beerFool28607, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of aepb1
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep brown body with a tan head

S- Vanilla, caramel and oaky bourbon booziness

T- Vanilla, nutty brown ale, oaky bourbon too, a lot going on here

M- Full-bodied, big for the style. Moderate carbonation

O- The high abv is balanced out as the oaky bourbon taste is nice in there

aepb1, Apr 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

bombadil, Nov 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

AndyTaylor, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of EgadBananas
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color, and no real deviation from that. Head was a nice light tan, 2 fingers, and dissipated to a nice creamy film, leaving a bit of splotches along the way.

The aroma is nearly intoxicating. Sweet caramel, roasted malts, a bit of chocolate, vanilla, oak, and a nicely balanced bourbon aroma.

The taste has some nice oaky, bourbon qualities, a drop of vanilla, and some toasted malts. There's a bit of booze too and a bit of metally twang. There's a lot of good qualities here, but it doesn't meld and flow as fluent as the aroma.

The feel is a bit light, though a little creamy and slick.

Overall, I enjoyed this. Smells wonderful, though a little bit of a mess, taste wise, still worth enjoying while available.

EgadBananas, Apr 22, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

brown, with a smallish head was lifted up onto the top, but this was quickly replaced by a thin layer of film across the top. Carbonation was visible in the very clear brew.

The smell was rich and sweet. Predominant aroma was a caramel with a touch of an earthy malt. A light feeling was released by this, so you really did not think you were going into anything too terribly heavy. As it warmed you could pick up a roasted or burnt smell coming though as well as a touch of a hop note rounding out the back. caramel that you caught right up front along with a burnt or roasted wood flavor.

mikesgroove, Dec 15, 2011
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2.2/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Too much bourbon and not enough beer.

That's the first thing that comes to mind when tasting this beer. Beers such as these would be better with 'nuances' of bourbon flavor and aroma, not overpowering.

This beer almost tastes as if someone poured a beer and then poured bourbon directly into the glass of beer. This company did a similar type of beer for their 15th anniversary and it was great. With this one, they got overly aggressive. And don't get me wrong, I love bourbon. If I'm not drinking a beer, it's a bourbon I have in my hand.

Smell, notes of hot alcohol, due to excessive bourbon notes.

Taste - Overly sweet, hot alcohol, and slight astringency

Drinkability - definitely not a session beer.

If you enjoy bourbon and beer. Try this one. Only if you like bourbon more than beer, will you buy this beer again.

JBIII, Feb 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

GABrew, Jul 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

bespin15, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of fsvan
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium globe.

A- Deep brown with dark red notes when the glass is tilted. Thick with no light making it through. Minimal off white head.

S- Bourbon, vanilla, oak. The bourbon isn't overpowering in the sense it knocks you out, but it is overpowering in the sense that it comes through much, much stronger than the base beer.

T- Shockingly mild flavored, all things considered. Much like the smell the bourbon/oak are the dominant flavors, but are not overpowering. A very slight amount of the base brown ale shines through, but just enough to make it not taste simply like diluted bourbon. Alcohol is well hidden considering how much of it there is.

M- Barely on the heavy side of medium. Lighter than expected.

O- Not a bad beer at all. Very easy drinking considering the bourbon and abv. Middle of the road as far as bourbon barrel aged beers go. It won't get confused with BCBS or KBS amongst the top, but is still pretty good.

fsvan, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of sendsilk
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 4 pack of this for about $12. Aged in Barrels so I figured it might be worth a little more money.

A- Nice dark pour with a creamy looking head some nice foam retention on the glass.

S- Smells strongly of bourbon and some slight vanilla.

T- Pretty nice. Hearty, creamy and a ton of bourbon in this thing. Not something I'm usually used to in an ale, but this is nice.

M- Pretty creamy and solid mouthfeel. A little too much carbonation for my liking. Not bad though.

O- A pretty solid ale. Not sure of the ABV on this but it tastes pretty strong. I have 2 more left so I'll see what some time does to them.

sendsilk, Jun 17, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to donManguno for sending this one.

Pours a deep brown with hints of red, and reveals a lovely burgundy when held up to the light. Less than a finger of light tan head fades slowly, and leaves a thin cap of lacing.

A nice whiff of bourbon comes off of this beer, along with caramel, vanilla, and some subtle toasted notes.

The flavor echoes the nose, but it is just an echo. Certainly enjoyable, but more subdued than I expected. I've probably just come to expect big roasty stouts with my bourbon barrel-aged beers, so a brown ale throws me a bit.

As with the flavor, the mouthfeel is thinner than I expected, although it is smooth and pleasant.

A good beer overall, and I would say outstanding in the brown ale category. I would probably rate it higher if I could leave behind my expectations of what a bourbon barrel aged beer should taste like, but that's subjectivity for you.

Pellinore1, Jun 28, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

WynnO, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this one, Bobby.

A: The beer pours a dark brown color with a finger of off-white head and some mild lacing.

S: Smells nice. Some vanilla notes, chocolate, and toasted malts are also prominent. A nice undertone of bourbon with a definite woodiness to it.

T: Quite a bit of bourbon and vanilla flavors with a bit of oak on the back end. Sweet chocolate, toffee, and caramel to go along with the vanilla. Hints of dark fruit and booze on the finish.

M: Medium in body with a smooth, medium carbonation.

O: Wouldn't have guessed this was 11%. Just a touch of booziness, but overall pretty smooth.

womencantsail, Apr 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

jaidenjb, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of portia99
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle received as a great extra from jpmclaug in one our trades. Thanks Jason! Poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours a deep, milk chocolate brown color with decent clarity - just a bit of haze. Not much of a head forms on top of this - what briefly appeared fizzed away quickly leaving behind a thin collar of cream colored bubbles around the edge of the glass.

S - No doubt this one spent some time in a bourbon barrel. Bourbon aroma is intense, sweet and quite boozy, some wafts of vanilla appear and disappear, caramel. Smells like this is likely to be a bit hot.

T - Surprisingly, the bourbon is perhaps a bit muted and there is a much better balance here. Bourbon is definitely right up front and yields plenty of flavors - lots of vanilla especially. Sweet caramelized sugars and some butter underneath with the boozy aspects of the bourbon showing up towards the swallow, although quite well controlled. Alcohol isn't as big a factor as I expected at 11%.

M - Medium bodied with an equivalent carbonation which is a bit tingly on the tongue. Bourbon is rather well controlled but still manages some warmth as well as a tingle on the lips on each sip. Pretty smooth for a beer of this strength.

O - Overall, a pretty good bourbon barrel aged brown ale. Bourbon will likely mellow a bit more with some age and this should become even nicer when that happens. Bourbon has a bit too much presence and masks most of the base beer's flavors. A little less bourbon intensity should allow these to shine thru more.

portia99, Dec 17, 2011
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4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to gford217 for this bottle.

Poured into a pint glass

A- Dark brown with lighter edges, thin tan head.

S- Bourbon, Strong cherries, and raisins.

T- Dark fruit- mostly cherries and there is no boozy taste.

D- Mild carbonation, but very smooth and drinkable.

HuskyinPDX, May 05, 2011
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Red Brick 16th Anniversary from Red Brick Brewing Company
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