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Red Brick 16th Anniversary - Red Brick Brewing Company

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37 Reviews
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Reviews: 37
Hads: 60
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 7.79%
Wants: 6
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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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:
Beer added by: glid02 on 10-10-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

No label information. Red Brick 16th Anniversary Ale is brewed in the style of an American Brown Ale aged in bourbon barrels. Available in 12 oz. bottled 4 packs and on limited draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Red Brick snifter glass. Served above 54 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp frothy head of a toasted tan color over a dark cola brown body with soft cherry highlights. Retention is below average and there is no visible lacing. 3

(Smell) Delicate malt body of toasted caramel grain, bread malts with some soft funk, dark fruit essence and malt souring impending. Moderate bourbon booze, lightly toasted wet oak and mild vanilla from the barrel aging a bit hot aromatically but drying as well. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) The flavor is much more bold than the aroma gave off, with bready caramel, grain malts, light tartness and delicate yeast-borne fruit juices. Some cocoa character and a thicker body were unique over the aroma. Bourbon flavors are considerably less than in the aroma, but finishes off with a light note of clean bourbon and drying oak. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is silky, lightly chewy, moderately dry. Carbonation is high, generating a full frothiness and a buzzy crisp finish, perhaps a bit overcarbonated. Body is medium+ for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is slightly sweet and tart over boozy. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no off characters to note. 3.25

(Overall) This later turned out to be Red Brick's 18th anniversary ale due to a simple math error on how old the brewery really was. I'm a bit late to try this beer but the age did seem to tone down the bourbon and the barrel flavor considerably, and the beer itself got a bit funkier and fruitier, neither of which are undesirable, if not intended for this beer to taste that way. All-in-all, a decent anniversary ale. Happy belated 16th/18th anniversary!

Red Brick Brewing Company's
16th Anniversary Ale
3.55/5.00 (1,957 characters)

Photo of bonkers
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I recieved this in Secret Santa '11. I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a SA perfect pint, opaque brown pour, moderate tan head, little lacing. Bourbon and vanilla on the nose. The taste is a nice blend of hot bourbon, light vanilla, toffee, and a hint of oak, boozey finish. The body is a bit thin, but not bad. The carbonation is normal, rediculously easy drinking 11% brew. I really liked this beer, surprised to see it labeled as an imperial brown, I was thinking it is a BA barleywine. (492 characters)

Photo of thegodfather2701
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Opaque brown with a thick gorgeous tan head that lasts forever and creates some nice cascading.

S-Bourbon, alcohol, floral yet malty as well, and some brown sugar

T-Bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, alcohol sweetness, hint of milk chocolate and coconut

M-Thick and creamy

D-The high abv. and complexity make it a true sipper, but easy to drink given its high abc.

Overall, great beer as it is complex and delicious. I highly recommend trying it. (449 characters)

Photo of portia99
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (1,528 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (591 characters)

Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a super thin dark brown with a small quickly dissipating head. Smells of toasted grains, slight bourbon and vanilla dominate the nose. First sip is disappointingly thin but flavorful thanks to bourbon and oak flavors gained in the barrel. As it warms the vanilla takes on a larger role and is complimented with oak and bourbon. Base beer, I am guessing is nothing too special on its own but with the oak and bourbon combines for a fairly good beer. I am guessing these bottles are all hand filled as many of my bottles have low fills and many high fills. Not a bad beer at all…just could have been amazing with a stronger base beer. (640 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra in a trade recently. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Cigar City snifter.

a - Pours a murky mahogany brown color with one inch of light tan head and light carbonation evident. Would have liked a tiny bit more head but still looks pretty good.

s - Smells of bourbon, caramel malts, toffee, roasted mallts, oak, sticky sweet fruits, light oak, andlight vanilla. Bourbon is definitely up front, but it isn't overpowering at all. Ton of caramel/toffee and sweet fruit coming through as well; nose is really great. Reminds me a little of a bourbon barrel aged barleywine.

t - Tastes of bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel malts, toffee, molasses, sweet dark fruits, alcohol, and bready malts. Really nice again, though seemed a tiny bit watered down/not as strong as the nose. Very good, but not as great as the nose.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Smooth and not hot at all; I can't believe this one is 11% ABV. A little bit more carbonation and this mouthfeel would be close to perfect.

o - Overall I thought this was a fantastic beer and was pleasantly surprised by it; I knew nothing about it. I thought the nose was amazing; just a ton of bourbon and sweet caramel, but not too hot. I thought the taste was very good as well, and would have just liked a little mor carbonation. Overall an awesome beer and one I'd love to have again sometime. (1,384 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to nerdrocker101 for the hookup.

a - opened the brew and filled my E snifter. poured a deep semi transparent brown with a tingle of red. frothy full finger of off white bubbly head. sticky, chunky lacing...

s - wow. tangy. boozy. brown sugar and malts. was this aged in barrels? has an almost backwoods bastard smell.

t - imperial brown ale...imperial indeed...brown ale indeed. i quite dig it. has the brown ale flavors but turned up to 11. a bit tangy and almost sour-ish. a bit of cocoa.

m - medium bodied. easy drinker. abv is invisible.

o - overall, this is a hit. not your mamma's american brown ale. imperial. delicious. very nice offering and extremely impressive for a brown which is normally so subtle in my opinion, this is way more in your face and bold (and it works). (793 characters)

Photo of eclipse54
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12 ounce bottle from the generous jyounger30; thank you so much for this one! Poured into a Deschutes tulip glass.

Pours a deep, deep brown that is nearly black, and completely opaque because of it. A finger’s-breadth of foamy, bubbly beige head develops and lingers for about a minute before subsiding to patches of bubbles. It smells of bourbon, toffee, hazelnut, vanilla, oak, caramel, and some brown sugar; reminiscent of an english barleywine in the nose, and deliciously so. The taste follows through with plenty of bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel, a touch of the toffee and hazelnut, and a thin brown sugar flavor. Finishes with a touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is rich, but not quite as thick as expected. It leaves the mouth only a touch dry, but not sugar-coated or sticky, which is great. Overall, a very good bourbon barrel aged ale. I think it would improve even further in about another six months, and I really wish I had more to find out. (955 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Paul, thanks! Much better than I expected.

Beer is brown and clear / ruby with a thin off white head of small bubbles, decent retention, low lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is strong and bourbon. Sweet with malt.

Beer is medium to full in body with a nice liquor / bourbon flavor with a strong underlying malt backbone, the beer is really nice. Good notes throughout. The finish is a little bitter from grain and roast. Not too shabby throughout, I'd have it again. (477 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul.

The beer is brown with hints of crimson, and transparent. The cap is light beige, and leaves some random traces of lacing on the glass. The aroma is of oak, bourbon, malt. It smells robust and strong. The flavor confirms this. Lots of oak and bourbon, followed by a subtle tannic note. Alcohol heat is hidden pretty well, for the most part. This is good stuff. I would have this again. (423 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: A fairly vigorous pour results in two full fingers of creamy tan head atop a crystal-clear, dark mahogany body. Amazing retention and lacing for an 11% beer. Color me impressed.

S: Wow, that's barrel-aged all right. HUGE bourbon, giant coconut, big vanilla, and modest chocolate. There's plenty of booze, too, but the pure alcohol notes are pretty well subsumed into the delicious-smelling bourbon aroma. Terrific.

T: Hmm. Alcohol is the first thing I taste, followed by vanilla, coconut, bourbon, and a bit of caramel. The booze and bourbon are pretty overpowering, and the body of the beer just doesn't stand up to the barrel presence at all. Talk about a weak shadow of the smell. Not terrible (still above-average for the style, if you ask me), but terribly disappointing given my anticipation.

M: Smooth medium body with plenty of creamy, roiling carbonation. I was afraid that I poured all the life out of this beer to create that terrific head, but that's anything but the case. If anything, it's still a bit too bubbly - but I like it.

O: I'm tempted to give this a high Overall score because of how great it looks and smells, and I'm simultaneously tempted to give it a low Overall score because it ultimately fails to live up to its potential. I'll try to split the difference, boring as that stance may be.

Cheers! (1,366 characters)

Photo of suspect
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head Shaped Pint glass. Thanks to my buddy Audi for muling this up from Hotlanta!

A: Cloudy reddish-brown color with floaties at the bottom. Aggressive pour leads to a 1.5 finger head that slowly fades to a half-finger head that leads to thick, sticky lacing that coats the glass.

S: HOT HOT HOT! Lots of alcohol here, a sticky sweet bourbon smell to be exact. I catch a lot of malt here as well as some oak undertones but mostly alcohol. Wow does this smell potent.

T: Wow. The alcohol heat that I expected here is not here but the oaky, bourbon flavor that goes along with it certainly is. I've never had a beer with quite as much bourbon flavor as this one that wasn't a stout. As it warms, the sweet hits first and the bourbon hits really hard right behind. Wow.

M: Slight burn, medium body, lightly carbonated. The 11% ABV is present but only really overpowering in the nose, not in the feel.

O: The smell of this one made me nervous but the taste really powered through any anxiety I may have had. The flavor is delicious - it was almost as if it was a carbonated bourbon. Delicious. (1,137 characters)

Photo of bcostner1
4.54/5  rDev +14.1%
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! (974 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to moose3285 for this bottle - a barrel-aged beer from a heretofore unknown (to me) brewery. Sounds good!

Pour is dark brown with red edging the roots. Not much coming through the nasal arenas. A touch of vanilla, light malts, but this needs a force multiplier.

Red Brick 16th Anniversary is a shock to the system after the smell-failure. Vanilla swarms over the senses like bugs in a bad sci-fi movie (although if Dina Meyer is in it, then it's a good sci-fi movie). Spoonfuls of caramel, toffee hit the tongue. Bourbon & chocolate act as background props, scarcely noticed, though the bourbon comes forward a bit as it warms. Finish is sweet, warm malts.

Always like when people toss things other than a big, black, ballsy stout in barrels, & browns in the category should come out like this: lighter, breezier, kinder. Very good brew. (849 characters)

Photo of fsvan
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (951 characters)

Photo of Pellinore1
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (893 characters)

Photo of robwestcott
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks to kirkpjr for hooking me up with a few bottles of this one.

poured cold and fairly aggressively from the bottle a deep, dark mahogany with amber highlights to a portsmouth brewery balloon glass with a 1/2 finger off white, near tan head

big bourbon aroma followed up extremely close with vanilla and oak.

wow, great balanced bourbon ale. bourbon great big and in front, but there's a nice caramel malt and vanilla character right up alongside.

medium bodied and big carbonation, sweet and incredibly smooth for the abv - no heat whatsoever.

two big thumbs up, nice sipping bourbon ale - it stands up especially well - particularly in comparison to the sub-par kentucky bourbon barrel ale i had a couple weeks ago. (730 characters)

Photo of sendsilk
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (619 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Pours amber out of the bottle and settles in deep mahogany with a small beige head that leaves a nice thick collar and bits of lacing.

Aroma is seriously heavy on the bourbon and I like it. Sweet caramel malts, chocolate, vanilla and even a touch of coconut in the nose. Hints of brown sugar.

Taste is more of the same with heavy bourbon notes up front. There is less of the base beer underneath with less brown sugar and chocolate. The finish burns a bit and leaves a bourbon and vanilla sweetness on the palate.

The mouthfeel is thinnish due to the heavy bourbon presence and has low, soft carbonation.

I'm really enjoying what's coming out of ABC in the Brick Mason series. A nice bourbon-heavy brown - really good stuff. (742 characters)

Photo of benpopper
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a dark brown that showed hints of red when put up to the light. Even with a sort of forced effort I could not get much of a head and what I did get faded pretty quickly with a relatively clean glass.

Smelled great. A little sweetness to the big bourbon nose. Both vanilla tones and then darker sugar notes as well.

Taste was good as well but not as pronunced as the smell. A slight bourbon flare with the vanilla from the nose. Not a whole lot of roasted ness to give it the toffee finish that I enjoy from barrel aged beers.

Drank easily with not very much burn, but was not as thick and smooth as I would have liked. The carbonation was a little higher than I expected as well, so maybe that contributed.

Pretty happy to get this as a first offering from a brewery I was unaware of. A solid brew that I would happily have again. (857 characters)

Photo of auroracrisis
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dumped from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep brown with some red hues around the edges. Small off white colored head. No lacing, some legging.

After I took a few sniffs, I realized that this would most likely have worked better in a snifter. Big time vanilla bourbon scent. Toffee and caramel intertwine behind the vanilla with some sweet, cake like brown sugary goodness. Mmmm.

The taste is a little less decadent. Vanilla, caramel, toffee all mingle together but it seems like there is something missing mid palate. I'm not getting as much sweetness out of the beer as I smelled. Still, a good beer but I really wish it had that brown sugary goodness that the smell had.

Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Kind of sticky too.

Overall, a good beer. Glad I tried it and a nice unexpected extra that I got recently in a trade. I had never heard of this brewery before and this is definitely a good beer to try first. (944 characters)

Photo of thedoubler55
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A:Nice dark brown color, almost like coffee, leaves about a 2 finger head that leaves a nice lacing around the glass.

S: Smell of a nice crisp whisky, hints of coffee, vanilla, and oak.

T: Great smooth tasting brew, very subtle, taste of whiskey is a perfect balance, not boozie at all either, perfect.

M: Decent full body, slick and sticky to the mouth

D: Great Great brew, would love to have more of these, aging a few. (426 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.14/5  rDev +4%
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. (268 characters)

Photo of aepb1
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
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 (283 characters)

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