Red Brick 16th Anniversary - Red Brick Brewing Company
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2.2/5 rDev -44.9%
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.
02-24-2011 20:03:27 | More by JBIII
3.45/5 rDev -13.5%
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.
12-11-2011 23:31:45 | More by ATLbeerDog
3.55/5 rDev -11%
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.
04-22-2011 02:33:59 | More by EgadBananas
3.55/5 rDev -11%
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.
12-17-2011 23:45:29 | More by portia99
3.68/5 rDev -7.8%
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.
04-11-2011 06:18:07 | More by womencantsail
3.73/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
07-10-2011 03:36:58 | More by fsvan
3.78/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
07-12-2011 03:03:35 | More by maximum12
3.8/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
06-16-2011 23:16:13 | More by sendsilk
3.83/5 rDev -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.
06-28-2011 02:01:10 | More by Pellinore1
3.85/5 rDev -3.5%
Another beer from Grant here. Thanks again. Poured into a pint glass. Beer pours dark chestnut brown with about a finger of light tan head. Pretty impressive for an eleven percent beer.
Not much a smeller here. Very faint nutty aromas and toasty malts linger but mostly this one is showcasing bourbon. It's got a nice rich bourbon smell that gives a nice sweetness to the aroma. The biggest flaw is that it is just a bit too much; it hides everything else. Maple and brown sugar with a bit of nuttiness on the pallet. A bit nicer than the aroma. The barrel simply complements this one; leaving traces of a brown ale rather than an empty whisky bottle.
The feel is kind of of the light side, but somehow still seems a little sticky. Kind of sharp carbonation here but nothing going on that breaks the deal. A really cool beer here. I think it's also the first barrel aged brown ale that I've had. I'd love to see some more brewers give it a shot; seems cool.
03-22-2011 23:33:02 | More by Bendurgin
3.93/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
04-17-2011 03:16:38 | More by cjgator3
3.93/5 rDev -1.5%
I want to like this beer more than I actually do. Upon 1st sip I really enjoyed it, but as I continued to drink and the beer warmed, it became apparent that the base brown ale really couldn't handle all of the whiskey notes. Upon first sip, you get lovely vanilla notes, especially mid-taste, and some brown sugar up front followed by distinctly whiskyish flavors. Creamy at the end. As it warms, the cream subsides and the whiskey becomes more dominant and overwhelms the brown ale a bit. This particular whiskey profile also seems a bit too clean for the beer. I understand the reasoning here- using a lighter style whiskey without heavy barrel notes and sweet richness would marry better with a lighter bodied beer. Unfortunately, that style of whiskey leaves little for the cutting alcohol to hide behind. Rather than warming, you get a more piercing whiskey note. The effect here is of a Canadian whiskey, rather than a nice single barrel Bourbon. There are some citrusy elements that emerge and are quite pleasant as well while they last, but these also fade as the beer opens up and warms. Usually, I think these whiskey laced beers benefit from slow contemplative sipping, but honestly, I like this one better cold, so drink up! Although there are some flaws, I did enjoy my four pack of this beer. I think with some tweaking (why use a brown ale base- think porter or stout), this could be quite good. Perhaps for the 17th? In any case, I applaud Red Brick for launching the Brick Mason series. Definitely a step in the right direction. Kudos!
03-23-2011 00:33:10 | More by Georgiabeer
3.93/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
09-11-2011 22:58:28 | More by woosterbill
Red Brick 16th Anniversary from Red Brick Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.