Red Brick 16th Anniversary - Red Brick Brewing Company

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88
very good

60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.31%
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:
Beer added by: glid02 on 10-10-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brick Mason series #1
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Photo of JBIII
2.23/5  rDev -44%
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.

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.

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.

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

Photo of EgadBananas
3.62/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Bendurgin
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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.

Photo of cjgator3
3.92/5  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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a luscious chocolaty brown with a light yellowish-tan head. Strong, barleywine-like aroma has an oaken overtone and malty and fruity tones. Rich, brandy-ish flavor has a strong but not fierce alcohol bite as well as a firm malty tone and hints of caramel and wood. Lively, tingly texture is rough and rowdy and leaves behind a woody, slightly sweet fizz.

Photo of Double06
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Photo of chefmikeanderson
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: nice dark mahagony color. Pours a two finger head dissipating to decent layer on top. Some appetizing suds stick to the glass.

S: first off of the jack Daniels. All the appropriate whiskey adjectives... wood and vanilla no alcohol heat though. A nice malty sweetness in the background like an english brown sweetness. No hops really shining through

T: all I think when I take every sip is how nicely balanced it is. The jack is a big player but still nice.and suttle helping the brown ale out.

M: pretty decent full body with a slightly slick mouthfeel.

D: I read this was 11% somewherrle and then heard it was actually 8.5% or so. If it is 11 then wow... 8.5 still good. Easy drinking, good tasting and really not overwhelming at all. A nice whiskey aged beer that doesn't beat you to death. I say 2 for 2 for red brick anniversaries

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