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Red Brick 16th Anniversary - Red Brick Brewing Company

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very good

37 Reviews
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Reviews: 37
Hads: 60
Avg: 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 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.

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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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $2.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a dark mud puddle-looking body with a sparse, khaki-colored head.

Smell: Aroma of chocolate sprinkles and a pinch of toasted coconut atop toasted whole-grain loaf bread, a few stray raisins, a drop of vanilla extract, bundled up with some spritzy bourbony alcohol wafts.

Taste: Toasted bread, chocolate-toned malts, and some sweet dark caramel folded into the fine bourbon tastes of vanilla cream, coconut rum, and lightly zestful oak. Medium-high sweetness. Scant hint of fruitiness. Minimal bitterness, but where the balancing bitterness would be is instead some alcohol warmth, tannic wood traces, and earthy accents. Sweet, earthen heat on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-light carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: Their 15th Anniversary release was alright, but this one was a real sizzler. A real sizzler, friends, provided you like more than just a subtle, vague hint of bourbon.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.


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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.

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Photo of argock
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass stemmed goblet. No freshness date. Enjoyed with good friend Erinn after a tough day on the road.

A: Burnished dark chestnut with 1/2-finger beige head leaving a decent lace trail behind.

S: Bourbon and fudgy, dark chocolate share the limelight. Hops do not enter the picture to any appreciable degree. Some rummy, cherry booze is detectable but not at all off-putting.

T: The fudgy nature of the chocolate works really well with the vanilla and bourbon/whiskey notes. This is a chocolate ale in disguise and most closely resembles the chocolates embedded with Jack Daniels or other sour bourbon whiskey in foil wrap. Some mild cherry alcohol slides in but is not detracting. The hops contribution is small with some earthiness, but the chocolate character is strong and really works with the soft bourbon undertones. The alcohol is not easy to detect.

M: Very soft, silky, coating feel with low carbonation and a chocolatey aftertaste.

O: I really enjoyed this beer -- the chocolate notes really match well with the whiskey notes. I agree that the bourbon character is less decisive than the whiskey flavor and aroma, but all in all this brew is well-crafted with a big nod to malty, drinkable brews. Nice job Red Brick on this brew and find it if you like whiskey and chocolate in a brew.

Re-review: the bourbon runs strong and really blends well with the amber/brown ale components. The vanilla and oak are still strong. This gives Backwoods Bastard a run for its money. A year has smoothed this out a lot and it is drinking great.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Red Brick 16th Anniversary from Red Brick Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.