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Red Brick 16th Anniversary - Red Brick Brewing Company

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88
very good

37 Reviews
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Reviews: 37
Hads: 60
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 7.79%
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 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. (733 characters)

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. (668 characters)

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. (616 characters)

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. (1,590 characters)

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! (1,552 characters)

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. (959 characters)

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. (1,002 characters)

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. (375 characters)

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. (608 characters)

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. (827 characters)

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 (843 characters)

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. (1,197 characters)

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Red Brick 16th Anniversary from Red Brick Brewing Company
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