Red Brick Brick Mason Series #3: 17th Anniversary Ale - Red Brick Brewing Company

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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.36%
Wants: 9
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
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Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: coreyfmcdonald on 08-04-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Strong American Brown Ale aged for 6 months in a mix of once-used Jim Beam, Claremont Springs, and Old Granddad bourbon barrels then blended back together.
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Ratings: 90 | Reviews: 28
Photo of Jadjunk
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

No label information. Brewed in the style of an American Brown Ale aged in Oak 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 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy cream head of a pale vanilla over a moderate brown body with heavy haze and watery coffee highlights. Ample chunks of black sediment, light subtle carbonation. Retention is below average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.5

(Smell) Toasted caramel bread, cocoa nibs, lightly roasted coffee with subtle earthiness and mild fruitiness. Clean and simple, little barrel aging evident in the aroma, faint vanilla, some bourbon. Potency is mild. 3.5

(Taste) Moderately roasted coffee, toasted caramel and brown grains, hints of vanilla and oak with a moderate sweet bourbon finish. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick and oily with a light chewiness and a moderately dry finish. Carbonation is high, generating a moderate frothiness and a fully crisp finish, a bit off for this beer. Body is medium/heavy for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is slightly sweet over boozy and tart. Alcohol presence is modest and there are no notable off characters. 3.25

(Overall) A decent barrel aged brown ale, although the Oak aging was not as prevalent as I had hoped, there's some considerable Bourbon in there and a bit of malt body to give it some balance. Very overcarbonated, but a decent beer overall. 3.5

Red Brick Brewing Company's
17th Anniversary Ale Aged in Oak Bourbon Barrels
3.58/5.00

Photo of buschbeer
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 FL. OZ/BTL
Served in a becker glass

This beer is tea colored. It has an inch of tan head the disappears quickly leaving no lacing.

The aroma is sweet bourbon. I pick up a little alcohol too.

While there may be a brown ale in here somewhere, this tastes a lot like bourbon. It is sweet with caramel and vanilla.

Full mouthfeel and silky smooth.

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A 12oz bottle dated 2012, but considering its the 17th anniversary and their 21st anniversary is currently on shelves...i am assuming this is 4 years old. I had one when it was released but this one has been in my beer fridge since

L - Brown with some clarity, 1/4 finger of head, and some lacing left on glass. Lots of sediment floating in the glass

S - Bourbon! And lots of it. Wow..

T - A smooth brown ale, fairly sweet, with a nice bourbon aftertaste. Well done! Tasty

F - Thin body and low carbonation.

O - A very tasty imperial brown. It does taste like a shot of bourbon has been added. If you like bourbon you will enjoy this one.

Photo of JamesStreet
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- cloudy, murky amber color with small tan head
S- Sweet oaky bourbon aroma with, earthy, bready malt
T- Almost tastes like a brown ale with a shot of bourbon dropped in. Definitely pick up the Jim Beam character. sweet fig flavor with some vanilla coming in as well. Good barrel charcter
M- thin, slight syrupy mouthfeel with low carbonation.
O- I really like what Red Brick has done with their Brick Mason series. This is a very good barrel-aged brown ale.

Photo of ehammond1
3.22/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, cocoapuph!

Dark, murkey brown. Moderate levels of carbonation. Low to moderate stick. Not a particularly attractive beer, but I didn't expect a barrel-aged brown ale to look particularly pretty. Good enough, all things considered.

The aroma on this is fantastic. Lots of sweet, earthy, and bready malts combine nicely with a fairly dominant barrel character. Moderate oak, nice vanilla character, and a bit of the spirit as well. Very, very nice, and easily the best aspect of this beer.

The flavor somewhat falls apart, especially as the beer warms. There is some decent barrel character, but a lot of the malt character tastes old and stale, for the lack of better descriptors. There's a bit of an acidic character to the beer, overall, and quite a bit of oxidation.

Medium bodied with low carbonation.

I wish the flavor lived up to the aroma. Perhaps I should have opened this quite a while ago.

Photo of Mikecap
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep murky amber with a small head that fades quickly, leaving solid lacing.

Smell: Bourbon, smoke, and a ton of malt. This is labeled an American Brown Ale but I get a lot of barleywine aroma here. Some dark fruits, more booze and a good deal of sweetness.

Taste: Very smooth with bourbon and oak up front but little alcohol burn, nice notes of malty sweetness and even some hops

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth at 8.5% despite the alcohol in the taste. Drinks pretty easily for a bourbon barrel aged brew.

Overall: Very good beer here from Red Brick. I dig the barrel aging and would definitely drink this again.

Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 2012. Served @ 50F, into a snifter.

A: Thin, with needed coaxing and aggressive pour to her any head, which quickly dissipated to a thin lacing that did coat the glass.

S: Bourbon forward, much more than I remember from the one I had last year when I bought it. Somewhat boozy as a result.

T: Bourbon blast. Nice, smooth, no burn, and full of oaky goodness. This is way better than I recall.

M: Thin, and somewhat over-carbonated on the finish, although it is some what flat overall. Has a tingly finish that is different. The oak really coats the tongue.

O: Love this, will look for more if I can, to place in the cellar and see how much more it develops.

Photo of hopoilcrazy
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mason Series #3

A - Tawny port hue, iced tea shades. Firm cap of head that leaves spotty lacing.

S - Craisins, currants, young bourbon, light vanilla. Lotsa booze.

T - Pale malts make up most of the palate. Slight vegetal tang reminiscent of mushrooms. I suspect this is the off barrel character creeping in, if this was replaced with some oak tannins then it would be awesome.

M - Full bodied. Heavy burn for just 9%. Chewy and satisfying.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours murky brown with some reddish hue. Very small head receding into some bubbles on the surface. Low levels of lacing.

Sweet caramel aromas backed by some boozy bourbon. Maybe a bit of vanilla and fig as well. Not terribly complex, but smells well balanced.

Sweet caramel malts greet the taste buds. The barrel then takes over as there are big notes of vanilla and a lot of booze. I like my bw's this way though. Booze cutting the caramel and creating a nice balanced treat. Again not much complexity, but good.

Medium bodied with carbonation perhaps a touch high. There is definitely a booze kick to this one as the barrel is prominently featured and doesn't try to hide alcohol much.

Very nice beer and was not expecting such a delicious treat based off other offerings from this brewery. Pretty simple, but the caramel and bourbon play well with each other. Sort of reminds me of a poor man's CW BBBW which is nothing to sneeze at. Would drink again in a heartbeat.

Photo of metter98
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle at The Distillery, Savannah, GA

A: The beer is very hazy brown in color. It poured with a thin off white head that left patches of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of bourbon from the barrel aging are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell. The taste is dominated by bourbon flavors and also has some associated hints of vanilla.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. A bit of heat from the alcohol warming is noticeable.
O: This is a really nice beers that is easy to drink because the underlying beer is lighter-bodied in nature as a brown ale.

Photo of Beejay
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep brown and red in color. with a nice tan brown head. The head on this thing is dense, but rapidly starts breaking into frog eyes.

S: Definitely some oak; vanilla, oak, and a touch of corn. Behind that the beer comes across a little sweet, and a little tart. There is a caramel or brown sugar aroma, as well as a little bread. There is a lingering tartness to it.. almost a sour or acidic note.

T: That's bourbon. Vanilla, oak, perhaps a touch of cinnamon, but that may be a stretch. Some dark bread notes, as well as some dark fruit notes. Tasty.

M: Medium in body, carbonation is nice. The finish is a little watery.

O: Overall good, but far from great. Definitely heavy on the bourbon, and while the bourbon character isn't intense, it certainly blows out the base beer. Solid flavors, but I think it lacks the finesse I would want out a it.

Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cpinto6 for this interesting beer, love anything with bourbon.

Pours a caramel colored fizzy 1/2 finger head, decent looking for this level of abv, fades at a med pace with some decent lacing, over super murky maroon caramel brown colored beer.

Nose is loaded with bourbon, nice woody bourbon, vanilla oak, boozy bourbon and some fruity bourbon with that even, then malts, caramel malts, a little nutty and toasty, fruity and nutty is the game, candy syrup, molasses, etc.

Taste continues where the nose left off, starting out right away with bourbon, lots of tasty fresh American oak, vanilla oak, toasted oak as well, tasty, bourbon gets a bit fruity even, and more nutty malts, before continuing into the malts. Caramel, candy syrup, molasses, brown sugar, nutty malts, toasted nuts. Fairly sweet, but blends well with the big malts and bourbon, and the booze comes with a nice warmth but again is camouflaged by the sweetness and big malts. Finish is semi sticky, a little syrupy and sweet but drier, light nutty malts, caramel, brown sugar, etc, and a nice vanilla toasty oak and bourbon lingering. Later on the taste profile and even more on the finish comes some chewy earthy slightly spicy hops that bitter just a bit but add more of that flavor profile late on the finish.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, but fairly syrupy, quite a bit of carbonation, and some warming booze.

overall a nice beer, good malt profile, syrup flavors are decent fairly sweet but not too much, booze warmth hits about what it should, and the nice bourbon flavors come through well with a nice vanilla toasty oak, lots of it.

Photo of Tilley4
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer several times and somehow overlooked putting my 2 cents in on it... I like it a lot...

The big bourbon aromas that this beer has can probably be a little off-putting to some, but I find them very pleasant... It's not straight Jim Beam but the influence is there, loud and clear... Rather pungent... Almost a nutty pecan caramel thing going on as well... Hints of vanilla... Very nice...

Smooth caramel maltiness amped up by a dose of bourbon influence with hints of nuttiness and vanilla throughout.... This beer is terrific and while the bourbon is evident in the taste, the booze isn't... One of the earlier reviews mentioned that the Beam might be a tad overdone and it does toe the line but I still like this beer a lot... It's a terrific nightcap brew and it makes these cold November nights we've been having seem a lot warmer...

A very nice effort from Red Brick... Best beer I've had from them yet...

Photo of jsanford
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark mahogany with a swirl of ivory haze. Lovely aromas of dark malt, caramel, pecans, and a healthy swig of Bourbon. Taste is similarly delicious, with more malt, nuts, more delicious Bourbon, and a touch of coconut. Phenomenal beer. Mouthfeel is smooth and slick, with a medium-full body and lowish carbonation. Love this beer, one of my favorites in recent memory.

Photo of cvm4
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a lot of this at the Jackson beerfest. Glad to sit down & review it.

A - Pours a deep cola brown. Light tan head that leaves behind a little lacing

S - Bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar and oaky.

T - Bourbon is a key factor in this beer. Slightly malty with a sweet bit of vanilla and dark fruits.

M - Thin body and medium carbonation. About what I'd expect for a brown ale.

O - I always like to try new beers that blur the lines. It's great to try but I just feel bourbon barrel aged beers should be left to stouts or barley wines. But for a brown ale, this is well done.

Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a tawny brown with a half finger light tan colored head atop.The bourbon barrel plays a role but doesn't dmoinate the aromas,chocolored covered nuts,caramel,and roast all come together with bourbon barrel to make for a great complex nose.Mellow bourbon notes along with caramel malt flavors,a little vanilla and faint chocolate round it out.A nice barrel aged beer here,not over done with a great nose.

Photo of sommersb
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 10-05-2012
Freshness: 2012 Vintage, Series #3
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: 4-pack from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

Appearance: Murky brown colored beer, topped by a modest light tan head. Retention is fair with a nice presentation of lace.

Smell: A very strong bourbon/alcohol aroma hits you in the face on this one. Also features vanilla and woody/oak notes.

Taste: Malty and sweet, with a huge whiskey element. Other flavors include molasses, oak, licorice and vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Smooth feel and thick-bodied, this one coats the tongue. The aftertaste is sweet and has more of the strong bourbon presence. Also features some alcohol warming.

Overall: I liked this double brown ale. The whiskey influence bordered on being too overpowering, but was enjoyable nonetheless. This would probably be even better with a few more months of aging. Recommended

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 10.1.12.

A - Pours a dark carmel brown with a thin light tan head that move quickly to the edges.

S - Strong carmel, booze and oak.

T - Carmel, molasses, dark fruit, oaky and sweet.

D - Lower carbonation with a heavier body.

O - Sweet and barrel influenced. Carmel and dark fruit dominate. This reminds me of a HOTD beer.

Photo of MasterSki
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tom for sharing this beer - guess he picked it up in Atlanta. Served in some sort of tulip.

A - White foam settles to a collar and wispy partial cap, as well as a few specks of lace. Transparent dark brown body.

S - Oak, maple, bourbon, caramel, and somewhat harsh alcohol. The brown ale character has been largely overwhelmed by the barrel-aging and this seems a lot boozier than 8.5%.

T - The taste is super heavy on maple and caramel, with some bready malts and nuttiness as well. Barrel presence is more restrained here, imparting bourbon, vanilla, and light oak.

M - Medium body that's OK for 8.5%, but seems a bit thin for the flavor profile. Lower carbonation, and tons of residual stickiness. Chewy and smooth texture with some light warming alcohol.

D - It's a solidly made barrel-aged brown ale, but nothing mind-blowing Still, it's a massive improvement from the 15th Anniversary version I tried. Good for the 6oz I had, but not something I'd seek out again.

Photo of bcostner1
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep opaque mahogany/dark brown. Looks like someone melted down a bunch of caramel squares and poured them into a glass. Awesome.

S: Rich bourbon, vanilla. Intoxicating.

T: Fantastic. Opens with vanilla and sweet malt. Rich bourbon throughout. Some liquid brown sugar in there. Melted caramel. Also getting a hint of toasted coconut which is particularly nice. Hint of oak on the finish. No significant hop presence. Everything melds together perfectly.

M: Somewhat chewy and substantive yet smooth and very easy to drink. At 8.5%, it's well hidden...could be dangerous.

I had the 16th Anniversary from Red Brick last year and loved it. I think this is even better than that. The blending and Jim Beam barrels have made this a top notch brew. Not sure why they call it an "American Brown Ale" though. Really nothing like a true ABA to me. Drinks more like a bourbon barrel aged English Barleywine or Doppelbock in a lot of ways to me. Regardless, it doesn't matter. This beer is amazing. Glad I got a 4 pack. Seek it out!

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Woody aroma has dusty and yeasty components, unusual but not off-putting. It pours a slightly hazy sepia with a fairly thick, if not persistent, light tan head. Flavor has a strong overtone of fresh-cut wood, plus caramel, cloves and horehound. Texture has good body and fizz, and leaves a woody, slightly spicy finish.

Photo of elgiacomo
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, unknown date but fresh release. Served at around 55-60F.

Pours brown with red highlights and a one finger beige head that holds a small cap and leaves nice spotty lacing behind.

Aroma is pretty heavy on the bourbon, lot of wood, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, dark fruits, dates, alcohol. Very good strength.

Flavor is fantastic. Rich and complex with a lot of bourbon, oak, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, caramel, dark fruits, rather sweet, minimal bitterness, noticeable alcohol but fitting for a barrel-aged beer. Still, surprised this is only 8.5% ABV.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, sticky, creamy, soft carbonation.

I’ve managed to miss any of the previous Anniversary beers from Red Brick despite being in Georgia, but so glad to get a hold of this one. Easily the best beer I’ve had from these guys. If they could only translate some of this magnificence into their other beers they could really step up as a top-notch production brewery from Georgia.

Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a four-pack at Tower Package in Atlanta, just in Atlanta. A mite disappointed that none of the places in Georgia seem to have single bottle racks, it would have been fun to try a few different things. Oh well. 12 oz. bottle.

Poured into my trusted hotel 'beer' glass, the brew is brown with red highlights, & definitely not the reverse. Very active carborateur. Smell is Big Roast, drifting over the line to main-line coffee, just a distant hint of vanilla.

Red Brick 17th Anniversary is a tummy warmer. Inside, not out. Big Vanilla (not unlike Big Banking) sets the pace; the bourbon is more of a soft supporting piece. The roast arrives with enough heat to char marshmallows. Alcohol is prominent; I'd have guess this was into double-digits, easy. Caramel splash right at the end. Every so often, I really dig these barrel-aged browns or porters that have a lighter mouthfeel, & this one nails it nicely. Won't be an issue finishing this off as I'm packing for home (woohoo!).

This is better than the 16th anniversary, but I have no idea why. Putting a thumb on the scales of excellent; happy to haul the other three bottles back to a civilized land.

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4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very brownish/tan color, very murky and not the most appetizing looking appearance. This is about the only thing I can down the beer on is that it is not the prettiest looking sight.

S: Smells of roast and maltiness, but lots of smells of Bourbon, vanilla, woody smells, even more roastiness, overall a very very enjoyable smell.

T: Tastes of roast, bourbon flavors and just a very complex flavor, not what I would expect from Red Brick but was very very surprised and happy about it. The bourbon flavors do a very good job complimenting the brown ale flavors, and just a well rounded beer.

M: Very good mouthfeel, well balanced and smooth and feels great on the tongue.

O: Love this beer. Red brick came up with something amazing and I will be savoring every last drop that I can get my hand on.

Photo of garjc
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this in a single bottle from a local liquor store and poured it into a tulip glass:

A: Cloudy deep brown. The head was a nice khaki affair but dissipated quickly, leaving some soapy but resilient lacing.

S: Vanilla, caramel- very much like bourbon! Also had a pleasant coffee element.

T: Bourbon. No question as to what this tastes like. Nuances of coffee, coconut, caramel, and vanilla intertwine beautifully. A hint of barley barely creeps through to make itself known. Nothing really takes center stage here- a true ensemble cast of characters.

M: Medium carb and body. About what it needs. Anything less and it would have been murky. Anything more and it would have been cloying.

O: Very pleasant brew indeed. The bourbon barrel aging plays very well with the beer. Hats off to the brewers! I will definitely buy more of this in the future.

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Red Brick Brick Mason Series #3: 17th Anniversary Ale from Red Brick Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.