Red Brick Brick Mason Series #3: 17th Anniversary Ale - Red Brick Brewing Company
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4.63/5 rDev +13.8%
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.
10-17-2012 23:31:11 | More by jsanford
4.5/5 rDev +10.6%
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!
09-19-2012 23:29:38 | More by bcostner1
4.48/5 rDev +10.1%
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.
08-20-2012 00:55:40 | More by Kmccabe33
4.48/5 rDev +10.1%
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.
10-03-2012 05:33:30 | More by HuskyinPDX
4.43/5 rDev +8.8%
Served in a Tulip from a bottle. No real notes on what this is, but it's a Double Brown Ale, aged in Jim Beam barrels. 8.5% ABV.
A: A murky-hazey brown/caramel color, with a thin, tight head. Sticks around for a bit, but levels out to a thin line across the glass.
S: Sweet malty breads, vanilla, caramel, the bourbon, dark fruit, a hint of chocolate and coffee in there. Smells really, really good. Slight boozy smell in there, but mostly the sticky bourbon like aroma.
T: Much like it smells, but I think it has a bit better quality to it than the aroma. Lots of roasted flavors from the brown, but the sweetness comes out from the bourbon. Has a really balanced flavor, none of the flavors are really fighting each other, and it doesn't have that overwhelming bourbon note to it, but enough to make it really tasty.
M: Medium body, maybe a hint thinner than I expected or wanted. Carbonation is just right, enough to make it a pretty darn easy drinker for the 8.5% that it clocks in at.
O: I really like this beer. I think Red Brick did a great job aging this, and blending it. Plenty of bourbon, enough to enjoy it. Really balanced. Comes in 4 packs, and priced reasonable. It's a winner I think.
08-05-2012 18:35:07 | More by FATC1TY
4.4/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
08-30-2012 02:35:00 | More by elgiacomo
4.33/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
08-16-2012 23:27:18 | More by garjc
4.33/5 rDev +6.4%
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...
11-14-2012 14:59:19 | More by Tilley4
4.25/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
06-20-2013 17:11:53 | More by GeorgiaBeerGuy
Red Brick Brick Mason Series #3: 17th Anniversary Ale from Red Brick Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.