Red Brick Brick Mason Series #3: 17th Anniversary Ale - Red Brick Brewing Company
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3.15/5 rDev -22.6%
Acquired via trade
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.
09-23-2013 03:36:42 | More by ehammond1
3.6/5 rDev -11.5%
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.
02-21-2013 02:01:24 | More by Beejay
3.88/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
08-31-2012 21:46:12 | More by Cyberkedi
3.9/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
09-25-2012 22:05:32 | More by MasterSki
3.95/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
10-14-2012 16:40:17 | More by cvm4
3.96/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
05-09-2013 03:24:34 | More by hopoilcrazy
3.99/5 rDev -2%
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.
09-15-2013 01:33:42 | More by Mikecap
Red Brick Brick Mason Series #3: 17th Anniversary Ale from Red Brick Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.