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

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BA SCORE
90
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82 Ratings
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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 8
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Red Brick Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: coreyfmcdonald on 08-04-2012)
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metter98

New York

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 20:03:56 | More by metter98
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

09-29-2013 14:47:09 | More by ygtbsm94
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oberon

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 00:53:20 | More by oberon
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.9/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 22:05:32 | More by MasterSki
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 03:15:26 | More by jlindros
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4/5  rDev -2%

06-22-2014 19:10:22 | More by Georgiabeer
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sendbeer

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

12-09-2012 19:40:41 | More by sendbeer
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 05:33:30 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 21:46:12 | More by Cyberkedi
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maximum12

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 02:06:09 | More by maximum12
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mhaugo

California

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

08-25-2012 04:37:38 | More by mhaugo
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BGsWo22

New York

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

04-06-2013 03:20:43 | More by BGsWo22
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ehammond1


3.15/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 03:36:42 | More by ehammond1
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jsanford

Georgia

4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 23:31:11 | More by jsanford
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WDJersey

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

05-25-2013 02:38:03 | More by WDJersey
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duff247

Texas

4/5  rDev -2%

10-01-2013 02:00:25 | More by duff247
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egrace84

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2%

03-08-2013 02:57:30 | More by egrace84
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hilgart1

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

12-03-2012 01:45:47 | More by hilgart1
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SadMachine

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2%

08-16-2013 05:09:10 | More by SadMachine
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Stinger80OH

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

10-04-2013 21:23:25 | More by Stinger80OH
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JRod1969

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

11-13-2012 03:02:06 | More by JRod1969
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animal69

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

04-01-2013 00:07:25 | More by animal69
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OldTime

Georgia

4/5  rDev -2%

08-09-2012 14:38:51 | More by OldTime
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muskiesman

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2%

12-11-2012 00:36:46 | More by muskiesman
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 16:50:48 | More by jmarsh123
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Red Brick Brick Mason Series #3: 17th Anniversary Ale from Red Brick Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.