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

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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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runner440

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

12-08-2012 01:38:32 | More by runner440
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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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hansgruber

Indiana

4/5  rDev -2%

12-01-2012 07:28:49 | More by hansgruber
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Tilley4

Tennessee

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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...

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 14:59:19 | More by Tilley4
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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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scottypinthemix


5/5  rDev +22.5%

11-12-2012 22:56:27 | More by scottypinthemix
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dumptruck81

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

10-20-2012 18:57:04 | More by dumptruck81
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daythree16

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

10-18-2012 02:23:20 | More by daythree16
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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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xxcarpxx

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

10-17-2012 00:01:49 | More by xxcarpxx
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cvm4

Mississippi

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 16:40:17 | More by cvm4
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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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khargro2

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

10-09-2012 00:47:11 | More by khargro2
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sommersb

Tennessee

4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 04:41:57 | More by sommersb
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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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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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DoubleSimcoe

New York

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

09-21-2012 01:59:28 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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bcostner1

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 23:29:38 | More by bcostner1
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psychotia

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

09-06-2012 02:18:00 | More by psychotia
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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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elgiacomo

Georgia

4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 02:35:00 | More by elgiacomo
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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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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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Kmccabe33

Georgia

4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2012 00:55:40 | More by Kmccabe33
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garjc

Tennessee

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 23:27:18 | More by garjc
Red Brick Brick Mason Series #3: 17th Anniversary Ale from Red Brick Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.