Red Brick Brick Mason Series #3: 17th Anniversary Ale - Red Brick Brewing Company
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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
4.33/5 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
4.23/5 rDev +3.9%
12oz bottle purchased at Hop City in Atlanta.
A - Pours a dark and initially murky brown/mahogany. Thin white head on pour quickly recedes to almost nothing.
S - Faint malty sweetness and just a hint of bourbon. Very subdued aroma, but becomes more prominent as it warms.
T - The taste is the star of 17th Anniversary, and the bourbon takes main billing. Strong, but very well balanced and not overpowering. Some of the brown ale malts peek through as well.
M - Medium body, yet soft. OK carbonation.
O - Overall, I'm a fan. If you enjoyed the 15th or 16th Anniversary from Red Brick, you'll certainly enjoy this years offering. It is a bit one-dimensional with the bourbon, but when it's done so well you don't need ridiculous complexity. Recommended.
08-08-2012 23:46:56 | More by mrandypandy
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
4.1/5 rDev +0.7%
12oz bottle poured into a snifter
A: Pours a slightly hazy brown with a finger of off white head. Retention is good.
S: Tons of sweet bourbon paired with lots of caramel sweetness and some coffee bitterness to balance. Very sweet and bourbon forward.
T: Similar to smell, but a bit better balanced. Bourbon sweetness up front with caramel and some bready malts in the background. I get quite a bit of coconut from the bourbon, a very nice bourbon character.
M: Medium thickness and carbonation.
O: The bourbon character melds very well with a nice brown ale with great caramel sweetness and some bready malts to balance. Very nice.
08-04-2012 04:13:47 | More by coreyfmcdonald
Red Brick Brick Mason Series #3: 17th Anniversary Ale from Red Brick Brewing Company
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