Red Brick 15th Anniversary | Atlanta Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Atlanta Brewing Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by glid02 on 12-18-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of mike4aker
4.87/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a red body, and settled fast. This beer almost smells like dessert. All kinds of different smells. Caramel is what hit me the most, but there was definitely vanilla and bourbon present as well.

Much sweeter than expected, but it was really well balanced. hints of chocolate, but caramel is definitely present. The finish had a distinct bourbon flavor.

I will have to stock up on this one, before I can't find it anymore.

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Photo of gabeerman
4.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into 11oz tulip.

A: pours a dark ruby into a very faint orange bottom with about an inch to 1 1/4" of off white head,which fades away in less than 2-3 minutes. Its just dark enough to allow only a dark shadow of my fingers on the other side of the glass.

S: a very strong sweet bourbon smell with a mixture of toasty spices comparable to a nice snifter of cognac. Hints a vanilla also linger.

T: at first sip it seems as though the bourbon aging is going to completely overwhelm this brew. Then, as the brew cascades across the tongue, a hint of holiday spice crashes into a slightly bourbon-dominated mixture of vanilla & toasty oak notes with a slight alcohol flavor lingering on my tongue.

M: the carbonation on this beer is near perfect. It is not to carbonated to the point that the bourbon barrel aging doesn't play a role & it is not under carbonated to a syrupy bourbon mess either. It plays the notes just right, although if you do not appreciate spice in your beer I would not recommend this one. The deeper into the brew I get the more apparent the bourbon similarities become as it gives more and more of a warming feeling in my throat as I drink, almost like it would soothe me if I had a chest cold on a cold winter night.

D: for what I would assume is at least an 8-10% brew, the drinkability is phenomenal. The flavors are not overwhelming but provide just enough complexity that BA should enjoy. I could have another 22oz before gave in to the abv.

Overall, an excellent beer. I am usually turned off by bourbon aging as most brews turn out an extremely sweet, alcoholic concoction & I am definitely more on the extremely hoppy bitter side as a hophead. Have not been too impressed with anything Red Brick has put out either but this one has pleasantly surprised me & moved into at least my to 25 brews. I would recommend it to anyone, even someone who is hesitant towards ABC as it will change your entire perspective on their brewing.

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Photo of chefmikeanderson
4.64/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've never really been a fan of ABC but a bourbon aged beer is worth a try!

A:Pours a red caramel color. Very small head that dissipates quickly.

S:Smells like Bourbon should! Has the great oaky vanilla smell. I expect huge bourbon like a bourbon bomb

T: I expected it to be a lot stronger from the smell but I can actually taste the base brown ale and the bourbon seperate. I really like that. The bourbon really co-exists with the brown really well. Vanilla sugar oaky brown and nutty. I know brown isnt a taste but imagine newcastle and bourbon.

M: Not syrupy at all. dries out my mouth slightly. If this was anything over 8% percent i would be pleasantly surprised. I think all the flavors would pop out a little more with better carbonation though.

D: I think this is my first bourbon brown ale but i feel it was made really well. I actually feel like im drinking a beer aged in a barrel rather bourbon with some beer in it. I dont feel like im taking a shot at all. Not that im the one to please but I'm impressed and ready for the rest of their big beer line up!

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Photo of jhall00
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours up a deep red-brown with generous white head that settles out quickly.

S- Deep malty, sweet caramel, with a hint of vanilla and bourbon.

T- The bourbon taste initially floods the mouth. As it fades, the malts linger mixed with the bourbon and slight vanilla and oak overtones. Definitely a complex beer.

M- Nice warm mouth feel. A great combination of carbonization and residual unfermentables.

D- A great drinkable beer, especially considering the alcohol content and the bourbon barrel aging.

I am looking forward to aging this beer for a couple of years.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to Bhalter8 for giving me this beer on a recent visit. Ben is a great BA and trading partner.

The beer pours with an active tan head that forms and is gone in an instant. The beer is a deep amber brown color with ruby tones. Some tiny bubbles of carbonation. No real lacing to speak of.

Aroma is a blend of caramel, vanilla. Certainly bourbon, but no real sense of alcohol.

Wow, this is really good. I didn't know what to expect, but I am really enjoying this. Actually, there is a lot going on here. Nutty, coconut, tons of vanilla. The vanilla blends nicely with a strong flavor of creamy caramel. After a while you get some crusty bread flavors. Slight amount of dryness from the barrels. (a bit of wood)

The slightest carbonation, slick in the mouth. Medium bodied.

I find this to be very drinkable and really am stoked I had the opportunity to enjoy this.

Big thanks Ben!

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, hazy coppery brown with a fairly thick buff-colored head that sticks around for a little bit. Aroma is malty and crispy fruity with a little bit of a brandy-like bite to it. Flavor is malty, woody and a little smoky with a fruity, brandy-ish undertone, a subtle (though sometimes not so subtle) alcohol nip, and a whisper of sweetness. Texture is very smooth, yet tingly and edgy enough so you know that it is indeed beer.

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Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewery - I was interested to see how it stacked up with the bottle version.

Pours a somewhat hazy brown color with a half-finger light tan head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of huge vanilla and toffee with good amounts of dark toasted malts lurking in the background.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Grainy and slightly nutty toasted malt flavors kick things off before being quickly overtaken by vanilla and light bourbon flavors. Hints of toffee make an appearance before giving way to a boozy ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a smooth thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have another.

Overall I was a bigger fan of the bottle of this for some reason - I feel as though the brown ale flavors still held their own a bit more. Still, this is a very good beer that's worth a shot in whatever form.

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Photo of Mavajo
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love the look of this bottle: Brown glass, with a clear label of gold lettering and gold foil wrapped around the top. Looks fantastic. As for the beer itself...pours a dark amber, almost hazelnut brown. Medium mostly-white head. Very limited lacing - mostly spotty.

I made the mistake of pouring this a little too cold - let this sucker warm up! It morphs into a completely different beer.

When it's chilled, it's mostly a brown ale with a slight alcohol bite. As it warms, though, the brilliant bourbon character starts shining through, with notes of caramel, vanilla and oak. I love the way this brew carries the bourbon character - really a delicious sipper...but also easy-drinking enough that you could drink this as fast as you'd like. But why rush such a enjoyable brew? The mouthfeel is appropriate - nothing about it blew me away, but I don't have any knocks against it either. Dry.

This is truly an excellent beer, and a clear cut above anything else ABC has made. Please, ABC - brew more beers of this quality. You've proven here that you can do do it some more!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thrilled to be able to try this one. To be honest I had not even really known it was out, but luckily was able to run into it.

The pour was amber, dark amber with a light haze to it and a small puff of white foam that capped the top of it very, very nicely. Light lacing down the sides of the glass left some light, web like lacing. Aroma is boozy at first, but delicate caramel, notes of oak, vanilla, some musky woodsy scents all coming together wonderfully once it touches on room temp. Silky smooth feel as it coats the tongue and the palate with rich caramel and vanilla sweetness. A super musky flavor coming at me now too, hard to describle, bourbony with a touch of almost apricot like flavor mixed with a deep bready malt. Very intresting and complex. Lightly dry finish masks what has to be an impressive amount of alcohol that can be readily picked up a few moments after the final sip.

Overall very, very solid and totally worth of a 15th anniversary. This was wasily the best thing I have had coming out of ABC to date and would love some bottles for the cellar

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Photo of GeezLynn
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of those beers I've really been enjoying for awhile and haven't yet had a chance to review until now.

A: Dark shade of amber with a clumpy white head that's reminiscent of melting snow piles. Good retention.

S: Bourbon's the main feature here, especially right after cracking the bottle. Additionally there's heavy caramel malt, brown sugar, and some oak character.

T: Sweet malty caramel and vanilla, with bourbon in more of a complimentary role rather than as dominant as it was in the smell. Finish is lengthy and sweet with a hint of bourbon/alcohol.

M: Light to medium, which fits for a brown, but comes up a little light for a barrel-aged strong ale. A little sticky with medium (well-done) carbonation.

This is definitely a big American Brown Ale and a great sipping/dessert beer. Probably one of my favorites to have come out in the last year. I think the brewers did I nice job using the bourbon barrels in a complimentary fashion while respecting the fact that this started as brown ale.

Tonight (6/6) it's the perfect beverage for watching the Lakers get dropped by the Celtics!

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Photo of mikeyv35
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Sampled: 04/02/2010
Sample Type: 22oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2009
Glassware: Portsmouth Tulip as usual

Poured out a dark amber color w/ a 1/2 finger cream head as expected. Light lacing left on the glass. Nose was of vanilla, oak, and light bourbon and maple. Taste was of malt, oak, and a hint of vanilla and bourbon. Not that complex, but I thoroughly enjoyed it for what it is, a bourbon aged American Brown Ale. Mouthfeel was thin and crisp, but the mild flavors did hang on the palate. To be honest, I could session this beer all night! Nothing spectacular, but just solid, light, and enjoyable.

Overall, this makes an awesome session beer! Refreshing and clean w/ no alcohol bite present, but will sneak up on you gradually. Will be acquiring more bottles of this.

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Photo of jaytee
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: nice deep ruby red. Poured a good 1/2 inch head which gradually settled to a nice thin layer. 2/3 down the pint there is still a decent layer of head.

S: Deep bourbon overtones dominate

T: Again, the bourbon aging dominates. The brown ale notes sit quietly in the background.

M: Appropriate for the style. Not to heavy with nice carbonation lasting through the pint.

D: A strong beer. I thought it would overwhelm but in retrospect, it is nicely drinkable.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of digita7693
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great surprise in a recent trade, thanks to Geezlynn.

A dark brown, amber with an inch or so of head that fades, leaves a thin layer. decent lacing

S sweet malts, with some caramel and vanilla, slight bourbon smell

T good brown ale, the bourbon definitely comes through with some sweet malty tastes as well, nicely balanced

M/D very smooth drinking beer, good carbonation, alcohol, aside from the bourbon taste/smell, is not very noticeable. Changes considerable as it warms. I actually prefer this a bit chilled, when it is room temp the bourbon is a bit too strong.
very drinkable, excellent job on this beer.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: deep dark brown, almost stoutish

smell: malty aroma with suble bourbon, vanilla

taste: low bitterness, nice brown ale with good bourbon. not over done as many are. nice..

mouthfeel: medium bodied brown ale

drinkability: solid well done bourbon aged brown ale. woudl buy again if available

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Photo of dpodratsky3
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into pint glass
Sampled both room temperature and chilled

A: Clear brown amber with a white head the settles down fairly quickly

S: Room temperature this smells like a glass of bourbon served neat, very spicy whiskey notes and just a hint of some of the base beer; chilled it has a very distinct aroma of the base brown ale, malty notes and some slightly crisp hops are blanketed by phenolic bourbon notes

T: Room temperature and chilled do not seem to make too much of a difference in taste, for sure the phenols come out much stronger in the room temperature one, however the base beer shines through in both, much stronger than in the aroma, I can easily recognize ABC's brown ale here

M: Room temperature it has just a slightly less than medium mouthfeel, just an average body, chilled it takes on a very different feel, it feels like cream soda almost, it adds a little in the taste department as well, but has a much smoother feel chilled

D: It is much more drinkable when chilled, room temperature is a sipping bourbon beer, but chilled it is a nice more complex brown ale

Notes: It is nice to see Atlanta Brewing expanding their boundaries. Over the past few months I have been asking when they would expand past their normal lineup and a few seasonal experimentations. This is a very promising showing from ABC. If they continue to experiment along the lines of barrel aging their beers and some other flavor combinations I will be very happy.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brown color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is sweet malt, caramel, and a lot of vanilla/wood notes from the bourbon barrel aging.

T- The taste like the aroma is sweet caramel malts, toffee and some bourbon notes from the barrel aging.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. 

D- Overall, this is a pretty solid beer that I enjoyed. Definitely worth a try. Happy 15th Atlanta Brewing.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, it's a Brown Ale with a kick.

Hat's off to Atlanta Brewing for a very tasty beer. The solid brown concoction pours with a medium haze, a dainty head that blankets the beer well and laces up the glass in welcoming fashion. High carbonation gives a fizzy look at first, but the beer soon settles into a handsome and elegant appearance.

The beer holds deep notes of caramel, toffee, vanilla, and wonderful wonderful bourbon aromas and flavors. The beer comes across much stronger than just a Brown Ale. Sure the beer is nutty, lightly toasty (with bread crusts), and milder chocolate notes, but the sheer malt sweetness and strength seem very bold- bold enough to absorb and support the vanillans, caramels, and coconut alcohols that radiate from the base beer. Alcohol flavors (along with some fruity esters) give impressions of cherries, anise, currants, and a lot of other bourbon-soakes stone fruits, giving nearly a sherry flavor at times... quite complex.

The beer's attenuation is high, keeping it drinkable and lighter than Barleywines but the alcohol strength powers through in rather fusal fashion. Sweet because of the low use of bittering hops but the beer keeps from cloying because of the other complexities of flavor.

After that carbonation disipated, the beer turned from good to great. It's much more than a Bourbon Barrel Brown, but a Strong Ale that borrows a lot of Barleywine flavors as well as it does bourbon barrel aging.

Thanks Ding!

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jophish17
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Blakeo
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours up a deep, dark ruby-hued body with a bubbly, light khaki-colored head that settles out fairly quickly.

Smell: Sweet-scented aroma smelling of caramel candy, vanilla extract, toasted wood planks, dark fruits, and bourbon with some faint wafting alcoholic tones.

Taste: Sweet taste of light chocolate and caramel liqueur dosed with vanilla extract and smoothed over with a sip of coconut cream. Some toasty dark breadiness lurking in there. Fairly well-balanced bourbon flavor; it's just enough, really. Raisiny fruitiness comes and goes. Warming, bourbony finish with a lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I enjoyed it fairly well. It's about as 'easily' drinkable as a bourbon-aged beer can be, really. At this rate, he's looking forward to the next anniversary release in 2024!

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Photo of mrandypandy
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased from Hop City, in Atlanta. Split this with a friend of mine.

A- Pours a nice mahogany/amber. Very clear. Just a little bit of off-white head. No real lacing to speak of.
S- Pretty much all bourbon on the nose. It doesn't overpower, but I don't get a lot of the oak/vanilla nuances I was expecting. Still good.
T- I would say this is a restrained bourbon barrel aged beer. Maybe it's the lighter brown ale it's based off, but I assumed it would be a heavy bourbon bomb. Not quite. Mild burbon with hints of oak. Colder you can detect some harsh bitterness (from the wood?) that goes away as the beer warms.
M- Medium to light in body, nice carbonation. I wish there had been a bigger base brown ale to give it more complexity and body.
D- High. Despite the apparent lack of complexity I found it drinkable and would enjoy again. The lower ABV and smooth body help out.

Overall - One of the better offerings from ABC. The bottle says it spent 13 months in Pappy Van Winkle barrels, but tastes a little bit more like they just dropped some bourbon into a brown ale. Regardless, it's smooth and drinkable. A bit much at $9 a bottle, but worth a try if you run across some bottles

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Photo of chinchill
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a large bottle into a small snifter in October 2013.
Pours with a clear reddish-brown body with a rather weak head and little lacing.
Tart with aged cherries and other fruits. Limited bourbon aroma and flavor.
O: Enjoyed but not as stellar as I hoped.

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Photo of gford217
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, clear copper with a small beige head that recedes very quickly and leaves a tiny ring around around the edge and no lacing.

The aroma is big on bourbon barrel - it's super sweet with vanilla and bourbon. There are some sweet caramel malts and nutty hints in the background but they're secondary to the bourbon.

The taste is a bit more balanced for me with the sweetness of the caramel malts coming out more prominently. There is a light hoppy presence up front but it's all about the bourbon barrels in the finish with vanilla, bourbon and oak dominating the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is slick and moderately carbonated with the barrel presence dominating - a big bourbon burn in the finish.

Despite the huge bourbon dominance, this one is fairly drinkable and I applaud ABC for brewing something both original and very tasty. Keep it up guys.

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