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Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 60

American Brown Ale | 11.00% ABV

Atlanta Brewing Company
Georgia, United States
atlantabrewing.com

Notes: This beer is retired; no longer brewed. Brick Mason series #1
BA SCORE
88
Exceptional
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Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 60
Reviews by Georgiabeer:
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3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I want to like this beer more than I actually do. Upon 1st sip I really enjoyed it, but as I continued to drink and the beer warmed, it became apparent that the base brown ale really couldn't handle all of the whiskey notes. Upon first sip, you get lovely vanilla notes, especially mid-taste, and some brown sugar up front followed by distinctly whiskyish flavors. Creamy at the end. As it warms, the cream subsides and the whiskey becomes more dominant and overwhelms the brown ale a bit. This particular whiskey profile also seems a bit too clean for the beer. I understand the reasoning here- using a lighter style whiskey without heavy barrel notes and sweet richness would marry better with a lighter bodied beer. Unfortunately, that style of whiskey leaves little for the cutting alcohol to hide behind. Rather than warming, you get a more piercing whiskey note. The effect here is of a Canadian whiskey, rather than a nice single barrel Bourbon. There are some citrusy elements that emerge and are quite pleasant as well while they last, but these also fade as the beer opens up and warms. Usually, I think these whiskey laced beers benefit from slow contemplative sipping, but honestly, I like this one better cold, so drink up! Although there are some flaws, I did enjoy my four pack of this beer. I think with some tweaking (why use a brown ale base- think porter or stout), this could be quite good. Perhaps for the 17th? In any case, I applaud Red Brick for launching the Brick Mason series. Definitely a step in the right direction. Kudos!

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Photo of WynnO
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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

Shared by Paul, thanks! Much better than I expected.

Beer is brown and clear / ruby with a thin off white head of small bubbles, decent retention, low lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is strong and bourbon. Sweet with malt.

Beer is medium to full in body with a nice liquor / bourbon flavor with a strong underlying malt backbone, the beer is really nice. Good notes throughout. The finish is a little bitter from grain and roast. Not too shabby throughout, I'd have it again.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $2.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a dark mud puddle-looking body with a sparse, khaki-colored head.

Smell: Aroma of chocolate sprinkles and a pinch of toasted coconut atop toasted whole-grain loaf bread, a few stray raisins, a drop of vanilla extract, bundled up with some spritzy bourbony alcohol wafts.

Taste: Toasted bread, chocolate-toned malts, and some sweet dark caramel folded into the fine bourbon tastes of vanilla cream, coconut rum, and lightly zestful oak. Medium-high sweetness. Scant hint of fruitiness. Minimal bitterness, but where the balancing bitterness would be is instead some alcohol warmth, tannic wood traces, and earthy accents. Sweet, earthen heat on the finish.

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

Overall: Their 15th Anniversary release was alright, but this one was a real sizzler. A real sizzler, friends, provided you like more than just a subtle, vague hint of bourbon.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Opaque brown with a thick gorgeous tan head that lasts forever and creates some nice cascading.

S-Bourbon, alcohol, floral yet malty as well, and some brown sugar

T-Bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, alcohol sweetness, hint of milk chocolate and coconut

M-Thick and creamy

D-The high abv. and complexity make it a true sipper, but easy to drink given its high abc.

Overall, great beer as it is complex and delicious. I highly recommend trying it.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a super thin dark brown with a small quickly dissipating head. Smells of toasted grains, slight bourbon and vanilla dominate the nose. First sip is disappointingly thin but flavorful thanks to bourbon and oak flavors gained in the barrel. As it warms the vanilla takes on a larger role and is complimented with oak and bourbon. Base beer, I am guessing is nothing too special on its own but with the oak and bourbon combines for a fairly good beer. I am guessing these bottles are all hand filled as many of my bottles have low fills and many high fills. Not a bad beer at all…just could have been amazing with a stronger base beer.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brown color with an off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma features sweet malt, raisins, chocolate, wood, vanilla, caramel, and bourbon from the barrel aging. Great aroma!

T- The taste like the aroma has some sweet malt up front with some woody bourbon flavors as well.

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

O- Overall, this is a decent beer. It is very sweet and has a good amount of bourbon flavors, but I would like to see some more malt in there as well. The drinkability of this beer for an 11% ABV is crazy. Be careful with this one, it will sneak up on you.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

brown, with a smallish head was lifted up onto the top, but this was quickly replaced by a thin layer of film across the top. Carbonation was visible in the very clear brew.

The smell was rich and sweet. Predominant aroma was a caramel with a touch of an earthy malt. A light feeling was released by this, so you really did not think you were going into anything too terribly heavy. As it warmed you could pick up a roasted or burnt smell coming though as well as a touch of a hop note rounding out the back. caramel that you caught right up front along with a burnt or roasted wood flavor.

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Photo of bespin15
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a luscious chocolaty brown with a light yellowish-tan head. Strong, barleywine-like aroma has an oaken overtone and malty and fruity tones. Rich, brandy-ish flavor has a strong but not fierce alcohol bite as well as a firm malty tone and hints of caramel and wood. Lively, tingly texture is rough and rowdy and leaves behind a woody, slightly sweet fizz.

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Photo of argock
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass stemmed goblet. No freshness date. Enjoyed with good friend Erinn after a tough day on the road.

A: Burnished dark chestnut with 1/2-finger beige head leaving a decent lace trail behind.

S: Bourbon and fudgy, dark chocolate share the limelight. Hops do not enter the picture to any appreciable degree. Some rummy, cherry booze is detectable but not at all off-putting.

T: The fudgy nature of the chocolate works really well with the vanilla and bourbon/whiskey notes. This is a chocolate ale in disguise and most closely resembles the chocolates embedded with Jack Daniels or other sour bourbon whiskey in foil wrap. Some mild cherry alcohol slides in but is not detracting. The hops contribution is small with some earthiness, but the chocolate character is strong and really works with the soft bourbon undertones. The alcohol is not easy to detect.

M: Very soft, silky, coating feel with low carbonation and a chocolatey aftertaste.

O: I really enjoyed this beer -- the chocolate notes really match well with the whiskey notes. I agree that the bourbon character is less decisive than the whiskey flavor and aroma, but all in all this brew is well-crafted with a big nod to malty, drinkable brews. Nice job Red Brick on this brew and find it if you like whiskey and chocolate in a brew.

Re-review: the bourbon runs strong and really blends well with the amber/brown ale components. The vanilla and oak are still strong. This gives Backwoods Bastard a run for its money. A year has smoothed this out a lot and it is drinking great.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of gford217
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Pours amber out of the bottle and settles in deep mahogany with a small beige head that leaves a nice thick collar and bits of lacing.

Aroma is seriously heavy on the bourbon and I like it. Sweet caramel malts, chocolate, vanilla and even a touch of coconut in the nose. Hints of brown sugar.

Taste is more of the same with heavy bourbon notes up front. There is less of the base beer underneath with less brown sugar and chocolate. The finish burns a bit and leaves a bourbon and vanilla sweetness on the palate.

The mouthfeel is thinnish due to the heavy bourbon presence and has low, soft carbonation.

I'm really enjoying what's coming out of ABC in the Brick Mason series. A nice bourbon-heavy brown - really good stuff.

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Photo of sendsilk
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 4 pack of this for about $12. Aged in Barrels so I figured it might be worth a little more money.

A- Nice dark pour with a creamy looking head some nice foam retention on the glass.

S- Smells strongly of bourbon and some slight vanilla.

T- Pretty nice. Hearty, creamy and a ton of bourbon in this thing. Not something I'm usually used to in an ale, but this is nice.

M- Pretty creamy and solid mouthfeel. A little too much carbonation for my liking. Not bad though.

O- A pretty solid ale. Not sure of the ABV on this but it tastes pretty strong. I have 2 more left so I'll see what some time does to them.

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Photo of auroracrisis
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dumped from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep brown with some red hues around the edges. Small off white colored head. No lacing, some legging.

After I took a few sniffs, I realized that this would most likely have worked better in a snifter. Big time vanilla bourbon scent. Toffee and caramel intertwine behind the vanilla with some sweet, cake like brown sugary goodness. Mmmm.

The taste is a little less decadent. Vanilla, caramel, toffee all mingle together but it seems like there is something missing mid palate. I'm not getting as much sweetness out of the beer as I smelled. Still, a good beer but I really wish it had that brown sugary goodness that the smell had.

Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Kind of sticky too.

Overall, a good beer. Glad I tried it and a nice unexpected extra that I got recently in a trade. I had never heard of this brewery before and this is definitely a good beer to try first.

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

Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul.

The beer is brown with hints of crimson, and transparent. The cap is light beige, and leaves some random traces of lacing on the glass. The aroma is of oak, bourbon, malt. It smells robust and strong. The flavor confirms this. Lots of oak and bourbon, followed by a subtle tannic note. Alcohol heat is hidden pretty well, for the most part. This is good stuff. I would have this again.

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Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask at Hotoberfest - sampled multiple times. Described as an Imperial Brown Ale aged in bourbon barrels (I can't remember which distillery) by the brewmaster. This will be bottled and released in four-packs.

Pours a muddy brown color with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel malts with hints of toastiness. Also present are solid amounts of vanilla and oak along with lighter amounts of milk chocolate.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth caramel malt flavors with hints of darker toasted malts kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are soft milk chocolate flavors that give way midway through the sip to bourbon flavors - vanilla with hints of butterscotch and oak. The bourbon flavors carry through to a mildly sweet ending.

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

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I didn't find this quite as smooth or robust as the 15th anniversary but it's still a solid beer. Worth a shot, even more so if you use it as an excuse to open up a bottle of the 15th.

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Photo of maximum12
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to moose3285 for this bottle - a barrel-aged beer from a heretofore unknown (to me) brewery. Sounds good!

Pour is dark brown with red edging the roots. Not much coming through the nasal arenas. A touch of vanilla, light malts, but this needs a force multiplier.

Red Brick 16th Anniversary is a shock to the system after the smell-failure. Vanilla swarms over the senses like bugs in a bad sci-fi movie (although if Dina Meyer is in it, then it's a good sci-fi movie). Spoonfuls of caramel, toffee hit the tongue. Bourbon & chocolate act as background props, scarcely noticed, though the bourbon comes forward a bit as it warms. Finish is sweet, warm malts.

Always like when people toss things other than a big, black, ballsy stout in barrels, & browns in the category should come out like this: lighter, breezier, kinder. Very good brew.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of bonkers
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I recieved this in Secret Santa '11. I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a SA perfect pint, opaque brown pour, moderate tan head, little lacing. Bourbon and vanilla on the nose. The taste is a nice blend of hot bourbon, light vanilla, toffee, and a hint of oak, boozey finish. The body is a bit thin, but not bad. The carbonation is normal, rediculously easy drinking 11% brew. I really liked this beer, surprised to see it labeled as an imperial brown, I was thinking it is a BA barleywine.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this one, Bobby.

A: The beer pours a dark brown color with a finger of off-white head and some mild lacing.

S: Smells nice. Some vanilla notes, chocolate, and toasted malts are also prominent. A nice undertone of bourbon with a definite woodiness to it.

T: Quite a bit of bourbon and vanilla flavors with a bit of oak on the back end. Sweet chocolate, toffee, and caramel to go along with the vanilla. Hints of dark fruit and booze on the finish.

M: Medium in body with a smooth, medium carbonation.

O: Wouldn't have guessed this was 11%. Just a touch of booziness, but overall pretty smooth.

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Red Brick 16th Anniversary from Atlanta Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 60 ratings