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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Red Brick Brewing Company
Georgia, United States | website

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brick Mason series #1

Added by glid02 on 10-10-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
60
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
11.31%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
12
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 60
Photo of bcostner1
4.54/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown with reddish hues. 1 finger tan head that dissipates quickly.

S: Awesome! Bourbon, lots of vanilla, sweetness/brown sugar, and a little bit of woody undertones. Love the aroma.

T: One of my all time favorites (why do I love the one-offs the most??). The most apparent flavor is strong, sweet, smooth vanilla. Get some bourbon, a little bit of wood, some brown sugar. Strong malt backbone. Very little hoppiness to this brew (which I personally like because I don't like overpowering hops...and I know I'm in the minority on this site).

M: A little heavier than a standard brown ale but not as thick as a stout. Could probably drink about 2 of these before it became too much but one as a sipper is fantastic.

Overall, this beer is phenomenal. It's really too bad it's just a one time brew. I wish that Red Brick would consider making this a yearly or seasonal. I bought 12 of them and I'm down to my last 2. Buy 'em if you find 'em....you won't regret it!

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
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 cosmicevan
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to nerdrocker101 for the hookup.

a - opened the brew and filled my E snifter. poured a deep semi transparent brown with a tingle of red. frothy full finger of off white bubbly head. sticky, chunky lacing...

s - wow. tangy. boozy. brown sugar and malts. was this aged in barrels? has an almost backwoods bastard smell.

t - imperial brown ale...imperial indeed...brown ale indeed. i quite dig it. has the brown ale flavors but turned up to 11. a bit tangy and almost sour-ish. a bit of cocoa.

m - medium bodied. easy drinker. abv is invisible.

o - overall, this is a hit. not your mamma's american brown ale. imperial. delicious. very nice offering and extremely impressive for a brown which is normally so subtle in my opinion, this is way more in your face and bold (and it works).

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Photo of drabmuh
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
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 argock
4.34/5  rDev +9%
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 eclipse54
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12 ounce bottle from the generous jyounger30; thank you so much for this one! Poured into a Deschutes tulip glass.

Pours a deep, deep brown that is nearly black, and completely opaque because of it. A finger’s-breadth of foamy, bubbly beige head develops and lingers for about a minute before subsiding to patches of bubbles. It smells of bourbon, toffee, hazelnut, vanilla, oak, caramel, and some brown sugar; reminiscent of an english barleywine in the nose, and deliciously so. The taste follows through with plenty of bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel, a touch of the toffee and hazelnut, and a thin brown sugar flavor. Finishes with a touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is rich, but not quite as thick as expected. It leaves the mouth only a touch dry, but not sugar-coated or sticky, which is great. Overall, a very good bourbon barrel aged ale. I think it would improve even further in about another six months, and I really wish I had more to find out.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra in a trade recently. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Cigar City snifter.

a - Pours a murky mahogany brown color with one inch of light tan head and light carbonation evident. Would have liked a tiny bit more head but still looks pretty good.

s - Smells of bourbon, caramel malts, toffee, roasted mallts, oak, sticky sweet fruits, light oak, andlight vanilla. Bourbon is definitely up front, but it isn't overpowering at all. Ton of caramel/toffee and sweet fruit coming through as well; nose is really great. Reminds me a little of a bourbon barrel aged barleywine.

t - Tastes of bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel malts, toffee, molasses, sweet dark fruits, alcohol, and bready malts. Really nice again, though seemed a tiny bit watered down/not as strong as the nose. Very good, but not as great as the nose.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Smooth and not hot at all; I can't believe this one is 11% ABV. A little bit more carbonation and this mouthfeel would be close to perfect.

o - Overall I thought this was a fantastic beer and was pleasantly surprised by it; I knew nothing about it. I thought the nose was amazing; just a ton of bourbon and sweet caramel, but not too hot. I thought the taste was very good as well, and would have just liked a little mor carbonation. Overall an awesome beer and one I'd love to have again sometime.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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 robwestcott
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks to kirkpjr for hooking me up with a few bottles of this one.

poured cold and fairly aggressively from the bottle a deep, dark mahogany with amber highlights to a portsmouth brewery balloon glass with a 1/2 finger off white, near tan head

big bourbon aroma followed up extremely close with vanilla and oak.

wow, great balanced bourbon ale. bourbon great big and in front, but there's a nice caramel malt and vanilla character right up alongside.

medium bodied and big carbonation, sweet and incredibly smooth for the abv - no heat whatsoever.

two big thumbs up, nice sipping bourbon ale - it stands up especially well - particularly in comparison to the sub-par kentucky bourbon barrel ale i had a couple weeks ago.

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Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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 bonkers
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to gford217 for this bottle.

Poured into a pint glass

A- Dark brown with lighter edges, thin tan head.

S- Bourbon, Strong cherries, and raisins.

T- Dark fruit- mostly cherries and there is no boozy taste.

D- Mild carbonation, but very smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of chefmikeanderson
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: nice dark mahagony color. Pours a two finger head dissipating to decent layer on top. Some appetizing suds stick to the glass.

S: first off of the jack Daniels. All the appropriate whiskey adjectives... wood and vanilla no alcohol heat though. A nice malty sweetness in the background like an english brown sweetness. No hops really shining through

T: all I think when I take every sip is how nicely balanced it is. The jack is a big player but still nice.and suttle helping the brown ale out.

M: pretty decent full body with a slightly slick mouthfeel.

D: I read this was 11% somewherrle and then heard it was actually 8.5% or so. If it is 11 then wow... 8.5 still good. Easy drinking, good tasting and really not overwhelming at all. A nice whiskey aged beer that doesn't beat you to death. I say 2 for 2 for red brick anniversaries

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Photo of gford217
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
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 Huhzubendah
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
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 Double06
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from Notes: 2/21/11
12 oz bottle into snifter
Price: $11 / 4 pack

A: 1/2 - 1" very light tan head with medium lacing; Hazy, almost a muddy/cloudy brown; Flecks of amber around edges

S: Sweet - from the BAL aging and sweet malts; Vanilla and caramel

T: Just like it smells; Vanilla and caramel; well-balanced with the brown ale and whiskey barrel

M: A little sticky; lingering in the mouth but not overly drying or coating

D: Very high for a BAL aged brown ale; There has been discrepancy of the actual ABV but either way it is very well hidden

A nicely done anniversary ale from the local guy.

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Photo of aepb1
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep brown body with a tan head

S- Vanilla, caramel and oaky bourbon booziness

T- Vanilla, nutty brown ale, oaky bourbon too, a lot going on here

M- Full-bodied, big for the style. Moderate carbonation

O- The high abv is balanced out as the oaky bourbon taste is nice in there

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Photo of benpopper
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a dark brown that showed hints of red when put up to the light. Even with a sort of forced effort I could not get much of a head and what I did get faded pretty quickly with a relatively clean glass.

Smelled great. A little sweetness to the big bourbon nose. Both vanilla tones and then darker sugar notes as well.

Taste was good as well but not as pronunced as the smell. A slight bourbon flare with the vanilla from the nose. Not a whole lot of roasted ness to give it the toffee finish that I enjoy from barrel aged beers.

Drank easily with not very much burn, but was not as thick and smooth as I would have liked. The carbonation was a little higher than I expected as well, so maybe that contributed.

Pretty happy to get this as a first offering from a brewery I was unaware of. A solid brew that I would happily have again.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
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 thedoubler55
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A:Nice dark brown color, almost like coffee, leaves about a 2 finger head that leaves a nice lacing around the glass.

S: Smell of a nice crisp whisky, hints of coffee, vanilla, and oak.

T: Great smooth tasting brew, very subtle, taste of whiskey is a perfect balance, not boozie at all either, perfect.

M: Decent full body, slick and sticky to the mouth

D: Great Great brew, would love to have more of these, aging a few.

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Photo of suspect
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head Shaped Pint glass. Thanks to my buddy Audi for muling this up from Hotlanta!

A: Cloudy reddish-brown color with floaties at the bottom. Aggressive pour leads to a 1.5 finger head that slowly fades to a half-finger head that leads to thick, sticky lacing that coats the glass.

S: HOT HOT HOT! Lots of alcohol here, a sticky sweet bourbon smell to be exact. I catch a lot of malt here as well as some oak undertones but mostly alcohol. Wow does this smell potent.

T: Wow. The alcohol heat that I expected here is not here but the oaky, bourbon flavor that goes along with it certainly is. I've never had a beer with quite as much bourbon flavor as this one that wasn't a stout. As it warms, the sweet hits first and the bourbon hits really hard right behind. Wow.

M: Slight burn, medium body, lightly carbonated. The 11% ABV is present but only really overpowering in the nose, not in the feel.

O: The smell of this one made me nervous but the taste really powered through any anxiety I may have had. The flavor is delicious - it was almost as if it was a carbonated bourbon. Delicious.

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Photo of auroracrisis
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
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 mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
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 woosterbill
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: A fairly vigorous pour results in two full fingers of creamy tan head atop a crystal-clear, dark mahogany body. Amazing retention and lacing for an 11% beer. Color me impressed.

S: Wow, that's barrel-aged all right. HUGE bourbon, giant coconut, big vanilla, and modest chocolate. There's plenty of booze, too, but the pure alcohol notes are pretty well subsumed into the delicious-smelling bourbon aroma. Terrific.

T: Hmm. Alcohol is the first thing I taste, followed by vanilla, coconut, bourbon, and a bit of caramel. The booze and bourbon are pretty overpowering, and the body of the beer just doesn't stand up to the barrel presence at all. Talk about a weak shadow of the smell. Not terrible (still above-average for the style, if you ask me), but terribly disappointing given my anticipation.

M: Smooth medium body with plenty of creamy, roiling carbonation. I was afraid that I poured all the life out of this beer to create that terrific head, but that's anything but the case. If anything, it's still a bit too bubbly - but I like it.

O: I'm tempted to give this a high Overall score because of how great it looks and smells, and I'm simultaneously tempted to give it a low Overall score because it ultimately fails to live up to its potential. I'll try to split the difference, boring as that stance may be.

Cheers!

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Photo of cjgator3
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
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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