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

Red Brick Brick Mason Series #3: 17th Anniversary AleRed Brick Brick Mason Series #3: 17th Anniversary Ale
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Style:
Brown Ale - American
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 9.31%
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
90
From:
Atlanta Brewing Company
 
Georgia, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  8
Gots
  15
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Red Brick Brick Mason Series #3: 17th Anniversary AleRed Brick Brick Mason Series #3: 17th Anniversary Ale
Notes: 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.
Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 90 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by sommersb:
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sommersb from Tennessee

4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
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

Oct 06, 2012
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oberon from North Carolina

4.12/5  rDev +1%
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.

Oct 12, 2012
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hopoilcrazy from Tennessee

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mason Series #3

A - Tawny port hue, iced tea shades. Firm cap of head that leaves spotty lacing.

S - Craisins, currants, young bourbon, light vanilla. Lotsa booze.

T - Pale malts make up most of the palate. Slight vegetal tang reminiscent of mushrooms. I suspect this is the off barrel character creeping in, if this was replaced with some oak tannins then it would be awesome.

M - Full bodied. Heavy burn for just 9%. Chewy and satisfying.

May 09, 2013
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ygtbsm94 from Utah

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Sep 29, 2013
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Georgiabeer from Georgia

4/5  rDev -2%

Jun 22, 2014
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garjc from Tennessee

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Aug 17, 2012
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metter98 from New York

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle at The Distillery, Savannah, GA

A: The beer is very hazy brown in color. It poured with a thin off white head that left patches of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of bourbon from the barrel aging are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell. The taste is dominated by bourbon flavors and also has some associated hints of vanilla.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. A bit of heat from the alcohol warming is noticeable.
O: This is a really nice beers that is easy to drink because the underlying beer is lighter-bodied in nature as a brown ale.

Mar 02, 2013
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daythree16 from Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Oct 18, 2012
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Sep 25, 2012
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Cyberkedi from Georgia

3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Aug 31, 2012
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ryancl from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2%

Apr 18, 2013
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mrandypandy from Georgia

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Aug 09, 2012
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slatetupelo from Mississippi

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dec 25, 2014
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elgiacomo from Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Aug 30, 2012
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animal69 from Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Apr 01, 2013
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cpinto6 for this interesting beer, love anything with bourbon.

Pours a caramel colored fizzy 1/2 finger head, decent looking for this level of abv, fades at a med pace with some decent lacing, over super murky maroon caramel brown colored beer.

Nose is loaded with bourbon, nice woody bourbon, vanilla oak, boozy bourbon and some fruity bourbon with that even, then malts, caramel malts, a little nutty and toasty, fruity and nutty is the game, candy syrup, molasses, etc.

Taste continues where the nose left off, starting out right away with bourbon, lots of tasty fresh American oak, vanilla oak, toasted oak as well, tasty, bourbon gets a bit fruity even, and more nutty malts, before continuing into the malts. Caramel, candy syrup, molasses, brown sugar, nutty malts, toasted nuts. Fairly sweet, but blends well with the big malts and bourbon, and the booze comes with a nice warmth but again is camouflaged by the sweetness and big malts. Finish is semi sticky, a little syrupy and sweet but drier, light nutty malts, caramel, brown sugar, etc, and a nice vanilla toasty oak and bourbon lingering. Later on the taste profile and even more on the finish comes some chewy earthy slightly spicy hops that bitter just a bit but add more of that flavor profile late on the finish.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, but fairly syrupy, quite a bit of carbonation, and some warming booze.

overall a nice beer, good malt profile, syrup flavors are decent fairly sweet but not too much, booze warmth hits about what it should, and the nice bourbon flavors come through well with a nice vanilla toasty oak, lots of it.

Dec 08, 2012
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Tilley4 from Tennessee

4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
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...

Nov 14, 2012
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BarrytheBear from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -2%

Dec 29, 2012
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VaTechHopHead

3/5  rDev -26.5%

Jan 17, 2013
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maximum12 from 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.

Aug 24, 2012
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fehrminator from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2%

Aug 18, 2013
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hansgruber from Indiana

4/5  rDev -2%

Dec 01, 2012
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spycow from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Oct 26, 2014
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hoppheadIPA from Florida

4.16/5  rDev +2%

Aug 13, 2014
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ehammond1

3.22/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, cocoapuph!

Dark, murkey brown. Moderate levels of carbonation. Low to moderate stick. Not a particularly attractive beer, but I didn't expect a barrel-aged brown ale to look particularly pretty. Good enough, all things considered.

The aroma on this is fantastic. Lots of sweet, earthy, and bready malts combine nicely with a fairly dominant barrel character. Moderate oak, nice vanilla character, and a bit of the spirit as well. Very, very nice, and easily the best aspect of this beer.

The flavor somewhat falls apart, especially as the beer warms. There is some decent barrel character, but a lot of the malt character tastes old and stale, for the lack of better descriptors. There's a bit of an acidic character to the beer, overall, and quite a bit of oxidation.

Medium bodied with low carbonation.

I wish the flavor lived up to the aroma. Perhaps I should have opened this quite a while ago.

Sep 23, 2013
Red Brick Brick Mason Series #3: 17th Anniversary Ale from Atlanta Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 90 ratings