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

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Red Brick Brick Mason Series #3: 17th Anniversary AleRed Brick Brick Mason Series #3: 17th Anniversary Ale

Brewed by:
Red Brick Brewing Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by coreyfmcdonald on 08-04-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

No label information. Brewed in the style of an American Brown Ale aged in Oak Bourbon Barrels. Available in 12 oz. bottled 4 packs and on limited draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Red Brick snifter glass. Served above 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy cream head of a pale vanilla over a moderate brown body with heavy haze and watery coffee highlights. Ample chunks of black sediment, light subtle carbonation. Retention is below average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.5

(Smell) Toasted caramel bread, cocoa nibs, lightly roasted coffee with subtle earthiness and mild fruitiness. Clean and simple, little barrel aging evident in the aroma, faint vanilla, some bourbon. Potency is mild. 3.5

(Taste) Moderately roasted coffee, toasted caramel and brown grains, hints of vanilla and oak with a moderate sweet bourbon finish. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick and oily with a light chewiness and a moderately dry finish. Carbonation is high, generating a moderate frothiness and a fully crisp finish, a bit off for this beer. Body is medium/heavy for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is slightly sweet over boozy and tart. Alcohol presence is modest and there are no notable off characters. 3.25

(Overall) A decent barrel aged brown ale, although the Oak aging was not as prevalent as I had hoped, there's some considerable Bourbon in there and a bit of malt body to give it some balance. Very overcarbonated, but a decent beer overall. 3.5

Red Brick Brewing Company's
17th Anniversary Ale Aged in Oak Bourbon Barrels

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Photo of buschbeer
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a becker glass

This beer is tea colored. It has an inch of tan head the disappears quickly leaving no lacing.

The aroma is sweet bourbon. I pick up a little alcohol too.

While there may be a brown ale in here somewhere, this tastes a lot like bourbon. It is sweet with caramel and vanilla.

Full mouthfeel and silky smooth.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A 12oz bottle dated 2012, but considering its the 17th anniversary and their 21st anniversary is currently on shelves...i am assuming this is 4 years old. I had one when it was released but this one has been in my beer fridge since

L - Brown with some clarity, 1/4 finger of head, and some lacing left on glass. Lots of sediment floating in the glass

S - Bourbon! And lots of it. Wow..

T - A smooth brown ale, fairly sweet, with a nice bourbon aftertaste. Well done! Tasty

F - Thin body and low carbonation.

O - A very tasty imperial brown. It does taste like a shot of bourbon has been added. If you like bourbon you will enjoy this one.

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4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamesStreet
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- cloudy, murky amber color with small tan head
S- Sweet oaky bourbon aroma with, earthy, bready malt
T- Almost tastes like a brown ale with a shot of bourbon dropped in. Definitely pick up the Jim Beam character. sweet fig flavor with some vanilla coming in as well. Good barrel charcter
M- thin, slight syrupy mouthfeel with low carbonation.
O- I really like what Red Brick has done with their Brick Mason series. This is a very good barrel-aged brown ale.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.79/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -20%

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4.16/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -20%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -20%

Photo of ehammond1
3.22/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

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Photo of Mikecap
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep murky amber with a small head that fades quickly, leaving solid lacing.

Smell: Bourbon, smoke, and a ton of malt. This is labeled an American Brown Ale but I get a lot of barleywine aroma here. Some dark fruits, more booze and a good deal of sweetness.

Taste: Very smooth with bourbon and oak up front but little alcohol burn, nice notes of malty sweetness and even some hops

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth at 8.5% despite the alcohol in the taste. Drinks pretty easily for a bourbon barrel aged brew.

Overall: Very good beer here from Red Brick. I dig the barrel aging and would definitely drink this again.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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