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

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BA SCORE
4.06/5
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90 Ratings
Red Brick Brick Mason Series #3: 17th Anniversary AleRed Brick Brick Mason Series #3: 17th Anniversary Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Red Brick Brewing Company
Georgia, United States
atlantabrewing.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
90
pDev:
9.36%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
15
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 90 |  Reviews: 28
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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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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3.25/5  rDev -20%

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3.25/5  rDev -20%

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3.25/5  rDev -20%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of mhaugo
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Beejay
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep brown and red in color. with a nice tan brown head. The head on this thing is dense, but rapidly starts breaking into frog eyes.

S: Definitely some oak; vanilla, oak, and a touch of corn. Behind that the beer comes across a little sweet, and a little tart. There is a caramel or brown sugar aroma, as well as a little bread. There is a lingering tartness to it.. almost a sour or acidic note.

T: That's bourbon. Vanilla, oak, perhaps a touch of cinnamon, but that may be a stretch. Some dark bread notes, as well as some dark fruit notes. Tasty.

M: Medium in body, carbonation is nice. The finish is a little watery.

O: Overall good, but far from great. Definitely heavy on the bourbon, and while the bourbon character isn't intense, it certainly blows out the base beer. Solid flavors, but I think it lacks the finesse I would want out a it.

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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
3.58/5.00

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of WDJersey
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Buck6196
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Gerred
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Fordknox
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a lot of this at the Jackson beerfest. Glad to sit down & review it.

A - Pours a deep cola brown. Light tan head that leaves behind a little lacing

S - Bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar and oaky.

T - Bourbon is a key factor in this beer. Slightly malty with a sweet bit of vanilla and dark fruits.

M - Thin body and medium carbonation. About what I'd expect for a brown ale.

O - I always like to try new beers that blur the lines. It's great to try but I just feel bourbon barrel aged beers should be left to stouts or barley wines. But for a brown ale, this is well done.

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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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Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 90 ratings
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