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
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
Ratings:
90
Reviews:
28
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
9.27%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
15
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 90 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of metter98
4.18/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of MasterSki
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
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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Photo of SadMachine
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of sendbeer
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Stinger80OH
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of WDJersey
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of BGsWo22
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of egrace84
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 10.1.12.

A - Pours a dark carmel brown with a thin light tan head that move quickly to the edges.

S - Strong carmel, booze and oak.

T - Carmel, molasses, dark fruit, oaky and sweet.

D - Lower carbonation with a heavier body.

O - Sweet and barrel influenced. Carmel and dark fruit dominate. This reminds me of a HOTD beer.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
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 hilgart1
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of khargro2
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of buschbeer
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 FL. OZ/BTL
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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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of JamesStreet
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Photo of mhaugo
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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