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

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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 mrandypandy
4.18/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of FATC1TY
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Tulip from a bottle. No real notes on what this is, but it's a Double Brown Ale, aged in Jim Beam barrels. 8.5% ABV.

A: A murky-hazey brown/caramel color, with a thin, tight head. Sticks around for a bit, but levels out to a thin line across the glass.

S: Sweet malty breads, vanilla, caramel, the bourbon, dark fruit, a hint of chocolate and coffee in there. Smells really, really good. Slight boozy smell in there, but mostly the sticky bourbon like aroma.

T: Much like it smells, but I think it has a bit better quality to it than the aroma. Lots of roasted flavors from the brown, but the sweetness comes out from the bourbon. Has a really balanced flavor, none of the flavors are really fighting each other, and it doesn't have that overwhelming bourbon note to it, but enough to make it really tasty.

M: Medium body, maybe a hint thinner than I expected or wanted. Carbonation is just right, enough to make it a pretty darn easy drinker for the 8.5% that it clocks in at.

O: I really like this beer. I think Red Brick did a great job aging this, and blending it. Plenty of bourbon, enough to enjoy it. Really balanced. Comes in 4 packs, and priced reasonable. It's a winner I think.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours a slightly hazy brown with a finger of off white head. Retention is good.

S: Tons of sweet bourbon paired with lots of caramel sweetness and some coffee bitterness to balance. Very sweet and bourbon forward.

T: Similar to smell, but a bit better balanced. Bourbon sweetness up front with caramel and some bready malts in the background. I get quite a bit of coconut from the bourbon, a very nice bourbon character.

M: Medium thickness and carbonation.

O: The bourbon character melds very well with a nice brown ale with great caramel sweetness and some bready malts to balance. Very nice.

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