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:
8
Gots:
15
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 90 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of bcostner1
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep opaque mahogany/dark brown. Looks like someone melted down a bunch of caramel squares and poured them into a glass. Awesome.

S: Rich bourbon, vanilla. Intoxicating.

T: Fantastic. Opens with vanilla and sweet malt. Rich bourbon throughout. Some liquid brown sugar in there. Melted caramel. Also getting a hint of toasted coconut which is particularly nice. Hint of oak on the finish. No significant hop presence. Everything melds together perfectly.

M: Somewhat chewy and substantive yet smooth and very easy to drink. At 8.5%, it's well hidden...could be dangerous.

I had the 16th Anniversary from Red Brick last year and loved it. I think this is even better than that. The blending and Jim Beam barrels have made this a top notch brew. Not sure why they call it an "American Brown Ale" though. Really nothing like a true ABA to me. Drinks more like a bourbon barrel aged English Barleywine or Doppelbock in a lot of ways to me. Regardless, it doesn't matter. This beer is amazing. Glad I got a 4 pack. Seek it out!

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Photo of psychotia
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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 elgiacomo
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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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Photo of Kmccabe33
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very brownish/tan color, very murky and not the most appetizing looking appearance. This is about the only thing I can down the beer on is that it is not the prettiest looking sight.

S: Smells of roast and maltiness, but lots of smells of Bourbon, vanilla, woody smells, even more roastiness, overall a very very enjoyable smell.

T: Tastes of roast, bourbon flavors and just a very complex flavor, not what I would expect from Red Brick but was very very surprised and happy about it. The bourbon flavors do a very good job complimenting the brown ale flavors, and just a well rounded beer.

M: Very good mouthfeel, well balanced and smooth and feels great on the tongue.

O: Love this beer. Red brick came up with something amazing and I will be savoring every last drop that I can get my hand on.

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Photo of garjc
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of ohtheguilt
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of miga
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of mbraswell3
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of OldTime
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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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