Red Brick Brick Mason Series #7: 20th Anniversary
Atlanta Brewing Company

Red Brick Brick Mason Series #7: 20th AnniversaryRed Brick Brick Mason Series #7: 20th Anniversary
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Atlanta Brewing Company
Georgia, United States
American Imperial Stout
4.17 | pDev: 10.07%
Jan 17, 2016
Jul 30, 2013
Red Brick Brick Mason Series #7: 20th AnniversaryRed Brick Brick Mason Series #7: 20th Anniversary
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Reviewed by Jadjunk from Georgia

3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
No label information 20th Anniversary Ale is brewed in the style of an American Imperial Stout, aged in Bourbon Barrels. Available in 12 oz. bottled 4 packs and on limited draft. The brewery finally calculated their age correctly with the release of this beer, skipping their 18th and 19th anniversary ales in the span of one year.

(Appearance) Pours a medium brown frothy foam head over a very dark brown body. Retention is above average and lacing is light and patchy. 4

(Smell) Mild roast, chocolate, some vanilla bourbon and toasted oak characters from the bourbon barrel aging, delicate aroma altogether. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Soft earthy roast malt up front, quickly transitioning to a richer chocolate midsection and finish, complete with subtle toasted barrel, faint bourbon and some fragile vanilla bean. Even with warming, the flavor density is only about halfway to expectations for an Imperial Stout. Sweetness is reserved throughout and the finish is notably dry. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, moderately residual, lightly chewy, very dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a mild frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is shy of medium for the style, short of heavy overall. Balance is slightly earthy roasty bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is modest and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) An impressive Anniversary ale by Red Brick's standards and an enjoyable one by mine. Not quite exceptional as far as Imperial Stouts go, with a slightly less-than-robust and simple malt body, limited bourbon flavor and range and a sharply dry delivery. Despite these setbacks, this is a drinkable and enjoyable Imperial Stout, on the lighter-bodied end of the Imperial Stout spectrum, but a decent choice for local Imperial Stouts and one of the best releases I've yet experienced out of Red Brick. 3.75

Red Brick Brewing Company's
20th Anniversary Imperial Stout Aged In Bourbon Barrels
Jan 17, 2016
Rated: 4.29 by freshcarl from Connecticut

Dec 07, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by teamwiggum from Wisconsin

May 21, 2015
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours fudge brown with a somewhat nondescript beige cap; the head fades quickly to a ringlet but it leaves a nice pattern of spotty lace

Smell: Chocolate fudge, caramel, vanilla and roasted nuts

Taste: Fudge and caramel, up front, with roasted nut and vanilla tones developing; some fruitiness arrives in the middle and there is more brown sugar sweetness in the finish; slight hints of Bourbon throughout

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: This beer has aged nicely and is a very well-balanced barrel-aged stout; it is a bit too sweet for my palate but it has a beguiling range of flavors
May 16, 2015
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Reviewed by Brackh from Georgia

4.74/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Had this beer on 4/26/15. Been stuck in a cabinet since it came out. Had it side by side with one of the Imperial Stouts by Red Brick that just came out. Man this is a totally different beast. This one smells/tastes so much better. You get the barrel in the nose and the taste. There is some vanilla, oak and char in there that is just awesome. Smooth great beer. Glad it aged well.
Apr 27, 2015
Rated: 3.94 by FBGordon from Oregon

Mar 24, 2015
Rated: 3.92 by jfstilling from South Carolina

Feb 26, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by mrn1ceguy from Illinois

Feb 05, 2015
Rated: 4.17 by jvillefan from California

Dec 23, 2014
Rated: 4.57 by Ballard7003 from Georgia

Dec 01, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by Martyrob from North Carolina

Nov 20, 2014
Rated: 4.49 by GaToWyo from Colorado

Oct 25, 2014
Rated: 4.24 by belgbeerdrinker from Colorado

Oct 24, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by KG710 from Georgia

Sep 28, 2014
Rated: 4.1 by fredmugs from Indiana

Sep 13, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by HRStingl

Sep 08, 2014
Rated: 4 by Norseman from Illinois

Sep 01, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by Fordknox from Tennessee

Aug 27, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by cfh64 from Texas

Aug 09, 2014
Rated: 4 by srgj88 from Ohio

Jul 18, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by Bunuelian from Minnesota

Jul 10, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by jshusc from South Carolina

Jul 09, 2014
Rated: 5 by jstone80 from Alabama

Jul 09, 2014
Rated: 4 by Will_The_Thrill from Georgia

Jun 27, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by mattsmith413 from North Carolina

Jun 03, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by Johnny_Duck from Tennessee

May 19, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by rolltide8425 from Pennsylvania

May 18, 2014
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Reviewed by dogfishandi from New York

4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours completely opaque black. A small mocha colored head that quickly recedes to a thin ring. Light lacing and legs on the glass.

Nice bourbon aroma, just slightly boozey when compared to most of this style. Some creamy oatmeal at play with perhaps a touch of smoke.

Not huge on bourbon flavor but it's there, more in the finish. More as it warms. Oaky vanilla, smooth oatmeal with traces of charred wood and smoke. Quite nice. Very slight hints of oxidation at times. Some chocolate as well.

Thick creamy mouthfeel. Very smooth and velvety. Full bodied.

A pretty nice barrel aged stout, there are much better examples out there but considering the price and availability I'd drink this again.
May 11, 2014
Rated: 3 by jtladner from District of Columbia

Apr 27, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by NonicPanic from Pennsylvania

Apr 22, 2014
Rated: 4 by DrewShalvoy from California

Apr 20, 2014
Rated: 5 by JimmyAloysius from Pennsylvania

Apr 10, 2014
Rated: 4 by zrab11 from Indiana

Apr 09, 2014
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Reviewed by macrosmatic from Florida

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Thanks to dogdoc for hooking me up with this one in our recent trade. Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter.

A: Very dark brown, essentially opaque. Forms a thin tan head that fades quickly and low visible carbonation.

S: Oaky vanilla, milder bourbon, some chocolatey malts, sweet dark cacao, and dry woody tannins.

T: Roasted malts, vanilla and cacao in balance, tannins from the oak, some muted bourbon, and mild dark fruits - almost more candied fruit peel. Sweet maltiness with mild roast bitterness and a bit of bourbon burn in the hang.

M: Silky smooth mouthfeel but the body is on the light side. Low alcohol heat, especially for style, and moderate alcohol presence.

O: This was a good beer, but not mind-blowing. It didn't have the chewy, thick mouthfeel I'd expect, and there isn't a whole lot of bourbon flavor or heat. Certainly not a beer for someone who prefers a heavy-handed approach to barrel-aging. I had heard enough good things I had high expectations, and it didn't live up to those. I'm still happy to have tried it, but this falls quite short of the best barrel-aged stouts.
Apr 08, 2014
Rated: 4 by hopkrid from Florida

Apr 06, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by BigGold from Mississippi

Apr 06, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by pmarlowe from Virginia

Apr 01, 2014
Rated: 4 by ADTaber from South Carolina

Mar 26, 2014
Rated: 4 by JCam9981 from North Carolina

Mar 17, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by Eric15 from Alabama

Mar 16, 2014
Red Brick Brick Mason Series #7: 20th Anniversary from Atlanta Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 144 ratings