Red Brick Brick Mason Series #7: 20th Anniversary
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Stout - American Imperial
4.19 | pDev: 10.02%
Atlanta Brewing Company
Georgia, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Red Brick Brick Mason Series #7: 20th AnniversaryRed Brick Brick Mason Series #7: 20th Anniversary
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.77/5  rDev -10%
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
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
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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Brackh from Georgia

4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
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
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dogfishandi from New York

4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
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
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macrosmatic from Florida

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
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
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Bung from Michigan

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. The usual black pour, thin layer of tan head. Some minimal lacing.

Aroma, Chocolate, caramel and some barrel induced vanilla.

Taste, Light roast malt, chocolates, toffee. Some vanilla. Big woody oak component. Finishes a little drier, some cocoa coffee and anise.

Near full body. Carbonation a little more than creamy. Alcohol well in check.

A real nice blend of barrel and base beer. Not a barrel bomb, but a well done treatment.

Jan 19, 2014
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Powderhornphil from Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another great extra from ThickNStout.

Never heard of this beer or honestly brewery before, but it this one is true treat.

Not the biggest or blackest, but appears appealing. Slight bit of light appears around the edges.

Aroma is bourbon vanilla oaky sweetness. Not harsh at all.

Taste follows the nose. Oak, bourbon sweetness, roast coffee bitterness. Again not harsh at all and very easy drinking for 10 percent BA beer.

Mouthfeel is well executed, creamy and coating but not heavy.

A very easy drinking and enjoyable BA imperial stout.

Jan 01, 2014
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oberon from North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a small tulip glass jet black with a thinner khaki colored head atop,it just looked a good way.Roasted nuts play a big role in the nose along with bitter chocolate,and vanilla/oak.Low carbonation and a fuller chewey feel is nearly spot on for this beer,just great for slower sipping.Flavors are rich with roasted nuts and bourbon notes but not over the top,chocolate and alcohol dipped dark fruit in the finish.I really liked this beer,rich but not over the top with the barrel.

Dec 10, 2013
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brewskifan55 from Mississippi

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass

A: Black as tar with a burgundy ring. No head, not much lacing.

S: Oaky, bourbon, vanilla, malts, anise. Bring it on.

T: Damn! Smokey, sweet and malty. Licorice and vanilla mix with a bourbon backdrop. Alcohol burn slips in for a killer climax. A toasty finish. The Russians have landed.

M: Medium. Not much carbonation.

O: A real sipper. Warming smooths out the finish. Share with friends. Would go well with chocolate chip cookies or cheddar. More, please.

Dec 09, 2013
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barleywinefiend from Washington

3.61/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours jet black with good carbonation leaving behind a moderate tannish colored cap, headretention was and the lacing was meh

S: A nice bourbon forward nose mixed with a chocolate, roasted malts and some wood. Pretty simple and forward but pretty promising as well

T: Initial bourbon splash with a roasted malt backbone and bakers powder chocolate. A wee bit of wood on the taste midway and a restrained vanilla throughout . A hint of smoke towards the end. Speaking of the end, it finishes warm, sweet with layers cocoa and bourbon

M: Medium/full body, well carbonated, perhaps a tinge to high, warming pseudo velvety body

O: I seem to get a cheap bakers powder cocoa from every stout this brewery does. the beers are not bad, just not that complex.

Dec 01, 2013
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rangerred from Tennessee

3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours pitch black with a very tiny dark tan head. Some moderate lacing.

Aroma has lots of char, vanilla, and bourbon, of course, along with notes of caramel and toffee. Nice but not especially impressive.

The flavor is very similar to the nose. Tons of bourbon up front with the vanilla and smoke that goes along with it along with some sweet caramel. Very full and sticky mouthfeel with just a light touch of bitterness.

Overall, an ok bourbon stout but nothing that really makes it stand out from the many others out there.

Nov 26, 2013
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DevinK from Connecticut

4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty solid beer, got as an extra in a trade I did, thanks @woodchip. Lucky me he's giving me some anniversary edition imperial stouts. Overall solid beer, lots of flavor within and can definitely tell it was aged in bourbon barrels. I'm just starting to get into stouts but this is definitely high up on my list of what I've had.

Nov 12, 2013
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Georgiabeer from Georgia

3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I continue to be relatively unimpressed with this brewery, even when a beer like this comes along that people (relatively) rave about. I find their beers to be relatively uninspired, lacking flavor or depth, and often too thin for the style. This one is a case in point- you don't really get much richness or depth from the stout- or even much flavor. It has a smidge of roasty notes along with a modicum of bitter chocolate, and of course some Bourbon notes. The problem is, even the Bourbon notes are overwhelmed by a woodiness from the barrel that unfortunately doesn't bring much (or any) of the vanilla and spice notes that can make oak so kind to a beer if handled deftly. Just...wood. A bit thin as well, and in this case, perhaps too dry. I keep trying to like them, I really do, but if this one doesn't do the trick...

Oct 27, 2013
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kaseydad from California

4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had never heard of this brewery and added a few of these as a "throw in" to my Letspour beer order. Glad I did!

Pours a jet black silky smooth colored ale and a very nice beige/brown head with staying power. Lacing is light.

The aroma is outstanding. Vanilla and chocolate swirl here. I could whiff this all day. Light apple/orange though I believe this is from the bourbon barrel shining through. The wood/barrel is present as well. Really aromatic.

The taste is great as well. Follows suit with the aroma. Slightly hoppy and a kiss of bourbon burn. Chocolate dessert here. Coffee beans. More vanilla. Just a really, really good blend of flavors here. Slight warmth in the tum-tum. Nice bourbon/chocolate on the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is oily as I was expecting but in a good way.

Overall this met and exceeded my expectations. Just a great barrel aged stout with great drinkability and full of flavor. Not too sweet...not too bitter. The barrel is not overpowering. A great way to celebrate your 20th Anny Red Brick. And to think I never heard of em. Distribute to Cali damnit! And keep brewing these barrel aged all-stars. You nailed it!

Oct 25, 2013
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter. This beer was brought back from Atlanta in August.

The beer pours a dark engine oil color with a thick-looking consistency. The head doesn't show up on the pour and only forms about a quarter of an inch thick when the glass is turned upright.

The smell is a potent dark chocolate with toasted malt and coffee. Hints of booxe waft in and out but don't suggest that the bottle is aged in bourbon barrels. It's really more of a chocolate showcase. Interestingly, the bourbon barrels impart more characteristics on the taste, where a spicy rye taste and mild heat from the booze join with the chocolate, coffee and malt characteristics to create a real treat. There's a lot of different flavors moving around the palate, yet they are all in good harmony.

The beer really is a treat. The beer is thick, creamy, and its booze well-disguised. This is a beer I wish I'd purchased a case of, rather than just one. Outstanding.

Oct 18, 2013
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Half finger tan head with excellent lacing on a jet black body. Aroma is very full with vanilla, plum, dark chocolate, bold coffee, brown sugary and roasted malts. Flavor follows with sweet vanilla and brown sugar up front moving to coffee and dark chocolate and finishing with a more dominating coffee bitterness which is just right. Alcohol is well hidden. Definitely the best beer I have had from Red Brick. Full body and light to moderate carbonation. Semi dry finish.

Sep 23, 2013
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ThickNStout from Georgia

4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 10.99/ 4 pack. No bottling date but released in July 2013. Served in a Red Brick snifter.

Pours ink black with a thin cap of tan head that quickly recedes. Very little retention and only a few dots of lace.

Smells of sweet oaky vanilla, bourbon, roast malts and a little char.

Nice blend of flavors. A good bit of smooth, sweet bourbon followed by charred oak, dark chocolate, roast coffee, vanilla, faint licorice, a little piney bitterness, some stone fruit skin and a dollop of booze. Really good mix.

Slick, medium full feel with moderate carbonation. Roast, bourbon and bitter dark chocolate linger in the finish.

Hands down the best work that Red Brick has done. A well made barrel aged imperial stout with the right touches of barrel and stout. I'll be enjoying my stash of this one for years.

Sep 07, 2013
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KickbacksSteve from Florida

4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a small snifter. Light, tudor brown head, good retention on a black body. Sticky and soapy lacing. Aroma includes coffee, vanilla, wafer cookies, light chocolate, baking chocolate, white chocolate and faint whisky. Taste flavors follow suit with the coffee malt dominating and all the other flavors dancing all over the tongue. Alcohol is well masked, impressive considering the abv. Very delicious, and dangerously easy to drink.

Aug 28, 2013
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GeorgiaBeerGuy from Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

45°F, 12 oz bottle into a snifter

A: Black, fluid, and a tan-brown head, sticks to the glass, and leaves a nice lacing throughout the session.

S: BOURBON, then some sweet, dark fruit, chocolate.

T: Again, follows the nose. Strong palate attack up front. The fruity, sweet raisin, plum hits first, then some chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. THe bourbon is not shy, and fills out the back end of the taste... leading to

M: A very nice mouthfeel. Carbonated, but not over carbonated. Thick on the tongue, and full in the swallow due to the heat of the ABV. Lingering fruity, sticky notes after you finish.

O: Great BBA. As a local, I will try to find more, and cellar, share and EXTRA these to get the name of Red Brick out to the masses. Can't believe they have been here 20 years!

Aug 14, 2013
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $3.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a black body with a medium-sized, dark tan-hued head.

Smell: Charred nuts, well-roasted malts, cocoa powder, and moist dark fruits wrapped in strapping bourbon barrel notes -- some beers gains the soft, more ingratiating qualities, this beer took on the more hostile elements.

Taste: Accelerated roastiness, coffee hinting, for sure, with touches of burnt nuts. It's a tad astringent but soothed somewhat by the cocoa qualities and some apparent sweetness. Vibrantly raisiny. The barrel character is definitely there, lending some firm barrel notes with a rugged woodiness. Drying, roasty, wood barrel finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Sharp roast, with a strong alcohol warmth - it's a little rough around the edges, but, it's still enjoyable.

Aug 11, 2013
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cjgator3 from Florida

3.15/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

On-tap at Oblivion in Orlando. Pours a deep dark black color with a thin tan head. The aroma is sweet chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla and some notes from the bourbon barrels. The taste is sweet and roasted malts up front with vanilla and a lingering warm and boozy finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Overall, I feel like this one can definitely need it from some aging. It is just a little too hot at this point for me, needs to mellow out a little.

Aug 07, 2013
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mrandypandy from Georgia

3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle purchased at Hop City, Atlanta.

A - Pours a thick, jet-black with a minimal mocha head that quickly recedes. Decent lacing.
S - Not getting much. Minimal chocolate and roast, barely getting any booze or oak. I do get some dark fruits as the beer warms.
T - There's a slightly harsh, roasted bitterness, followed by a bit of booze. Chocolate.
M - Medium to light body, very carbonated. Not as smooth or full bodied as I would have liked.
O - This is an OK barrel-aged imperial stout. It's not bad, per se, it's just underwhelming and the harsh roasted notes and booze seem to take over. I really wanted to to love this beer, especially considering the Buffalo Trace barrels Red Brick used, but it's just not drawing me back for more. I'll certainly put some aside to see if time in the cellar will mellow it out and let the flavors meld together.

Aug 06, 2013
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BeerDocT from Georgia

4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to my friend Paul M. for hooking me up with some of this elixir. Found in our local growler store, Dogwood Growlers in Acworth/Woodstock.

Appearance 4.0: Poured out a blackish deep brown with a good sized (1/2") amber head. Any swirling quickly disappeared. Still a striking beer in appearance.

Smell 4.5: Wow, delightful bouquet on this brew. Malt, burnt caramel, high alpha hops and an unmistakeable whiff of wood aging. There is also a hint of booze in this beer, maybe bourbon barrel aged???

Taste 4.25: Front is sweet, with nice highlights of dried fruit: dates, raisins. Middle is actually somewhat dry in the middle of the palate, with a taste explosion of rummy dried fruits on the side of the tongue. Finish is where you get hit with the big hops, the coffee tastes, the almost salty woody resins. Finish is remarkably short put packs a punch: more wood and booze. Nice.

Mouthfeel 4.0: Low carbonation, which is great for this style. However, there is a slight burning present from the over-the-top ABV. This might be off-putting for some (not me!)

Overall 4.25: Excellent beer and a very happy anniversary to Red Brick. This beer will hit you like a ton of bricks, but is entirely sessionable. Deep, dark, heavy but also refreshing and the wood aging really takes it to another level. Recommended if you can find it.

Aug 05, 2013
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FATC1TY from Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle, into a tulip. Fresh/Local, just released.

A- Very dark, slightly reddish, mocha colored head. Pours to around 2 fingers, leaves some lacing on glass, settles to a thin 1/3 finger head and dark ring around glass.

S- Smells of dark fruits, oatmeal, burnt sugar, slight smoke or charred wood, chocolate, espresso, and hint of vanilla. Smells like a KBS with a more subtle bourbon nose somewhat. Not over the top on the aroma.

T- Bready cookie. Chocolate, toffee, caramel, dark boozy fruit. Hint of smokey, roasty malts in the finish. A smooth, subtle vanilla note and the bourbon comes on late to clean the flavors up and wash them away. Hides the ABV pretty well. Slight warmth to it. I wish there was a bit more bourbon, would take this to a 5 for me.

M- Medium bodied, but very creamy. Nailed the carbonation well on this I think. I WANT it to be thicker and more viscous, but it's good as is. Thick would elevate this beer so much more I think.

O- Great beer. It's not super wild and complex. Doesn't have a boatload going on, but it's an impressive, and straight forward example of a barrel aged big stout. Has all the qualities, and does it well. I can't wait to see what a couple months or years does to this.

Aug 02, 2013
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Zach136 from Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle from Barrel and Barley in Woodstock, GA -- $2.75ish -- poured into a snifter. Had it a few times before at different temps -- substantially better as it warms. Reviewed as it warmed from cellar to room temp.

Appearance - Typical stout, medium beige head, excellent lacing.

Aroma - Pecans, brown sugar, vanilla maple and oak. Lacks the typical liquor nose most bourbon barrel stouts have.

Taste - Smooth vanilla and roasted malts, slight nutty-ness and just a hint of bourbon and oak. While still bery complex, it again leaves me wishing for a bit more bourbon from the Buffalo Trace barrels. Hides the alcohol very well.

Overall - The best beer I've ever had from Red Brick. It's a very solid Bourbon Barrel stout, and when you factor in price it is magnificent. Black Eye Rye had me a bit skeptical of the new brewing team -- then this beer gave me every confidence in the world about them. Looking forward to the next Brick Mason.

Jul 31, 2013
Red Brick Brick Mason Series #7: 20th Anniversary from Atlanta Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 144 ratings