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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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The 15th Anniversary ale is Red Brickís signature Brown Ale. The Brown Ale boasts a list of ingredients, including 7 malts (Victory, Bonnalander, Caramel 40/60/120, 2 Row Barley, Wheat Malt). Hops include Zeus and Fuggle. Aged in Pappy Van Winkle bourbon barrels for 13 months.

Our 15th anniversary is here! I know we never say it, but Iím gonna throw it out there: I LOVE YOU. That felt good. I was afraid it would sound creepy, but no - it was good. And as a sign of our love I made you The Red Brick 15th Anniversary Ale. Itís a full bodied brown ale that was aged in a bourbon barrel. It earned the Gold Medal in the 2008 World Beer Cup. (Not that Iím comparing them to you...) itís high gravity, so be careful: I want this to be a memorable experience for us. Sincerely, Bob - XOXO


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Bottle thanks to kp: Pours a transparent copper amber with a small, spotty-lacing off-white head. Aroma of sweet toasty complex caramel and vanilla bourbon with a touch of black cherry fruitiness. Starts with pretty good fullness for the style and sweet dark caramel maltiness and doughy nutty notes with nice oaky bourbon and vanilla before a drier, toasty finish. A nice bourbon brown ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6895) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 25, 2010
Bottle @ Dunedin for Stogies and Stouts í10. pours copper/brown, no head. Aroma lots of bourbon in this one, barrel/wood aroma, roasted malts and caramel. Flavor, lingering bourbon flavors and oak barrel. Light malty palate with hints of nuts. Sweet caramel with a mild coffee finish. Thought the palate was a little too thin for 9% abv.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Bottle. Pours a relatively clear ruby-tinged brown color with a white head. Aroma is a sweet bourbon overlaying what smells like a moderately grainy brown ale. Taste is mostly the bourbon, but its not overwhelming, despite the bourbon dominating. Its all barrel, but the base beer is just enough to prop it up, although the base beer doesnít seem to shine much, either.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2010
Bomber. Pours a clear, dark, reddish-amber color with a small, swirly head of tan foam. Settling quickly to a smooth, thin film, the head leaves dense little spots of lacing behind. The aroma is big on bourbon, showing a bit too hot and boozy, with accompanying notes of vanilla, root beer, caramel, and buttercream toffee. Thereís very little compensating roast, which keeps the nose overly sweet and warm. Flavors follow suit, again boozy and malt driven, showing primarily caramel and bourbon. Iíd like to see some more mocha roast. Thin and hot, with moderate carbonation, the underwhelming palate sports a slightly drying finish. Overall, while drinkable, this just isnít a good enough base beer to even bother with the barrel aging.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (2674) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 5, 2010
On the syrupy sweet side almost barleywine like. Pours a caramel brown with a red hue, kind of delicious looking actually. Aroma is molasses and plum. Flavor is molasses and syrup a little bit of red fruit and a massive caramel sweetness. Finish is more grassy than bitter and there is a slight warming alcohol aspect to this.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3170) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 3, 2010
Pours a clear dark brown with a fleeting tan head. Aroma of dark caramel, vanilla, bourbon and chocolate. The flavors follow the aroma. Over all, lightly sweet with no hops. A bit more body would help this, but itís well done just as it is.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (3503) - Georgia, USA - FEB 1, 2010
Pours a dark, hazy coppery brown with a fairly thick buff-colored head that sticks around for a little bit. Aroma is malty and crispy fruity with a little bit of a brandy-like bite to it. Flavor is malty, woody and a little smoky with a fruity, brandy-ish undertone, a subtle (though sometimes not so subtle) alcohol nip, and a whisper of sweetness. Texture is very smooth, yet tingly and edgy enough so you know that it is indeed beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nearbeer (3845) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 29, 2010
650 ml. Dark copper-brown with a creamy, lasting disc above. Nose of butterscotch liqueur and vanilla yogurt is different, but not unpleasant. Flavor is butterscotch Lifesaver, with a finish of whiskey and vanilla. Aftertaste of citrus, vanilla and oak is nice. Medium body is fairly smooth with some alcohol tingle. Less barrel (or more body) would do this one wonders.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mike4aker (27) - USA - JAN 21, 2010
Pours a red body, and settled fast. This beer almost smells like dessert. All kinds of different smells. Caramel is what hit me the most, but there was definitely vanilla and bourbon present as well. Much sweeter than expected, but it was really well balanced. hints of chocolate, but caramel is definitely present. The finish had a distinct bourbon flavor. I will have to stock up on this one, before I canít find it anymore.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
3fourths (8236) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2010
clear mohogany. half-inch thick bread crust head. nose is sweetened brandy and oak, overly sugared and fruity (lightly roasted strawberries and creamed/jammed blackberries) with overly sweet vanilla. harsh and distracting oak combines with sloppy and disjointed carbonation and an empty, lacking malt body... the vanilla strawberry and tannic oak is an uncontrolled traffic jam, together itís frighteningly disjointed and sloppy on the palate. this is how you should *not* oak beer.


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