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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The 15th Anniversary ale is Red Bricks 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 Im 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. Its 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 Im comparing them to you...) its high gravity, so be careful: I want this to be a memorable experience for us. Sincerely, Bob - XOXO

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Pours a nice amber color with a tan head. Aroma is caramel, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Flavor is is nutty, toast, oak, vanilla, and bourbon.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3567) - Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2009
First, I should say that this is an enjoyable beer. The bourbon barrel comes across more like a wave of vanilla than alcohol. Really nice. The main fault is that the base beer isnt big enough to hold its own. Theres a bit of malt sweetness, but mostly its lost under the barrel.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SSSteve (4006) - - DEC 23, 2009
congratulations ABC! really exciting to see something like this. 22oz bottle. clear deep brownish/ruby under a small head. aroma is pure woody bourbon barrel with touches of vanilla. the palate is a bit thin. heavy on the bourbon barrel and woody notes. some balanced vanilla creaminess to sweeten it a bit. it actually goes down quite smooth. just wasnt my thing this time. hopefully we will see more interesting projects from them soon.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2009
thanks to Ron Raike for sharing this after a beer dinner. Rich vanilla bourbon aromas. Pours a dark reddish brown with a thin white head. Rich vanilla oak flavors, smooth bourbon, caramelly malts with some molasses. The beer is pretty light in flavor so the barrel and bourbon really come through.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 22, 2009
Pours a deep, clear copper with a small beige head that recedes very quickly and leaves a tiny ring around around the edge and no lacing. The aroma is big on bourbon barrel - its super sweet with vanilla and bourbon. There are some sweet caramel malts and nutty hints in the background but theyre secondary to the bourbon. The taste is a bit more balanced for me with the sweetness of the caramel malts coming out more prominently. There is a light hoppy presence up front but its all about the bourbon barrels in the finish with vanilla, bourbon and oak dominating the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is slick and moderately carbonated with the barrel presence dominating - a big bourbon burn in the finish. Despite the huge bourbon dominance, this one is fairly drinkable and I applaud ABC for brewing something both original and very tasty. Keep it up guys.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcrowther (50) - ATLANTA, Georgia, USA - DEC 19, 2009
Agree with the previous rater- this is tasty but the the bourbon is slightly too upfront which hides the maltiness that a brown should have a bit too much. Still a solid effort.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CheersMate (1343) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - DEC 18, 2009
22 oz. bottle from Greens on Ponce. Cant believe they actually brewed a beer like this. A tad bit expensive, but Ill survive. Didnt have that viscous pour I was looking for, but it is dark brown with some hints of red. Translucent brew. The beer is VERY aromatic. The bourbon aging made this thing just aromatic. Notes of wood, vanilla, and bourbon are all coming through. Not really much to say about the aroma in terms of hops or malts. I love the bourbon aroma, which is why this one gets a high score. Beer is relatively creamy, but in absolute terms not so much. I was expecting more body than this. Flavor is following the aroma perfectly i.e. bourbon, vanilla sweetness, and wood. Also there is this slight coconut aroma/flavor as well. Dont know where that came from, but I can taste it. Overall, a nice offering from ABC, but the malts and hops are overshadowed by the bourbon. Happy Anniversary.


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