Red Brick 15th Anniversary

22 oz bottle adorned with an impressive gold foil top. Unusual to see Atlanta Brewing putting it out there in a few different ways; bombers, foiled, bourbon-aged, anniversary offering, transparent label, special release etc.
Nice clarity on the reddish-brown pour with a flimsy white head that breaks up quickly. Some watery lace and some legs when we swirl it.
Nose is strong with alcoholic vanilla coming to the fore.
Tastes are all vanilla bourbon dominated, but the power is restrained and not overwhelming. Bourbon-aged beers are really not my thing, but this one is somewhat controlled and drinks very nicely. Light to medium body which is true to the brown ale base. Light burn of alcohol and bourbon up front, but then a dry element kicks in, which, CONVERSELY does NOT reflect the usual malty, sweetish aspects of a typical brown ale. The finish reiterates the bourbon, vanilla and alcohol and it lingers slightly.
Tasty beer and this type of beer isn’t usually really my thing, so I would say this is a pretty good example. Drinkability is good with some warming character but everything is in check. I like the restraint – it makes for a better drinking experience than many bourbon influenced brews.

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12/29/2009
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bottle
ABV: ? %
Appearance: 4
Taste: 4
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Smell: 4
Overall: 4
Total: 3.95
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