Barrel-Aged Maple Stout - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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3.9/5 rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle shared by Siearra Nevada rep. (thanks!) at RBWG-2014.
Black with brown edges and a fine head. Glass coated with thick tan foam with each tilt.
Thick and smooth but a little hot (too fresh)
Aroma has a nice balance of maple, bourbon barrel, and dark malts.
Serving type: bottle
02-14-2014 03:30:50 | More by chinchill
4.15/5 rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Someone brought an unlabeled bottle of this to Zwanze Day. Thanks! Served in the accompanying Cantillon glass.
A - Tan foam settles to a thick collar and some splotches of lace. Near-black body with some transparency at the edges.
S - Lots of maple, and hefty doses of whiskey and oak as well, although the base beer is more charry and roasty than I was expecting from Sierra Nevada. There's a mild savory character that's unexpected and doesn't mesh quite well with the rest of the elements. Apparently there's coffee in here, so I guess that explains the former.
T - The taste is a fair bit sweeter, with a nice mixture of maple, vanilla, chocolate, and caramel. The whiskey presence is lighter here, and there's some mild smoke and roast. Less charry than the nose, and not much roast bitterness in the finish.
M - Sticky, viscous, and chewy, with lower carbonation. Some tannis, but maple stickiness appears to have largely overwhelmed the oak. No alcohol heat, which is impressive considering the high ABV.
D - The aroma is a bit boozy, but the taste is quite excellent. A tasty treat that I hope Sierra Nevada makes again in greater quantities. A definite sipper, but a rich, complex and tasty one.
Serving type: bottle
11-21-2013 03:06:16 | More by MasterSki
4.24/5 rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Propogated with earthen sweetness and coffee infusion, Sierra Nevada advances its Bourbon Barrel-Aged program with this assertive Stout for Lexington, Kentuckys', Pazzo's Pizza Pubs' special tasting of Pappy Van Winkle Bourbons and the brewery's bourbon barrel aged beers!
Black as pitch, the ale layers into the glass with an ominous black body and a mocha-laced head of long-lasting froth that laces the glass as intermittently as it glosses it with its brandy-type legging.
Its bold, burnt sweetness resonates in the nose like straight-up maple or brown sugar. Along with bold roast coffee, natural cocoa robustness and an equally intense coffee infusion; the beer's scent is as robust and masculine and anyone would hope. Its bourbony tinge offers caramel, vanilla, oak and cashew as the first sip draws near.
Its succulent flavor start with a beautiful alignment of burnt malt, maple syrup and brown sugar on the early palate. It follows up with strong coffee, walnut and slightly smoked ember flavor before the bitterness sets in. Somewhat of coffee-type and hop-type bite, its bitterness is interrupted by savory booziness in form of caramel, vanilla, oak and char.
Full bodied, but not absurdly so, its short-lived creaminess from carbonation is supplanted by utter milk, vanilla and heavy cream that weaves into that caramel-laced texture while the beer dries slowly into a malty-dry and bourbony finish.
I really enjoy how the beer's soft carbonation allows it to seep into the softer tissues of the mouth for a fully saturated effect. This allows for full appreciation of flavor while still finishing pleasantly warm and with just enough dryness to keep me coming back!
Serving type: on-tap
11-06-2013 06:55:43 | More by BEERchitect
Barrel-Aged Maple Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.