Autumn Maple Barrel Aged - The Bruery
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Reviews by ktrillionaire:
4.65/5 rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
I have never had the base beer, nor have I had a yam or sweet potato beer before.
A - It pours a translucent mahogany, like sweet-tea with a little off-white soapy froth.
S - Somewhat surprisingly, this is right up my alley, this brew is in my wheel-house, etc. Being quite the fan of pumpkin brew, the similarities here are uncanny; it seems that yam is an exceptionally similar addition. But in this case, it smells like a barrel-aged pumpkin beer. Big gourd notes are saturated with spicy-boozy and earthy barrel aromas. The nose is one of the sweetest I've ever enjoyed, largely due to the richness and complexity of the spicing. It is all interrelated; woody notes impart vanilla, which couples perfectly with the sweetness, which then tempers the booze, which in turn enhances the spice, which meld with the notes of maple, suggesting woodiness, and it all comes full-circle.
T - The taste is just exactly like the aroma transposed, however, what is tantalizing in the nose is in fact overwhelming in flavor. It has a very big maltiness that is richly sweet like EBW, casting impressions of date paste, palm sugar and the caramel that binds pecan pie. The pumpkin flavor is big, the barrel flavor almost as big, and lots of maple, pecan, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom and general mulled spice round it out. I like the whole thing with a regard neighboring the utmost, but the fact is plain that the brew is an outrageously sweet confection. I am reminded of Southern Comfort, Mountain Dew, Petits Fours; not because it tastes like any of the aforementioned, but because: 1) they are all things that I love the taste of. 2.) they can also cause instant diabetes.
M - It is pleasantly thinner than I might've expected. I say that because this brew would likely suffer from a heavy-bodied, syrupy feel. There is a low carbonated velvety slickness, and it works very well to enhance the brew.
D - Despite the huge sweetness and intensely desert-like flavor, the brew is so good that I could probably crush a bottle to myself (were it actually available to do so...)
Note: I eat various yams and sweet potato (there is a difference between the two) and so I am quite familiar with those flavors. This beer tastes distinctly like pumpkin, and not like yam or sweet potato.
Serving type: bottle
11-06-2010 18:59:34 | More by ktrillionaire
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3.56/5 rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Split with rudzud and a bunch of people at a cellar cleaning party.
Decent creamy smaller head, hazy dark murky brownish red color.
Nose vegetable, ketchup, some sweet candy malts and brown sugar, touches of barrel and vanilla like, but not great.
Taste sweet candy, toffee and caramel, syrupy, little barrel notes, touch vanilla barrel, with lots of candy malts, bit of warming booze, etc.
Mouth is heavy, syrupy, decent but lighter carb, some warming booze.
Serving type: bottle
06-30-2014 01:11:55 | More by jlindros
Autumn Maple Barrel Aged from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.