Autumn Maple Barrel Aged - The Bruery
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4.2/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750 ML into a tulip
P: Deep murky brown with a soapy head of tan foam that showed decent retention, and left only small fingers of lace as it sank to a thick halo on top.
A: Bourbon is right upfront, but it doesn't smell so boozy that it overwhelms everything else. The base beer is still there with yams, maple, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, and a hint of cocoa when it gets warmer. Curiously, I also get some plastic notes that reveal themselves after each swirl of the glass, then goes away as the foam dies back down. Weird, but smells pretty good nonetheless.
T: Thankfully, no plastic shows up on the palate, and right off the bat you can tell that this is a well-made beer. My first thought is how impressed I am that they managed to pack this much bourbon flavor into a beer without all the boozy heat that usually coincides. It's actually pretty amazing how well it's integrated into the rest of the profile. Speaking of which, the yams are not as prominent as they were in the nose. That's probably because they're buried under the huge helpings of maple and vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon. Just like in the nose, subtle chocolate comes out once it had a chance to breathe a bit. There is some heat that warms up the throat and chest on the sweet finish, but it's minimal for this fresh of a barrel-aged beer.
M: This is a full bodied, glassy smooth, mouth-coatingly viscous beer that goes down pretty easily for a 10% beast. Fits the brew nicely.
Notes: I'm not a huge fan of the regular version of Autumn Maple, but considering the fact that I don't really dig on "pumpkin" beers that much, it's still decent. But this is better. The barrel-aging has amplified the profile and has integrated some delicious bourbon into the beer without making it a complete boozy mess. Not only does it add depth and complexity, it just flat-out makes it more interesting. Recommended
Serving type: bottle
12-12-2009 01:55:25 | More by sweetbrew82
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