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Autumn Maple Barrel Aged - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

280 Ratings
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Ratings: 280
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 16.17%
Wants: 141
Gots: 102 | FT: 12
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Made with Yams.
2013 release is infected.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 09-05-2009)
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4.45/5  rDev +10.7%

830th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip
750 ML
2011 Bottling

Served at recommended cellar temp

App- Deep dense brown with crimson/amber edges. A two finger, crème colored head with a medium receding rate showed and fizzled away with loud production. Falls to a healthy pond layer of bubbles with a very good amount of lace/cling

Smell- Very good aromatics on this beer. Large amounts of bourbon sting with a softer vanilla. The spices of nutmeg and cinnamon come in next. Round out with a whispy booze and some candied brown sugar.

Taste- This is much more inline with the taste of the base beer just kicked up a notch. More smooth from the barrel and a layer of added richness and fullness. The bourbon of course comes first with vanilla layering underneath to cut the sting. The spices are a bit more prevalent in this version and the 13% is there and you know it but not too too overpowering.

Mouth- Medium to full bodied with a medium to low carbonation level. Residual vanilla bourbon notes.

Drink- I wasn't surprised I like this one the best. Barrel treatments bring out vanilla and I love me some vanilla. This was really a great beer. Balanced, layered, flavorful but not overpowering. I would love another bottle or on cask.

FosterJM, Sep 26, 2011
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4.45/5  rDev +10.7%

So glad I waited until thanksgiving for this beer. Tough to know style based on other reviews. I see it as almost a BA wee heavy. Pours a deep red with a thin layer of brown head. Smells of bourbon barrels, sweet candy, slight earthiness. A boozy version of our family sweet potato with sugar and pecan on top. Taste is a nice bourbon booziness upfront with candied sweet potato and cinnammon.. Sticky as it warms to room temp

alaimoa, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of davod23
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%

Happy turkey day to me! Poured from the 750ml bottle into my Bruery tulip.

Pour is brown, brown, brown. Red highlights. It appears to be medium-bodied. A one-finger off-white head forms immediately, but quickly fizzles away to nothing but a thin collar. It's not the most impressive looking brew, but I figured things would get better...

...and they did. This smells delightful. Like Thanksgiving in a glass. Good thing, too, because all I had to eat was turkey and mashed potatoes. This beer took care of the yams for me. Smell is of sweet potatoes and molasses up front. As the beer warms, I get a bit more of the spice and maple aromas. Very nice.

Taste follows the nose almost precisely. Yams, brown sugar, spice, maple, and molasses combine with the bourbon barrel component to produce a delicious beer. The regular Autumn Maple is a good, but not spectacular beer - this beer demonstrates the possibilities that barrel aging can provide. The barrel-aged Autumn Maple is head and shoulders above it's non-barrel-aged cousin.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with faint carbonation. I feel like this could use a BIT more carbonation, but it's still quite good. No huge complaints.

Drinkability... hmm... well, I drank a whole 750ml bottle of this myself with no problems. It's pretty damn drinkable. Unlike many spiced beers, I don't get overwhelmed with the spiciness.

Solid, solid effort from the Bruery. They are quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries, along with Russian River, Three Floyds, and Cantillon. Highly recommended.

davod23, Nov 27, 2009
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4.43/5  rDev +10.2%

Shared bottle at the Bruery last Saturday. Cheers to the Coachella Valley Homebrew club for pitching in on this one.

Bruery tulip/snifter glass.

A: Slightly murky brown iced tea with a blend of muddy pondwater. Creamy coffee cake frosting head. nice legs and a reasonable dark dessert bubble formation on this one. If this thing was a cupcake, I'd eat that damn cupcake.

S: Big sweet rum character in the nose. Bananas Foster really comes off strong here for me. There's also quite a bit of warming alcohol, but I wouldn't quite call it hot. Creme Brulee burnt sugars, sweet potato casseroles, and bourbon caramels.

T: Savory sweet potato marshmellow casserole with a big wet bourbon kiss in the middle-end. The way the scorched sugars plays off the already sweet yams really brings forth that rum character that I attribute so strongly to a taste of bananas foster. This beer tastes submerged in melted hot fudge sundae caramels.

M: Low medium carbonation with a medium-full body. This holds up the sweet potato casserole flavors in a big way. I'd say this mouth is about perfect for complimenting that Thanksgiving feast so many of us will be having.

O: This is my front-runner for a big Thanksgiving dinner night cap. It might be a tad on the sweet end right now, but I think this beer is poised for greatness. This is most certainly a bottle worth popping fresh, and perhaps an even greater candidate to lay down for next years winter holidays. Don't fail to try this one fresh though, I think you'd be surprised.

Cavery, Sep 27, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +10.2%

2011 version bottle poured into a sniffer.

A: pours a dark muddy brown, with a khaki finger and a half of head that fades slowly leaving a nice film on the top and some head around the edge of the glass.

S: Big nose of the usual Autumn Maple smells, but with a very sweet bourbon accomplice. Smells almost like if you crossed the aroma of sweet potatoes and a pecan pie, and a glass a bourbon were all on the table near each other.

T: Initially there is a nice burst of bourbon, then it fades into autumn maple. if you havent had autumn maple read those reviews to understand what I am trying to say.

M: Mellow carbonation, very smooth, but it is hot at the end.

O: Very impressed with this one, wonder how a little age can help this out. Hard to think it could get better, unless they let it sit in bourbon longer.

GrumpyJunglist, Feb 05, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +10.2%

A: poured a murky burnt orangish brown in color with a nice half finger of head that left some good frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of spice such as nutmeg and cinnamon but with plenty of yams pumpkin, and toasted sweet potatoes. the bourbon barrel qualities were present with a good amount of booze heat and some good maple syrup sweetness.

T: bourbon barrel character was more pronounced on the palate but added some good accents alongside the signature yams, pumpkin, and sweet potato flavor, with plenty of nutmeg cinnamon spice, a touch of vanilla, maple syrup and mild underlying booze that was well balanced.

M: the brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, spice, mild boozy, bourbon barrely, yammy, and rich finish.

O: very well done variation of the autumn maple beer with great bourbon qualities and well balanced booze heat.

Gobzilla, Dec 23, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +9.5%

Pours a muddy, dark mahogany-brown with a dense ring of ivory and a steady stream of bubbles rising along the edges. Amazing nose of sweet caramel, maple-glazed sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie, pecan, and intense Bourbon. So nice, I wish Yankee Candle made aromas like this. Taste is more roasted sweet potato, dark maple syrup, cinnamon, and delicious, delicious Bourbon. Sweet, decadent, and amazingly drinkable despite the 13% ABV. Mouthfeel is smooth and a bit syrupy, with a medium-full body and good carbonation. Overall a wonderful treat, hopefully I can get more in the future.

jsanford, Nov 05, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +9%

Bottle very generously shared by RoyMunson with PWoods and myself.
Pours a darker ruby brown then the regular Autumn Maple. Very little head forms on the pour, but is quickly gone before I can get started on this beer.
Smell is absolutely heavenly. Not sure what type of barrels they used for this beer, but it works. All the flavors of the regular Autumn Maple are complimented and accented with vanilla, oak and some bourbon. I cannot do justice with words how this beer smells.
Taste is just as good as the smell. This beer really takes to the barrels very well. This is one beer that as your drinking it, you know it's something special but you do everything you can to restrain so it lasts as long as it can.
Exceptional beer!

FtownThrowDown, Oct 07, 2009
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4.38/5  rDev +9%

Bottled poured into a Lost Abbey snifter. Thanks to GregSVT for getting to try this one.

Pours a very hazy dark brown with a ring of thick head.

Very sweet up front. Brown sugar, caramel, and fall spices. As the beer warms, bourbon and vanilla comes through.

Taste follows the nose very closely. The aggressively sweet malt meshes with the bourbon to make this complex and more drinkable than the original version.

Creamy carbonation, with a medium body.

Overall, I really enjoyed this, and preferred it to the original Autumn Maple.

fatmcb1, Dec 07, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +9%

Thanks again Chad! 2011 Vintage weighing in at 13%ABV. Pours like murky brown swamp water with a small head. Scent is very strong with bourbon, maple, and yams. Taste is just as it smells. A ton of maple syrup blended nicely with delicious yams and sweet bourbon. Bourbon is not overwhelming, which is good considering this is fresh. I would imagine aging this one much longer. Mouthfeel is full bodied and a bit on the syrupy side, but what would you expect from this kind of beer. Drinkability is high. Overall, this was a truly delightful beer that I wish I had bottles of for myself.

DovaliHops, Sep 25, 2011
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4.36/5  rDev +8.5%

dagubna, Today at 09:12 AM
Photo of womencantsail
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%

Had this on cask today at The Bruery tasting room.

A: Very, very dark brown with about one finger of an off white head.

S: Smells like Thanksgiving in a glass. Tons, and tons of yams and quite a bit of maple syrup. Vanilla from the barrels, and booze.

T: The warmth and lack of carbonation make the booze really come out in this one. After the initially booziness passes, the yam and maple flavors really shine through. On the finish, there is a very nice spice flavor which, again, is reminiscent of a Thanksgiving meal.

M: Warm, flat (as was advertised), sticky, boozy, and very full bodied.

D: The booze takes a bit of getting used to, but the flavors of this are just fantastic.

womencantsail, Sep 05, 2009
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4.35/5  rDev +8.2%

Arrived in a belgian glass. With about a finger of light brown head. The body is dark brown. On smelling it has yeast, a bit of maple, sweet malt along with a spicy candied yam. Taste follows with the smell with the malt and maple. There is also the yam which makes the over all flavors long lasting. It is not o srly thick on the palate. This as with others from the bruery are sippers.

rootbeerman, Oct 23, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev +7.7%

Consumed with Thanksgiving dinner, served in a chalice.

Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Looks like an autumn afternoon. The head is whispy but has decent retention.

Lots of yams, wood, caramel, very sweet in the nose, and naturally, taste is similar. It's got spices as you would assume, but it's not as overbearing as I thought it may be. Brown sugar, maple with a smidge of grit. As with most Bruery offerings I've had, the barrel has been quite kind to this.

I polished about 500ml of this 750ml by myself and I was left drooping. That minor quibble aside, this is a great beer and will be in my Thanksgiving rotation going forward.

rudylaw, Nov 27, 2009
Autumn Maple Barrel Aged from The Bruery
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