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Autumn Maple Barrel Aged - The Bruery

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88 Reviews
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Reviews: 88
Hads: 291
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 6.13%
Wants: 143
Gots: 100 | FT: 11
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: HopHead84 on 09-05-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Made with Yams.
2013 release is infected.
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Reviews: 88 | Hads: 291
Photo of baconsausage
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep russet brown with minimal head and light, slightly prickly carbonation. Lots of sweetness up front from the maple and the yams. Good bit of spice and some mild astringent bitterness. Maple and yam are distinguishable. One of a few spiced beers that I have liked a whole lot. Would like more with a fuller mouth feel, but overall a solid beer. (355 characters)

Photo of Phelps
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage, poured into a snifter.

Opaque mahogany, though a hold directly before a light reveals clearer amber edges. Very thin, airy, fuzzy head is gone in seconds.

In the nose, it's like the barrels have interacted with the maple and boosted it to superhuman levels. Oak, vanilla bean, cinnamon, honey, a bit of alcohol.

Less bourbon in the flavor, which is actually nice. The sweetness and spices from the usual beer shine through: cinnamon, yams, maple, brown sugar. The bourbon adds a nice boozy hit, brown sugar, vanilla, butterscotch and oak.

Soft, just a little thin, medium-light body. Low, fizzy carbonation and high tongue-numbing ABV. The body breaks into the suggestion of fizz as it moves. Might be a bit bigger to hoist the inner booze.

Autumn maple on its own is a bit sweet, but it's incredible how well the barrels temper that sugar. Drinkable for its booziness. (890 characters)

Photo of paytoplay
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Solid brew. Bourbon is powerful so I'd age this for a year or so. Shared by the Bruery crew at downtown johnny browns. Really pure sweet potato pumpkin spice yam or whatever you want to call it flavors. Bourbon / alc cleans this up and it feels lite on the palate. Great to try and I believe this was under $20? Nice price for a BA brew. Would love to re-try at year 1 or 2. (374 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Bruery tulip because I'm not an animal and I know how to drink a beer properly. At the time of this review, this is #10 on the "Top Beer - Fruit / Vegetable Beer" list on beeradvocate.com. At one time this was the #1 beer on this list, I had this bottle for a while and was slow to open it based on recent reviews and ABV, I split the bottle with Lunch though and we had a fine time drinking it.

Beer is amber / brown / orange and completely hazy, nice off white tan head of small bubbles, low retention, a little lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is strong, sweet, syrup, bourbon, a mild spice.

Beer is medium to light in body and a little spice, lots of bourbon but it is definitely not the "watered down bourbon" descriptors friends have given me. It is pretty sweet and strong. Nice finish a little dry, it is a big beer and it would be hard for me to drink more than a pint of it but I might have it again in a smaller portion in the future. (971 characters)

Photo of phichifiji00
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: cloudy brown, minimal head, no lacing.

Smell: bourbon, maple, yams, brown sugar.

Taste: just as it smells, lots of bourbon, brown sugar and maple syrup.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, bubbly, crisp, boozy.

Overall: The bourbon taste overpowered the other typical autumn maple flavors. I'm hoping that as my other bottle ages, the bourbon will mellow a bit and allow the other flavors/aromas to come forward and balance this beer out. Still a very delightful beer. (498 characters)

Photo of flannelman808
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Medium brown and quite murky. Topped with a light tan head with decent retention.

S: Bourbon with a good amount of rye. Dates and rich dark fruit suggest themselves and as well as brulee apricot.

T: Rye raisin bread with a honey date jam just about sums this up. I would add that there is a bit of a woody note as well as some booze, but not in a bourbon sort of a way. Autumn spices and yams finish it up.

M: Rich but nicely prickly.

O: Good stuff, and better than the original. However all and all this does not deserve it's hype. It's very rich and in the end underwhelming. (584 characters)

Photo of ritzkiss
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle sent my way by the generous fishbowled, thanks! Had beside the original Autumn Maple.

Pours much darker than the AM, still plenty murky, almost muddy with a nice creamy, small bubble head.

The Belgian yeast that was so prominent in the nose of the AM is muted in this one and instead a bourbon-y, raisin-y sweetness comes through with just a bit of spicing and yam.

Much fuller than the AM, rounder and sweeter. Sweet bourbon soaked raisins, spices, yam, bready malt, a bit of earthiness, brown sugar, light drying finish to balance the sweetness. Prickly carbonation, rich mouthfeel.

I liked this effort much better than the regular AM which, while I appreciated what they were trying to do, wasn't really my thing. This one the yam is quite muted and the bourbon plays top billing with some light spicing. Nice beer. (836 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz/750 ml bottle
Served in a tulip
A big thanks to fumner for including this as an extra in our trade.

The liquid poured a murky, burnt umber color with a thin cap of bubbly tan froth. Within seconds, the head faded to a lasting ring.

Dark fruits and vanilla notes dominated the nose. Deep, rich and sweet. Noticeably oaky. Brown sugar and spices also came through strong. Slightly yeasty. A bit phenolic.

The flavor profile was similar to the aroma but more intense. Dark and malty up front. Raisins and prunes were apparent. Super spicy with indications of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Strong vanilla and oak notes appeared in the center. Some maple flavor too. A bit toasty. The finish was quite boozy (bourbon-y) yet not overwhelmingly so.

Other reviewers have noted that their bottles of Autumn Maple Barrel Aged lacked carbonation. Luckily, mine had a distinct, fine and mild effervescence (just enough to help the beer move along my palate and prevent it from becoming cloying). The body was a bit thin for the ABV however.

Although I have yet to try the original Autumn Maple, the barrel aging seems to bring a lot of complexity to this seemingly impressive base. Definitely seek this out before the remaining bottles disappear. (1,271 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a snifter. Served in a dark bar.

Rosewood body with a light wheat collar. Viscous legs, weak amoebic lacing, poor retention.

Maple sgar, toffee, tobacco, vanilla, and rum in the nose. The bourbon contributes quite a lot without overwhelming the base. Plenty of clove and cinnamon emerge as the beer warms.

Baked yams, brown sugar, caramel, leather and a whisper of cocoa on the palate. Complex and festive. Finishes a little sweet, spicy, and just a touch hot.

Creamy, medium-bodied, with low but sufficient carbonation.

A modest improvement on the non-barrel-aged version, itself a unique twist on the average pumpkin beer. (663 characters)

Photo of radshoesbro
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to mikedashg for sharing this! been wanting to try this one for a while!

immediately the look is much darker than it's non-barrel aged counter part. this looks very similar to russian river's consecration, it's a beautiful deep red/caramel. Nice head with good retention and spotty lace.

Smells like a barrel. All the subtleties that I loved so much are vacant. There's a sweetness that might come from the barrel or the sugars, but I'm guessing it's just all barrel.

When drinking it somewhat cold the taste is all barrel. The spiciness is completely absent. It's good, but nowhere near as good as the regular one. Once this warms the yams come out a bit more, and I do think that's a highlight of this one. Yes, it lacks that beautiful spicy character, but it showcases the yams better. After letting this open for a while (maybe 20 or 30 minutes) the spiciness comes back and the yams are really excentuated.

This is a lot fuller on the mouth that the regular one too. Somewhat dry, but it's not super noticeable.

NOTE: I found that the best way of consuming this is actually as a 50/50 blend of this version and the regular release. (1,149 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice murky brown color with a decent head of lacing that sits on top for what looks to be a few minutes before settling down and coating the sides of the glass.

first smells of oak and light vanilla come through the air. Spiced notes, cinnamon, pumkin, I am guessing almost like Yams or something. As it warms it comes through with more barrel with vanilla and caramel notes dominating. Smooth and subtle carbonation leads to a semi dry and sweet finish!

Overall a great beer that I am sure will imoprove with age (527 characters)

Photo of waltonc
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the Bruery. Pours a very dark brown with tan head. Smells and tastes of yams, maple, nutmeg and assorted other pumpkin spices and, of course, bourbon. The Bruery has shown itself to be very good at using bourbon barrels to improve beer without turning it into a bourbon bomb - and BA AM is no exception - the bourbon is present but didn't dominate. I am giving this beer a "Good" score for taste, but I must admit that I couldn't drink it on a regular basis. It's very interesting and I appreciate the creative effort. This is a fun beer to enjoy a few times throughout the fall. Mouthfeel is fairly thick, and carbonation was present but somewhat low. The beer was served pretty warm, which clashed with the hot weather outside, but that's not the beer's fault. Overall, a very interesting beer that I'm glad Bruery released. I look forward to cracking open a bottle of this at Thanksgiving. (903 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark tawny brown color with a decent sized tightly bubbled off white head with moderate retention and minimal lace. I can smell the barrel treatment as soon as I pop the cap off. Spicy, herbal, and peppery aromas are mixed with sweet dark sugars, vanilla, bourbon and oak. The flavor is definitely different. Sweet sugary malts up front are attacked by peppery herbal earthy flavors and just before it gets too weird the bourbon sweeps in with a bit of woodiness to cleanse things a bit. Long lingering sweet herbal bourbon flavor in the finish. Medium to thick body with a sweet almost sugary mouthfeel and a light level of carbonation. Well this one certainly is different, but it really did grow on me after a pint. I don't think I've ever had the non barrel version, but it seems like without the barrel this would be a sweet and herbal mess. As is I kind of liked it, but not sure I would seek it out again. (920 characters)

Photo of bartle
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Eric.

Side by side with the regular Autumn Maple.

This poured a little richer copper than it's counter part. Better head retention.

It has a great nose. I really dug this. It was bourbon soaked sweet potato pie with some raisins and a nice belgian yeast character present.

The taste was just amplified again. Some great earthy bitterness, with sweetness, caramel, honey, bourbon, raisins and figs, a little gritty as well. Some great candied sugars and spice, a little boozy, but not hot. Just nice to give it some kick.

Full mouthfeel. Medium to high carbonation. Pretty dry for the sweetness.

I dig. (616 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beige head. Color is a murky caramel brown.

Aroma: Bruery bourbon barrel flavors. Oak and vanilla mixed with autumn maple flavors. Not as much spices show as compared to the regular version, however.

Taste: Bourbon, but it kind of reminds me of rye. Oak, and vanilla, with a lot of spice flavors, but not as much as the regular version. The barrels add a nice layer here and take away from the things I don't like in this beer.

Mouthfeel: Warm and smooth. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, this was much better than the other versions. Beats the brett version and the regular by miles. Gotta love the bruery barrels. (664 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy brown with a foamy khaki head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace form slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, yams, spices, bourbon, and wood. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and a woody finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is a tasty barrel aged version of the original beer. (467 characters)

Photo of OlieIPA
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Consumed this on 9/4/09 at The Bruery.

A: Just about black with a slight hint of brown coloring that helped support a creamy vanilla bean hue head. Lacing was mediocre, but other than that, a good looking brew.

S: Yams, cinnamon, gingerbread, roasted/chocolate malts, and a bourbon aroma that hits you hot and hard at first...but then settles down once your nostrils get used to it.

T: More chocolate notes than I anticipated along with gingerbread and Thanksgiving/Christmas like spices. The bourbon adds a nice sweet note as well, but can be harsh at times. A definite winter warmer for sure!

M: This is probably the worst part about this beer. I understand it was served on cask, but I felt it needed more carbonation and a creamier body. Too much of a cotton mouth feel!

D: The actual smell and taste of Barrel Aged AM was awesome. But again, I think the little things like the overall hotness and mouthfeel took away too much. I would much prefer the regular version over this...although, I still think this is a good beer.

Overall: A try it to must try beer. Cheers! (1,078 characters)

Photo of djmichaelk
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a cinnamon-sugar rimmed snifter. Courtesy of urwithdave (thanks, Dave!).

A - Pours a murky amber-brown, with a decent couple of fingers of head. Adequate lacing and retention.

S - Plenty of yam and pumpkin, some brown sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon (although that last one might be more from the rim). Pretty nice.

T - Rich flavors of allspice, pumpkin/yam and sweet potato, maybe a little caramel, and again nutmeg and cinnamon. Certainly rich and sweet, but without being cloying. Tried both with and without the rimmed glass.

M - Carbonation is light; maybe a bit on the undercarbed side. Otherwise it's pretty full. It's a little like liquefied pumpkin pie.

O - Definitely a nice beer, although not something I could drink all the time -- or even more than one in a night. Glad to have had the opportunity to try it. (843 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Overlord for picking one of these up for me. Served in a FoBAB mini-pint taster glass.

A - This is one homely brew. It's a turbid unfiltered dirty murky brown color. A half-finger of big bubbles that dissipates quickly to a ring. No lace.

S - Roasted yams, spice, a bit of booze, some butterscotch-y barrel flavors, and more spice. Smells like some pumpkin beers I've had. Molasses comes out more as it warms up.

T - The taste is significantly less spicy, with only a bit of nutmeg in the finish. As a result I like it a bit more than the smell, but not enough to give it an extra half point. Wish I could score this a 4.25, but unfortunately things don't work that way here. The barrel flavor is pretty light, mostly brown sugar, caramel, molasses, maple syrup, and a light tannic and butterscotch finish.

M - Sticky, medium body, mild carbonation, a bit of heat. Compared to the Firestone 11 I just had it feels a little thin, but otherwise it's pretty good.

D - I don't think I could drink a lot of this one - the 6-8 oz was more than enough. Like pumpkin beers it's good for a once a year seasonal type of thing. (1,131 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to t0rin0 for this bottle.
25.4oz bottle poured into my Bruery Snifter.

A - Pours a dark cola brown with a light tan head consisting of big bubbles.

S - Sweet fruit, cinnamin, maple.

T - Brown sugar and maple syrup.

D - Lower carbonation and sweet on the tongue.

O - Mmm... Is it Thanksgiving yet? (309 characters)

Photo of ptykozoon
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ugly brown, quarter inch head.

Sweet yams, raisin, caramel, honey. Sweet and decadent.

Raisin, vanilla, toffee with rich, thick caramel and bourbon in the finish. Very good.

Light mouthfeel - could be a bit more dense. ABV tastes around 10%.

Sweet without being too sweet, desserty without being too filling, very good little beer here: seek out. (351 characters)

Photo of tpd975
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big Thanks to jdubfl for popping the top on this one.

A: Pours a nice deep shade of dark brown with a small off white head. No real retention or lace noted.

S: Aroms of candied yams, xmas spice, and lots and lots of barrel.

T: The yams are there for sure with hints of pumpkin pie spice. Sweet Molasses comes through along with very subtle chocolate malt. The barrel is huge in this beer. It provides light vanilla and oak, and lots and lots of booze.

M: Medium in body, smooth, rather soft in carbonation.

D: Pretty good, to be honest I think I like the non barreled version better though. (595 characters)

Photo of GregSVT
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml capped bottle into a Russian River wine glass

A: Pours a ruddy red/orange with a big light brown head and very little lacing. With such a big head I expected more lacing.

S: The nose is very similar to the original Autumn Maple with big aromas of baked yam, brown sugar, nutmeg, some vanilla, and a tart wine note I wasn't expecting. I thought there'd be more of a bourbon presence but it only shows itself in the form of the vanilla.

T: The taste is similar to the original as well with lots of nutmeg, yam, vanilla, and a tart grape/wine flavor. This almost tastes like it's wine barrel aged instead of bourbon barrel aged. It's still pretty tasty though.

M: The feel is medium bodied and very bubbly. A bit overcarbonated for my taste.

O: Given this was bourbon barrel aged I expected more bourbon and char flavor but what was there is still pretty tasty. I'm not sure if any age would help but it might settle down the spices and the yam and let the barrel come forward a bit more. (996 characters)

Photo of mikedashg
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- deep brown murky with a small light tan head. Lot darker then the regular version

s- lots of burboun. And barrel smell

T- similar to nose on the burboun and barrel, sweet maple yams vanilla spices nutmeg

m- creamy and smooth low carb

d- easy drinker, but a lot of the flavor from the regular version seam to have been lost. Wish it had more of the flavors of regular. Definetly needs to warm up. (403 characters)

Photo of seeswo
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, slightly translucent brown with a big tannish head. Smells a touch boozy, a touch sour, combined with spiced, slightly candied sweet potato. The taste has a somewhat harsh boozy, bourbon finish. Tannic oak, bourbon, spiced, dry maple and sweet potato. Slick, medium heavy mouthfeel with lowish carbonation. Overall, this is a really interesting experiment that I certainly enjoy more than the regular autumn maple. There is quite a bit going on, but it is all a bit harsh. I think this might need some time. Fun spin on a fall seasonal without fake pumpkin juice in it. (583 characters)

Autumn Maple Barrel Aged from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.