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Autumn Maple Barrel Aged - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

272 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 272
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 15.63%
Wants: 138
Gots: 103 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
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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OlieIPA

California

3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
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!

Serving type: cask

09-05-2009 19:39:54 | More by OlieIPA
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djmichaelk

Florida

3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 02:42:42 | More by djmichaelk
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 17:06:18 | More by MasterSki
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.95/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 09:02:58 | More by UCLABrewN84
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waltonc

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: cask

09-08-2009 00:03:39 | More by waltonc
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 00:48:52 | More by mothman
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delaced21

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.7%

04-28-2014 14:58:26 | More by delaced21
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BubalooBrewMaster

Nevada

4/5  rDev -0.7%

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warnerry

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.7%

01-10-2014 23:37:55 | More by warnerry
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jh1982

Nevada

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-26-2011 05:51:45 | More by jh1982
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augustgarage

California

4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 23:10:04 | More by augustgarage
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Photekut

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-15-2011 01:22:01 | More by Photekut
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.7%

02-08-2014 02:42:45 | More by Gonzoillini
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sjstraub

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-05-2012 02:38:45 | More by sjstraub
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rowbow

California

4/5  rDev -0.7%

06-06-2014 17:25:36 | More by rowbow
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HaveUSeenMyCellar

California

4/5  rDev -0.7%

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jlb502

California

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-30-2011 00:51:40 | More by jlb502
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 16:33:40 | More by mikesgroove
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Beerbuddy21

California

4/5  rDev -0.7%

04-13-2014 02:46:50 | More by Beerbuddy21
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GABrew

Georgia

4/5  rDev -0.7%

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wolf_switzer

California

4/5  rDev -0.7%

02-23-2014 07:36:21 | More by wolf_switzer
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Mag00n

New York

4/5  rDev -0.7%

05-23-2014 15:33:26 | More by Mag00n
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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev -0.7%

02-02-2014 11:10:08 | More by SocalKicks
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djaeon

California

4/5  rDev -0.7%

02-24-2013 17:12:07 | More by djaeon
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BigBlueShep

California

4/5  rDev -0.7%

02-18-2014 15:18:19 | More by BigBlueShep
Autumn Maple Barrel Aged from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.