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Autumn Maple Barrel Aged - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
90
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286 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 286
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 16.17%
Wants: 145
Gots: 101 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
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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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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Knapp85, Dec 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -0.5%

SocalKicks, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from HopHead84. Thanks, Shane. You're like some kind of alcoholic Santa Claus, randomly delivering delicious new beers to the drunken masses.

Pours a clear but dark amber, appropriately autumnal, with a small white head that settles to a disc around the glass.

The nose has a massive yam presence, sweet and caramelized, baked with brown sugar and drizzled with maple syrup. Whiskey barrel notes of vanilla, spicy oak, and warming alcohol enhance the already rich base beer. There's a spicy component as well, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. This smells decadent.

The taste lives up to the nose, sweet yams marrying maple syrup and brown sugar, and backed by a huge boozy barrel presence. Spiciness comes through mid-palate, cinnamon and nutmeg most prominently. While this is fairly hot, the solventy element works beautifully thanks to the sheer richness of the base beer. Full bodied with moderate carbonation, a touch syrupy but surprisingly drinkable. While this is sweet from start to end, the finish reveals some mild woody tannins that add a balancing element.

largadeer, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

JAHMUR, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of jlindros
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

jlindros, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of MasterSki
3.9/5  rDev -3%
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.

MasterSki, Nov 13, 2009
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2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

oline73, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

drabmuh, Apr 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

mendvicdog, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 11/26/13 notes. Bought 1 of these in the RS this year. Bottled 09/20/13, poured from a 750ml bottle into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a murky, reddish brown color with two inches of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, dark fruits, bourbon, pumpkin, oak, alcohol, toasted malts, and light caramel. As it warms more sweet bourbon comes out and it gets better. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes of bourbon, pumpkin, sweet dark fruits, cinnamon, cloves , vanilla, oak, toasted malts, and toffee and caramel malts. Very nice taste; more bourbon and pumpkin (I know it's yams but tastes like pumpkin to me), and nice vanilla and caramel too. Step up from the nose for me.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth and almost no alcohol heat which is awesome.

o - Overall a pretty good "pumpkin" style beer, and miles ahead of the normal Autumn Maple base beer, which I'm not the biggest fan of. A beer that gets much better as it warms up, with some nice sweet bourbon and very easy to drink for 13% ABV. I only grabbed one this year in case I didn't like it and wished I had grabbed 2; next year I'd buy 2 of them.

mdfb79, Nov 27, 2013
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3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Sampled March 2012
A steady pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces an almost two-finger thick, pale brown, or amber tinged, dark tan colored head. The beer is a concentrated amber / brown color that shows an almost brilliantly clear, bright cranberry-juice red hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of caramelized / toasted malt, cooked brown sugar, toasted coconut, tart / warm Bourbon notes, and some spicy, almost green woody aromatics. There is an earthy quality to this beer that seems contributed from the toasted malt, the toasted oak, the hint of spices and perhaps even from the yams. The spices are very subtle, much more so than in the base beer or the Brett version, but do get noticed deep in the finish; they contribute aromatic notes of nutmeg, some woody ginger notes, and perhaps something a bit like allspice.

The beer has a sweetness to it up front, but this is well balanced by a Bourbon / barrel influenced tartness, lots of tannic, woody oak, a solid, general spiciness and even some carbonic bite. There is a woodiness in the finish that seems contributed by the Maple Syrup, as well as the oak barrel; it has a spiciness to it, and almost a touch of wintergreen character to it (though this last is quite subtle and merely a suggestion). There is nice toasted character to this beer that seems mostly malt contributed, but is also influenced by the oak, and it provides a touch of a bite that is a paler version of the bite that something more roasted would have. There isn’t a whole lot of sweetness to this beer and this makes the toasted coconut notes a touch softer, and there is also a noticeable vanillin note, but they still play a prominent role in this beer. The body is pretty light for a beer of this strength, having said that though, this is certainly a sipping beer; not just from the warming alcohol, as this does have some sticky, viscous character to it. There is a spiciness in the finish, that is almost more woody than spicy, but I am sure is contributed by actual spices (perhaps nutmeg and allspice). As the beer warms up a nice nuttiness starts to come out that seems to suggest a slight oxidation picked up during its barrel rest.

Not bad, I do like that the Bourbon character plays a supporting role here; it does play a big role, but the base beer clearly comes through and doesn’t get drowned out by the barrel treatment. Having said that, I definitely enjoyed the Brett version more, though I haven’t had the regular version since that flat, first release, but suspect that I would like a properly carbonated version of that beer more than this version as well. Still, this is easily an enjoyable beer and is nice to sip away an evening with.

Gueuzedude, Sep 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

drewone, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at The Bruery, this is the 100% Barrel Aged Autumn Maple,

A: Pours a very dark brown, with a light, creamy white head.

S: Beautiful smell. Pumpkins and yams, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, spiced cream, smells just like fall. Best part of the beer.

T: The smooth barrel aged malt comes out first with the vegetal yam component. Note of chocolate in there too. Very spicy, cinnamon and nutmeg in the finish.

M: Relatively flat out of the cask, but all the sugar and dextrins give it some good body.

D: I was glad to get the opportunity to try the barrel aged version. Do I like it as much as the regular on-tap version, I don't know, they certainly have some differences, but I have a feeling this would be a better brew out of the bottle.

Halcyondays, Sep 05, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

imperialking, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of orangesol
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I busted this one out to share with a friend of mine. He bought me my first Autumn Maple so I decided he would be the perfect person to share it with.

A - Pours murky dark brown with a one and a half finger tall white head, dissipating down to nothing at all, leaving no lace what so ever down the glass.

S - Smells of rich brown sugar, yams, vanilla, warm bourbon, cinnamon, and caramel. The nose gets better as it warms up but it isn't very well balanced and never really wowed me.

T - Starts off with a good amount of yam flavor but that quickly fades into the shadows as the warm bourbon and sticky sweet brown sugar take over. Hints of vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and other "Thanksgiving Spices" help round things out but this one is really all about the main flavors it seems.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sweet, sticky, feel with some warm booze that lingers on the pallet long after consumption.

O - I knew going into this one that I may not enjoy it but I was pleasantly surprised. The BA worked pretty well with the base beer and it never really overpowered the base flavors. I still have one more of these, can't wait to see what a year or so does to it.

orangesol, Jan 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

duceswild, Oct 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

weeare138, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.69/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours amurky brown with fall colored highlights and hues, with a frothy tan head that fades slowly, great retention, providing great lacing

S: Yammy, warm, bourbon, spicey and hella good. Very inviting nose..

T: A healthy dose of bourbon initially then the base beer flavors just rush in. Loads of yams, spices, sweet potatoes, light pumpkin and some maple. Like Fall in a glass.A nice sweetness, bourbon and hint of vanilla midtaste which sordove transitions to a carbonated, somewhat dry, yet warm and sticky sweet finish

M: Medium-full body, well carbonated, evidence by feel, weight and appearance. A nice, warming and flavorful beer coats the palate

O: Hot damn. I enjoyed the shit out of this beer!

barleywinefiend, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of mothman
3.98/5  rDev -1%
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.

mothman, May 15, 2012
Photo of DoubleJ
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bourbon barrels to Autumn Maple. The regular version is awesome on its own, so what could adding liquor to the mix do to the beer? On-tap at the source itself, on to the beer:

Colored almost like autumn itself. Brown with orange hues and an accent of red. A short lived head on top, which drops to a lace around the glass. The aroma brings some aspects of Autumn Maple, yams and spices being prevalent, and the added characteristics of the bourbon barrel, booze and syrup. I could probably add this to my waffles for a change.

With so much of the barrel aged character in play of the beer's taste, it tastes like I have a small glass of yam liquor in front of me. There are traces of cinnamon and allspice to lift the experience. We have a big portion of sherry, as well of alcohol which acts as a two way street; it dampens some of the sweetness, but also perhaps being spoiled by The Bruery's ability to mask high alcohol beers, I get a good dose of strong alcohol. Still, it remains a very good beer. It's a full bodied beer with a smooth texture, but with a boozy character.

Autumn Maple with a twist. Sometimes you need a twist from ordinary, and the barrel aged version accomplishes that while maintaining greatness.

DoubleJ, Nov 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Gonzoillini, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of John_M
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Graciously shared by and with Dyan last night. Was expecting this beer to be pretty good, but was in fact amazed by the quality and innovation this beer showed.

AM pours a fairly dark brown color with OK head retention and light, sticky lacing. The beer doesn't look all that impressive, but then I stuck my nose in the glass. Good lord! Houston, I believe we have achieved lift off. The nose in this beer is incredible, and included an aroma profile of vanilla, sweet potato/yams, pumpkin pie, cinnamon and nutmeg. The sweet, spice laden aroma profile is just stunning in this beer. On the palate, this beer is every bit as impressive, as I now got chocolate, brandy, more pumpkin pie, cinnamon and vanilla.... all on a fairly sweet frame. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a long, rich, sweet finish. Drinkability is terrific in this beer, especially considering the sweetness, abv. and boatload of spice. While you wouldn't go gulping it down, it was no trouble at all drinking down my 10 ounce glass.

This beer pushes the boundaries and is an absolute tour de force by Bruery. As Dyan noted in his review, this beer blows the regular AM completely out of the water. Very, very impressive.

John_M, Apr 14, 2010
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2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

billab914, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of HopHead84
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed on 9/4/2009 at The Bruery tasting room. This is a blend of Rye and Bourbon barreled Autumn Maple. Poured into a snifter, the beer is dark brown with traces of crimson and a suprisingly large creamy beige head. Retention is good and scattered lacing is left behind.

The nose is really fantasic. Bourbon is immediately evident as well as spicy rye. Maple and vanilla are apparent, and yams are subdued compared to the non-bal aged version. Molasses is pervasive and the bourbon remains strong throughout. Some spices (nutmeg and a little cinnamon) and alcohol are evident. A little booze is noticeable.The barrel aging has taken this beer to another level.

The flavor opens up boozy and sweet with plenty of maple. The bourbon is pervasive (again) and the rye is noticeable to a lesser extent. A nice level of boozy heat is evident. The spices are strong but not as stong as the regular version. The molasses and maple are quite nice. The finish is bourbon, sweet, and spicy.

The cask provides low carbonation but it's quite enjoyable. This beer really took to the barrels. Highly recommended. The ultimate fall beer.

HopHead84, Sep 05, 2009
Autumn Maple Barrel Aged from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.