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Autumn Maple Barrel Aged - The Bruery

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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 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 Gueuzedude
3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (2,717 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (747 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (1,227 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 HopHead84
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (1,127 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
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! (711 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.71/5  rDev +15.4%
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. (1,202 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (892 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, big thanks to ritzkiss for sharing this rarity.

Pours a pretty clear reddish brown, some orange highlights, thin off white head forms and settles to a thin ring, a couple lace spots stick.

Smell is nice, better than the original, yams and caramel, woody, big vanilla, bourbon, some alcohol, a bit sweeter with some sherry notes, spices are better integrated, real light cinnamon and nutmeg, yam character is better.

Taste is similar, just a smoothed out version without the high carbonation, caramel, yams, vanilla, coconut, big barrel character, boozy middle, light spice and bit of sourness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied wtih low carbonation, pretty good. I dug this one better than non BA Autumn Maple. Thanks Eric! (757 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 DefenCorps
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At the outset, this beer beats the living crap out of the regular Autumn Maple with a pneumatic nail gun on turbo. Many thanks to waltonc to sending me this beauty, and to John for facilitating it.

Clear deep mahogany red with a thin beige head that hangs around for a big before receding to a wispy ring leaving a beautiful amount of lace, this is a gorgeous beer.
The nose opens spicy with cinnamon, nutmeg and some mace to go with a HUGE vanilla character, this is rather eggnog like. The sweet potato (in this case, yam) character is noticeable, as is some booze. Really, this is like cinnamon vanilla sugar withe a moderate bourbon character. This beer has really spent its time in the barrel very well. With some milk chocolate, this beer is just off the wall. With some mellow caramel, this is something I look forward to revisiting. Brown sugar and maple syrup are noticeable as well.

The palate is beautifully integrated with vanilla, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, mace and a moderate yam character. This is darned rich and complex. While the sweetness i present, it is moderate with the brown ale base coming through, with flavors of brown sugar and maple syrup . The time in the barrel has allowed the spices to mellow out and the Belgian yeast character to come through, making this beer truly unique. Drying on the finish with a mild spiciness and moderate vanilla, this is pretty excellent. Alcohol is noticeable on the finish, as it is on the nose. Medium in body and low in carbonation, this beer is pretty special. My only criticism would be the mild astringency on the finish.

**Edit 16 Jan 2012**
I got a couple of bottle of the 2011 release. The nose isn't as vanilla-like as the first batch, and not as explosive and off the wall. Spicy up front, with moderate bourbon, some vanilla, and moderate oak. The palate is spicier, with more oak, brown sugar, yam, and booze. Fairly light, with ample carbonation and moderate tannin on the finish. Pretty solid, I'm enjoying this and wouldn't turn this down. 4/4.5//4/3.5/4 (2,052 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served from bottle into a Bruery tulip. Poured brown with a half finger off-white head. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, yams, brown sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, wood, and subtle sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, yams, sweet alcohol, vanilla, maple syrup, oak, and subtle spices. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. After seeing some reviews on this one, I had a pretty good idea on what I was getting into. However, what I found was quite a bit more than I would have anticipated. The aroma was extremely nice on this one. Almost too awesome as it took me quite awhile to get to the first sip. On the first sip I am slammed in the face with yams. On the followthrough I have the nice lingering vanilla that refreshes the palate and invites you back for a night cap. A really well done brew that I'm definitely glad I had a full 750 mL for myself to enjoy, even though the volume along with ABV might make me regret that decision. (1,064 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

had this one for a while...thanks to CAbeerCAbeerCA for the hookup. enjoyed from a bruery snifter.

a - brew poured a fairly muddy looking brown that settled into the glass a maroon purple with a finger of foamy fizzy head that was gone quick leaving some spotty head islands on the surface and a ring around the glass.

s - really nice yam, sweet potato autumn spicing with a huge glazing of caramel toffee over the top. nice bourbon vanilla-y vibe.

t - booze soaked yam. caramel, vanilla. grape in the background.

m - the abv is really well masked on this. doesn't feel big at all.

o - overall, better than i had expected. the barrel really adds a nice element to this beer. i don't want to say rumpkin since rumpkin is in a league of its own, but that beer is reminiscent of how wonderful the barrel helps for a vegetable beer like this. really tasty. (857 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,245 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 DavoleBomb
3.59/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to Callmecoon for this. 2011 vintage I believe.

3.0 A: Deep plum black color. Two fingers of fizzy beige head. Head fizzes away like a soda would. No lacing.

4.0 S: Interesting. The bourbon in this smells more like rum. Perhaps it's the spices mixed with the bourbon booze that give this impression. In any case, this has a huge maple syrup presence, even more than CBS. Yams and toastiness next. Loads of spices, but they don't stand out too well individually. Rather, they meld to form one generic pumpkin spice blend. The bourbon adds a leathery earthiness and booziness. This smells good, but I think I like the non-barrel aged version better.

3.5 T: Very surprised here. This seems to be a lot less sweet that the normal version. Usually this would make me quite happy when dealing with Bruery beers, but I loved AM just the way it is. Anyway, the bourbon comes off like a rum again from the spice blend. Lots of yams in the taste. Toastiness and some nuttiness. Maple is less apparent in the taste. Again, tasty, but not nearly as good as the regular.

3.5 M: Heavier medium to ligher heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy. Some amylase coagulation going on in the back of my tongue.

3.5 D: Tasty, but I expected the bourbon to add a nice touch to the base. Instead, it seems that it weakened it. (1,356 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.47/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 Version

Look: Dark brown with a 1/4 inch head and ok retention

Smell: Nice brown sugar notes upfront that is backed up nicely by some bourbon and maple syrup

Taste: Maple syrup upfront with hints of oak and vanilla. Bourbon follows that and is faint but nice and on the back end you get quite a bit of alcohol which ruins the flavor.

Overall: Medium body with low carbonation and a bit of alcohol sting

Overall: I think the barrel aging actually made this beer less drinkable than the regular. The alcohol is overly present and very off putting. Glad I got to try this beer but I won't be doing that again unless it has some serious bottle age on it (660 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a capped 750ml bottle into two St. Bernardus goblets. Special thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist. Extra special thanks to route66pubs for this from our recent trade!

100% Barrel Aged

A: Pours a cloudy/murky milk chocolate brown. A vigorous pour nets barely any foam. Rather still and lifeless. Pours much like the 2008 (non barrel aged) version of this. Despite the lack of head, some flecks of lace were left behind. Lots of suspended sediment, as well.

S: Pretty healthy bourbon aromas mixed with some savory fruit and hints of tangy citrus, maple sugar, and pumpkin pie spices.

T: Same as above. As it warms, the savory yammy and bourbon soaked oak flavors become more apparent. The spices are there, but not overly "spicy". Heather noticed vanilla, toasted almond, and loads of caramel. Like a boozy/burny candy apple. She also noted that the finish has a tart/tangy granny smith apple flavor.

M: Sweet and slick with a surprising amount of tingle considering the lack of carbonation. Must be due to the abv. Not syrupy in the least. Excellent!

D: We were certainly worried by the lack of carbonation, but this more than made up for it with the spicy/peppery tingle that it lays across the tongue. Another excellent Bruery beer! (1,251 characters)

Photo of bobsy
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a sweet score. Thanks to whichever Eric cracked this beauty!

Drank it side-by-side with its brother, and everything was better with the barrel aged. Better head retention (this was like meringue), and a more complex flavour profile. Great bourbon notes brought wood and vanilla to both the flavour and the nose. Sweet spiciness, caramel, sweet bread. Everything is meatier than the non-barrel aged, inclding the body, which was pretty chewy.

Seriously good stuff. (478 characters)

Photo of jsanford
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (581 characters)

Photo of Overlord
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah, sweet, sweet -bal aging.

Pours a dark murky brown with a surprisingly robust tan/light brown head. Force carbonated? If so, FTW. FTW, indeed.

Smells like dessert! Some sweet molasses laden bourbon, some pumpkin/yam, and an interesting musty spiciness.

Taste is really nice, and this is an improvement by leaps and bounds over the non -bal aged version. Somehow, it actually has more carbonation, too. Dappled sugars/caramel malt/bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, and a touch of molasses round it out. Really quite nice. Some interesting ... and unidentifiable for me ... spices to it.

Not as drinkable as I would have liked, but excellent nonetheless. One of the most unique drinking experiences of my life. (712 characters)

Photo of grub
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

sampled april 10/2010 as part of our giant bruery tasting. Viggo and ritzkiss provided the brews, so thanks to eric and eric!

750ml bottle.

pours medium to dark brown and a bit haze, though a little less hazy than the non-barrel-aged version and darker too. the small dense off-white head drops fairly fast and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is good. bourbon and oak. the spice and yam from the regular version have mellowed out and are pretty subdued here. light alcohol. bit of orange and spice. rye bread. bit of caraway.

taste is nice. bourbon and vanilla. dark chocolate. bit of anise. whole wheat bread. the spice and such has really mellowed out. orange. bit of coffee. warming alcohol. a bit more of the spice comes out as it warms, but still manages to stay more mellow than in the original version.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. excellent balance. i liked it more than the original version, but some of that is my personal preference against spiced beers. the addition of the barrel is complimentary and works well. (1,077 characters)

Photo of nickd717
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the Bruery, shared at a tasting. I shelled out $18 for this sucker whilst standing among the very fermenters and -bals that produced this beer, and I drank it out of a Bruery tulip glass.

A - Pours a dark mahogany brown with a small tan head.

S - Aroma is bourbon, yam, spice, wood, and caramel, a little sweet. Definitely more well-rounded and plain better than the standard Autumn Maple.

T - Wow, what great things -bal aging can do. This is much better than the standard yam juice-like Autumn Maple. Flavor is fairly sweet but not overwhelmingly so, with yams, brown sugar, maple syrup, oak, bourbon, vanilla, and spices. Really tasty.

Side note here: I was told while drinking this that what I always thought were yams are not actually yams, and that yams are actually ginormous African roots that are about the size of...well...I can't actually think of anything as big as an actual yam. They're like 2 or 3 feet long and heavy as all hell supposedly. Sorry, but the last time I checked, this is America, and if you don't like it, feel free to haul your ass out of here and go somewhere miserable like Canada. My mom always made a mashed yam dish every Thanksgiving since I was a little kid, and it was delicious. Furthermore, Patrick Rue says there are yams in this beer, and I guarantee you he didn't get huge-ass 500 pound tubers shipped in from Africa. If you deny that those orange-fleshed potato-like things are yams, you are basically slapping my mother and Patrick Rue in the face. I do not take kindly to that.

M - Palate is smooth and creamy with some spice and medium-full body. Not boozy at all.

D - Good. This does not get cloying like regular Autumn Maple, nor is it Lost Abbey flat like 2008 Autumn Maple. Great beer overall, definitely benefited from hanging out in those -bals. (1,817 characters)

Photo of n2185
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Trying a 2011 and 2009 vintage side-by-side.

A:
2011--pours a surprisingly dark brown with two fingers khaki head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.
2009--pours a dark mahogany with less than a finger of beige head that recedes into a thin ring with no lacing.

S:
2011--lots of sweet potatoes, maple, and vanilla on the nose at first with notes of caramel and pumpkin spice. Oak and bourbon bring up the finish.
2009--loads of yams, vanilla, and caramel with pumpkin spices playing a minor role. There are some faint oak and bourbon notes.

T:
2011--lots of sweet yam, vanilla, and pumpkin spice notes at first with caramel and toffee also there. Oak flavors and bourbon bring up the finish with a light alcohol burn.
2009--vanilla, caramel, and yams dominate with light spice notes. Bourbon and toffee with some oak notes bring up the finish with a slight alcohol presence.

M:
2011--medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer is surprisingly light for such a high abv beer. It's almost watery.
2009--medium body with low carbonation, this beer is sticky thick, though is also slightly watery.

O:
2011-- a very good beer overall. Very complex and tasty without being overly sweet and boozy.
2009--this one is also good, though the bourbon presence is subdued and it's slightly sweeter. It's still tasty, though.

Ultimately, I think the 2011 is a bit better. They're both good, but the fresher bottle is a bit more complex. I think one year might be the sweet spot for this beer. (1,496 characters)

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