Autumn Maple Barrel Aged - The Bruery
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4.45/5 rDev +10.4%
830th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip
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.
09-26-2011 19:14:35 | More by FosterJM
3.88/5 rDev -3.7%
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.
03-02-2010 14:54:48 | More by tpd975
3.58/5 rDev -11.2%
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.
04-07-2012 03:27:09 | More by DavoleBomb
4.23/5 rDev +5%
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.
07-16-2013 02:08:35 | More by cosmicevan
4.15/5 rDev +3%
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!
12-14-2009 00:06:06 | More by GbVDave
4.28/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
04-11-2010 12:34:31 | More by bobsy
3.43/5 rDev -14.9%
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
11-26-2011 20:34:07 | More by DarthKostrizer
4.4/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
11-05-2012 00:36:15 | More by jsanford
4.15/5 rDev +3%
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.
09-13-2009 09:39:49 | More by Overlord
4.1/5 rDev +1.7%
sampled april 10/2010 as part of our giant bruery tasting. Viggo and ritzkiss provided the brews, so thanks to eric and eric!
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.
04-22-2010 21:32:50 | More by grub
4.33/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
10-19-2009 04:49:14 | More by nickd717
3.78/5 rDev -6.2%
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.
09-24-2011 01:10:56 | More by seeswo
4.33/5 rDev +7.4%
Thanks to mymrnngjckt for sharing this one. A 750ml bottle. Uncapped and poured into my snifter. Appears a clear deep chestnut color with about a finger of off white foam. Nose and flavors consist of subtle bourbon notes, caramelized yams, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, molasses, spicy yeast, light brown sugar, some alcohol, maple in the nose, especially as it warms. Nearly full bodied and smooth with adequate carbonation. The bourbon never gets in the way of the drinkability here. Tasty stuff overall. Thanks again Kevin!
01-25-2010 05:45:18 | More by ClockworkOrange
4.65/5 rDev +15.4%
I have never had the base beer, nor have I had a yam or sweet potato beer before.
A - It pours a translucent mahogany, like sweet-tea with a little off-white soapy froth.
S - Somewhat surprisingly, this is right up my alley, this brew is in my wheel-house, etc. Being quite the fan of pumpkin brew, the similarities here are uncanny; it seems that yam is an exceptionally similar addition. But in this case, it smells like a barrel-aged pumpkin beer. Big gourd notes are saturated with spicy-boozy and earthy barrel aromas. The nose is one of the sweetest I've ever enjoyed, largely due to the richness and complexity of the spicing. It is all interrelated; woody notes impart vanilla, which couples perfectly with the sweetness, which then tempers the booze, which in turn enhances the spice, which meld with the notes of maple, suggesting woodiness, and it all comes full-circle.
T - The taste is just exactly like the aroma transposed, however, what is tantalizing in the nose is in fact overwhelming in flavor. It has a very big maltiness that is richly sweet like EBW, casting impressions of date paste, palm sugar and the caramel that binds pecan pie. The pumpkin flavor is big, the barrel flavor almost as big, and lots of maple, pecan, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom and general mulled spice round it out. I like the whole thing with a regard neighboring the utmost, but the fact is plain that the brew is an outrageously sweet confection. I am reminded of Southern Comfort, Mountain Dew, Petits Fours; not because it tastes like any of the aforementioned, but because: 1) they are all things that I love the taste of. 2.) they can also cause instant diabetes.
M - It is pleasantly thinner than I might've expected. I say that because this brew would likely suffer from a heavy-bodied, syrupy feel. There is a low carbonated velvety slickness, and it works very well to enhance the brew.
D - Despite the huge sweetness and intensely desert-like flavor, the brew is so good that I could probably crush a bottle to myself (were it actually available to do so...)
Note: I eat various yams and sweet potato (there is a difference between the two) and so I am quite familiar with those flavors. This beer tastes distinctly like pumpkin, and not like yam or sweet potato.
11-06-2010 18:59:34 | More by ktrillionaire
Autumn Maple Barrel Aged from The Bruery
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