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Autumn Maple Barrel Aged - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

271 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 271
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 15.63%
Wants: 137
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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Lovely85

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

11-24-2013 00:09:15 | More by Lovely85
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 18:59:34 | More by ktrillionaire
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Sparky44

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

12-15-2013 02:47:57 | More by Sparky44
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notchucknorris

California

3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

06-01-2014 21:12:44 | More by notchucknorris
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

02-27-2012 17:04:57 | More by hoppymcgee
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atone315

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

10-04-2013 01:00:53 | More by atone315
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Adamostella

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

02-12-2014 21:39:07 | More by Adamostella
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Dicers

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

06-06-2014 20:23:58 | More by Dicers
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macrosmatic

Florida

1.86/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Cigar City snifter.

A: Pours a hazy reddish copper, moderate visible carbonation and a thin off-white head.

S: This smells like a glass of vinegar before I even get it all the way to my nose. Not good.

T: Yup…that confirms it. A glass of acetic vinegary awfulness.

O: This was a drain pour. As was the second bottle I opened. This review was quite delayed in posting - I opened the bottle as soon as I was back in town after the Bruery sent the email about concerns with this particular batch. It had been refrigerated since I received it.

Still, I will update this review after they (hopefully) get the issues sorted out for next years batch.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 16:33:08 | More by macrosmatic
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-15-2011 04:25:36 | More by HopStoopid120
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

02-15-2013 02:32:03 | More by SpdKilz
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Phelps

Arizona

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 23:03:59 | More by Phelps
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2beerdogs

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

03-09-2012 01:24:17 | More by 2beerdogs
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.7%

12-15-2013 20:50:08 | More by jzeilinger
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Photekut

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-15-2011 01:22:01 | More by Photekut
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n2185

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 01:40:03 | More by n2185
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djaeon

California

4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

11-16-2013 05:00:45 | More by brotherloco
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CelticAleMan

California

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-18-2011 05:55:50 | More by CelticAleMan
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ajzy

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -0.7%

06-20-2013 01:33:42 | More by ajzy
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GABrew

Georgia

4/5  rDev -0.7%

04-11-2014 02:45:20 | More by GABrew
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tbone1384

Wyoming

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-03-2012 03:20:13 | More by tbone1384
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Rollzroyce21

California

4/5  rDev -0.7%

12-16-2013 23:19:27 | More by Rollzroyce21
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jacewg

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

10-16-2012 17:46:23 | More by jacewg
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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
Autumn Maple Barrel Aged from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.