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Autumn Maple Barrel Aged - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

280 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 280
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 16.17%
Wants: 141
Gots: 102 | 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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Smarty_Pints, Mar 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Sparky44, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

ClockworkOrange, Jan 25, 2010
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4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

ktrillionaire, Nov 06, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

notchucknorris, Jun 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

hoppymcgee, Feb 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

atone315, Oct 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

2beerdogs, Mar 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Adamostella, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of macrosmatic
1.86/5  rDev -53.7%
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.

macrosmatic, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of Phelps
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Phelps, Jan 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

dfhhead25, Dec 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

HopStoopid120, Nov 15, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

SpdKilz, Feb 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

brotherloco, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of n2185
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

n2185, Apr 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

ajzy, Jun 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

djaeon, Feb 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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1.5/5  rDev -62.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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tbone1384, Nov 03, 2012
Autumn Maple Barrel Aged from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.