Autumn Maple Barrel Aged - The Bruery
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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
3.88/5 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
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
4.7/5 rDev +16.6%
Bottle shared by mymrnngjckt at a recent tasting. Tasted side by side with the regular Autumn Maple.
Pour was dark brown with a decent head, good retention.
Smelled of sweet, candied yams with a ton of maple and vanilla. The bourbon was here but the vanilla was the dominant element from the barrel. Sweet with a bit of spice but very pleasant.
As nice as the nose was...wow. This was absolutely tasty as hell. No other way to say it. Sweet but not cloying, with lots of caramel, sweet potatoes, brown sugar. Sweet bourbon and vanilla as well. Some pie spices. Amazingly smooth and incredibly tasty.
Mouthfeel was a very smooth, creamy medium-full body. No bothersome alcohol heat. As sweet as this beer was it was not cloying at all.
Wow, this beer was exceptionally good. So flavorful and the bourbon just took the base beer to another level. I could drink an entire bottle of this myself. Delicous stuff.
01-25-2010 03:09:09 | More by number1bum
4.03/5 rDev 0%
thanks to mikedashg for sharing this! been wanting to try this one for a while!
immediately the look is much darker than it's non-barrel aged counter part. this looks very similar to russian river's consecration, it's a beautiful deep red/caramel. Nice head with good retention and spotty lace.
Smells like a barrel. All the subtleties that I loved so much are vacant. There's a sweetness that might come from the barrel or the sugars, but I'm guessing it's just all barrel.
When drinking it somewhat cold the taste is all barrel. The spiciness is completely absent. It's good, but nowhere near as good as the regular one. Once this warms the yams come out a bit more, and I do think that's a highlight of this one. Yes, it lacks that beautiful spicy character, but it showcases the yams better. After letting this open for a while (maybe 20 or 30 minutes) the spiciness comes back and the yams are really excentuated.
This is a lot fuller on the mouth that the regular one too. Somewhat dry, but it's not super noticeable.
NOTE: I found that the best way of consuming this is actually as a 50/50 blend of this version and the regular release.
12-14-2009 21:26:32 | More by radshoesbro
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
3.85/5 rDev -4.5%
A- deep brown murky with a small light tan head. Lot darker then the regular version
s- lots of burboun. And barrel smell
T- similar to nose on the burboun and barrel, sweet maple yams vanilla spices nutmeg
m- creamy and smooth low carb
d- easy drinker, but a lot of the flavor from the regular version seam to have been lost. Wish it had more of the flavors of regular. Definetly needs to warm up.
12-13-2009 22:51:21 | More by mikedashg
4.2/5 rDev +4.2%
750 ML into a tulip
P: Deep murky brown with a soapy head of tan foam that showed decent retention, and left only small fingers of lace as it sank to a thick halo on top.
A: Bourbon is right upfront, but it doesn't smell so boozy that it overwhelms everything else. The base beer is still there with yams, maple, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, and a hint of cocoa when it gets warmer. Curiously, I also get some plastic notes that reveal themselves after each swirl of the glass, then goes away as the foam dies back down. Weird, but smells pretty good nonetheless.
T: Thankfully, no plastic shows up on the palate, and right off the bat you can tell that this is a well-made beer. My first thought is how impressed I am that they managed to pack this much bourbon flavor into a beer without all the boozy heat that usually coincides. It's actually pretty amazing how well it's integrated into the rest of the profile. Speaking of which, the yams are not as prominent as they were in the nose. That's probably because they're buried under the huge helpings of maple and vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon. Just like in the nose, subtle chocolate comes out once it had a chance to breathe a bit. There is some heat that warms up the throat and chest on the sweet finish, but it's minimal for this fresh of a barrel-aged beer.
M: This is a full bodied, glassy smooth, mouth-coatingly viscous beer that goes down pretty easily for a 10% beast. Fits the brew nicely.
Notes: I'm not a huge fan of the regular version of Autumn Maple, but considering the fact that I don't really dig on "pumpkin" beers that much, it's still decent. But this is better. The barrel-aging has amplified the profile and has integrated some delicious bourbon into the beer without making it a complete boozy mess. Not only does it add depth and complexity, it just flat-out makes it more interesting. Recommended
12-12-2009 01:55:25 | More by sweetbrew82
4.65/5 rDev +15.4%
750 ml bottle purchased from The Bruery Tasting Room
Appearance - Just like the standard seasonal coordinate, a polished brown hue emerged from the bottle resulting in an entreating outlook. To my understanding (and please pardon me if I am erroneous here) this beer was an apportionment of the first Autumn Maple batch with an inclusion of forced carbonation. If so, the pour was a great indication of that with an instant, notable amelioration on the CO2!
Smell - Mother's Kitchen on Thanksgiving again, but with barrel shavings to augment the prevalent yet abstruse spices. The indications of brown sugar prevail, while a delicate grace of cinnamon is nearly subliminal to the nose. Phenol notes of clove felicitously emanate in the midst of oak scents to again familiarize the advocate with the counterpart from which it derived.
Taste - A sugared oak blitzkrieg of autumn spices pursue the susceptible palate and begin to dematerialize after a hospitable transfer of alcohol eradicates the spiciness. I find the alcohol to be a propitious element that enriches a sense of evenness to the aforementioned spices & oak.
Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel became emaciated fairly soon after the brew had settled. I am accustomed to a substantial feel in the mouth while partaking in such a big beer, but that in no way negates the merit of my new favorite autumn seasonal!
Drinkability - The barrel-aging has done wonders to an already existing brew of paramount qualities. The aging alone ups the drinkability a whole point, compared to the regular Autumn Maple. The sole contributing factor was the barrel, which procreated the ability to enjoy a whole bottle on my own.
It is rather marvelous how barrel-aging seems to aggrandize just about any style of beer, as is most certainly the case with Barrel Aged Autumn Maple. I am to the point where anything matured in barrels has become the prototype for a superior ranking ale. The Bruery has yet again left me enduringly spoiled with barrel aged ales that continue to bombard my proneness towards them.
12-11-2009 00:32:09 | More by azagthoth
4.33/5 rDev +7.4%
Consumed with Thanksgiving dinner, served in a chalice.
Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Looks like an autumn afternoon. The head is whispy but has decent retention.
Lots of yams, wood, caramel, very sweet in the nose, and naturally, taste is similar. It's got spices as you would assume, but it's not as overbearing as I thought it may be. Brown sugar, maple with a smidge of grit. As with most Bruery offerings I've had, the barrel has been quite kind to this.
I polished about 500ml of this 750ml by myself and I was left drooping. That minor quibble aside, this is a great beer and will be in my Thanksgiving rotation going forward.
11-27-2009 17:07:19 | More by rudylaw
4.43/5 rDev +9.9%
Happy turkey day to me! Poured from the 750ml bottle into my Bruery tulip.
Pour is brown, brown, brown. Red highlights. It appears to be medium-bodied. A one-finger off-white head forms immediately, but quickly fizzles away to nothing but a thin collar. It's not the most impressive looking brew, but I figured things would get better...
...and they did. This smells delightful. Like Thanksgiving in a glass. Good thing, too, because all I had to eat was turkey and mashed potatoes. This beer took care of the yams for me. Smell is of sweet potatoes and molasses up front. As the beer warms, I get a bit more of the spice and maple aromas. Very nice.
Taste follows the nose almost precisely. Yams, brown sugar, spice, maple, and molasses combine with the bourbon barrel component to produce a delicious beer. The regular Autumn Maple is a good, but not spectacular beer - this beer demonstrates the possibilities that barrel aging can provide. The barrel-aged Autumn Maple is head and shoulders above it's non-barrel-aged cousin.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with faint carbonation. I feel like this could use a BIT more carbonation, but it's still quite good. No huge complaints.
Drinkability... hmm... well, I drank a whole 750ml bottle of this myself with no problems. It's pretty damn drinkable. Unlike many spiced beers, I don't get overwhelmed with the spiciness.
Solid, solid effort from the Bruery. They are quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries, along with Russian River, Three Floyds, and Cantillon. Highly recommended.
11-27-2009 07:00:45 | More by davod23
District of Columbia
3.58/5 rDev -11.2%
So this one is a herbed/spiced beer and the regular version is a BSDA?
Appearance: Thankfully, this one is actually carbonated. Nice autumn-colored beer.
Smell: Overtly boozy. Dominates the rest. Would have guessed pumpkin ale, but I guess it is yams. I think it is more the cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg that give it the pumpkin pie feeling. Bit of molasses, maple syrup, and vanilla as well.
Taste: Again the booze, not bourbon, dominates. Similar to the smell, tastes near pumpkin-ale with lots of brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg. Bit of toffee. Definitely some maple syrup, vanilla, and molasses. A bit sweet. Would love to see what actually goes into this one. Perhaps more sweet potato than the regular version.
Mouthfeel: Well, at least this one is carbonated.
Drinkability: 12oz would be plenty.
11-20-2009 04:14:11 | More by craytonic
3.9/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
11-13-2009 17:06:18 | More by MasterSki
4.2/5 rDev +4.2%
Alex (MasterSki) busted this out at a recent tasting with some other BA friends.
A: Pours a murky hazy brownish color that almost looks like apple cider that starts off with a finger of bubbly khaki/off-white colored head that settles down to just a rim around the edge.
S: Smells like sweet potato, honey, pumpkin pie, vanilla, molasses, maple syrup - most of what it says on the bottle
T: Tastes like a pumpkin beer even though they said there aren't any pumpkins - similar to the smell though with sweet potato, honey, pumpkin pie, vanilla, maple syrup, molasses with a slight bit of bourbon/alcohol that actually goes well with the flavor
M: Kinda of thin and watery, but I think it fits pretty well.
D: There is no way I'd want the whole 750mL but a few pours was a nice treat....I think this would be a nice after dinner drink; I was skeptical but pleastantly surprised with how it tasted
11-13-2009 01:20:12 | More by dukedevil0
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
4.05/5 rDev +0.5%
Solid brew. Bourbon is powerful so I'd age this for a year or so. Shared by the Bruery crew at downtown johnny browns. Really pure sweet potato pumpkin spice yam or whatever you want to call it flavors. Bourbon / alc cleans this up and it feels lite on the palate. Great to try and I believe this was under $20? Nice price for a BA brew. Would love to re-try at year 1 or 2.
10-12-2009 19:40:19 | More by paytoplay
4.38/5 rDev +8.7%
Bottle very generously shared by RoyMunson with PWoods and myself.
Pours a darker ruby brown then the regular Autumn Maple. Very little head forms on the pour, but is quickly gone before I can get started on this beer.
Smell is absolutely heavenly. Not sure what type of barrels they used for this beer, but it works. All the flavors of the regular Autumn Maple are complimented and accented with vanilla, oak and some bourbon. I cannot do justice with words how this beer smells.
Taste is just as good as the smell. This beer really takes to the barrels very well. This is one beer that as your drinking it, you know it's something special but you do everything you can to restrain so it lasts as long as it can.
10-07-2009 22:54:37 | More by FtownThrowDown
4.28/5 rDev +6.2%
A: A murky brown with one thin ring of foam sitting on the edges.
S: burnt caramel and vanilla, followed by sweet autumn spices(all spice, cloves...). There is some dry figs and raisins
T: Much like the regular autumn maple, it is heavily spiced with pumpkin/autumn spices, but it is rounded out by the maple and then the vanilla and caramel from the barrel. A slight bit of woodiness is present as well.
M: There is lots of flavor and it is a bit syrupy. Slight booziness. I would have liked a bit more carbonation.
D: It's easy to drink, but with all of the spices it can get a bit overwhelming.
09-27-2009 21:42:06 | More by mikey711
4.5/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
09-18-2009 19:40:42 | More by largadeer
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
3.98/5 rDev -1.2%
On cask at the Bruery. Pours a very dark brown with tan head. Smells and tastes of yams, maple, nutmeg and assorted other pumpkin spices and, of course, bourbon. The Bruery has shown itself to be very good at using bourbon barrels to improve beer without turning it into a bourbon bomb - and BA AM is no exception - the bourbon is present but didn't dominate. I am giving this beer a "Good" score for taste, but I must admit that I couldn't drink it on a regular basis. It's very interesting and I appreciate the creative effort. This is a fun beer to enjoy a few times throughout the fall. Mouthfeel is fairly thick, and carbonation was present but somewhat low. The beer was served pretty warm, which clashed with the hot weather outside, but that's not the beer's fault. Overall, a very interesting beer that I'm glad Bruery released. I look forward to cracking open a bottle of this at Thanksgiving.
09-08-2009 00:03:39 | More by waltonc
4.68/5 rDev +16.1%
On cask at The Bruery. Served still, barrel sample style.
Pours a complicated dark brown... amber towards the rim of the glass, but a deep maroon color in the bottom. Despite being served still, a long lasting tan head crowns it beautifully. The nose is ripe with yams and rich spices like nutmeg and cinnamon, all topped off with toasted marshmallows. No booziness despite sitting in barrels eleven months.
Tasting the 100% Barrel Aged Autumn Maple was an experience I savored for an extended period of time. The best way I can explain this beer is that it takes everything good and desirable in the Autumn Maple and amplifies it to the next level, meanwhile any of the harsh elements all got smoothed out inside those barrels. While barrels often transform a beer, in this instance it tasted like a natural evolution. Instead of tasting bourbon, whiskey, or oak I tasted the original elements of the beer, just simply made better. The roasted yam flavor became more genuine and rich. The flavor of nutmeg reminded me of roasted nuts. Toasted marshmallow sweetness and spicy cinnamon all smoothed out the experience, undoubtedly aided by the additions of bourbon and rye whiskey barrels.
The mouthfeel is somewhat dense and creamy, but not slippery. This was described as still, though there may have been the sightest hint of carbonation, or that may have just been the bitterness giving me a tingle. Some have complained about this, and I admit I had to sip this one very slowly to appreciate it, but appreciate it I did. For the record, the bottled version is fully carbonated, I tasted it, but I actually think I preferred this one still. A delicious beer that I thoroughly enjoyed.
There is not a better pumpkin (or yam, or spiced) beer out there, and so obviously my scoring reflects this.
09-07-2009 22:40:18 | More by vacax
3.9/5 rDev -3.2%
Consumed this on 9/4/09 at The Bruery.
A: Just about black with a slight hint of brown coloring that helped support a creamy vanilla bean hue head. Lacing was mediocre, but other than that, a good looking brew.
S: Yams, cinnamon, gingerbread, roasted/chocolate malts, and a bourbon aroma that hits you hot and hard at first...but then settles down once your nostrils get used to it.
T: More chocolate notes than I anticipated along with gingerbread and Thanksgiving/Christmas like spices. The bourbon adds a nice sweet note as well, but can be harsh at times. A definite winter warmer for sure!
M: This is probably the worst part about this beer. I understand it was served on cask, but I felt it needed more carbonation and a creamier body. Too much of a cotton mouth feel!
D: The actual smell and taste of Barrel Aged AM was awesome. But again, I think the little things like the overall hotness and mouthfeel took away too much. I would much prefer the regular version over this...although, I still think this is a good beer.
Overall: A try it to must try beer. Cheers!
09-05-2009 19:39:54 | More by OlieIPA
4.05/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
09-05-2009 16:32:40 | More by Halcyondays
4.35/5 rDev +7.9%
Had this on cask today at The Bruery tasting room.
A: Very, very dark brown with about one finger of an off white head.
S: Smells like Thanksgiving in a glass. Tons, and tons of yams and quite a bit of maple syrup. Vanilla from the barrels, and booze.
T: The warmth and lack of carbonation make the booze really come out in this one. After the initially booziness passes, the yam and maple flavors really shine through. On the finish, there is a very nice spice flavor which, again, is reminiscent of a Thanksgiving meal.
M: Warm, flat (as was advertised), sticky, boozy, and very full bodied.
D: The booze takes a bit of getting used to, but the flavors of this are just fantastic.
09-05-2009 02:20:22 | More by womencantsail
Autumn Maple Barrel Aged from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.