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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 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 ClockworkOrange
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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! (523 characters)

Photo of mikey711
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (601 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 BdubleEdubleRUN
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Tanger.
Beer pours a murky brown with a very small off white lacing head, appears to be on the lower end of the carbonation spectrum, not much going on bubble wise but very appealing. The smell is very bold with bourbon, vanilla, oak, yams, brown sugar and raisin. The taste pretty much matches the nose, can't believe how much of a different beer this is compared to regular Autumn Maple. The mouthfeel is fairly creamy in body, more carbonation then I expected for the appearance. A great beer that really highlights the good from barrel aging. (554 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)

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 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 Gfunk720
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A rich deep brownish color. A pleasant whitish tan head forms at first, and dissipates to a light ring around the top of the glass.

S- It actually has some soury notes to it at first. I smell the sweet yams and some maple, as well as hints of vanilla and bourbon. I gave my roomate a glass, and the first thing he said was "This smells sour"

T- Quite the opposite of the sour smell, very smooth and sweet. I don't get a ton of bourbon, but can taste the maple syrup and notes of brown sugar. The bourbon is mainly notice in some vanilla and booziness in the aftertaste.

M- Not a whole lot of carbonation, but the body is perfect. The taste is very complex, but the aftertaste dies out pretty quickly.

O- This was pretty darn good. I could use a touch more in the bourbon department, but very tasty none the less. Would have again.

-GFunk (846 characters)

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review is brought to you by my up-until-recently misplaced beer journal. Luckily, I was very detailed in my written descriptions, so I am reviewing this verbatim...this was shared by treyrab on 10/3/10, so the review has been a long time coming. Poured into a tulip glass...

The body is deep brown in color. Some sediment floats just above a thin layer of yeast that has settled on the bottom of my glass. There is neither head that lasts any appreciable amount of time nor lacing.

The aroma is full of brown sugar and sweet potato casserole. There are also raisins, dates, oaky tannins, and vanilla from the barrel aging process. This really reminds me of the casserole that we have at Thanksgiving every year. The flavor builds more upon the already compelling aroma. Cinnamon joins the brown sugar and sweet potatoes as bourbon accents the taste of the base fall beer. The bourbon also amplifies the oak and vanilla, providing more balance. Dark fruits round out the flavor as the raisins and dates come full circle. The exhale brings warm ethanol that complements the rest of the flavors.

The beer is a medium consistency with low to medium carbonation. It feels syrupy on the palate in the finish. The yam and bourbon bring this Belgian beer into a completely unique category all its own. The spices are warming, but not overpowering, making this a perfect beer for a cool or chilly fall day. (1,405 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 mdfb79
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 11/26/13 notes. Bought 1 of these in the RS this year. Bottled 09/20/13, poured from a 750ml bottle into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a murky, reddish brown color with two inches of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, dark fruits, bourbon, pumpkin, oak, alcohol, toasted malts, and light caramel. As it warms more sweet bourbon comes out and it gets better. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes of bourbon, pumpkin, sweet dark fruits, cinnamon, cloves , vanilla, oak, toasted malts, and toffee and caramel malts. Very nice taste; more bourbon and pumpkin (I know it's yams but tastes like pumpkin to me), and nice vanilla and caramel too. Step up from the nose for me.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth and almost no alcohol heat which is awesome.

o - Overall a pretty good "pumpkin" style beer, and miles ahead of the normal Autumn Maple base beer, which I'm not the biggest fan of. A beer that gets much better as it warms up, with some nice sweet bourbon and very easy to drink for 13% ABV. I only grabbed one this year in case I didn't like it and wished I had grabbed 2; next year I'd buy 2 of them. (1,173 characters)

Photo of treyrab
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A thanks goes out to my pal Hophead22 for sending me this brew about a year ago. Thought it would be the perfect beer to cap off the Pittsburgh Tasting of the Ages.

A: Pours a dark brown with nice tan head. The head doesn't last too long before going to a thin ring. Nice and dark with some mahogany hues.

S: Smells like a nice Belgian Quad with dates, yams, brown sugar, cherries, rum-soaked raisins, and Belgian funk spices. A lot going on in the smell and bourbon rounds it out.

T: Very nice and warming. The perfect fall warmer. Nice bourbon soaked dark fruits (raisins, figs, dates) blended with some vanilla, brown sugar, yams, and pepper. Perhaps hints of cherry as well.

M/D: Very nice and creamy. A nice warmer that I could sip on all night on a cold fall/winter night. (783 characters)

Photo of sweetbrew82
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 (1,883 characters)

Photo of dukedevil0
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 (900 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 IKR
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly cloudy medium dark-brown color orange overtones. Has a moderate light beige head that faded fairly quickly.

Smell: Vanilla, baked yams, brown sugar, some bourbon and slight cinnamon/allspice notes. Also has some very faint yeasty notes

Taste: The vanilla, baked yams, brown sugar, Bourbon, and faint cinnamon/allspice notes in the nose come through in the taste.

Mouth-feel: The light side of Medium-bodied with a fairly low-level of carbonation.

Overall: An interesting take on Autumn Maple. While the barrel adds some interesting elements, some of the sweet potato pie elements of the base beer are somewhat lost in the background. (660 characters)

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

From notes.
poured into Duvel glass.
a: Dark ruby color; quite opaque; light head with nice lacing
S: bourbon oak, vanilla, sweet tones of maple + molasses, interesting spice smell that reminds me of autumn and fallen leaves; gf says pancakes and can't really disagree.
T: Distinct taste of yams; very different and unique; bourbon and alcohol backed with cinnamon and spices.
M: medium with more carbonation than expected.
A sipper. At first a bit taken aback by the yam taste, but it grew on me as it warmed. A decent beer, but I wouldn't say I was blown away (561 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 Retsinis
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taster at the Reserve Society Barrel Aged Tasting, session one.

This is a review of the 2009 version.

A: The pours a cloudy ruby brown, with just a ring of creamy beige head.

S: Scents of brown sugar, yams, light caramel, bourbon, vanilla, and oak.

T: Pretty solidly mirrors the nose, blended flavors of yams, oak, bourbon, brown sugar & some vanilla. Spicing is very light and it's a bit thinner then I like, and expected.

M: Medium mouth, light to medium carbonation.

O: Interesting. While not as spiced up as a fresh Autumn Maple, the added layers of oak, bourbon, and vanilla do add something nice. (614 characters)

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

Thanks to Rachel for the hookup!

Poured into a Cigar City snifter. A maroon-brown body with an orange tint shines through the glass. A thin, off-white, head fades to a thin collar of bubbles. Beautiful color for a fall beer. Especially when some light passes through.

Sweet molasses and brown sugar covered yams rises up from the glass. Sweet bourbon and malts with a bit of chocolate. A touch of vegetable earthiness, mostly yam. Slightly medicinal. As a fall beer, I like this aroma.

The taste is filled with sweet, oaky, bourbon-soaked yam. Dark fruits with a touch of tannic sourness. Light, warming alcohol lingers beneath. Red grapes and a touch of brown sugar. Vanilla and grape skin. Light cinnamon and nutmeg. Well integrated.

Mouthfeel is smooth with light carbonation and warming alcohol. A little thinner than the regular Autumn Maple, but still pretty good.

This is quite drinkable for a barrel-aged, 10% ABV, yam beer. Probably one of my new favorite fall beers. Much better than most pumpkin beers I've had. The barrels seem to thin things out a bit, but the complexity they add is worth it. A little medicinal at times, which is why I didn't give this a solid A, but still quite good. Definitely seek this out if you're looking for a complex fall beer that will warm you on a cool night. (1,308 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 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 naproxen
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm one of the few in my circles who really enjoy the regular Autumn Maple, so getting my hands on one of this BA versions has always been a wish but never a huge effort. Then Bobby (t0rin0) drops one of these on my porch in a box of ridiculous goodies from CA. I always owe you, ****er.

I purposely started off pouring this into two tulips a bit heavy, word on the street is The Bruery may have a reputation for flat ba beers. Well the head I was able to create was weak at best, a little swirling will produce a little activity but that's it. The color is a murky burnt red/brown hue, pretty opaque but not 100%.

Mmmm this actually smells really nice, so nice I'm letting the carbonation slide a bit. Caramelized sweet potato pie best sums it up, with a sweet bourbon sauce. Actually, the bourbon is pretty subdued; present but not the focus. I can tell from the first sip what the base beer was, and that is a plus to me.

The low carbonation fits better within a few sips...or the 10% makes me not want to feel feelings anymore. There isn't much boozy about this, and the lingering flavors of the beer are pleasant and welcoming. Either way while I feel a slight increase in the carbonation would garner higher marks for overall impression, it would boost the body a little. Thanks Bobby!! (1,295 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)

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