Autumn Maple Barrel Aged - The Bruery

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Autumn Maple Barrel AgedAutumn Maple Barrel Aged

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291 Ratings
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Ratings: 291
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 16.46%
Wants: 142
Gots: 102 | FT: 12
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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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Ratings: 291 | Reviews: 89
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice murky brown color with a decent head of lacing that sits on top for what looks to be a few minutes before settling down and coating the sides of the glass.

first smells of oak and light vanilla come through the air. Spiced notes, cinnamon, pumkin, I am guessing almost like Yams or something. As it warms it comes through with more barrel with vanilla and caramel notes dominating. Smooth and subtle carbonation leads to a semi dry and sweet finish!

Overall a great beer that I am sure will imoprove with age

Photo of waltonc
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark tawny brown color with a decent sized tightly bubbled off white head with moderate retention and minimal lace. I can smell the barrel treatment as soon as I pop the cap off. Spicy, herbal, and peppery aromas are mixed with sweet dark sugars, vanilla, bourbon and oak. The flavor is definitely different. Sweet sugary malts up front are attacked by peppery herbal earthy flavors and just before it gets too weird the bourbon sweeps in with a bit of woodiness to cleanse things a bit. Long lingering sweet herbal bourbon flavor in the finish. Medium to thick body with a sweet almost sugary mouthfeel and a light level of carbonation. Well this one certainly is different, but it really did grow on me after a pint. I don't think I've ever had the non barrel version, but it seems like without the barrel this would be a sweet and herbal mess. As is I kind of liked it, but not sure I would seek it out again.

Photo of bartle
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Eric.

Side by side with the regular Autumn Maple.

This poured a little richer copper than it's counter part. Better head retention.

It has a great nose. I really dug this. It was bourbon soaked sweet potato pie with some raisins and a nice belgian yeast character present.

The taste was just amplified again. Some great earthy bitterness, with sweetness, caramel, honey, bourbon, raisins and figs, a little gritty as well. Some great candied sugars and spice, a little boozy, but not hot. Just nice to give it some kick.

Full mouthfeel. Medium to high carbonation. Pretty dry for the sweetness.

I dig.

Photo of augustgarage
4.01/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of radshoesbro
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Damian
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz/750 ml bottle
Served in a tulip
A big thanks to fumner for including this as an extra in our trade.

The liquid poured a murky, burnt umber color with a thin cap of bubbly tan froth. Within seconds, the head faded to a lasting ring.

Dark fruits and vanilla notes dominated the nose. Deep, rich and sweet. Noticeably oaky. Brown sugar and spices also came through strong. Slightly yeasty. A bit phenolic.

The flavor profile was similar to the aroma but more intense. Dark and malty up front. Raisins and prunes were apparent. Super spicy with indications of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Strong vanilla and oak notes appeared in the center. Some maple flavor too. A bit toasty. The finish was quite boozy (bourbon-y) yet not overwhelmingly so.

Other reviewers have noted that their bottles of Autumn Maple Barrel Aged lacked carbonation. Luckily, mine had a distinct, fine and mild effervescence (just enough to help the beer move along my palate and prevent it from becoming cloying). The body was a bit thin for the ABV however.

Although I have yet to try the original Autumn Maple, the barrel aging seems to bring a lot of complexity to this seemingly impressive base. Definitely seek this out before the remaining bottles disappear.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle sent my way by the generous fishbowled, thanks! Had beside the original Autumn Maple.

Pours much darker than the AM, still plenty murky, almost muddy with a nice creamy, small bubble head.

The Belgian yeast that was so prominent in the nose of the AM is muted in this one and instead a bourbon-y, raisin-y sweetness comes through with just a bit of spicing and yam.

Much fuller than the AM, rounder and sweeter. Sweet bourbon soaked raisins, spices, yam, bready malt, a bit of earthiness, brown sugar, light drying finish to balance the sweetness. Prickly carbonation, rich mouthfeel.

I liked this effort much better than the regular AM which, while I appreciated what they were trying to do, wasn't really my thing. This one the yam is quite muted and the bourbon plays top billing with some light spicing. Nice beer.

Photo of flannelman808
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Medium brown and quite murky. Topped with a light tan head with decent retention.

S: Bourbon with a good amount of rye. Dates and rich dark fruit suggest themselves and as well as brulee apricot.

T: Rye raisin bread with a honey date jam just about sums this up. I would add that there is a bit of a woody note as well as some booze, but not in a bourbon sort of a way. Autumn spices and yams finish it up.

M: Rich but nicely prickly.

O: Good stuff, and better than the original. However all and all this does not deserve it's hype. It's very rich and in the end underwhelming.

Photo of paytoplay
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of drabmuh
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Bruery tulip because I'm not an animal and I know how to drink a beer properly. At the time of this review, this is #10 on the "Top Beer - Fruit / Vegetable Beer" list on beeradvocate.com. At one time this was the #1 beer on this list, I had this bottle for a while and was slow to open it based on recent reviews and ABV, I split the bottle with Lunch though and we had a fine time drinking it.

Beer is amber / brown / orange and completely hazy, nice off white tan head of small bubbles, low retention, a little lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is strong, sweet, syrup, bourbon, a mild spice.

Beer is medium to light in body and a little spice, lots of bourbon but it is definitely not the "watered down bourbon" descriptors friends have given me. It is pretty sweet and strong. Nice finish a little dry, it is a big beer and it would be hard for me to drink more than a pint of it but I might have it again in a smaller portion in the future.

Photo of phichifiji00
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: cloudy brown, minimal head, no lacing.

Smell: bourbon, maple, yams, brown sugar.

Taste: just as it smells, lots of bourbon, brown sugar and maple syrup.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, bubbly, crisp, boozy.

Overall: The bourbon taste overpowered the other typical autumn maple flavors. I'm hoping that as my other bottle ages, the bourbon will mellow a bit and allow the other flavors/aromas to come forward and balance this beer out. Still a very delightful beer.

Photo of baconsausage
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep russet brown with minimal head and light, slightly prickly carbonation. Lots of sweetness up front from the maple and the yams. Good bit of spice and some mild astringent bitterness. Maple and yam are distinguishable. One of a few spiced beers that I have liked a whole lot. Would like more with a fuller mouth feel, but overall a solid beer.

Photo of Phelps
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of naproxen
4.09/5  rDev +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!!

Photo of Halcyondays
4.09/5  rDev +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.

Photo of grub
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of IKR
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of billyshears
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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

Photo of Viggo
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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!

Photo of Retsinis
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of sisuspeed
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of GbVDave
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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!

Photo of treyrab
4.17/5  rDev +4%
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.

Autumn Maple Barrel Aged from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 291 ratings.