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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:
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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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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%

2011 vintage, aged in my cellar.

After an aggressive pour into a Bruery tulip glass, the opaque walnut brown body is topped by a half inch tan head that stays a bit, then dissipates to a ring with some lacing. Looks good to drink.

Nose is yams and sweet maple syrup, vanilla, and autumnal spices including cinnamon and clove. The barrel aging improves the smell, muting the yams and bringing the spice to a reasonable level over the base beer.

Tastes great, the bourbon and wood aging really smooths the base beer out as well as the extra time in the bottle. Lots of bourbon flavor and maple syrup up front, then the yam flavor comes through and just enough vanilla and spice. Finish is spicy, more like a nice spice cake. The flavors are diverse, but very well integrated. The maple syrup sweetness does build up, but it is never cloying. This tastes so much better than the base Autumn Maple. The couple years in the bottle have smoothed this beer out, and there is not all that much oxidation present. Could go years longer.

For all the flavor and sweetness, the medium body is lighter than anticipated. There is enough carbonation that this is just over the line from being flat.

This is a beer that really lives up to its name. The yam flavor complements the maple and spice, and the Bourbon barrel aging elevates this to a completely higher level over the base beer. This is a fine beer, drinkable (in small quantities with the 13%) on its own, but better with friends and food.

Beerenauslese, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%

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
Photo of azagthoth
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%

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.

azagthoth, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of vacax
4.68/5  rDev +16.4%

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.

vacax, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.69/5  rDev +16.7%

A: Pours amurky brown with fall colored highlights and hues, with a frothy tan head that fades slowly, great retention, providing great lacing

S: Yammy, warm, bourbon, spicey and hella good. Very inviting nose..

T: A healthy dose of bourbon initially then the base beer flavors just rush in. Loads of yams, spices, sweet potatoes, light pumpkin and some maple. Like Fall in a glass.A nice sweetness, bourbon and hint of vanilla midtaste which sordove transitions to a carbonated, somewhat dry, yet warm and sticky sweet finish

M: Medium-full body, well carbonated, evidence by feel, weight and appearance. A nice, warming and flavorful beer coats the palate

O: Hot damn. I enjoyed the shit out of this beer!

barleywinefiend, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of number1bum
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%

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.

number1bum, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of John_M
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%

Graciously shared by and with Dyan last night. Was expecting this beer to be pretty good, but was in fact amazed by the quality and innovation this beer showed.

AM pours a fairly dark brown color with OK head retention and light, sticky lacing. The beer doesn't look all that impressive, but then I stuck my nose in the glass. Good lord! Houston, I believe we have achieved lift off. The nose in this beer is incredible, and included an aroma profile of vanilla, sweet potato/yams, pumpkin pie, cinnamon and nutmeg. The sweet, spice laden aroma profile is just stunning in this beer. On the palate, this beer is every bit as impressive, as I now got chocolate, brandy, more pumpkin pie, cinnamon and vanilla.... all on a fairly sweet frame. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a long, rich, sweet finish. Drinkability is terrific in this beer, especially considering the sweetness, abv. and boatload of spice. While you wouldn't go gulping it down, it was no trouble at all drinking down my 10 ounce glass.

This beer pushes the boundaries and is an absolute tour de force by Bruery. As Dyan noted in his review, this beer blows the regular AM completely out of the water. Very, very impressive.

John_M, Apr 14, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

dcloeren, Dec 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

DmanGTR, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of nickhiller
4.97/5  rDev +23.6%

A: chocolate-brown, thin sudsy head, healthy lace.

S: spiced and roasted nuts, it smells exactly like fruitcake, raisins molasses, allspice.

T: all the flavors from the nose, walnuts and raisins are really pronounced, also figs, dates, plums. Finish is boozy, lots of bourbon and oak.

M: light- to medium-bodied, burning alcohol finish, virtually interchangeable with a sip of whisky.

O: tastes more like Christmas pudding than Christmas pudding does, pudding coated in brandy/bourbon. Really delicious, I'd just as soon eat it.

nickhiller, Dec 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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Autumn Maple Barrel Aged from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.