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Autumn Maple Barrel Aged - The Bruery

Autumn Maple Barrel AgedAutumn Maple Barrel Aged

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BA SCORE
90
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248 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 248
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 15.06%


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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azagthoth

California

4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 00:32:09 | More by azagthoth
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rudylaw

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 17:07:19 | More by rudylaw
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davod23

California

4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 07:00:45 | More by davod23
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craytonic

District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 04:14:11 | More by craytonic
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 17:06:18 | More by MasterSki
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dukedevil0

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 01:20:12 | More by dukedevil0
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nickd717

California

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 04:49:14 | More by nickd717
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paytoplay

California

4.05/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 19:40:19 | More by paytoplay
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.
Exceptional beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 22:54:37 | More by FtownThrowDown
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mikey711

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 21:42:06 | More by mikey711
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largadeer

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 19:40:42 | More by largadeer
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Overlord

California

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 09:39:49 | More by Overlord
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Autumn Maple Barrel Aged from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.