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Autumn Maple Barrel Aged - The Bruery

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Reviews: 90
Hads: 294
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 29.78%
Wants: 141
Gots: 101 | 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: 90 | Hads: 294
Photo of ritzkiss
4.03/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of GregSVT
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml capped bottle into a Russian River wine glass

A: Pours a ruddy red/orange with a big light brown head and very little lacing. With such a big head I expected more lacing.

S: The nose is very similar to the original Autumn Maple with big aromas of baked yam, brown sugar, nutmeg, some vanilla, and a tart wine note I wasn't expecting. I thought there'd be more of a bourbon presence but it only shows itself in the form of the vanilla.

T: The taste is similar to the original as well with lots of nutmeg, yam, vanilla, and a tart grape/wine flavor. This almost tastes like it's wine barrel aged instead of bourbon barrel aged. It's still pretty tasty though.

M: The feel is medium bodied and very bubbly. A bit overcarbonated for my taste.

O: Given this was bourbon barrel aged I expected more bourbon and char flavor but what was there is still pretty tasty. I'm not sure if any age would help but it might settle down the spices and the yam and let the barrel come forward a bit more.

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Photo of vacax
4.67/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.27/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of mikey711
4.27/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of waltonc
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of sisuspeed
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of treyrab
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of nickhiller
4.97/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of rootbeerman
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arrived in a belgian glass. With about a finger of light brown head. The body is dark brown. On smelling it has yeast, a bit of maple, sweet malt along with a spicy candied yam. Taste follows with the smell with the malt and maple. There is also the yam which makes the over all flavors long lasting. It is not o srly thick on the palate. This as with others from the bruery are sippers.

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Photo of Retsinis
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of djmichaelk
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a cinnamon-sugar rimmed snifter. Courtesy of urwithdave (thanks, Dave!).

A - Pours a murky amber-brown, with a decent couple of fingers of head. Adequate lacing and retention.

S - Plenty of yam and pumpkin, some brown sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon (although that last one might be more from the rim). Pretty nice.

T - Rich flavors of allspice, pumpkin/yam and sweet potato, maybe a little caramel, and again nutmeg and cinnamon. Certainly rich and sweet, but without being cloying. Tried both with and without the rimmed glass.

M - Carbonation is light; maybe a bit on the undercarbed side. Otherwise it's pretty full. It's a little like liquefied pumpkin pie.

O - Definitely a nice beer, although not something I could drink all the time -- or even more than one in a night. Glad to have had the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of alaimoa
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

So glad I waited until thanksgiving for this beer. Tough to know style based on other reviews. I see it as almost a BA wee heavy. Pours a deep red with a thin layer of brown head. Smells of bourbon barrels, sweet candy, slight earthiness. A boozy version of our family sweet potato with sugar and pecan on top. Taste is a nice bourbon booziness upfront with candied sweet potato and cinnammon.. Sticky as it warms to room temp

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Photo of rudylaw
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.15/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark maroon body with a small off white head.

Nose hits with bourbon first and then a good amount of sweetness. Sweet potato, brown sugar, cranberry and seasonal spices.

Even more sweetness than I expected in the flavor. Lots of brown sugar mixed with a sweet potato flavor. Sweet bourbon. Sweet everywhere, in fact cloying. Vanilla, caramel and light cinnamon on the finish with a lingering essence of toasted oak.

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Photo of flannelman808
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of billyshears
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
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

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Photo of OlieIPA
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of IKR
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ugly brown, quarter inch head.

Sweet yams, raisin, caramel, honey. Sweet and decadent.

Raisin, vanilla, toffee with rich, thick caramel and bourbon in the finish. Very good.

Light mouthfeel - could be a bit more dense. ABV tastes around 10%.

Sweet without being too sweet, desserty without being too filling, very good little beer here: seek out.

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Photo of phichifiji00
4.07/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Samuel906
3.27/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Bourbon is huge in this and it is heavy, heavy HEAVY. Very sweet, very syrupy, very boozey. Hard for me to work through even a small pour. Tons of flavor and a rich smell full of dark fruit, bourbon, maple, malt, vanilla and brown sugar. Just too sweet and syrupy for me.

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Photo of Cavery
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared bottle at the Bruery last Saturday. Cheers to the Coachella Valley Homebrew club for pitching in on this one.

Bruery tulip/snifter glass.

A: Slightly murky brown iced tea with a blend of muddy pondwater. Creamy coffee cake frosting head. nice legs and a reasonable dark dessert bubble formation on this one. If this thing was a cupcake, I'd eat that damn cupcake.

S: Big sweet rum character in the nose. Bananas Foster really comes off strong here for me. There's also quite a bit of warming alcohol, but I wouldn't quite call it hot. Creme Brulee burnt sugars, sweet potato casseroles, and bourbon caramels.

T: Savory sweet potato marshmellow casserole with a big wet bourbon kiss in the middle-end. The way the scorched sugars plays off the already sweet yams really brings forth that rum character that I attribute so strongly to a taste of bananas foster. This beer tastes submerged in melted hot fudge sundae caramels.

M: Low medium carbonation with a medium-full body. This holds up the sweet potato casserole flavors in a big way. I'd say this mouth is about perfect for complimenting that Thanksgiving feast so many of us will be having.

O: This is my front-runner for a big Thanksgiving dinner night cap. It might be a tad on the sweet end right now, but I think this beer is poised for greatness. This is most certainly a bottle worth popping fresh, and perhaps an even greater candidate to lay down for next years winter holidays. Don't fail to try this one fresh though, I think you'd be surprised.

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