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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 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 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 radshoesbro
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (1,149 characters)

Photo of paytoplay
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (374 characters)

Photo of fatmcb1
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled poured into a Lost Abbey snifter. Thanks to GregSVT for getting to try this one.

Pours a very hazy dark brown with a ring of thick head.

Very sweet up front. Brown sugar, caramel, and fall spices. As the beer warms, bourbon and vanilla comes through.

Taste follows the nose very closely. The aggressively sweet malt meshes with the bourbon to make this complex and more drinkable than the original version.

Creamy carbonation, with a medium body.

Overall, I really enjoyed this, and preferred it to the original Autumn Maple. (539 characters)

Photo of davod23
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (1,543 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 mikedashg
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- deep brown murky with a small light tan head. Lot darker then the regular version

s- lots of burboun. And barrel smell

T- similar to nose on the burboun and barrel, sweet maple yams vanilla spices nutmeg

m- creamy and smooth low carb

d- easy drinker, but a lot of the flavor from the regular version seam to have been lost. Wish it had more of the flavors of regular. Definetly needs to warm up. (403 characters)

Photo of psiweaver
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Beechwood BBQ poured into a similar snifter to the Bruery's own.

A pours a light brown almost the color of brown sugar or maple syrup. Very little soft head with a light brown color to it as well.

S lots of maple syrup, some ginger and other almost pumpkin pie smells with a nice bourbon vanilla overtone to all of it. Smells very rich and complex.

T great taste lots of vanilla bourbon flavors start the taste in your mouth with some of the yam's squash pumpkin type flavors in the middle, this is where the spices come in with notes of all spice ginger and nutmeg, finishes back with the bourbony richness and a smooth round flavor that lingers on your palate.

M very smooth and easy to drink. The alcohol is incredibly well integrated for a 10% beer. I didn't even notice it was 10% until hopping on BA to write my review.

I would definitely seek this one out again as it was absolutely delicious. I would love to try it paired with an actual pumpkin pie or some amazing ice cream. a great slow slipper. (1,027 characters)

Photo of baconsausage
4.08/5  rDev 0%
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. (355 characters)

Photo of bartle
4/5  rDev -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. (616 characters)

Photo of GrumpyJunglist
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 version bottle poured into a sniffer.

A: pours a dark muddy brown, with a khaki finger and a half of head that fades slowly leaving a nice film on the top and some head around the edge of the glass.

S: Big nose of the usual Autumn Maple smells, but with a very sweet bourbon accomplice. Smells almost like if you crossed the aroma of sweet potatoes and a pecan pie, and a glass a bourbon were all on the table near each other.

T: Initially there is a nice burst of bourbon, then it fades into autumn maple. if you havent had autumn maple read those reviews to understand what I am trying to say.

M: Mellow carbonation, very smooth, but it is hot at the end.

O: Very impressed with this one, wonder how a little age can help this out. Hard to think it could get better, unless they let it sit in bourbon longer. (820 characters)

Photo of azagthoth
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
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. (2,052 characters)

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