Autumn Maple Barrel Aged - The Bruery
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1.86/5 rDev -53.8%
Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Cigar City snifter.
A: Pours a hazy reddish copper, moderate visible carbonation and a thin off-white head.
S: This smells like a glass of vinegar before I even get it all the way to my nose. Not good.
T: Yup…that confirms it. A glass of acetic vinegary awfulness.
O: This was a drain pour. As was the second bottle I opened. This review was quite delayed in posting - I opened the bottle as soon as I was back in town after the Bruery sent the email about concerns with this particular batch. It had been refrigerated since I received it.
Still, I will update this review after they (hopefully) get the issues sorted out for next years batch.
03-17-2014 16:33:08 | More by macrosmatic
4.08/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
01-08-2012 23:03:59 | More by Phelps
4.28/5 rDev +6.2%
Trying a 2011 and 2009 vintage side-by-side.
2011--pours a surprisingly dark brown with two fingers khaki head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.
2009--pours a dark mahogany with less than a finger of beige head that recedes into a thin ring with no lacing.
2011--lots of sweet potatoes, maple, and vanilla on the nose at first with notes of caramel and pumpkin spice. Oak and bourbon bring up the finish.
2009--loads of yams, vanilla, and caramel with pumpkin spices playing a minor role. There are some faint oak and bourbon notes.
2011--lots of sweet yam, vanilla, and pumpkin spice notes at first with caramel and toffee also there. Oak flavors and bourbon bring up the finish with a light alcohol burn.
2009--vanilla, caramel, and yams dominate with light spice notes. Bourbon and toffee with some oak notes bring up the finish with a slight alcohol presence.
2011--medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer is surprisingly light for such a high abv beer. It's almost watery.
2009--medium body with low carbonation, this beer is sticky thick, though is also slightly watery.
2011-- a very good beer overall. Very complex and tasty without being overly sweet and boozy.
2009--this one is also good, though the bourbon presence is subdued and it's slightly sweeter. It's still tasty, though.
Ultimately, I think the 2011 is a bit better. They're both good, but the fresher bottle is a bit more complex. I think one year might be the sweet spot for this beer.
04-01-2012 01:40:03 | More by n2185
4/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
10-30-2011 23:10:04 | More by augustgarage
3.63/5 rDev -9.9%
Bottle. Thanks to mothman for opening this one. Poured into a DFH tulip glass an opaque murky copper orange colour with a slight tan whispy head. The aroma is sour funky with notes of lemon, caramel, and spice. Medium mouthfeel. This is an odd beer. It reminds me somewhat of Alpine Ichabod, the sour pumpkin beer. Starts sweet with caramel, spice, and the spice, very much like the nose. Ends with lingering sourness and vanilla/caramel notes. As this warms, I actually don’t mind this beer. It's different but drinkable and to be honest I think I probably like it more than my ratings would suggest.
05-12-2011 12:28:55 | More by kbutler1
Autumn Maple Barrel Aged from The Bruery
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