Trip In The Woods: Barrel-Aged Maple Scotch | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Trip In The Woods: Barrel-Aged Maple ScotchTrip In The Woods: Barrel-Aged Maple Scotch

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Scotch-style ale brewed with maple syrup and aged in Bourbon barrels.

ABV varies by batch/year.

Added by jaydoc on 02-15-2016

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Ratings: 78 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of FriedSlug
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Amazing tasting and smelling ruddy beer. Aromas full of bourbon, maple, dried apples, sweet malt, vanilla and oak. Nice and sweet and a great marriage of maple and bourbon.

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Photo of avalon07
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark, mahogany brown color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a 3/4 inch, foamy / fizzy, off white head that lasted a below average amount of time. Good lacing.

S: An enticing aroma of maple syrup, bourbon, malt, hops, and caramel.

T: Tasted of a decent amount of malt (present throughout), light caramel notes, a good shot of maple syrup (more than expected), some bourbon (and its barrel), and a tinge of vanilla. A very solid flavor that gets better as you go along. The sweetness is really balanced out well with the bourbon. Pretty tasty.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick and syrupy finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, an enjoyable beer. Very much drinkable.

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Photo of thoglund
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of videofrog
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Djoneil
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A brace of draught 8oz snifter at the Brass Tap here in Baltimore. Looks & smells better than it tastes & feels, but worth the price of a second pour.

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Photo of Skabiski
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tourdot
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HattedClassic
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice and creamy looking slightly eggshell brown that dissipates at a moderate pace. The beer itself is an absolutely beautiful see through dark ruby with brown hues.

The smell and taste are both pretty good. The smell has a strong but not overpowering caramel note and a subtle maple that goes along with to provide a good complement. The bourbon note comes out but blends well with the caramel and maple. While the taste has roughly the same notes, the maple is slightly stronger and a bit more bitter than in the smell, which creates an even better contrast than in the smell. The bourbon is also a bit stronger with a winsome present vanilla note.

The feel is pretty good. It has a hefty medium body with a bit of biting carbonation. The finish is a little bit sticky.

Overall, this is definitely a fantastic beer that was worth getting a hold of even if I was a bit uncertain about it first. The quality of this beer is great and SN seems to still be in its groove while some of the other members of the old guard have fallen by the wayside. This was definitely worth it.

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Photo of midlifec
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zorro
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mildly chill hazed chestnut brown ale with a small tan colored head.

Smells of whiskey and smoke. Scent is quite like a good scotch only sweeter. Sweet malt and abundant vanilla scent. Smells a great deal like Canadian whiskey. Sweet smelling with a lot of caramel candy scent. Brown sugar and oak scents. Quite a strong scent of coconut. Lesser scents of chocolate and rum. A very aromatic ale to say the least.

Starts out malty with a good whiskey taste and not as sweet as feared. Lots of malt, smoke and brown sugar. Mild whiskey flavor with a bit of oak and burned sugar. Vanilla is not as strong as the scent but you will have no problem tasting it. Coconut is there. Surprising taste of praline and pecans in this. In summary it is quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall, this is the best beer I have had in 2018. Absolute World Class beer. I am glad I saved it till Memorial Day Holiday.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

So at first I thought this was amazing, with maple really melding in well with the barrel and underlying caramelly beer. But as I continued to sip I found wanting the body to be more than it was. And the taste started to become more flat and simple. Still a good beer, I enjoyed it, but I feel like it has potential to be great

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Photo of Nichols33
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of maximum12
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Corked & caged 750ML bottle with the slightly shocking price tag locally of $21.99. Might have left it on the shelf if I’d known. Split with my wife.

The head booms even on a gentle pour, then subsides faster than Matt Carpenter’s batting average. River clay murky red. Faint nose – toffee, sweetness that’s probably the maple.

Sierra Nevada’s Barrel Aged Maple Scotch Ale is nearly as muddled in the mouth as in the eye. Tons of the classic caramel & even more toffee proclaim that the base beer (which I’ve never had) is likely a strong contender for “very good”. Bit of oak, flecks of vanilla, but the bourbon is MIA, & the maple finishes mostly as indistinct sweetness. A bit thin, but that’s offset by the fact that it’s far too easy to drink.

A good beer that leaves me wholly unimpressed. If you’re going to stick an expensive bomber out there, it should really taste better than a solid scotch ale with a couple hints of something something. Good but ultimately disappointing.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.57/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a slightly murky brown color, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

This one smells like earthy and not too sweet maple, with light caramel, toasted bread, and some light peat.

This has potential, but it's a bit too dry and a bit too lightly flavored. None of the flavors really pop out here. There's very little bourbon character- the only real barrel character comes from a slight drying oak character. The maple character is earthy and bittersweet, and the base scotch ale is not exceptionally interesting.

This is medium bodied, with a chewy mouthfeel, and a lower level of carbonation.

I usually very much enjoy SN beers, but this one feels a little flat for me.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$ 19.07 (Including tax)/cork and cage 750 mL bottle ($ 0.751/oz) from State Line Liquors, Elkton, MD.
Bottle appears to be undated, stored at 42 degrees and served at 54 degrees in a hand-washed and hand-dried Jester King snifter. The cork pulls with a distinct “Pop” but does not overflow.
Appearance – 3.75.
Body – Dark brown, translucent and hazy.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.5 cm, aggressive center pour), tan, medium density with rocks, good retention time, slowly diminishing to an irregular four to seven mm ring with wide drag marks and a thin complete layer with rocks.
Lacing – Good. Wide band with stalactites. Mostly tiny bubbles with a few small ones. Very good when considering this is a 9.8% ABV BBA brew.
First pour – Amber, hazy.
Aroma – 4.25 – Sweet, predominately malt, with some maple syrup and what smells like rye barrel rather than bourbon barrel. As the glass warms, the maple and the barrel become more prominent, with the malt fading into the background.
Flavor – 4.25 – Begins slightly sweet with more maple than malt flavor. Allowing it to further warm in my mouth brings the rye barrel to the forefront, making me want to change from a snifter to a tumbler, foregoing any ice or soda. Without allowing any time to warm in my mouth (In other words, gulping it down), the rye flavor comes in at the end. There is no follow-up gastric warming. No hops, no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 4 – Medium, almost syrupy, soft carbonation.
Impression and summation – 4.25 – The appearance is good but is impaired by the haziness. The lacing is the saving grace for the appearance. The aroma is very pleasing and enticing. The flavor, to my taste, seems more like rye than bourbon, but, since I’m a rye drinker, that’s even better. And maple syrup makes everything taste better! The almost-syrupy feel goes well with the maple flavor. The price point seems a bit high, even for a BBA brew, but the maple makes this one worth it.

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Photo of kaseydad
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy deep brown with a full tan cap that leaves good lacing. The aroma is bourbon and maple with some peat. Flavor follows the nose, The feel is full and chewy. Overall a nice beer, but a little disappointing for what I paid for it.

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Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEER88
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Richter525
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VABA
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a a dark brownish amber color with a nice silky head and lacing
A-Aroma has decent whiskey with some slight maple hints
T-The taste follows the nose with generous and abundant whiskey notes and some nice silky maple flavor
M-A light bodied decently carbonated beer
O-Another good beer from a consistently good brewery

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hophugger
3.62/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stevoj
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small pour at PreFunk. Maple and bourbon barrels really add a nice touch to this scotch ale. A touch of sweetness and booziness to the normal peaty scotch flavors. Really tasty and drinkable.

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Trip In The Woods: Barrel-Aged Maple Scotch from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 78 ratings