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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Photo of kbuzz
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Marklaker
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Prost76
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mntlover
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep rich murky brown with some lighter ruby highlights when held to the light. Nice two finger light tan head that falls slow and laces well. This is one good looking beer.

Aroma is wow big bright bourbon notes upfront, vanilla oak over powering a nice malty base. Brown sugars, caramel, maple syrup and dark fruits underneath, it is a good malty treat but the bourbon definitely jumps to the front for me.

Taste is more balanced then the nose good sugary rich malts, maple syrup, free floating sugars, caramel hints of peat and dark fruits. Bourbon, good vanilla oak like notes not as strong for me as they were in the nose, smooth sweet balanced tasty treat.

Mouthfeel is medium with fairly smooth carbonation.

Overall a good beer enjoyable maybe not quite up to the price point but a good beer non the less.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of JamesLeung
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

750ml cork and cage bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours ruby brown color with a one-finger creamy off-white head that has good retention and leaves a ring around the glass

S- sweet caramel malts with aromas of toffee, figs, brown sugar, maple, leather and bourbon

T- caramel and toffee malty sweetness up front, along with notes of tobacco and molasses. Mid-palate gives notes of bourbon barrel, the finish gives a hint of maple sweetness and lingers of caramel and bourbon

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- a nice scotch ale with just enough barrel notes, the maple adds a touch more sweetness

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml cork and cage bottle. An LCBO purchase for $19.40 CDN. Served cold into a pint glass. This may have been a. Good one to save for my upcoming 1,500th review.

Appearance - a mild ruddy brown with honey hues. A finger plus of light tan head with minimal retention and some lacing left behind. Looks rich and like a beer with substance.

Smell - Maple initially with some bourbon, vanilla, oak barrel and a subtle complex peaty aroma mixed in. Complex and the aromas are very complimentary of each other.

Taste - this is nice. Soft and subtle maple flavors initially, mixed in with buttery pancakes and called by a brief hit of vanilla and bourbon. Maple drops off on the second half the the bourbon and vanilla and oak shine more. Not much smoke or peat. On the whole the flavors seem almost too subtle when cold.

Mouthfeel - smooth and slightly sticky, carbonation on the light side and finishes dry. Body is thinner than a near 10% boasting maple and barrel aging would be.

Overall - a very nice albeit expensive and more nuanced beer than my initial inclinations would suggest. Worth a try for the novelty and perhaps for aging purposes.

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Photo of AngusOg
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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