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

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,099
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
97
pDev:
5.49%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
20
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 97 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of Botulizard
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DigitGrowler
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of qcghost
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woodchip
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jopezu
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a hazy mahogany with a thin head. nose; sweet bourbon, burnt brown sugar, vanilla, caramel, oak, light ethanol, & extremely light maple. taste; follows the nose closely - light roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, caramel, green apple, walnut, & citrus hops. medium carbonation & mouthfeel. the 9.8% abv is there a touch on the nose, but very tame on the tongue. pretty damn good.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - dark dark brown / almost black. Poured with a finger or two of khaki foam. Dissipated quickly but stayed active enough
Smell - rich chocolate, caramel, maple syrup, charred wood
Taste - huge blast of flavor - very little hops - quite smoky but really rich - huge caramel and chocolate - sweet maple syrup - can taste some bourbon throughout but it is not overpowering - a nice balance of beer flavor and barrel aged flavor
Feel - full bodied but hoped for it to be a bit thicker/fuller
Overall - an amazing beer - will buy again. Super rich and a slow sipper. Very powerful and the high ABV is not really that noticeable in flavor, but definitely feel it before you get to the end of the bottle.

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Photo of Gmann
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chocolate brown color with a short tight khaki colored head that settles into a light ring.

The aroma is quite sweet. Big notes of bourbon and maple. Brown bread and toffee notes from the malt.

The taste is of toasted brown bread, toffee and maple syrup. Bit of a French toast thing going on. The bourbon is either subtle or overpowered by the maple. Some candied plum and hint of tobacco.

The feel is thin with fizzy carbonation. Very sweet on the palate and sticky in the finish.

The taste is good, not great. A bit one note with the maple and other sweet items. Too sweet.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 750 ml bottle in a snifter. This mighty fine scotch ale pours
a murky brown with mahogany highlights and a very nice head of
off white foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin pooling layer, and shows
off some rather impressive lacing. Nose of earthy maple and moderate
bourbon with subtle oak and dark brown sugars with dark fruit elements.
Flavors NAIL IT---oak, balanced dark maple syrup, young bourbon,
vanilla, lightly smokey earthy peat malt, and stewed peach touches on the
rear of the taste. Excellent mouth feel; medium light carbonation, medium
body, lightly warming, smooth, and a lightly sweet and subtly smoke touched
maple finish.

Excellent!

Cheers

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Photo of kbuzz
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Marklaker
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Prost76
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mntlover
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
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 +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of COBEERHUNTER
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamesLeung
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Treyliff
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
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 -4.3%
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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of FriedSlug
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
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 -3.6%
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 -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of videofrog
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Djoneil
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
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 -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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