Barrel-Aged Maple Stout
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Stout - American Imperial
4.17 | pDev: 7.43%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Barrel-Aged Maple StoutBarrel-Aged Maple Stout
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macrosmatic from Florida

4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to dogdoc for sending this particular bottle! Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery tulip glass.

A: Very, very dark brown and opaque. A thin tan head forms and dissipates almost immediately. A small amount of visible carbonation at first, but this also fades quickly.

S: Nice here – bourbon, coffee, and maple sweetness. Roasted malts, bitter cacao, and vanilla-forward oak. Just a touch of leather, dark fruit and toffee.

T: Bourbon and oak tannins up front. Chocolate (more of a sweetened very dark chocolate) and some maple syrup. Roasted malts and coffee (thought less than the nose suggested). The vanilla shows up near the end with more chocolate flavors. Roast bitterness marries with mild hop presence in the hang, which really helps this to not be sickly sweet. Mild lingering bourbon flavors as well.
NOTE: The vanilla flavors definitely increase as the beer warms during the drink.

M: Average carbonation for style, but the mouthfeel is a little on the thin side. While there’s certainly a hefty alcohol presence, it still seems well-integrated in the flavors. This is welcome – nice bourbon flavors without tons of ethanol heat.

O: This was enjoyable for sure. Not an all-time great stout, but awfully good.

Feb 18, 2017
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scottfrie from California

4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a thick inky black with a thin and fizzy light tan head that faded into nothingness.
S: Smells of boozy bourbon with hints of chocolate syrup, vanilla and maple. There's a pleasant roasted character as well.
T: Huge potent blast of boozy bourbon hits upfront followed by rich notes of chocolate and sweet maple. The finish is full of an extraordinary amount of vanilla that reminds me of roasted marshmallows. The coffee is right there as well with a black bitterness that lingers with a kiss of bourbon into the aftertaste. Bourbon still has tons of flavor, but the alcohol is completely hidden as there is no heat to this beer. Flavors overall are full of toasted marshmallow and bourbon with a splash of coffee and a kiss of sweet maple.
M: Thick and heavy mouthfeel, chewy carbonation, but the bourbon barrel and adjuncts pack a pretty bitter punch that boarders on astringent. This is the third bottle of this I've had since release, and I remember this beer's mouthfeel being a bit more buttery than bitter.
O: The flavor combination is awesome, but this beer was rough around the edges. Very rich and complex flavors, but I thought I remember the mouthfeel being smoother.

Aug 17, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

More black than brown, exceptionally well carbonated yielding close to an inch of beige head that was impressive especially for a barrel aged beer. Aroma didn't yield a ton of barrel or maple character. More maple than bourbon.

Alcohol noticeably subdued, maple flavors done well. Some coffee and chocolate, bourbon, oak in the mouthfeel. Really did well at a mix of flavors without too much domination from the maple.

Dec 08, 2015
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raiderandbeerfan from Nevada

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Mostly black pour, gives off a dark beige head to it, heavy and thick. Aroma was heavy on the maple, lighter on the bourbon and coffee. Hid alcohol. Plenty of roast and maple in the nose.

In the taste, the bourbon and coffee still remain in the background compared to the sweetness of the maple presence. Drinks easily, still hides the abv. Chocolate in there more than you would think. Coffee came out a little as it warmed. Heft, body and carbonation are all dialed in.

Sep 23, 2015
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Carb-Overlord from Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark black with that orange oil tinge when swirled in the glass. I personally appreciated the super boozy taste of bourbon (extremely strong in this particular beer). If you like more of a blended BA this is not the beer for you. The boozy taste is followed by sweet chocolate / coffee. I could only pick up the maple with the aftertaste, which made this beer very interesting for me.

Simply a great beer. I would take this one to a bottle share any day of the week.

Aug 08, 2015
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beerdrifter from Germany

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Some friends picked this up from the Brewery store for me. Thick, pitch black pour with a one finger caramel-colored head with decent retention and nice lacing. The nose is earthy and really boozey with of hints of toffee, espresso, vanilla, leather, oak, cocoa, and maybe some maple hiding under the bourbon. While the taste follows the nose by being booze forward, the flavors aren't so overpowered and lost. Big toffee, oak, and caramel notes along with hints of vanilla, molasses, tobacco, dark fruit, black cherry, espresso, licorice, and dark chocolate. The maple really emerges as this thing warms and definitely loses the battle to the bourbon, but is still way more prevalent than many of the maple beers I've experienced. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy but surprisingly drinkable for a 13.4 ABV beer. Overall, this is a bold and boozey beer, but it's very complex and hugely flavorful. I'm really thinking the two I have in the cellar will only improve with age. Yet another example of why Sierra Nevada is one of my favorite breweries.

Mar 15, 2015
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.57/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to rudzud for sharing this beast.

Very small fizzy head, no real head, dark almost black color, long legs.

Nose lots of dark malt, choc malt, char, mild fudgey, some maple sweetness, maple candies, caramel, some bourbon, light vanilla barrel, dark chocolate chips, coffee liquor, pretty light.

Taste is semi sweet and a bit boozy, lots of chocolate, dark choc chips, little fudgey cocoa and char, with some fusel alcohol heat. Mild vanilla barrel, with light bourbon, and very light maple candy, chicory root flavor and bitter acrid char thing. Bitterness kicks in late, finishes sticky mild sweet with long maple candy and chocolate syrup lingering.

Mouth is med to heavier bod, decent carb, warning tingly fusel booze.

Feb 28, 2015
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.52/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a oily black hue with a thin halo that has nice legs.

S - Aromas of super light maple, faint coffee, light roast, nice chocolate. Really muted.

T - Taste is chicory root, alcohol, light roast and bourbon, the finish is lots of maple candy. There is a fair amount of alcohol, the beer is lots of alcohol with a disappointing amount of maple and chocolate. The coffee is almost non-existent. Argh.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, alcohol hidden though hot at the same time. No real stout chew. Really disappointing.

O - Overall this beer was an epic letdown. The coffee and maple are both super faint, which is a huge letdown. Super boozy, ugh.

Serving type: bottle

Feb 28, 2015
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humuloner22 from North Carolina

4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up at the Mills River location. I recently checked to see but they were all gone. I wish I had picked up more!

Appearance: Black as night head is caramel and foamy with an aggressive pour but then settles to a faint ring around the edge.

Aroma: When you first pull the cork the 13% abv hits you right on the nose. It opens up after a few minutes and you begin detecting the aromas you expect from a beer with such a name. Its still has a lot of alcohol heat to the nose, but caramel, dark chocolate and some vanilla are also present. Absent are bourbon aromas (perhaps the vanilla?) and maple and coffee.

Taste: Still pretty boozy, however after it opens up and warms up you begin to detect the flavors that seem to be missing from the nose. This is still a very boozy drink but if you take your time with it you begin to detect the maple, vanilla, and caramel from the barrel. Oddly enough the coffee that is supposed to be there is just not detectable in neither the nose or the taste. It does leave a lingering maple taste on the back palate which is nice and it really finishes fairly dry not cloying at all. I guess the one downfall is it is kind of thin for the mouthfeel. I felt like it should have had more viscosity considering the internal workings.

Overall: Its a very well made beer, I enjoyed it, I did think it was lacking in the coffee and texture department otherwise its well balanced and certainly enjoyable. But enjoy with caution. Its a big boozy bottle!

Feb 13, 2015
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linnymtu from Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Highly underrated. Tasted like a pretty good imitation of CBS (and I had CBS on tap same day). Seems like this is a pretty easy bottle to obtain, I would recommend doing so!

Jan 11, 2015
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KYGunner from Kentucky

4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The nose has a great chocolatey maple tone with a lot of vanilla sweetness from the barrel.

The taste starts oakey and woodsy, with a bit of alcohol saturated dark fruit. The middle is strong with the maple and bourbon before it ends with chocolate.

Very good, very tasty just light in its overall personality.

Jan 07, 2015
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evanforbeer from California

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

i believe this is the original batch a while back. Wedding present from a good friend.

pours a lovely deep black with light brown head

nose: lots of bourbon and vanilla, touch of maple and a light floral note

taste: robust and bright coffee jumps out with bourbon/vanilla, chocolate covered caramels and some dark maple syrup with a some oak. A deep roasty/chocolately, bourbony, and subtle maple sweetness lingers

feel: slightly high carbonation, viscous, mildly boozy, rich, roasty

delicious. the maple adds a great dimension, takes a turn from the standard BBA stouts. plenty of coffee, bourbon, chocolate, and maple

Jan 04, 2015
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Dope from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No bottling date that I could find.

A: Pitch-black pour with a nearly-black tall fizzy head. Head dissipates almost immediately with no retention or lacing at all. Beer looks practically still within seconds.

S: Heavy bourbon. Lots of sweet caramel. Light marshmallow and toasted sugars. A bit stinging in the nose, definitely a big beast. Lightest hint of maple though it might be the power of suggestion.

T: Similar to the aroma. Heavy, heavy bourbon initially. Loads of caramel and toffee. Heavy, sharp and boozy. Maple comes through in the middle and then the lightly bitter coffee kicks in. Mainly in the finish and aftertaste. The bourbon is so strong that you can barely get any coffee - which might be a first (coffee usually being such a strong addition). Coffee has almost no bitterness since this beer is so strong and sweet. More of an earthiness than anything. Aftertaste is drying oak and more caramel with just a kicker of bitter coffee grinds. After a while between sips, everything fades but the coffee sticks around. Boozy aftertaste too; belly warming.

M: Heavy and sweet but huge barrel presence really cuts it down. Sharp and boozy. Quite dry too, especially in the aftertaste.

O: One big beer. Huge base beer with big barrel presence with lots of maple and coffee to make it even more complex. A lot going on in this one with pretty decent balance (although the barrel is borderline over-the-top). Regardless it's still huge and it's a bit to take in. It's a sipper for sure.

Dec 25, 2014
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stakem from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.1%

750ml corked and caged offering poured into a snifter. The brew appears black in color with a mocha colored head. The nose on this is all about the whiskey. Under the whiskey notes are some raw woody barrel character, roast and slight char/coffee. The taste is very aggressive with the spirit barrels and some woodiness. I really dont pick up on much or any of the maple inclusion or its sweetness. This is a very aggressive sipper that I found enjoyable.

Looking at other reviews, there is either crazy bottle variation or the bottles are carbonating at different rates. This bottle had no sweetness and was not thick and under-carbonating like other people stated. This was dry, roasty, amply carbonated and quite enjoyable.

Nov 30, 2014
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BirdsandHops from Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours black with half a finger of brown head that quickly vanishes with no lacing.

S: Maple, oak, and a big punch of bourbon dominate. Sweet chocolate, vanilla, and a bit of coffee linger underneath.

T: Maple and bourbon are first and foremost here as well. Semi-sweet chocolate, vanilla, and oak are all present as well. The coffee only shows up in a slightly roasted aftertaste along with a pretty significant alcohol presence.

M: Thick body with low carbonation, this beer is sticky sweet and thick.

O: A damn good beer, overall. The maple and bourbon are both delicious. It would be nice if the coffee were a bit more present along with maybe a creamier body and not so much booziness, but those are nitpicks in a great, heavy-hitting beer.

Nov 07, 2014
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MalibuKenny from North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Am I smelling this from a beer sniffer, or straight from the bourbon barrel? Once I get pass that, I can detect the maple syrupy smell, but no coffee

T: Just like the nose, bourbon forward, completely dominating over maple character, adding a high ABV on to that pile

M: medium body at the most. After bourbon subsided in the cheek, and sweet alcohol mellows, the base stout mouth finally comes forward, just as you are ready to swallow that sip.

O: Going to sit on the rest of the bottles and see if all the characters mellow together

Nov 04, 2014
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rlee1390 from Indiana

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Black in the glass with a two finger brow head

S-Maple, which is on the border of too sweet, chocolate as well. Little to no barrel character and coffee are present.

T-Maple. Mainly maple. It seems to dominate the other flavors. The barrel and coffee are unable to come out as much as they should.

M-Lighter to medium for the style.

O-It was still a good beer, but if the maple could have been balanced out a little more, it would have been great.

May 17, 2014
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SonnyHenry from California

4.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

poured from 750ml bottle.

A- A beautiful frothy black hue with a quick khaki head

S- Bourbon, Maple Syrup and a rich coffee back. Wow!

T- Follows nose. So smooth and elegant. The Bourbon comes through on the finish while the coffee and maple play nicely up front.

M- Nice strong body and perfect carbonation.

O- I wish it wasn't only 1 per person at the release because I would love to see what this baby does with some age. With that said it was a true treat and I want more! ISO!

Apr 11, 2014
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elNopalero from California

3.76/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This pours a dark cola color with thin foam. It comes off with a big boozy aroma, like a shot of bourbon-infused maple syrup. The flavor has a sharp roast and a heavy booziness. More maple with bourbon, but it felt too hot for my tastes. I imagine with some more time things would mellow out and hope to revisit this one to confirm my suspicions.

Mar 25, 2014
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Siearra Nevada rep. (thanks!) at RBWG-2014.
Black with brown edges and a fine head. Glass coated with thick tan foam with each tilt.

Thick and smooth but a little hot (too fresh)
Aroma has a nice balance of maple, bourbon barrel, and dark malts.

Feb 14, 2014
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Someone brought an unlabeled bottle of this to Zwanze Day. Thanks! Served in the accompanying Cantillon glass.

A - Tan foam settles to a thick collar and some splotches of lace. Near-black body with some transparency at the edges.

S - Lots of maple, and hefty doses of whiskey and oak as well, although the base beer is more charry and roasty than I was expecting from Sierra Nevada. There's a mild savory character that's unexpected and doesn't mesh quite well with the rest of the elements. Apparently there's coffee in here, so I guess that explains the former.

T - The taste is a fair bit sweeter, with a nice mixture of maple, vanilla, chocolate, and caramel. The whiskey presence is lighter here, and there's some mild smoke and roast. Less charry than the nose, and not much roast bitterness in the finish.

M - Sticky, viscous, and chewy, with lower carbonation. Some tannis, but maple stickiness appears to have largely overwhelmed the oak. No alcohol heat, which is impressive considering the high ABV.

D - The aroma is a bit boozy, but the taste is quite excellent. A tasty treat that I hope Sierra Nevada makes again in greater quantities. A definite sipper, but a rich, complex and tasty one.

Nov 21, 2013
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Propogated with earthen sweetness and coffee infusion, Sierra Nevada advances its Bourbon Barrel-Aged program with this assertive Stout for Lexington, Kentuckys', Pazzo's Pizza Pubs' special tasting of Pappy Van Winkle Bourbons and the brewery's bourbon barrel aged beers!

Black as pitch, the ale layers into the glass with an ominous black body and a mocha-laced head of long-lasting froth that laces the glass as intermittently as it glosses it with its brandy-type legging.

Its bold, burnt sweetness resonates in the nose like straight-up maple or brown sugar. Along with bold roast coffee, natural cocoa robustness and an equally intense coffee infusion; the beer's scent is as robust and masculine and anyone would hope. Its bourbony tinge offers caramel, vanilla, oak and cashew as the first sip draws near.

Its succulent flavor start with a beautiful alignment of burnt malt, maple syrup and brown sugar on the early palate. It follows up with strong coffee, walnut and slightly smoked ember flavor before the bitterness sets in. Somewhat of coffee-type and hop-type bite, its bitterness is interrupted by savory booziness in form of caramel, vanilla, oak and char.

Full bodied, but not absurdly so, its short-lived creaminess from carbonation is supplanted by utter milk, vanilla and heavy cream that weaves into that caramel-laced texture while the beer dries slowly into a malty-dry and bourbony finish.

I really enjoy how the beer's soft carbonation allows it to seep into the softer tissues of the mouth for a fully saturated effect. This allows for full appreciation of flavor while still finishing pleasantly warm and with just enough dryness to keep me coming back!

Nov 06, 2013
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Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the Sierra Nevada tent at the FW invitational '13. Black pour, nice light brown head to it that was in a good proportion to the liquid in the glass. On a pint, it would be 1" of head. Sierra Nevada makes good looking beer, and this one was no exception.

Aroma left no concern that they skimped on the maple. The bourbon notes seemed very faint. Same with the coffee. What was there was good, a nice roasty beer with lots of maple notes. No alcohol.

Taste got better, even if the coffee and bourbon were far behind the maple flavor, like they were in the aroma. Again, no alcohol jumps out at you, drinks very easily. The chocolate flavor is more pervasive than the name of the beer would make you think. Coffee is minimal, but creeps in as the beer warms. Carbonation is spot on. Body and heft are as well.

The beer might be a little disappointing for those who want a bourbon bomb. If you like a maple stout that drinks effortlessly, this is your thing.

Jun 03, 2013
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the 2013 Firestone Walker Invitational held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Billed as an imperial stout brewed with maple syrup and aged in bourbon barrels with dark roasted coffee beans.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, maple, and slight coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with maple and coffee flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid aromas and flavors but I am not getting any distinct barrel aged presence out of this one.

Jun 03, 2013
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