Barrel-Aged Maple Stout | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Barrel-Aged Maple StoutBarrel-Aged Maple Stout
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by UCLABrewN84 on 06-03-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
164
Reviews:
24
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
7.73%
 
 
Wants:
98
Gots:
31
For Trade:
4
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Ratings: 164 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of Patriciag90
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of macrosmatic
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of South2NW
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dbrauneis
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scottfrie
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of DanGeo
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GDawgs34
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bgold86
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deonreds
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tragicrock
4.82/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very close to sexual chocolate...and that is a compliment as to the standard of this style beer. ...the feel may be better.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of suckaj
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of slade
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BMart
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dfhhead25
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of raiderandbeerfan
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of hilgart1
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Carb-Overlord
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of RPM3334
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of halo3one
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Fitze
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdaschaf
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hopkrid
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Barrel-Aged Maple Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.14 out of 5 based on 164 ratings.
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