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Barrel-Aged Maple Stout | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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4.17/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,315
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
165
pDev:
7.67%
 
 
Wants:
101
Gots:
33
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Ratings: 165 |  Reviews: 24
Reviews by EgadBananas:
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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Photo of rlee1390
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.

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Photo of Dope
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.

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Photo of suckaj
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of diamondlie
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Patriciag90
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of rden4654
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of 31Sam13
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Russkiy
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of Two40addict
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%

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

Photo of Ericconrad7
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bgold86
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of raiderandbeerfan
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
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.

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Photo of beerdrifter
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
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!

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Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bcrossan
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Soto
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of macrosmatic
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.

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Barrel-Aged Maple Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 165 ratings