Autumn Maple - Midnight
The Bruery

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Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #83
Ranked #17,243
3.91 | pDev: 7.42%
The Bruery
California, United States
Very Good
Notes: The nights are getting darker and autumn is in its element. This variation of our fall seasonal brings both forces together for a limited time. Midnight Autumn Maple is a dark imperial ale brewed with midnight wheat, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla, maple syrup and a whole lot of yams.
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3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep black color with a thin head.
Aroma with notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla and cocoa.
Flavor with notes of sweet potatos (yam?), cinnamon, lots of nutmeg, vanilla, some cocoa and faint coffee. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation.
It reminded me of an Imperial Pumpkin Ale. Full of spices.

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FLima from Brazil, Feb 05, 2020
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3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

25.4 oz brown bottle - dated 8/8/2017

The Bruery Autumn Maple Midnight poured almost coal black producing a 1/2-finger light chocolate looking head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing - a little disappointing in appearance. The nose is spicy, yeasty and a little sweet from the maple syrup. The flavor matches the nose with sweet potatoes, spices of nutmeg and cinnamon noted Mouth feel is a high-medium with lower carbonation.

Overall, not a bad Belgian Strong Dark Ale, however, there are ales in this style that interest me more.

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bushbeer75 from Michigan, Dec 13, 2018
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3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours deep brown in color with a one-finger foamy khaki colored head that has good retention

S- a nice bouquet of autumn spices; allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg. Maple and chocolate sweetness, as well as a hint of vanilla. Undertones of brown sugar and prunes

T- spice notes of nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon up front, followed by sweet maple, brown sugar and caramel. Mid-palate has some apple cider notes, before turning into vanilla, chocolate and cinnamon on the finish

M- medium body with low carbonation, slightly foamy mouthfeel, finishes a bit flat

O- a fine choice before thanksgiving dinner

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Treyliff from West Virginia, Nov 21, 2018
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3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black with a thin mocha head that fades to leave light wisps and a thin blanket.

S - Aromas of nice yams and baking spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, little Belgian sugars as well.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with nice yams and cinnamon. Good baking spices here. Little acrid and burnt with some dark malts.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, alcohol hidden nicely.

O - Overall this was a solid enough beer. Nice yam and spice notes.

Serving Type: bottle

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rudzud from Massachusetts, Nov 17, 2018
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3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Split with rudzud
Big foamy creamy thick head, great retention, nice lacing, decent legs, basically black beer

Nose sweet candy yams, decent spices, cinnamon, allspice, etc, basically autumn pie spices, brown sugar candied yams, etc, little alcohol sweet syrupy booze

Taste sweet candy malt, syrupy candied yams and brown sugar molasses like, more spices like pie spices, burnt spices bring bitterness, a little bitter hop note, big fruit, dark raisin yam fruit thing, mild spices late with a little burnt brown malts, lingering bitterness

Mouth is med bod but syrupy, lighter carb but light alcohol warmth

Overall eh, not too bad, but not good

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jlindros from Massachusetts, Nov 17, 2018
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3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle into a tulip. 2017 edition, so a year old.

At first, this beer is looking very nice in the glass, coal black body with initially a good size tan head with slow streams of carbonation. Over the course of the drink, the head disappeared completely and could not be restored even through some agitating.

Aroma is mostly of fresh & dried fruit. I'm getting a faint sniff of what might be yams, but not sure on this.

Initially, this seems like a complex and layered beer. spices first, some molasses and a a very light bitterness, then dried fruit and some warmth from the abv. The vanilla and yams don't come through at all. The problem comes when this beer warms up and flattens out. The only taste you get is molasses with a faint bitterness. This gets very trying about 10 ozs in. (kinda the opposite of most beers as they warm)

mouth is between medium and full, finish molasses and warmth with a faint bitterness.

Overall, a 12oz bottle would have been more than enough for me, and I drained poured the last 6 ozs. just got bored with it.

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MikeWard from Pennsylvania, Oct 27, 2018
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4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Huge bomber poured (partially) into large Tallgrass globe snifter. 2017 vintage.

A coffee brown-to-black, almost purple shaded body, with a nice tall khaki head of 2 fingers, settling in at half a finger height.

Aroma is of sweet iced caramel coffee and yams; flaked blackberry cobbler; pumpkin; decadent spice of nutmeg, cinnamon, and dried vanilla; slight fruit bread at the tail end.

Flavor is mega delicious with tons of sweet potatoes, cinnamon, nutmeg, iced vanilla coffee, and slight spiced cake. Nice acidic coffee bite on the finish.

Feel is creamy, with an outstanding balance of carbonation, a really distinct acidity, and a drying finish.

Overall, fall in a bottle. Really captures the crisp, cool autumn breeze, chilly bonfires, and broken heart, all without laying a single finger on a pumpkin. Nicely done.

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The-Adjunct-Hippie from South Dakota, Aug 11, 2018
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3.11/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a snifter appears black in color with a khaki head.

This smells of autumn spice - nutmeg mainly with a firm vegetative character I assume to be the yam inclusion.

It tastes spiced with earthy nutmeg leading the way, clove and cinnamon spice bring up the back. This is dry with no malt backbone which I think overall hurts this brew, it just needs something more.

Its medium in body with modest carbonation. Its just ok. I honestly think if you were given this blindly, you wouldnt even know this was the midnight version without seeing it. I was hoping/expecting a stout-ish base but thats clearly not what happened here.

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stakem from Pennsylvania, Feb 13, 2018
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3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark cola, tons of fizzy carbonation, head is a bit lacking. Aroma is pretty rich - lots of cinnamon, vanilla & yam/pumpkin. Couldn't really detect any of the maple syrup or dark wheat, but still pleasing. Taste has less of the pumpkin / yam, really dials-in on the vanilla and the maple syrup definitely finds its way in at the end. Spice is a little dry, anc tongue gets really really dried out from it. Not bad and a little twist on the regular pumpkn beers that clog the shelfs come autumn, but needs more balance and definitely more body.

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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania, Jan 19, 2018
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4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Midnight Autumn Maple pours nearly pitch black. It is clean,perhaps a little thin looking even coming out of the bottle, and is capped by a thin and quickly receding deeply tanned head. The ring stays around the edge but does not lace.

It smells like a Belgian Christmas Ale. Mulling spices, sweet sticky buns, and dark fruits from below. Just a touch of vanilla, but you must search for it.

The flavor is full and lively with spices. It seems as if this were packed with them all. Anise, cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, and vanilla seem to coat dried figs and plums. A roasted nuttiness, cola, and molasses emerge in the end.

A wonderfully balanced brew, sweet and sticky but it's spices keep it in check. A little tingle from a combination of a light carbonation and its spices are appropriate and welcomed.

A daily beer this is not. It's one to savor sip after sip and enjoy the transformation in that duration. It's a great winter ale, and perfect to enjoy on a cold and drizzly night. Robust, and focused on its use of spices. A big thanks goes out to my brother for sharing this one with me. Cheers!

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4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Wade's Wines, Agoura Hills, CA. 5oz taster pour.

Pours a deep crimson brown, tan head of foam with heavy but thin lacing.

The nose is full of Belgian spice, yeast.. also getting distinct hints of pumpkin and cinnamon.

The flavors start out very herbal, a really fantastic array of holiday spirit. Also getting some nutmeg, subtle vanilla, and an overall finishing sweetness that really compliments the contrasting start to the beer's flavors.

Smooth and fairly thin-bodied, a quality that I think could be an improvement on this beer. A heavy bodied beer with these same characteristics would have been perfect. Finishes slightly sticky.

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WickedBeer from Alabama, Dec 23, 2017
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3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red tinted dark brown with a pretty, thin tan head that leaves a small crown. Sweet aroma with a flash of all spice. Sweet tasting as well, with some toffee and maple, and a good dose of Christmasy spices like nutmeg, cinnamon and all spice. There's a distant hint of light coffee as well. Medium bodied slightly creamy feel with modest carbonation. Could make for a good Christmas beer. A bit strong for Oktoberfest season. : )

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thebeers from Pennsylvania, Dec 04, 2017
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3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with finger of caramel-colored head. Head retention is okay with no lacing left behind. Aroma is yams, spices, and vanilla bean all over a base of roasted malts. Flavor profile is intriguing, hitting notes of yams, and spices at first, before the yams come full force. Vanilla bean and maple syrup give it a sugary sweet finish. It's a little cloyingly sweet at the finish. Mouth feel is medium-thin, with a watery texture. Overall, an intriguing beer that showcases yams, maple syrup, vanilla, and spices. It drinks a little thin, but still provides a massive presence via the flavor profile.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 750mL bottle. 2017 edition.

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Harrison8 from Missouri, Nov 30, 2017
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4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i liked this better than my ratings here would indicate, its a cool variant on a fall staple for me, i love the original, but the darker base beer makes perfect sense. it looks like a porter in the glass, close to black in color with a short but airy almost white head, some shine, dense looking, pretty in its depth. i smell fairly heavy cinnamon right away, baking spices, its autumnal for sure and warming, attractive no doubt, less maple than i want to smell, but i do get the sweetness from it. the yams have a caramelized and roasted quality that is lovely too, lots of them in the flavor, like, this is almost potatoey to me. vanilla and roasted wheat in the flavor, i love these earthy darker malts in this, its a cool layer i am afraid i might now miss in the original. lots of vanilla, this almost has a whiskey character to it with the warming alcohol too. there is a strong dose of spices here, but the sweetness actually helps absorb it, and there is a ton of starchy body thats trying to be drier from the yams, pretty awesome really what they do in this beer. too sweet to drink a lot of, and maybe a little more cinnamon than it needs, but a super fun beer thats both seasonally perfect and kind of fancy. the price is fair too. clever and delicious and high quality.

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3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown body with minimal head that quickly died. The yams seem to be the strongest aroma with notes of wheat, syrup, and dark fruits. Sticky, slightly syrupy mouthfeel with fuller wheat body; the taste itself is slight yams with nutmeg/vanilla sweetness and spiciness trying to balance w/ dark fruits although the spiciness and booze seems to overpower on the end and it's slightly offputting.

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clayrock81 from Florida, Nov 09, 2017
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4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with very little light transmission and a thin ligh khaki head that dissipates to tiny patches with slight lacing. Aroma of mild dark toasted malt, pumpkin pie spices with an emphasis on cinnamon and nutmeg, yam (smells like pumpkin to be honest), hints of maple syrup and vanilla; a bit boozy at the end. Flavor is semi-sweet dark toasted malt, yam, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg, cocoa and brown bread and then developing a deeper dark toasted malt component into the finish. Medium bodied with light creaminess and nice sharp carbonation despite the relatively quiet pour. An interesting take on both a stout style and the long running Autumn Maple seasonal. The start leans a bit towards the original flavor profile, with a more yammy and Belgian feel with lighter dark malt than expected from a big stout. The malts do come back into play in a nice dark malty finish that tastes more like a Belgian stout. Overall, the flavors work very well together, and although there are clear mixed holiday spices, they are moderated well. I really like this mix of yams and dark malt even better than the standard Autumn Maple. The flavors really are appropriate to the season and our approach to the end of the year making the darker malts more satisfying and comforting. Despite the alcohol in the aroma, the ABV is well covered in the taste, and this tastes interesting enough to make it necessary to pace drinking it. Not really a traditional imperial stout; more like a Russian imperial stout / Belgian stout hybrid with yams. I like it.

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LiquidAmber from Washington, Sep 11, 2017
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 7/18/2017. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of huge cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, peppercorn, allspice, yams, caramel, brown sugar, maple syrup, chocolate, cocoa, and toasted dark/brown breads; with lighter notes of coffee, smoke, vanilla, raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of spices, yams, dark/roast/bready malt, and spicy/light fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of huge cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, peppercorn, allspice, yams, caramel, brown sugar, maple syrup, chocolate, cocoa, and toasted dark/brown breads; with lighter notes of coffee, smoke, vanilla, raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate peppery yeast spiciness and mild herbal/roast bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, peppercorn, allspice, yams, caramel, brown sugar, maple syrup, chocolate, cocoa, toasted dark/brown bread, light dark fruit, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of spices, yams, dark/roast/bready malt, and spicy/light fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance, and zero acrid/astringent roast/spice flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from bitter/spiciness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy/sticky, and slightly chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 9%. Overall this is an excellent fruit/spiced imperial stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of spices, yams, dark/roast/bready malt, and spicy/light fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV, with the balanced spicy/drying finish. A very unique variation on the base beer. Definitely more spice heavy and less slick/dark on malt sweetness. Not as dense on body. More spicy and less fruity on the Belgian yeast. Doesn't totally feel like a true imperial stout; but you get nice clean chocolate/cocoa roast flavors from the Midnight wheat, with great balance of the spices/yams. A very enjoyable offering.

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superspak from Michigan, Sep 09, 2017
Autumn Maple - Midnight from The Bruery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 62 ratings