Autumn Maple Barrel Aged | The Bruery

Autumn Maple Barrel AgedAutumn Maple Barrel Aged
BA SCORE
81.9%
Liked This Beer
3.99 w/ 299 ratings
Autumn Maple Barrel AgedAutumn Maple Barrel Aged
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Made with Yams.
2013 release is infected.

Added by HopHead84 on 09-05-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
91
Ratings:
299
Liked:
245
Avg:
3.99/5
pDev:
16.79%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
139
Gots:
98
Trade:
11
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 299 |  Reviews: 91
Photo of ThickNStout
2.24/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

750mL bottle acquired through the Reserve Society. Bottled 9/20/13. Served in my shiny new Phish snifter (my wife the the absolute best!).

Pours opaque chestnut muddy brown with a full frothy finger of cream colored head.

Smells straight up sour. Barrel funk, lime and vinegar.

At least some of the base beer comes through in the taste but this is infected. Overbearingly sour lemon and vinegar. Way back behind a curtain of sour I get a little spice, bourbon and sweet potato- so there's at least trace evidence that this was supposed to be sometimg other than a soured mess. Bad.

Medium light body with decent carbonation. Lemon and a tiny hint of sweet potato soufflé in the finish.

Perhaps I shouldn't review a beer that I'm pretty sure is infected but I have no moral qualms over this negatively affecting the score. I pay way too much on the bottles, let alone shipping them accross the country to put up with this. So avoid this, at least the 2013 batch. Not worth buying, trading or shipping even if you think you're curious.

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2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

Photo of rudzud
2.59/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Original review must have gotten lost on BA (sorry JLindros) so I pulled my last bottle from the cellar. 2013 bottle

A - Poured into a Duvel tulip a lighter chestnut brown with a nice one finger light brown head that fades to leave thin lacing and a thin blanket.

S - Aromas of cinnamon and allspice, very light vanilla and brown sugar. Next to no barrel notes.

T - Taste is very, very tart apple vinegar, allspice, ginger, cinnamon, sweet brown sugar. No barrel notes. Just tart green apples.

M - Mouthfeel is somewhat crisp, tart, lightly flemmy. Not really syrupy and certainly does not drink like it's ABV.

O - Overall I really wish I'd reviewed this back in 2014, when presumably it was still drinking good instead of like the infected mess this is now. A darn shame.

Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of dvmin98
2.73/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of floridadrift
2.78/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

L' Infected

Another party pooper but everyone was sort-of expecting it. Looks good on paper but it ended up just being sour all over. The bottles when they were fresh were supposed to be really nice but so far, it seems, all the held on to bottles went bad.

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.15/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark maroon body with a small off white head.

Nose hits with bourbon first and then a good amount of sweetness. Sweet potato, brown sugar, cranberry and seasonal spices.

Even more sweetness than I expected in the flavor. Lots of brown sugar mixed with a sweet potato flavor. Sweet bourbon. Sweet everywhere, in fact cloying. Vanilla, caramel and light cinnamon on the finish with a lingering essence of toasted oak.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.23/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle opened last night with Amyliz4. 2011 vintage. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a very dark brown with a thin off-white head. Decent retention and a bit of spotty lacing as it goes down. The nose is really bourbon heavy, especially before it starts to warm up. At that point, the bourbon is still 85+% of the aroma, though there's a bit of the Autumn Maple spice in there as well. The flavor, on the other hand, is almost entirely bourbon along with some alcohol heat. Feel is better with some of the spices making an appearance again, plus the bourbon adds a nice -- but not overpowering -- boozy kick. Decent, but way too barrel heavy.

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Samuel906
3.27/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Bourbon is huge in this and it is heavy, heavy HEAVY. Very sweet, very syrupy, very boozey. Hard for me to work through even a small pour. Tons of flavor and a rich smell full of dark fruit, bourbon, maple, malt, vanilla and brown sugar. Just too sweet and syrupy for me.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.47/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 Version

Look: Dark brown with a 1/4 inch head and ok retention

Smell: Nice brown sugar notes upfront that is backed up nicely by some bourbon and maple syrup

Taste: Maple syrup upfront with hints of oak and vanilla. Bourbon follows that and is faint but nice and on the back end you get quite a bit of alcohol which ruins the flavor.

Overall: Medium body with low carbonation and a bit of alcohol sting

Overall: I think the barrel aging actually made this beer less drinkable than the regular. The alcohol is overly present and very off putting. Glad I got to try this beer but I won't be doing that again unless it has some serious bottle age on it

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Autumn Maple Barrel Aged from The Bruery
Beer rating: 81.9% out of 100 with 299 ratings
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