Maple Barrel-Aged Brigadeiro
Springdale Beer Co.

Maple Barrel-Aged BrigadeiroMaple Barrel-Aged Brigadeiro
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Stout - Oatmeal
Ranked #36
Ranked #3,625
4.26 | pDev: 6.81%
Springdale Beer Co.
Massachusetts, United States
Maple Barrel-Aged BrigadeiroMaple Barrel-Aged Brigadeiro
Notes: Brigadeiro breakfast stout, brewed with Brazilian coffee, oats, and lactose, aged in whiskey and maple barrels.
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.07/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours opaque, dark brown in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is big coffee, roasted malt with light maple underneath. Medium-heavy bodied, sweet, roasty, low carbonation. I need more maple. Bit disappointing since it was labeled a maple beer. If they labeled this as a coffee stout it would still be average.

Jun 20, 2020
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stortore from Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into a snifter. Had 2/18/19.

Pours a thick looking dark brown, with a two inch foamy head with decent retention and some soapy cling. Aromas of coffee, maple, vanilla, malt, oak, chocolate, cocoa, some char, light smoke, a faint herbal aroma. The flavor follows along- coffee, malt, vanilla, chocolate, some maple, lactose, light caramel, light smoke. Smooth, somewhat creamy, a good full body, well carbonated.

Great coffee, the maple shows well. Don’t really pick up the whiskey barrels at all, but everyone else does. Pretty expansive aromas, very good flavor. Certainly enjoyable, but had a really high price point for what it is.

Feb 27, 2020
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3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Nose is slight maple and whiskey and some toasty malt but more chocolate up front.

Taste follows suit with a warm, whiskey finish. Medium mouth feel. Slight lactose sweetness.

Really good but wanting more of the maple and whiskey shining through.

Oct 19, 2019
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LeRose from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours used motor oil brown with kind of a rocky dark brown head. Said head falls to a ring and a Pangea-like island in the middle. Pangea hangs around, the ring kinda fizzes out. Looks like a stout...

Initially weak, the smell definitely needs help from warmth, then it doesn't dissappoint. Coffee and chocolate, subdued whiskey notes, mild maple and vanilla, obvious sweetness.

Ya know, I can dissect the taste in detail, but this is just a good tasting brew that does not overdo it on any attribute in particular. The whiskey and maple are really subdued and blended into the coffee which blends with the malt flavors. There is a sweetness that seems reasonable. The overall effect is kind of a maple flavored milk chocolate coffee with just the lightest breath of whiskey. High potential to be a train wreck, but it is not.

The feel is on the lower side for a stout, but I am not minding that. Not syrupy or sticky, nicely creamy, and actually finishes on the dry side.

Well done, but maybe not a huge upgrade from the regular Brigadeiro. Around here they are the same price, so I am happy with that - quite happy to drink either. Both are billed as "breakfast stouts" and are quite similar, but this version has those nice, subtle additions that make it more of a treat. Well done.

Mar 11, 2019
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an almost pitch black color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Roasted malt, bourbon, maple, oak, vanilla, and some caramel. Highly barrel-influenced

T: Starts off with the roasted malt and maple sweetness and then goes into the bourbon, vanilla, and caramel. Definitely on the sweeter side. Finishes with lingering maple, bourbon, and roasted malt

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: One of those stouts that wakes you up in the morning without an overwhelming amount of caffeine. Sure there's coffee... but the dual barrels really come out in full force. Maple and bourbon really compliment the base beer and take it to another level. Definitely worth checking out

Feb 17, 2019
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SABERG from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500 ml bottle undated into the test glass.
A - Chalkboard black in color, no light gets through, the tan cap is quick to leave, spots of tan randomly placed along the glass , are evidence of the experience.
S - Char, dark chocolate, sweet maple,vanilla, and dark roast coffee, Dark fruit, hint of fig, dark brown sugar, tobacco.
T - Here the offering is a bit narrow, in a good way, Coffee stout base, and a touch of smokiness rolls up nicely with the touch of maple and bourbon barrel. stays on track for the whole trip.
M - Medium in body, carbonation is active on the palate, Semi sweet, but avoids all excess in that area, the finish is delightfully dry.
O - A very nice barrel stout from Jack's Abby, the balanced aging/blending shows in every aspect. Nothing out of place. Very well done

Jan 20, 2019
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L -- Pours a nice dark black body with a finger of light brown head produced with moderate pour. Good retention and minimal lacing
S -- Milk chocolate, almond, coconut, vanilla, medium roast coffee, bourbon, hint of cinnamon/nutmeg
T -- Coffee, cacao powder, maple, vanilla, oak. Not really getting any whisky character, which might be because it was only in barrels for three months
F -- Medium mouthfeel, medium carb. Pretty minimal body for the style, but I guess that's to be expected at the ABV
O -- Could be barrel aged a little longer to really up the complexity, but the aromas and appearance are quite nice. Bit pricey @$14/16.1oz bottle


Nov 22, 2018
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a very dark black, with a small fluffy and creamy head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells like freshly roasted coffee, oak, char, vanilla, and very light maple.

There's a nice maple level here, but it's not super sweet, at all, which is good. There's more coffee than maple, it's rich, roasty, and a bit bitter, with some vanilla notes. The barrel comes through mainly as oak- you don't get much actual bourbon here. There's obviously some chocolate, too.

This is super creamy and rich in the body and mouthfeel, with a good level of drinkability. This feels bigger bodied than 7.5% ABV would suggest.

Nov 20, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.89/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Damn! Where to begin as this is such an exciting beer that I keep sipping and smelling and seem to be getting off track in my usual of trying to stick to what I'm supposed to talk about.
Alright, alright, here we go.
This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a fantastic dark brown close to black color with a slight eggshell white foamy head that slid off ever so delicate. Some messy sliding lace.
The aroma was absolutely phenomenal! Just the way how everything meshed entirely yet allow all of the nuances promote each other ever so finely. In turn, this is what I got: roasty coffee beans, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, subtle maple syrup, sweet ash, mild lactose, sweet wood, sweet nuts, dark fruits, brown sugar, and some wet sweet oats.
The flavor leaned into the sweet side initially but seemed to coincide with the overall blend of roast, woody dryness, cocoa powder, woody spice/barrel, milk chocolate and sweet coffee character. Subtle sticky aftertaste of milk chocolate, maple syrup and coffee.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fine sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt on par. Finish is slightly sticky with sweet oats, milk chocolate and coffee roasty.
Overall, what an absolutely stellar barrel aged imperial stout. Damn right, I'd want this again! And if I could be dunked in a vat of this before I die, well, that's just a bucket list item I hope to check off some day!

Nov 08, 2018
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Greywulfken from New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a barrel-aged take on Brigadeiro, their oatmeal "breakfast stout" featuring chocolate, coffee and lactose, named as a nod to a traditional Brazilian chocolate candy, and aged 27% in barrels containing maple syrup and 73% in bourbon barrels (per their website)...

Thick-looking black pour produces a fat dark head on top that gradually settles and slims into a faint collar... Aromas of chocolate and coffee are accented lightly with maple and bourbon - vanilla and wood impressions being noted... Not overly sweet, there are mellow cocoa and espresso flavors, with light woody tannins around the edge and a bit of vanilla running through... It is like a refined, elegant candy liquified into a beer... Body is medium-weight, smooth and lightly creamy, bittersweet, with a drying char - thinner than the base beer, but not much to its detriment...

Despite the barrel-aging, I didn't enjoy this any more than the base beer - the feel was slightly less satisfying, but the maple and bourbon elements balanced the product out evenly...

Around $14 at my local bottle shop...

Oct 28, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this springdale stuff is really coming on strong, i havent had a ton of it, but each one i have had has been exceptional, but this is the pick of the lot so far in my opinion! a beautiful beer, matte black with a nice frothy light head on it, creamy and lasting. the aroma is cool because it immediately shows how dry this is, something usually a little tougher to appreciate in the nose, but here its this earthy dry black malt without the usual caramel sweetness in the middle. also the coffee really jumps out, rich and brewed, an espresso complexity, concentration, and intensity to it, fresh as can be, warming even. it also doesnt smell overly barrel heavy, i get maple and whiskey, but more of their essence than any dominant presence, which is a nice touch, no need to overwhelm such a splendid base beer! the flavor is killer, with a ton of good coffee in it, cool nuances of toasted almond and dry cocoa, along with some natural maple and subtle vanilla from the whiskey, not too much at all, never sweet or desserty. there is a wonderful frothy dryness to this, expansive and bubbly, almost like a lagered feel, a baltic porter texture, big still, but not long and sweet. barrel char and cocoa and coffee through the finish, some bitterness from all three, well hidden alcohol strength too. overall this is amazing stuff, i love the barrel treatment and i love the base beer. really killer stuff from these guys!

Sep 20, 2018
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Sheppard from New York

4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with not much in the form of head retention. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, and whiskey. Tastes like regular Brigadeiro but the coffee isn't as pronounced and there's subtle hints of maple and whiskey. It's very smooth like the original, but a little thin. I may like the more pronounced coffee character of the original. It's a very nice accessible (if you're not lactose intolerant) barrel aged stout.

Apr 15, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice creamy fluffy head, little lacing, pitch black beer

Nose pretty nice, fresh fruity coffee, freshly roasted, candy notes, cocoa jimmies, little nutty, nice sweet maple, really nice barrel and little whiskey I think

Taste more fresh coffee, fruity nutty coffee, freshly roasted, sweet candy big maple candies, nice toasted oak barrel maybe whiskey too and little interesting tartness, gummy caramel candy brigadeiro, very light alcohol, fudgey chocolate

Mouth is med to fuller bod, chewy sticky candy like, fluffy carb, hint of booze

Overall much better than the original, thicker, chewier, sweeter, more candy like, nice barrel, nice maple

Mar 12, 2018
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.67/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought at the brewery in February 2018. The bottle has 2017 written on it.

The color is near black--no light passes through. Thick, beige head which lingers but not as long as a nitro-poured stout. Slippery blanket lacing with permanent spots and streaks.

Strong coffee ground aroma. No noticeable maple sweetness to the nose. Think iced coffee.

The taste is similar but not as harsh. Still, this is a coffee lover's stout. No milk, cream or sugar. So strong, in fact, I cannot tease out any sweetness, maple or otherwise. One would think the body would be richer, but it's quite average, as is the carbonation level.

I do not like coffee. Since this brew is so dominated by the coffee flavors, I believe my review reflects this. If you do like coffee, you will probably rate it much higher than I do.

Feb 19, 2018
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ThrewRedButter from Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Pitch black with two finger of light brown head

S - Coffee for days. Oak, subtle maple, vanilla, cream. No bourbon.

T - Coffee-forward and maple accents the coffee without being overly sweet. No bourbon.

F - Creamy and velvety. No alcohol.

O - An improvement over the base beer thanks to the maple addition, but where the fudge is my bourbon?

Dec 19, 2017
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Rich dark brown with two fingers of soupy tan head that leave heavy lacing.

Dark chocolate, quality black coffee, a little maple and a hint of oak in the nose.

Coffee up front in the taste is cut by a milk impression and the sweet maple flavor. There's also some almond in there, almost like a biscotti type thing going on. Not getting any whiskey distinguishable above the maple.

Light bodied for the style, just slightly creamy, with fairly strong carbonation.

This is a very good dessert beer, but after the incredibly rich and deep look and smell, which approach world class, the taste seemed to fall short and the body seemed overly thin. First world problems, to be sure.

Aug 28, 2017
Maple Barrel-Aged Brigadeiro from Springdale Beer Co.
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