Maple Barrel-Aged Beers

Discussion in 'Trade Talk' started by sbh50, Dec 2, 2021.

  1. sbh50

    sbh50 Initiate (82) Feb 6, 2015 Ohio

    Hi all,

    I think this is the correct place for this. Let me know if not.

    Anyway, I wanted to get my brother in law a gift, he loves maple bomb BA beers. I have been out of the trading game for quite awhile now, so I don't know any good maple beers. I was going to try for KBBS, but I don't think I have the juice for that. Any good alternatives to that beer that are more affordable and easy to trade for? I appreciate any responses.

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  2. Beer_Economicus

    Beer_Economicus Savant (958) Apr 8, 2017 Ohio

    KBBS doesn't have the value that it once did, although it is still way up there. If you don't have "other big stouts" that are nationally sought after (or rare lambic etc.), you won't have any luck. That said, if you think you might, you can post in the Trade Value Thread to for more advise.

    Morning Delight (from Toppling Goliath) is a non BA version of more or less the same beer as KBBS. That is very easily attainable now.

    I don't have good suggestions about other beers, but others will chime in.
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  3. MKE_Hopspur

    MKE_Hopspur Initiate (57) Mar 15, 2017 Wisconsin

    If you're talking about a straight maple BA beer without any other adjuncts, Central Waters Maple Barrel Stout is great. Bonus that it really shouldn't take much (probably just some great local beers) to attain.
  4. pilotpsk

    pilotpsk Initiate (94) Apr 8, 2017 New York

    I'd recommend two paths.

    Easy - Find a bottle of KBS Maple Mackinac Fudge. Easy to find, barrel aged and a nice maple flavor. You won't have to trade and its a decent option.

    Harder - Great Notion just released a Barrel Aged Double Stack so there are bottles out there. It's what you are looking for and should be a little easier to find than KBBS
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  5. sbh50

    sbh50 Initiate (82) Feb 6, 2015 Ohio

    Perfect! Thanks all for the responses, I think he would like all those mentioned. Those are exactly what I was looking for.

  6. not2quick

    not2quick Meyvn (1,103) Dec 1, 2015 Missouri
    Society Trader

    Fresh CBS always gets the job done.
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  7. Sabtos

    Sabtos Poo-Bah (10,588) Dec 15, 2015 Ohio
    Society Trader

    You're in Ohio and Hoppin Frog just released Maple BA Black Friday Waffle TORIS which is actually delicious and a huge step up from its base.
  8. Hopelessly0

    Hopelessly0 Disciple (340) May 13, 2019 California

    A couple other suggestions: Maple in the Wood, Beyond Good and Evil, Double Stack and BA Frenched Toast. BG&E the maple is a lot more subtle though. Mornin' Delight and Double Stack were probably one of the most maple bomb beers I've had. Was kind of gross to be honest.
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  9. AlexIrigoyen

    AlexIrigoyen Initiate (114) Jun 3, 2016 Georgia

    Maple in the wood is delicious and will probably satisfy a maple craving but is not a stout. It’s a wheat wine. Great beer though and easy to get your hands on because they made so much of it
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  10. spersichilli

    spersichilli Aspirant (293) Apr 26, 2018 California

    Coffee Maple Medianoche has probably beer my favorite maple beer I've had (better than KBBS) and it isn't too hard to obtain. Not sure how it's held up though, had it last summer.
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  11. Hopelessly0

    Hopelessly0 Disciple (340) May 13, 2019 California

    I'm curious about this actually....does KBBS even have Maple??? I had it recently and remember the bottle only says Stout brewed with coffee. The description only says "Maple aromas", and I remember the smell and taste had little maple when I had it. Certainly way less maple than Mornin' Delight which I could clearly smell and taste. I could be wrong, but I see ppl calling it BA Mornin' Delight, but is it really? Or is this just a myth that became popular and now everyone believes it.
  12. John_M

    John_M Poo-Bah (7,361) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
    Moderator Society Trader

    I was surprised this wasn't the first beer mentioned. Aside from the recent 4 packs, I would assume there are still plenty of 750 ml. bottles from previous vintages as well. They should be much easier to obtain than kbbs or morning delight.
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  13. Lorddevn

    Lorddevn Initiate (164) Mar 10, 2019 Wisconsin

    MD is the base beer. It’s been a few years but I remember TG told those who got a ticket to KBBS will also have the opportunity to buy the base beer MD if they wish.
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  14. spersichilli

    spersichilli Aspirant (293) Apr 26, 2018 California

    The maple in KBBS wasn't super prominent when I had it, although I've had batches of MD that were coffee bombs with minimal maple too (b5 of MD was a maple bomb and it was amazing, b6 was just straight coffee)
  15. Resistance88

    Resistance88 Defender (657) Apr 9, 2015 California

    Had to dig deep fr this cuz i had it a while ago but I remember this being enjoyable
    Abnormal Brewing Maple Morning

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  16. Resistance88

    Resistance88 Defender (657) Apr 9, 2015 California

    Ah shit just seen its not barrel aged
  17. sbh50

    sbh50 Initiate (82) Feb 6, 2015 Ohio

    That looks pretty good. Abnormal literally made one of my favorite beers ever. I'm a cinnamon guy and 95 til infinity absolutely nailed it. I might need to try to trade for that too.
  18. Rkitchen

    Rkitchen Disciple (332) Feb 18, 2017 Michigan

    Transient does a lot of maple BA stouts. Canuckley is always a great choice.
  19. IrishMASMS

    IrishMASMS Initiate (85) Oct 6, 2019 California

    Harder? That Great Notion Barrel Aged Double Stack is going to be a whale hunt. It sold out within an hour.

    As for some suggestions, in no particular order:
    • CURLY WOLF- Maple Vanilla Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout - BarrelHouse Brewing Co.
    • Rye On Rye Maple - Boulevard Brewing Co.
    • Træblod - Mikkeller Brewing San Diego
    • Vermont Sticky Maple - The Bruery
    • Eclipse - Maple Vanilla - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
    • Eclipse - Maple - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
    • Maple Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Company
    • Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Vanilla Shake - Mikkeller Brewing San Diego
    • Snowed In - Maple - Copper Kettle Brewing Company (Colorado)
    I may have some of those FiftyFifty's up for trade

  20. TonyLuvsBeer

    TonyLuvsBeer Aspirant (236) Mar 28, 2015 Michigan

    Phase 3 Eunoia b4 or b6. Both have lots of maple.