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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.81/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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Bottled in April 2011, this ’once a year beer’ is a slowly fermented single-batch brew made during 2010 spring sugaring season. It quietly rested for a year in a single oak barrel from Saxtons River Distillery that previously held Sapling maple liquor. Our recipe has no water added, and uses only barley, hops, yeast and concentrated maple sap from our friend Paul Marble of Fayston, VT. This ale is bottle-conditioned and will age elegantly for many years.


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4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
boFNjackson (4177) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Bottle shared on New Years Eve... Holy cow! What a treat! Enjoyed in the last few minutes of 2012 and easily became one of the top beers I had enjoyed in 2012. Poured golden-amberish/brownish with a thin, almost non-existent head. Nose was completely maple. Thick mouthfeel, quite boozy which all the maple sweetness accentuated quite a bit. If you don’t care for maple stay away from this one. Super sweet, but the maple gives the sweetness so much flavor rather than just being cloying. Borderlines a barleywine base of a beer with so much going one.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blklab2007 (2015) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 7, 2014
Bottle through recent trade 2014 bottling #1319/1500. Pour has a dark amber brown color with little white foam and a few bits floating about. Aroma has rich malts, maple soaked barrel wood, dark brown sugar, and some heat. Mouth feel is medium and lighter than expected with basically no carbonation. Flavor is heavily malted, big barrel wood, maple sap, dark sugars,

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (5635) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2014
(500ml bottle) clear medium brown, creamy offwhite head. Nose of oak, huge maple, alcohol, caramel, very sap like. Taste of saccharin, maple, alcohol, caramel, linger has an odd artificial nature.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wisdomsolo (466) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2014
So sweet and so stinkin’ good! If I lived in Vermont I would hoard this beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fluffy (1802) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2014
glad there was some clarification as to this and the 22oz bottles. yup, basically like alcoholic maple syrup. well rounded with the maple-y goodness.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyCraft (3457) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Bottle. Pours brownish amber with a tiny foam that went away quickly. Nose is melting brown sugar, oak, maple, and booze. Flavor was sticky malt, syrup, plums, and pine sap. Really sticky and viscous, a little too much so but the alcohol content is hidden well. A little better than the regular maple triple.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (3526) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 20, 2014
Bottle, with thanks to Tooch4321! Pours clear reddish amber with a small off-white head and some lacing. Aroma is grain, maple, honey. Flavor is medium sweet, maple, sugary, oaky, little bitterness until the far finish. Medium body, just a touch of heat, ABV is pretty well hidden, actually.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ontape (364) - Valley Village, California, USA - DEC 25, 2013
500 ml 2013 bottle, 12% BA version, thanks to Lukaduke. Whoa, this is an intense experience. Pours a deep mahogany with barely a sign of life, thick coming out of the bottle. Smells of maple and liqueur, finishes with a somewhat surprising Belgian Strong kick. Very sweet but what do you want? A serious, considerable beverage but definitely still a beer. High quality and very interesting.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ataraxia (389) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Translucent golden brown, thin off-white lacing. Complex blend of fruity and boozy aromas; maple syrup, apple, raisin, overripe pear, sticky caramel, and wood. Almost sickly sweet, melded with liqueur booziness and mild bitterness in the finish. Smooth but viscous and heavy. A slow sipper of a beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (5938) - Ohio, USA - SEP 8, 2013
16.9 oz. bottle shared by jmborggren bottle 89/750. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with zero head. The aroma and flavor have a big maple, caramel, brown sugar, honey, i think you get the picture sweet, fruity, some oak and earth to offset slightly. There is some alcohol too, but I think it goes with the sweetness pretty well. If this had some carbonation, this may pop even more.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brystmar (1290) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2013
2013 release at the farmer's market last weekend. Brown-copper body retains handsome, sticky lace. Body is similarly sticky and quite viscous.

Caramelized booze, maple, brown sugar, mildly singed cane sugar, an hints of Belgian yeast populate the nose. Taste is sweet start to finish, yet not cloyingly so. Oaky with noticeable traces of the old maple liquor. The maple character is unsurpassed by any other brew I've had. Boozy and delicious. Did I mention there's maple?

This is equal parts unique and excellent, and I'm gonna sit on my other bottles for awhile. Bravo, Sean!


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