crosamich (431) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - SEP 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tame bourbon that really blends well into the background of this beer. The sweetness plays well with the vanilla/caramelized. The spices are reserved which is nice. A little sweet for me but not heavy or syrupy but it is summertime. In response to all the pumpkin beers coming out 2 months early I thought I would finally crack this one. I am looking forward to this when the temp drops once again.
drowland (5980) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JUL 7, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
7/7/12. Shared at my going away tasting by Blazer06. Thanksgiving aroma with spices and sweet syrup. Thanksgiving flavor as well. Nice.
rbrazell (1576) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - JUL 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to someone! Deep amber pour. Aroma is spicy, sweet malt, maple syrup, cinnamon an brown sugar. Flavor mimics the aroma the better barrel flavor and a touch of alcohol at the end. Not bad.
mcberko (5942) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 23, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2013 750mL bottle, sent from BigTomz (thanks Tom), pours an opaque dark amber / brown with a small beige head. Aroma is intense, with yams, bourbon barrels, brown sugar and maple syrup. Flavour is heavy on the bourbon barrels, followed by the maple syrup, brown sugar and subtler yams than in the nose. The bourbon and maple are the biggest elements. Finishes with maple syrup and yams, and lots of the bourbon. While the barrels take centre stage, the alcohol is well-contained. Certainly a unique concoction here - enjoyable in small amounts, but becomes overbearing quickly.
jbeatty (1014) - New York, USA - JUN 18, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 06/18/2012. Mahogany pour, small yet persistent beige head, dense, bubbly. Nose is rich bourbon- vanilla caramel enhanced by maple syrup, pumpkin pie, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, other spices. Similarly rich taste, cinnamon and brown sugar with yam and dark malty character, bourbon notes. Thick palate, low carbonation. I really enjoyed this, a little piece of Thanksgiving in my glass.
madmitch76 (14312) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
3rd January 2010
10.0% version. Cloudy dark brown beer. Light nose of malt, spice and a little oak. Light semi dry palate. Smooth oaky malt with spice and an underlying sweetness. A light tang leads to aniseed alcohol. Well joined up with the component yams, molasses, maple syrup and spices all in synch. Some molasses in the aftertaste.
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A steady pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces an almost two-finger thick, pale brown, or amber tinged, dark tan colored head. The beer is a concentrated amber / brown color that shows an almost brilliantly clear, bright cranberry-juice red hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of caramelized / toasted malt, cooked brown sugar, toasted coconut, tart / warm Bourbon notes, and some spicy, almost green woody aromatics. There is an earthy quality to this beer that seems contributed from the toasted malt, the toasted oak, the hint of spices and perhaps even from the yams. The spices are very subtle, much more so than in the base beer or the Brett version, but do get noticed deep in the finish; they contribute aromatic notes of nutmeg, some woody ginger notes, and perhaps something a bit like allspice.
The beer has a sweetness to it up front, but this is well balanced by a Bourbon / barrel influenced tartness, lots of tannic, woody oak, a solid, general spiciness and even some carbonic bite. There is a woodiness in the finish that seems contributed by the Maple Syrup, as well as the oak barrel; it has a spiciness to it, and almost a touch of wintergreen character to it (though this last is quite subtle and merely a suggestion). There is nice toasted character to this beer that seems mostly malt contributed, but is also influenced by the oak, and it provides a touch of a bite that is a paler version of the bite that something more roasted would have. There isnít a whole lot of sweetness to this beer and this makes the toasted coconut notes a touch softer, and there is also a noticeable vanillin note, but they still play a prominent role in this beer. The body is pretty light for a beer of this strength, having said that though, this is certainly a sipping beer; not just from the warming alcohol, as this does have some sticky, viscous character to it. There is a spiciness in the finish, that is almost more woody than spicy, but I am sure is contributed by actual spices (perhaps nutmeg and allspice). As the beer warms up a nice nuttiness starts to come out that seems to suggest a slight oxidation picked up during its barrel rest.
Not bad, I do like that the Bourbon character plays a supporting role here; it does play a big role, but the base beer clearly comes through and doesnít get drowned out by the barrel treatment. Having said that, I definitely enjoyed the Brett version more, though I havenít had the regular version since that flat, first release, but suspect that I would like a properly carbonated version of that beer more than this version as well. Still, this is easily an enjoyable beer and is nice to sip away an evening with.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to Callmecoon for this. 2011 vintage I believe.
3.0 A: Deep plum black color. Two fingers of fizzy beige head. Head fizzes away like a soda would. No lacing.
4.0 S: Interesting. The bourbon in this smells more like rum. Perhaps itís the spices mixed with the bourbon booze that give this impression. In any case, this has a huge maple syrup presence, even more than CBS. Yams and toastiness next. Loads of spices, but they donít stand out too well individually. Rather, they meld to form one generic pumpkin spice blend. The bourbon adds a leathery earthiness and booziness. This smells good, but I think I like the non-barrel aged version better.
3.5 T: Very surprised here. This seems to be a lot less sweet that the normal version. Usually this would make me quite happy when dealing with Bruery beers, but I loved AM just the way it is. Anyway, the bourbon comes off like a rum again from the spice blend. Lots of yams in the taste. Toastiness and some nuttiness. Maple is less apparent in the taste. Again, tasty, but not nearly as good as the regular.
3.5 M: Heavier medium to ligher heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy. Some amylase coagulation going on in the back of my tongue.
3.5 D: Tasty, but I expected the bourbon to add a nice touch to the base. Instead, it seems that it weakened it.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 04-07-2012 03:27:09
phaleslu (6204) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle from pantanap- thanks, Kan! Pours a murky plum-brown-amber color with no head after the initial pour. The aroma is led by bourbon, with vanilla, oak, caramel, raisins, nutmeg, prunes, pumpkin pie, and yams. The flavor is the same- powerful barrel notes balanced by big maltiness and plenty of spices. Even some dark and dried fruits. Caramel, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla- sweet, spicy, boozy, and complex. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation. I already love Autumn Maple, but the bourbon barrel adds a whole new and delicious dimension.
johnnnniee (2151) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark tawny brown color with a decent sized tightly bubbled off white head with moderate retention and minimal lace. I can smell the barrel treatment as soon as I pop the cap off. Spicy, herbal, and peppery aromas are mixed with sweet dark sugars, vanilla, bourbon and oak. The flavor is definitely different. Sweet sugary malts up front are attacked by peppery herbal earthy flavors and just before it gets too weird the bourbon sweeps in with a bit of woodiness to cleanse things a bit. Long lingering sweet herbal bourbon flavor in the finish. Medium to thick body with a sweet almost sugary mouthfeel and a light level of carbonation. Well this one certainly is different, but it really did grow on me after a pint. I donít think Iíve ever had the non barrel version, but it seems like without the barrel this would be a sweet and herbal mess. As is I kind of liked it, but not sure I would seek it out again.