phaleslu (6397) - 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 (2293) - 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.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(750ml bottle). Pours a cloudy dark brown-orange color with a nice than head. Aroma has sweet yams, vanilla, light bourbon,and pumpkin pie spices. Taste is sweet with vanilla, bourbon and spices. Medium bodied with a sticky texture. Almost a sour touch going on here too. Quite nice.
dmac (3999) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Michael at jcwattsruggers. Poured an uglier dark brown body with light brown edges, a good amount of visible floaties and a smaller light beige head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, wood, old bananas and a hint of menthol in the background. Palate has a fuller body with soft to average carbonation, actually nice carbonation for a BA beer. Flavor of light bourbon, wood, banana, hint of spice, prunes, fig and dry toffee. Good stuff.
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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 thereís 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.
orangesol (690) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A - Pours murky dark brown with a one and a half finger tall white head, dissipating down to nothing at all, leaving no lace what so ever down the glass.
S - Smells of rich brown sugar, yams, vanilla, warm bourbon, cinnamon, and caramel. The nose gets better as it warms up but it isnít very well balanced and never really wowed me.
T - Starts off with a good amount of yam flavor but that quickly fades into the shadows as the warm bourbon and sticky sweet brown sugar take over. Hints of vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and other "Thanksgiving Spices" help round things out but this one is really all about the main flavors it seems.
M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sweet, sticky, feel with some warm booze that lingers on the pallet long after consumption.
O - I knew going into this one that I may not enjoy it but I was pleasantly surprised. The BA worked pretty well with the base beer and it never really overpowered the base flavors. I still have one more of these, canít wait to see what a year or so does to it.
zathrus13 (1715) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours brown, with a tan head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, caramel, malt, and spices. Flavor is vanilla, bourbon, sweet potatoes, caramel, spices, ans alcohol. Body is medium to light.
CLevar (376) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle with the MN guys. Thanks! Clear brown sugar pour, with a very spare light tan head, and no lacing. Aroma is nutmeg and cinnamon, bourbon, slight vegetal notes, light caramel, brown sugar. Very spice forward. Taste is a little more balanced, with some more nice malt flavors, caramel, some nice spice flavors. Pretty nice.
DalzAle (1977) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Clear dark brown pour, smal ring of carbonation and a sweet vegetal bourbon nose. Flavor is candied yams, bourbon, wood and a little pumpkin pie spice. Much better than the regular version.
jtclockwork (8241) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Johnís tasting. Pours dirty mud-colored brown. Nose/taste of yam, bourbon barrel, oak, sweet potato, brown sugar, spices, molasses and maple. Medium body. Smooth - aged well.