AdamChandler (4265) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A - Dark burnt brown / amber. looks just like regular autumn maple and brett version
S - Nose is cherry pie and lactobacillus
T - Dang. infected. I get a big fruity burst, cherries, bananas and raspberries. the finish is that awesome autumn maple with yam, coconut and vanilla.
M - Thin, flat, prettybad
O - I heard this one was infected. Really a bummer.
Cavie (4222) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of BMan1113VR. Dark reddish maroon pour. Tart fruit smell. Has some sour elements. Taste is tart and bitter. Malty finish.
boFNjackson (4198) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at a recent bottle share... Poured reddish-brown with a thin, lacy head. Nice wood and bourbon notes meshed with earthy-ness of this beer. Wood mellowed it out, not as much yeast notes going on here. Some spices and malt sweetness and mild alcohol warmth too before a maple-like finish.
FlacoAlto (4133) - 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 isn’t 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 doesn’t get drowned out by the barrel treatment. Having said that, I definitely enjoyed the Brett version more, though I haven’t 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.
nickd717 (4059) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 18, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the Bruery, shared at a tasting. Wow, what great things -bal aging can do. This is much better than the standard yam juice-like Autumn Maple. Pours a dark mahogany brown with a small tan head. Aroma is bourbon, yam, spice, wood, and caramel, a little sweet. Flavor is fairly sweet but not overwhelmingly so, with yams, brown sugar, oak, bourbon, vanilla, and spices. Really tasty. Palate is smooth and creamy with some spice and medium-full body. Not boozy at all. Great beer overall, definitely benefited from those -bals.
Blairgus (4007) - California, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
30 nov 3012, bottle. Dark amber and faintly cloudy. Nose is really sweet maple, faint bacon (?), faintest of tartness. Thin body but syrupy at the end, faintly fizzy. Sugary cereal malt, maple syrup, raisins, sugary alcohol. Wow.
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drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
thanks to kan for sharing! pours murky brown with very small off white head. nose is yammy, vanilla, butterscotch. flavors are yams, spicy, vanilla, dark fruit, hot booze too.
jbruner (3828) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to drowland’s going away tasting (previously thought it was the normal, informed it was barrel aged). Pours a murky honey amber color with thin tan head and light lacing. Aroma of maple syrup, roasted malt, and spices. Taste is like breakfast oatmeal with maple syrup on top. Nice beer overall with good balance.
Steve_0 (3743) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home with friends. Pour is slightly murky with a small frothy tan head and good lacing. Big caramelly, maple syrup, cardamom, vanilla, sweet potatoes, vanilla, and toffee in the aroma. Taste is bourbon, sweet brown sugar, dark fruity, oaky, earthy, raisins, somewhat tangy, and light alcohol on the backend. Slick mouthfeel with medium carbonation. OK.
johnnnniee (3606) - 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 don’t think I’ve 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.