FlacoAlto (4011) - 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.
JStax (3980) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy amber with a beige head. Aroma is big bourbon and maple syrup. Taste is more of the same. Thick and boozy. Delicious.
drewbeerme (3907) - 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.
BuckeyeBoy (3865) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 1, 2014
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
750ml bottle thanks to Darrel. Pours out a muddy water topped with a tan head. Nose is sour spice and sweetness. Taste is horrible battery acid this is so bad infection city. If this was not inflected it maybe a good beer. Toss out the barrels please.
AdamChandler (3784) - 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.
nickd717 (3724) - 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.
Steve_0 (3486) - 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.
Blairgus (3474) - 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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pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2010 750ml bottle from johnc. Thought I had recorded this one from Friday night but apparently never saved... Poured a medium cinnamon/amber brown without much of a head... Inviting maple aroma of sweet potato, nutmeg, spice, and bourbon... Flavors were much improved from the original batch of autumn maple and this time with some carbonation with obvious notes of yams, maple, light, spices, and bourbon barrel aged notes. Thin to medium bodied. Pretty tasty.
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 8, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Andrew at his tasting. Pours brown with a bright white ring. Nose is squashy and pretty amazing. Taste is very sweet, quite nice, Tastes like it should taste.