1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 4, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks for sharing this beer Ben. The aroma is vanilla, bourbon, and yams with a subtle marshmallow. The flavor is sweet yams and vanilla with some bourbon and maple syrup. Very unique and nice. The palate is super. Sweet but not sugary. Medium bodied and balanced. Poured to a murky dark mahogany reddish body with little to no head.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle, courtesy hopscotch. I went into this one with low expectations, as I wasnít a fan at all of the under carbonated first batch of the base beer. This one pours a hazy, dark, brownish amber hue. A small, smooth head of tan foam crowns the surface, leaving behind a dense, sudsy, leggy wash of lace that rejoins the body. The aroma just about knocked my socks off, showing beautiful notes of candied yams,
brown sugar, hazelnuts, vanilla maple sugar, caramel, and oaky, sour mash bourbon. Though itís certainly sweet, thereís something about the spicy, oaky, slightly boozy nose that cuts through the sweetness and balances it out a bit. Flavors are also complex and decadent. The caramelized yams, vanilla, and maple are perfectly complimented by the earthy nuttiness, and the silky bourbon slides right in there, fitting the profile like a glove. On the palate, soft to moderate carbonation stands up to the medium-full, sweet, luxurious body. It finishes warm, but not at all hot. Excellent brew here. I canít recall a beer in which the barrel-aged version was this significantly better than the base beer. The bourbon and oak really sets this one off. Of course, the carbonation helps out alot too.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 8, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750mL bottle, courtesy of iowaherkeye. Thanks, Joey! Pours a slightly green, oily, yellowish-brown color; thin off-white head with minimal lacing. Gorgeous, gorgeous nose; very generous, sweet bourbon and lightly charred barrel character; touches of caramel apples, oily, no alcohol, honey; awesome. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: nicely warming bourbon and sweet vanilla notes; touches of sour mash; oozing honey and brown sugar; minimal alcohol; just a huge improvement to the standard version of this beer; great barrel notes. Gorgeous and well-presented. Lasting finish: brown sugar, sweet bourbon, vanilla, and viscous, oozing barrel notes; nicely toasty at the far end.
tectactoe (3122) - Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2014
0.6 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2014 Bottle: 2013 edition. Murky, turbid brown pour with a wispy, beige-ish head that is gone in a matter of seconds. Aroma immediately screams infection... Sour yogurt & lacto notes, green apple skins, lemons, vinegar... Only get slight undertones of weird ginger spice from the base beer. Does NOT mix well. Taste is even worse. Horribly infected. Sour apple & lemon with a bad mixture of nasty spiced beer. Could barely drink a few sips of this... Incredibly thin for 13% ABV, but thatís the least of my concerns. Awful. Hot fucking garbage. Will re-rate when I have the chance to try again... never thought this could be worse than the regular Autumn Maple. One of the worst things ever.
madvike (3105) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2011
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle shared by Tooch4321...thanks Adam! - Pours brown with a reddish tint and a thin ring of white head. Aroma is pretty sharp--alcohol is pretty hot and sweet, with--well--not much else. Taste is sweet bourbon, rich malt with a spicy pumpkiny twinge. But damn...itís sweet and big and hot. Not my thing. Syrupy with little carbonation.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 4, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2009 updated 07Sep2009
Iím having this from a bottle, so Iíll make some updates based on the different format.
Lightly carbonated, the maple flavor really hits you and it still goes well w/ the bourbon aging. I like it. Itís on the sweet side, but that works for me.
-------- cask at the Bruery. This is the 2008 Autumn Maple that was aged in bourbon and rye barrels.
Itís a dark brown pour with red highlights and despite the warning that it was a still beer, it had a about a 1/2 inch white head. The aroma of vanilla, oak, bourbon, yams and nutmeg hits you. The flavors of the bourbon aging play very well against the maple and yams. Excellent on cask. I bet it will be great from the bottle.
tmoreau (2985) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small sample pour to a shaker at the Windy City Distributing annual expo. The color was a hazed, brown/amber, with modest, off white head foam that reduced quickly to a ring and film, and left light spots of lacing at best. The aroma was maple sweetness, spices, and bourbony alcohol. The flavor was a little sherry-like, bourbony alcohol warmth, full bodied, syrupy texture, with modest carbonation. A very enjoyable sipper!
jbruner (2985) - Athens, 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 drowlandís 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.
johnnnniee (2978) - 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.
50belair (2967) - Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. This was a huge disappointment from a typically good brewery. Brown pour with an off white head. Terribly sweet and boozy with all kinds of maple.