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RATINGS: 163   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
A barrel aged version of our Fall seasonal, this is the Autumn Maple that has been aged in bourbon and rye casks.

Note: The 2011 version went from 10% to 13%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (3714) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2010
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!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
50belair (3380) - Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 8, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 4, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2010
750ml bottle, courtesy hopscotch. I went into this one with low expectations, as I wasn’t 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 it’s certainly sweet, there’s 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 can’t 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Reynolds314 (3315) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 30, 2012
Not bad I suppose. Not much of the spices or yams or whatever was supposed to be used. A lightly tart, brown ale with some barrel characteristics. meh.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 8, 2009
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
madvike (3201) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2011
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...it’s sweet and big and hot. Not my thing. Syrupy with little carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Damico (3144) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2013
Pours dark thick pumpkin amber with a smaller beige head. Aroma brings big earthy yams with a subtle spicy sweetness. Flavor brings the earthy yams with a unique off sweetness and some malty amber endings. There is spice from the rye casks as well, especially lingering on the palate.

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