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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottled in April 2011, this ’once a year beer’ is a slowly fermented single-batch brew made during 2010 spring sugaring season. It quietly rested for a year in a single oak barrel from Saxtons River Distillery that previously held Sapling maple liquor. Our recipe has no water added, and uses only barley, hops, yeast and concentrated maple sap from our friend Paul Marble of Fayston, VT. This ale is bottle-conditioned and will age elegantly for many years.

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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (18701) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2015
Bottle split at Bruce’s, thanks to Leighton for this number, 06/03/15. Lightly hazed golden orange with moderate off white spotting. Nose is sticky toffee pudding, sweet maple syrup, butterscotch, sweet man sweet! Taste comprises caramelised sugar, sticky toffee pudding, rich maple syrup, light spice. Full bodied, oily mouthfeel, sweet licks and booze in the close. Drinks below its ABV but not really for me, to sweet and not enough balance, sippable stuff between friends though!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (7731) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2015
Bottle share, thanks to Leighton. Hazy dark orange / brown, small ring of white head. Aroma is maple syrup pancakes, honey, light oxidation, alcohol. Body is medium, soft carbonation, pretty smooth. Taste is sweet honey, maple, booze, touch of barrel, the finish manages a little bit of dryness despite all the sweetness. Decent.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (14009) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2015
Bottle thanks to Leighton. It pours clear brown with minimal head. The nose is rich, sweet, maple, dried fruits, raisin, honeyed cereal, booze and fruit cake. The taste is rich, sweet, umami, maple, wood, candied peel, faint burnt notes, oily, stone fruits, raisin and light spice with a dry finish. Full body, fine carbonation and oily mouth-feel. A bit more carbonation. Would be nice. Actually not as sweet as feared. Alright.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (20548) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2015
Bottle shared in London - many thanks to Wally. Pours clear amber-gold with a bubbly white head. Rich malty aroma with nips of caramel, figs, bread, dates. Medium to big sweet flavor with some brown sugar, a bit of oily maple syrup, toffee, bread, golden raisins. Full bodied, chewy, with fine carbonation. Lightly warming on the finish with further maple syrup impressions, caramel, stewed fruits, bread. Nicely nuanced. Very tasty.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (23261) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 6, 2015
Bottle at Bruces... Copper.. Thin white lacing.. Soft toffee fruit... Soft malts.... Sweet crystal.. Soft toffee malt... Soft sweet toffee fruit...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ericdevin (988) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Bottle courtesy Scott. Pours a reddish amber, little bit of white head. Aroma surprisingly well balanced; definitely maple forward, but with a nice oaky, tannic character as well, perhaps some caramel and Graham cracker as well, some alcohol as it warms. Body thick and syrupy (ha), with a strong, lingering sweetness and just a hint of warming. Wouldn’t seek it out again, because I’m not the biggest fan of maple, but a good beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 7, 2014
Bottle through recent trade 2014 bottling #1319/1500. Pour has a dark amber brown color with little white foam and a few bits floating about. Aroma has rich malts, maple soaked barrel wood, dark brown sugar, and some heat. Mouth feel is medium and lighter than expected with basically no carbonation. Flavor is heavily malted, big barrel wood, maple sap, dark sugars,

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (6151) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2014
(500ml bottle) clear medium brown, creamy offwhite head. Nose of oak, huge maple, alcohol, caramel, very sap like. Taste of saccharin, maple, alcohol, caramel, linger has an odd artificial nature.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wisdomsolo (466) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2014
So sweet and so stinkin’ good! If I lived in Vermont I would hoard this beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fluffy (2466) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2014
glad there was some clarification as to this and the 22oz bottles. yup, basically like alcoholic maple syrup. well rounded with the maple-y goodness.


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