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RATINGS: 45   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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (23681) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2015
6th March 2015
Bottle share gathering at Bruce’s. Thanks to Leighton for supplying this long held want. Hazy amber beer, short lived off white head. Smooth palate, semi dry, mild fine carbonation. Nice caramel and toffee - maple. Mild ripe fruits. Mellow bitterness and spice. Light dry finish. Nice job, well joined up and a little off the beaten track.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (22690) - 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...

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (19830) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (18837) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2016
Bottle at Wailin Whales in Linus apartment 160528. Clear amber beer with a decent off-white/beige head. Fruity caramel aroma, toffee, vinous, figs and raisins. Fruity toffee flavor, grapes, raisins, maple syrup, figs, vinous notes, some warming alcohol. Quite nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (18196) - 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!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (14607) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 27, 2015
Bottle c&c from jredmond. Pours sort of darkish ruddy maple. No real head. Aroma is heat and maple and treacle, and arguably it’s a bit plummy. Hints of Belgian yeast/spice. Quite an aroma! Fullest body. It’s what SA Triple Bock should have been. Somehow heat isn’t an issue here. Very warming.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (14000) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2011
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that lasted with good lacing. Medium to heavy complex toasted nutty, maple mead and wood aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy vanilla maple flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration with a small alcohol bite. This is a complex thick standout beer.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (13557) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (13163) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2015
Bottle thanks to Randy. Pours a cloudy brown with tan head that lasts. The aroma is strong maple, wood, bourbon. Medium mouth, strong bourbon, maple, roast, very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (10613) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2015
Bottle shared at Bruce’s place. Thanks to Leighton. No water added ? Clear light amber dark orange coloured pour with a fleeting fine head. Aroma is sweet, woody maple, raisin, wood. Flavour is composed, sweet, maple, light light wood, little sprutz. Light honey, some jammy fruit. Palate is full sweet, sticky, velvety, lowish tingling carbonation. Some wood tanin. Very sweet but I like it. Fetch me some pancakes.


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