Sierra Nevada Trip in the Woods: Barrel-Aged Maple Scotch Style Ale

RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.97/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Scotch style ale brewed with maple syrup and aged in bourbon barrels.

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keepersj12 (3137) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 2, 2017
Madeira dominates the aroma. The flavor is more complex with dark fruit and the wood with the wine more in the background. Pours a dark amber with a thin head. Very nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Travlr (26264) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 19, 2017
Deep dark amber color, tan head. Nice aroma of maple syrup drizzled over plums, raisins, dates. Taste has burnt caramel, vanilla, dark fruit. Delicious.

slowrunner77 (12998) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 19, 2016
Gotta say - I like everything about this beer. The color - dark mahogany. The nose is well balanced between bourbon, beer and maple as is the flavor. Goes away really really quickly for an 11% beer. Nailed the barreling. Just awesome.

brokensail (16678) - Dublin, California, USA - AUG 3, 2016
On tap @ Torpedo Room. Light brown colored beer with a surprisingly robust khaki head. A very large, sweet beer. Big time caramel, brown sugar, and vanilla. Pretty nice hit of maple, too. Subtle coconut and whiskey. The flavor is kind of just straight up dessert/sugar juice. Tons of maple, dark fruits, caramel, and vanilla. The whiskey character doesn’t really cut through that much or even provide an obvious booze quality to break up the sweetness. It’s nice to try, but this is a little much.

ineedbeer (2267) - Oakland, California, USA - JUN 27, 2016
Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Aroma is sweet with a medium light maple note, lots of caramel and toffee. Soem brunt sugar and light treacle. A touch of toasted bread. Medium light oak notes with some lighter bourbon. A light herbal hop note with some alcohol. More maple as it warms. Pours a fairly clear, brown with burnt amber hues and a medium sized, thick, tan head that recedes slowly to the edges where it lingers. Medium light lacing and long legs. Flavor is fairly sweet with a lot of malt character. Lots of caramel and toffee with lighter toasted bread, burnt sugar, and treacle. A hint of a roast note. Medium maple notes with hints of coconut and vanilla. Light bourbon and oak notes. Medium bitterness with faint hop notes. Light alcohol spice in the finish. Lingering maple, caramel and bourbon. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth. Overall, a really nice beer. I’m fairly impressed with these limited run beers that Sierra Nevada keeps putting out. Great maple notes, balanced with good bourbon barrel characteristics. Nice malt characteristics.

hayduke (5703) - Eureka, California, USA - JUN 26, 2016
The bottle was picked up by marcus and brought to the table at the Capital Taproom and shared with bhensonb and myself.. Pours a muddy red with a light tan head. Lots of thick lacing rings. Nose of maple, vanilla, and dark ripe fruit. Flavor is rich, with a good mixture of maple, and fruit, some vanilla and bourbon and it finishes with wood and the bourbon. Excellent beer.

bhensonb (15848) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 25, 2016
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours darkly ruddy with a tan head. Aroma of wood, maple, maybe brown sugar, a little vanilla. Med body or so. Flavor is wood, maple, maybe brown sugar, a little bourbon. It has something a bit like spice - but maybe it’s wood. Or maple. It’s a bit sweet, and the bourbon comes up a bit after awhile.

marcus (10752) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 25, 2016
Bottle from City Beer. Pours reddish brown with a thick clinging beige head and a magnificent treacle and maple aroma. There is a medium-bodied dark molasses flavor with lots of maple and some nice vanilla and bourbon finish.

ClarkVV (6893) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 30, 2016
750mL bottle from the brewery, bottled 3/31/16 and shared by AdamC on 5/21/16.
Good clarity in this deep mahogany-chestnut beer. Light beige head atop shows moderate to moderately strong retention.
At first smell I get visions of the awfully over-barreled Ride That Bear, but as it slowly breathes and warms, the heavy barrel character subsides somewhat, leaving more maple, light woodsmoke and very little hop notes behind it. Big brown sugar and dark fruit notes definitely show off a true scotch ale with the bourbon definitely intensifying the overall character and contributing moderate coconut-like character. Vanilla, toffee and oak linger with a touch of alcohol apparent and no flaw.
Rich, nearly sticky, but well-attenuated texture has plentiful vanilla, toffee and light roast with strong oak dryness. Maple sweetness perks up on the end and is quite enjoyable. Dark fruits, heavy oak and toffee lingering with a hint of earthy smoke.
The fact that this thing is 2% stronger and 4 months younger than Ride That Bear and already tastes much more mellow speaks volumes to Sierra Nevada’s quality (and less to the Bruery’s). Still way too intense of a beer for my tastes and I wish I’d tried it with another 3-6 months of age on it. But no doubt it should continue to mellow out and develop very nicely. Lots of potential, so a bit of leniency on my score.

davidm (2081) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 27, 2016
Great malty flavours: vanilla, caramel... bourbon notes smoothly integrated. Very enjoyable.

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