FlacoAlto (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2012
A steady pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces an almost two-finger thick, pale brown, or amber tinged, dark tan colored head. The beer is a concentrated amber / brown color that shows an almost brilliantly clear, bright cranberry-juice red hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of caramelized / toasted malt, cooked brown sugar, toasted coconut, tart / warm Bourbon notes, and some spicy, almost green woody aromatics. There is an earthy quality to this beer that seems contributed from the toasted malt, the toasted oak, the hint of spices and perhaps even from the yams. The spices are very subtle, much more so than in the base beer or the Brett version, but do get noticed deep in the finish; they contribute aromatic notes of nutmeg, some woody ginger notes, and perhaps something a bit like allspice.drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2009
The beer has a sweetness to it up front, but this is well balanced by a Bourbon / barrel influenced tartness, lots of tannic, woody oak, a solid, general spiciness and even some carbonic bite. There is a woodiness in the finish that seems contributed by the Maple Syrup, as well as the oak barrel; it has a spiciness to it, and almost a touch of wintergreen character to it (though this last is quite subtle and merely a suggestion). There is nice toasted character to this beer that seems mostly malt contributed, but is also influenced by the oak, and it provides a touch of a bite that is a paler version of the bite that something more roasted would have. There isn’t a whole lot of sweetness to this beer and this makes the toasted coconut notes a touch softer, and there is also a noticeable vanillin note, but they still play a prominent role in this beer. The body is pretty light for a beer of this strength, having said that though, this is certainly a sipping beer; not just from the warming alcohol, as this does have some sticky, viscous character to it. There is a spiciness in the finish, that is almost more woody than spicy, but I am sure is contributed by actual spices (perhaps nutmeg and allspice). As the beer warms up a nice nuttiness starts to come out that seems to suggest a slight oxidation picked up during its barrel rest.
Not bad, I do like that the Bourbon character plays a supporting role here; it does play a big role, but the base beer clearly comes through and doesn’t get drowned out by the barrel treatment. Having said that, I definitely enjoyed the Brett version more, though I haven’t had the regular version since that flat, first release, but suspect that I would like a properly carbonated version of that beer more than this version as well. Still, this is easily an enjoyable beer and is nice to sip away an evening with.
thanks to kan for sharing! pours murky brown with very small off white head. nose is yammy, vanilla, butterscotch. flavors are yams, spicy, vanilla, dark fruit, hot booze too. Steve_0 (3818) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Bottle at home with friends. Pour is slightly murky with a small frothy tan head and good lacing. Big caramelly, maple syrup, cardamom, vanilla, sweet potatoes, vanilla, and toffee in the aroma. Taste is bourbon, sweet brown sugar, dark fruity, oaky, earthy, raisins, somewhat tangy, and light alcohol on the backend. Slick mouthfeel with medium carbonation. OK. 50belair (3682) - 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. Reynolds314 (3477) - 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.
WeeHeavySD (3387) - 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. baraciisch (3376) - California, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Hazy murky dark reddish brown in color... Aroma of sour vinegar, caramel, brown sugar.... Flavor is incredibly tart, notes of bourbon, caramel, brown sugar, yams, and spices... Probably one of the better overtly infected BA beers I've had...
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone pantanap (3367) - 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. 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. Beerlando (3343) - 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.