Acer Quercus - The Bruery / Lawson's Finest Liquids Collaboration - Lawson's Finest Liquids
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Reviews by Cavery:
4.55/5 rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Picked up at the provisions a few days ago, 750ml shared with Klym.
Poured into Over-Sized Wine glasses.
A: A nice solid two finger head (big considering glassware!) with a fairly violent end pour. From the look of it there seems to be no need for too violent of a pour. Blackberry body with some sugary brown foams that show some creamy qualities. Some off-brown cola colors show through the sides of the beer with a bit of movement.
S: A very maple-cola quality to the smell that is swarmed by thick grained maple sugars. Smells of some roasted malt comes through like coffee over some syrup dowsed pancakes. The breakfast qualities of this nose are undeniable. The aroma of maple just puts this in the context of breakfast/brunch. All the roasts ride that association to fit in the realm of coffees. Rich breakfasts truly reign supreme here.
T: Roasty nutty coffees that have a slightly candied quality on a woody serving platter. Rolling transitions of flavor that go from complex gradients of roast, into fresh cut sappy woods, and eventually proportional dose of maple sugars. The syrup has really integrated well in here, and I don't get any real syrupy qualities outside of the sugar presence in the flavor. Even then, the maple has married the wood in such a way that they are one. This is really a pleasure to drink, and not like the misaligned syrup bomb I expected. Truly a perfect bite of belgian waffle breakfast with a creamy chaser of coffees. Condiments of whip cream, blueberries, and butter all make brief appearances in this magical breakfast. Waffles more than pancakes in the taste.
M: The most perplexing and mysterious aspect of this beer. The way that the body holds its mass is very difficult to explain. It's sugary and thick like served cold syrup, but it's not at all thick and sticky. There isn't even a syrupy -- nay, there isn't even so much as a glaze in the mouth. Instead, it's actually CRISP and DRY. I mean what in the world is going on here. Absolute voodoo in the mouth. I can't even... what...Medium-full body if not the most deceptive FULL body I've ever had.
O: This is a Breakfast Stout if I've ever had one, but taking into account the identification of "Rye" beer; I will say this is a massively unique brew. This is like a beautiful deconstruction of American breakfast that pays homage to Belgian roots in form of waffley suggestions. That may in fact be an unsubstantiated, if not a superficially deep read on the brewers intentions, but I'm just throwing that out there. Really though, I love this. I think this is such a well made beer, and I wouldn't give 99% of other breweries a snowballs chance in hell of making remotely as good of a beer with these ingredients. The ingredients are by no means bad, it's just such a difficult profile to get balanced. I mean MAPLE WOOD? MAPLE SUGARS? SYRUPS? You might as well just throw jugs in the vat and hope for the best. Not for The Bruery and Lawson's though; this is a refined piece of work. This is worthy of praise. I am born anew in their vision of maple beers. This is my number one candidate for brunch beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2011 04:48:55 | More by Cavery
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4.26/5 rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
750ml bottle poured into a CBS oversized snifter.
A - Pour a dark brown color with medium clarity - just a light haze. A thin finger of tan head fizzles away fairly quickly leaving behind a thick, foamy collar and uneven surface layer of bubbles. Sparse lacing is left around the perimeter of the glass.
S - Boozy on first sniff, almost bourbon in character, a bit surprising considering there is no barrel aging here. Thick and rich malt base - smokey for sure, caramelly, dark brown sugar, lightly maple-y, woody. A bit buttery, more than a little bit of root beer, light vanilla.
T - Warm and giving a rich boozy sensation on the inhale. Expected a bit more harshness, but the alcohol is kept in check and is rather smooth. Maple stands out nicely...much more noticeable than in the aroma. A touch of sweetness remains to it also. I can get a bit of an herbal underpinning to the beer, based in licorice and root beer with root beer in the lead. Vanilla lends a mildly sweet, smoothness to the beer and I think brings out the root beer more (reminds me a bit of the draft root beer at the local stand as a kid, which I am pretty sure was a mix of some concentration of vanilla cream soda). Smokiness is noticeable and up front especially after warming a bit in the glass and works well mixed in with the multitude of things going on here. Notes of caramel and molasses are here for good measure too. Somewhere between a candy bar and an alcoholic soda for me...which is a bit of an odd thing - but a good thing too.
M - Medium body with a medium carbonation. Vanilla especially comes on strong after the beer warms a bit. Feel is smooth, slightly warming but smoothly alcoholic. Noticeable on the inhale and exhale more than in the actual body of the beer itself. Maple flavor/sweetness is quite nice here. Root beer, althought probably off-putting for some/most, is a bit of an enhancement for me. Pretty unique.
O - This is a bottle that I have been "avoiding" opening. I figured I would not like it, expected to be disappointed and even hoped I would hate it. Perhaps I set my expectations too low and it is affecting my opinion, but I am really, really enjoying this beer! It is certainly unique..boozy, sweet, smokey, candy-ish, soda-ish. Complex and different. I imagine this beer could be a bit polarizing...I am definitely on the positive side of the scale. After expecting a let down, I am more than pleasantly surprised by how much I like this beer.
Serving type: bottle
05-20-2014 00:45:44 | More by portia99
3.75/5 rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A: pours deep brown almost black with shades of brown hues around the edges, off cream head dissipates into 1/4" and no lacing is left behind.
S: sweet aromas of maple and yeast, some yam and dark fruits, faint notes of smoked in the back.
T: the smokiness comes forward as the beer first hits your tongue, in a dry way somewhat reminiscent of bacon. Same as in the aroma, the dark fruits like plum are present.
M: full bodied, dry and well rounded, pretty mellow and leaves some notes of maple and oak behind.
O: nothing outstanding, but well done nonetheless. The added ingredients are well represented along this journey.
Serving type: bottle
03-22-2014 22:05:36 | More by Uanof
Acer Quercus - The Bruery / Lawson's Finest Liquids Collaboration from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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