Acer Quercus - The Bruery / Lawson's Finest Liquids Collaboration - Lawson's Finest Liquids
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4.2/5 rDev +10.5%
Cellared for a few years, poured into my Delirium tulip.
Appeared a dark brown color with a purple grape colored tinge to the relatively small head that was produced.
Smelled of dark fruits, a bit of tobacco, and slight maple syrup.
Taste is quite delicious - decently roasty with a nice sweet maple finish - reminds me of maple candy a bit on the finish. Alcohol taste is definitely present.
Mouthfeel could have had a bit more body but otherwise it was decent.
Overall pretty solid and paired well with my meal of bbq ribs. I enjoyed this one more than I expected I would. A nice treat.
08-04-2014 00:27:25 | More by TWStandley
4.26/5 rDev +12.1%
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.
05-20-2014 00:45:44 | More by portia99
3.75/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
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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