Acer Quercus - The Bruery / Lawson's Finest Liquids Collaboration - Lawson's Finest Liquids
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2.13/5 rDev -43.9%
750 ml bottle
Poured into a globe glass
A: Dark murky brown colored body with a somewhat fizzy off-white/tan head with tiny bubbles. No lacing and only minor retention around the edges.
S: Lots of smoke, dark malts, sweet maple syrup and a distinct medicinal quality to the overall aroma. A hint of salted bacon towards the back. This is a very odd combination of flavors, and I'm not too sure I really like this.
T: Ugh. Over the top on all fronts. Sweet thick maple syrup, too much smoke and burnt malts. The back end even has a slight twinge on the swallow, almost like a tartness. I don't really enjoy this at all. Alone these flavors sound great but unfortunately there is no balance here. Everything is too in-your-face.
M: Good carbonation that helps keep this from feeling thick and syrupy which it easily could. Lots of bubbles break things up but the sweetness is still much too sticky, perhaps something not even different carbonation levels could remedy.
Huge disappointment here. I have another bottle I'll most likely trade away to someone who wants to try this or appreciates this more. I am a fan of smoke-forward beers and maple, but knowing The Bruery I should have expected this sweetness level. Too much I'm afraid.
02-21-2012 03:14:15 | More by ShanePB
2.53/5 rDev -33.4%
Poured into a Wide mouth wine glass
A: Very dark brown with a brown head, no lacing.
S: Smokey BBQ burnt wood, campfire, no sweet maple syrup scents at all.
T: Hot smokey fried bacon. Where's the eggs and hash browns?
M: A cozy bonfire in your mouth.
O: Total disappointment.
07-29-2011 19:35:30 | More by ineva
2.58/5 rDev -32.1%
Acer Quercus, Rye Beer 9% ABV
A: This is a deep mahogany brown with light brown notes at the edges. The head is fluffy with small bubbles and minimal lacing.
S: There are intense smoky notes almost akin to a rauch bier. There is a whole bbq of oak and smoldering charcoal notes. There’s not any real rye notes and absolutely no maple syrup scents.
T: The taste is a little smoky but they hid all of the deep maple notes for the taste. It tastes almost like a burnt Belgian tripel. The body is rich but ultimately disappointing.
M: The mouthfeel is thick and frothy with tons of coating. It sounds like it should be amazing but the smoke notes just override and it is not fulfilling. For all the maple hype it just feels a bit off the mark.
D: This is simply too smoky, too sticky, and too much to enjoy in large quantities. I had a hard time splitting a bomber, much less finishing one on my own. I will not be a repeat customer. It’s not that the experience was exceptionally bad, it is just fundamentally deficient, it feels like a Kia dealership.
Narrative: No one asked Xavier Weber to prom. He spent most mornings smoke grilling baby back spare ribs or cold glazing honey combs for his apiary projects. High school wasn’t his forte. He usually showed up in coveralls and covered in sticky brisket char. “Mr. Weber, please clean the gristle from your shirt and return to class.” Girls would eye him suspiciously and question his lumbarjackesque demeanor. He was not unknown for felling trees but it didn’t consume the entirety of his being. Secretly he yearned to produce top of the line maple syrup in a bohemian boutique. “MR. WEBER! At least clean the bees off of your coveralls before you enter my GEOMETRY CLASS!” 10th grade was going to be a long year.
07-14-2011 07:09:44 | More by SubpoenaDeuces
2.8/5 rDev -26.3%
On tap at the Bruery.
Deep dark impenetrable brown almost black. Two fingers of beige head decent retention and specs of lacing left behind.
Smells super sweet. Definitely maple syrup, candi sugar, some smokey notes, oak, vanilla, some yeast.
Tastes super sweet. Maple syrup, brown sugar, candi sugar, smokey and oak notes come through and offer a bit of tannic bitterness to balance thing out. Tastes like there are some baking spices in there too, maybe cinnamon/cardomon? Some bubblegum too. Reminds me a bit of rugbrod... Only sweeter.
Under attenuated, full bodied, carbonation is mellow which works well, alcohol well hidden.
Overall to sweet to be very enjoyable.
08-07-2011 23:50:38 | More by billshmeinke
3.15/5 rDev -17.1%
Enjoyed at a beach with a fellow beer nerd on July 3rd. Poured an intense dark brown color with a small tannish head. Smokey rye and oak come through in the nose, though this is disappointingly mild. Intense rye, smoke and a hint of booziness. The combo of rye, maple and smoke leave only rye and smoke, as I get little to no maple. There is a distinct char to the finish that is not altogether very appealing. As it opens up, the beer becomes more palatable, but mostly in the sense that the less appealing flavors are slightly blunted. Medium body with medium carbonation feels about right. Overall, this beer doesn't come together like it seems like it should. The expected triad of rye, smoke and maple seems to be lacking in the maple which would have rounded this beer out and blunted some of the harshness of the other two primary ingredients. Love the fact that they tried this, but my experience with maple beers is starting to suggest that they need more maple than brewers are willing to put in to make it worth the addition (or I need to change my expectation of what maple is supposed to taste like in a beer).
07-06-2011 14:31:48 | More by seeswo
3.15/5 rDev -17.1%
Bottle. Thanks to mulitple RS members. Pours a dark cola like brown/tan color with a light tan head. The nose is really sweet with notes of caramel, cherry, vanilla, and some booze. Medium mouthfeel. Boozy, woody, caramel, apple, cherry, leather, and some earthiness. The booze being so evident is a bit of a surprise to me and one that I was not expecting. Overall, I wasn’t completely in love with this.
10-24-2011 01:12:59 | More by kbutler1
3.19/5 rDev -16.1%
750 ml shared by Gonzoillini. Thanks Tony! Served in a Deschutes snifter.
A: Pours a dark brownish color with some lighter edges. A thin khaki colored head forms on the pour and recedes quickly to a thin ring. Some minor splotches of lace.
S: Light and smokey. Wood char with some dark fruit and a little pale malt.
T: Same as the nose. Pale malts, smokey and some char. Light oxidation with some paper. Booze is well hidden by the smoke.
M: Medium light bodied with a medium carbonation level. Slightly smokey finish.
O: Decent enough with some well hidden booze. I enjoy smoked beers, but this one was a little one note. Booze was hidden nicely though.
03-01-2013 02:08:18 | More by Treebs
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