Acer Quercus - The Bruery / Lawson's Finest Liquids Collaboration - Lawson's Finest Liquids
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3.95/5 rDev +3.9%
On tap at The Bruery in Placentia, CA.
Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, slight smoke, maple, and some woody aromas. Taste is much the same with a very woody and earthy aftertaste. There is a slight amount of smoke bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and full bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice sweet and smoky aromas and flavors.
07-08-2012 03:16:56 | More by UCLABrewN84
4/5 rDev +5.3%
02.09.2012 update: this one has gotten quite a bit better. The smoke and tobacco have really fallen off and now the maple shines through along with a bit of smoke in the background. Nice balance and complexity with a full body.
Original review below
Bottle shared by bmanning. Served in a Bruery tulip.
Pours a dark chestnut brown with a good off-white to tan head with a few spots of lacing on the way down and a thin collar throughout. The nose carries some tobacco initially and is eventually followed up with some oak, light maple, and a bit of smoked malt. Flavor picks up a lot of the smoke along with some maple in the background and has a general earthy feeling. Medium body with a dry, smokey finish. Good carbonation. Worth a try, but not as good as I was expecting.
07-31-2011 03:15:43 | More by Thorpe429
4.33/5 rDev +13.9%
Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with a modest head that leaves some lacing behind
Smell: Maple, cherry, oak and smoke
Taste: Maple sugar, up front, joined by cherry and smoke elements; the beer gets a touch sweeter by mid-palate, with the maple balancing out the cherry and smoke flavors; there is also an interesting tobacco aspect to the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation
Overall: Though I was concerned this beer might be too sweet, I enjoyed the way the smoke and the maple came together with the cherry flavor
Thanks, Madirish76, for the opportunity
05-15-2012 00:28:01 | More by brentk56
3.8/5 rDev 0%
I've had this beer a couple times now. Thanks to Chris for opening a bottle and then on-tap at the Bruery.
A: The pour on this is a dark brown color with a finger of soapy, khaki colored head.
S: Though not overly smokey, the smoke does come through on the nose. Lots of wood and rye with a bit of maple syrup and vanilla. Toasted malts with a hint of roast and coffee are present and there is a molasses-like sweetness.
T: While I did not notice any on the aroma, there is a hint of booze on the palate. Otherwise, it's pretty much all the same. Lots of toast, roast, rye, and wood. Some sweetness of maple syrup, toffee, and molasses, but nowhere near as sweet as I had anticipated. The smoke also appears to be more eviden on the palate.
M: Medium to full in body with a smooth, medium carbonation.
O: An interesting beer with a nice bit of complexity to it, but I'm still not the hugest fan of the smoke.
07-08-2011 16:19:35 | More by womencantsail
3.65/5 rDev -3.9%
Bottle from t0rin0 I think? I've had this a while so I don't remember. Served in a wine glass at Edward's birthday party.
A - Lightly tan foam settles to a wispy partial cap and thick collar, but minimal lace. Transparent cherry wood brown body.
S - Quite sweet, with tons of maple, oak, vanilla, tobacco, smoke, as well as rye and other earthy grains.
T - For some reason the flavor has a mild 'homebrew' flavor to it. The oak cubes dominate, imparting lots of vanilla amid the slightly smokey and meaty malts. Some rye zest mixed in there as well. Hefty doses of maple and brown sugar sweetness round things out.
M - Zesty carbonation, with an oaky, dry, and grainy, medium-light body. Well-hidden alcohol, but a strangely astringent finish.
D - Not a big fan of this one. I was expecting more out of this collaboration, and the flavor profile *sounds* like it should be enjoyable, but for whatever reason it just ends up fatiguing. I may have been less critical if this had come in a 12oz bottle though - a pox on the Bruery's 750ml bottles.
06-26-2012 17:33:10 | More by MasterSki
3.58/5 rDev -5.8%
Poured into a Bruery tulip because this is a Bruery beer and I don't have a Lawson's glass. Hint hint.
Beer is black, no light escapes the beer, dense, nice two finger tan head of small bubbles, decent retention, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation, interesting.
Aroma is roasty, mildly oaky, mildly maple, I really have to hunt for the maple.
Beer is medium in body and if you want a decent basic stout, here is the beer for you. I see now that this is classified as a rye beer, that is fine but I don't a lot of rye out of it and I don't get a lot of maple out of it either. I will have it again but not my favorite.
11-13-2011 01:46:17 | More by drabmuh
4.22/5 rDev +11.1%
Thanks to someone for sharing this at the Flying Saucer Beer Tasting. I think it was shared by thirdeye11 or GregSVT.
The beer pours a reddish color with a tan head. The aroma is very strong. I get a lot of ashy smoke, with a little bit of chocolate mixed in. The two surprisingly go together very well.
The flavor is similar but a little more complex. I get a lot of the meaty, ashy smoke, but the chocolate is more pronounced than in the aroma. There is also a nice roasted malt backbone and some woody notes. I don't get much if any maple syrup notes in the flavor or aroma. The alcohol is well hidden for a 9 percent beer.
Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
10-15-2011 21:52:17 | More by Mora2000
3.9/5 rDev +2.6%
From 03/17/12 notes. Big thanks to Desaparecido for sending me a bottle of this one in the Birthday BIF; thanks Ed! A big Want of mine. 750ml bottle poured into my Bruery tulip.
a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with one inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.
s - Smells of maple, roasted malts, chocolate, smoked malts, light fruity malts, some nuts, and some wood. Nice nose, but more smokey then I was expecting.
t - Tastes of sweet maple, sweet dark fruits, roasted malts, chocolate, smoked malts, toasted malts, bread. Sweeter then the nose and a tiny bit too sweet for me; not as nice as the nose.
m - Medium body and low carbonation. Smooth, no real alcohol to it. Nice body.
o - Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer, but I was a little disappointed by it. Given how much I like the Bruery and Lawson's, I was expecting something great, and instead got a good smokey strong ale. While enjoyable and worth checking out, not something I'd go crazy over to find again. I preferred the Marrón Acidifié we had before it.
03-18-2012 23:59:10 | More by mdfb79
4/5 rDev +5.3%
A steady, but not overly vigorous pour into my Lost Abbey Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a voluminous, four-finger thick, dark amber / pale brown tinged, tan colored head that leaves lots of layered lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a dark, concentrated brown color that shows a brilliantly clear, concentrated ruby and brown hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of sweet, concentrated, caramelized malt, perhaps a touch of toasted / roasted malt, some definite, though faint smokiness that somehow seems to be missing the fatness / richness that a typical smoked beer has. The up-front sweetness has almost completely disappeared, with the smoke and toasted malt notes becoming the dominant note. There is a hint of sweetness towards the finish, but it is quite faint; it contributes hints of what was noticed up front, but also perhaps a touch of caramelized cotton candy. There is a fair amount of woody aromatics to this beer, but it integrates quite well with the toasted malt aromatics. As the beer warms up it smells a touch like fresh cut saw dust at times.
Up front there is a dry, roasted toasted brown maltiness, but the beer quickly picks up some sweetness towards the middle that is quite caramelized and perhaps a touch fruit like, then towards the finish the beer dries out considerably with some phenolic smokiness, some bitter roast malt and an astringency that seems derived from the oak. The oak character here is not overly aggressive, but it is certainly present; spicy oak flavors, a bit of pepper, some warming oak / alcohol notes, some woody tartness that at times seems a touch a bourbon like, and there is a toasted oak note that accentuates the toasted malt notes that are here. The woodiness here is actually accentuated by the maple, which is actually a contributor to this beer; it mixes in seamlessly with the caramelized malt character, with just a bit of sweetness being attributable to the maple as well as that touch of spiciness that maple has.
A second pour, drunk soon after pouring, confirms how highly carbonated this beer is. This accentuates a berry and almost cherry like fruitiness that is also accentuated by the light sweetness that anchors this beer. This beer has some body to it, it is not super chewy or thick, but has a medium fullness to it and the ability to stick a bit to the palate in a coating manner.
This is actually pretty nice, I was almost expecting this to be a dud, but I am pleasantly surprised and find myself enjoying this beer. The smokiness is subtle enough, but does contribute some sharpness and phenolic, almost astringency that would have been too much if this beer was more smoke influenced.
02-15-2012 03:12:51 | More by Gueuzedude
4.03/5 rDev +6.1%
On-tap at The Bruery,
A: Pours a deep mahogany, with a solid off-white head with an ochre tinge. Average retention, spotty lace.
S: Maple, brown sugar, notes of cacao.
T: Lots of deep, brown caramel malty flavours with secondary notes of molasses and maple syrup. Hints of roast and rye tang as well. Never boozy, good solid flavours.
M: Medium full-bodied, smooth, creamy, a big beer, heavy on the palate, never cloying.
O: Overall, a real nice collaboration effort. I enjoyed what the maple brought to the table.
06-18-2011 23:55:38 | More by Halcyondays
4/5 rDev +5.3%
Thanks to Mike and Jen for sharing this bottle. Acer Quercus, the genera for maple and oak. Maplewood smoking, oak cubes, and maple syrup? And rye to boot? Sounds exciting.
A: The beer is dark, a cola brown with a little more depth. The ale supports a darker tan colored head that quickly turns into a wispy pool.
S: The nose leads off with the smoked maplewood, a meaty thick aroma if ever there was one. While strong, the smokiness has a sweetness to it and transitions nicely to the vanilla oak cubes and maple syrup. Booze is present but not a distraction. Finally, dark sugars, more maple, lend strength and depth.
T: Smoke, sweetness, more smoke. A four word definition that doesn't seem to do the ale justice. The maplewood smoke is full, appearing throughout the glass. In between, sweet maple syrup adds thickness and dark sugary sweetness. Spiciness is apparent between the first round of smoke and the maple sweetness, the oak and rye together perhaps? As the ale warms, the smokiness mellows out and the sweetness becomes more apparent.
M: The mouthfeel is sweet and smooth, the smokiness cutting into it with a sharper edge. The complexity and evolving flavors make the ale one to try.
O: A nice ale, the maple focus providing strong flavors.
08-13-2011 11:47:10 | More by akorsak
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