Acer Quercus - The Bruery / Lawson's Finest Liquids Collaboration - Lawson's Finest Liquids
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4.4/5 rDev +15.8%
Pours deep mahogany with very little light passing through except when held up to light, where the edges look clear copper. The head is thick and creamy, leaving great lacing.
First thing I notice in the nose is actually the smoked malts with the maple syrup taking a little bit of a back seat. There is a mixture of spiciness from oak and rye.
Taste starts with the smoked malts again but the rye lends a great texture to the feel and actually transitions into a definite maple syrup character, especially in the finish which also shows some heat going down.
The mouthfeel is super smooth and creamy with the rye doing its job well and keeping the smoked malts from drying the feel out too much.
I really enjoyed this beer. It does have a few different things going on, and the first few sips seemed disjointed, but I actually think it comes together extremely well.
07-25-2011 03:19:17 | More by gford217
4.78/5 rDev +25.8%
As always, I have to try anything that I can get from Lawson's, especially when it's a collaboration beer.
Pours a dark brown color with a two-finger brown head into my glass.
A good, not overwhelming whiff of oak with just a hint of sweet, smoky malt and very little maple.
Smokey, chewy malt that results from the use of the oak cubes. Very savory with a good amount of spice too (from the rye malt).
Alcohol heat is kept to a minimum, which is surprising to me. For 9%, it doesn't quite feel that way. The oak is done in a manner that does not overwhelm the taste buds. Each sip just tastes better than the preceding sip.
I have to give this high marks. If it is truly a rye beer (tastes like one), then it is one of the more complex versions I've seen thus far.
You could cellar it but honestly, it's tasty as it is. I hope it will lead to more collaborations between Lawson's and other fine breweries in the near future!
07-25-2011 02:26:58 | More by Brad007
3.7/5 rDev -2.6%
750 mL bottle shared at the July Santa Cruz tasting. Pours darkest amber with a small tan head. Aroma is oaky and rather smoky too, with some hard roasted malts and a hint of acetone. A little mapley and molassesy too. Flavor is maple syrup and oak, slightly meaty with the smoke, sweet and boozy but with a rather medium body. Some good flavors and complexity but it needs more body to back it up.
07-24-2011 08:51:49 | More by illidurit
4/5 rDev +5.3%
750mL brown glass pry-top champagne bottle. No date, just released in VT last week. Congrats Sean!
Pours a beautiful opaque black with brown hues around the edges and creamy cappuccino-colored hear. Stellar. Nose has hints of tar and toasted oak, dried oats, baking cookies or cookie dough and a flash of milk chocolate. Palate is big and wide, but framed by some oak-astringency. Medium bodied and creamy, sweet but not cloying. Flavors match the nose with a strong woodiness throughout.
Will really enjoy seeing this beer evolve over the next three or so years. Stashing some in my cellar for sure!
07-23-2011 04:50:14 | More by SFLpunk
4.2/5 rDev +10.5%
750 ml bottle poured into a pint glass.
comes out a nice thick black with a good three fingers tan colored head that showcases some big bubbles. great retention on this with excellent lacing. the nose is caramel molasses maple rye toffee and oak. very sugary and sweet is what appears to await me. maple molasses smokiness hit first and coffee chocolate and caramel come in as well. this transitions into a a great hop pull on the back on the mouth. extremely full bodied with lots of carbonation. this is one big brew and one that is pulled off beautifully in my opinion.
07-20-2011 23:50:26 | More by celticfutblclub
4/5 rDev +5.3%
Bottle purchased from Bruery Provisions in Orange, CA. Consumed on 7/7/11
A - Dark drown with small amount of light brown head. 4
S - Sweet maple syrup, caramel, brown sugar and some oaky/woddy notes. No noticeable bitterness. A very sweet overall nose. 4
T - Big, bold oak/wood flavours are present up front with sweetness in the background that is surprisingly the secondary flavour (based on the nose). There is also a fairly prevalent smoke flavour throughout that becomes even more noticeable as the beer warms up. Some maple comes through, but not as much as I expected. Some dark caramel and brown sugar in the background as well.
M - Medium body. Light carbonation.
07-15-2011 17:24:38 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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
4.22/5 rDev +11.1%
750ml bottle poured into a tulip. I opened this on Canada Day (the motherland) as I figured it would be suiting for the occasion but just entering notes now.
A - Pours a darkish brown to swampy black. Nice fluffy wet sand brown head that does leave some good lacing.
S - A distinct smokiness. Oak, sweet syrup, caramel, vanilla.
T - This beer is deep in flavour. Lots of oak intermixed with the sweet maple syrup and the smoky wood. Definitely pick up some graininess of the rye on the back end and a hint of honey. Very good.
M - Easy to drink, medium, slightly tacky.
O - A very tasty beer, really liked this one. Glad I have more for next Canada Day!
07-12-2011 17:57:15 | More by OakedCanuck
4.28/5 rDev +12.6%
A-Pours dark brown/almost black with nearly an inch of thick, khaki colored head. Reduces to sheets of thick lacing that coat the glass.
S-Rauchbier-esque smokiness. Wood. Lots of smoky wood. A suggestion of sweetness, though I have to say I wouldn't necessarily identify it as maple syrup had I not known it was an ingredient.
T/M-This is interesting stuff. Lots of wood smoke and maple syrup, as promised. I couldn't have anticipated the way the maple syrup is presented in this. You get a sense of it in the body first and foremost, in a way you could only understand if you love maple syrup. If you've actually drank maple syrup and felt it drip down your throat. What a great combination of flavors! It's simplistic, but successful. The earthy, woody sweetness of high quality maple syrup combined with smoked wood. What's not to like? The body is rich and full, with just enough carbonation to keep you interested.
O-I've got to get more of this.
07-10-2011 04:39:38 | More by DaveHS
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
4.43/5 rDev +16.6%
A: Dark brown/red tint; thin head with good retention and lacing
S: Sweet fruits, maple, booze, and caramel up front with lots of smoke coming behind the sweet boozy aromas; then comes a spicy, bready malt backbone
T: So complex: spicy, maple sweetness combined with a smoke, dark fruits, and roasted malts; of course there is also a boozy quality but it works so well with the aforementioned flavors; this tastes damn good
F: Creamy, medium bodied; a bit thin on the back end but pleasant enough
O: Such an interesting, complex beer; boozy but drinkable; sweet and malty yet smoky and meaty; good stuff
07-08-2011 16:03:50 | More by dbossman
4.8/5 rDev +26.3%
Shared this bottle with my brother on July 3rd to commence an extremely pleasant evening of delicious beer.
This pours a dark brown with a finger or so of light brown head. There is a slight hue of gold that seems to shine through the darkness, unless the extreme sunlight of the mountains is getting to my head.
This smells strictly like rye and maple, and I'm not getting any of the smokiness I was lead to expect.
The first sip reveals a panoply of flavor that my tongue is not sure how to make sense of. My brother and i remark practically simultaneously that this tastes like a Christmas beer - a damn good Christmas beer at that. There seems to be a lot of spices here, but it's difficult to tell exactly which ones. There is a modicum of citrus as well as some figs and slight sugary sweetness but maple is the easiest one to pick out.
The maple is integrated very nicely here and is the best thing the beer has going for it. The maple is palpable in every sip without overwhelming my taste buds like MS Berserker did last Christmas. And again, speaking of Christmas, this tastes most like an extremely well done holiday beer. I'll definitely set some aside for the Winter, which should greet this beer very nicely.
Highly recommended - one of the few spicy, and only maple beer I've ever had that I really love.
07-07-2011 04:32:28 | More by GhettoFabulous
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
3.28/5 rDev -13.7%
609th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip
Thanks to GuruDel for this one.
App- A nice dark brown which looked alot like maple syrup. Had a gigantic bottim up up and some nice legs to it.
Smell- When I read the label I was instantly excited by a comvo of Rye, Maple Syrup and Oak. They are there by dominated by a smokey flavor.
Taste- Taste follows the nose and I am very dissapointed. Vince warned me about this one, but I had my blinders on because of the rye. Its big, boozy and smoky. 2 out of 3 aint bad but that last one kills it for me.
Mouth- I like the feel on this beer. Its a medium bodied beer with a medium carbonation level. Leaves a oaky smoke flavor. damn
Drink- I am a bit dissapointed in this one. Im not a fan of smokey beers and I was warned about this one but I went head 1st becuase of the rye. Probably wont come back to it but oh well. Live and learn.
07-02-2011 04:05:56 | More by FosterJM
4.22/5 rDev +11.1%
On Tap at Three Penny taproom
A: Pours dark brown, almost black, with about an inch of mocha-brown head. Not much lacing.
S: Big, sweet malt. A little roasted barley, smoked malt, lots of maple syrup presence (sweetness and wood/sap), touch of alcohol and rye spiciness.
T: Follows the nose fairly closely, huge malt base with a good bit of complexity. Has almost a toffee like sweetness with the combination of caramel and maple syrup. Has toasted, roasted, and smokey characteristics. The rye adds a little bit of spiciness, almost like hops might impart. There's a little alcohol near the end, but nothing unpleasant. Finish is a little on the sweet side with some roasted bitterness.
M: Medium to full body, moderate to slightly light carbonation. Fairly smooth, it coats the mouth well.
O: There's fairly big and complex (depth wise) flavors going on, but I think it's just a little on the sweet side. 12oz was more than enough for me. As for the style, it was definitely one of the better rye/mayple syrup beers I've had.
07-02-2011 01:58:27 | More by Satchboogie
3.38/5 rDev -11.1%
Dark brown, nice layer and lacing.
Maple undertones are what I search for first - which are there but in the background, spice, cocoa and cinammon.
Well carb'd. Too much. Needs more body/depth. Maybe the bottles have less carbonation; hopefully because who wants spritzy carbonation with a 9% beer.
A bit shallow. Nothing really stood out. Was expecting a rich stout with sweet maple but it's not remotely like that.
06-30-2011 01:57:49 | More by ptykozoon
3.35/5 rDev -11.8%
Pours a cloudy deep brown color. Off-white foam head (small).
Smells like alcohol, a bit of burnt/roasted sugar and ... wood? Maple? Something tree-like, anyway.
Taste is too boozy for me, and there's a weird acrid aftertaste that's a bit too sharp. The brown sugar/maple is prominent, but I wouldn't say it's a sweet beer. It's just too harsh, all the way around, both from the malt profile and from the booze. It did grow on me, though.
Nice velvety mouthfeel.
06-30-2011 00:06:57 | More by Overlord
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
4.03/5 rDev +6.1%
Poured into my Bruery Snifter. Pours a super dark black. Nice thick tan head. Good lacing.
Aroma isn't too crazy. I smell roasted grains. A bit of smoke. Bit of caramel and a bit of maple but I don't know if I would smell it if I didn't know it was there.
Taste is nice. Nice roastyness but has a nice smoothness with a bit of maple and a slight bit of smoke. But there is a bit of a metallic taste in the finish. It's not very pleasant.
Mouthfeel is smooth with a nice carb.
Overall it is a good beer. Not as good as some peeps below me have said IMO but good. Don't know if it was worth the $20 a bottle I spent. Good thing I only bought one.
06-18-2011 07:08:26 | More by PeprSprYoFace
4.43/5 rDev +16.6%
on-tap at the ACBF in boston, 06/04/11. review derived from a few samples - lot of standing in line at the expense of other beers; not something i regret.
pours a cloudy, mostly opaque mahogany tone with a nice beige head; good retention and lacing evident even in the tasting cup.
nose is really inviting. big maple syrup presence right off the bat, followed by notes of smoked malt, oak, some dark fruit and a touch of rye. good dose of sweetness and yet you don't get the impression that the beer will be cloyingly sweet.
and it isn't. flavor delivers on the promise of the aroma. maple syrup, smoked malt, and dark fruits right away, joined by secondary notes of
oak and rye. complex and delicious. man did i want a full pour.
nice, medium-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.
overall i found AQ to be a stellar beer, hands down one of my favorites of the fest. haven't heard any definitives on what the distribution will look like, can only hope, but would love to sit down and share a full bottle of this stuff.
06-07-2011 22:32:35 | More by perrymarcus
4.93/5 rDev +29.7%
Reviewed from notes at Friday night session of 2011 ACBF. Collaboration with The Bruery.
A-This gem of a brew poursvery deep brown with amber hues around the edge of the glass. the head is creamy and sticky, very apealing looking brew.
S- This is amazing! Smells of maple syrup mixed with dates. The spiciness of the rye is done perfectly in this syle bending brew. there is also a good wallop of smokiness that really sets this beer apart from anything i've ever had before.
T- Taste is more of the same, though a bit more of the rye peeks through and the the finish is a bit of sweetness and again, a good dose of smokey malt.
M- Mouthfeel is medium with a great creaminess. Gotta assume there is some oatmeal in this, really smooth.
O- Overall, this is classified as a rye beer, butIm happy to say that I think this is one of those beers that is hard to classify, and that 's a good thing here. This Beer is nothing short of amazing. Sean Lawson is a magician! Just wish I could enjoy this on a regular basis. From what I hear it was/is only available at The Bruery and the Warren store.
06-05-2011 00:39:26 | More by Robtobfest
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