Acer Quercus - The Bruery / Lawson's Finest Liquids Collaboration - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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85
very good

200 Ratings
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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 14.47%
Wants: 35
Gots: 86 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Lawson's Finest Liquids visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 05-10-2011)
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark brown with thin tan head which fades to the rim leaving links of lace.

N: Woody, earthy, malty, with some smoke.

T: Maple wood and some mild smoke and roast along with caramel.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Slight smoke on the finish.

O: Interesting after spme age which brings more depth on the wood and less maple than when fresh.

Photo of Hophead717
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of JustinMatthew
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split amongst friends, poured to Ommegang Three Philosphers stemmed ware.

Pours with a fingers width of khaki colored head to a very dark brown with an opaque edged body. The smell is prominent: smoked malts, toffee and vanilla. The taste seemed to subside a bit, the maple isn't really there but the smoked malt comes through nice and mild, caramel, toffee, vanilla, some oak tannins. Mouth feel is decent, good carbonation level to this overall.

Big thanks to Ryan for this one!

Photo of billab914
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle. Dark brown in color with a frothy tan head to it. A little bit of a ruby tint showed through in the light. Nice retention and lacing.

Rich, sweet malts and fruity smoke. There is some roasted malts and brown sugar as well. The maple gives it some sweetness. The two things it makes me think of are dark cherries and bacon, which is a nice combination.

The taste is smokier than the aroma. Again it's a fruitier, lighter smoke but very flavorful and good. The maple syrup sweetness comes out more in finish and mixes with some dry roasted malts. Little chocolate as well. I like the smoke a lot.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being a little above average for the style. It's a little thin feeling for style overall. Overall, a very solid beer all around. The cherry and smoke flavors mixed very well and were the highlight for me.

Photo of jsanford
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with brown edges and a soapy khaki-colored head that settles to a solid cap, leaving lots of spotty lacing clinging to the glass. Really nice aromas of Beechwood smoke, maple syrup, oak, and dark malt. The smoke character reminds me quite a bit of a Schlenkerla offering, which is swell. Taste is similarly smoky, with more maple, caramel, slightly tannic oak, and sweet malt. Very nicely balanced between the smoke, malt, and maple. Smooth mouthfeel, quite creamy, with a medium-full body and good carbonation. Really enjoyable brew, love it when The Bruery does smoke!

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of davey101
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Rempo for this bottle. I assume this is from 2011. 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Near black body that shows some brown tints around the edges. Think two finger khaki head settles into a thin cap with thick edging. Decent lacing.

S - Strong smoked malts which seem to border on the edge of savory and sweet. Unfortunately its rather one dimensional. There is a touch of sugary maple sweetness and vanilla, but the aroma is all about the smoke.

T - Smoked malts, brown sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, and oak. Smooth and tasty, but slightly muted. Woody aftertaste. The booze provides a bit of warmth but it seems very well integrated.

M - Body is on the thin side with lots of carbonation, yet its somewhat slick and syrupy. The finish is abrupt and dry as well.

O - I really liked this beer, but it does have some faults which may be due to the age. Still glad to have tried this long time want of mine before it becomes more scarce.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jmarsh123
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep brown with a creamy 2 finger tan head leaving good lacing behind.

First thing I notice on the aroma is the maple. A very sweet aroma. I get a touch of oak and other caramel/toffee flavors.

Much more oaky on the flavor. Maple comes through a bit, but not as much as the aroma. Some sweet caramel and some roasted chocolate which wasn't on the nose come through as well. Oak has rounded out a bit, but still a bit of an astringency in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Ok beer, but the astringency on the back end was a little high. I did like the roasty chocolate combined with oak though. Still worth trying.

Photo of MasterSki
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BostonHops
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(review transcribed from notes, on-tap at the ACBF in boston, 06/04/11. multiple samples - lot of standing in line for something not many were getting, wish there was a separate line for double sunshine!)

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.

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. good complexity and very tasty. nice, medium-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall i found AQ to be a stellar beer. haven't heard any definitives on what the future holds for this beer after the initial distribution but would love to sit down with a full bottle in a quieter environment.

(originally reviewed on: 06-07-2011)

Acer Quercus - The Bruery / Lawson's Finest Liquids Collaboration from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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