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

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

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very good

197 Ratings
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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 14.47%
Wants: 35
Gots: 88 | FT: 4
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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Photo of Mages64
4.85/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this beer from a bottle upon release and honestly hated it but didn't rate it. I thought the adjunct flavors were over the top and the beer too hot. Now? Oh my God this is an amazing beer! Mellow with astonishing flavors!
A: deep opaque brown with lingering lacing and top only head.
S: rich brown sugar, maple, chocolate, apple, wood, deliciousness
T: Maple, oak, and a perfect blend of molasses, sticky malt, chocolate, vanilla, candy sugar.
M: full bodied and sticky on the lips. Long pleasant finish
O: I'm angry I have none left. This truly is only of the most balanced and delicious beers I've had in a long time. I feel like it probably smelled better fresh but it didn't taste as good. Savor this beer!

Mages64, May 20, 2012
Photo of Hopstamon
4.93/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-This gem of a brew pours very deep brown with amber hues around the edge of the glass. the head is creamy and sticky, very apealing looking brew.

S- Mmmm...Smells of maple syrup mixed with dates. The spiciness of the rye is done perfectly in this syle bending brew. There is also a nice blend of smokiness...not overdone...well balanced.

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. Really smooth.

O- Overall, This Beer is nothing short of amazing. Great collaboration of East and West...

Hopstamon, May 15, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

brentk56, May 15, 2012
Photo of rtepiak
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this is an average of both the beer on tap and year old bottle.

i remember this beer being more dynamic on tap on my visit to vermont. granted, now a year old some characteristics may have wained as this beer was a lot more malt driven this time than before. pour is like a dark robust porter with a nose of smoked malt and oak chips. palate balanced when fresh. now resembles something of a molasses baltic porter. mineral dry feel. alcohol well placed and indistinguishable. nice bacon hints. sweetness and apple autumn harvest quality. still a fantastic thanksgiving beer. perfect for stuffing and sweet potatoes.

rtepiak, May 01, 2012
Photo of lvoutlawjlh
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

lvoutlawjlh, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of bobv
4.75/5  rDev +25%

bobv, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of ngeunit1
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark black color with a hint of ruby mixed in with a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some good lacing.

S - Aroma is full of maple syrup with some burnt chocolate malts, some smoke, oak, a bit of dark fruit, and a touch of booze coming through.

T - Starts off with some maple syrup with some roasted chocolate malts and a touch of dark fruit sweetness. Through the middle, some richer burnt malt flavor comes through with some oak and vanilla coming through as well. The finish adds some smoke to the flavor with some oak, maple syrup, and roasted chocolate malts that linger.

M - Medium-full bodied with mild carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, warming, and lighly smoky finish.

D - Very drinkable. I like the addition of the maple syrup here with the strong chocolate and dark fruit flavors. The over flavor is big and bold but pretty well balanced.

ngeunit1, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of andrewinski1
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bendurgin for sharing! Poured into a chalice. The color is dark brown. There is a medium tan creamy head on top.

The aroma has some sweet caramel malt that is also kind of peaty (thanks to Ben for pinpointing that). Notes of tobacco are evident.

The taste blends the caramel and smoke nicely. The finish is mildly sweet. The smokiness is strong but not quite overpowering; lasting a few seconds through the finish. I would call this leathery.

The body is full with sharp carbonation.

This is tasty. A nice strong smoky brown ale.

andrewinski1, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of Bendurgin
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice. This one pours dark brown with a nice cap of light tan head that leaves some thick lacing.

Really unique aroma here. Peaty with hints of smoke and cedar. Has a bit of of a sweet edge to it but this simply reminds me of a campfire. This has some fruits and smoke on the pallet. Ripe fruits like plumbs come to mind with oak flavors and a kiss of maple sweetness. This has a nice smokey flavor with some nice sweet edges.

Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Overall this one is pretty enjoyable. Glad to have tried it.

Bendurgin, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

drewone, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of dtx00
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

dtx00, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of superspak
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

superspak, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

mdfb79, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of adamdd
4/5  rDev +5.3%

adamdd, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of BeerImmediately
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

BeerImmediately, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of DovaliHops
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with a hint of ruby red to it. Medium cream-tan head that diminishes slowly. Scent is sweet, candied dark fruits with some maple syrup. Just a hint of smoke with some chocolate and dates. Roasted caramel malt with more sweetness. Taste is basically exactly how it smells. Dark fruits and dark malt flavors take over. I had this on draft at the Bruery, and it was much more smokey than this. Maybe it's the age on it, but the smoke isn't coming through too strong in the taste. Brown sugar and dark malt with dark fruit and chocolate. Not very complex tasting. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with high carbonation. Drinkability is fair. Overall, not one of my favorite offerings from the Bruery, but I'm glad I opened it now (rather than aging it longer).

DovaliHops, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of 2beerdogs
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

2beerdogs, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -21.1%

oline73, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of BMart
4/5  rDev +5.3%

BMart, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of pmlondrigan
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep, deep brown bordering on black with a nice two ½ finger light tan head. This cap of foam decreases in size but remains ever present. Smells really woodsy, with some dark chocolate and licorice, almost damp. Complex woodsy maple syrup attack. Smokey and chocolate. Rather long finish which is slightly bitter like bitter cocoa. Rather lush, full and just a bit chalky but nice. Pretty tasty offering and very glad to have had the chance to sip this one

pmlondrigan, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of ShanePB
2.13/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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.

ShanePB, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of KMcG
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

KMcG, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Gueuzedude, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of dunix
3/5  rDev -21.1%

dunix, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of mrsdrabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

mrsdrabmuh, Feb 11, 2012
Acer Quercus - The Bruery / Lawson's Finest Liquids Collaboration from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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