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Seared Palate - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 65
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Lawson's Finest Liquids visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
A blend of 3 barleywines aged for 14 months in makers mark. 280 bottles.

(Beer added by: rowingbrewer on 12-18-2011)
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3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle waxed, #'d out of 280. Forgot to write down exact # of bottle. Reviewed from notes from our barleywine tasting. Thanks JD for bringing this Lawson's rarity.

A- Pours a murky opaque dark amber ruddy brownish color with a bit of an orange/red hue to it, almost looks like a cider, no head or really any lacing to speak of (just some oily alcohol legs) and not much carbonation.

S- Lots of fruity esters, with some apple and a mixture of other fruits (hard exactly to describe). Fruity ester quality hides the booze nicely, some cedar but not much bourbon present. Decently aromatic.

T- Fruity with apples being the most prevalent, some cedar and oak, some faint bourbon on the finish with a light bitterness. Overall fairly sweet, but not quite as flavorful as some of the other barleywines we had during our tasting and after a few sips the taste gets a little bit rough, almost tastes slightly estery and artificial like.

M- Decently smooth, almost uncarbonated, very easy drinking, overall decent feel for a 13% barleywine.

O- At first I actually kind of liked this barleywine. It had a lot fruitier tone going on with it than most of the other barleywines. The fruity ester notes in the smell actually made it smell fairly appealing, but the more I drank it the less I liked it. Overall it wasn't bad and I enjoyed this but if Lawson's bottles this again, this is the one beer I wouldn't mind being in 375mls or even nips. I still prefer the maple BA beers. If you can get it, I'd recommend trying it but don't go crazy looking for it.

jaasen64, Feb 25, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml waxed bottle into a couple of snifters. Rare Batch 250. Bottle # 147/280. Huge thanks go to Stakem for hunting this one down for our tasting. Deep ruby with a thin foamy head of light mocha froth. This eventually peters out pretty quickly. Smells of brown sugar, coconut, cocoa, molasses, herbal hops, spicy warmth and some dry woody edges. The taste is similar to the nose with rich notes of brown sugar, cocoa, toasted coconut, molasses, vanilla, herbal character, fruity green apple and charred barrel flavor that lingers in a burnt feeling finish. Well you can’t say this isn’t complex! The feel is full and chewy with a light prickliness an oilier presence along the back. The alcohol is initially a little brash but does smooth out the more I work on this. While it’s still got some rough edges, I think this it is already doing better than it was a year ago based from the reviews on here. If you still have a bottle, I’d give it another year or so before dipping in but this seems to be coming along nicely so far.

Kegatron, Jan 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle dipped in gold wax. "Rare Batch 250" bottle number 147 of 280. Big thanks are owed to Kegatron for the recent tasting of some epic Lawson's brews. This was all I had to bring to the table and it paled in comparison to the other offerings sampled. Poured into a matching Lawsons snifter, the brew appears a clouded amber to mahogany with a rich yellowish stained froth sitting across the top more than a finger strong. For a brew of this strength, the cap retains decent collapsing down to a few big bubbles around the edges. When held to the light, it is lighter almost orange to yellowish around the edges with ruby hints through the body. When swirled, legs of alcohol coat the glass and slowly droop back down to the solution.

The aroma is filled with notes of fruity alcohol. Burnt raisins come to mind coupled with a faint inclusion of herbal hops that have a slightest edge of orange rind/zest/pulp. The alcohol gets to be a big solvent at times with a mild almost oxidative touch minorly like cardboard mixed with some dry oaken properties. Faint earthy feel is felt in the nose towards the back as it warms up and less focus on alcohol is emitted.

The taste is boozy with a combination of fruity alcohol esters paired with some rich whiskey inducing notes. Despite the alcohol burn, the fruitiness that is present gives a bit of hop feel to this that gets a bit herbal at times. Just like the aroma led on, this also has a bit of oxidation present that gives a hint of cardboard or wet paper and finishes a bit earthy and raw like wood and oak instead of used smooth barrel presence. It displays a modest amount of bitterness but never crushes the palate or becomes too taxing.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is quite boozy and bitter but not bad by any stretch compared to what I was expecting based on previous reviews. It didn't have the biggest barrel presence but what was there was subtle and nuanced enough to add a nice complexity to this brew that was enjoyable. When I think American barleywine, I sometimes expect a double or imperial IPA with super exaggerated alcohol and face crushing hoppiness. Fortunately, this brew was not that at all and if given the chance I would drink it again.

stakem, Jan 21, 2013
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Seared Palate from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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