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Maine Beer Company / Lawson's Finest Liquids Collaboration Time I - Maine Beer Company

Maine Beer Company / Lawson's Finest Liquids Collaboration Time IMaine Beer Company / Lawson's Finest Liquids Collaboration Time I

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

115 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 115
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 6.94%


Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

A hoppy American dark ale incorporating New England-grown barley, wheat, rye, and whole cone hops. Special thanks to Valley Malt for malting up the special batch of local Chocolate Rye and Crystal Wheat.

(Beer added by: sk8man121 on 07-18-2012)
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dheacck11

Connecticut

4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep opaque dark brown with slight ruby color in the light. Massive khaki head, 4+ fingers.

Nose is coffee, brown sugar, molasses, and some smokiness.

Very earthy and dry, with flavors of espresso, dark chocolate, molasses, but all subtle. None overbearing. Rich, complex hop finish. Strong bitter bite, just a hint of dark fruit.

Very full mouth feel, but quite dry on the whole

A really nice black ale. Probably better fresher (9/15/12), but still quite good, and more suited to the winter months.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 00:41:48 | More by dheacck11
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portia99

Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle (09/15/12) poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a pitch black color capped with three big fingers of frothy coffee ice cream colored foam. Head shows good staying power and after several minutes drops towards the surface leaving behind tons of lacing on the glass.

S - Grassy and citrusy hops up front, roasty malts, a touch of root beer, hints of bitter coffee.

T - Lots of coffee...burnt/dark roasted malt, some earthiness, fresh/green grassy hops, low fruity esters.

M - Medium body with a somewhat assertive carbonation - lots of tingle, a bit of foaminess. Lots of burnt, acrid flavors that linger far past the swallow. The intensity of the charcoal effect detracts a bit here.

O - Overall a good black ale. Hops start out strong and give way to the burnt malt aspects on the finish. Fairly drinkable although the burnt nature of the beer is a bit overpowering. Hops show well here too. There is a bit of an off/weird fruity flavor somewhere in the middle that is the biggest detractor...somehow doesn't integrate well for me and is an awkward transition from the grassy hops up front to the burnt malt at the finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 23:56:47 | More by portia99
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a lawsons snifter. The brew appears black in color with more than 2 fingers worth of fluffy khaki head. As the cap fades, it leaves some webby lacing effect sticking to the glass. Rising bubbles maintain about a half finger around the perimeter. When held to the light, some lighter brown and ruby coloration is seen.

The aroma is very roasted and grainy like chocolate and coffee with a bit of earthen and ash aspects. There are fruity to herbal tinges of hops with a citrus element also blending into a bit of vegetative aspect. Some sniffs bring out almost a layering of licorice.

The taste is dry and roasted like bitter chocolate and coffee. Some earthen aspects mildly reminiscent of tobacco fade into the hop quality that is vegetative, herbal, fruity, floral and somewhat citrus-like. Some sips have a bit of a rasin-like or molasses character included along with hints of anise.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is quite roasty and dry with a bit of an oily hop feel that isn't outlandish. I am not the biggest fan of black ipas but this one was pretty solid for the style. If I had to drink a black ipa, I would reach for this one again.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 01:28:52 | More by stakem
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle poured into taster - thanks alex

Pours an opaque black color with a crop of toasted head. Fades into some spotty, patchy lacing on the glass while drinking.

Nice punchy pine and citrus hops in the nose, tempered by some roasted dark malts. Hints of chocolate and cocoa with a dash of vanilla bean. Light sweetness and warmth.

Bitter and piny up front with a few hints of citrus peel. Nice hoppy profile, smoothed out by a slightly thicker malt backbone. Dark, roasty and hoppy all at the same time with some cocoa and vanilla sweetness. Finishes bitter and dry.

Medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and dry on the tongue. A nice hopped-up black ale, something I'd definitely try again.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 02:28:33 | More by xnicknj
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Best by 9/15/2012. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Dark brown. Nice creamy head and nice retention.

Smell - Strong grassy hops. A little citrus. Hefty roast behind it. Very nice blend of components.

Taste - Great grassy hop flavor. Bitter and grassy. Coffee roasted malts come second, but it isn't anywhere near as well blended as the aroma suggested.

Mouthfeel - Not heavy, medium bitterness. Good carbonation.

Overall - Maybe not well blended enough to say it's good. Grassy and tasty, but a little harsh.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 19:18:38 | More by Alieniloquium
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Prohibition Pig, Waterbury, VT

A neat collaboration, but still a pretty average beer in the world of CDAs/ABAs. Dark brown-black pour with maroon hues around the edges; half inch or so of fizzy tannish head that receded to a ringlet, dabs of soapy lacing here and there. Pine and citrus hops in the aroma, some stone fruit, backed by bitter dark chocolate. More of the same in the taste, roasty malts, dark chocolate, ash, coffee grounds, light fruits, somewhat bland piney hops, kind of astringent. About medium in body, decent overall, but not something I'd get again, even if I could.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2012 20:31:54 | More by Rifugium
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Wasatch

Utah

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to portia99 for this brew.

Best By: 9/15/2012

Pours a very nice black color, very nice carbonation, with a HUGE two-finger plus creamy/foamy light tan color head, TONS of sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some nice malt notes, lots of licorice notes, slight chocolate, slight citrus note, and some pines thrown in. The taste is very nice hoppy, with some nice maltyness, licorice, some citrus, and some pine notes. Medium body with a slightly dry/bitter finish. Overall this is a very tasty brew, glad to have had a chance to try it. Thanks Bill!

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 00:08:10 | More by Wasatch
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DoreenAndDave

Maine

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is very dark with a nice cream-colored head. Aroma is heavy with brown bread, licorice, and some caramel. Taste is thick and malty with a bitter and slightly spicy finish. Mouthfeel is good. This is a heavy, dark beer, but it's also quite carbonated. The result is a hearty and substantial beer that is still quite drinkable. This is a rich, assertive, and quite pleasing beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 04:31:44 | More by DoreenAndDave
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beer2day

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of the Liquor Locker in SW Harbor.

Dark black pour with 2 fingers of thick, dark khaki head. Very well retained and nice lace sheets all around. Well presented.

Nose is dark roast coffee with a sweet shot of honey and molasses. Citrus hops contribute to the sweet nose as well. Growing more roasted later in the glass.

Definite roasted coffee flavor with a big shot of citrus hops. Strong dark chocolate in the finish combines with the hops to really finish sharply bitter. The roasted malt and chocolate malt make for a nice combination. The hops compliment well.

Surprisingly substantial feel. Borders on a stronger style, but well played. Not overly thick, but stands up well to the strong flavor.

A nice effort.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 02:16:26 | More by beer2day
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Massive, fluffy, brown head settled down to a minimal film. Left behind is a thick and chunky lacing. Color is basically black, period.

Smells of smoked malts, I'd love to say more...but that is by far the domineering aroma.

Taste is definately smoked malt with some hop bitterness on the back end.

Mouthfeel is pretty damn good. It is medium body and coats my mouth without being oily

This isn't my style, but this is damn good. Definately worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 02:32:26 | More by DaveHack
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oline73

Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter. This was opened at the August Baltimore BA tasting.

Appearance: Pours a mahogany color with some red where the light hits the edge. There is a half finger of off white head that fades to a layer.

Smell: Some hops and smoke. I'm also getting some rye like spice and dark fruit notes.

Taste: Rye like spice along with a mild roast. Not very sweet at all. Some smoke and roasted malt with even more spice and citrus hops in the finish. Complex and quite good.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This was one of the best beers we've had. The spice/bitterness was really good with the smokey notes. I would have another.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 00:38:16 | More by oline73
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Etan

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle sent to me by Valdieu2. Thanks!

A: Pours a rich dark brown with a huge light brown head. Monster lacing and retention.

S: Caramel, spicy hop leaf, grapefruit juice, a hint of roast and chocolate.

T: Thick coffee and brown bread, nice dose of bitterness and resinous citrus from the hops.

M: Fine carbonation, medium-bodied. A bit undercarbonated.

O: Often with hoppy black ales, the hops cover the malt base a bit too much, but this strikes a nice balance.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 00:10:07 | More by Etan
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with an absolutely massive beige head leaving lots of lacing and excellent retention behind. Almost foams up like a quad.

More IPA than black character in the aroma. Citrus and resiny pine along with just a bit of roasty backbone.

Similar flavors although the roast cuts through a lot more. Good citrus presence up front before heavy roasted malt takes over. Finishes somewhat nutty with a pine hop resin.

Light to medium bodied. Good carbonation.

Not usually a fan of black IPA's, and while this one doesn't hold a candle to Jimmy, as far as regular ones go, it's pretty solid. Thanks to jaasen64 for hooking me up with a bottle!

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 23:02:32 | More by jmarsh123
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neophilus

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black pour, brown highlights. Foamy tan colored head. Huge head explodes from the pour, you have to let it settle down a bit.

Rich hoppy aroma of citrus and resiny pine. Hint of roasted malt tones down the grapefruit notes, but the citrus scent takes over in the end.

Taste is all about balance between the hops and the roasted malt. The resiny hop flavors intermingle with the gentle roast and it is hard to tell them apart. It creates a flavor that is more than the sum of its parts.

Slightly acrid roast finish dominates the hops in the aftertaste. Somewhat dry but with a lingering sweetness.

This beer shows moderation with strong ingredients. It is soft and flavorful without overpowering. The hops deliver but the roasted malt makes its presence known as well. Luckily they play nicely together.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 18:47:04 | More by neophilus
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jegross2

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Collaboration Time 1, a black ale collaboration between Maine Beer Company and Lawson's Finest Liquids.
Score: 92

Bottle demands you "drink by" 09/15/12. vintage bottle served in a Three Floyds teku glass and enjoyed on 08/13/12.

Appearance: Dense black body with three fingers of dense and soapy khaki head at pour. Amazing lacing and excellent retention. 5/5

Smell: This smells like a super zesty grapefruit IPA loaded with chocolate. The nose starts with the IPA qualities upfront, which then subside into the beer's stout-like qualities. Upfront is slightly resinous piney hopes, grapefruit and mango with growing layers of sweet tropical citrus as the beer wars. The back end smells of roasted chocolate malt, cocoa and a little bit of fudge that reminds me of what the air in the park next of the Blommer Chocolate Factory smells like. I am shocked that this black IPA is so day-and-night in it's aroma, and yet so well incorporated overall. A bit of the balance is lost as the beer hits room temperature, but it's still pretty excellent. 4.5/5

Taste: The taste is more traditional black IPA than the nose, with the stout-and-IPA contrast being less incorporated on the palate than in the nose. There is a citrusy pine hop backbone layered with chocolate malt on top. Sweet citrus (zesty tangerine, grapefruit and a little lemon) cuts through the chocolate flavors to provided a nice balance to the bitterness of the beer. There is nothing outstanding or unique about the taste of this beer, but a really nice tasting black IPA nonetheless. Not overly hoppy at all; quite balanced. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of medium bodied with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is creamy and oily; very slick. The finish is slightly bitter and mildly malty. 4/5

Overall: Although it smells better than it tastes, I found this to be a very solid black IPA that is one of the better examples of the style.

Recommendation: Nab a fresh bottle of this while you still can and enjoy. It's mellowed out hoppiness leads me to believe that casual beer geeks might find this brew to be a nice bridge to more traditional IPA's.

Pairings: Rainbow sherbet.

Cost:

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 07:44:59 | More by jegross2
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, typical style of Maine Beer Co. Picked up in VT at a small grocery store down the street from the Waitsfield Farmer's market after the Lawson's bottle release. No bottle date, however picked up last weekend. Everything ingredient in this is locally grown in New England (hops from VT). Poured into Founders snifter.

A- Pours an opaque dark brown pretty much black with about 3 fingers of thick creamy mocha brown head that has great retention and slowly recedes leaving nice layered lacing. Decent carbonation, maybe slightly above average for a black ale.

S- Very hoppy, mostly pine with a tiny bit of citrus, some dark chocolate and slightly roasted malts in the background which come out more as the beer warms. Average to slightly above average aroma strength.

T- Very hoppy, lots of pine, a little bit of sap, finishes with a lot of creamy dark chocolate and a tiny bit of roasted malts and espresso with a tiny bit of bitterness. Chocolate and some light hops linger as an aftertaste. Lots of nice tastes going on here, but in my opinion I don't think the piney hops and dark chocolate really balance the best with each other.

M- Smooth, lightly creamy, easy to drink, slightly overcarbonated for the style but otherwise a very good feel.

O- There were a lot of great things going on in this beer, however I didn't really care for the balance between the piney hops and dark chocolate. It was also a tiny bit over-carbonated for my taste. Other then those minor things, this was a great beer, which is what I was expecting from both companies. I enjoyed drinking this and I definitely recommend trying it if you can.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 03:05:21 | More by jaasen64
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CooperEllis

New York

4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice bottle, MBC style label on a 500ml.

Thanks to properpinter for this one.

The pour is dark, espressor black, latte beige head. BIG hoppy aroma out of the bottle with this.

From the glass the hops are underneath a layer of malts, chocolate roast and flour.

There is a bit too much going on in the taste for it to be 5/5, though I really enjoy this selection and it is in a preferred style. There is a malt richness that does nothing to diminish the crisp hops flavor and this is quite enjoyable despite the aftertaste.

As noted above, there is a distinct bitter aftertaste. All of the parts that push to the front - big piney hops, baking chocolate - are bitter. There isn't much bitterness while drinking but it lingers for a long time after.

Really good. The lack of hops in the nose and the abrupt and persistent bitterness at the death detract from an otherwise perfect pint(ish).

188th

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 22:45:41 | More by CooperEllis
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hagbergl

Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was lucky enough to snag a couple 500 mL bottles of this collaboration between Maine Beer Co. and Lawson's Finest Liquids at Stowe Liquor of Stowe, Vermont. Props to the store owner for pointing it out while we were checking out at the register...it was an impulse buy that was well worth it. 500 mL bottle into a wine glass. Review is from notes.

Appearance (4/5): Collaboration Time 1 is pitch black. A vigorous pour unleashes a nearly three-finger head of tan foam that has good retention. The beer leaves behind plenty of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass with each sip.

Smell (3.5/5): Collab. Time smells generously hopped–hints of grapefruit and pine, though not as intensely fruity as an IPA–mildly roasty, and has notes of dark bread. The aroma is not very intense–certainly not as intense as some "black IPAs"–and leaves a little to be desired, so I can only say Collab. Time is above average in terms of smell.

Taste (4.5/5): Maine Beer and Lawson's Liquids' beer baby really delivers in the taste department (i.e. the category that means more than all the rest...combined). It has the hop flavor, roastiness, and dark bread notes hinted at in the nose, but each element is more intense. The roasty malt really plays a prominent role and the hop character is nice and juicy and supplies a good counterpunch versus the roastiness. The bitterness is right there; noticeable, welcome, but not overpowering. Notes of dark chocolate, dark stone fruit also comes through and add complexity. Very, very nice.

Mouthfeel (4.5/5): This is a medium-full bodied beer with medium carbonation. It's nice and smooth, subtly creamy, and very drinkable. Hop oils add a touch of resiny goodness to the feel. One thing I will say about this beer is that it keeps getting better as it warms.

Overall (4.5/5): I very much enjoyed this beer. It ceratinly isn't a hop monster like Stone's Sublimely Self-Righteous, but no matter. Collaboration Time is very well crafted, complex, and manages to balance two opposing flavors–juicy hops versus roasty chocolate mals–to great effect. A superb mouthfeel lends this beer smoothness and outstanding drinkability. I would say, if you can find it, buy it! Great job, Lawson's and Maine Beer Company.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 03:44:54 | More by hagbergl
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into tulip glass.

bottled date of 09/15/12.

Appearance: black bodied beer with more than 2 fingers medium tan color head. Head is composed of tightly pack thin bubbles. Big thick chunks of foam curtains are stick to the side of the glass.

Smell: Malts profile sticks out right away milk chocolates, cocoa, and mild roasty note. Hops are a little bit overtaken by malts, but its fairly close to being balanced. Hop profile is mostly pine and grassy notes. I get a hint of spiciness is this black IPA made with rye also? I think that I am getting just a hint of rye.

Taste: Hops are present right away and they are moderately bitter. Pine, herbal, earthy, grapefruits, and grassy hops. They taste fairly oily. The malts impart a touch of sweetness like a semi-sweet chocolate and a mildly bitter kind of stale coffee note. The rye really shows up in the finish and adds a touch of spiciness while building up the bitterness factor of the hops. Moderately bitter finish that lingers for a while along with a touch of roasty notes.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. This has a fantastic mouthfeel to it. Its really easy drinking and is creamy, yet the carbonation is a little bit prickly.

Overall: What can I say that havent already said about Maine Beer Company. I am a huge fan of every beer that I drink from them. Maine Beer Company's bottle conditioning make these beer very appealing and gives all their beers a fantastic mouthfeel. Really nice beer here! Maine Beer Company and Lawsons should do another collaboration beer again some day! Overall this is a really solid Black IPA, but I gotta say that I enjoy NG Black Top and FSW Wookey Jack much more than this black IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 01:02:11 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to bilco for sharing his bottle.

Appearance: Near black with some lighter browns and deep reds when held to direct light. Head is a light, dirty khaki. Massive notches of lacing. Head drops to a spotty cap and chunky collar. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: Roasted malts. Touches of chocolate. Roasty smooth. Some minor coffee notes. Hops are oily, earthy, piney, and vaguely tropical. Mango and tangerine over resinous, oily pine. Some grapefruit. It's all there. Both breweries managed to nail their distinct hop profiles. Malts are a touch sweet with a nice burnt edge. Chocolate malts and milk chocolate with a dusting of cocoa.

Taste: Nice punch of hops on the start. Roasted malts. Some caramel and chocolate sweetness. Creamy smooth roast. Oily pine. Big tropical component. Rough and raw mango and tangerine. Pelletized hops were obliterated and it's awesome. Some day old coffee. Touches of darker sugars bordering on char, but not quite. Mild spicy/earthiness from the hops as well. Oats? Great depth. Mild vanilla. Building bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, with a moderate body and carbonation. It drinks like black gold.

Overall: The blunt force aggression of Lawson's meets the deft balance of Maine and damn if it's not a top notch take on the style. Loaded with flavor and manages to represent both breweries in great fashion.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 18:36:02 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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PeterIngemi

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pored fr a 12oz bottle... Big thanks to my friend Sean for this one.... Poured into a shipyard tulip

A: pours a nice black... Slightly super dark brown around the edges when held to the light.... A solid two finger of slightly chocolaty head, That dissapates slowly and leavs some puffy streaks of lacing.

S: the aroma hear is phenomenal, a very nice citrus hop aroma, reminiscent of tropical fruit, mango,
Passion fruit. Along with a slightly roasty cocoa aroma, beautiful.

T: a beautiful balance of coffe like roastyness, chocolate and tropical fruity hops, these flavors intermingle very nicley.... This is delicious. A nice amount of resinous pineyness... It's like a hoppy mocha latte, yum.

M: medium super creamy body with very nice amoun of medium carbonation. Velvety and delicious....

O: this is an awesome beer, thank you again so much Sean, loved it, creamy delicious and well balanced. I'm privileged to hve tried this.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 03:04:03 | More by PeterIngemi
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very tasty stuff, thanks John. A fresh spot on style black IPA with well integrated citrus and roasted malt, some bitter chocolate, a little rye edge. Grows on me. Thick lace. Wonderful aromas of the above. Full mouthfeel.Seek it out. Maine, here we come.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 20:57:19 | More by Sammy
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this about 2 weeks ago and meant to drink it right away, but completely forgot. It has a date, kinda, so illegible that i can barely even tell it's a date, and when I try to wipe the condensation off of it to read it, it's gone... aaand it's gone!

It pours a huge fluffy slightly darker colored 3 finger head (larger than the beer in the oversized snifter fades semi slowly in a pillow fashion, with canyons and mountains left behind, and lots of soapy lacing on the glass. The beer itself is not too thick looking but dark midnight black with no light escaping its grasp.

The nose expunges hops of all kinds, starting with spicy chewy hops, the kind that you get from pure pelletized bittering hops, a Chinook or similar level hop. Then the nice hops that typically come from the two breweries fall in line, a light citrus and bit of tropical fruit even, it dabbles in light fruit like tangerine, mango, peach, pear, and even a hint of grapefruit. Later comes the wafts of pine and light earthy bitterness, almost as if they used every good hop available and threw it in at different times in the boil or dry hop. Under all that is a light base of hints of dark chocolate, caramel, and even a light vanilla like aroma.

Taste starts with a light creamy luscious smooth rich malty flavor. Cocoa and dark chocolate, light milk chocolate even. It's so rich and smooth it's crazy, some oats in there, some caramel, light vanilla again, with a bit of... is that a hint of spicy rye? Then pure hops. Spicy earthy hops start off with a decent but not overpowering bitterness, similar as the nose again with a Chinook like heavy hop, and bit of pine. There is a light citrus but not much anymore, a hint of tropical fruit came through at first but was quickly shooed away by the other malts and hops. The bitterness ramps as it moves towards the dry spicy hop finish, with a light creamy chocolate flavor, light lingering caramel and vanilla, and cocoa.

Mouth is med bodied, smooth, rich, velvety, and decent carb.

Overall quite nice for an ABA. Not quite my fav style anymore as it tends to be very spicy and overpowering hops, but this one is pretty nice despite the spiciness. The nice velvety malts, cocoa, vanilla, caramel, and other flavors add a really nice feel and taste, and the hops aren't all spicy and earthy, there is some nice hops in there as well. Tasty and surprisingly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 02:30:00 | More by jlindros
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Bendurgin

Maine

3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. This one pours dark brown with three fingers of creamy light tan head.

Dark roasted malts take the fore front on this one with hints of bitter cocoa and char with a nice grassy citrus hop background aroma. The pallet has a nice hop flavor with hints of smoke and dark bitter chocolate malts. Citrus notes linger in the background and this has a nice bitter edge to it.

The body is medium with sharp carbonation. This one really lingers on the back of the tongue. Overall this one is a nice collaboration between two of the smaller guys. Nice work here, I'd love to see something else in the future.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 01:05:43 | More by Bendurgin
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Rukasu

District of Columbia

3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep cola brown with a frothy, dense tan head which lingers, opaque to light.

S- A blast of alcohol up front, followed by lemon, coffee, faint chocolate, metal

T - Citrus tartness with a lingering sour aftertaste, smokey chocolate maltiness and herbs underneath. A bit of pine.

M - A bit of a pucker inducing brew, somewhat like a black IPA.

O - A nice collaboration brew and a good all around beer. A little heavy for a warm summer day like this.

Serving type: bottle

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