Maine Beer Company / Lawson's Finest Liquids Collaboration Time I - Maine Beer Company
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Reviews by CooperEllis:
4.38/5 rDev +5.3%
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).
08-18-2012 22:45:41 | More by CooperEllis
More User Reviews:
4.28/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
08-18-2012 03:44:54 | More by hagbergl
4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
08-07-2012 20:57:19 | More by Sammy
3.78/5 rDev -9.1%
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.
10-20-2012 19:18:38 | More by Alieniloquium
District of Columbia
3.73/5 rDev -10.3%
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.
08-05-2012 23:59:07 | More by Rukasu
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
Sampled at VBF.
A - Black, stout-like in colour; almost opaque. A small amount of light brown head formed and quickly disappeared. 4.5
S - Loads of fresh hop aromas up front - grapefruit, pineapple and mango. The roasted malt backbone is definitely there but takes the back seat in the nose.
T - A big bitterness up front with big grapefruit and pine flavous and some lighter tropical fruit notes. Roasted malts show up in the finish and add a nice layer of flavour to the finish. The hops definitely play centre stage here.
M - Medium body with lots of sticky hop oils. Light carbonation.
O - An excellent example of style.
07-24-2012 19:16:43 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.15/5 rDev -0.2%
Reviewing the Collaboration Time 1, a black ale collaboration between Maine Beer Company and Lawson's Finest Liquids.
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.
08-21-2012 07:44:59 | More by jegross2
3.95/5 rDev -5%
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!
08-23-2012 23:02:32 | More by jmarsh123
4.35/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
08-26-2012 00:38:16 | More by oline73
4.08/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
08-26-2012 00:10:07 | More by Etan
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