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

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116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 35
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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kevgod

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

08-18-2012 21:42:40 | More by kevgod
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N17shelfside

California

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

07-03-2013 18:34:35 | More by N17shelfside
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AngusOg

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

01-28-2013 21:03:27 | More by AngusOg
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LostTraveler

Maine

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

07-19-2012 20:46:03 | More by LostTraveler
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ILiveOffHops

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

08-17-2012 01:46:20 | More by ILiveOffHops
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Hunger Mountain Co-Op in VT. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a wonderful deep, rich brown almost black pour with an excellent almost 3 finger mocha head that slumps down to leave sticky side lacing and a nice dense half finger blanket.

S - Excellent aromas of chocolate roasted malts, nice and sweet like a fine chocolate with just the slightest coffee aroma. Wonderful pine aromas follow along with grapefruit rind. Excellent.

T - Taste is just delicious. More of those excellent chocolate malts along with light coffee flavours. There is some nice pine and grapefruit after the slightly smokey malts resulting in a lingering sweet, bitter finish. Way towards the end of the finish I get the faintest of tropical mango and papaya. Wow.

M - Not a super fan of the mouthfeel. Its not quite creamy, its not quite sharp. Its an odd combination of the two which results in an almost thinnish feel. Nice finish though.

O - Overall this is an excellent black IPA. I really love how there is some tropical notes on the finish. Really never had that before in a black IPA. Kicking myself for not having bought more of this as there were 6+ cases there.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 15:28:42 | More by rudzud
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bishopdc0

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

08-07-2012 01:49:20 | More by bishopdc0
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wesley14

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

08-13-2012 19:55:29 | More by wesley14
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2012 19:16:43 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Bilco

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

08-04-2012 09:23:12 | More by Bilco
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HevvyMetalHippie

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

09-28-2012 01:05:34 | More by HevvyMetalHippie
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jlogan7

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

07-28-2012 00:36:30 | More by jlogan7
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

07-28-2012 14:15:06 | More by oldp0rt
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VTBeerTrade

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

10-03-2013 17:56:03 | More by VTBeerTrade
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mater

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

07-22-2012 06:24:30 | More by mater
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

08-18-2012 00:42:49 | More by millerbuffoon
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jvillefan

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-04-2013 03:26:08 | More by jvillefan
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TheRuss9585

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

07-21-2012 04:24:43 | More by TheRuss9585
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makomakoman

Maine

4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

what a great beer. Picked this up at the Bier Cellar.

great taste

great pour (a little too much head but that is like most Maine beer Company beers)

I like the idea of using locally sourced ingrediants for this. I hope they do another collabration this winter...maybe an Imperial Stout..

nice beer to enjoy in the summer of Maine

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 20:40:25 | More by makomakoman
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +7%
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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sk8man121

Maine

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From label:

"Lawson's Finest Liquids and Maine Beer Company made this nice brew to have fun and hopefully please some drinkers out there. This collaborative beer incorporates locally-sourced ingredients; Vermont-grown hops, Maine-grown barley, New York-grown wheat and Massachusetts-grown rye."

16.9 oz bottle poured into NERAX tasting glass. "Best By" date of 09.15.12. No mention of style of ABV.

A: Pours a completely opaque dark brown with russet highlights. 2-finger mocha head stands tall, leaving a great deal of lacing on the glass.

S: "Autumn Harvest" Yankee Candle (or some such scent) is extremely prominent in the nose; likely a spicy component of the rye. Dark, dank pine, bittersweet chocolate and faint hints of tangerine. Remember those orange-chocolate things that you had to smash in order to open? That.

T: Roasted malts share the spotlight with citrus-heavy hops. Grapefruit, wood smoke, spicy rye and charred oak. Faint alcohol heat (this bottle is exceptionally fresh). Quite dry, with a touch of sweetness in the finish.

M: This is where this beer really shines. A bit chalky at first, the heavy carbonation leads to a very creamy mouthfeel no doubt helped out by the presence of wheat. The hop resins make this one a bit sticky, but the bubbles lift things up nicely and keep it from coating the tongue in an uncomfortable manner.

O: I was happy to have grabbed a bottle of this tonight, as it appears to be extremely limited; it's already pretty much gone. While I'm not typically a huge fan of "American Black Ales" (or Black IPAs or whatever you want to call them), this one is exceptionally well-done and probably the best I've had. Not a huge surprise, considering the consistent quality expected from both MBC and Lawsons.

While not exactly a revelation, this is a very well put-together collaboration between two of the best breweries New England has to offer.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 02:34:06 | More by sk8man121
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Pours Stout-like. Very dark and light-impervious. You can tell the body isn't too viscous, but it definitely has a meaty build. Mild carbonation. Light bubble clusters.

S-Creamy and roasty and malty but it also sweats out plentiful amounts of hop aroma. Spiciness that is clearly derived from the rye. All local grown ingredients yield a very aromatic mixture of roast and hop.

T-Very multidimensional. Citrus and pine covered in milk chocolate and wrapped in rye bread. The rye actually isn't too overly involved. Flavorful and toasty. Definitely a memorable taste. Seems to change per sip.

O/D-If there were a triple Venn Diagram of a Stout, a Porter and a Black IPA this would lie right in the middle ground. Then you add in the rye addition and you have one unique brew. A great collaboration by two stellar breweries.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 02:22:18 | More by VelvetExtract
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CooperEllis

New York

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
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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oline73

Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
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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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Collaboration Time 1 pours a deep red/near black into the glass with a big, rocky light tan head. The foam is slow to fade leaving some spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is malty with notes of roasted malt, orange citrus and hints of chocolate.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth and creamy with mild to moderate carbonation. The flavor is nicely balanced between roasted malt, chocolate, orange citrus and pine. It finishes dry with lingering citrus and chocolate malt when gone.

This is a well balanced beer with lots of flavor and smooth mouthfeel. Wish I had more than one bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 18:41:27 | More by WanderingFool
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