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

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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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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +12%
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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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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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makomakoman

Maine

4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
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 +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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sk8man121

Maine

4.43/5  rDev +6%
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%
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 +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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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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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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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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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Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

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

(4.0) A: Pitch black with a tall marshmallow-like and mocha coloured foam head. Very good lacing and similar retention. Chocolate milk bubbles linger on top with time.

(4.0) S: Very good combination/balance of malts and hops presented through the aroma. Dark chocolate, dark coffee, grapefruit, fresh lemon zest, and floral qualities. Fresh and lively.

(4.5) T: Bitter hop wave of citrus and weedy floral notes give way to roasted malt qualities of lighter chocolate with some faint smoke on the back end. Detecting some cola qualities leaning towards root beer-ish. Spices in there too. Very pleasing with a varied and satisfying style.

(4.0) M: Lighter bodied with a medium carbonation. Dry with a herbal bitter feel, however, enough malt qualities ensure this doesn’t lean too much in the other direction.

(4.5) D: Exactly how I imagined a beer brewed by the Maine Beer Co. and Lawson’s would taste- Outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 01:34:11 | More by Digimaika2
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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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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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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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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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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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BEERMILER12

Maine

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

Best by 091512. Drink it fresh clearly stated multiple times on the bottle.

A: Pours a very dark red, almost black color with a massive 4 fingers worth of head. Leave it to MBC to always have large heads on all their beers (that's a good thing)

S: After the head dies down a bit (it took a while), there is a nice mix of roasted and spicy malts, chocolate, and big juicy hops. No real hint of the wheat yet, but it still smells amazing

T: Follows the nose, with the spiciness of the rye coming out quite a bit more than in the nose. Pleasant roastiness, dark chocolate, and bitterness from the hops. Possible hint of dark wheat about midway through

M: Medium-full bodied with a good dose of carbonation. Very smooth, though. I think the wheat helps to even out the rye a little here in terms of being how smooth it is

O: A very enjoyable black ale. Definitely a twist on the style using barley, rye, and wheat for the malt bill. Good to see these breweries teaming up for this one. I'd definitely drink this one fresh, as advertised.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 00:54:21 | More by BEERMILER12
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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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ToasterChef

Maine

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of this on July 17, and typed up my review that night. Due to internet connectivity issues, I have been unable to post my review until now.

This beer just came out; in fact I think it doesn't officially get released until tomorrow, July 18th, but I was able to pick up a bottle at Bier Cellar today. It had been refrigerated in the store, and after a quick drive out to the Allagash brewery to pick up some Resurgam, the beer has been chilling in my fridge. [New MBC beer and Allagash Coolships on the same day? What a great day to be a beer fan in Portland, ME!] The bottle is marked best by 9/15/12 and includes the instruction to "Drink this beer fresh!"

The beer is an opaque, dark brown liquid. On top rests a head of light brown foam. Some clinging carbonation was initially visible, but it disappeared quickly. The retreating head leaves behind good lacing.

The beer has a strong hop aroma. It wasn't aware of it while pouring, but once my nose was close to my glass, I could tell that this was a well-hopped beverage. There is light citrus and some strong earthy characteristics. Toasted malts work very well with the hop profile.

Based on the appearance, aroma and now the flavor, I'll say this is a black IPA. Strong, earthy hop flavors are the strongest tastes, But roasty flavors and a touch of sweetness form the malt base can also be detected. I think I can taste a touch of alcohol in the finish. Hop oils and a slightly burnt aftertaste linger on after swallowing.

The body of this beer is slightly heavy, probably due to the darker malts. Carbonation levels are good. It isn't very sticky, although I can feel a touch of film on my lips. The coating in my mouth has a good bitter flavor and some of the roast characteristics mentioned above.

I like this beer. This is the first time I've had anything by Lawson's Finest, so I can't say definitively what Sean brought to this beer (he does get a thank you on the bottle), but MBC is up to their usual standards with this one. It's nice to have something that is dark like Tom but hoppy like Peeper. I don't know anything about the plans for this beer (in fact, before I got the e-mail from Bier Cellar announcing it's arrival, I didn't know it existed), but hopefully it will be brewed more than once and offered on draft around town.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 16:11:44 | More by ToasterChef
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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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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drink by September 15, 2012:

Into a pint glass:

A: very dark brown/almost black body that leaves a two finger light tan head that appears for about a good two minutes and then slowly gets lumpy, no carbonation is seen rising. The lacing is thick and foamy spider-webbing the glass as the beer warms.

S: based around the hops, strong notes of chocolate, roasted and spicy malts come in as the beer gets warmer

T: chocolate coming out even stronger than in the smell, making the hops become a bit more subdued

M: medium to almost heavy, yet it feels very smooth in my mouth, moderate amount of carbonation

O: this is quite impressive for its style. I would love to enjoy one of these again.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 16:11:20 | More by BeerKangaroo
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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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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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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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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

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

Poured into a pint glass. There is a large foamy tan head that is very sticky.

The aroma has some subtle cocoa notes with a nice citrus hop blend mixed in.

The taste has a nice mild chocolate malt sweetness with a dank citrus hop finish that leaves a nice bitterness also.

This is medium bodied with velvety carbonation. Good stuff from two of the most delicious breweries around.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 04:06:28 | More by andrewinski1
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