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

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

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 117
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 39
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:
Beer added by: sk8man121 on 07-18-2012

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.
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Reviews: 37 | Hads: 117
Photo of jaasen64
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of xnicknj
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
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!

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Photo of portia99
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of DaveHack
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of Rukasu
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of Pahn
3.56/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 3 inch frothy tan head that dissipates slowly. Pours a dark brown / black and leaves some big arches of lacing.

Smell: Mild hop pungency, slightly citrusy. Cocoa, with some spicy aromas. Bit ashy.

Taste: Lots of chocolaty malt. Bit watery. Some herbal hop flavors, interesting (but not necessarily desirable) influence on these hop flavors from all the dark, crystal, and rye malt. Bit of pungency, probably from the Columbus (who knows?). High bitterness that I like.

Some elements are very good, but it doesn't come together for me. Reminds me of when Black IPAs first started getting nationally popular and most examples were confused "it's almost a good IPA, almost a good porter, but not really a great anything."

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Mild carbonation. A touch too watery. Semi-dry finish.

Overall: Unremarkable, especially considering the outright geniuses who made it. Lawson's black IPA, "BIG HAPI" blows this one away, but there's no good reason that this should be so inferior; Maine Beer Company's Zoe and Lunch are masterful hoppy beers as well. Somehow this collaboration falls flat. It's better than a lot of beers, but it should be a lot better than it is.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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