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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

117 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 36
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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Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Sammy, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

djrn2, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of jlindros
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

jlindros, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of oline73
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

oline73, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Rifugium, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

mendvicdog, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Rochefort10nh, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

InspectorBob, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

stakem, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

duceswild, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
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!

Wasatch, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of rab53
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

rab53, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

PEIhop, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Alieniloquium, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of xnicknj
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

xnicknj, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of chippo33
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

chippo33, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of rudzud
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

rudzud, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of AngusOg
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

AngusOg, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

VelvetExtract, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of Gatordaddy
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Gatordaddy, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of millerbuffoon
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

millerbuffoon, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of oldp0rt
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

oldp0rt, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev -3.6%

mdillon86, Aug 06, 2012
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