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

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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

115 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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Pahn

New York

3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 05:18:26 | More by Pahn
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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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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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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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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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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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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 02:32:26 | More by DaveHack
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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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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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Rukasu

District of Columbia

3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 23:59:07 | More by Rukasu
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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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