Maine Beer Company / Lawson's Finest Liquids Collaboration Time I - Maine Beer Company
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4.68/5 rDev +12.5%
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.
07-25-2012 15:28:42 | More by rudzud
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
07-24-2012 19:16:43 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.43/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
07-23-2012 02:22:18 | More by VelvetExtract
4.48/5 rDev +7.7%
what a great beer. Picked this up at the Bier Cellar.
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
07-21-2012 20:40:25 | More by makomakoman
4.14/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
07-20-2012 16:11:20 | More by BeerKangaroo
4.23/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
07-19-2012 00:54:21 | More by BEERMILER12
4.43/5 rDev +6.5%
"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.
07-18-2012 02:34:06 | More by sk8man121
Maine Beer Company / Lawson's Finest Liquids Collaboration Time I from Maine Beer Company
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