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

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BA SCORE
92
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116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 35
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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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-28-2012 14:20:22 | More by InspectorBob
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PoolFishGolf

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-23-2012 18:37:21 | More by PoolFishGolf
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gpawned

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.8%

11-23-2012 05:31:58 | More by gpawned
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rondufresne

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-22-2012 23:13:24 | More by rondufresne
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 01:28:52 | More by stakem
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milesbrew

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-12-2012 23:43:03 | More by milesbrew
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dunix

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

10-29-2012 14:06:08 | More by dunix
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 02:28:33 | More by xnicknj
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 19:18:38 | More by Alieniloquium
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2012 20:31:54 | More by Rifugium
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HevvyMetalHippie

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

09-28-2012 01:05:34 | More by HevvyMetalHippie
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Wasatch

Utah

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
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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DoreenAndDave

Maine

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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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rab53

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

09-17-2012 02:06:14 | More by rab53
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bootdown21

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

09-16-2012 01:52:14 | More by bootdown21
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usofar

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

09-15-2012 02:31:04 | More by usofar
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beer2day

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of the Liquor Locker in SW Harbor.

Dark black pour with 2 fingers of thick, dark khaki head. Very well retained and nice lace sheets all around. Well presented.

Nose is dark roast coffee with a sweet shot of honey and molasses. Citrus hops contribute to the sweet nose as well. Growing more roasted later in the glass.

Definite roasted coffee flavor with a big shot of citrus hops. Strong dark chocolate in the finish combines with the hops to really finish sharply bitter. The roasted malt and chocolate malt make for a nice combination. The hops compliment well.

Surprisingly substantial feel. Borders on a stronger style, but well played. Not overly thick, but stands up well to the strong flavor.

A nice effort.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 02:16:26 | More by beer2day
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hilgart1

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

09-14-2012 00:16:25 | More by hilgart1
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ales4baldo

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

09-08-2012 05:20:43 | More by ales4baldo
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duceswild

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

09-06-2012 04:56:02 | More by duceswild
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raythealeman

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

09-03-2012 23:26:05 | More by raythealeman
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ComRock12

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

09-01-2012 13:10:59 | More by ComRock12
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

08-31-2012 02:14:39 | More by PEIhop
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Auror

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.8%

08-29-2012 04:07:52 | More by Auror
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
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
Maine Beer Company / Lawson's Finest Liquids Collaboration Time I from Maine Beer Company
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