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Reviews: 37
Hads: 117
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 3.38%
Wants: 38
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Digimaika2
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (927 characters)

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. (1,246 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Collaboration Time 1 pours a deep red/near black into the glass with a big, rocky light tan head. The foam is slow to fade leaving some spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is malty with notes of roasted malt, orange citrus and hints of chocolate.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth and creamy with mild to moderate carbonation. The flavor is nicely balanced between roasted malt, chocolate, orange citrus and pine. It finishes dry with lingering citrus and chocolate malt when gone.

This is a well balanced beer with lots of flavor and smooth mouthfeel. Wish I had more than one bottle. (602 characters)

Photo of ToasterChef
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of this on July 17, and typed up my review that night. Due to internet connectivity issues, I have been unable to post my review until now.

This beer just came out; in fact I think it doesn't officially get released until tomorrow, July 18th, but I was able to pick up a bottle at Bier Cellar today. It had been refrigerated in the store, and after a quick drive out to the Allagash brewery to pick up some Resurgam, the beer has been chilling in my fridge. [New MBC beer and Allagash Coolships on the same day? What a great day to be a beer fan in Portland, ME!] The bottle is marked best by 9/15/12 and includes the instruction to "Drink this beer fresh!"

The beer is an opaque, dark brown liquid. On top rests a head of light brown foam. Some clinging carbonation was initially visible, but it disappeared quickly. The retreating head leaves behind good lacing.

The beer has a strong hop aroma. It wasn't aware of it while pouring, but once my nose was close to my glass, I could tell that this was a well-hopped beverage. There is light citrus and some strong earthy characteristics. Toasted malts work very well with the hop profile.

Based on the appearance, aroma and now the flavor, I'll say this is a black IPA. Strong, earthy hop flavors are the strongest tastes, But roasty flavors and a touch of sweetness form the malt base can also be detected. I think I can taste a touch of alcohol in the finish. Hop oils and a slightly burnt aftertaste linger on after swallowing.

The body of this beer is slightly heavy, probably due to the darker malts. Carbonation levels are good. It isn't very sticky, although I can feel a touch of film on my lips. The coating in my mouth has a good bitter flavor and some of the roast characteristics mentioned above.

I like this beer. This is the first time I've had anything by Lawson's Finest, so I can't say definitively what Sean brought to this beer (he does get a thank you on the bottle), but MBC is up to their usual standards with this one. It's nice to have something that is dark like Tom but hoppy like Peeper. I don't know anything about the plans for this beer (in fact, before I got the e-mail from Bier Cellar announcing it's arrival, I didn't know it existed), but hopefully it will be brewed more than once and offered on draft around town. (2,329 characters)

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. (383 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.67/5  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. (1,185 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (634 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (828 characters)

Photo of makomakoman
4.47/5  rDev +8%
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 (334 characters)

Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (694 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,038 characters)

Photo of sk8man121
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (1,918 characters)

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