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Jack's Abby / Lawson's Smoked Maple Lager - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Jack's Abby / Lawson's Smoked Maple LagerJack's Abby / Lawson's Smoked Maple Lager

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BA SCORE
85
very good

420 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 420
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 21
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 05-02-2013)
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greg4579

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.1%

06-19-2013 01:03:07 | More by greg4579
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a hazed copper with a tight light tan head. Nose is strong grain up front, a bit rubbery. Hints of woody ash, and a touch of tree sap. Taste is super smokey, full on campfire. Some grain underneath and a hint of sweet tree sap. Body is light, carb is strong, feel is a hint slick.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2014 14:37:15 | More by cpetrone84
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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very interesting beer. A maple bacon flavor (yes bacon), with a very interesting meaty after-taste. If someone had asked me if I wanted a maple bacon beer with a meaty aftertaste ... heck no. But for some reason, this beer works. Can't say I would drink it all the time, but if I find this, I will definitely have it again.

Again ... very interesting beer.

Serving type: on-tap

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3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A- pours a bright & clear copper color with ruby hue, small fizzy white head that reduces to leave a few patches of lace

S- smoky roasted malt with notes of campfire, coffee bean and earthy aromas, sweet maple. This actually smells very similar to a nice smoked porter

T- caramel malt, sweet honey, baked apples, glazed ham. The smoke actually becomes most prominent after the finish with a camp-fire-ash smokiness that lingers on the palate

M- medium body with moderate prickly carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a dry, crisp finish

O- definitely the most drinkable Rauchbier that I've had. It's sweet up front and smoky on the finish

Serving type: bottle

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Massachusetts

3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Red gold body with fluffy finger of marshmallow head.

Nose is smoky and sweet. Mouthwatering.

Flavor is light but sweet. Not a usual combination. Smokiness is very present, but not over-powering. Maple sweetness really hits the mark here, without being cloying.

Pretty thin overall. Mouthfeel is slick and lightly coating.

Drinkability is very high. The mild flavors and light body make it very easy to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

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magictacosinus

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4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, angrybabboon. Poured out of a 500ml bottle into a snifter. Bottling date is November, I believe.

Dark amber in color, ranging on some redness throughout. Pours a decently fluffed up white head filled with large bubbles and slight stickiness throughout, but that dies down rather quickly. Carbonation, as always, is very good, with a cascade of bubbles that drift to the top. No faults here, although I'd never guess this was brewed with maple or smoked based on the appearance.

Oh yeah! THIS is a rauchbier, unlike the Coffee Smoke & Dagger I had right before this one in the same evening. Big notes of smokiness, often resembling honey glazed ham (Virginia ham, maybe?) and bacon rinds, alongside a caramel sweetness (again, no maple), pears, apples, and some grassy zesty flavors at the end. The power of suggestion would lead to me to believe that I was smelling some maple syrup here, but I believe its long gone at this point. This mainly shines for its smoky, savory flavor, alongside the undeniable touch of sweetness that this brewery's selection of lagers is known for.

The flavor is a blast of smoked honey and caramel glazed ham, some gaminess, pepper, and some creaminess from the malts at the finish. Slightly savory and hearty in character at first, this dies down and is replaced with some nicely balanced cider notes, pears, apricots, and lemon and grass zest at the finish. A caramel-like sweetness cleanses the palate and subdues the stronger smoky notes of the beer. The carbonation is stronger and cleaner based on how this beer was made, and the character is slightly refreshing and yet simultaneously biscuit-like, which makes it an easy (albeit steady) effort to consume. Really unique, and really fantastic to see domestic breweries making beers like this.

Man, I haven't had too many domestically smoked beers, but this one really hits the spot for now. I really wish they continue to make this, as I would love to have a fresher bottle of this and hopefully expect fresher maple notes within the beer. Otherwise, as savory as it is, I really enjoy how refreshing and crisp its build is.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 19:47:20 | More by magictacosinus
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Jack's Abby / Lawson's Smoked Maple Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.