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Jack's Abby / Lawson's Smoked Maple Lager - Bourbon Barrel Aged - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Jack's Abby / Lawson's Smoked Maple Lager - Bourbon Barrel AgedJack's Abby / Lawson's Smoked Maple Lager - Bourbon Barrel Aged

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BA SCORE
85
very good

46 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | FT: 2
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.

Aged in a Buffalo Trace barrel and sold exclusively at Redstone Liquors in Stoneham, MA.

(Beer added by: Dope on 08-02-2013)
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

oline73, Aug 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

mendvicdog, Aug 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

duceswild, Aug 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

ejimhof, Oct 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

Gonzoillini, Sep 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Kelp, Aug 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

chippo33, Sep 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

thegerm87, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy reddish-brown. Big tall and fluffy tan head. Head fades at a moderate pace. Small but solid walls of lacing. Good retention.

S: Strong maple syrup up front with a quite a bit of smokiness to back it up. Some toasted malt too, like toasted bread. No real sign of the barrel.

T: Hmph, definitely some barrel here. Sweet caramel up front, mixing with maple syrup. A bit of smokiness joins it but only a little. Toasted bread in the finish with some smokiness, kinda leaves a burnt bread aftertaste with some caramelized maple syrup to boot. Fairly sweet overall if I'm honest.

M: Medium bodied, smooth.

O: Not a strong barrel presence in this one, but it makes sense. It could easily overpower a 6% beer. Smokiness is much less pronounced in the flavor than the normal version, which I feel improves the beer. The barrel's sweetness only furthers balances out the acrid smoke. Overall a better balanced and more complex brew. Much improved over the original. Very tasty.

Dope, Aug 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

IrishColonial, Aug 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

Davepoolesque, Jan 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

DonFrap, Aug 15, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Barrel aged maple lager pours a clear amber color with a small creamy head on top. The foam fades quickly leaving a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is smokey with some caramel sweetness and a little maple. Like hard maple candy.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth, creamy with moderate carbonation. The flavor is like the aroma, smokey with caramel sweetness and a maple finish. Some oak and vanilla notes are noticed in the background. Hard maple candy finishes off each sip. Once gone the maple and smoke lingers on the palate.

I didn't get much barrel character from this beer. It seems like the regular version to me, with a touch of oak and vanilla. Still a tasty beer that is well balanced with smoke and sweetness.

WanderingFool, Dec 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

jaasen64, Aug 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

bum732, Aug 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

DerekMorgan, Aug 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Auror, Oct 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

GonzoHomebrewer, Nov 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

smutty33, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of Scotchboy
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle sent to me graciously by Dope, otherwise I'd never have a chance to try something like this...split with my brother into a Deschutes tulip.

A: Hazy brown with some red highlights, off-white head recedes pretty quickly.

S: Smoky wood and a good amount of sweetness, seems to be caramel but I suppose it could be maple? Barrel character appears to be pretty light as it warms, which makes sense for a low abv beer dominated by smoke. There is a touch of earthy campfire as well, but not overwhelmingly smoky.

T: A bit more smoky wood emerges on the palate, fruity sweetness as well. There is some caramel there as well, but it is buried. Slight bready maltiness pokes through, as well as a hint of the bourbon/spirit. The rauch-finish to this one isn't really pleasant to me, but overall the smoke is manageable.

MF: Thinner medium body.

O: This is a tough one to score; would have loved to find some more barrel character in the nose and on the palate, but its tough with a lower abv smoked beer, I know. For a rauch, I believe this one is a bit subdued; the smoke is there, but even without tasting the original (non-ba) version I think the time in the barrels has cut the sharp, smoky edges off of this beer. There is a bit of sweetness (maple?) in the nose and taste too, but also not as much as I would have hoped.

Overall this is a decent beer, and something I was very glad to have tried. Thanks Dope!

Scotchboy, Oct 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

JakerLou, Oct 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Mikeypnh, Nov 14, 2013
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Tschnab, Aug 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

Boston_Steve, Sep 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Mike, Aug 02, 2013
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Jack's Abby / Lawson's Smoked Maple Lager - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Jack's Abby Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.