Acer Quercus - The Bruery / Lawson's Finest Liquids Collaboration | Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Acer Quercus - The Bruery / Lawson's Finest Liquids CollaborationAcer Quercus - The Bruery / Lawson's Finest Liquids Collaboration

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Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
If you aren’t familiar with Lawson’s Finest Liquids yet, you should be! Run entirely by Sean Lawson, it is a nano-brewery in rural Vermont. He’s become well known in the beer world for unique beers brewed on his single barrel system, and particularly for his use of locally sourced maple syrup. We got together with Sean and developed a recipe for an oaked, smoked, mapled monster of a beer. We even smoked our own malt using the wood of the very maple trees that provided the syrup for this beer. This was a really fun beer to create and the result is a mildly sweet, smoky brown ale with balancing wood tannins.

Added by Jason on 05-10-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 206 |  Reviews: 89
Reviews by Hopstamon:
Photo of Hopstamon
4.92/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-This gem of a brew pours very deep brown with amber hues around the edge of the glass. the head is creamy and sticky, very apealing looking brew.

S- Mmmm...Smells of maple syrup mixed with dates. The spiciness of the rye is done perfectly in this syle bending brew. There is also a nice blend of smokiness...not overdone...well balanced.

T- Taste is more of the same, though a bit more of the rye peeks through and the the finish is a bit of sweetness and again, a good dose of smokey malt.

M- Mouthfeel is medium with a great creaminess. Really smooth.

O- Overall, This Beer is nothing short of amazing. Great collaboration of East and West...

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More User Reviews:
Photo of getinked
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to someone for sharing this at the Flying Saucer Beer Tasting. I think it was shared by thirdeye11 or GregSVT.

The beer pours a reddish color with a tan head. The aroma is very strong. I get a lot of ashy smoke, with a little bit of chocolate mixed in. The two surprisingly go together very well.

The flavor is similar but a little more complex. I get a lot of the meaty, ashy smoke, but the chocolate is more pronounced than in the aroma. There is also a nice roasted malt backbone and some woody notes. I don't get much if any maple syrup notes in the flavor or aroma. The alcohol is well hidden for a 9 percent beer.

Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of kingcrowing
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a wine glass.

Pours a very dark brown with a small brown head. Nose is pretty smoky and a bit of dark fruit.

Taste is smokey as well, there is a off flavor, maybe grape it bacon something I can't quite put my finger on but it's not great.
Mouthfeel is pretty smooth and overall its decent but not quite there.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

The Bruery Provisions
Orange, CA

Dark brown and grey with a thin brown head. Spotted lacing down the glass.

Interesting and complex aroma; the aroma consists mainly of wood and smoke. I kept saying this smelled like "roots," though I still can't exactly articulate what I meant by that. I don't get much, if any, maple syrup aroma.

The smoke dominates this beer and hides most of anything else. The earthy wood (aka roots) flavor is certainly present with just a very mild sweetness, though I was expecting the maple syrup to play a far larger role in this beer's makeup.

Medium to thick mouthfeel, very nice.

An interesting idea but not quite successful enough in the bottle. I'm not oft to say this, but I actually wish this beer was sweeter. The smoke is far too dominant, at least for my tastes, though I'm still left with an interesting beer I'm most definitely enjoying.

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Photo of rudylaw
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of dbossman
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown/red tint; thin head with good retention and lacing

S: Sweet fruits, maple, booze, and caramel up front with lots of smoke coming behind the sweet boozy aromas; then comes a spicy, bready malt backbone

T: So complex: spicy, maple sweetness combined with a smoke, dark fruits, and roasted malts; of course there is also a boozy quality but it works so well with the aforementioned flavors; this tastes damn good

F: Creamy, medium bodied; a bit thin on the back end but pleasant enough

O: Such an interesting, complex beer; boozy but drinkable; sweet and malty yet smoky and meaty; good stuff

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Bruery Snifter. Pours a super dark black. Nice thick tan head. Good lacing.

Aroma isn't too crazy. I smell roasted grains. A bit of smoke. Bit of caramel and a bit of maple but I don't know if I would smell it if I didn't know it was there.

Taste is nice. Nice roastyness but has a nice smoothness with a bit of maple and a slight bit of smoke. But there is a bit of a metallic taste in the finish. It's not very pleasant.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a nice carb.

Overall it is a good beer. Not as good as some peeps below me have said IMO but good. Don't know if it was worth the $20 a bottle I spent. Good thing I only bought one.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into my Lawson's pint glass. Nice.

Appearance - Dark brown body with an ample tan head. Great retention and great lacing.

Smell - A lot of maple on the nose. A little smokey and very malty. Lots of dark caramel notes.

Taste - Significantly more smoke on the palate than the nose. Sweet caramel malts, but not too sweet. Lots of maple, too. Finishes with just a hint of hop bitterness and a slight astringency.

Mouthfeel - Not a lot of booze for 9.5%. Low carbonation and very smooth. Creamy desserty, but not tough to drink.

Overall - I'm surprised the reviews aren't high for this. The flavors are quite nice. It's not rare and barrel aged, I guess. Still, a tasty concoction.

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Photo of KMcG
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of mbmiche
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KBennall
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of thagr81us
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a RJ Rockers shaker. Poured a massively dark ruby red brown with a half finger khaki colored head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, maple syrup, wood, burnt malt, dark chocolate, and alcohol. The flavor was of maple syrup, roasted malt, burnt malt, alcohol, wood, and wheat. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. However, there was quite a bit going on which was kind of overpowering on the palate. The aroma and flavor on this one definitely followed each other very closely on this one, but it just seemed like any sort of sweetness on the flavor was missing to help balance out the bitterness of burnt malt. The maple syrup made itself known, but wasn’t very strong unfortunately. Worth trying if you haven’t had it before and like the style.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dtx00
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Photo of waddellc2
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TWStandley
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cellared for a few years, poured into my Delirium tulip.

Appeared a dark brown color with a purple grape colored tinge to the relatively small head that was produced.

Smelled of dark fruits, a bit of tobacco, and slight maple syrup.

Taste is quite delicious - decently roasty with a nice sweet maple finish - reminds me of maple candy a bit on the finish. Alcohol taste is definitely present.

Mouthfeel could have had a bit more body but otherwise it was decent.

Overall pretty solid and paired well with my meal of bbq ribs. I enjoyed this one more than I expected I would. A nice treat.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mike and Jen for sharing this bottle. Acer Quercus, the genera for maple and oak. Maplewood smoking, oak cubes, and maple syrup? And rye to boot? Sounds exciting.

A: The beer is dark, a cola brown with a little more depth. The ale supports a darker tan colored head that quickly turns into a wispy pool.

S: The nose leads off with the smoked maplewood, a meaty thick aroma if ever there was one. While strong, the smokiness has a sweetness to it and transitions nicely to the vanilla oak cubes and maple syrup. Booze is present but not a distraction. Finally, dark sugars, more maple, lend strength and depth.

T: Smoke, sweetness, more smoke. A four word definition that doesn't seem to do the ale justice. The maplewood smoke is full, appearing throughout the glass. In between, sweet maple syrup adds thickness and dark sugary sweetness. Spiciness is apparent between the first round of smoke and the maple sweetness, the oak and rye together perhaps? As the ale warms, the smokiness mellows out and the sweetness becomes more apparent.

M: The mouthfeel is sweet and smooth, the smokiness cutting into it with a sharper edge. The complexity and evolving flavors make the ale one to try.

O: A nice ale, the maple focus providing strong flavors.

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Photo of Diomede
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Bruery Provisions in Orange, CA. Consumed on 7/7/11

A - Dark drown with small amount of light brown head. 4

S - Sweet maple syrup, caramel, brown sugar and some oaky/woddy notes. No noticeable bitterness. A very sweet overall nose. 4

T - Big, bold oak/wood flavours are present up front with sweetness in the background that is surprisingly the secondary flavour (based on the nose). There is also a fairly prevalent smoke flavour throughout that becomes even more noticeable as the beer warms up. Some maple comes through, but not as much as I expected. Some dark caramel and brown sugar in the background as well.

M - Medium body. Light carbonation.


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Photo of hoppymcgee
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Inflatablechair hooked this rarity up over the weekend... Thanks Sam!! Pours deep dark brown... good clarity and the head is dark brown.

The nose is an interesting playground... dark malts with maple syrup notes.. bunches of oak...

Flavor is a bit sweet.. a bit of smokey notes that I didn't catch on the aroma.... some mild molasses... maple syrup, I guess, but it is a more background flavor... a bit spicy note that I am having a problem with... but still the overall brew is pretty sweet and boozy.. the smoke is long and lingering... smoke isn't a deal breaker, but it seems a touch heavy given the overall brew...

Great body...light carbonation.. decent brew, but I do not care for the smoke at all.. the maple flavor also was too heavy after a few pours.

Thanks Sam!! Just not a good brew for me.

All 3.5's

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Photo of jsanford
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with brown edges and a soapy khaki-colored head that settles to a solid cap, leaving lots of spotty lacing clinging to the glass. Really nice aromas of Beechwood smoke, maple syrup, oak, and dark malt. The smoke character reminds me quite a bit of a Schlenkerla offering, which is swell. Taste is similarly smoky, with more maple, caramel, slightly tannic oak, and sweet malt. Very nicely balanced between the smoke, malt, and maple. Smooth mouthfeel, quite creamy, with a medium-full body and good carbonation. Really enjoyable brew, love it when The Bruery does smoke!

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