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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)

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Added by Jason on 05-10-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ShanePB
2.18/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

750 ml bottle
Poured into a globe glass

A: Dark murky brown colored body with a somewhat fizzy off-white/tan head with tiny bubbles. No lacing and only minor retention around the edges.

S: Lots of smoke, dark malts, sweet maple syrup and a distinct medicinal quality to the overall aroma. A hint of salted bacon towards the back. This is a very odd combination of flavors, and I'm not too sure I really like this.

T: Ugh. Over the top on all fronts. Sweet thick maple syrup, too much smoke and burnt malts. The back end even has a slight twinge on the swallow, almost like a tartness. I don't really enjoy this at all. Alone these flavors sound great but unfortunately there is no balance here. Everything is too in-your-face.

M: Good carbonation that helps keep this from feeling thick and syrupy which it easily could. Lots of bubbles break things up but the sweetness is still much too sticky, perhaps something not even different carbonation levels could remedy.

Huge disappointment here. I have another bottle I'll most likely trade away to someone who wants to try this or appreciates this more. I am a fan of smoke-forward beers and maple, but knowing The Bruery I should have expected this sweetness level. Too much I'm afraid.

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Photo of ineva
2.55/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a Wide mouth wine glass

A: Very dark brown with a brown head, no lacing.

S: Smokey BBQ burnt wood, campfire, no sweet maple syrup scents at all.

T: Hot smokey fried bacon. Where's the eggs and hash browns?

M: A cozy bonfire in your mouth.

O: Total disappointment.

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Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
2.58/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Acer Quercus, Rye Beer 9% ABV

A: This is a deep mahogany brown with light brown notes at the edges. The head is fluffy with small bubbles and minimal lacing.

S: There are intense smoky notes almost akin to a rauch bier. There is a whole bbq of oak and smoldering charcoal notes. There’s not any real rye notes and absolutely no maple syrup scents.

T: The taste is a little smoky but they hid all of the deep maple notes for the taste. It tastes almost like a burnt Belgian tripel. The body is rich but ultimately disappointing.

M: The mouthfeel is thick and frothy with tons of coating. It sounds like it should be amazing but the smoke notes just override and it is not fulfilling. For all the maple hype it just feels a bit off the mark.

D: This is simply too smoky, too sticky, and too much to enjoy in large quantities. I had a hard time splitting a bomber, much less finishing one on my own. I will not be a repeat customer. It’s not that the experience was exceptionally bad, it is just fundamentally deficient, it feels like a Kia dealership.

Narrative: No one asked Xavier Weber to prom. He spent most mornings smoke grilling baby back spare ribs or cold glazing honey combs for his apiary projects. High school wasn’t his forte. He usually showed up in coveralls and covered in sticky brisket char. “Mr. Weber, please clean the gristle from your shirt and return to class.” Girls would eye him suspiciously and question his lumbarjackesque demeanor. He was not unknown for felling trees but it didn’t consume the entirety of his being. Secretly he yearned to produce top of the line maple syrup in a bohemian boutique. “MR. WEBER! At least clean the bees off of your coveralls before you enter my GEOMETRY CLASS!” 10th grade was going to be a long year.

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Photo of billshmeinke
2.83/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Bruery.

Deep dark impenetrable brown almost black. Two fingers of beige head decent retention and specs of lacing left behind.

Smells super sweet. Definitely maple syrup, candi sugar, some smokey notes, oak, vanilla, some yeast.

Tastes super sweet. Maple syrup, brown sugar, candi sugar, smokey and oak notes come through and offer a bit of tannic bitterness to balance thing out. Tastes like there are some baking spices in there too, maybe cinnamon/cardomon? Some bubblegum too. Reminds me a bit of rugbrod... Only sweeter.

Under attenuated, full bodied, carbonation is mellow which works well, alcohol well hidden.

Overall to sweet to be very enjoyable.

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Photo of seeswo
3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Enjoyed at a beach with a fellow beer nerd on July 3rd. Poured an intense dark brown color with a small tannish head. Smokey rye and oak come through in the nose, though this is disappointingly mild. Intense rye, smoke and a hint of booziness. The combo of rye, maple and smoke leave only rye and smoke, as I get little to no maple. There is a distinct char to the finish that is not altogether very appealing. As it opens up, the beer becomes more palatable, but mostly in the sense that the less appealing flavors are slightly blunted. Medium body with medium carbonation feels about right. Overall, this beer doesn't come together like it seems like it should. The expected triad of rye, smoke and maple seems to be lacking in the maple which would have rounded this beer out and blunted some of the harshness of the other two primary ingredients. Love the fact that they tried this, but my experience with maple beers is starting to suggest that they need more maple than brewers are willing to put in to make it worth the addition (or I need to change my expectation of what maple is supposed to taste like in a beer).

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Photo of kbutler1
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Thanks to mulitple RS members. Pours a dark cola like brown/tan color with a light tan head. The nose is really sweet with notes of caramel, cherry, vanilla, and some booze. Medium mouthfeel. Boozy, woody, caramel, apple, cherry, leather, and some earthiness. The booze being so evident is a bit of a surprise to me and one that I was not expecting. Overall, I wasn’t completely in love with this.

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Photo of Treebs
3.22/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml shared by Gonzoillini. Thanks Tony! Served in a Deschutes snifter.

A: Pours a dark brownish color with some lighter edges. A thin khaki colored head forms on the pour and recedes quickly to a thin ring. Some minor splotches of lace.

S: Light and smokey. Wood char with some dark fruit and a little pale malt.

T: Same as the nose. Pale malts, smokey and some char. Light oxidation with some paper. Booze is well hidden by the smoke.

M: Medium light bodied with a medium carbonation level. Slightly smokey finish.

O: Decent enough with some well hidden booze. I enjoy smoked beers, but this one was a little one note. Booze was hidden nicely though.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
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 ChrisPro
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle picked up in VT over the summer poured into my Bruery tulip.

A - dark brown, hints of maroon with a nice cream head that didn't last. beautiful lacing

S - strange at first. lots of maple and rye spice. Very earthy and a weird yeasty aroma that is somewhat offputting. This fades as it warms, along with the maple and the smoke shows up.

T - strange spice and sweetness with a weird funk in the finish. Not sure if this is the oak chips or what. this starts to fade and a really nice sweet smokiness starts to shine.

M - Pretty sharp carb, medium bodied. Could definitely taste the heat.

O - no particular flaw, but overall just a weird beer. It was a struggle through the first 4 oz., but then it got much better as it warmed. The beer is incredibly complex, though I wouldn't go out of my way to try again.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

had this one for a while, enjoyed from new reserve society taster glass.

a - brew poured a deep purple with some crimson highlights and a thin bubbly head that was gone quick.

s - decent amount of smoke on top of the expected dark fruit raisin combo. the smoke is a bit over done and steals the show, but it leaves me wishing it was dialed back a little bit.

t - starts with boozy dark fruit raisins and then finishes with a blast of smoked out malts and some peatiness. the maple is present but really comes across as peaty smoke.

m - boozy. medium bodied, not as chewy as i would expect.

o - overall, not my favorite from either brewery. The wood and booze and smokiness is just not a match with each other. this one might be a bit of a chore to tackle.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

609th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip

Thanks to GuruDel for this one.

App- A nice dark brown which looked alot like maple syrup. Had a gigantic bottim up up and some nice legs to it.

Smell- When I read the label I was instantly excited by a comvo of Rye, Maple Syrup and Oak. They are there by dominated by a smokey flavor.

Taste- Taste follows the nose and I am very dissapointed. Vince warned me about this one, but I had my blinders on because of the rye. Its big, boozy and smoky. 2 out of 3 aint bad but that last one kills it for me.

Mouth- I like the feel on this beer. Its a medium bodied beer with a medium carbonation level. Leaves a oaky smoke flavor. damn

Drink- I am a bit dissapointed in this one. Im not a fan of smokey beers and I was warned about this one but I went head 1st becuase of the rye. Probably wont come back to it but oh well. Live and learn.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with a hint of ruby red to it. Medium cream-tan head that diminishes slowly. Scent is sweet, candied dark fruits with some maple syrup. Just a hint of smoke with some chocolate and dates. Roasted caramel malt with more sweetness. Taste is basically exactly how it smells. Dark fruits and dark malt flavors take over. I had this on draft at the Bruery, and it was much more smokey than this. Maybe it's the age on it, but the smoke isn't coming through too strong in the taste. Brown sugar and dark malt with dark fruit and chocolate. Not very complex tasting. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with high carbonation. Drinkability is fair. Overall, not one of my favorite offerings from the Bruery, but I'm glad I opened it now (rather than aging it longer).

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, nice layer and lacing.

Light chocolate.

Maple undertones are what I search for first - which are there but in the background, spice, cocoa and cinammon.

Well carb'd. Too much. Needs more body/depth. Maybe the bottles have less carbonation; hopefully because who wants spritzy carbonation with a 9% beer.

A bit shallow. Nothing really stood out. Was expecting a rich stout with sweet maple but it's not remotely like that.

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Photo of Overlord
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy deep brown color. Off-white foam head (small).

Smells like alcohol, a bit of burnt/roasted sugar and ... wood? Maple? Something tree-like, anyway.

Taste is too boozy for me, and there's a weird acrid aftertaste that's a bit too sharp. The brown sugar/maple is prominent, but I wouldn't say it's a sweet beer. It's just too harsh, all the way around, both from the malt profile and from the booze. It did grow on me, though.

Nice velvety mouthfeel.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery

Pours dark brown. Not much head. maybe a touch but it doesn't last long.
Smells smokey and like burnt brown sugar. No sweetness really. Overall not very appealing especially to someone who doesn't enjoy smokey beers.
Tastes like smoke.... light malty sweetness but the smokiness is just overwhelming.
The mouthfeel is nice but overall this beer was a total disappointment

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Why is this a Lawson's beer? Thank you, Andrew.

Deep reddish brown with a dense, light brown head with excellent retention and nice lacing. The nose is decent. There's a bready rye aroma with moderate sweetness, maple and dark honey. Moderately spicy, medicinally so (like cough syrup), with some alcohol noticeable. A little smoke is apparent. Oak is pretty noticeable, with a rather raw, quite astringent, and with a little vanilla.

The palate opens moderately sweet and with a noticeable alcohol character. The sweetness has a mild artificial note to it, mildly metallic. A mellow smoke character is present, along with a blend of caramel and maple, both of which are in contrast with the rye flavor. Spicy and herbal, this has certain characteristics you'd find in a gruit. Despite the sweetness, this is fairly light in body, and this lightness is amplified by the alcohol. Carbonation is soft and gentle, making this fairly pleasant on the palate. Oak and vanilla appear towards the finish, where the sweetness helps temper the tannins . There's also a touch of herbal hop bitterness, a blend of burning wet leaves and a little earth, that lingers. Decent stuff, worth a try, this is interesting, though an entire 750 is an overkill.

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Photo of Philousa
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Inky black with tan head clinging to the glass. Small bubbles. Burnt caramel and dark, rich chocolate dominate the nose. Very smoky with some alcohol burn for good measure. Dark, rich, smooth chocolate flavor with burnt caramel and super smoky wood. This is a delicate smoke, though. More like smoked salmon than campfire smoke. Leaving you with a wet finish, this felt a bit watery, but the carbonation balances out this feeling a bit.

Tres smoky. But not in a bad way like Alakan Smoked porter and not overwhelming like most Aecht Schlenkerla beers. I don't really mind this smokiness since it doesn't take away from the complexity in the dark malt. This is delicate like a fine chocolate. I don't know how it accomplishes all this while maintaining a 9.5% ABV. All that said, I'm not much of a fan of smoked beers, and this didn't win me over to the smoked side single-handedly. A great smoky, chocolatey, rich beer. Well balanced, considering the aforementioned description.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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 johnnnniee
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid dark brown color with a decent creamy tan head that displays good retention and lace. Smells of smoke right from the pop of the cap. Sweet caramel malt, roasted grains with maybe a hint of maple underneath the campfire. Taste is sweet with caramel malt and a only a hint of maple, but this one is pretty strong with the smokey phenolic. A touch of chocolate, coffee, and alcohol show themselves in the sip especially as she warms. Medium to thick body, light carbonation with a smooth creamy mouthfeel. Decent brew, but really not all that interesting. I find it quite heavy on the smoke and that turns me off a bit. Maybe with some age this one will open up a bit.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by ahalloin. Thanks Tony.

The beer is dark brown, with a thick, beige head. The aroma offers a large serving of rye malt, light spice, subtle dark fruit, with a slight musty quality. The flavor is fairly sweet, with a smoky quality about it. Dark fruits emerge much more in the flavor. Overall, this was just ok.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
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 Gobzilla
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a dark brown in color with burgundy highlights and had a finger worth of head that left plenty of bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: I was able to sniff out some of the maple syrup along with mild oak, smokey character, booze, and some malty sweetness.

T: the booze was prominent on the palate with maple malty sweetness, oaky character and smokey accents. It did have hints of caramel and brown sugar to it as well.

M: the brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, oaky, smokey, and silky finish.

D: it was pretty drinkable but was not as impressive as I thought it would be. The bruery should pull it off on it's own.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to ChrisPro!

A - Pours a dark brown/red color, tan head, thin collar, spotty lace.

S - Lots of smoke and lots of sweetness. Duh. Peat, roasty smoke, maple sweetness, some oak, and hot booze.

T - Lots of booze, too hot at the moment. Maple sweetness, roasted malts, smoke, oak, roasted almonds.

M - Medium, good carbonation, hot alcohol, creamy sweet finish.

O - I was expecting much more from this beer and was really let down. Hopefully, the hot booze will smooth out in the next year or so and the flavors will meld together a little more. Give it a whirl, but don't expect greatness.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Bruery tulip because this is a Bruery beer and I don't have a Lawson's glass. Hint hint.

Beer is black, no light escapes the beer, dense, nice two finger tan head of small bubbles, decent retention, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation, interesting.

Aroma is roasty, mildly oaky, mildly maple, I really have to hunt for the maple.

Beer is medium in body and if you want a decent basic stout, here is the beer for you. I see now that this is classified as a rye beer, that is fine but I don't a lot of rye out of it and I don't get a lot of maple out of it either. I will have it again but not my favorite.

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Photo of davey101
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Rempo for this bottle. I assume this is from 2011. 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Near black body that shows some brown tints around the edges. Think two finger khaki head settles into a thin cap with thick edging. Decent lacing.

S - Strong smoked malts which seem to border on the edge of savory and sweet. Unfortunately its rather one dimensional. There is a touch of sugary maple sweetness and vanilla, but the aroma is all about the smoke.

T - Smoked malts, brown sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, and oak. Smooth and tasty, but slightly muted. Woody aftertaste. The booze provides a bit of warmth but it seems very well integrated.

M - Body is on the thin side with lots of carbonation, yet its somewhat slick and syrupy. The finish is abrupt and dry as well.

O - I really liked this beer, but it does have some faults which may be due to the age. Still glad to have tried this long time want of mine before it becomes more scarce.

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