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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 cvm4
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Pours a deep dark brown body with a tan one finger head that dissipates quickly. Not much lacing or retention to speak of.

S - Dark fruits, smokey oak essence and sweet maple syrup. Not very complex, but yet still rewarding.

T - I'm usually not big on smoked beers, but this is delicious! Sweet maple syrup collides with smoked oak and a dark fruit (plums/raisins) base. A smokey sweet candy.

F - Mouthfeel was a bit lacking, but it has held up well for its age. Medium bodied and low carbonation.

O - Not sure why the low-ish score. Must have been a love it or hate it beer when young, but I think it's come together quite well and is very tasty.

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Photo of N17shelfside
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is my last bottle of this beer and m first review of it. Delicious still but some of the body has fallen off from earlier tastes. Little less smokey, but the maple is much more pronounced. Mouthfeel is thin but not bad.

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Photo of TWStandley
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
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 portia99
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a CBS oversized snifter.

A - Pour a dark brown color with medium clarity - just a light haze. A thin finger of tan head fizzles away fairly quickly leaving behind a thick, foamy collar and uneven surface layer of bubbles. Sparse lacing is left around the perimeter of the glass.

S - Boozy on first sniff, almost bourbon in character, a bit surprising considering there is no barrel aging here. Thick and rich malt base - smokey for sure, caramelly, dark brown sugar, lightly maple-y, woody. A bit buttery, more than a little bit of root beer, light vanilla.

T - Warm and giving a rich boozy sensation on the inhale. Expected a bit more harshness, but the alcohol is kept in check and is rather smooth. Maple stands out nicely...much more noticeable than in the aroma. A touch of sweetness remains to it also. I can get a bit of an herbal underpinning to the beer, based in licorice and root beer with root beer in the lead. Vanilla lends a mildly sweet, smoothness to the beer and I think brings out the root beer more (reminds me a bit of the draft root beer at the local stand as a kid, which I am pretty sure was a mix of some concentration of vanilla cream soda). Smokiness is noticeable and up front especially after warming a bit in the glass and works well mixed in with the multitude of things going on here. Notes of caramel and molasses are here for good measure too. Somewhere between a candy bar and an alcoholic soda for me...which is a bit of an odd thing - but a good thing too.

M - Medium body with a medium carbonation. Vanilla especially comes on strong after the beer warms a bit. Feel is smooth, slightly warming but smoothly alcoholic. Noticeable on the inhale and exhale more than in the actual body of the beer itself. Maple flavor/sweetness is quite nice here. Root beer, althought probably off-putting for some/most, is a bit of an enhancement for me. Pretty unique.

O - This is a bottle that I have been "avoiding" opening. I figured I would not like it, expected to be disappointed and even hoped I would hate it. Perhaps I set my expectations too low and it is affecting my opinion, but I am really, really enjoying this beer! It is certainly unique..boozy, sweet, smokey, candy-ish, soda-ish. Complex and different. I imagine this beer could be a bit polarizing...I am definitely on the positive side of the scale. After expecting a let down, I am more than pleasantly surprised by how much I like this beer.

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Photo of Uanof
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: pours deep brown almost black with shades of brown hues around the edges, off cream head dissipates into 1/4" and no lacing is left behind.

S: sweet aromas of maple and yeast, some yam and dark fruits, faint notes of smoked in the back.

T: the smokiness comes forward as the beer first hits your tongue, in a dry way somewhat reminiscent of bacon. Same as in the aroma, the dark fruits like plum are present.

M: full bodied, dry and well rounded, pretty mellow and leaves some notes of maple and oak behind.

O: nothing outstanding, but well done nonetheless. The added ingredients are well represented along this journey.

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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 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 WanderingFool
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes during a tasting in July 2011.

Acer Quercus pours a clear dark ruby color with a creamy off white head. A fair amount of lacing clings to the glass.

The aroma is smokey and malty with pine notes.

Each sip of this full bodied beer is creamy with soft carbonation. The flavor has caramel malt, smoke, pine, dark fruit and licorice. The malty & dark fruit flavors linger when the beer is gone. It's a full flavored beer that's smokey and very tasty.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark brown with thin tan head which fades to the rim leaving links of lace.

N: Woody, earthy, malty, with some smoke.

T: Maple wood and some mild smoke and roast along with caramel.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Slight smoke on the finish.

O: Interesting after spme age which brings more depth on the wood and less maple than when fresh.

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Photo of JustinMatthew
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split amongst friends, poured to Ommegang Three Philosphers stemmed ware.

Pours with a fingers width of khaki colored head to a very dark brown with an opaque edged body. The smell is prominent: smoked malts, toffee and vanilla. The taste seemed to subside a bit, the maple isn't really there but the smoked malt comes through nice and mild, caramel, toffee, vanilla, some oak tannins. Mouth feel is decent, good carbonation level to this overall.

Big thanks to Ryan for this one!

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Photo of billab914
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle. Dark brown in color with a frothy tan head to it. A little bit of a ruby tint showed through in the light. Nice retention and lacing.

Rich, sweet malts and fruity smoke. There is some roasted malts and brown sugar as well. The maple gives it some sweetness. The two things it makes me think of are dark cherries and bacon, which is a nice combination.

The taste is smokier than the aroma. Again it's a fruitier, lighter smoke but very flavorful and good. The maple syrup sweetness comes out more in finish and mixes with some dry roasted malts. Little chocolate as well. I like the smoke a lot.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being a little above average for the style. It's a little thin feeling for style overall. Overall, a very solid beer all around. The cherry and smoke flavors mixed very well and were the highlight for me.

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Photo of jsanford
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Bruery in Placentia, CA.

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, slight smoke, maple, and some woody aromas. Taste is much the same with a very woody and earthy aftertaste. There is a slight amount of smoke bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and full bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice sweet and smoky aromas and flavors.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep brown with a creamy 2 finger tan head leaving good lacing behind.

First thing I notice on the aroma is the maple. A very sweet aroma. I get a touch of oak and other caramel/toffee flavors.

Much more oaky on the flavor. Maple comes through a bit, but not as much as the aroma. Some sweet caramel and some roasted chocolate which wasn't on the nose come through as well. Oak has rounded out a bit, but still a bit of an astringency in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Ok beer, but the astringency on the back end was a little high. I did like the roasty chocolate combined with oak though. Still worth trying.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from t0rin0 I think? I've had this a while so I don't remember. Served in a wine glass at Edward's birthday party.

A - Lightly tan foam settles to a wispy partial cap and thick collar, but minimal lace. Transparent cherry wood brown body.

S - Quite sweet, with tons of maple, oak, vanilla, tobacco, smoke, as well as rye and other earthy grains.

T - For some reason the flavor has a mild 'homebrew' flavor to it. The oak cubes dominate, imparting lots of vanilla amid the slightly smokey and meaty malts. Some rye zest mixed in there as well. Hefty doses of maple and brown sugar sweetness round things out.

M - Zesty carbonation, with an oaky, dry, and grainy, medium-light body. Well-hidden alcohol, but a strangely astringent finish.

D - Not a big fan of this one. I was expecting more out of this collaboration, and the flavor profile *sounds* like it should be enjoyable, but for whatever reason it just ends up fatiguing. I may have been less critical if this had come in a 12oz bottle though - a pox on the Bruery's 750ml bottles.

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Photo of BostonHops
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(review transcribed from notes, on-tap at the ACBF in boston, 06/04/11. multiple samples - lot of standing in line for something not many were getting, wish there was a separate line for double sunshine!)

pours a cloudy, mostly opaque mahogany tone with a nice beige head; good retention and lacing evident even in the tasting cup. nose is really inviting. big maple syrup presence right off the bat, followed by notes of smoked malt, oak, some dark fruit and a touch of rye. good dose of sweetness and yet you don't get the impression that the beer will be cloyingly sweet.

flavor delivers on the promise of the aroma. maple syrup, smoked malt, and dark fruits right away, joined by secondary notes of
oak and rye. good complexity and very tasty. nice, medium-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall i found AQ to be a stellar beer. haven't heard any definitives on what the future holds for this beer after the initial distribution but would love to sit down with a full bottle in a quieter environment.

(originally reviewed on: 06-07-2011)

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Photo of Mages64
4.82/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this beer from a bottle upon release and honestly hated it but didn't rate it. I thought the adjunct flavors were over the top and the beer too hot. Now? Oh my God this is an amazing beer! Mellow with astonishing flavors!
A: deep opaque brown with lingering lacing and top only head.
S: rich brown sugar, maple, chocolate, apple, wood, deliciousness
T: Maple, oak, and a perfect blend of molasses, sticky malt, chocolate, vanilla, candy sugar.
M: full bodied and sticky on the lips. Long pleasant finish
O: I'm angry I have none left. This truly is only of the most balanced and delicious beers I've had in a long time. I feel like it probably smelled better fresh but it didn't taste as good. Savor this beer!

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Photo of Hopstamon
4.92/5  rDev +28.1%
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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Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with a modest head that leaves some lacing behind

Smell: Maple, cherry, oak and smoke

Taste: Maple sugar, up front, joined by cherry and smoke elements; the beer gets a touch sweeter by mid-palate, with the maple balancing out the cherry and smoke flavors; there is also an interesting tobacco aspect to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Though I was concerned this beer might be too sweet, I enjoyed the way the smoke and the maple came together with the cherry flavor

Thanks, Madirish76, for the opportunity

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Photo of rtepiak
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this is an average of both the beer on tap and year old bottle.

i remember this beer being more dynamic on tap on my visit to vermont. granted, now a year old some characteristics may have wained as this beer was a lot more malt driven this time than before. pour is like a dark robust porter with a nose of smoked malt and oak chips. palate balanced when fresh. now resembles something of a molasses baltic porter. mineral dry feel. alcohol well placed and indistinguishable. nice bacon hints. sweetness and apple autumn harvest quality. still a fantastic thanksgiving beer. perfect for stuffing and sweet potatoes.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark black color with a hint of ruby mixed in with a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some good lacing.

S - Aroma is full of maple syrup with some burnt chocolate malts, some smoke, oak, a bit of dark fruit, and a touch of booze coming through.

T - Starts off with some maple syrup with some roasted chocolate malts and a touch of dark fruit sweetness. Through the middle, some richer burnt malt flavor comes through with some oak and vanilla coming through as well. The finish adds some smoke to the flavor with some oak, maple syrup, and roasted chocolate malts that linger.

M - Medium-full bodied with mild carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, warming, and lighly smoky finish.

D - Very drinkable. I like the addition of the maple syrup here with the strong chocolate and dark fruit flavors. The over flavor is big and bold but pretty well balanced.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bendurgin for sharing! Poured into a chalice. The color is dark brown. There is a medium tan creamy head on top.

The aroma has some sweet caramel malt that is also kind of peaty (thanks to Ben for pinpointing that). Notes of tobacco are evident.

The taste blends the caramel and smoke nicely. The finish is mildly sweet. The smokiness is strong but not quite overpowering; lasting a few seconds through the finish. I would call this leathery.

The body is full with sharp carbonation.

This is tasty. A nice strong smoky brown ale.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice. This one pours dark brown with a nice cap of light tan head that leaves some thick lacing.

Really unique aroma here. Peaty with hints of smoke and cedar. Has a bit of of a sweet edge to it but this simply reminds me of a campfire. This has some fruits and smoke on the pallet. Ripe fruits like plumbs come to mind with oak flavors and a kiss of maple sweetness. This has a nice smokey flavor with some nice sweet edges.

Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Overall this one is pretty enjoyable. Glad to have tried it.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 03/17/12 notes. Big thanks to Desaparecido for sending me a bottle of this one in the Birthday BIF; thanks Ed! A big Want of mine. 750ml bottle poured into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with one inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of maple, roasted malts, chocolate, smoked malts, light fruity malts, some nuts, and some wood. Nice nose, but more smokey then I was expecting.

t - Tastes of sweet maple, sweet dark fruits, roasted malts, chocolate, smoked malts, toasted malts, bread. Sweeter then the nose and a tiny bit too sweet for me; not as nice as the nose.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Smooth, no real alcohol to it. Nice body.

o - Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer, but I was a little disappointed by it. Given how much I like the Bruery and Lawson's, I was expecting something great, and instead got a good smokey strong ale. While enjoyable and worth checking out, not something I'd go crazy over to find again. I preferred the Marrón Acidifié we had before it.

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