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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States
lawsonsfinest.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 05-10-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
206
Reviews:
89
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
14.06%
 
 
Wants:
34
Gots:
84
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3
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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

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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

02.09.2012 update: this one has gotten quite a bit better. The smoke and tobacco have really fallen off and now the maple shines through along with a bit of smoke in the background. Nice balance and complexity with a full body.

Original review below

Bottle shared by bmanning. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a dark chestnut brown with a good off-white to tan head with a few spots of lacing on the way down and a thin collar throughout. The nose carries some tobacco initially and is eventually followed up with some oak, light maple, and a bit of smoked malt. Flavor picks up a lot of the smoke along with some maple in the background and has a general earthy feeling. Medium body with a dry, smokey finish. Good carbonation. Worth a try, but not as good as I was expecting.

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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 Rifugium
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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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3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had this beer a couple times now. Thanks to Chris for opening a bottle and then on-tap at the Bruery.

A: The pour on this is a dark brown color with a finger of soapy, khaki colored head.

S: Though not overly smokey, the smoke does come through on the nose. Lots of wood and rye with a bit of maple syrup and vanilla. Toasted malts with a hint of roast and coffee are present and there is a molasses-like sweetness.

T: While I did not notice any on the aroma, there is a hint of booze on the palate. Otherwise, it's pretty much all the same. Lots of toast, roast, rye, and wood. Some sweetness of maple syrup, toffee, and molasses, but nowhere near as sweet as I had anticipated. The smoke also appears to be more eviden on the palate.

M: Medium to full in body with a smooth, medium carbonation.

O: An interesting beer with a nice bit of complexity to it, but I'm still not the hugest fan of the smoke.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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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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 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 BMart
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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