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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 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 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 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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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 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 womencantsail
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 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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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 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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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 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 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 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 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 TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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 Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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 Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A steady, but not overly vigorous pour into my Lost Abbey Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a voluminous, four-finger thick, dark amber / pale brown tinged, tan colored head that leaves lots of layered lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a dark, concentrated brown color that shows a brilliantly clear, concentrated ruby and brown hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of sweet, concentrated, caramelized malt, perhaps a touch of toasted / roasted malt, some definite, though faint smokiness that somehow seems to be missing the fatness / richness that a typical smoked beer has. The up-front sweetness has almost completely disappeared, with the smoke and toasted malt notes becoming the dominant note. There is a hint of sweetness towards the finish, but it is quite faint; it contributes hints of what was noticed up front, but also perhaps a touch of caramelized cotton candy. There is a fair amount of woody aromatics to this beer, but it integrates quite well with the toasted malt aromatics. As the beer warms up it smells a touch like fresh cut saw dust at times.

Up front there is a dry, roasted toasted brown maltiness, but the beer quickly picks up some sweetness towards the middle that is quite caramelized and perhaps a touch fruit like, then towards the finish the beer dries out considerably with some phenolic smokiness, some bitter roast malt and an astringency that seems derived from the oak. The oak character here is not overly aggressive, but it is certainly present; spicy oak flavors, a bit of pepper, some warming oak / alcohol notes, some woody tartness that at times seems a touch a bourbon like, and there is a toasted oak note that accentuates the toasted malt notes that are here. The woodiness here is actually accentuated by the maple, which is actually a contributor to this beer; it mixes in seamlessly with the caramelized malt character, with just a bit of sweetness being attributable to the maple as well as that touch of spiciness that maple has.

A second pour, drunk soon after pouring, confirms how highly carbonated this beer is. This accentuates a berry and almost cherry like fruitiness that is also accentuated by the light sweetness that anchors this beer. This beer has some body to it, it is not super chewy or thick, but has a medium fullness to it and the ability to stick a bit to the palate in a coating manner.

This is actually pretty nice, I was almost expecting this to be a dud, but I am pleasantly surprised and find myself enjoying this beer. The smokiness is subtle enough, but does contribute some sharpness and phenolic, almost astringency that would have been too much if this beer was more smoke influenced.

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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 John_M
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is likewise intriguing and attractive, as I get considerable maple syrup, vanilla, brown sugar, prunes and chocolate. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but is fairly sweet and dominated by the brown sugar, maple and chocolate. The sweetness is a bit much, IMHO, though this is still an enjoyable beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a fairly long, fairly sweet finish, dominated by the brown sugar and chocolate. Drinkability is pretty good considering the abv. You can tell the alcohol is up there a bit, but this beer isn't hot or tiring on the palate.

An interesting beer, though it's hard to imagine drinking this on a regular basis.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Bruery,

A: Pours a deep mahogany, with a solid off-white head with an ochre tinge. Average retention, spotty lace.

S: Maple, brown sugar, notes of cacao.

T: Lots of deep, brown caramel malty flavours with secondary notes of molasses and maple syrup. Hints of roast and rye tang as well. Never boozy, good solid flavours.

M: Medium full-bodied, smooth, creamy, a big beer, heavy on the palate, never cloying.

O: Overall, a real nice collaboration effort. I enjoyed what the maple brought to the table.

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Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


On tap at The Bruery. Snifter.

A: Dark brown with a bubbly head of tan foam that settles to a bubbly collar around the outside edges of the glass.

S: Squaw bread lingers behind a curtain of smoke. Beechwood is pronounced, and it blends nicely with light maple notes. Rye melds with a light roasted malt profile. Oak is faint.

T: A pleasant level of beechwood smoke with a touch of chocolate, maple, and a lot of rye bread. There's a light sweetness that has a sugary quality to it. The finish is beechwood, oak, and maple.

M: Medium body with upper moderate carbonation.

Overall: I enjoyed this quite a bit. It's a well done smoked beer and the smoke does not dominate.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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 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 Brad007
4.73/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As always, I have to try anything that I can get from Lawson's, especially when it's a collaboration beer.

Pours a dark brown color with a two-finger brown head into my glass.

A good, not overwhelming whiff of oak with just a hint of sweet, smoky malt and very little maple.

Smokey, chewy malt that results from the use of the oak cubes. Very savory with a good amount of spice too (from the rye malt).

Alcohol heat is kept to a minimum, which is surprising to me. For 9%, it doesn't quite feel that way. The oak is done in a manner that does not overwhelm the taste buds. Each sip just tastes better than the preceding sip.

I have to give this high marks. If it is truly a rye beer (tastes like one), then it is one of the more complex versions I've seen thus far.

You could cellar it but honestly, it's tasty as it is. I hope it will lead to more collaborations between Lawson's and other fine breweries in the near future!

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

A- Dark brown ale pours with a light tan head. Creamy texture, nice size and good head retention. Cool rings of thick light tan lace all down the glass.

S- Like a Brown Ale with dark fruit. Dark brown sugar, slight roast, sweets, dark raisins, nuts, maple, oak and cherry.

T- Dark fruit like cherry forward but this beer has a feel of a Brown Ale, Belgian and Rye Beer. Rye malt is strong as well as yeast spice, oak, maple sweetness, raisin, toasty and slightly roast malt.

MF- Creamy silky thick body that also feels a bit oily. Carbonation is moderate and it finishes somewhat bitter and warm from alcohol.

Very interesting beer with a feel of a Brown Ale, Belgian dark fruit and a Rye Beer feel. Maple and oak add a nice presence and it balances out nicely.

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