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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 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 pmlondrigan
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep, deep brown bordering on black with a nice two ½ finger light tan head. This cap of foam decreases in size but remains ever present. Smells really woodsy, with some dark chocolate and licorice, almost damp. Complex woodsy maple syrup attack. Smokey and chocolate. Rather long finish which is slightly bitter like bitter cocoa. Rather lush, full and just a bit chalky but nice. Pretty tasty offering and very glad to have had the chance to sip this one

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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 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 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 Fux
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes.

A: Dark ale with a small white head which fades quickly.

S: Mainly toasted. Maple syrup aromas. Smoked finish.

T: Burnt malts. Smoky, sweet. Hints of dark fruits.

M: A bit too light bodied. Alcohol is also perceptible.

O: Not as complex as one could have expected due to the huge presence of smokiness. Would have fit better with a heavier body. Quite a good winter warmer however.

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Photo of maximum12
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to smithjl10 & msulinski for dropping bottles of this brew on my doorstep almost simultaneously. Given the collaboration & the label, I'm already salivating. Keep the hopes down a little, bucko. 750 ML bottle emptied into two tulips.

Pours very dark with slivers of red glinting through the light behind it. Nose isn't as aggressive as expected: smoky, sweet, cherry (?). Smoke rises as the beer warms.

Acer Quercus has a few extra heads sprouting from its burly shoulders. The smoke is surprisingly strong, but not over the top. Basted rye follows closely, along with the sweet molasses, which cuts the knees from under the smokiness. That cherry pit again, oak is drying on the end. Ridiculous: I find sips becoming healthy, Wisconsin-style swigs.

I love this. The understated smokiness & molasses pair up & complement each other like bad chefs, & the rye just adds that needed oomph. Gorgeous. Excellent beer.

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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 Phelps
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Bruery tulip.

Deep chestnut, fairly clear when not obscured by darkness. A big, fizzy cola-like head the color of torched sugar gets about an inch tall and shows nice stickiness, depositing some thin lines of lace.

Maple is the leading aroma, followed by sugary toffee, smoke, butter and oak. Maybe hints of cocoa and alcohol as well. Decent, but a little sweet and maple-heavy for my tastes.

Tangy dark chocolate and maple syrup lead the flavor, followed by vinous oak. A hint of smoke adds complexity, but again, it’s a bit too sweet. Tangy, boozy finish.

Mouthfeel is a nice surprise. Fairly light, pinching carbonation in a syrup medium-full body. Booziness is pretty high, numbing the tongue and coming through the nostrils.

I like maple, I like oak, I like smoke. If they were in equal proportions in this beer, I might like it a bit more. As it is, when the beer gets warm it just gets too sweet for me.

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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 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 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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Photo of Chico1985
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer shared by cbutova!

Really dark reddish/brown, tan head, decent retention and lace.

Dark bready malts, rye and some spice, some maple in the nose.

Taste is lots of rye, maple, dark fruit, brown sugar, chocolate, caramel, toasty malt, some oak. Good mix of roasty and sweet, comes off a little dessert-y. Smooth mouthfeel, not much booze taste.

Good stuff, probably best to split it, I could see it becoming tiring after 1 glass.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 alpinebryant
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy chestnut brown with a strong light tan head.

S: I pick up a lot of smoke in here, plenty of malt sweetness along with maple syrup and some rye spiced malt. Smells like a campfire with a complex malt bill.

T: Sweet maple syrup mixing with campfire smoked malts. A strong nearly alderwood flavor on the malt even though it was smoked with maple wood, it is pretty pungent. This comes off more as a Rauchbeer than a maple beer and I have no problems with that. I think more smoked beers should be embraced, although rauchbier's tend to be more easily consumed when in a lower abv. Behind the smoke there is a rye malt flavor adding complexity and a little spice.

M: Smooth and thick for a 9% brew. Glad to see it is not watered down.

O: A good rye beer for sure and not done in a way that many of the current Rye beers are; over hopped and made into Rye IPA's. Not a lot of heat, pretty good to drink now.

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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 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 Dreadnaught33
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared thanks to ahalloin. Thanks Tony.

A: Dark looking brew with really nice crimson-brown highlights, a hefty ring of head too and some lacing.

S: Has a porter like smoked malt that is nice and savory with notes of rye bread. A little woodsy sweet pulp of wood and almost plant like aromas.

T: Taste is crazy, has strange different tastes ranging from scotch peat to fruit tastes approaching tart but not really and then porter (smoked). Maple is sort of there but it might be my mind interpolating it in. Some wood. Confusing?

Medium feel and a little thin. Scotch peat, not too much heat though.

Good, not great. Wouldnt seek out.

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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 dragonWhale
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 split amongst some good folk..muchos gracias.

Dark rusty brown with a tight tan head that lingers, trace of lace.
Getting big alcohol aromas, higher fusel stuff, a lot of maple, a little smoke and some vanilla and oak.
Big and volatile, malty and rich, there's a lot going on, maple and chocolate, angry alcohols, and background smoke and oak with perhaps a bit of nuttiness. A little too much going on right now, with time, this could develop into something gorgeous, but for now, it's a bit out of sorts.
Actually this could be a beer best served hot on a cold night with a bit of a sniffling run of the nose. I guess I'll have another shot..

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