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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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 05-10-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle poured into tulip - big thanks to gcphilli

Pours an opaque color with a nice layering of white head. Excellent retention, bubbly collar with cloudy film and patches of lacing.

Plenty going on in the nose - roasted malts with touches of chocolate, nuts, rye spice, coffee beans, maple, and oak.

Touches of rye spice quickly wrapped up in roasted malts. Edges of chocolate and nuttiness, a bit sweet with maple. Some oak smoothness with smoke. Finishes sticky and sweet with faint warmth.

Fuller medium body, milder carbonation, chewy and smooth on the palate. Pretty interesting flavor, not really what I was expecting, but still tasty.

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

A - Dark brown beer that's a little bit red on the sides. Has a tan head and a little bit of a collar with some minor lacing.

S - Wood and smoke, really not a ton of maple syrup here which is kind of disappointing. There's a bit of alcohol burn in there but it's not bad.

T - Smoke with a little bit of chocolate, slight bit of maple. Some rye and a little bit of roast with a slight bit of oak. The taste is actually pretty disappointing. Booze needs to cool down a bit, but sitting this for a bit is probably going to make the already weak maple flavors even weaker.

M - Medium bodied, a little creamy, a bit hot.

O - Given the collaboration and the style of beer I had high hopes, unfortunately it was a bit disappointing. Still a decent beer, but nothing particularly great.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a dark brown almost black with a nice dark tan head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is smokey and sweet with notes of smoked wood, sweet malt, and a touch of maple.

T: The taste is smokey malt with a good amount of sweetness from the malt, cocoa, and a bit of tangy rye. There's a slight vanilla flavor as it warms and some maple.

M: The feel is a bit thin for such a big beer but it's pretty damn creamy.

O: I'd call this more of a smoked porter than a Rye beer. That being said it's pretty tasty whatever style you put it in. It could use a bit less smoke and more of the maple which is my only complaint. As you get used to the smoke you can definitely pick out more of the flavors.

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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 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 ehammond1
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

The Bruery Provisions
Orange, CA

Dark brown and grey with a thin brown head. Spotted lacing down the glass.

Interesting and complex aroma; the aroma consists mainly of wood and smoke. I kept saying this smelled like "roots," though I still can't exactly articulate what I meant by that. I don't get much, if any, maple syrup aroma.

The smoke dominates this beer and hides most of anything else. The earthy wood (aka roots) flavor is certainly present with just a very mild sweetness, though I was expecting the maple syrup to play a far larger role in this beer's makeup.

Medium to thick mouthfeel, very nice.

An interesting idea but not quite successful enough in the bottle. I'm not oft to say this, but I actually wish this beer was sweeter. The smoke is far too dominant, at least for my tastes, though I'm still left with an interesting beer I'm most definitely enjoying.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle thanks to aapp, I let this one warm up a bit before pouring it into my Duvel tulip.

Acer Quercus pours almost like a stout. it's almost entirely black, with just a hint of brown at the edges . The khaki colored foam approaches four fingers in height, and shows some serious staying power. The head is fairly sticky, leaving plenty of lacing. The nose is very smoky, but with a definite maple presence. There's also a faint spicy rye note lurking in the background. The flavor features those same three notes, except with rye stepping up to be the secondary flavor, and maple falling back to a light accent. All in all though, if the smoke was a little bit less dominant in both the smell and the taste the beer would really excel. As is it is pretty good though. The body was nice and sturdy, but the carbonation was a bit too much for a malt driven beer. It ended up coming off as distractingly bubbly. I thought Acer Quercus was more of a novelty than a really good beer at first, but it really came into its own as it finished warming up. .

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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 HuskyinPDX
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

25.4oz bottle poured into my Bruery Snifter glass.

A - Pours a dark cola brown with a one finger dark tan head. Good Retention and very slight lacing left on the glass.

S - Candy, sugar, woody.

T - Smokey, slightly sweet candy, oaky wood. As it warms it becomes slightly less woody, and more boozy, and in a good way.

D - Low carbonation, with a heavy body.

O - This is something different. I wasn't impressed at first, but liked it as it warmed.

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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 woosterbill
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into an Unibroue tulip. Big thanks to JAHMUR for sharing this at a tasting at his place.

A: Clear, deep crimson body under a finger of very fine light-brown head. Ok retention, light lace. I love the color.

S: Terrific balance of maple syrup sweetness, rye spice, and a ton of vanilla-drenched oak. Crazy woody. I like it. [that's what she said (sorry)]

T: Sweet and spicy rye and malt open things up, followed by a rush of sweet maple that carries through to the long, oaky, drying finish. It's really, really tasty, but a little overly kaleidoscopic in its flavors - everything's big, and nothing really meshes together as well as it could.

M: Creamy medium-to-full body full of equally creamy carbonation. Luxurious.

O: I loved this beer, from the fitting name to the boldness of its components to the relative dryness of its finish, and would be curious to try it again in a couple years. There wasn't any alcohol heat to complain about, but I still think that some time and mellowing would help this beer.


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

100th review on Ba

Look: Deep brown in color with 1/8 inch head and no retention spotty lacing as the beer goes down

Smell: Hints of molasses and maple syrup. Lit bit of booze and caramel and vanilla

Taste: Burnt malt right up front. Traces of maple syrup and molasses in the middle. Dark fruit especially raisin and dates on the finish and just the slightest bit of smoke as the beer warms up

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a lot more carbonation than I expected. Buttery silkyness as it goes down

Overall: This is probably my favorite Bruery beer to date. Real nice flavors and real nice feel to it. The beer is amazing smooth with crisp clean flavors and very easy to drink

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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 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 Cavery
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at the provisions a few days ago, 750ml shared with Klym.

Poured into Over-Sized Wine glasses.

A: A nice solid two finger head (big considering glassware!) with a fairly violent end pour. From the look of it there seems to be no need for too violent of a pour. Blackberry body with some sugary brown foams that show some creamy qualities. Some off-brown cola colors show through the sides of the beer with a bit of movement.

S: A very maple-cola quality to the smell that is swarmed by thick grained maple sugars. Smells of some roasted malt comes through like coffee over some syrup dowsed pancakes. The breakfast qualities of this nose are undeniable. The aroma of maple just puts this in the context of breakfast/brunch. All the roasts ride that association to fit in the realm of coffees. Rich breakfasts truly reign supreme here.

T: Roasty nutty coffees that have a slightly candied quality on a woody serving platter. Rolling transitions of flavor that go from complex gradients of roast, into fresh cut sappy woods, and eventually proportional dose of maple sugars. The syrup has really integrated well in here, and I don't get any real syrupy qualities outside of the sugar presence in the flavor. Even then, the maple has married the wood in such a way that they are one. This is really a pleasure to drink, and not like the misaligned syrup bomb I expected. Truly a perfect bite of belgian waffle breakfast with a creamy chaser of coffees. Condiments of whip cream, blueberries, and butter all make brief appearances in this magical breakfast. Waffles more than pancakes in the taste.

M: The most perplexing and mysterious aspect of this beer. The way that the body holds its mass is very difficult to explain. It's sugary and thick like served cold syrup, but it's not at all thick and sticky. There isn't even a syrupy -- nay, there isn't even so much as a glaze in the mouth. Instead, it's actually CRISP and DRY. I mean what in the world is going on here. Absolute voodoo in the mouth. I can't even... what...Medium-full body if not the most deceptive FULL body I've ever had.

O: This is a Breakfast Stout if I've ever had one, but taking into account the identification of "Rye" beer; I will say this is a massively unique brew. This is like a beautiful deconstruction of American breakfast that pays homage to Belgian roots in form of waffley suggestions. That may in fact be an unsubstantiated, if not a superficially deep read on the brewers intentions, but I'm just throwing that out there. Really though, I love this. I think this is such a well made beer, and I wouldn't give 99% of other breweries a snowballs chance in hell of making remotely as good of a beer with these ingredients. The ingredients are by no means bad, it's just such a difficult profile to get balanced. I mean MAPLE WOOD? MAPLE SUGARS? SYRUPS? You might as well just throw jugs in the vat and hope for the best. Not for The Bruery and Lawson's though; this is a refined piece of work. This is worthy of praise. I am born anew in their vision of maple beers. This is my number one candidate for brunch beer.

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Photo of Klym
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased straight from the provisions shared with Cavery. Poured into an oversized wineglass.

A: Pours a- you guessed it- very dark maple syrupy brown with a slightly tanned megahead on this thing. The head on this beer is beautiful. Lacing is major and stays for quite a while. This looks like a winner.

S: Major maple syrup thoroughly mixed with deep oak notes, a little coffee and burnt grain, a slight touch of vanilla and a very mild hop aroma. All of the smells in this beer are very familiar but put together interestingly. A small bit of heat in the nose, too-- just wanted to add that on.

T: Really nice. Sappy oak totaly saturated with top-notch maple syrup, a little coffee, a touch of vanilla, then rubbed down with hops and finally smoked and slightly roasted. This beer is a nectar of nature, a true lumberjack dessert.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-heavy with a very strange aspect. It's almost the mouthfeel of syrup without the stickyness. It spreads through the mouth awkwardly and in some ways hardly even spreads, but it's actually very fun. The finish is also strangely dry, with a little smoky residue on the lips.

O: This beer was really interesting and I'm not sure it's getting its due. One of the heavier, most savory beers I could imagine myself sipping for an entire day. Get a bottle of this, try it. I'm definitely going to be seeking out more Lawson's Finest after this collab.

This is the world's greatest cabin or camping beer.

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Photo of gford217
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle.

Pours deep mahogany with very little light passing through except when held up to light, where the edges look clear copper. The head is thick and creamy, leaving great lacing.

First thing I notice in the nose is actually the smoked malts with the maple syrup taking a little bit of a back seat. There is a mixture of spiciness from oak and rye.

Taste starts with the smoked malts again but the rye lends a great texture to the feel and actually transitions into a definite maple syrup character, especially in the finish which also shows some heat going down.

The mouthfeel is super smooth and creamy with the rye doing its job well and keeping the smoked malts from drying the feel out too much.

I really enjoyed this beer. It does have a few different things going on, and the first few sips seemed disjointed, but I actually think it comes together extremely well.

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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 illidurit
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle shared at the July Santa Cruz tasting. Pours darkest amber with a small tan head. Aroma is oaky and rather smoky too, with some hard roasted malts and a hint of acetone. A little mapley and molassesy too. Flavor is maple syrup and oak, slightly meaty with the smoke, sweet and boozy but with a rather medium body. Some good flavors and complexity but it needs more body to back it up.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL brown glass pry-top champagne bottle. No date, just released in VT last week. Congrats Sean!

Pours a beautiful opaque black with brown hues around the edges and creamy cappuccino-colored hear. Stellar. Nose has hints of tar and toasted oak, dried oats, baking cookies or cookie dough and a flash of milk chocolate. Palate is big and wide, but framed by some oak-astringency. Medium bodied and creamy, sweet but not cloying. Flavors match the nose with a strong woodiness throughout.

Will really enjoy seeing this beer evolve over the next three or so years. Stashing some in my cellar for sure!

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Photo of celticfutblclub
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

comes out a nice thick black with a good three fingers tan colored head that showcases some big bubbles. great retention on this with excellent lacing. the nose is caramel molasses maple rye toffee and oak. very sugary and sweet is what appears to await me. maple molasses smokiness hit first and coffee chocolate and caramel come in as well. this transitions into a a great hop pull on the back on the mouth. extremely full bodied with lots of carbonation. this is one big brew and one that is pulled off beautifully in my opinion.

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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 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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Acer Quercus - The Bruery / Lawson's Finest Liquids Collaboration from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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