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

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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:
If you aren’t familiar with Lawson’s Finest Liquids yet, you should be! Run entirely by Sean Lawson, it is a nano-brewery in rural Vermont. He’s become well known in the beer world for unique beers brewed on his single barrel system, and particularly for his use of locally sourced maple syrup. We got together with Sean and developed a recipe for an oaked, smoked, mapled monster of a beer. We even smoked our own malt using the wood of the very maple trees that provided the syrup for this beer. This was a really fun beer to create and the result is a mildly sweet, smoky brown ale with balancing wood tannins.

Added by Jason on 05-10-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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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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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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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3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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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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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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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Acer Quercus - The Bruery / Lawson's Finest Liquids Collaboration from Lawson's Finest Liquids
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 206 ratings