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)

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Added by Jason on 05-10-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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 jmarsh123
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep brown with a creamy 2 finger tan head leaving good lacing behind.

First thing I notice on the aroma is the maple. A very sweet aroma. I get a touch of oak and other caramel/toffee flavors.

Much more oaky on the flavor. Maple comes through a bit, but not as much as the aroma. Some sweet caramel and some roasted chocolate which wasn't on the nose come through as well. Oak has rounded out a bit, but still a bit of an astringency in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Ok beer, but the astringency on the back end was a little high. I did like the roasty chocolate combined with oak though. Still worth trying.

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

(review transcribed from notes, on-tap at the ACBF in boston, 06/04/11. multiple samples - lot of standing in line for something not many were getting, wish there was a separate line for double sunshine!)

pours a cloudy, mostly opaque mahogany tone with a nice beige head; good retention and lacing evident even in the tasting cup. nose is really inviting. big maple syrup presence right off the bat, followed by notes of smoked malt, oak, some dark fruit and a touch of rye. good dose of sweetness and yet you don't get the impression that the beer will be cloyingly sweet.

flavor delivers on the promise of the aroma. maple syrup, smoked malt, and dark fruits right away, joined by secondary notes of
oak and rye. good complexity and very tasty. nice, medium-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall i found AQ to be a stellar beer. haven't heard any definitives on what the future holds for this beer after the initial distribution but would love to sit down with a full bottle in a quieter environment.

(originally reviewed on: 06-07-2011)

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Mages64
4.82/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this beer from a bottle upon release and honestly hated it but didn't rate it. I thought the adjunct flavors were over the top and the beer too hot. Now? Oh my God this is an amazing beer! Mellow with astonishing flavors!
A: deep opaque brown with lingering lacing and top only head.
S: rich brown sugar, maple, chocolate, apple, wood, deliciousness
T: Maple, oak, and a perfect blend of molasses, sticky malt, chocolate, vanilla, candy sugar.
M: full bodied and sticky on the lips. Long pleasant finish
O: I'm angry I have none left. This truly is only of the most balanced and delicious beers I've had in a long time. I feel like it probably smelled better fresh but it didn't taste as good. Savor this beer!

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4.92/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-This gem of a brew pours very deep brown with amber hues around the edge of the glass. the head is creamy and sticky, very apealing looking brew.

S- Mmmm...Smells of maple syrup mixed with dates. The spiciness of the rye is done perfectly in this syle bending brew. There is also a nice blend of smokiness...not overdone...well balanced.

T- Taste is more of the same, though a bit more of the rye peeks through and the the finish is a bit of sweetness and again, a good dose of smokey malt.

M- Mouthfeel is medium with a great creaminess. Really smooth.

O- Overall, This Beer is nothing short of amazing. Great collaboration of East and West...

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

this is an average of both the beer on tap and year old bottle.

i remember this beer being more dynamic on tap on my visit to vermont. granted, now a year old some characteristics may have wained as this beer was a lot more malt driven this time than before. pour is like a dark robust porter with a nose of smoked malt and oak chips. palate balanced when fresh. now resembles something of a molasses baltic porter. mineral dry feel. alcohol well placed and indistinguishable. nice bacon hints. sweetness and apple autumn harvest quality. still a fantastic thanksgiving beer. perfect for stuffing and sweet potatoes.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

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

A - Pours a dark black color with a hint of ruby mixed in with a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some good lacing.

S - Aroma is full of maple syrup with some burnt chocolate malts, some smoke, oak, a bit of dark fruit, and a touch of booze coming through.

T - Starts off with some maple syrup with some roasted chocolate malts and a touch of dark fruit sweetness. Through the middle, some richer burnt malt flavor comes through with some oak and vanilla coming through as well. The finish adds some smoke to the flavor with some oak, maple syrup, and roasted chocolate malts that linger.

M - Medium-full bodied with mild carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, warming, and lighly smoky finish.

D - Very drinkable. I like the addition of the maple syrup here with the strong chocolate and dark fruit flavors. The over flavor is big and bold but pretty well balanced.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bendurgin for sharing! Poured into a chalice. The color is dark brown. There is a medium tan creamy head on top.

The aroma has some sweet caramel malt that is also kind of peaty (thanks to Ben for pinpointing that). Notes of tobacco are evident.

The taste blends the caramel and smoke nicely. The finish is mildly sweet. The smokiness is strong but not quite overpowering; lasting a few seconds through the finish. I would call this leathery.

The body is full with sharp carbonation.

This is tasty. A nice strong smoky brown ale.

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3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice. This one pours dark brown with a nice cap of light tan head that leaves some thick lacing.

Really unique aroma here. Peaty with hints of smoke and cedar. Has a bit of of a sweet edge to it but this simply reminds me of a campfire. This has some fruits and smoke on the pallet. Ripe fruits like plumbs come to mind with oak flavors and a kiss of maple sweetness. This has a nice smokey flavor with some nice sweet edges.

Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Overall this one is pretty enjoyable. Glad to have tried it.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

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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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Acer Quercus - The Bruery / Lawson's Finest Liquids Collaboration from Lawson's Finest Liquids
3.84 out of 5 based on 206 ratings.
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