Seared Palate | Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A blend of 3 barleywines aged for 14 months in makers mark. 280 bottles.

Added by rowingbrewer on 12-18-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 49 |  Reviews: 15
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2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of Kegatron
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml waxed bottle into a couple of snifters. Rare Batch 250. Bottle # 147/280. Huge thanks go to Stakem for hunting this one down for our tasting. Deep ruby with a thin foamy head of light mocha froth. This eventually peters out pretty quickly. Smells of brown sugar, coconut, cocoa, molasses, herbal hops, spicy warmth and some dry woody edges. The taste is similar to the nose with rich notes of brown sugar, cocoa, toasted coconut, molasses, vanilla, herbal character, fruity green apple and charred barrel flavor that lingers in a burnt feeling finish. Well you can’t say this isn’t complex! The feel is full and chewy with a light prickliness an oilier presence along the back. The alcohol is initially a little brash but does smooth out the more I work on this. While it’s still got some rough edges, I think this it is already doing better than it was a year ago based from the reviews on here. If you still have a bottle, I’d give it another year or so before dipping in but this seems to be coming along nicely so far.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to starrdogg for sharing this bottle. Served in a snifter.

Pours a moderate brown-caramel color with a thin off-white head and just a few spots of lacing. The nose carries a bit of bourbon and wood with some molasses and toffee-like sweetness in the background. Flavor is similar, though not quite as integrated. The bourbon and backing malt never quite mesh, as the bourbon stands out and the malt is more of just a sweetness to the background. Feel is nice and smooth; very rich. Very good overall.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of AgentZero
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to lurchingbeast for bringing this to my birthday drink-off.

A - Brown/red beer, a bit cloudy. Had an off-white head that dissipated to a thin ring.

S - Oak, apples, smell of some solvent/alcohol. Sweet with some dark fruit. Not exactly what I was expecting, and seems a bit heavy-handed.

T - Taste is somewhat muddled to me. People said it was hot, but I didn't really find it hot. There's a lot of apple taste in here, that combines with a bit of solvent. A bit of oak and come toffee. My big problem with this beer was just it reminded me a bit a somewhat muddled apple cider. As this beer warmed up, I started to get a bit more of the alcohol heat that hte others were mentioning, but still only found it a little bit hot. While not bad tasting, I didn't find anything particularly distinguishing or memorable about this beer.

M - Heavier side of medium bodied, decent carbonation, a bit sticky.

O - Fairly middling Barleywine that may get a little better with time, but as the taste itself was the problem for me, I kind of doubt it. Glad I got to try it, but given what is being asked for this beer I wouldn't bother acquiring one.

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Photo of Sanderson
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle dipped in gold wax. "Rare Batch 250" bottle number 147 of 280. Big thanks are owed to Kegatron for the recent tasting of some epic Lawson's brews. This was all I had to bring to the table and it paled in comparison to the other offerings sampled. Poured into a matching Lawsons snifter, the brew appears a clouded amber to mahogany with a rich yellowish stained froth sitting across the top more than a finger strong. For a brew of this strength, the cap retains decent collapsing down to a few big bubbles around the edges. When held to the light, it is lighter almost orange to yellowish around the edges with ruby hints through the body. When swirled, legs of alcohol coat the glass and slowly droop back down to the solution.

The aroma is filled with notes of fruity alcohol. Burnt raisins come to mind coupled with a faint inclusion of herbal hops that have a slightest edge of orange rind/zest/pulp. The alcohol gets to be a big solvent at times with a mild almost oxidative touch minorly like cardboard mixed with some dry oaken properties. Faint earthy feel is felt in the nose towards the back as it warms up and less focus on alcohol is emitted.

The taste is boozy with a combination of fruity alcohol esters paired with some rich whiskey inducing notes. Despite the alcohol burn, the fruitiness that is present gives a bit of hop feel to this that gets a bit herbal at times. Just like the aroma led on, this also has a bit of oxidation present that gives a hint of cardboard or wet paper and finishes a bit earthy and raw like wood and oak instead of used smooth barrel presence. It displays a modest amount of bitterness but never crushes the palate or becomes too taxing.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is quite boozy and bitter but not bad by any stretch compared to what I was expecting based on previous reviews. It didn't have the biggest barrel presence but what was there was subtle and nuanced enough to add a nice complexity to this brew that was enjoyable. When I think American barleywine, I sometimes expect a double or imperial IPA with super exaggerated alcohol and face crushing hoppiness. Fortunately, this brew was not that at all and if given the chance I would drink it again.

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Photo of OrangeAmps
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

into a cigar city snifter.

A - brown/red in complexion, with virtually no head to speak of and a tiny bit of lacing.

S - Very pronounced oak smell, with slight notes of some green apples that i saw others notice. Some bready malts, as to be expected.

T- the oak is very overpowering, and i'm instantly regretting not aging it "for decades" in the cellar as the label instructs you to do. Im definitely gonna take his word for it from now on in that regard. Despite the heavy oak flavors, still pretty tasty. Just not at its full potential.

M- this was by far the worst part for me. This beer was razor thin. Thinnest mouthfeel i've experienced thus far in a barrel barleywine. For me, a higher viscosity could've saved this beer.

O- perhaps i've been spoiled by being able to try some of sean's other beers. That, or maybe its because i recently had King Henry and was comparing it to that through no fault of my own. I just thought this didn't really deliver when contrasted with some of Lawson's other offerings, all of which i loved. However, still worth getting in my opinion!

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Photo of HopHead84
3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


A: Dark reddish brown with a long lasting beige head.

S: Apple and toffee with light bourbon notes that are overwhelmed by alcohol. There's lots of oak with a little caramel.

T: Boozy apple toffee with a whisper of vanilla. The beer gives the impression of astringent apple skins with light caramel. This is very boozy with a moderate earthy bitterness. The finish is tannic and alcoholic.

M: Medium body with upper medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth and sticky with evident warming.

Overall: This is just okay. The beer seems to have picked up a lot of harshness from the barrel, or else it was just harsh to begin with and the barrel did nothing to improve it. Not worth seeking out. I'm really glad I didn't trade for this.

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Seared Palate from Lawson's Finest Liquids
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 49 ratings