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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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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

sampled from one of the 280 bottles produced at the farmers market release

The samples were already poured out when I arrived, so i can not attest to what kind of head the beer will have, but it pours a nice brown color with a reddish hue. the smell is inviting, a nice bourbon smell that was not overpowering or boozy with hints of toffee and oak. the flavor is probably the best balance I have ever had in a barrel aged barleywine ( i know a lot of people lean towards the OMG in your face bourbon flavor) The bourbon flavor comes through up front with very little alcohol boozyness, followed by hints of oak and toffee, there is a moderate sweetness to the beer which is how the beer finished. the mouthfeel is a little thinner than I would have expected, but i felt like the level of sweetness was just right, there was a little less carbonation that expected as well, but the sample was sitting out before i got to it, so it likely lost some while it was out. overall this is probably the most well rounded barrel aged barleywine i have had, i really can't wait to see how this one ages.

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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Reagan1984
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Recently picked this up in Vermont thanks to Iwantmorehops.

Batch 250 bottle 10 of 280

A small amount of foam appears as you pour and then forms a ring around the glass that remains for quite some time. The beer is the classic barleywine color complete with burgundy tones. Some suds stick, which is more than I can say for most barleywines. Not sure I’d call it lace.

Aroma actually initially reminded me of an aged DPA. Some ripe pineapple, some oak, some toffee perhaps.

Lots of toffee up front., more vanilla in the flavor vs. the aroma, some oak here as well. Seems like it’s going to be sweet initially and then it mellows into some nice complexity. I wasn’t sure about the first sip, but this is quickly growing on me. I am guessing that this had a more pronounced hop presence when fresh. There is still a nice amount of hop bitterness, but it’s mellowed enough to meld nicely with the bourbon, toffee and malt notes. I had heard this was boozey, but this seems to be coming into it’s own. You can sense the abv, but it’s warm and inviting.. NOT hot. As I continue working through the glass I get some toasted coconut flavors.

Not sticky, but fairly thick body. Lays a little oily on your tongue. As mentioned a nice warming sense. A nice beer to savor over an evening.

To be perfectly honest, my expectations were tamped down a bit by some of the previous reviews. Due to my love for Lawson’s and Bourbon aged Barleywines I still needed to try this. I am really happy that I did so. I’ve never had it, but I would almost guess that Bourbon Barrel Aged Bigfoot tastes a bit like this.

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4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
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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4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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

A: Poured a light caramel color with decent carbonation presenting a nice white cap

S: A mix of bourbon, toffee, caramel and vanilla goodness

T: Flavor is unique. As others have stated it seems to be a bit muddy on the tasting notes at times but nothing so bad that I would kick out of bed or my cellar. Bourbon and toffee are pretty noticable, light brown sugar, some citrus hops and light wood. A nice warming booziness throughout with a great amount of hop bittering, booze and sweetness to sear the palate

M: Warm, big body, sticky sweet, sits well on the palate

O: Very good, eventhough I felt the tasting lines were blurred it still tasted exceptional!Seared palate indeed.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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