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Toast | Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by claytong on 02-23-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a dark brown color, basically black with a light tan head on top. The lacing is pretty good and the retention is pretty good also. The smell of the beer has a really good balance of the roasted malts and the big hops in there also. The taste of the beer is like the nose, nice roasted chocolate flavors up front followed quickly by a rush of piney hops finishing this one off. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth, light and drinkable despite the color. Overall it's a good black ale, I'd say it's worth trying if you see it but its not one that is a must have.

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3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tap at black back pub in Waterbury.

Nice creamy bubbly off white 1 finger head fades fairly slowly lots of lacing, super dark almost pitch black beer.

Nose has some light musty resinous hops, little citrus and hint tropical fruit, some pine as well. Then faint dark malts, hint of cocoa, dark caramel, creamy.

Taste starts with creamy black malts, no real roast but hint of chocolate, creamy chocolate, fluffy nougat and caramel. Then hops galore, slight earthy and piney hops, light citrus fruits, and some musty resinous fresh hop flavors. Oily resinous hops coat the mouth and slam the faint barely detectable dark malts. Finish is sticky semi sweet but drier, long lingering piney earthy hops, light resins and hop oils coating the mouth, and very light dark malts.

Mouth is med bodied creamy, fluffy nice carb, quite oily.

Overall OK, but nothing fancy. It's a nice beer but the style just doesn't do it for me. Piney citrus and resinous oily hops clash with what you can barely detect for dark malts, at least there isn't roast, but still not quite my style of beer, but for the style this is done well. The lack of roast is helpful in making this at least quaffable, but the oily resinous hops destroy any possible malt backbone that is lacking too much overall.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.02/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Not quite black. Thick off white head. Retains for a long time. Nice lacing.

Smell - Grassy hop. Roasty. Smells nice.

Taste - Way downhill here. Hoppy, but thin, bitter, and grainy. Roastiness very strong, but really intense in every disappointing flavor.

Mouthfeel - Bitter and thin. Well carbonated.

Overall - A second disappointing beer from Lawson's on the night. What the hell.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Black Back pub in Waterbury, VT.

A - Poured into a tulip a deep dark brown almost black with a good two finger mocha head that faded to leave nice lacing and solid blanket. Very good retention for a black ipa.

S - Aromas are more ipa than black. Nice pine aromas here, very hop heavy with hardly any chocolate or roast. Hmmm....

T - Taste is a bit more balanced. Very piny and resinous here with minimal roast notes. Its there, faintly but not as balanced as your typical black ipa. Lighter roast on the finish cancels out the typical bitterness though.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty solid for the style. Nicely carbonated and super drinkable.

O - Overall this could be a bit more roasty. Definitely more ipa than black, whichever for me is a shame as I love the merger of roast/chocolate and hops. Still, was tasty.

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3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle served in a Lawson's tulip. Thanks Thorpe.

Pours a clear dark brown with ruby tinges and bubbly light tan head. Aroma has a slight citrus bitterness but is predominantly ashy roast malt and pine. Slightly sweeter flavor than nose, roast and toasted malt, citrus rind and a finish of pine hops and ash. Medium thick with moderate carbonation.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.2/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Vermont tap takeover at Hop & Vine in Portland, OR

A: Dark brown, cola colored with a tan head

S: Roasty aromas with mild herbal notes

T: Heavy roast flavor bordering on burnt

M: High carbonation, medium body

O: This is not my preferred point on the Black IPA spectrum. I'd like more hops and less roast.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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Toast from Lawson's Finest Liquids
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 136 ratings
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