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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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 136
Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +2%
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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Photo of jlindros
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
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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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.02/5  rDev -23%
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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Photo of yourefragile
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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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Photo of rudzud
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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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Photo of kscaldef
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
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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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 4.12.13

A - Pours a super dark brown with a smaller dark tan fine head with good retention.

S - Strong hoppy pine, subtle citrus and very subtle roasted malts.

T - Roasted malts with a strong pine finish.

D - Good carbontaion with a medium body.

O - I know we created this styly in the NW, but I still don't love it. Solid attempt.

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

thanks to MJC8719 for this super sweet extra! enjoyed from a lawson's tulip.

a - brew poured a watery black with an ipa head. head had a cream colored, almost grey head which hung out forever and left clingy lacing.

s - roasted malt with a smoothed over hopping.

t - nice citric piney hops with good roasted black malt. has a nice base water taste.

m - bitter finish. nice roast, fairly creamy.

o - overall, black ipa is an odd style for me. while i love roasted beers in the stout and porter family and great ipas, crossing the two is odd...but that being said, i dug this one.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown black color with a decent tan head and some lacing

S-dark malt, pine, slight citrus, herbal hints

T-dark malt, light citrus, pine, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-well-balanced and easy drinking, but not as compelling as other examples of the style

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Photo of Wowcoolman
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at the Reservoir, Waterbury. Subtle but pleasing grassy hop aroma, with subdued chocolate and roasted malt notes in the background. The flavors show best as the beer warms to about 50 degrees. Ok, there is somewhat of a toated bread character, but really we get that earthy, minty character from combining the roasted malts with ample hops. For the style I would have liked a little more body and mouthfeel, but maybe I've been corrupted by Stone's offerings. Easy drinking in the Vermont style - something that might hit the spot on a humid day or once the rain stops.
Edit :Aftef having the bottled version I adjusted the review. I much prefer Toast from the bottle. It could be the temperature, but more roasted malt and chocolate notes came through. I would certainly try the bottled version again.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased at the Lawson's Farmer's Market bottle release last week. Poured into Lawson's snifter.

A- Pours a dark brown black that appears a mostly opaque black in the glass with some transparency around the edges. About a half finger of off-white head with a slight brownish hue appears after pouring the subsides at a moderate rate to leave a flat top and some spotty lacing. Nice consistent carbonation.

S- Greeny hops, toasted malts, some light chocolate. Not your most aromatic beer, but a nice balance.

T- Greeny slightly earthy hops, some light grapefruit citrus, a bit of nicely balanced chocolate and toasted malts on the finish followed by some more hops. Nice balance, the more I drank this the more I liked it.

M- Medium bodied, nice carbonation, very easy drinking.

O- This definitely isn't the best black ale or the best Lawson's offering I've had, but it was still very good. It was very well balanced and highly drinkable. I found myself liking it more and more while I drank it and even consumed an entire 22oz bomber without a problem. I'd gladly buy another bottle of this if given a chance, but wouldn't go out of my way seeking it out.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, purchased 4/12/13
HF wine glass

A: Pours a deep brown with reddish hues as the light hit it. Initially a half finger of light tan head. Fairly tight bubbled. Fades into a thin layer in collar soon after. Sticky lacing.

S: Definitely getting those piney hops up front, as well as some some light citrus. The some roasted malt adds in some hints of chocolate and maybe a touch of coffee.

T: Taste sort of falls a touch flat after the nose. You do get some of those pine hops with the up front bitterness. Not aggressive. Mid palate you get some of that roast and chocolate character. Thinner body kind of makes this less pronounced. Start to puck up more of that rye spice as it warms. Finish is dry. Lingering pine notes.

M: It's a thin medium bodied.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lawson's Finest Liquids - Toast - 1pt 6fl oz bomber

Hendry hooked me up with one of these from his overstock, whatta guy!

Look - Pours black as night with slight red around the edges. A glorious soapy head dissipates at a medium pace, leaving sticky lacing all over. Fresh.

Smell - Roasted (caramel/chocolate) malts and a surprising blast of piney hops.

Taste - Creamy roasted malts followed by some earthiness, then some slight piney hops, then back to earthy and the roasted malts. Gets better and more complex as it warms.

Mouthfeel - Both stick and toasty dry, rests rather burnt but not in a bad way. Quite drinkable.

Overall - Quite well done. I am not usually big into black IPA style, but this one is well crafted. Word of advice, let this brew warm up a bit, it definitely enhances it quite a bit.

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Photo of claytong
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pour likes pretty nice. Thick tan head. Dark with ruby red edges when held to light.

Smell is run of the mill dark malts. Minor hops

Taste hops come thru more, the malts are minor roast and a bit of cocoa, not powerful at all.

Mouthfeel is the best part, creamy and a bit of cloying sweetness

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Photo of Hendry
4.54/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

After reviewing Lawson's DOUBLE SUNSHINE last week, I must say it left a lasting impression.
Disappointed to see only one variety available on delivery day, it only seemed appropriate after the journey to give TOAST a try based on the quality of the amazing Double Sunshine.

This Black IPA confuses the senses: the opaque creaminess that poured into the imperial pint glass released a rich malty, chocolate-like aroma that is incredibly well balanced with the hops.
The nose is very inviting, and unmistakably hoppy. Before taking the first sip I had to remind myself to keep an open mind having been so thunderstruck by the Double Sunshine.

I do not agree at all with previous reviews that stated burned, charred flavors were predominant: carefully toasted wheats, barley & rye is more accurate.
There is a delicious malty richness that blends very nicely with the hops here.
The mouthfeel and carbonation are supreme, and the aftertaste grew on me more with each sip, particularly as it warmed a bit.

While my preference leans towards cloudy orange tropical fruit bombs, I found TOAST a most interesting and satisfying change of pace that I ended up enjoying a whole lot more than I anticipated. There is a very complex mélange of flavors that run across your palate as you develop an impression of this black ale: the hops are very well blended, the alcohol doesn't even seem to exist, and the creamy deliciousness delivers a very satisfying hop blast that you might not expect from the appearance.

TOAST is well worth a try, quite enjoyable, and I feel deserves higher marks based on its own merits as another fine small batch hand crafted ale. There are a number of Black IPAs that have been introduced to the market recently ,and TOAST is among them.Is it a world class beer? My palate says yes.

Side note: I've bought several beers that have been ranked EXCELLENT and WORLD CLASS that don't even begin to match the quality and complexity of TOAST in my personal opinion. Proof that personal taste plays an enormous role in your own singular impression.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This black IPA was so very enjoyable.
Pouring into a snifter, thick and black.
Smell was hoppy, nice roasted malt, coffee, chocolate notes.
Taste was intense and delicious almost a touch of eucalyptus. Strong, hoppy, caramel, coffee, roasted malt flavor.
Overall this beer is damn impressive, full of flavor and a fantastic representation of a black IPA.

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Photo of owend
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Jet black with a tan fades that fades quickly, but leaves nice lacing behind

S- Strong citrus hop notes with a slight hint of toasted dark malt

T- the toasted/roasted Dark malts come through strongly at first, balancing with the citrus of the hops very nicely. Hop bitterness and a bit of the toasted dark malt linger on the palette in a nice combination.

M- medium bodied with medium carbonation and a dry finish

O- A very nice balance of the dark malt and hops. Many beers in this style rely to heavily on the dark or roast malts for my taste, resulting in a loss of hop flavor, but not this one. Not my favorite style, but this one of the best I've had.

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Photo of marcdalke
4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A Lawson's black IPA? Heck ya!

This puppy is as black as the lettering on the bottle...just gorgeous. The fluffy off white head provides a nice contrast to the dark depths that lie below.

Smell is pure hop goodness with a hint that this is not going to be an ordinary IPA (as if your eyes have not given away that part of the story already). It smells so good that I want to eat it...if that makes sense?

Taste is bitter and roast, and then the citrusy piney hops kick in on the back end and in the aftertaste. Oh yeah, this is what I was hoping for. Each sip leaves me begging for more. Definitely a terrifically balanced beer with the hops and malt sharing a loving embrace.

The mouthfeel is a tad thinner than I expected, but no's not staying in my mouth long enough for me to care. My only worry is whether I'll be able to score another bottle any time soon.

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

Bottle served into a Lawsons tulip.

A - Darker brown/mahogany. Bone white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Lacing is great though. Soapy bubbles floating on the top.

S - Lawson's beers often have this unique hop note on some beers. It's not tropical, citrusy or grapefruit style hops, but more of an herbal earthy hop. Really nice stuff. Not too much in the roasty department. Smells like dark hops, if that makes sense.

T - Herbal/earthy hops, slight candy-citrus and a touch of roast. The hops used really make it work, as it goes along with the darker notes very well. Some black IPA's miss the mark mixing citrus notes with coffee notes, but this is different. Pretty good.

M - A bit thin, but I can't expect much more from a 5.9% beer. Very sessionable though. Carbonation is light and tickly.

O - Pretty solid beer from Lawsons. Definitely not my favorite from them, but if this was in 6pk 12oz bottles, and I lived closer, I'd buy it by the case.

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Toast from Lawson's Finest Liquids
3.92 out of 5 based on 136 ratings.
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