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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States
mainebeercompany.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A hoppy American dark ale incorporating New England-grown barley, wheat, rye, and whole cone hops. Special thanks to Valley Malt for malting up the special batch of local Chocolate Rye and Crystal Wheat.

Added by sk8man121 on 07-18-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
117
Reviews:
37
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
8.45%
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 117 |  Reviews: 37
Photo of DaveHack
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Massive, fluffy, brown head settled down to a minimal film. Left behind is a thick and chunky lacing. Color is basically black, period.

Smells of smoked malts, I'd love to say more...but that is by far the domineering aroma.

Taste is definately smoked malt with some hop bitterness on the back end.

Mouthfeel is pretty damn good. It is medium body and coats my mouth without being oily

This isn't my style, but this is damn good. Definately worth a try.

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Photo of claytong
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of oline73
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter. This was opened at the August Baltimore BA tasting.

Appearance: Pours a mahogany color with some red where the light hits the edge. There is a half finger of off white head that fades to a layer.

Smell: Some hops and smoke. I'm also getting some rye like spice and dark fruit notes.

Taste: Rye like spice along with a mild roast. Not very sweet at all. Some smoke and roasted malt with even more spice and citrus hops in the finish. Complex and quite good.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This was one of the best beers we've had. The spice/bitterness was really good with the smokey notes. I would have another.

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Photo of Etan
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle sent to me by Valdieu2. Thanks!

A: Pours a rich dark brown with a huge light brown head. Monster lacing and retention.

S: Caramel, spicy hop leaf, grapefruit juice, a hint of roast and chocolate.

T: Thick coffee and brown bread, nice dose of bitterness and resinous citrus from the hops.

M: Fine carbonation, medium-bodied. A bit undercarbonated.

O: Often with hoppy black ales, the hops cover the malt base a bit too much, but this strikes a nice balance.

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Photo of duff247
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Gatordaddy
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of jmarsh123
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with an absolutely massive beige head leaving lots of lacing and excellent retention behind. Almost foams up like a quad.

More IPA than black character in the aroma. Citrus and resiny pine along with just a bit of roasty backbone.

Similar flavors although the roast cuts through a lot more. Good citrus presence up front before heavy roasted malt takes over. Finishes somewhat nutty with a pine hop resin.

Light to medium bodied. Good carbonation.

Not usually a fan of black IPA's, and while this one doesn't hold a candle to Jimmy, as far as regular ones go, it's pretty solid. Thanks to jaasen64 for hooking me up with a bottle!

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Photo of mbs11
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of neophilus
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black pour, brown highlights. Foamy tan colored head. Huge head explodes from the pour, you have to let it settle down a bit.

Rich hoppy aroma of citrus and resiny pine. Hint of roasted malt tones down the grapefruit notes, but the citrus scent takes over in the end.

Taste is all about balance between the hops and the roasted malt. The resiny hop flavors intermingle with the gentle roast and it is hard to tell them apart. It creates a flavor that is more than the sum of its parts.

Slightly acrid roast finish dominates the hops in the aftertaste. Somewhat dry but with a lingering sweetness.

This beer shows moderation with strong ingredients. It is soft and flavorful without overpowering. The hops deliver but the roasted malt makes its presence known as well. Luckily they play nicely together.

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Photo of jegross2
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Collaboration Time 1, a black ale collaboration between Maine Beer Company and Lawson's Finest Liquids.
Score: 92

Bottle demands you "drink by" 09/15/12. vintage bottle served in a Three Floyds teku glass and enjoyed on 08/13/12.

Appearance: Dense black body with three fingers of dense and soapy khaki head at pour. Amazing lacing and excellent retention. 5/5

Smell: This smells like a super zesty grapefruit IPA loaded with chocolate. The nose starts with the IPA qualities upfront, which then subside into the beer's stout-like qualities. Upfront is slightly resinous piney hopes, grapefruit and mango with growing layers of sweet tropical citrus as the beer wars. The back end smells of roasted chocolate malt, cocoa and a little bit of fudge that reminds me of what the air in the park next of the Blommer Chocolate Factory smells like. I am shocked that this black IPA is so day-and-night in it's aroma, and yet so well incorporated overall. A bit of the balance is lost as the beer hits room temperature, but it's still pretty excellent. 4.5/5

Taste: The taste is more traditional black IPA than the nose, with the stout-and-IPA contrast being less incorporated on the palate than in the nose. There is a citrusy pine hop backbone layered with chocolate malt on top. Sweet citrus (zesty tangerine, grapefruit and a little lemon) cuts through the chocolate flavors to provided a nice balance to the bitterness of the beer. There is nothing outstanding or unique about the taste of this beer, but a really nice tasting black IPA nonetheless. Not overly hoppy at all; quite balanced. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of medium bodied with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is creamy and oily; very slick. The finish is slightly bitter and mildly malty. 4/5

Overall: Although it smells better than it tastes, I found this to be a very solid black IPA that is one of the better examples of the style.

Recommendation: Nab a fresh bottle of this while you still can and enjoy. It's mellowed out hoppiness leads me to believe that casual beer geeks might find this brew to be a nice bridge to more traditional IPA's.

Pairings: Rainbow sherbet.

Cost:

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Photo of DonFrap
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of FrancisT
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of jaasen64
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, typical style of Maine Beer Co. Picked up in VT at a small grocery store down the street from the Waitsfield Farmer's market after the Lawson's bottle release. No bottle date, however picked up last weekend. Everything ingredient in this is locally grown in New England (hops from VT). Poured into Founders snifter.

A- Pours an opaque dark brown pretty much black with about 3 fingers of thick creamy mocha brown head that has great retention and slowly recedes leaving nice layered lacing. Decent carbonation, maybe slightly above average for a black ale.

S- Very hoppy, mostly pine with a tiny bit of citrus, some dark chocolate and slightly roasted malts in the background which come out more as the beer warms. Average to slightly above average aroma strength.

T- Very hoppy, lots of pine, a little bit of sap, finishes with a lot of creamy dark chocolate and a tiny bit of roasted malts and espresso with a tiny bit of bitterness. Chocolate and some light hops linger as an aftertaste. Lots of nice tastes going on here, but in my opinion I don't think the piney hops and dark chocolate really balance the best with each other.

M- Smooth, lightly creamy, easy to drink, slightly overcarbonated for the style but otherwise a very good feel.

O- There were a lot of great things going on in this beer, however I didn't really care for the balance between the piney hops and dark chocolate. It was also a tiny bit over-carbonated for my taste. Other then those minor things, this was a great beer, which is what I was expecting from both companies. I enjoyed drinking this and I definitely recommend trying it if you can.

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Photo of CooperEllis
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice bottle, MBC style label on a 500ml.

Thanks to properpinter for this one.

The pour is dark, espressor black, latte beige head. BIG hoppy aroma out of the bottle with this.

From the glass the hops are underneath a layer of malts, chocolate roast and flour.

There is a bit too much going on in the taste for it to be 5/5, though I really enjoy this selection and it is in a preferred style. There is a malt richness that does nothing to diminish the crisp hops flavor and this is quite enjoyable despite the aftertaste.

As noted above, there is a distinct bitter aftertaste. All of the parts that push to the front - big piney hops, baking chocolate - are bitter. There isn't much bitterness while drinking but it lingers for a long time after.

Really good. The lack of hops in the nose and the abrupt and persistent bitterness at the death detract from an otherwise perfect pint(ish).

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Photo of kevgod
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of hagbergl
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was lucky enough to snag a couple 500 mL bottles of this collaboration between Maine Beer Co. and Lawson's Finest Liquids at Stowe Liquor of Stowe, Vermont. Props to the store owner for pointing it out while we were checking out at the register...it was an impulse buy that was well worth it. 500 mL bottle into a wine glass. Review is from notes.

Appearance (4/5): Collaboration Time 1 is pitch black. A vigorous pour unleashes a nearly three-finger head of tan foam that has good retention. The beer leaves behind plenty of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass with each sip.

Smell (3.5/5): Collab. Time smells generously hopped–hints of grapefruit and pine, though not as intensely fruity as an IPA–mildly roasty, and has notes of dark bread. The aroma is not very intense–certainly not as intense as some "black IPAs"–and leaves a little to be desired, so I can only say Collab. Time is above average in terms of smell.

Taste (4.5/5): Maine Beer and Lawson's Liquids' beer baby really delivers in the taste department (i.e. the category that means more than all the rest...combined). It has the hop flavor, roastiness, and dark bread notes hinted at in the nose, but each element is more intense. The roasty malt really plays a prominent role and the hop character is nice and juicy and supplies a good counterpunch versus the roastiness. The bitterness is right there; noticeable, welcome, but not overpowering. Notes of dark chocolate, dark stone fruit also comes through and add complexity. Very, very nice.

Mouthfeel (4.5/5): This is a medium-full bodied beer with medium carbonation. It's nice and smooth, subtly creamy, and very drinkable. Hop oils add a touch of resiny goodness to the feel. One thing I will say about this beer is that it keeps getting better as it warms.

Overall (4.5/5): I very much enjoyed this beer. It ceratinly isn't a hop monster like Stone's Sublimely Self-Righteous, but no matter. Collaboration Time is very well crafted, complex, and manages to balance two opposing flavors–juicy hops versus roasty chocolate mals–to great effect. A superb mouthfeel lends this beer smoothness and outstanding drinkability. I would say, if you can find it, buy it! Great job, Lawson's and Maine Beer Company.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into tulip glass.

bottled date of 09/15/12.

Appearance: black bodied beer with more than 2 fingers medium tan color head. Head is composed of tightly pack thin bubbles. Big thick chunks of foam curtains are stick to the side of the glass.

Smell: Malts profile sticks out right away milk chocolates, cocoa, and mild roasty note. Hops are a little bit overtaken by malts, but its fairly close to being balanced. Hop profile is mostly pine and grassy notes. I get a hint of spiciness is this black IPA made with rye also? I think that I am getting just a hint of rye.

Taste: Hops are present right away and they are moderately bitter. Pine, herbal, earthy, grapefruits, and grassy hops. They taste fairly oily. The malts impart a touch of sweetness like a semi-sweet chocolate and a mildly bitter kind of stale coffee note. The rye really shows up in the finish and adds a touch of spiciness while building up the bitterness factor of the hops. Moderately bitter finish that lingers for a while along with a touch of roasty notes.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. This has a fantastic mouthfeel to it. Its really easy drinking and is creamy, yet the carbonation is a little bit prickly.

Overall: What can I say that havent already said about Maine Beer Company. I am a huge fan of every beer that I drink from them. Maine Beer Company's bottle conditioning make these beer very appealing and gives all their beers a fantastic mouthfeel. Really nice beer here! Maine Beer Company and Lawsons should do another collaboration beer again some day! Overall this is a really solid Black IPA, but I gotta say that I enjoy NG Black Top and FSW Wookey Jack much more than this black IPA.

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Photo of millerbuffoon
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of ILiveOffHops
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of polishkaz
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Massbmx
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of wesley14
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of klipper
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to bilco for sharing his bottle.

Appearance: Near black with some lighter browns and deep reds when held to direct light. Head is a light, dirty khaki. Massive notches of lacing. Head drops to a spotty cap and chunky collar. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: Roasted malts. Touches of chocolate. Roasty smooth. Some minor coffee notes. Hops are oily, earthy, piney, and vaguely tropical. Mango and tangerine over resinous, oily pine. Some grapefruit. It's all there. Both breweries managed to nail their distinct hop profiles. Malts are a touch sweet with a nice burnt edge. Chocolate malts and milk chocolate with a dusting of cocoa.

Taste: Nice punch of hops on the start. Roasted malts. Some caramel and chocolate sweetness. Creamy smooth roast. Oily pine. Big tropical component. Rough and raw mango and tangerine. Pelletized hops were obliterated and it's awesome. Some day old coffee. Touches of darker sugars bordering on char, but not quite. Mild spicy/earthiness from the hops as well. Oats? Great depth. Mild vanilla. Building bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, with a moderate body and carbonation. It drinks like black gold.

Overall: The blunt force aggression of Lawson's meets the deft balance of Maine and damn if it's not a top notch take on the style. Loaded with flavor and manages to represent both breweries in great fashion.

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Photo of monitorpop
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.14 out of 5 based on 117 ratings.
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