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Maine Beer Company / Lawson's Finest Liquids Collaboration Time IMaine Beer Company / Lawson's Finest Liquids Collaboration Time I
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 PeterIngemi
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pored fr a 12oz bottle... Big thanks to my friend Sean for this one.... Poured into a shipyard tulip

A: pours a nice black... Slightly super dark brown around the edges when held to the light.... A solid two finger of slightly chocolaty head, That dissapates slowly and leavs some puffy streaks of lacing.

S: the aroma hear is phenomenal, a very nice citrus hop aroma, reminiscent of tropical fruit, mango,
Passion fruit. Along with a slightly roasty cocoa aroma, beautiful.

T: a beautiful balance of coffe like roastyness, chocolate and tropical fruity hops, these flavors intermingle very nicley.... This is delicious. A nice amount of resinous pineyness... It's like a hoppy mocha latte, yum.

M: medium super creamy body with very nice amoun of medium carbonation. Velvety and delicious....

O: this is an awesome beer, thank you again so much Sean, loved it, creamy delicious and well balanced. I'm privileged to hve tried this.

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Photo of let8it8grow
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very tasty stuff, thanks John. A fresh spot on style black IPA with well integrated citrus and roasted malt, some bitter chocolate, a little rye edge. Grows on me. Thick lace. Wonderful aromas of the above. Full mouthfeel.Seek it out. Maine, here we come.

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Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this about 2 weeks ago and meant to drink it right away, but completely forgot. It has a date, kinda, so illegible that i can barely even tell it's a date, and when I try to wipe the condensation off of it to read it, it's gone... aaand it's gone!

It pours a huge fluffy slightly darker colored 3 finger head (larger than the beer in the oversized snifter fades semi slowly in a pillow fashion, with canyons and mountains left behind, and lots of soapy lacing on the glass. The beer itself is not too thick looking but dark midnight black with no light escaping its grasp.

The nose expunges hops of all kinds, starting with spicy chewy hops, the kind that you get from pure pelletized bittering hops, a Chinook or similar level hop. Then the nice hops that typically come from the two breweries fall in line, a light citrus and bit of tropical fruit even, it dabbles in light fruit like tangerine, mango, peach, pear, and even a hint of grapefruit. Later comes the wafts of pine and light earthy bitterness, almost as if they used every good hop available and threw it in at different times in the boil or dry hop. Under all that is a light base of hints of dark chocolate, caramel, and even a light vanilla like aroma.

Taste starts with a light creamy luscious smooth rich malty flavor. Cocoa and dark chocolate, light milk chocolate even. It's so rich and smooth it's crazy, some oats in there, some caramel, light vanilla again, with a bit of... is that a hint of spicy rye? Then pure hops. Spicy earthy hops start off with a decent but not overpowering bitterness, similar as the nose again with a Chinook like heavy hop, and bit of pine. There is a light citrus but not much anymore, a hint of tropical fruit came through at first but was quickly shooed away by the other malts and hops. The bitterness ramps as it moves towards the dry spicy hop finish, with a light creamy chocolate flavor, light lingering caramel and vanilla, and cocoa.

Mouth is med bodied, smooth, rich, velvety, and decent carb.

Overall quite nice for an ABA. Not quite my fav style anymore as it tends to be very spicy and overpowering hops, but this one is pretty nice despite the spiciness. The nice velvety malts, cocoa, vanilla, caramel, and other flavors add a really nice feel and taste, and the hops aren't all spicy and earthy, there is some nice hops in there as well. Tasty and surprisingly drinkable.

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Photo of bishopdc0
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Bendurgin
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. This one pours dark brown with three fingers of creamy light tan head.

Dark roasted malts take the fore front on this one with hints of bitter cocoa and char with a nice grassy citrus hop background aroma. The pallet has a nice hop flavor with hints of smoke and dark bitter chocolate malts. Citrus notes linger in the background and this has a nice bitter edge to it.

The body is medium with sharp carbonation. This one really lingers on the back of the tongue. Overall this one is a nice collaboration between two of the smaller guys. Nice work here, I'd love to see something else in the future.

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Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Rukasu
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep cola brown with a frothy, dense tan head which lingers, opaque to light.

S- A blast of alcohol up front, followed by lemon, coffee, faint chocolate, metal

T - Citrus tartness with a lingering sour aftertaste, smokey chocolate maltiness and herbs underneath. A bit of pine.

M - A bit of a pucker inducing brew, somewhat like a black IPA.

O - A nice collaboration brew and a good all around beer. A little heavy for a warm summer day like this.

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Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of erlenmeyer
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Bilco
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of hoppymcgee
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Digimaika2
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(4.0) A: Pitch black with a tall marshmallow-like and mocha coloured foam head. Very good lacing and similar retention. Chocolate milk bubbles linger on top with time.

(4.0) S: Very good combination/balance of malts and hops presented through the aroma. Dark chocolate, dark coffee, grapefruit, fresh lemon zest, and floral qualities. Fresh and lively.

(4.5) T: Bitter hop wave of citrus and weedy floral notes give way to roasted malt qualities of lighter chocolate with some faint smoke on the back end. Detecting some cola qualities leaning towards root beer-ish. Spices in there too. Very pleasing with a varied and satisfying style.

(4.0) M: Lighter bodied with a medium carbonation. Dry with a herbal bitter feel, however, enough malt qualities ensure this doesn’t lean too much in the other direction.

(4.5) D: Exactly how I imagined a beer brewed by the Maine Beer Co. and Lawson’s would taste- Outstanding.

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Photo of NateD
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of rderedin
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of SMason
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Pahn
3.56/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 3 inch frothy tan head that dissipates slowly. Pours a dark brown / black and leaves some big arches of lacing.

Smell: Mild hop pungency, slightly citrusy. Cocoa, with some spicy aromas. Bit ashy.

Taste: Lots of chocolaty malt. Bit watery. Some herbal hop flavors, interesting (but not necessarily desirable) influence on these hop flavors from all the dark, crystal, and rye malt. Bit of pungency, probably from the Columbus (who knows?). High bitterness that I like.

Some elements are very good, but it doesn't come together for me. Reminds me of when Black IPAs first started getting nationally popular and most examples were confused "it's almost a good IPA, almost a good porter, but not really a great anything."

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Mild carbonation. A touch too watery. Semi-dry finish.

Overall: Unremarkable, especially considering the outright geniuses who made it. Lawson's black IPA, "BIG HAPI" blows this one away, but there's no good reason that this should be so inferior; Maine Beer Company's Zoe and Lunch are masterful hoppy beers as well. Somehow this collaboration falls flat. It's better than a lot of beers, but it should be a lot better than it is.

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Photo of slvrmon82
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of WanderingFool
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Collaboration Time 1 pours a deep red/near black into the glass with a big, rocky light tan head. The foam is slow to fade leaving some spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is malty with notes of roasted malt, orange citrus and hints of chocolate.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth and creamy with mild to moderate carbonation. The flavor is nicely balanced between roasted malt, chocolate, orange citrus and pine. It finishes dry with lingering citrus and chocolate malt when gone.

This is a well balanced beer with lots of flavor and smooth mouthfeel. Wish I had more than one bottle.

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Photo of durrrr
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of oldp0rt
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of jlogan7
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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

I picked up a bottle of this on July 17, and typed up my review that night. Due to internet connectivity issues, I have been unable to post my review until now.

This beer just came out; in fact I think it doesn't officially get released until tomorrow, July 18th, but I was able to pick up a bottle at Bier Cellar today. It had been refrigerated in the store, and after a quick drive out to the Allagash brewery to pick up some Resurgam, the beer has been chilling in my fridge. [New MBC beer and Allagash Coolships on the same day? What a great day to be a beer fan in Portland, ME!] The bottle is marked best by 9/15/12 and includes the instruction to "Drink this beer fresh!"

The beer is an opaque, dark brown liquid. On top rests a head of light brown foam. Some clinging carbonation was initially visible, but it disappeared quickly. The retreating head leaves behind good lacing.

The beer has a strong hop aroma. It wasn't aware of it while pouring, but once my nose was close to my glass, I could tell that this was a well-hopped beverage. There is light citrus and some strong earthy characteristics. Toasted malts work very well with the hop profile.

Based on the appearance, aroma and now the flavor, I'll say this is a black IPA. Strong, earthy hop flavors are the strongest tastes, But roasty flavors and a touch of sweetness form the malt base can also be detected. I think I can taste a touch of alcohol in the finish. Hop oils and a slightly burnt aftertaste linger on after swallowing.

The body of this beer is slightly heavy, probably due to the darker malts. Carbonation levels are good. It isn't very sticky, although I can feel a touch of film on my lips. The coating in my mouth has a good bitter flavor and some of the roast characteristics mentioned above.

I like this beer. This is the first time I've had anything by Lawson's Finest, so I can't say definitively what Sean brought to this beer (he does get a thank you on the bottle), but MBC is up to their usual standards with this one. It's nice to have something that is dark like Tom but hoppy like Peeper. I don't know anything about the plans for this beer (in fact, before I got the e-mail from Bier Cellar announcing it's arrival, I didn't know it existed), but hopefully it will be brewed more than once and offered on draft around town.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. There is a large foamy tan head that is very sticky.

The aroma has some subtle cocoa notes with a nice citrus hop blend mixed in.

The taste has a nice mild chocolate malt sweetness with a dank citrus hop finish that leaves a nice bitterness also.

This is medium bodied with velvety carbonation. Good stuff from two of the most delicious breweries around.

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