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Jack’s Abby / Lawson’s Finest Liquids Smoked Maple Lager



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RATINGS: 99   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
This beer was brewed as a collaboration between Jack’s Abby and Lawson’s Finest Liquids. Valley Malt malted all the 2-row malt in addition to the specially smoked malt with hand-sourced wood from VT. Brewed with one gallon of maple syrup per barrel of beer. An addition of lactose sugar and brown malt rounds out a beer that tastes great from breakfast till dessert. Enjoy! May 2013 release.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - JUN 1, 2013
Pours copper with white head and some lace. Aroma is light smokiness, malt, woodsy. Taste is light smoked malt, sweet, maple comes through. On tap Prohibition Pig

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
berniecarbo (148) - Holliston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 1, 2013
On tap at Jack’s Abby, poured a copper/amber, great maple aroma, unfortunately to smokey for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9562) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2013
On tap at Black Back with Max and Andy. Pours a clear amber with a thin beige head. Sweet smoky salty. Medium, light sweetness, smoke, warm malt. Not as sweet as it starts, soft maple, light smoke into dry grain.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lukaduke (3038) - Gray, Maine, USA - JUN 1, 2013
Pours a rich deep copper brown color with a finger or two of eggshell foam. Earthy smoked malt, maple sugar and some underlying pine. Would like to braise some sausage in this beer but as a pint its a little underwhelming. Too much smoke and maple not enough balance and integration.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (5293) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 30, 2013
500ml bottle In a tulip. Pours amber with an off-white head. Aroma of smokiness, a little maple, some pale malts, and light hops. Flavor the same. Average texture. Could be better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17 (3637) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 30, 2013
8 ounce sample on tap at Farmhouse Tap and Grille in Burlington, VT. The aroma has a good deal of maple sugar-like sweetness. This is backed up by just a scant amount of smokiness. Light metallic lager character is also present. Really aromatic. Virtually transparent copper-orange body with a small, off-white head. No lacing. Starts with a lightly sweet flavor, before a good deal of maple syrup flavors come through in the middle. This is abruptly halted by fairly stern smoked malt flavors. The smoke lingers late, but plays well with the sweetness of the maple. A little under-carbonated, but extremely drinkable. Very good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (7876) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2013
on tap at reservoir, waterbury. clear medium dark golden orange with a decent off-white head, some retention. some nuts and fruity malts - fresh and lightly toasted cereals along with a touch of smoke, never too meaty, very hint of sweetness, some maple and lactose, slight umami. average carbonation, light body, short but present grassy-herbal finish. enjoyable!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2013
On tap at Blackback in Waterbury, Vermont. Moderate smoke character with just a touch of maple. Too much smoke for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 27, 2013
Clear amber with an initially light white cap. Really to the point aroma, clean, almost absent yeastiness and minimal hops - yes, even if it’s a Lawson, leaves all the malts and very fragrant maple take plenty of room, the smokiness being woodsy, clean, unagressive. Inevitably, it is fairly sweet, having a light acidic kick from the CO2 and maple that remind of apple. Otherwise, it’s a french toast breadiness covered with plenty of smokey maple and no detour. Sparse carbonation could be a little crispier, but then again accentuates the unctuous, maple sappy texture that is presumably sook. While its execution is flawless, I can’t say I’m overly fond of that flavour profile in a beer. Under the right circumstances though, I would certainly appreciate. Bartender, I’ll take me a slice o’ ham and sum eggs puh-leez,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tom10101 (5387) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 27, 2013
On tap @ The Reservoir (Waterbury). Clear golden/amber with a small white head and little lacing. Aroma of smokey meat (but not overwhelming), maple, caramel and nutty notes. Taste is slightly to moderately sweet with smoke, cereals, maple, caramel, malt and nuts. Medium body. Mouthfeel is slightly dry. Crisp. Very good balance, which is so important in a Smoked beer. Smoked meat and maple are both present, but just the right amount of it. A perfect beer for breakfast.

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