Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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,
tom10101 (3104) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAY 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Jack’s abby keeps becoming more and more well known and this is the first Lawson’s I have had. Copper color with one finger white head. This is lightly smokey in aroma, took a while to find some maple sugar candy notes in the smell but was there after i became more used to the smoke. Taste is a little bitter and smokey but it ends with a nice bread malt that tasted of pretzel to me.
Hoppypocket (408) - Trois-rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
POurs a hazy reddish with white head and little lacing. Aroma of smoke, maple,caramel, fruity. Taste is smoky, maple, small berries, caramel. Low to medium body and medium carbonation. Very drinkable
szinck1 (25) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the bottle. Pours solid copper color with off-white thin head that recedes quickly; some lacing. Aromas of maple sugar, and smoked wood chips. Sweet malts balanced by subtle smoky flavors, bacon, too; fades slowly on palate with nice lingering smoky flavor. Really good for a rainy day treat.
bytemesis (3524) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Pours clear reddish amber with a small beige creamy head and some lacing. Aroma is cigarettes, smoke, maple syrup. bready malt. Flavor is the same, quite mapley actually, lightly sweet, medium smoky, very light associated astringence and little bitterness. None of that weird metallic bitter thing I often get from maple beers (see e.g. Maple Nipple). Light body, soft carbonation. Nice beer.
PhillyCraft (3453) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Blackback. Pours hazy golden orange with super creamy white head. Aroma is light on the smoke, taste is a salty, maple nuts, smokey, pretzel, good bit of caramel malt and wood. Perfect amount of smoke, not overpowering but present. Cheers.
davey101 (696) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Has the remnants of a bottle on date but it is too far gone, it is definitely fresh though.
A - Pours a hazy burnt amber/red body that lets some light through to show some rising carbonation. A fingers worth of light tan foam fades away quickly but leaves a thick edging that sticks around forever. Decent lacing, meh retention.
S - Last year I discovered the magic of drenching bacon with syrup. This is pretty much spot on. Plenty of that smoked ham/bacon meat thing with some light chocolate malts. The end of the nose is a subtle yet insanely phenomenal maple sweetness. This is the thing of breakfast wet dreams.
T - Smoked meats, grainy malts, a sort of light metal thing that I get in some bocks, and then finally the maple sweetness on the end. Not as great as the nose but still awfully tasty. Most rauchbiers aren’t my thing but balancing the smoke with sweetness is really the key here. This is nowhere close to being "over the top" or "like chewing on cigarette butts". Mmmmm, maple bacon.
M - Smooth and creamy with a certain crispness and lightness to it. Dat Jack’s Abby lager voodoo magic. However the flavors are somewhat bold so it gets a bit tiring to drink towards the end.
O - Like most people I was very pumped to try a collaboration between two highly coveted New England breweries. When I saw the less than stellar reviews piling in I was left with low expectations. This was a good thing because I totally love it for what it is. This is the beer that Rogue wishes they could have made. If you go into it expecting something ala Fayston’s Maple stout you need not apply. But if you like approachable rauchbiers with some nice maple sweetness then you might just dig this.
thornecb (4545) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep amber into an English pint. Sickly white head recedes to skim surface. Sweet maple and smoke aromas. Dry and sweet with maple syrup, bread and caramel upfront turning to mild smoky campfire in the lasting finish. Better than it looks...
radarsock (1003) - Vermont, USA - MAY 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
As soon as Jblauvs texted me that his store got this in, I knew I had some shopping to do. 500mL bottle purchased from Leary’s for $4.80. ABV not listed listed on label. To undersized cognac snifter, it pours a rusted copper amber with an off-white ringed head, 1 fingernail in length. James nailed it: aromas of smoked bacon certainly comes to mind. Also getting hints of maple sugar candies, young French oak, candied yams, mint, cinnamon, and caramel apples. Toffeeish. Tastes interestingly of hickory-smoked bacon, agave and kero syrups, carrots, graham crackers, Munich malt, and brown sugar. Kind of apple vinegary by swallow accompanied with honey, saltwater, and garden herbs. Wasn’t expecting this much sweetness. Maple barely even noticeable. Enjoyable.