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RATINGS: 95   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (4367) - 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 (3442) - 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 (5018) - 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 (6148) - 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 (3399) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAY 26, 2013
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hoppypocket (408) - Trois-rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 26, 2013
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
szinck1 (25) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 25, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (3984) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 24, 2013
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.

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