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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUL 29, 2013
I am not sure if you can have a more aptly named beer. Scent is maple and smoke. Flavor is smoke and maple. Nice malt base, and the mouthfeel is perfect. Just a nice beer all the way around! B+ ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - MAY 17, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2013 Glowing copper pour with a filmy, offwhite head. The tiny bubbles dissipate after only a few seconds. Aromas of salty, smoky malt, sweet maple bacon, freshly chopped wood. Pleasantly carbonated. Flavor is rich, sweet, smokey, and has enough acidity to balance everything out. Lovely notes of crushed leaves and a rich smoked malt upfront then turns to a sweet maple woodiness in the middle. Smoke and maple bacon hit the back of the palate and slide down the throat. The dry finish lingers with smoky meatiness and light lactic acidity. I really enjoyed this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 21, 2013
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vodka4blood (138) - Miltonboro, Vermont, USA - JUN 12, 2013
This flavor profile is usually encountered in porter-style beers, but expressed as a lager it’s nonetheless delicious. The description tells me that it is perfectly acceptable for someone like me to drink this all day long..... I wonder how many bottles I would need for that?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Experiment_Ale (1096) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2013
500ml to the face at my place by myself while watching battle star galactica in my pajamas after working until 8:00. Aroma is oak, maple, light BBQ smokiness that actually works, aroma is nice like bacon. Taste is super interesting, sticky, barbecue smoke, brown sugar, Munich malt, oak. I like it, it’s one of the most interesting lagers I have had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (3144) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2013
Pours hazy amber with almost no head. The aroma brings bacon and maple syrup, a delicious smokey breakfast. The flavor brings some smoked and mapley malts, not super sweet by any means, but soft and smooth on the tongue. The smoke is not overbearing either.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Maple syrup color; minimal tan head recedes quickly. Initial smokey aroma fades to reveal maple, toffee, malted grain, butterscotch.

Palate open up with caramel malt; a kiss of sweetness jumps in and joins forces with the maple. Crisp, refreshing, and absurdly easy to drink. Flavor to spare. Glorious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 4, 2013
Caramel brown pour, thin tan head. Lots of smoke and maple flavors combined with a dry earthy lager. Damn fine brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (5540) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 21, 2013
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...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyCraft (5902) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2013
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.

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