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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Errl (2442) - Plano, Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2015
500ml bottle...Pour is copper with an off colored head..Nose is smoke, dusty, maple, spice, leaves...Taste is smoke, dry, musty, slick, mild caramels and earth..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (10500) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2015
Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with small off white head that lasts. The aroma is pepper, smoke, ash, wood. Thin mouth, brown sugar, maple, nice smoke finish, very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chalumeaux (1063) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 13, 2015
Poured from bottle hazy auburn with a quick receding head. Aromas of campfire smoke caramel and maple. Taste is smoky with hints of maple sugar and caramel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ClarkVV (5858) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 8, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2015 Bottle, May 2013, drunk early Fall 2013
With only 5 months of age on it, I was kind of hoping it would be less tired than it was. Pour shows an auburn, bubbly liquid with a quickly receding head that simply can’t be coaxed to stay around. Clarity is high leaving only light sediment in the bottom (thought there’d be more of that too).
Black pepper, very light greasy smoke and touches of vanilla in the nose are rather subdued. Very persistent phenolic character must be from the maple syrup fermentation and interplay with the smoked malt phenols? Either way, it’s meaty and peppery in not such a pleasant way....
Flavor comes off a touch better on account of the dry malt texture, though the carbonation is tired and smokiness and phenol emerge quite strongly on the end. Hard to describe what went wrong, as obviously I love smokiness more than the next guy, but this is just very stale, peppery and somewhat lifeless. For being unfiltered I wouldnt expect this, but perhaps this just wasn’t a malty beer to begin with. Odd.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (10847) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 3, 2015
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours copper amber, nose is smoky, grassy, taste is light smoky maple, not bad.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Quick3Beers (981) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 16, 2015
Not a fan. Pours a hazy dark amber from a bottle with a quick-disappearing head. Aroma is slight creosote. Couldn’t detect maple at all. The wife says "Too much smoke, not enough maple".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (6426) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2014
Courtesy of tectactoe

Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate-heavy smoke, light maple, and a touch of brown sugar. It pours a transparent amber with a small off-white head that quickly fades to a very fine ring. The flavor starts with brown sugar, light maple, and a touch of fruit. The finish has moderate smoke with a touch of caramel. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat sticky mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2014
Bottle: Thanks, Alex. Semi-cloudy copper & amber body with the fastest fading gray-tinted head on top. Thinnest collar leftover. Aroma of smoked wood, old campfire dust, charred caramel, faint maple, & some light earthiness underneath. Flavor is more smoky... Smoked malt, slightly sweet liquid smoke, & a mild campfire essence. Hints of prune, caramel, & charcoal. Maple is very hard to pick up in the flavor... Not much maple at all, really. Hint of overly toasted malt & slightly burnt, smoked wood in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
UDBeernut (2688) - Earth & Jacksonville (weekends), Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Bottle thanks to the 2cool4skewl buffalo crew. Pours burnt Siena, slightly muddy, small white head. Pretty much meh followed by more meh. Slight smokey ness, but not much else character besides balance and pale malt. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
merc7186 (2952) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Aroma: Mildly Smokey, Mild Maple Appearance: Orangish/Brown Hue, Passes Some Light, Thin White Head, Mild Lacing Taste: Mild Maple Syrup, Mild Smokey Mouthfeel: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Sweet, Mildly Smokey

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