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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.85/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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Bottled in April 2011, this ’once a year beer’ is a slowly fermented single-batch brew made during 2010 spring sugaring season. It quietly rested for a year in a single oak barrel from Saxtons River Distillery that previously held Sapling maple liquor. Our recipe has no water added, and uses only barley, hops, yeast and concentrated maple sap from our friend Paul Marble of Fayston, VT. This ale is bottle-conditioned and will age elegantly for many years.


4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
crosamich (431) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - SEP 8, 2012
this is just a sick beer. a hint of Belgian character in the nose that flies away instantly. Almost like drinking maple syrup. so good. wish I had MORE!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
boFNjackson (4026) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Bottle shared on New Years Eve... Holy cow! What a treat! Enjoyed in the last few minutes of 2012 and easily became one of the top beers I had enjoyed in 2012. Poured golden-amberish/brownish with a thin, almost non-existent head. Nose was completely maple. Thick mouthfeel, quite boozy which all the maple sweetness accentuated quite a bit. If you don’t care for maple stay away from this one. Super sweet, but the maple gives the sweetness so much flavor rather than just being cloying. Borderlines a barleywine base of a beer with so much going one.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Fermented maple syrup.
A bottle opened by a very generous person at a local beer tasting. Thanks! My first Lawsons Finest brew and what a hell of an introduction. Hands down one of the most intense aromas of any beer. Huge sweet maple aroma which smells like the finest maple syrup you have ever encountered, with noticeable alcohol/liquor in the background. The flavor is super smooth with loads of oak and maple syrup that dominate. It’s definitely sweet, but not cloying, and in no way undrinkable. The carbonation is low, but the palate is smooth with a heavy body. Could I drink a gallon of it? Well, probably. Your appreciation of this brew will solely depend on how much you love maple tree sap. A unique brew that I’m grateful for having an opportunity to try.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fbm115 (183) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 24, 2011
Big thanks to Monsterzero-san for opening this bad boy. Enjoyed this VT brew in VT. Pours a clear dark copper color with a moderate head. smell is intense with sweet maple and brown sugar carmel malt with a oaky spirit and some vanilla. some alcohol to smell. taste is rich maple syrup with a clean carmel malt. the maple definitely leads the chorus here. rich barrel flavors provide some oak and vanilla. Overall sweet but a rounding bitterness provides a clean finish. some alcohol to taste. palate is smooth and rich full body. moderate to low carbonation smooths the palate out. overall this is just a crazy hybrid beer. 100% of the liquid used to brew is maple sap, incredible stuff. this is more of a Maple mead with some malt in it. more of a maple syrup braggot than abbey triple. if you love the flavor or maple, this one is for you.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
48FanInCali (667) - California, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Maple pour with virtually no head. Nose is a big dose of maple syrup, with some hints of wood, yeast, and bready malts. Taste follows the nose with good punch of maple syrup. Sweet but not cloying. Barrel is there but takes a back seat along with the alcohol. Very enjoyable

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steve_0 (2234) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Acquired in a trade, thanks Frank! Bottle at home shared with friends. Poured a beautifully red-tinted amber with no head. Smell is huge maple syrup, but not shitty maple syrup, we are talking Grade A shit here. Vanilla, red licorice, wood, and alcohol. Very sweet, maple syrup, vanilla, oak, a touch of caramel, and sweet fruits. Light body with almost no carbonation. Sweet beer and very delicious with dangerously hidden alcohol.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brystmar (1118) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2013
2013 release at the farmer's market last weekend. Brown-copper body retains handsome, sticky lace. Body is similarly sticky and quite viscous.

Caramelized booze, maple, brown sugar, mildly singed cane sugar, an hints of Belgian yeast populate the nose. Taste is sweet start to finish, yet not cloyingly so. Oaky with noticeable traces of the old maple liquor. The maple character is unsurpassed by any other brew I've had. Boozy and delicious. Did I mention there's maple?

This is equal parts unique and excellent, and I'm gonna sit on my other bottles for awhile. Bravo, Sean!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10091) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2011
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that lasted with good lacing. Medium to heavy complex toasted nutty, maple mead and wood aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy vanilla maple flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration with a small alcohol bite. This is a complex thick standout beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (5718) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Pour out of 500 mL bottle, big thanks to Steve for the pour! Aroma has notes of big maple syrup, vanilla, honey, some sweet sugary plums and raisin, hints of earth, touch of sweet dark fruits and sweet biscuit. Taste is a mix of very sweet maple, vanilla, floral honey, touch of sweet fruits finishing fairly sweet slightly boozy. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NielsenRatings (8275) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Bottle @ Stephen’s house, courtesy of Stephen. Thanks! Hazy dark orange appearance with a small cream colored head. Rich, delicious real maple syrup, quite spicy, thick toffee, big brown sugar aroma. Thick, brown sugar, somewhat syrupy, real maple syrup, a touch fruity, vanilla, light toffee flavor. Not sure how much I could drink but quite fun.


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