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Maine Beer / Lawsons Finest Collaboration Time I

Formerly brewed at Maine Beer Company
Style: Black IPA
Freeport, Maine USA
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 4.01/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
A hoppy American dark ale incorporating New England-grown barley, wheat, rye, and whole cone hops. Special thanks to Valley Malt for malting up the special batch of local Chocolate Rye and Crystal Wheat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pushkinwow (2292) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2012
On tap at the 20th Vermont Brewers Festival. This was tasted towards the end of the festival so like a few others my notes were not the greatest although...there was a strong copper/amber head with a nice head. Definite resin hops with a hint of citrus, moderate body and carbonation, very smooth, nice dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (8661) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 8, 2012
My Bottom Line :
This complex, bulky Black IPA suggests chocolate, caramel and fruit jujubes around coniferous and peppery hop resins in an enthralling harmony and cohesion.

Further Personal Perceptions :
-A creamy head of foam laces around the dark brown-edged darkness.
-This felt sweeter than most Black IPAs; drinkability was reduced, but if you take it as a sipper, it becomes absolutely marvelous.
-The flavor profile is balanced even though it is quite intense.
-The mouthfeel is portly, chewy; feels like a winter brew all the way.

On tap at Prohibition Pig.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3581) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2012
16.9 oz bottle. Ebony with a thick, bumpy tan head. Nose is grapefruit, rye, hints of molasses and coffee; perhaps a touch of smoke. Fuzzy medium body ending with resin. Taste is bittersweet chocolate, grapefruit, coffee and bitter citrus peel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftycarl21 (2302) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 4, 2012
Draft at Churchkey and a bottle found at a little shop in Freeport. Beautiful rich brown pour, small light brown head. Nose and malt hold that lovely combination of roasted malt bitterness with hints of espresso and baker’s chocolate, along with spruce and pine hop bitterness and touches of rye spice. Delicious brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (2561) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2012
Deep brown pour thick beige head, creamy, soapy light sticky lacing .... aroma of roasted malts, hop oils, spicy rye and a little sugary with some smoke as well .... taste of roasted malts, bitter and spicy rye bite, citrusy and piney hop oils and smoked peat malts .... finish is of lingering spicy rye and dry hopped .... well done good balance and fresh tasty flavors ... thanks to allagash frank for bringing this down from maine

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10198) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Bottle... Pours black with a small, creamy, mushroom-colored head. Great retention. The nose is a melding of fudge and citrusy, floral, piney hops. Medium to full-bodied and creamy with airy carbonation. Lots of deeply roasted, earthy grains and heavy, rindy, hop bitterness. Finishes burnt, heavily bitter, grassy and astringent. Bottle courtesy of ctipping!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikem409 (1887) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - AUG 22, 2012
Bottle thanks lukaduke. Pours dark dark brown with such a creamy massive head reminded me if a frosty. Aroma is big pine rye and roast malt. Taste is pine earth grass and finish is slight burnt nuts. I need more of this now!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - AUG 22, 2012
Pours black with a thick creamy head and loads of lace. Aroma is fresh hops, citrus, malt. Taste citrus, dark chocolate, roast malts, full body, strong hop bitterness, finish is long bitterness, dry. Usually not a black IPA fan but this changes that.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6161) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2012
Highly aromatic, hoppy (earthy, citrus) and well malted ale. Rich and complex grain character: a dense toastiness and chewy rye presence complemented by chocolate roastiness and leafy tobacco, perhaps licorice and smoke even. Not very fruity except for the citrusy hops, but the malt provide little acidity despite their roasty character and this contributes to a balanced offering, one in which both malts and hops make a strong impression. Oily, nutty, sprucey and resinous finish. A very pleasant offering, complex, rich yet relatively drinkable, devoid of rough edges, by two of New England’s very top brewers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JulienHuxley (4433) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 18, 2012
Bottle. Dark pour with tan head, good lacing on the glass. Smells fresh, roasty, lots of dark malts, just a hint of coffee, hops are definitely there, but not the main event I would say. Taste is bitter, nice "collaboration" between the burnt malt and hop bitterness. As I keep smelling my glass, I get some smoke in there as well. Tasty stuff.

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