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Maine Beer Collaboration Time I (Lawson’s Finest Liquids)

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

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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 4.01/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (11868) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 17, 2012
I’m guessing this is the right version, only because there are no ratings for the other version. Bottle at Churchkey labeled as Maine Beer and Lawson’s Finest. Maroon brown color, beige head, solid lacing. Aroma of coffee, pine, dark milk chocolate. Taste is roasty coffee grounds. Well done!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (9998) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2012
A clear deep dark IPA with a thick frothy and lacing brown head. In aroma, beautiful fragrant piney hops with fir tree, coffee grinds, smooth and well balanced. In aroma, a nice smooth sweet chocolate with piney and floral hops, mocha coffee, grainy rye notes, very nice and pleasant. Bottle from Healthy Living, 6.99$. Tasted August 2 2012.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9162) - 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!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (9090) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Bottle @ home during my #5,000 tick fest, courtesy of Lukaduke I believe. Pours a deep black appearance with a dark brown, frothy head. Minty/sprucey, rich dark cocoa, light vanilla aroma. Fairly piney/sprucey, very rich dark chocolate, fairly herbal, richly herbal hoppy flavor with a lot of chocolate and mint on the finish. One of the best Black IPAs I’ve ever had, in all honestly.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8636) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2012
Very tasty stuff, thanks John. A black IPA with well integrated citrus and roast. Grows on me. Thick lace. Wonderful aromas of the above. Full mouthfeel.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (7811) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 13, 2012
On tap at the Mad Taco. Pours a clear almost muddy black with a medium tanned beige head, very creamy. Big dank citrus, clean and hoppy. Soft cocoa and roast. Medium bodied, creamy and smooth, impressive for a beer not on nitro. Roast, a touch of cocoa, roast and chocolate. Smooth, sweet roast, with grapefruit and cocoa.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (6175) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Pour out of 500 mL bottle, thanks Aaron! Dark brownish black pour with nice tan head, aroma brings notes of pine, chocolate, coffee, hints of toffee, slight earth, nice citrus notes as well. Taste is a mix of chocolate, dusty cocoa, nice pine, citrus, mix of slight mint, finishing fairly dry, slightly bitter, very dry. Tasty stuff!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6129) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6022) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 18, 2012
In short: A roasted black IPA with an assertive green pine needles hop signature. Excellent.
How: Tap at Mad Tacos, Waitsfield VT.
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan head.
In long: Nose is quite hoppy with a bright green pine needles, freshly cut pine tree, green hop pellets, roast and light coffee notes. Taste has plenty has plenty of roast, nice caramel, some ground coffee, a bit of chocolate, fruity notes here and there, assertive green hops with a dominant coniferous/pine needles character. Bitterness sensation in the medium-high range. Long finish. A lot of things going on here, more than just the typical roast and hop fix offered by most Black IPAs. Full body, this is a corpulent nourishing Black IPA that remains easy to drink. A beer that matches the quality the ‘average’ quality of the two breweries involved in this collaboration, which means it is an excellent beer. I was not sceptical when I heard about a collaboration beer between two of my favourite breweries because I’m a very suspicious person, when it looks to good to be true it usually means it is too good to be true, sometimes I get up and look out the window and see that it looks like a gorgeous day outside, I stay in, it’s probably a trap.


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