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The Bruery / Lawson’s Finest Acer Quercus

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RATINGS: 137   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A collaboration between The Bruery and Lawson’s Finest Liquids, this complex ale is seeping with Vermont maple syrup and maplewood smoked malt.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (9939) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Bottle shared at the 6th annual Richmond Industry Gathering, 11/27/11. Pours a hazy berry-red color with a thin creamy offwhite head. Decent head retention. Aroma of tart earthy notes, maple, citrus and nutty notes. The taste is maple, tart earthy notes and faint citrus. Medium-full bodied.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9894) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2011
Bottle… Dark brown ale with a small, creamy, khaki head. Good retention. The nose is a menagerie of smoked meat, smoked gouda and malty maple. Full-bodied and quite viscous with modest carbonation. The flavor is chocolaty with a load of smoke and a touch of maple. Perfectly balanced. Finishes minerally and smoky. Odd bird, but darn nice. Bottle courtesy of 50belair. Thanks Matt!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (9091) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUL 25, 2012
Tap at The Bruery. Pours a deep brown. Clear. Low carbonation. Isn’t quercus the name for Oak? Nose is smoked meat, vinous, pepper, red grape skins, Syrah, cherries, smoked sausage. Taste is dry, papery, thick cherries, heavy liquid smoke additive. Citrus pith and lemon in the finish. Papery overall. Very strange. Love the smoke. Palate seems to be off. Vinous quality is nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8328) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 9, 2011
My Bottom Line :
Blatant maple syrup, caramel and bread-y cereals conjure up quite the dessert brew, as alcohol heat assures the impression of a clean finish.

Further Personal Perceptions :
-A veil of foam covers the dark brown.
-The nose portends exactly what the flavor profile delivers: sweetness.
-The soft carbonation makes the sweetness even more apparent. This is a sipper, no doubt.
-Even though this is not something I would go for personally, I have to recognize that it is an exciting brew for sweet teeth. It’s also one of the best brews I’ve had for those who really want maple syrup flavors to shine.
-Smoke flavor is present, but tends to be dominated by the prevalent sweetness.

Bottle.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7890) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 13, 2011
On tap. Pours with a clear, deep brown body with a long lasting tan head. Aromas of cola, smoke, brown sugar, apple wood. Good caramelization, rich, some maple. Flavors are very smokey, earthy, dirt, tannic. A bit astringent in the finish. Some maple, light dark roast acidity. Medium bubbles and dry, light acidity some what warming.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
deyholla (7474) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Bottle. Pours a clear brown with a slight amber hue and a brown head that starts and remains at the edges. Aroma has lots of smoke with hints of dark grains and maple syrup. Flavor begins with maple syrup but quickly becomes smoky with a lot of campfire. Not working for me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (7457) - Tel Aviv, - MAY 16, 2012
[5/10/12] Bottle sample at Sour & Bitter. Dark brown with a light brown head. Smoky malt aroma. Dry flavor, kinda bitter, a bit alcoholic, with quite a lot of smokiness. Medium-bodied. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (7273) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 10, 2011
Pours hazy brownish red with off white head. Aroma has notes of oak, maple, slight carbonation and alcohol mix with a touch of deep toffee, dark fruit. Taste is touch of acidity, leading into a nice toffee and dark fruit mix, alcohol definitely present but finishes sweet with the maple, oak drying it out a lot at the end.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (7262) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Another brew thanks to Terminus at the Annual Black Friday tasting. It pours with a mahogany body supporting a thin tan head of foam. The aroma offers up blueberry and molasses covered apple wedges as well as a bit of graham cracker. The taste has similar notes as I get a pleasing rich experience full of blueberry fruitiness, some raisins, a snippet of dark roasted malts and a slipper yet sticky slope of molasses.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7253) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2011
750mL bottle. Poured clear coppery-amber with a well-retained, creamy beige head. The aroma picked up sweet, roasty chocolates, maple, and smoked beechwood with touches of vanilla and cherry wood around.. warm sweet, and smoky, but fairly muddled. The flavor found a lot more smoked malt that was fairly sour at times.. maple and molasses gave a warm, deep sweetness.. some tres leches down there too.. warm and smoky on the finish.. again muddled, but it was tasty, and it held the boozage in check. Medium-plus bodied, sweet, and smoky on the palate.. lots of maple and smoked maltage going on, as expected.. decent brew, but not great.


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