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: 3.82/5   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bulk_Carrier (5934) - Essex Junction, Vermont, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Reviewed from notes. This was consumed October of 2012. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance had a nice black color with a gentle level white to off white foamy head that rose upward above the glass and never poured over but just looked like a beauty of a mountain hovering above my glass. The lacing was somewhat thick and clingy. The smell had a nice blend of roasty coffee to sweet citrusy pine. The taste had a great bitter roasted coffee bean to sweet citrusy pine again. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was somewhat sharp and invasive to my mouth. Overall, pretty good black ale but worthy of having again if MBC and Lawsons ever got together to do this again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (8102) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Bottle. Pours a dark blackish brown body with thick one finger tan head. Aroma is fresh pine and cocoa. Mouthfeel is medium with notes of super fresh pine hop, spice rye character, sweet cocoa, earthy chocolate malt roast and nice barley/wheat character in the finish. Really great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RABinCO (1508) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Bottle. Pours deep brown with a light tan/cream head that is persistent. Aroma is very bitter bubblegum with a big whiff of roasted malts. Taste is very hop forward with a big roasted malt backbone. Feels a bit unbalanced, but everything works and its still delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
probstblueribbon (3791) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2012
1 PINT .9 FL. OZ. bottle via Lubiere (merci!), served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. 091512.

App.: Deep brown-black with a large light mocha head. Aroma: Beautiful, bright, citrusy, grapefruit hops, resin and pine, dark-roasted malts in the background (where they belong!), some licorice and molasses, really nice. Palate: Medium+ body, fairly full, slightly sharp effervescence. Flav.: Big, beautiful hop notes, grapefruit and pine, juicy and citrusy, dark roasted malts, molasses, light licorice in a supporting role, lovely stuff; dry with good bitterness and a long, resinous/pine, grapefruit hoppy finish with some dark-roasted malts.

This is a beautiful example of the style, IMHO.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - 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 Im 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, its probably a trap.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Big ass dark hoppy brew and an awesome brewery collaboration I loved the roasted malts and hop bitter playing off each other. Hopefully they brew it again

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AGAquino (667) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2012
500ml bottle courtesy of John P. Pours a dark black/brown with a tall foamy tan head. Nice aroma of malts, hop bitter and pine cones. Nicely balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2282) - Qubec City, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 31, 2012
On tap at Prohibition Pig.
Appearance : Black with foamy brown head.
Aroma : Rich piny and resinous notes. Great conifer needles notes. Rich roasted malt with light chocolate. Outstanding.
Taste : Roasty and citrusy. Great sharp piny and resinous notes. Big conifer needles on taste too. Piny and resinous finish.
Overall : Wow. Amazing beer. The resinous and coniferous notes from the hops (and possibly complimented by the rye) are really mind blowing. All this perfectly balanced by the malt makes a really memorable beer. Great palate and awesome appearance. Could have drink that all night.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (9576) - East Lansing, Michigan, 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (10594) - 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 Ive ever had, in all honestly.

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