Rum Barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Rum Barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout
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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 6.65%
Wants: 71
Gots: 28 | FT: 6
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Rifugium on 04-01-2014

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Ratings: 100 | Reviews: 8
Photo of dar482
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer offers biter dark chocolate, roasted malt, sweet rum, dark plum, then onto lots of milk chocolate, and then a sweet quality throughout that could be of the maple.

Photo of mynie
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled in April, consumed about a month later.

Pours nearly opaque, decent brown head.

Smells very sweet and smooth with only the lightest hint of barrel booziness. The non-BA version was actually more complex, but its complexities were mostly sweet nodes and the rum barrel must've blotted that out.

Tastes rawer and more complex than the aroma had led me to anticipate. Chocolate, brown sugar, rough barley, vanilla, and ethanol. The flavors all kind of rush at me at once with no clear stages, but the complexity is nice and interesting throughout.

Photo of mzingie
4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Small chocolatey colored head. Smells of nuts, coffee, slight notes of raison. Taste is bold with notes of dark chocolate, sweet malt flavors perfect balance of rum alongside it. Perfect mouthfeel to compliment the taste. This beer is right up there with the best of the world class imperial stouts that have been flourishing in the modern beer world.

Photo of gueuzedreg
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Dark brown over black, thick coffee lacing with some carb sticking to the glass. Minimal gumming of the glass when swirled. Looks dark and mysterious, like a krakken is hidden in there.

S- Kinda bland here, more malt, chocolate, caramel, big toffee; rum takes a background part here.

T- It comes off buttery; not sure if that is the smooth rum barrel aging, or any weird things going on here. But I like it. Rum aging always smooths a stout out. I am getting some rum taste, with butterscotch after that followed by toffee and chocolate.

M- Very smooth and creamy from the rum aging. Nice amount of carb down the throat.

O- This may be my fav of the ba maples. I really like what Lawsons is doing! Cheers you crazy east coast cats

Photo of Stevedore
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle from 4/2014 poured into a Lawson's snifter 5/31/2014.

A- Dark black body, one finger mocha head with good retention. Looks slick and resinous, a bit oily even. Not much lacing.

S- As it was served chilled, the nose took time to develop into cocoa, graham crackers, sweet rum, molasses, milk chocolate, roasted malt. Really a very nice nose once it warms up.

F- Roast malt, sweet rum, graham crackers, milk chocolate. Less of the cocoa and dark chocolate than in the nose, on the sweet side but still balanced nicely by the roast. Interestingly, this started out with some fusel alcohol flavours, but as it warmed up, that disappeared. I suspect that I am confusing the fusel with a component of the rum barrel.

M- Medium bodied, slick but soft and creamy. Slight earthy chocolate finish that is a bit dry. Quite drinkable for 11%; a bit of booziness but not a lot initially; and even that seems to go away as it warms up.

O- Plenty of rum barrel, base stout is still solid. I enjoyed the non-barrel aged version more, but this was still a very nice treat as nothing is over the top here.

Photo of jaasen64
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle poured into a Tree House tulip. Bottled April 2014.

A- Pours a dark opaque black with a thin quarter finger head that has about average retention receding to a flat top, light spotty lacing, minimal carbonation but nice consistency and about average for a stout of this size.

S- Milk chocolate with a slight fudge aroma, light well integrated rum, decent amount of oak, hints of maple in the background, and some booze.

T- Milk chocolate, maple that accentuates the milk chocolate nicely, integrated rum that adds a little bit of a boozy component, finishes with more milk chocolate, a hint of vanilla, and some wooden oak. A little bit on the boozy side but nice stout flavors.

M- Fairly smooth, on the viscous side being a bit creamy, nice carbonation for style.

O- This was a nice beer however the rum made it a bit on the boozy side and I think I prefer the other variants (bourbon and maple barrel) a little bit better. Awesome to try and definitely worth seeking out. I think a year on this might definitely improve it a bit.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul.

The beer is dark brown and opaque with a soapy beige head. Sparse lacing. Aromas of chocolate brown sugar, chocolate chip cookies, vanilla. Smells awesome. Great flavor, following the aroma. Rum character is certainly kept to a minimum, adding an elegant and subtle sweetness to the wonderful and complex flavor profile. Really tasty. Boom.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Pours somewhere near black. The head is brown and it consists of tight bubbles. Very light lacing.

S-This beer really took to the rum barrels! It smells like a nice, oaky spiced rum. Lots of bitter chocolate and espresso. The nose is a huge improvement over the regular Fayston.

T-Again, the barrel character is excellent. It tastes not just of wood but genuine spiced rum. Then all the bitter roast robust chocolate and sticky maple settle on my tongue. The flavor is intense and rich.

M-Body is pretty full. The heat is there but it works well with the rum characteristics of this brew.

O-I was a big fan oft his beer. The rum barrel treatment was incredible. I don't think I will be able to try this again but it was a treat while I had it. You definitely pay a pretty penny for the quality.

Rum Barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout from Lawson's Finest Liquids
96 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.