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

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Reviews: 10
Hads: 102
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 3.41%
Wants: 74
Gots: 29 | FT: 7
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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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Reviews: 10 | Hads: 102
Photo of WellRested518
4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Thick khaki-brown head that sits upon a body of motor oil goodness. Eventually it settled to a half-finger head that clung to the sides of the glass.

S- Thai Coffee. Maple, praline, pecans, mocha, sweet pipe tobacco, rum spice, fig, star anise. A bit of booze, but nothing overpowering.

T- Big roast and milk chocolate that's immediately balanced by dark fruit/spice complexity. Finishes with more booze... I actually get a good amount of the barrel.

M- Thick, slick, slightly chalky. Some of this reminds me of an old red wine. Quite tanic.

O- Delicious. A bit sweet and cloying at times, but the nose is amazing. (626 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

hard to critique a beer this good, i mean, this whole series has just been immaculately delicious and unique, and i am thirsty for more! the rum is hard to stack up next to the maple barrel, which i think is among the best beers ever made. the rum is a little more abrasive, especially in the flavor, and it affects the feel a little too. i love it in the nose, cane sugar and spice with a hot booze content to cut down through the dense dark grains a bit. it really succeeds in the nose there. in the flavor though, the sugar seems like double jeopardy, where the sweet maple is almost taken over by an even sweeter raw rum thing, and i dont like anything that takes away from my maple experience. the booze is intense too, not quite distracting until it warms up, but much more intense than i remember it being in the others. the spice of the rum does do really nice things with the dark roasty base of this, almost a turkish coffee vibe for a second before the booze and the maple rush back. seems a little thinner too, not quite as rich as the maple barrel, not bad, just different. all told, these are some of the very best beers in the world, and comparing them really isnt fair, its more of you have to appreciate each one as an individual, and thats easy to do. thanks to drlovemd87 for making my day with these each time. vermont rules. (1,345 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (171 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.27/5  rDev -3%
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. (561 characters)

Photo of mzingie
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (351 characters)

Photo of gueuzedreg
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
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 (740 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.31/5  rDev -2%
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. (1,105 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (1,049 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (378 characters)

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. (800 characters)

Rum Barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout from Lawson's Finest Liquids
90 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.