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Fayston Maple Imperial Stout - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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436 Ratings
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Ratings: 436
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 446
Gots: 88 | FT: 6
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-06-2009

A huge, rich, and strong stout brewed with a maple twist. Designed to keep you warm on sub-zero nights and for sipping with a fine meal or dessert.
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Ratings: 436 | Reviews: 84
Photo of mynie
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce pours at the Mad Taco before the anniversary party.

First sip... not so great. Really, deeply sweet with little discernable balance. As much as I criticize our march toward aging every single stout in barrels, this one seems like it could benefit from some mellowing.

But then I sip some more, and I realize the beer's not flawed, my pallet is. This isn't the syrup bomb I'm expecting because of beers like Kentucky Brunch and CBS. Nor does it have any of the gigantic alcohol nodes of contemporary BA stouts. This is a sweet, heavy beer that has its own set of complexities and plays by its own set of rules.

And it's good. Sweet coffee up front, moving into a middle and finish that's dominated by maple but gets some decent balance from burnt barley. Not perfect, but interesting and very tasty throughout.

Photo of petesapetes
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was so thrilled to get this....pours with a beautiful colored but quickly dissipating head....seemingly big carbonation right off.....but it's thin.....I don't get much if any of what I'd hope would have been big Vermont maple flavor....a big-time letdown....but.....it's coffee and smokey and really delicious....I'd be glad to drink it over and over but I'll long for more maple each time.....

Photo of callmescraps
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Been sitting on this about 30 months or so? Wow, can't believe it's been that long.

Look - Nice, black, mocha head two inches, recedes leaving minimal lacing.

Smell - Nice and roasty, nothing jumping out.

Taste - Coffee ice cream. Some nice roast, a little lingering bitterness, some dark chocolate, maybe a hint of stone fruit. No idea if there was ever any maple, but certainly nothing standing out now.

Feel - Definitively thin. Missing something.

Overall - A nice beer. Nothing special. Not sure why it took so long to drink. Would be interested in trying fresh, but not going to go out of my way. I usually like Lawson's a little better than this.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Joe, you are a generous soul. I had this about 5 years back in the Captain Lawrence parking lot, right before the Rosso batch 2 release, and now, it's nice to revisit this.

Black with a thick, dark brown head with solid retention and little lacing, this looks good. Even the highlights are a deep brown. The nose is a blend of unsweetened cocoa, lightly roasted coffee, a mild, nutty blend of hazelnuts and cashews and of course, some maple. Not absurdly prominent like, CBS, but still noticeable with a deep and complex aroma with caramel, maple sugar and maple.

The palate opens with a moderate and interesting flavor of what seems like unsweetened milk chocolate, creamy and dusted with cocoa. Male flavor and mild maple sweetness form a backbone, carrying through a nice robust and flavorful maple character. Adequate bitterness is present to temper the maple flavor, especially how it can get to be cloying. Full in body with a long, mildly bitter finish with cocoa, maple sugar and a little honey, this beer is mildly carbonated. Quite impressive.

Photo of yarnbomb
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Only thing less than perfect is I want more maple to shine through. Stellar nonetheless.

Photo of SteveB24
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

This beer is superb, pours black as night, with no light shining through, an aggressive pour results in half a finger of brown, sudsy head that dissipates quickly but leaves gorgeous lacing.
Aroma is pleasant and milder then excepted. Consists of caramel, bourbon, maple, with notes of chocolate.
Taste- rich malt flavors of toffee, burned sugar, and maple upfront. hints of chocolate and dark fruit in the backbone. the bourbon is not overpowering in the slightest and the ten percent abv is unnoticeable. mouthfeel of the beer is creamy, slightly oily, very mild carbonation.
overall- an excellent imperial stout, not too sweet or too boozy. if i have the opportunity i would love to buy a couple more of these for the winter.

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

An incredible example of an imperial stout without BB aging.
Pours jet black with low caramel head.
Smells roasty and some nice sweetness from the maple.
Tastes delicious, deep flavor with the maple being present but complimentary to the roasty malts not overpowering.
Finishes soft and slightly creamy.
Overall, a fantastic beer.

Photo of beer456
4.74/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tasted this at brewfest 2014. A nice beer that I wouldnt mind trying again as beerfest only gives you 4 oz glasses and the lines are kind of long at the Lawsons section. This may have been my favorite beer of the whole Beerfest session. Very subtle maple and real ly just a nice flavor. I usually prefer stouts in Winter but happy to have tasted this one even though it was July. May try to have again at the evening session later tonight.

Photo of mick303
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at ACBF. This was really outstanding, a really thick imperial stout, it maintained a strong maple character coming through, heavy coffee notes, and a rich all around chocolate note, this was deliciously complex and a beer that stood out for the whole festival. My first beer from Lawson's was a really inspiring experience and I would love to get my hands on more. This beer was a pretty out of this world stout. Great flavour and balance.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i love maple, absolutely love it, so this may be a little biased, but this is up there with the best uses of maple i have ever seen in a beer. its just incredible stuff. the label suggests cold weather drinking, and i can see that, but its awfully good in any weather. drlovemd87 shared this bottle, and im real glad he did. chalky dark brown in color, one inch of permanent dark tan head. i smell the maple right away, some two gallon per barrel in there, so no wonder. its sweet and reminds me of springtime when the sap flows back home. the stout it accentuates is brilliant as well, emitting pleasant aromas of dark chocolate, burning lead tobacco, and fresh fudge. its sweet and desserty as it smells, but its not over the top sugar bomb status. its restrained in that way, letting the flavors and not the sugars make the primary contributions. the maple is such a cool finishing touch to a stout this big and bold, it really integrates the elements and smooths it all out with that familiar earthy sweetness. i can see the barrel aged variants of this being elite as well, but for me, its hard to beat a beer like this. its so elegantly put together, to rich but drinkable with its satin texture, and finishing real long with all of my favorite flavors and very little booze. another example of a vermont brewer doing something flawless and unique. this is worth acquiring at basically any price if you havent had it.

Photo of cbutova
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Draft Prohibition Pig, May 23, 2014. Notes taken on cell phone.

A- Midnight, pitch black pour from the tap to a snifter. Motor oily and super thick liquid with a creamy light mocha tan head building to one finger. Decent retention with drizzly webs at the the top and spotty lace below.

S- Charred black malts, molasses, dark raisiny red fruits and an earthy woodsy feel that could be from maple. Some apple yeasty hints coming in too.

T- Dark red fruits open up a lot and some bitter burnt ashy malts come into play. Cherry spicy raisiny pith, bitter dark chocolate, earthy maple wood but no syrupy sweets. Cola hints.

MF- Super thick body with a chewy creamy texture. Carbonation is medium and a dark dry roast bitterness lingers along with alcohol warmth.

A bit more maltiness and less yeast character would bring this up a notch. Just not up to par with the countless great stouts out there.

Photo of dar482
4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

While there are not truly hints of maple syrup in the aroma or taste, the beer in the front hints of roasted malt, big fudgey chocolate, and a medium plus sweetness. There's a wonderful roasted flavor throughout and cleans up nicely on the end.

This is a full flavored imperial stout and truly one of the best.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours not quite black. Closer to a very dark brown. The beer also has a brown tinted head. The head recedes slowly.

S-I found there to be some maple in the nose. There was a lot of roasty sweetness and burnt caramel in the nose.

T-Quite sweet. Roast with maple, peanut butter and chocolate. There are some burnt flavors in this beer. It finishes with a moderately bitter roastiness.

M-The heat isn't shy. Body is not super full bud it had a pleasurable overall consistency. Flavors linger.

O-A solid beer for sure.

Photo of Stevedore
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Prohibition Pig. Full 16oz pour into a ProPig snifter today, 2/10/2014.

App- Pitch black, thick dark mocha head, about one finger worth with great retention. Very delicious looking head that sticks around for a long time, it's almost like it was on nitro. Not much lacing.

Smell- Deep and sweet, a bit sugary with some dark fruits and roasty undertones.

Flavour- Faint dark fruits, strong roast, a bit of charred malts, sugar sweetness that is certainly not dry at all. Very rich and robust with a slight charred, earthy but sweet finish.

Mouthfeel- Best aspect. Full bodied, thick and syrupy, creamy and resinous but not cloying at all. Very drinkable, no hint of the 10.1% ABV.

Overall- Great Imperial Stout, I came into it looking at it as a American IS and it delivered on that count. The maple syrup seems to make it sweeter in a less dry and certainly not cloying manner. It's a well-done, very thick imperial stout that impresses in that regard.

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lawson's Finest Liquids - Fayston Maple Imperial Stout, poured into a Lawson's tulip.

Look - Pours an oily dark brown-black with a small mocha head that dissipates quickly. Not much lacing.

Smell - Rich maple with chocolate and a backing of roasted malt. Phenomenal aroma.

Taste - Medium creaminess and the maple and chocolate leads the way and then fades to roasted malts. Big flavor here.

Mouthfeel - Mouthfeel is roasted malts, almost woody or smoky. Heavy-medium body with low carbonation. Not at all boozy. Good drinkability.

Overall - Outstanding brew! It was surprising to me that this was not as sweet as I expected since it had maple, but I must have gotten it in my mind that it would be anything like Maple Tripple. Anyway, it turned out to be a good thing, this is a rugged as hell stout, one of the most rugged non-BA stouts I have had so far. Two thumbs up!

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Kyle for this one. 750ml (red) foiled and capped bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

Pours a 1.5 finger thick, dark mocha head with moderate retention. Beer is pitch black, rich and thick. Lacing is web-like with great stick. Very good.

Nose is roast, cocoa, espresso, and dark chocolate. Moderately aromatic. Decent.

Opens chocolate and roasted malt tartness. Tanic with hints of leather, smoke and honey at the back. Chocolate, fudge, cocoa and espresso at the end. More roasted malt tartness in the finish. Aftertaste of molasses and roast. Good complexity. I expected a touch more sweetness but this is just fine.

Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Thick and chewy in the mouth and goes down smooth and viscous. Messy finish with a slightly lingering aftertaste. Appropriate. Good balance.

A very good beer all the way around. Looks gorgeous, nose is robust and inviting and the flavor has good balance and complexity. The feel is just right too. Worth trying as an above-average representation of the style.

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours real black with a thin ring of tan head. Nose is super roasty, with charcoal and tar notes, ashy and dry with a bit of sharp heat. Taste is a bit of ashy charcoal, really smooth and roasty with sweet honey notes. Transitions into a real smooth roast that lasts through the finish. Big, thick, and smooth carbonation. Much drier and toastier than I expected, and I didn’t pick up any maple on this at all which was a mild disappointment. I definitely want to try the barrel aged version of this if at all possible!

Photo of take_it_sleazy
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Good Nature snifter. Really excited about this one.

A: jet black with a lacy, one finger brown-copper color head.

S: maple, malt, roasted coffee. Hints of nuttiness and cocoa coming through.

T: amazing. Roasted malt, not as much maple coming through as I thought.

M: so creamy. Medium to heavy body. Very minimal carb, but pairs perfect with the body of the beer.

O: can't wait to crack the barrel aged version. One of the best stouts I've had in a while. Sean Lawson never disappoints.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.54/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with some transparency. Lots of mocha head. Great retention. Really leggy on the swirl.

Smell - Roasty as hell. Some sweetness. A fair bit of maple. Chocolate. Chalky, almost.

Taste - Still extremely roasty. Stronger maple sweetness. Pretty sweet, in fact. Chalky, burnt roasted malt. Chocolate and coffee. Bitter.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation. Sweet and bitter at the same time.

Overall - Really strong maple, but this stout needs it. Ridiculously roasty.

Photo of Hendry
4.73/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Missed the 4/10/13 Maple Beer event @ Farmhouse that featured this elixir, but a friend had archived one of the monster 23.4 oz bombers and shared it in exchange with some Lawson's Double Sunshine that I have been scoring.

Lawson's has the knack for brewing small batches of hand crafted and hand bottled beer that really scratches the itch for top shelf quality: it is indeed a privilege to have access to their amazing liquids.

Fayston Maple Imperial Stout pours a deep, deep brown that is not quite as black as their "Toast" variety (Black IPA), but a close second. The small tan head can be revived with a bit of swishing around in the glass, and the chocolaty nose has some roasted malts in there with just a hint of Vermont maple syrup in the background. Smells delicious!

The taste is an extension of the inviting aroma:sort of heavy in character, but coating your palate with a slight coffee roastiness that is balanced by a tremendous chocolate flavor, and just a touch of the boiled sap in the finish (which is slightly on the sweet side, but in a gourmet fashion).

Extremely inviting and drinkable, with a touch of booze in there that fits right in with the overall balance. Top of the shelf maple brew that is criminally hard to get your hands on!

Photo of oline73
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter. I was lucky enough to have this with the other 3 variations.

The beer pours a dark brown, almost black color with a layer of tan head. The smell is a little bit sweet with a nice roast quality. There is more roast in the taste than there was a smell. I would swear there is a wood aged quality to this beer. I'm getting a mild maple syrup note behind the roasted malt. While the roast dominates, the beer still has enough balance for me. The body is on the thick side with a good amount of carbonation and a finish that is super dry.

Photo of kawilliams81
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Half Acre snifter.

A- pours like motor oil with a 2 finger dark cola head. Some blotches of lacing remains on the glass.

S- molasses, roast, some ash, some sweetness in there as well.

T- dark chocolate, maple syrup, roasted malts, some oak, bitter pine and ash.

M- full body and medium carbonation. Creamy with light acidity at the finish.

O- very good RIS. Big roast and ash with some light sweetness from the maple syrup.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured jet black, sordove sluggish on the pour. It yields a tannish head with good retention, some lacing present after a few sips

S: Big, sweet, sticky maple. Roasted notes, coffee, chocolate and a little booze stings the nostrils

T: My oh my, sweet decadence upfront with a barrage of sticky sweet maple, choclate blend, a little booze sting on this. Coffee is underlying but gives way to the roastiness, maple and chocolate which dominates this beer start to finish.The finish is oh so tasty, sticky and sweet

M: Big bodied, well carbonated but it leaned a little low which is ok for me and this style, it helped the beer feel, full, decadent and sweeter to me

O: Dynomite!

Photo of DevilsCups
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at both Three Penny Taproom and Prohibition Pig.

A - Super dark black with a nice dark mocha head. Nice lacing.

S - Big chocolate, roast and sweet maple.

T - Same as the nose. Fisrt get hit with the maple sweetness, then the chocolate comes in along with the coffee style roastiness. Great. This is a pretty sweet beer, so if you're turned off by that take note.

M - Great carbonation with a nice silky mouthfeel. Coats nicely.

O - Fantastic stout. Would love to try the other variations.

Photo of stakem
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Much gratitude to Kegatron for sharing this with me. This base version was up first before also sampling 2 different barel treatments. A 750ml bottle rediculously numbered 25 of 48. Talk about a limited run of bottles...yikes. The brew appears black in color with a thin line of clarity around the edges. A swirl revives a hearty finger of dark brown back to the suface. Webby patches of lace stick to the glass as the cap collapses.

The aromatics are deceptively sweet smelling like milk chocolate. Some roast and earth are present fading into something more along the lines of tobacco. A mild spicy note is present that blends into a touch of alcohol.

The flavor is super roasty, burnt and bitter almost like tobacco mingled with strong coffee. Plenty of roasted bitterness that seemingly voids any reason to include hops. A noticeable amount of solvent alcohol is present but it integrates very nicely. A minor hint of milky dark chocolate is noted across the back reminescent of what the aroma indicated.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew that is quite dry, roasted and aggressive. It seems thinned out a bit perhaps from the alcohol inclusion and lack of any significant amount of residual sugar. It has a modest amount of carbonation that helps move the flavors across the palate. This is a kickass brew thats worth seeking out. I cant imagine a better base brew thats aggressive like this and lends enough of its own profile to stand up against any form of barrel treatment. Thanks again Heath for sharing!

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Fayston Maple Imperial Stout from Lawson's Finest Liquids
92 out of 100 based on 436 ratings.