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Fayston Maple Imperial Stout - Lawson's Finest Liquids

Fayston Maple Imperial StoutFayston Maple Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

285 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 285
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%


Brewed by:
Lawson's Finest Liquids visit their website
Vermont, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-06-2009)
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2014 19:55:23 | More by Stevedore
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 17:41:13 | More by JMScowcroft
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 00:19:01 | More by SpeedwayJim
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 17:05:20 | More by CuriousMonk
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take_it_sleazy

Vermont

4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 01:42:59 | More by take_it_sleazy
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 01:51:10 | More by Alieniloquium
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Hendry

Vermont

4.73/5  rDev +15.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 01:32:37 | More by Hendry
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oline73

Maryland

4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 03:04:20 | More by oline73
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 04:03:44 | More by kawilliams81
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 16:23:37 | More by barleywinefiend
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DevilsCups

New York

4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2013 03:19:05 | More by DevilsCups
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 20:35:05 | More by stakem
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked & caged bottle into a couple of glasses. Rare batch 92. Bottle # 25/48. Black with a dark mocha head. Plenty of rich spotty lace and brown oils down the sides. Maple is heavy in the nose, along with chocolate, roast and alcohol, which is combining to give this a bit of a spicy tobacco character. The taste is sweet but not cloying, thanks to the overall roastiness of this. The flavors nicely compliment the spicy alcohol character that is here. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied but seems a tad thin. Probably from the aging but the benefit is that this is ridiculously easy drinking for the size. I mean RIDICULOUS. The maple addition really sweetens this up but the aggressive Stout flavors give it a balancing edge. I really like Lawson’s use of maple in these beers. Really gives it a distinct character. I’m looking forward to seeing how this base is put to use in the barrel-aged versions.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 15:17:49 | More by Kegatron
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one at a past Random Sunday Tasting! Sampled side-by-side with the bourbon barrel version! Served from bottle into an Aroma’s snifter. Poured pitch black with a half finger brown head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, molasses, powdered chocolate, Yoo-Hoo, and smoke. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, molasses, and smoke. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Having had this side-by-side with the bourbon version one could definitely tell that they were both completely different animals. While this one was not quite as complex as the bourbon version (which one might expect) it still managed to work really well with what it had going on. The Yoo-Hoo on the nose of this one was really enjoyable and actually brought back childhood memories of shaking the shit out of those bottle to suspend the chocolate at the bottle of them. Glad we didn’t do that to this beer as I would have hated to waste any of it. Another really well done brew by these guys that I would absolutely love to try again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 11:59:49 | More by thagr81us
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Compliments of Derek (Rifugium). Thank you sir for the opportunity to try this one.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with pretty decent head retention and lacing. The head on this beer is a dark mocha brown color, that dissipates fairly rapidly after the initial pour. Still, this is a pretty attractive looking beer. The nose is about what you'd expect in a beer like this. There is considerable dark chocolate and vanilla in the aroma profile, along with some licorice, coffee grounds and underlying maple. The beer smells as if it will be on the sweet side (which of course it is). The flavor profile replicated the nose pretty closely, but was a bit sweeter than I expeced, and it had a roasty quality that I wasn't expecting as well. Still, everything blends together fairly well, the beer finishes wth some licorice and light bitterness. For such a big beer (over 10% abv.), I was surprised by the mouthfeel in this beer. It was actually a bit thin, though there's certainly plenty of flavor. The finish was fairly long otherwise, with some licorice and bitterness at the end. Alcohol was pretty well integrated into the flavor profile otherwise, and the beer wasn't at all heavy or tiring on the palate (despite the sweetness).

An interesting beer, but I just expected it to come across as a bit richer and fuller on the palate. Not sure what the brewer was going for here, but if he/she was hoping to replicate Founder's CBS, then I'm afraid they fell well short. Nevertheless, I was glad to be able to sample this one. Thanks Derek!

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 13:05:19 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Damian

Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 750 ml - 1 Pint, 9.4 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a snifter
Thanks to my friend wdarcy77 for this generous birthday gift.

The liquid poured an oily and viscous near pitch black. A two-finger crop of super tight and creamy, crimson-tinged, saddle brown foam topped the liquid. The head faded to a thick, frothy ring. Spotty drops of lacing trickled down the glass with each sip.

The nose was a real disappointment. Dark, super roasty malts dominated. Lots of char and ash. Hint of burnt espresso. I picked up some subtle metallic notes as well. The beer was not very complex overall and smelled a lot more like an Irish dry stout than an imperial stout of any type. Some brown sugar-like sweetness came out as the beer warmed.

The flavor profile was even more disappointing than the nose. Metallic notes started things off before the burnt, charred, acrid tasting malts took over. Cold coffee appeared in the center. Lots of booziness on the back end. This beer tasted much hotter than the 10.1% ABV on the label suggested. Bitter, piney hops came through in the super dry finish. Burnt malts and oily hops lingered long into the aftertaste. As the beer warmed, some dark fruit notes appeared as well.

The mouthfeel was slick, creamy and silky smooth. Not super thick or viscous for the style but quite impressive nonetheless. The liquid contained a finely bubbled, moderate effervescence.

All the Lawson's beers I have tried before this one were very good or outstanding. This beer, however, was a big letdown. Not only did it lack complexity, but it was completely devoid of any maple notes.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 14:49:46 | More by Damian
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claspada

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled the Oak-Aged Fayston Maple, Original Maple and Bourbon Barrel Aged versions simultaneously.

Pours a black color with a thin tan head and some small bubbles that recede to leave some moderate lacing.

Aromas begin with a majority of chocolate and roast, light earthy bitterness and honey sweetness from the maple. As it warms you get a little more chocolate and vanilla sweetness.

The tastes follow the nose with some dark chocolate maltiness up front and molasses, roasted malt and light maple in the background, plus a bit of milk chocolate as it warms.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to low carbonation. Finish is a decent mix between roasty and sweet.

Overall this was an improvement over the oak aged maple version but still fell a little short of expectations. The maple is there but I really wouldn't pick it out if I wasn't looking for it. For it's rarity, it's not worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 16:13:24 | More by claspada
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Prohibition Pig.

A: Opaque black body with a 1/2" of dense brown head. Good retention, decent lace. Intense.

S: Maple, chocolate, coffee: just those three aromas, in that order. Sublime.

T: Intense dark chocolate up front, followed by rich maple, smooth caramel, and a profoundly bitter coffee roast finish. Maple and char are balanced on the aftertaste. Crazy, and good.

M: Lively, creamy, full-bodied. Nice.

O: This was good, but not nearly as impressive as the barrel-aged variants.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2012 22:37:04 | More by woosterbill
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml
Not sure on the vintage, but believe it's Winter 2012 (got in March)
5oz mini snifter

A: Pours a very thick dark brown. Almost completely opaque. Faint head. From whats there, its dark tan. Minimal carbonation. Fairly still.

S: Actually smells BA'd. Nice sweet smells. Pulling roast notes. Sweet toffee and molasses like flavors are coming through, leading back to feeling BA'd but it must be the linger maple syrup.

T: There is some hop bitterness up front still. Not tons of sweetness like you smelled. Maple might have died out. Getting some roast malt character, but not aggressive bitterness. Really smooth beer. Good roast character and chocolate flavors as it warms. Slightly dry finish.

M: It's a little thin, but full bodied.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 15:13:01 | More by inlimbo77
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portia99

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle (filled to within a 1/4" of the top) poured into a Founders CBS snifter.

A - Pours an extremely deep brown color, almost totally opaque. A thick finger of cappuccino colored foam that is dense and thick lasts for a couple of minutes before falling. A thick ring of foamy lace is left on the glass.

S - Faint maple over coffee. Touch of booze, some creamy chocolate and traces of licorice. Warming up a bit seems to release the maple a bit more, but still isn't a dominant aroma. Nice overall, but lacking a bit in intensity.

T - Heavily kilned malt on first sip, burnt toast, charcoal, coffee. Touch of sugary sweetness, dark caramel, and a suggestion of maple. Smoothes out to a creaminess and a slight warmth although the alcohol is hidden fairly well for its strength. Mild hints of licorice and vanilla and lightly fruity and bitter hops round things out.

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied...definitely thinner than I thought this would be. Carbonation is light, smooth and creamy. This trends mostly toward the burnt and acrid aspects of the style and yields a slight astringency as a result. Maple is quite subdued...not sure I'd pick anything up if this was a blind tasting.

O - Hate to say it, but I'm a bit disappointed here. No doubt this is a good imperial stout, but I came into this bottle having extremely high hopes and expectations. Having been blown away by the Lawson's various IPA's/DIPA's I was ready to settle in to a truly top notch stout. Don't get me wrong, this is a very good beer, but still a bit of a letdown. Especially considering the difficulty involved in obtaining this beer, I have to say I'd take a standard Founders Breakfast Stout every time over this (not that FBS is much easier to obtain these days either). Very good beer, but perhaps a victim of its own hype...at least for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 23:12:36 | More by portia99
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by mixylplik3, thanks for the opportunity Matt!
Pours an inky black color with a smallish tan head that dissipates rather quickly. Smells of caramel, chocolate, brown sugar, maple, and a hint of earthy hops. The flavor follows the aroma and is incredibly smooth. Sweet maple and brown sugar play nicely with chocolate coffee and roast against a hint of earth and a touch of alcohol. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet sugary mouthfeel. This is a great beer, nicely balanced, smooth and quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 04:58:35 | More by johnnnniee
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Prohibition Pig, Waterbury, VT

A bit underwhelming and average this stout was. I picked up a few bottles, so I'm hoping the beer is better bottle-conditioned than it was on tap. Surely an attractive beer: poured pitch black (at least it appeared so in the pub light) with a rich, mocha head that retained well; minimal lacing. Aroma thick with roasty malts, coffee, and a bit of smoke; no maple whatsoever. More of the same in the taste, dark roasted malts, coffee notes, burnt caramel. Quite average. Again, no maple in the taste, not even after letting it warm up a bit. Medium body, a bit thin and watery for the style, alcohol is well-hidden. I hate to say it, but even my homebrewed coffee stout was better than this. Still not bad though, and pretty easily drinkable overall. Hopefully I get a better experience from the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2012 20:20:02 | More by Rifugium
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle purchased at Hunger Mountain Coop. Split with my dad on his birthday because he loves maple syrup, especially Vermont maple syrup. Poured into Lawson's tulip.

A- Pours a completely opaque jet black with about a finger of creamy mocha head that has okay retention but recedes decently fast and leaves some light spotty lacing. Steady rising carbonation, definitely above average for a stout.

S- Chocolate and lightly roasted malts balanced with maple syrup. Fairly sweet smelling, but a little bit less then I was expecting. A little bit above average aroma strength.

T- Cocoa and lightly roasted malts followed by bitter dark chocolate and finishing with sweet sugary maple syrup that lingers for a little bit. Nice balance between the chocolate and maple syrup without being too overly sweet.

M- A bit too thin for a stout and slightly overcarbonated, but extremely drinkable.

O- This was a very enjoyable stout that had a nice sweet maple syrup presence to it. The mouthfeel could have been improved a little bit, but overall I thought this was a tasty beer that was fairly well done. The balance between the chocolate and maple was very good, the bitterness could have been toned down a tiny bit but I didn't think it took too much out of the beer. With the sweet maple syrup finish this is a beer that I would enjoy in small quantities, probably no more then 8-10oz.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 12:10:12 | More by jaasen64
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

***Rare Batch #80, Bottle #39 of 92***

Thanks to SFLpunk for this one.
Cream
Poured from a 750ml. bottle and split with my wife.

Appearance: Pours like motor oil with a huge head that gently cascades. The bubbly and creamy head takes lots of time in settling.

Smell: Maple fudge, tinge of sweetness that isn't overdone and creamy.

Taste: Bit of sugar, coffee cream and them maple creeps up in the finish and aftertaste. Subtle yet becomes gradually more present.

Mouthfeel: Bit of carbonation and the body at first isn't quite full, a bit thin. Creamy and smooth body makes up for it a bit. Easy to drink.

Overall: Would have liked a bit more maple sweetness but it is a subtle and balanced stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 10:14:05 | More by papat444
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billab914

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage poured from a 750ml bottle. Black in color with a thin, dark tan colored head clinging to edges of the glass. Nice looking lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a creamy milk chocolate flavor mixing with some roasted malts and coffee. It's got some subtle but good maple notes to it that started to come out more a it warmed. The darker, roasted malts were pretty good and they were complimented pretty well by the maple.

The taste shows more of the darker, roasted malts with notes of chocolate and coffee throughout. A little of the maple sweetness comes out up front along with some caramel and a little sugar. In the finish I get more of a bitter, roasted almost burnt flavor coming out. There is a little but of a burnt hop like flavor to it as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and it felt a little thin for style overall. Overall, I thought it was a pretty good but not great beer. It just didn't all work that well for me. The roasted, bitter, burnt hop just seemed to dominate and the maple didn't really come out that much. It was good, but not as good as I had hoped.

Serving type: bottle

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