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Fayston Maple Imperial Stout - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Fayston Maple Imperial StoutFayston Maple Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
92
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436 Ratings
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Ratings: 436
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 444
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
Reviews by Hojaminbag:
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had Fayston Maple Imperial Stout while sitting in front of the fire and looking up at the mountain at the pub at Mad River Glenn; great place to have a beer, and a good tap selection. As for the beer, the body was opaque and very dark brown. The head was a thin, solid-looking line that is dark brown in color. Retention and lacing are both OK.

The aroma has a little bit of sweet molasses in it, with toffee and caramel as well. A little bit of chocolate comes through, as well as roasted malts.

The maple is noticeable, but it certainly isn't extremely strong or overpowering. Fayston Maple does, however, provide a few nice maple notes and flavors of molasses. Caramel and toffee both make an appearance, as well as chocolate and black patent malt. A good bit of roasted malt comes through as well. The alcohol is well-hidden.

The mouthfeel is nice, with a full body and an average amount of carbonation.

Overall, Fayston Maple is a solid imperial stout that is certainly worth a shot if you can get your hands on it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of kingcrowing
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the 2010 Stout tasting in a Orval Chalice.

750ml corked & caged bottle.

Pours black, black with a nice thick very dark brown head, Nose is sharp and rich.

Taste is very rich and sharp, a bit astringent but very hoppy given the age and style. Nice and smooth really easy drinking for being so strong.

Photo of rudylaw
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to youbrewidrink for the bottle!

Pours a dark, luscious black with an enticing milky way colored, two-fingered head.

The smell is off the chain! Swiss Miss hot chocolate, cocoa nibs, melted caramel and sugary maple. I'm also picking up some roast. Lots of sweet going on.

The taste is pretty straightforward; mirroring the smell well. It seems to be a pretty decent clone of Founders CBS but with a twinge of smoke... just slightly, like bacon. This batch seems to have more maple in it than I previously believed because at room temperature the maple really shines through!

Extremely smooth for a 10% beer. Amazing drinkability! Creamy, silky mouthfeel. Just a terrific, unique stout I feel fortunate enough to have tried. Lawson's and Newhart... see Vermont brings something to the table after all!

Photo of Aberration
4.67/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at three penny taproom.

Long time want, randomly walk into the three penny while visiting VT.... Lo and behold!

Looks dark and roasty, appetizing brown head subsides to good lacing.

Smells like roast chocolate with a hint of maple...tastes like a magical maple chocolate bar with hints of alcohol. Surprising considering it is a 10%!

This is awesome. Why can't I buy this by the case?!

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 Madbrew
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a Big
Imperial Stout

A: Black - very.

S: If you don't like Maple Syrup, don't even bother.

T: Very Nice - Have had this brew since inception, and it still impresses me how balanced, and drinkable it is for such a full body, roasty brew!

Photo of mikey711
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Stowehop for hooking me up with this, and a few other Lawsons goodies!

A: Pitch plack with a nice mocha colored head that is moderately thick and retains very well. it leaves almost wine like legs when swirled, exactly what i am looking for in a stout

S: Tons of roasted malt character, bitter coffee and chocolate notes are the most prominent. There is some maple, but not as much as I was hoping for

T: Chocolately sweetness and bitter roastiness with just a touch of maple syrup to go along with it. I like my stouts roasty but for this one I wanted more maple

M: Slightly chalky, but the body is substantial enough to provide some creaminess. Also, no heat present on this at all which is surprising

D: I would definitely like to try this one again, and given the abv, it is way above average

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 Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  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.

Photo of puboflyons
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brattleboro, Vermont Brewer's Festival on May 22, 2010. What was up with that pour? It filled the glass with the excitement of a just popped nitro can with a dark brown to black body covered by about four inches of flittering, silky light brown head that took several minutes to diminish. Good things come to those that wait as my nose was greeted with a strong ingredient of chocolate and lighter background of maple syrup. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy while the taste embodied an array of chocolate malts, cocoa, and maple components in a bourbon shield of pleasure. Very nice indeed.

Photo of naproxen
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle # 37/92, batch 80, split with BeerTruth on this rainy evening-after-christmas.

This beer pours like a decadent dessert being served in a high class restaurant. The body itself is as dark as espresso beans, but it is the head that is most enticing ... a good two fingers thick and creamy (....teehee.), resembling the top of a dark hot chocolate that let the whipped cream dissolve into itself. What remains after about 3 minutes of me staring and drooling is a prominent creamy chocolate film and a bit of residual lacing along the sides of my tulip.

Oh man, this smells amazing. I feel like I am standing at the counter of Munson's Chocolates (it's a CT thing) inhaling the scents of chocolate truffles all around me. Dark chocolate nibs and french roast coffee beans are the dominant right now, with creamy caramel and maple sugar rounding it out. As it inches closer to room temp the maple really starts to stand out even more, along with a hint of the alcohol.

Really smokey, more than I expected from the aroma. I almost feel the nose has more complexity than the taste. The bitterness of the roasted malts remain in the back of the throat, reminding you this is not some small time stout just playin around. The maple syrup is not as predominant as I hoped for in this Imperial Stout, however the presence of it does not go unappreciated.

What a smoooth operator this one is. 10% alcohol...where are you hiding? It is really smooth and creamy going down before the bitter finish. This bottle is just about finished, I feel great, absolutely worth seeking this out!

Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Brian for sharing this with all of us!
Review from written notes.

Into a small tulip glass it pours jet black with a clinging ring of foam and wispy broken skim. Svelte and stouty.

Graphite, tobacco, mild burnt char in the nose. Sort of light and nondescript.

Sweet dry roast, chalky, a bit woody, not much in the way of it's maple namesake. Slightly woody and moderately roasty in the aftertaste. Slight prickly heat from the perceptible alcohol. Flavors are pretty mellow and not especially complex. Thin bodied, could use a bit more in the flavor department. It's ok, but I wouldn't seek it out.

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 jegross2
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Fayston Maple Imperial Stout from Lawson's Finest Liquids out of Vermont.
Score: 92

No bottle date, but received in a trade in March 2012. Served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 06/03/12 with Robbie Moy.

Appearance: Pours a completely opaque jet black color. One finger of creamy light brown head at pour that settles to a ring around the glass and thin layer across the top of the glass. Average lacing, good retention. 4/5

Smell: Coffee, chocolate and maple. Hint of sweet cherry, touch of wood. Growing amount of wood in the nose as it warms. 4.25/5

Taste: Milk chocolate and cherry upfront with a residual coffee aftertaste. Unsweetened chocolate. Subtle sweet maple backbone, but nothing too prominent. A very light amount of dark fruit flavor too. More wood flavor and more sweetness as it warms. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied, minimal carbonation. Watered down syrup mouthfeel. Sweet finish. 4/5

Overall: A delicious beer that I would absolutely buy again if it were readily available on the shelves, but it's not worth the cost of hard-to-get and quasi-rare beer it takes to land given the quantities made available and general demand for Lawson's beers.

Recommendation: Seek this one out if you get the chance, but do not give up your Surly Darknesses for a bottle.

Pairings: Roasted pineapple coated in brown sugar.

Cost: $10 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

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 largadeer
2.59/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks, Nick.

Black with a finger of chocolate-hued head. This is pretty dark even for the style.

Smells like tar, burnt malt and chocolate. Maybe a bit of oatmeal cookie. Pretty bland.

Taste is tarry, ashy, burnt. Lots of bitter dark chocolate. This is pretty dry, especially with the high ABV in mind. If this is brewed with maple syrup, I don't pick it up much at all; it seems to be overwhelmed by the dark malts. Finishes charred and burnt with intense lingering bitterness. Not a particularly enjoyable stout, it has a very one-dimensional burnt bitterness to it.

This reminds me a bit of some Scandanavian imperial stouts I've tried recently, but it at least it avoids the signature Mikkeller combo of intense sweetness mixed with burnt bitterness.

Photo of Gfunk720
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blackback a few weeks back. Reviewed from notes...

A- Pitch black, very dark. A frothy Mocha colored head forms and retains for a few minutes. There is some light lacing that clings to the glass.

S- Robust, roasted smokey malts. Creamy and chocolaty. A nice blending of flavors.

T- Smooth and very nice and creamy. I get a lot of notes of chocolate, coffee, dark malt. I hate smokey beers, but this just has the perfect touch of smokey/roasted flavor to it. YUM!

M- Near perfect. For the ABV, I expected it to be a bit thicker, but the carbonation is spot on.

O- Overall this is a very well balanced beer, and the flavors work together extremely well. The roasted malt and chocolate notes are right up my ally. Great beer!

-GFunk

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from "Rare Batch 112" bottle number 41 of 72 from the first bottling. Thanks to treyrab for sharing.

Tar-colored black, topped by creamy and fluffy head. The lacing is beautiful...spotty and stringy. The aroma is solid, but nothing spectacular. There is some smoke, roast, leather, and tobacco, along with some chocolate. The flavor builds upon the aroma, too. All of the aroma comes through again, but adds some sticky and bitter dark cocoa. There is also a touch of vanilla that gets left on the palate. Very syrupy, thick, and resinous, this is what an Imperial stout should feel like on the palate. Phenomenal, though I wish that I could try one of these fresh, when the maple syrup still plays a role.

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 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 claspada
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Photo of papat444
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of Jpwv
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: one of the best looking stouts I've had. 1-2 finger brown head with, multi size bubbles, reddish hue around the edges. Liquid is dark and opaque.

S: sweetness (must be the maple), dark fruits, roast, chocolate to some degree.

T: initial taste is dark fruit and ends with some roast, slight chocolate and hops or maybe faint coffee.

M: mouthfeel is very good, not world class like Kate or Darkness but very good. Creamy head, overall medium plus mouthfeel.

O: overall better than good beer but not great. Cant say i will seek it out again as it is not readily available but was happy to have tried it. If I could pick it up at Brawleys I'd definitely have it in the rotation.
Maple is not distinct but there is a sweetness that is most likely maple. Maple is not noticeable as it is in CBS.

Photo of Hopstamon
4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving: 750ml bottle poured in snifter.

I was extremely pleased by the deep rich flavor of this brew. I accompanied it with some imported dark chocolate which really complemented the brew.
It pours a nice rich tan head with strong lacing. Multiple flavors abound---delicious…
Mellow chocolate flavor upfront that lasts to the finish. Half way through a tremendous roasted, charred flavor is integrated. Finishes with a distinct maple, sugared sweetness...not overpowering in any way. Roasted malt character with a considerable chocolate malt backbone. There is noticeable maple sweetness in the background. Rich and roasty with a delicate sweetness.

I will add more of these to my cellar aging quiver... yum... should age nicely.

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