Fayston Maple Imperial Stout - Lawson's Finest Liquids
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Reviews by portia99:
3.95/5 rDev -3.4%
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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4.31/5 rDev +5.4%
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
Fayston Maple Imperial Stout from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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