Fayston Maple Imperial Stout - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Ratings: 456
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 463
Gots: 90 | 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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Photo of Hopstamon
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Photo of dar482
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
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 yarnbomb
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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

Photo of beer456
4.74/5  rDev +14.2%
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 Hendry
4.73/5  rDev +14%
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 Aberration
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
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 dragonWhale
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the most recent release. A thank you to Chris for opening this and for alerting us..You are a gentleman and a learned man.
Almost pitch black, with a little beige head, looking good so far.
Maple is big, some chocolate and some roast, no hops to speak of. On the sweet side, but really it's just malt-heavy, the maple suffocating out whatever hops once were there. Reminded me actually of a classier Dark Lord with maple. Well put together, and a very fine drink.

Photo of take_it_sleazy
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
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 thekevlarkid
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Off the tap (03/04/09) at General Stark's Pub at the Mad River Glen Ski Area this Russian Imperial Stout was an opaque black color as dark and murky as crude oil. The head was a dark tan color, displayed very good retention as a cap and left lacing at first in thin bands and eventually in fishnets. The aroma was or roasted malt, maple, caramel, blackened malt and chocolate. The flavors were outstanding; I was actually floored. At first I tasted the sweetness of rich chocolate, caramel, toffee and of course maple. Then I tasted the hoppy bitterness in the form of coffee, roasted and blackened malt and the finish of unsweetened bakers chocolate was long and tongue coating. The depth of the malt was impressive yet the sweetness of the other flavors perfectly off-set it. Rich and complex yet not heavy and the 10.1% ABV was... where? The mouthfeel was smooth and rich, the body full and the carbonation perfect. Stunning. One of the best RIS's I have ever had and - dare I say it? - I liked it better than Storm King, Old Rasputin or Kate the Great. Damnit Sean, bottle this stuff!

Photo of rudylaw
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
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 SteveB24
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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 yourefragile
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL winter 2011/2012 bottle shared with friends. Thanks Ashley!!

Pours a syrupy dark chocolate brown with a dark tan head. Intense malty aroma, roasty and slightly smokey, chocolate and molasses. Fairly standard for a nice stout, before a slightly fruity maple presence jumps out in the finish. Flavor is similar, served initially too cold the maple is difficult to find, but as this warms a silky bittersweet dark chocolate and chewy maple sap flavor appears and is particularly strong long into the finish. Thicker side of medium body with light carbonation throughout. Others were a little disappointed by the subtlety of the maple in this, but I thought it pushed a good stout over the top to great.

Photo of treyrab
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing from notes. I had this beer at the Rosso e Marrone release from an unknown generous soul who brought it for tasting. On that cold (and I mean damn cold) release day, this big Imperial Stout warmed my bones. I believe I had this on my fourth trip to the tasting table (had to keep going back to the car to get warmed up).

A: Pours black. Very black. Poured from the bottle a little thick, syrupy and muddy. The head is very nice and dark mocha brown. The head was creamy and stuck around pretty good.

S: Maple deliciousness. Good maple, like Grade A maple smothering your pancakes. Very sweet with maple, brown sugar, candy butterscotch, coffee, and roasted toffee.

T: Delicious. Perhaps a dessert beer, but I could have this every day. The roast really complemented the sweet maple. This beer is rather sweet, but it is by no means cloying. Nice and thick with roasted coffee, maple, brown sugar, and toffee.

Overall, an amazing Imperial Stout and one of the best, if not the best, use of maple I have tasted.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Barry, thanks man.

This one pours a deep dark black, with a quarter inch mocha head, and no lacing.

This one smells super nice, decadent sweet maple, some roasted coffee, and chocolate, and dark malt.

I knew this had to be good, and it luckily met my expectations. The alcohol does not factor into the taste at all, with the maple rightfully leading the way, dark, sweet, and slightly earthy, with roasty coffee and chocolate. There is no chocolate or coffee added to this, so the strongness of these flavors is impressive. It's not too sweet, as a little bit of roasty bitterness is there.

This is medium bodied- I wish it was a little bit thicker, but it's not all that detrimental, honestly. There's a lower level of carbonation, and a fairly creamy mouthfeel.

Another beer that really couldn't fail for me, due to my love of maple. So decadent, rich, beautiful, and tasty.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
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 BeerTruth
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from scottg, shared with naproxen. We actually picked up another one from Sean today that we plan on aging, mmmhmmm :)

750 ml cork and caged bottle, #37 of 92. Poured into a tulip. OMG I should have totally traded this for Black Tuesday seeing it's so rare and all...maybeno

Pours a thick, gooey, motor oil black with a mud brown two finger head that leaves a spotty lace on the side of the glass. Aroma is deep and rich with earthy hops, big roasted barley and malts, and a touch of maple syrup. Dark chocolate and charred grains with not a single bit of booze in the nose, impressive. Taste is very similar with the big roasted flavors. Smokey malts, sweet Baker's chocolate, and some gritty hops. Some syrup midway, but not a whole lot...I was actually hoping for more. Aftertaste lingers forever with charcoal, hot cocoa, and wood. Once again, the big 10% abv is hidden on the tongue like it was in the nose. Big, rich, and chewy body with a slightly stronger carbonation than I like for the style. This is a perfect beer for the cold Northeast winter we've seen in the past couple of weeks, very warming and chewy. Anoter quality brew from Sean, reeeeally looking forward to seeing what some age will do to our other bottle. Delicious beer minus the hype, gotta love it.

Photo of mick303
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
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 DevilsCups
4.44/5  rDev +7%
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 Thorpe429
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a mini snifter. Pours black with a short mocha head that has a bit of staying power. Pretty nice looking and that's one of the "lowlights" of the brew, as the maple works wonders on the nose and taste. Nose starts out fairly normal in terms of the style with some good roast, coffee, and chocolate characteristics. Then...the maple hits and takes it from a pretty good stout to a really nice one. The taste is the same way and the maple and chocolate interact quite well together. Nice body and really superior drinkability. Great brew from Sean.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
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 kingcrowing
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
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 Gfunk720
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
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 cosmicevan
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note's from Captain Lawrence Rosso Batch 3 release / tasting:

Faystons maple imperial stout – very dark, darker very brown almost black. Smell is roasted malts sweetness…a little maple, definitely. Flavor – oh wow, maple, chocolate, roasted malts, this is a quality beer. Delicious fantastic. Yum. The sweetness and maple syrup is a fantastic combination, goes down like golden butter. Beautiful beautiful beer…buttery and yum.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
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 JMScowcroft
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

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Fayston Maple Imperial Stout from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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