Fayston Maple Imperial Stout - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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92
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401 Ratings
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Ratings: 401
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 415
Gots: 78 | FT: 6
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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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4.73/5  rDev +14.5%
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!

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4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
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?!

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4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
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!

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4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
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!

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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.

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Fayston Maple Imperial Stout from Lawson's Finest Liquids
92 out of 100 based on 401 ratings.