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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
91
outstanding

350 Ratings
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Ratings: 350
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 388
Gots: 73 | FT: 5
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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ThatsThatDude

New York

1/5  rDev -75.6%

04-11-2014 12:15:29 | More by ThatsThatDude
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ahelm

Massachusetts

1/5  rDev -75.6%

12-26-2011 00:55:10 | More by ahelm
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thegerm87

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -39%

04-15-2014 00:11:20 | More by thegerm87
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largadeer

California

2.58/5  rDev -37.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 19:29:20 | More by largadeer
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BeerRoamer


2.75/5  rDev -32.9%

06-27-2014 11:45:13 | More by BeerRoamer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

2.75/5  rDev -32.9%

01-09-2013 21:18:11 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -26.8%

12-05-2011 02:32:38 | More by Rhettroactive
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Mikeluzzjr

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -26.8%

03-24-2014 02:19:39 | More by Mikeluzzjr
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dirkchivers

California

3/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Review from tasting yesterday.
750mL belgian bottle snatched from the Warren Store. Definitely bottled that week, i just barely was able to extricate the cork as it had not even taken shape yet. The newness of the cork was an indicator of what was to come...

A. Jet black, the abyss.
S. Coffee and roastiness. Huge dark fruit character, between prunes and raisins. Not particularly complex, but American nonetheless for its sheer boldness of character. No maple on the nose. I fear this beer is much to young at the moment.
T. Fear confirmed! The alcohol is huge on the palate tasting every bit of 10.1% ABV and solventy. A very strong taste of Crystal 120. Much dark fruit and roast. I could not detect any maple though my compatriots in the tasting thought they could taste something maple-y. The second bottle will be cellared for a few months to smooth the alcohol.
M. A nice full mouthfeel. The carbonation could chill out a bit, but that's a personal note.
D. It worked as a digestif with cinnamon ice cream. A mellowing of the alcohol will help dramatically. I hope to review the second bottle and give a report back on the changes.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 23:58:21 | More by dirkchivers
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Damian

Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev -25.6%
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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womencantsail

California

3.15/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks for sharing this one, Shane!

Pours black in color with a surprisingly tall tan head. Smells strong of booze, roasted malt, char, and even a bit of ash. There is some dark chocolate and coffee, but they're not as prominent as I would like. The flavor is more of the same. A bit of a coffee grounds flavor as well as some bitter dark chocolate, licorice, and roasted malt. The flavor is a bit too astringent for my liking. Medium body and carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 03:42:09 | More by womencantsail
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

04-28-2013 14:17:25 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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Zbeetleman

California

3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

07-08-2013 05:39:19 | More by Zbeetleman
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Skunkdrool

California

3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

05-20-2014 19:34:49 | More by Skunkdrool
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t0rin0

California

3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

10-20-2012 03:20:11 | More by t0rin0
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rderedin

Maine

3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

05-16-2013 13:22:09 | More by rderedin
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VeganUndead

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

12-26-2013 02:01:55 | More by VeganUndead
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1424IpA

California

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

07-28-2013 05:09:25 | More by 1424IpA
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MinorThreat

Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

05-24-2013 01:07:18 | More by MinorThreat
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

01-20-2012 05:43:33 | More by ygtbsm94
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Mrpickles

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

01-14-2012 02:42:00 | More by Mrpickles
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JPortillo

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

04-12-2013 00:43:50 | More by JPortillo
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nevins

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

02-18-2012 23:51:27 | More by nevins
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CityofBals

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

09-12-2013 19:23:32 | More by CityofBals
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baybum

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

11-03-2012 22:14:04 | More by baybum
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Fayston Maple Imperial Stout from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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