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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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Ratings: 358
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 394
Gots: 71 | FT: 5
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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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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

05-02-2014 20:02:28 | More by ari32
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

05-18-2013 07:14:16 | More by beernads
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

05-20-2014 15:07:34 | More by MrDave
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

06-04-2014 13:56:43 | More by beefsquatch
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

12-29-2012 03:57:16 | More by Dactrius
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

03-08-2014 15:00:50 | More by MastaShonuf
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

05-03-2012 20:00:47 | More by GrindFatherBob
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.53/5  rDev -13.9%

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.

04-30-2013 01:51:10 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of Rifugium


3.55/5  rDev -13.4%

First had: on tap at Prohibition Pig, Waterbury, VT

A bit underwhelming and average this stout was. I picked up a few bottles, so I'm hoping the beer is better bottle-conditioned than it was on tap. Surely an attractive beer: poured pitch black (at least it appeared so in the pub light) with a rich, mocha head that retained well; minimal lacing. Aroma thick with roasty malts, coffee, and a bit of smoke; no maple whatsoever. More of the same in the taste, dark roasted malts, coffee notes, burnt caramel. Quite average. Again, no maple in the taste, not even after letting it warm up a bit. Medium body, a bit thin and watery for the style, alcohol is well-hidden. I hate to say it, but even my homebrewed coffee stout was better than this. Still not bad though, and pretty easily drinkable overall. Hopefully I get a better experience from the bottle.

10-14-2012 20:20:02 | More by Rifugium
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South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -11%

1/1/2012 in Atlanta near the end of Pappy New Year vol 2. Thanks ATLBeerdog for the bottle!

A. Glugs out a thick, molten brownie. No real head, what foam there is is quite dark.

S. Loads of maple, that odd woodsy, earthy, almost charred, ashy note. Smooth, heavy malt, dark and toasted, only a little sweet. Cigar notes. Molasses, cocoa. Hefty stuff.

T. Really not very sweet, heavy maple flavor without a lot of maple sweetness. Dense black malts, but not astringent or bitter. No hops. Mostly variations on blacker malts. Well attenuated, creamy, slightly boozy. Would be an excellent cigar beer, but by itself is less interesting.

M / O. Heavy and dense. Finish is gently roast-bitter and and boozy, with maple in the background. This isn't bad at all but also isn't really my gig. More sweetness or simply less dryness would help, and there is a slight "homebrew" tang to this that could go too. Not bad though. Give it a go if you like maple and drier, bigger stouts.

01-02-2012 03:08:59 | More by kkipple
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New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -10.2%

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.

11-19-2012 16:13:24 | More by claspada
Photo of HopHead84


3.68/5  rDev -10.2%


Bottle 22/76 into a snifter.

A: Black with a big frothy tan head. Nice retention.

S: Cocoa and dark chocolate accompany licorice and molasses. Maple is light. Roasted grains are pronounced.

T: Sweet dark chocolate with restrained maple character. Malt is slightly burnt and a little acrid. There's a lower moderate earthy bitterness accompanying licorice. The finish is a little hot.

M: Full body with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is silky , chewy, and sticky.

Overall: A solid Imperial Stout but not something I would care to have again.

01-23-2012 19:03:30 | More by HopHead84
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3.68/5  rDev -10.2%

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.

01-26-2012 22:06:55 | More by Hojaminbag
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New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev -10.2%

On tap at the Blackback Pub. Served way to cold. I tried to let it warm up as long as I could and at the expense of the warmth in my hands.

Jet black with a medium brown head. I don't know when I have seen such a dark head on a beer!

Roasty nose. Flavor is of roasted malts, a bit of vanilla. Not very complex and a bit one dimensional, but tasty enough.

Good full mouthfeel. A fitting pour for the dark days of winter. I would love to try some of the barrel-aged versions of this beer. I imagine the wood might help a lot.

01-15-2012 15:22:50 | More by CliffBrake
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3.7/5  rDev -9.8%

Draft Prohibition Pig, May 23, 2014. Notes taken on cell phone.

A- Midnight, pitch black pour from the tap to a snifter. Motor oily and super thick liquid with a creamy light mocha tan head building to one finger. Decent retention with drizzly webs at the the top and spotty lace below.

S- Charred black malts, molasses, dark raisiny red fruits and an earthy woodsy feel that could be from maple. Some apple yeasty hints coming in too.

T- Dark red fruits open up a lot and some bitter burnt ashy malts come into play. Cherry spicy raisiny pith, bitter dark chocolate, earthy maple wood but no syrupy sweets. Cola hints.

MF- Super thick body with a chewy creamy texture. Carbonation is medium and a dark dry roast bitterness lingers along with alcohol warmth.

A bit more maltiness and less yeast character would bring this up a notch. Just not up to par with the countless great stouts out there.

05-27-2014 23:34:28 | More by cbutova
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3.73/5  rDev -9%

750 ml bottle served in a Deschutes tulip. Big thanks to Mike (Gushue3) for the bottle!

A: Pours a black body with browner edges and thin tan head. It recedes to a thin film and ring that leaves some splotchy lace behind.

S: Roasty malts with unsweetened chocolate and just a touch of maple syrup sweetness.

T: The maple is more pronounced in the taste, but it is more sugary and somewhat artificial tasting. The taste still has the roasted malts and chocolate flavors from the nose. Booze is nicely hidden.

M: Medium bodied with a medium to medium carbonation. I was expecting a creamier mouth, but it was very drying in nature.

O: This was a solid stout, but I wish the maple was a tad less artificial and the mouthfeel wasn't so drying. The booze was hidden which was nice. Good, but don't go afte the hype.

05-01-2012 18:20:46 | More by Treebs
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District of Columbia

3.73/5  rDev -9%

Appearance: Black pour with a nice, large coffee-brown head that quickly dissipates

Smell: Mostly roast and coffee, touch of almost dark chocolate, some maple but not enough

Taste: Similar to the aroma, roast malt, dark coffee, dark chocolate and not enough maple

Mouthfeel: Good feel and carbonation, just slightly thin

Overall: I prefer some of there other variants, but a good offering. My complaint is the roast malt and coffee really obscure the maple syrup.

01-20-2012 01:00:35 | More by craytonic
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

06-26-2013 21:04:02 | More by prdstmnky
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

08-10-2013 20:02:55 | More by bum732
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

12-25-2012 15:39:51 | More by Patrickbrusil
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

12-25-2012 23:38:57 | More by HumanParaquat
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New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

01-31-2012 16:06:48 | More by phingdong
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

05-31-2014 21:05:59 | More by Boston_Steve
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

11-18-2011 15:14:57 | More by nathanjohnson
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

08-15-2013 07:04:52 | More by drewone
Fayston Maple Imperial Stout from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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