Fayston Maple Imperial Stout - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Reviews: 84
Hads: 458
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 471
Gots: 92 | FT: 6
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.10% ABV

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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 Thorpe429
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (580 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (1,423 characters)

Photo of largadeer
2.59/5  rDev -36.5%
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. (759 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Brian for sharing this with all of us!
Review from written notes.

Into a small tulip glass it pours jet black with a clinging ring of foam and wispy broken skim. Svelte and stouty.

Graphite, tobacco, mild burnt char in the nose. Sort of light and nondescript.

Sweet dry roast, chalky, a bit woody, not much in the way of it's maple namesake. Slightly woody and moderately roasty in the aftertaste. Slight prickly heat from the perceptible alcohol. Flavors are pretty mellow and not especially complex. Thin bodied, could use a bit more in the flavor department. It's ok, but I wouldn't seek it out. (611 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.16/5  rDev -22.5%
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. (457 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter. I was lucky enough to have this with the other 3 variations.

The beer pours a dark brown, almost black color with a layer of tan head. The smell is a little bit sweet with a nice roast quality. There is more roast in the taste than there was a smell. I would swear there is a wood aged quality to this beer. I'm getting a mild maple syrup note behind the roasted malt. While the roast dominates, the beer still has enough balance for me. The body is on the thick side with a good amount of carbonation and a finish that is super dry. (573 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked & caged bottle into a couple of glasses. Rare batch 92. Bottle # 25/48. Black with a dark mocha head. Plenty of rich spotty lace and brown oils down the sides. Maple is heavy in the nose, along with chocolate, roast and alcohol, which is combining to give this a bit of a spicy tobacco character. The taste is sweet but not cloying, thanks to the overall roastiness of this. The flavors nicely compliment the spicy alcohol character that is here. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied but seems a tad thin. Probably from the aging but the benefit is that this is ridiculously easy drinking for the size. I mean RIDICULOUS. The maple addition really sweetens this up but the aggressive Stout flavors give it a balancing edge. I really like Lawson’s use of maple in these beers. Really gives it a distinct character. I’m looking forward to seeing how this base is put to use in the barrel-aged versions. (911 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (856 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Michael, served in a snifter of undetermined origin.

Beer is dark brown hazy with a tan head, some lacing but low retention and moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is little woodsy, a little mapley, a little boozy, sweet. Smells good.

Beer is medium in body and the maple comes out the more it warms. Beer is sort of sweet, sort of woody, nice flavors throughout in general. I really enjoy this beer. I'd have it again, this was served along side the bourbon barrel one and this one was as good if not better than the bourbon, in my opinion. (550 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle share in Hoboken, NJ.

A: Pours an opaque black (just shy of jet black) in color with some dark brown highlights when held up to the light. The beer has a half finger tall dark tan head that reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Very light lacing is observed.

S: The aroma is dominated by the dark roasted malts with some dark chocolate and fresh ground coffee. There is a very subtle hint of maple in the smell but I really wish that it was more present.

T: The flavor of the dark roasted and toasted malts with lots of dark chocolate (almost like a candy bar) and just a hint of some coffee bitterness. Overall this beer is sweet and chocolatey but the maple flavor is really lost in this beer.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy.

O: I was really hoping for a greater maple presence in this beer and was slightly disappointed that it was so subtle. The alcohol was not quite as hidden as I had expected, you can definitely detect it in the taste. Definitely enjoyable. (1,029 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Much gratitude to Kegatron for sharing this with me. This base version was up first before also sampling 2 different barel treatments. A 750ml bottle rediculously numbered 25 of 48. Talk about a limited run of bottles...yikes. The brew appears black in color with a thin line of clarity around the edges. A swirl revives a hearty finger of dark brown back to the suface. Webby patches of lace stick to the glass as the cap collapses.

The aromatics are deceptively sweet smelling like milk chocolate. Some roast and earth are present fading into something more along the lines of tobacco. A mild spicy note is present that blends into a touch of alcohol.

The flavor is super roasty, burnt and bitter almost like tobacco mingled with strong coffee. Plenty of roasted bitterness that seemingly voids any reason to include hops. A noticeable amount of solvent alcohol is present but it integrates very nicely. A minor hint of milky dark chocolate is noted across the back reminescent of what the aroma indicated.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew that is quite dry, roasted and aggressive. It seems thinned out a bit perhaps from the alcohol inclusion and lack of any significant amount of residual sugar. It has a modest amount of carbonation that helps move the flavors across the palate. This is a kickass brew thats worth seeking out. I cant imagine a better base brew thats aggressive like this and lends enough of its own profile to stand up against any form of barrel treatment. Thanks again Heath for sharing! (1,522 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage poured from a 750ml bottle. Black in color with a thin, dark tan colored head clinging to edges of the glass. Nice looking lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a creamy milk chocolate flavor mixing with some roasted malts and coffee. It's got some subtle but good maple notes to it that started to come out more a it warmed. The darker, roasted malts were pretty good and they were complimented pretty well by the maple.

The taste shows more of the darker, roasted malts with notes of chocolate and coffee throughout. A little of the maple sweetness comes out up front along with some caramel and a little sugar. In the finish I get more of a bitter, roasted almost burnt flavor coming out. There is a little but of a burnt hop like flavor to it as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and it felt a little thin for style overall. Overall, I thought it was a pretty good but not great beer. It just didn't all work that well for me. The roasted, bitter, burnt hop just seemed to dominate and the maple didn't really come out that much. It was good, but not as good as I had hoped. (1,136 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (707 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.54/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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. (519 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by mixylplik3, thanks for the opportunity Matt!
Pours an inky black color with a smallish tan head that dissipates rather quickly. Smells of caramel, chocolate, brown sugar, maple, and a hint of earthy hops. The flavor follows the aroma and is incredibly smooth. Sweet maple and brown sugar play nicely with chocolate coffee and roast against a hint of earth and a touch of alcohol. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet sugary mouthfeel. This is a great beer, nicely balanced, smooth and quite tasty. (531 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1/22/2012

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. (561 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
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! (683 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Compliments of Derek (Rifugium). Thank you sir for the opportunity to try this one.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with pretty decent head retention and lacing. The head on this beer is a dark mocha brown color, that dissipates fairly rapidly after the initial pour. Still, this is a pretty attractive looking beer. The nose is about what you'd expect in a beer like this. There is considerable dark chocolate and vanilla in the aroma profile, along with some licorice, coffee grounds and underlying maple. The beer smells as if it will be on the sweet side (which of course it is). The flavor profile replicated the nose pretty closely, but was a bit sweeter than I expeced, and it had a roasty quality that I wasn't expecting as well. Still, everything blends together fairly well, the beer finishes wth some licorice and light bitterness. For such a big beer (over 10% abv.), I was surprised by the mouthfeel in this beer. It was actually a bit thin, though there's certainly plenty of flavor. The finish was fairly long otherwise, with some licorice and bitterness at the end. Alcohol was pretty well integrated into the flavor profile otherwise, and the beer wasn't at all heavy or tiring on the palate (despite the sweetness).

An interesting beer, but I just expected it to come across as a bit richer and fuller on the palate. Not sure what the brewer was going for here, but if he/she was hoping to replicate Founder's CBS, then I'm afraid they fell well short. Nevertheless, I was glad to be able to sample this one. Thanks Derek! (1,549 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brattleboro, Vermont Brewer's Festival on May 22, 2010. What was up with that pour? It filled the glass with the excitement of a just popped nitro can with a dark brown to black body covered by about four inches of flittering, silky light brown head that took several minutes to diminish. Good things come to those that wait as my nose was greeted with a strong ingredient of chocolate and lighter background of maple syrup. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy while the taste embodied an array of chocolate malts, cocoa, and maple components in a bourbon shield of pleasure. Very nice indeed. (607 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (916 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Black Back in Waterbury Vermont.

A - Poured into a Lawson's Finest tulip a thick deep brown almost black with a one finger creamy mocha head that faded to leave a thin halo and clouding.

S - Aromas of deep chocolate and light coffee with super faint maple notes. Really, this is a nice stout but needs more maple.

T - Very nice dark chocolate here, like a melted candy bar. Rich toasted malts and deep roast. Good slight sweetness and deep chocolate. Not much maple but a shit ton of dark chocolate. Very nice stout.

M - Nice mouthfeel for a big stout. ABV is hidden wonderfully. Super nice and smooth mouthfeel with a light carbonation.

O - Overall this was a very good stout but where's the maple? Really could use more mapleguava but this was delicious. (775 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Joe, you are a generous soul. I had this about 5 years back in the Captain Lawrence parking lot, right before the Rosso batch 2 release, and now, it's nice to revisit this.

Black with a thick, dark brown head with solid retention and little lacing, this looks good. Even the highlights are a deep brown. The nose is a blend of unsweetened cocoa, lightly roasted coffee, a mild, nutty blend of hazelnuts and cashews and of course, some maple. Not absurdly prominent like, CBS, but still noticeable with a deep and complex aroma with caramel, maple sugar and maple.

The palate opens with a moderate and interesting flavor of what seems like unsweetened milk chocolate, creamy and dusted with cocoa. Male flavor and mild maple sweetness form a backbone, carrying through a nice robust and flavorful maple character. Adequate bitterness is present to temper the maple flavor, especially how it can get to be cloying. Full in body with a long, mildly bitter finish with cocoa, maple sugar and a little honey, this beer is mildly carbonated. Quite impressive. (1,056 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours not quite black. Closer to a very dark brown. The beer also has a brown tinted head. The head recedes slowly.

S-I found there to be some maple in the nose. There was a lot of roasty sweetness and burnt caramel in the nose.

T-Quite sweet. Roast with maple, peanut butter and chocolate. There are some burnt flavors in this beer. It finishes with a moderately bitter roastiness.

M-The heat isn't shy. Body is not super full bud it had a pleasurable overall consistency. Flavors linger.

O-A solid beer for sure. (520 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter. Pours one shade shy of black with no head, just a cluster of bubbles around the edges. Nose expresses dark malts, a significant roasted presence, charcoal and coffee notes. Taste is completely consistent with nose; however, where's the maple? Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with an easy, even carbonation from start to finish - a bit on the light side for the style. Overall, I'm not sure of the hype on this beer; I get zero maple. Alcohol is well-hidden at 10.10% and while it's a decent example of the style, it is not a standout for me. (564 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one at a past Random Sunday Tasting! Sampled side-by-side with the bourbon barrel version! Served from bottle into an Aroma’s snifter. Poured pitch black with a half finger brown head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, molasses, powdered chocolate, Yoo-Hoo, and smoke. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, molasses, and smoke. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Having had this side-by-side with the bourbon version one could definitely tell that they were both completely different animals. While this one was not quite as complex as the bourbon version (which one might expect) it still managed to work really well with what it had going on. The Yoo-Hoo on the nose of this one was really enjoyable and actually brought back childhood memories of shaking the shit out of those bottle to suspend the chocolate at the bottle of them. Glad we didn’t do that to this beer as I would have hated to waste any of it. Another really well done brew by these guys that I would absolutely love to try again in the future. (1,277 characters)

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Fayston Maple Imperial Stout from Lawson's Finest Liquids
90 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.