Fayston Maple Imperial Stout - Lawson's Finest Liquids
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4.43/5 rDev +8%
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.
11-14-2010 01:45:21 | More by Thorpe429
3.15/5 rDev -23.2%
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.
01-24-2012 03:42:09 | More by womencantsail
3.9/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
05-24-2011 02:14:44 | More by emerge077
2.58/5 rDev -37.1%
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.
11-11-2010 19:29:20 | More by largadeer
4.05/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
01-24-2013 15:17:49 | More by Kegatron
4/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
02-01-2012 04:02:17 | More by drabmuh
4.43/5 rDev +8%
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.
05-28-2014 17:27:44 | More by StonedTrippin
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
4.24/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
04-09-2013 03:04:20 | More by oline73
Fayston Maple Imperial Stout from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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