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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
92
outstanding

393 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 393
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 414
Gots: 78 | FT: 6
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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3.75/5  rDev -9%

oriolesfan4, Aug 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

drewone, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of InspectorBob
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

InspectorBob, Jan 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

Trashcat, Monday at 02:31 PM
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -2.9%

imperialking, May 31, 2012
Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -2.9%

orangesol, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of yourefragile
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

yourefragile, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -9%

duceswild, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of stakem
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
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!

stakem, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

dbrauneis, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

barleywinefiend, Mar 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

mothman, Dec 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

DrBier, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of John_M
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
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!

John_M, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of Kelp
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Kelp, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of billab914
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

billab914, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

iL0VEbeer, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of HopHead84
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

HopHead84, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

PEIhop, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Alieniloquium, Apr 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -27.2%

Rhettroactive, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of johnnnniee
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

johnnnniee, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of tobelerone
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

tobelerone, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of chippo33
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

chippo33, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of claspada
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

claspada, Nov 19, 2012
Fayston Maple Imperial Stout from Lawson's Finest Liquids
92 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.