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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
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341 Ratings
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Ratings: 341
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 379
Gots: 71 | FT: 4
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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CADMixes

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

12-31-2012 15:27:26 | More by CADMixes
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Schlais

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.2%

12-31-2012 03:50:39 | More by Schlais
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Dactrius

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

12-29-2012 03:57:16 | More by Dactrius
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wildcats10

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

12-29-2012 03:43:29 | More by wildcats10
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twowheelssoar

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +10%

12-28-2012 20:31:21 | More by twowheelssoar
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Pinknuggets

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

12-26-2012 04:19:28 | More by Pinknuggets
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HumanParaquat

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

12-25-2012 15:39:51 | More by Patrickbrusil
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monitorpop

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

12-18-2012 02:34:22 | More by monitorpop
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John_M

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 13:05:19 | More by John_M
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.2%

12-15-2012 20:35:39 | More by DonFrap
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

12-15-2012 17:57:47 | More by oldp0rt
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Vermonthiker

Vermont

4/5  rDev -2.2%

12-15-2012 11:00:38 | More by Vermonthiker
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JxExM

New York

4.5/5  rDev +10%

12-07-2012 03:31:29 | More by JxExM
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

12-06-2012 02:59:17 | More by mothman
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Damian

Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev -25.4%
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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claspada

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 16:13:24 | More by claspada
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Prohibition Pig.

A: Opaque black body with a 1/2" of dense brown head. Good retention, decent lace. Intense.

S: Maple, chocolate, coffee: just those three aromas, in that order. Sublime.

T: Intense dark chocolate up front, followed by rich maple, smooth caramel, and a profoundly bitter coffee roast finish. Maple and char are balanced on the aftertaste. Crazy, and good.

M: Lively, creamy, full-bodied. Nice.

O: This was good, but not nearly as impressive as the barrel-aged variants.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2012 22:37:04 | More by woosterbill
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Anonymous1

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

11-16-2012 07:33:01 | More by Anonymous1
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml
Not sure on the vintage, but believe it's Winter 2012 (got in March)
5oz mini snifter

A: Pours a very thick dark brown. Almost completely opaque. Faint head. From whats there, its dark tan. Minimal carbonation. Fairly still.

S: Actually smells BA'd. Nice sweet smells. Pulling roast notes. Sweet toffee and molasses like flavors are coming through, leading back to feeling BA'd but it must be the linger maple syrup.

T: There is some hop bitterness up front still. Not tons of sweetness like you smelled. Maple might have died out. Getting some roast malt character, but not aggressive bitterness. Really smooth beer. Good roast character and chocolate flavors as it warms. Slightly dry finish.

M: It's a little thin, but full bodied.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 15:13:01 | More by inlimbo77
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c_patton

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

11-07-2012 22:34:48 | More by c_patton
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CB_Crowe

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

11-07-2012 19:35:34 | More by CB_Crowe
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.2%

11-05-2012 04:49:30 | More by ryan1788a5
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POTABLE83

New York

4/5  rDev -2.2%

11-05-2012 03:49:50 | More by POTABLE83
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chippo33

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

11-04-2012 08:18:32 | More by chippo33
Fayston Maple Imperial Stout from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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