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Fayston Maple Imperial Stout - Lawson's Finest Liquids

Fayston Maple Imperial StoutFayston Maple Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

287 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 287
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%


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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scottfrie

California

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks a ton Michael! Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a very dark brown, near black, with a thin light brown head that quickly faded to a bubbly collar leaving spotty lace.
S: More smoke than maple. Some sweetness comes through along with roasted malts and marshmallows.
T: Flavors a roasted yet sweet. I get a blend of smoke, sweet maple, marshmallow, roast, caramel, ash, chocolate, burnt and raisin. The finish reminds me of burnt tobacco. I wish there was a bit more maple.
M: Medium-thick body, very smooth mouthfeel, creamy carbonation, well hidden alcohol.
O: Maple has faded. Much more roasted than I was expecting. Flavors are rich though, and the beer drinks very smoothly. Thanks again SneezyAchew.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 18:12:25 | More by scottfrie
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jegross2

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Fayston Maple Imperial Stout from Lawson's Finest Liquids out of Vermont.
Score: 92

No bottle date, but received in a trade in March 2012. Served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 06/03/12 with Robbie Moy.

Appearance: Pours a completely opaque jet black color. One finger of creamy light brown head at pour that settles to a ring around the glass and thin layer across the top of the glass. Average lacing, good retention. 4/5

Smell: Coffee, chocolate and maple. Hint of sweet cherry, touch of wood. Growing amount of wood in the nose as it warms. 4.25/5

Taste: Milk chocolate and cherry upfront with a residual coffee aftertaste. Unsweetened chocolate. Subtle sweet maple backbone, but nothing too prominent. A very light amount of dark fruit flavor too. More wood flavor and more sweetness as it warms. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied, minimal carbonation. Watered down syrup mouthfeel. Sweet finish. 4/5

Overall: A delicious beer that I would absolutely buy again if it were readily available on the shelves, but it's not worth the cost of hard-to-get and quasi-rare beer it takes to land given the quantities made available and general demand for Lawson's beers.

Recommendation: Seek this one out if you get the chance, but do not give up your Surly Darknesses for a bottle.

Pairings: Roasted pineapple coated in brown sugar.

Cost: $10 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 04:42:45 | More by jegross2
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Jeffo

Netherlands

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

Got this bottle from jbeatty a while back. If anyone should be drinking a maple imperial stout, it is a canuck like me. Cheers man!

From a 750ml into a snifter
Vintage: 2011

APPEARANCE: Pours out dark black and yields a one finger, medium looking, light mocha colored head with good retention. Black body and lower levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a splotchy wisp and ring. A ring remains the whole way but leaves no real lacing down the glass. Dark and black, which is the way it should be.

SMELL: Bold enough nose of roasted malts, cocoa powder, dark chocolate and coffee. Quite a nice nose, but it lacks any real maple qualities, which were expected.

TASTE: Roasted malts and maple sweetness up front, which was nice to see. Cocoa powder, dark chocolate and some bitter coffee notes move into a bold and very persistent roasted, cocoa bitter aftertaste. A well-measured hint of maple syrupy sweetness lingers as well. Very nice and increadibly easy to drink. Great stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. A little light on the palate perhaps, but very creamy smooth for sure. Goes down silky smooth and finishes slightly dry. A little light, but the silky creaminess is very impressive.

OVERALL: Quality, quality beer. Not quite as maple syrupy as we may have expected, and definltey milder than the CBS we drank it next to, but the balanced nuances were phenomenal and it was increadibly easy to drink. We slammed through this bottle way too quickly. Would love to drink this again sometime, and would be very interested in trying out a barreled version. Thanks again for sending this one over jbeatty. Excellent stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 19:31:49 | More by Jeffo
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Hopstamon

New Jersey

4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving: 750ml bottle poured in snifter.

I was extremely pleased by the deep rich flavor of this brew. I accompanied it with some imported dark chocolate which really complemented the brew.
It pours a nice rich tan head with strong lacing. Multiple flavors abound---delicious…
Mellow chocolate flavor upfront that lasts to the finish. Half way through a tremendous roasted, charred flavor is integrated. Finishes with a distinct maple, sugared sweetness...not overpowering in any way. Roasted malt character with a considerable chocolate malt backbone. There is noticeable maple sweetness in the background. Rich and roasty with a delicate sweetness.

I will add more of these to my cellar aging quiver... yum... should age nicely.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 02:18:44 | More by Hopstamon
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Treebs

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 18:20:46 | More by Treebs
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fayston Maple Imperial Stout pours black into the glass with a small brown head on top. The foam disappears quickly leaving behind a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is rich malt with notes of chocolate, roasted malt and dark fruit. Notes of alcohol are also present.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is smooth and silky with a mild carbonated fizz. The flavor is rich and loaded with chocolate, toffee and roast malt. Some dark fruit is also present. It finishes with a mildly bitter pine flavor. Once gone the chocolate and pine lingers on the palate.

A very tasty easy drinking beer. You'd never know it's 10% abv.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 00:28:38 | More by WanderingFool
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 19:40:04 | More by dbrauneis
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 14:34:31 | More by Jwale73
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2012 20:06:21 | More by rudzud
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Jpwv

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: one of the best looking stouts I've had. 1-2 finger brown head with, multi size bubbles, reddish hue around the edges. Liquid is dark and opaque.

S: sweetness (must be the maple), dark fruits, roast, chocolate to some degree.

T: initial taste is dark fruit and ends with some roast, slight chocolate and hops or maybe faint coffee.

M: mouthfeel is very good, not world class like Kate or Darkness but very good. Creamy head, overall medium plus mouthfeel.

O: overall better than good beer but not great. Cant say i will seek it out again as it is not readily available but was happy to have tried it. If I could pick it up at Brawleys I'd definitely have it in the rotation.
Maple is not distinct but there is a sweetness that is most likely maple. Maple is not noticeable as it is in CBS.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 04:47:12 | More by Jpwv
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drabmuh

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 04:02:17 | More by drabmuh
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Retail1LO

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First beer this birthday evening of mine. Poured from a bomber into a Founders snifter.

Pours a very thick, oily black hue with a generous three finger head of soft, mocha foam. A real sight to behold. The nose, on the other hand, is very nondescript and weak. The smell, or lack thereof, is truly the low point of this beer. There's nothing. No maple, vanilla, chocolate...NOTHING. Just a random hop note or two. Weak. The taste makes up for things a bit. This is a prety hoppy stout, all things considered. Mixed in with the hops presence is a good bit of oakiness, and a touch of bourbon. Absent again however, is the maple. I don't know where it is, but I haven't found it anywhere. The mouthfeel steels the show as this is one thick, smooth, creamy SOB. It leaves a tinge of bitterness in it's wake, but nothing unbearable. Overall, this is a very solid stout, but I don't anticipate myself going out of my way to acquire it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 02:11:53 | More by Retail1LO
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

California

3.15/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 03:42:09 | More by womencantsail
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HopHead84

California

3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 19:03:30 | More by HopHead84
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Gfunk720

Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blackback a few weeks back. Reviewed from notes...

A- Pitch black, very dark. A frothy Mocha colored head forms and retains for a few minutes. There is some light lacing that clings to the glass.

S- Robust, roasted smokey malts. Creamy and chocolaty. A nice blending of flavors.

T- Smooth and very nice and creamy. I get a lot of notes of chocolate, coffee, dark malt. I hate smokey beers, but this just has the perfect touch of smokey/roasted flavor to it. YUM!

M- Near perfect. For the ABV, I expected it to be a bit thicker, but the carbonation is spot on.

O- Overall this is a very well balanced beer, and the flavors work together extremely well. The roasted malt and chocolate notes are right up my ally. Great beer!

-GFunk

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2012 15:59:02 | More by Gfunk720
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craytonic

District of Columbia

3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 01:00:35 | More by craytonic
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 02:21:07 | More by yourefragile
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CliffBrake

New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2012 15:22:50 | More by CliffBrake
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kkipple

South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours nearly pitch black with a thin dark tan head, light barely makes it throuh around the edges. the smell is a very mild roastiness followed by a nice little sweet aroma and is finished with a hint of maple. the flavor is fairly similar to the smell, with the roastiness being even more subdued than in the smell. the beer is mildy sweet with a hint of maple flavor in the finish. the mouthfeel is full with low carbonation, overal this is an excellent imperial stout, with the hint of maple being an added bonus.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 13:03:05 | More by rowingbrewer
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Aberration

Massachusetts

4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at three penny taproom.

Long time want, randomly walk into the three penny while visiting VT.... Lo and behold!

Looks dark and roasty, appetizing brown head subsides to good lacing.

Smells like roast chocolate with a hint of maple...tastes like a magical maple chocolate bar with hints of alcohol. Surprising considering it is a 10%!

This is awesome. Why can't I buy this by the case?!

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2011 20:37:42 | More by Aberration
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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with just under an inch of mocha brown head. No lacing.

S: Chocolate, maple syrup, and a little smoke/char

T: Very roasty, almost with a little char. Deep dark chocolate, sweet maple syrup, char brings a touch of wood character. Sweet, but not cloying. Hops are pretty much gone now. Not as complex as I would have liked, but tasty nonetheless. This coming from someone who's not the biggest fan of maple stouts.

M: Medium to full body, moderate to slightly light carbonation, smooth and slightly syrupy. While it could be a bit thicker, it's a very nice feeling stout.

O: I wouldn't go out of my way to get the regular version, but certainly wouldn't turn down a bottle if offered/the opportunity presented itself. A really solid stout.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2011 17:03:48 | More by Satchboogie
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onefmatt

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark chocolate with a toffee colored head

S: sweet, caramel, nose has a slight booziness if you really look for it. Strong chocolate malt aroma as well.

T: smooth chocolate taste, maple sweetness is there but a nice bitterness from the hops and roasted malts.

M: very smooth, almost buttery, very pleasant in conjunction w/ the taste.

O: an amazingly solid beer, very fun, smooth and a great balance of sweet and bitter.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 02:58:19 | More by onefmatt
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from "Rare Batch 112" bottle number 41 of 72 from the first bottling. Thanks to treyrab for sharing.

Tar-colored black, topped by creamy and fluffy head. The lacing is beautiful...spotty and stringy. The aroma is solid, but nothing spectacular. There is some smoke, roast, leather, and tobacco, along with some chocolate. The flavor builds upon the aroma, too. All of the aroma comes through again, but adds some sticky and bitter dark cocoa. There is also a touch of vanilla that gets left on the palate. Very syrupy, thick, and resinous, this is what an Imperial stout should feel like on the palate. Phenomenal, though I wish that I could try one of these fresh, when the maple syrup still plays a role.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 22:41:16 | More by NittanyBeerFan
Fayston Maple Imperial Stout from Lawson's Finest Liquids
91 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.