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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

379 Ratings
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Ratings: 379
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 408
Gots: 76 | FT: 5
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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Photo of ryan79
4/5  rDev -2.7%

ryan79, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

t0rin0, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of ncaudle
4/5  rDev -2.7%

ncaudle, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Rifugium, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of Hessian257
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Hessian257, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of jaasen64
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle purchased at Hunger Mountain Coop. Split with my dad on his birthday because he loves maple syrup, especially Vermont maple syrup. Poured into Lawson's tulip.

A- Pours a completely opaque jet black with about a finger of creamy mocha head that has okay retention but recedes decently fast and leaves some light spotty lacing. Steady rising carbonation, definitely above average for a stout.

S- Chocolate and lightly roasted malts balanced with maple syrup. Fairly sweet smelling, but a little bit less then I was expecting. A little bit above average aroma strength.

T- Cocoa and lightly roasted malts followed by bitter dark chocolate and finishing with sweet sugary maple syrup that lingers for a little bit. Nice balance between the chocolate and maple syrup without being too overly sweet.

M- A bit too thin for a stout and slightly overcarbonated, but extremely drinkable.

O- This was a very enjoyable stout that had a nice sweet maple syrup presence to it. The mouthfeel could have been improved a little bit, but overall I thought this was a tasty beer that was fairly well done. The balance between the chocolate and maple was very good, the bitterness could have been toned down a tiny bit but I didn't think it took too much out of the beer. With the sweet maple syrup finish this is a beer that I would enjoy in small quantities, probably no more then 8-10oz.

jaasen64, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of BeerBucks
4/5  rDev -2.7%

BeerBucks, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of askham
4/5  rDev -2.7%

askham, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of dfecteau
4/5  rDev -2.7%

dfecteau, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of WeisGuy
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

WeisGuy, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of ms11781
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

ms11781, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of polishkaz
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

polishkaz, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of papat444
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

***Rare Batch #80, Bottle #39 of 92***

Thanks to SFLpunk for this one.
Cream
Poured from a 750ml. bottle and split with my wife.

Appearance: Pours like motor oil with a huge head that gently cascades. The bubbly and creamy head takes lots of time in settling.

Smell: Maple fudge, tinge of sweetness that isn't overdone and creamy.

Taste: Bit of sugar, coffee cream and them maple creeps up in the finish and aftertaste. Subtle yet becomes gradually more present.

Mouthfeel: Bit of carbonation and the body at first isn't quite full, a bit thin. Creamy and smooth body makes up for it a bit. Easy to drink.

Overall: Would have liked a bit more maple sweetness but it is a subtle and balanced stout.

papat444, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of MexicanSkittel
4/5  rDev -2.7%

MexicanSkittel, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of billab914
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
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 scottfrie
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

scottfrie, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of pveilleux
5/5  rDev +21.7%

pveilleux, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of jegross2
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

jegross2, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of Jeffo
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Jeffo, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -2.7%

imperialking, May 31, 2012
Photo of whartontallboy
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

whartontallboy, May 26, 2012
Photo of Hopstamon
4.85/5  rDev +18%
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.

Hopstamon, May 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

ICCULIS, May 12, 2012
Photo of leschkie
4/5  rDev -2.7%

leschkie, May 11, 2012
Photo of GrindFatherBob
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

GrindFatherBob, May 03, 2012
Fayston Maple Imperial Stout from Lawson's Finest Liquids
92 out of 100 based on 379 ratings.