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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
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406 Ratings
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Ratings: 406
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 416
Gots: 79 | FT: 7
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Lawson's Finest Liquids visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-06-2009

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.
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Damian
3.09/5  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.

Photo of claspada
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Photo of woosterbill
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle (filled to within a 1/4" of the top) poured into a Founders CBS snifter.

A - Pours an extremely deep brown color, almost totally opaque. A thick finger of cappuccino colored foam that is dense and thick lasts for a couple of minutes before falling. A thick ring of foamy lace is left on the glass.

S - Faint maple over coffee. Touch of booze, some creamy chocolate and traces of licorice. Warming up a bit seems to release the maple a bit more, but still isn't a dominant aroma. Nice overall, but lacking a bit in intensity.

T - Heavily kilned malt on first sip, burnt toast, charcoal, coffee. Touch of sugary sweetness, dark caramel, and a suggestion of maple. Smoothes out to a creaminess and a slight warmth although the alcohol is hidden fairly well for its strength. Mild hints of licorice and vanilla and lightly fruity and bitter hops round things out.

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied...definitely thinner than I thought this would be. Carbonation is light, smooth and creamy. This trends mostly toward the burnt and acrid aspects of the style and yields a slight astringency as a result. Maple is quite subdued...not sure I'd pick anything up if this was a blind tasting.

O - Hate to say it, but I'm a bit disappointed here. No doubt this is a good imperial stout, but I came into this bottle having extremely high hopes and expectations. Having been blown away by the Lawson's various IPA's/DIPA's I was ready to settle in to a truly top notch stout. Don't get me wrong, this is a very good beer, but still a bit of a letdown. Especially considering the difficulty involved in obtaining this beer, I have to say I'd take a standard Founders Breakfast Stout every time over this (not that FBS is much easier to obtain these days either). Very good beer, but perhaps a victim of its own hype...at least for me.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.12/5  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.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Fayston Maple Imperial Stout from Lawson's Finest Liquids
92 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.