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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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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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4/5  rDev -2.9%

POTABLE83, Nov 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

chippo33, Nov 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

wattershed, Nov 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Cstromberg57, Nov 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

baybum, Nov 03, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

portia99, Nov 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

dunix, Oct 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

ObiWanKushnobi, Oct 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Kinsman, Oct 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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

acurtis, Oct 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

bentonquest, Oct 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Ajlvt, Oct 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

ryan79, Oct 21, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

t0rin0, Oct 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

ncaudle, Oct 15, 2012
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3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
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
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Hessian257, Oct 14, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
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
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

BeerBucks, Sep 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

askham, Sep 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

dfecteau, Sep 26, 2012
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ms11781, Sep 23, 2012
Fayston Maple Imperial Stout from Lawson's Finest Liquids
92 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.