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Fayston Maple Imperial Stout - Lawson's Finest Liquids

Fayston Maple Imperial StoutFayston Maple Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 285
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%

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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 dragonWhale

New York

4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the most recent release. A thank you to Chris for opening this and for alerting us..You are a gentleman and a learned man.
Almost pitch black, with a little beige head, looking good so far.
Maple is big, some chocolate and some roast, no hops to speak of. On the sweet side, but really it's just malt-heavy, the maple suffocating out whatever hops once were there. Reminded me actually of a classier Dark Lord with maple. Well put together, and a very fine drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 13:00:21 | More by dragonWhale
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

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

Note's from Captain Lawrence Rosso Batch 3 release / tasting:

Faystons maple imperial stout – very dark, darker very brown almost black. Smell is roasted malts sweetness…a little maple, definitely. Flavor – oh wow, maple, chocolate, roasted malts, this is a quality beer. Delicious fantastic. Yum. The sweetness and maple syrup is a fantastic combination, goes down like golden butter. Beautiful beautiful beer…buttery and yum.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 04:16:55 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of emerge077


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

Thanks Brian for sharing this with all of us!
Review from written notes.

Into a small tulip glass it pours jet black with a clinging ring of foam and wispy broken skim. Svelte and stouty.

Graphite, tobacco, mild burnt char in the nose. Sort of light and nondescript.

Sweet dry roast, chalky, a bit woody, not much in the way of it's maple namesake. Slightly woody and moderately roasty in the aftertaste. Slight prickly heat from the perceptible alcohol. Flavors are pretty mellow and not especially complex. Thin bodied, could use a bit more in the flavor department. It's ok, but I wouldn't seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 02:14:44 | More by emerge077
Photo of maximum12


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

Thanks to imagineiii for this hefty bottle. I have been enamored of Lawson's efforts involving hops, & I'm a maple syrup freak, so I have high hopes for this one. Here we go. Batch #182, bottle 8 of 96.

Cork clings to the bottle like a baby in breach, but eventually comes free. Poured into two snifters, looks like a slice of liquid midnight pie. Head is off-white, which seems odd. Smell isn't what I expected; roast is strong, touch of chocolate. No syrup. Bummer.

Fayston Maple Imperial Stout is strong in the roast category; it dominates the front, middle, & end of the beer. Mild chocolate, littered with a bit of sweetness, but the maple syrup advertised is absent. It makes me a little weepy. Looking at the reviews I'm baffled. If the maple syrup wasn't littered all over the bottle, I wouldn't have been able to identify it.

Luckily the roast is really, really good. Not harsh, but smooth, warm, & loving. Not a lot of depth to this one, but I don't care. It's delicious. Very good brew, & I'm looking forward to the other two in this kind-of-series.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 03:56:14 | More by maximum12
Photo of alpinebryant


3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is a thick dark oil black with brown head. Heavy lacing

Aroma of ashy black patent, chocolate and coffee scents with a hint of spicy maple with smoke.

Taste is smooth and creamy , smokey with chocolate and espresso coffee. Lots of coffee flavors mixing in with a sweet slightly boozy finish. This would definitely do better with some age, but is very tasty as is. There is a thick to medium body and a light carbonation. Overall good, but could be great with some age.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 15:56:08 | More by alpinebryant
Photo of Madbrew


4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a Big
Imperial Stout

A: Black - very.

S: If you don't like Maple Syrup, don't even bother.

T: Very Nice - Have had this brew since inception, and it still impresses me how balanced, and drinkable it is for such a full body, roasty brew!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 22:59:12 | More by Madbrew
Photo of jsvt


3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into tasting glass.

A-Pours motor oil black with one finger head the color of a brown roux. Nice lacing and moderate retention.

S- Soft nose. Slight rye and burnt malt with bitter cocoa, earth like when you dig up the layer of leaves in the forest and get down to that mulch layer, faint maple.

T-Really earthy, more maple sap the syrup. Like sucking on a cocoa nib dipped in maple sap. Bitter cocoa and espresso. Medium finish.

All in all tastes like winter in a glass. Smooth and sessionable, and would not tell the ABV is where it is at on the palate. Looking forward to cellaring this to come back to in a year or two.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 00:26:18 | More by jsvt
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Rhode Island

3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Review from tasting yesterday.
750mL belgian bottle snatched from the Warren Store. Definitely bottled that week, i just barely was able to extricate the cork as it had not even taken shape yet. The newness of the cork was an indicator of what was to come...

A. Jet black, the abyss.
S. Coffee and roastiness. Huge dark fruit character, between prunes and raisins. Not particularly complex, but American nonetheless for its sheer boldness of character. No maple on the nose. I fear this beer is much to young at the moment.
T. Fear confirmed! The alcohol is huge on the palate tasting every bit of 10.1% ABV and solventy. A very strong taste of Crystal 120. Much dark fruit and roast. I could not detect any maple though my compatriots in the tasting thought they could taste something maple-y. The second bottle will be cellared for a few months to smooth the alcohol.
M. A nice full mouthfeel. The carbonation could chill out a bit, but that's a personal note.
D. It worked as a digestif with cinnamon ice cream. A mellowing of the alcohol will help dramatically. I hope to review the second bottle and give a report back on the changes.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 23:58:21 | More by dirkchivers
Photo of Thorpe429


4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a mini snifter. Pours black with a short mocha head that has a bit of staying power. Pretty nice looking and that's one of the "lowlights" of the brew, as the maple works wonders on the nose and taste. Nose starts out fairly normal in terms of the style with some good roast, coffee, and chocolate characteristics. Then...the maple hits and takes it from a pretty good stout to a really nice one. The taste is the same way and the maple and chocolate interact quite well together. Nice body and really superior drinkability. Great brew from Sean.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 01:45:21 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of largadeer


2.58/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks, Nick.

Black with a finger of chocolate-hued head. This is pretty dark even for the style.

Smells like tar, burnt malt and chocolate. Maybe a bit of oatmeal cookie. Pretty bland.

Taste is tarry, ashy, burnt. Lots of bitter dark chocolate. This is pretty dry, especially with the high ABV in mind. If this is brewed with maple syrup, I don't pick it up much at all; it seems to be overwhelmed by the dark malts. Finishes charred and burnt with intense lingering bitterness. Not a particularly enjoyable stout, it has a very one-dimensional burnt bitterness to it.

This reminds me a bit of some Scandanavian imperial stouts I've tried recently, but it at least it avoids the signature Mikkeller combo of intense sweetness mixed with burnt bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 19:29:20 | More by largadeer
Photo of treyrab


4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing from notes. I had this beer at the Rosso e Marrone release from an unknown generous soul who brought it for tasting. On that cold (and I mean damn cold) release day, this big Imperial Stout warmed my bones. I believe I had this on my fourth trip to the tasting table (had to keep going back to the car to get warmed up).

A: Pours black. Very black. Poured from the bottle a little thick, syrupy and muddy. The head is very nice and dark mocha brown. The head was creamy and stuck around pretty good.

S: Maple deliciousness. Good maple, like Grade A maple smothering your pancakes. Very sweet with maple, brown sugar, candy butterscotch, coffee, and roasted toffee.

T: Delicious. Perhaps a dessert beer, but I could have this every day. The roast really complemented the sweet maple. This beer is rather sweet, but it is by no means cloying. Nice and thick with roasted coffee, maple, brown sugar, and toffee.

Overall, an amazing Imperial Stout and one of the best, if not the best, use of maple I have tasted.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 18:54:12 | More by treyrab
Photo of koopa

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #80 Bottle 50 of 92 courtesy of MtGoat thanks!

Appearance: Pours an attractive deep chestnut with a 1 finger mocha crown that shows moderate retention and lace.

Smell: Well roasted malt (slightly burnt), lots of nuttiness, and a nice dash of maple syrup over chocolate covered toffee. All of this over an earthy oaky barrel note.

Taste: Some floral hop notes over a nuttiness and coffee segway into a delicious maple from lightly charred barrel note.

Mouthfeel: On the thick side of medium bodied and with moderate carbonation that works perfectly. Really nice mouthfeel here in my opinion.

Drinkability: Fantastic. This is a great brew! Another amazing offering from Lawsons.


50/50 split of
Lawsons Faystons Maple Imperial Stout
2008 Brooklyn Black OPS

Simply Delicious. The maple addition really adds complexity, calms the bourbon a bit, and seems like a great poor mans Canadian Breakfast Stout! Makes me want to blend Faystons with Breakfast Stout next!

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 16:56:04 | More by koopa
Photo of rudylaw


4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to youbrewidrink for the bottle!

Pours a dark, luscious black with an enticing milky way colored, two-fingered head.

The smell is off the chain! Swiss Miss hot chocolate, cocoa nibs, melted caramel and sugary maple. I'm also picking up some roast. Lots of sweet going on.

The taste is pretty straightforward; mirroring the smell well. It seems to be a pretty decent clone of Founders CBS but with a twinge of smoke... just slightly, like bacon. This batch seems to have more maple in it than I previously believed because at room temperature the maple really shines through!

Extremely smooth for a 10% beer. Amazing drinkability! Creamy, silky mouthfeel. Just a terrific, unique stout I feel fortunate enough to have tried. Lawson's and Newhart... see Vermont brings something to the table after all!

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 11:54:37 | More by rudylaw
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brattleboro, Vermont Brewer's Festival on May 22, 2010. What was up with that pour? It filled the glass with the excitement of a just popped nitro can with a dark brown to black body covered by about four inches of flittering, silky light brown head that took several minutes to diminish. Good things come to those that wait as my nose was greeted with a strong ingredient of chocolate and lighter background of maple syrup. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy while the taste embodied an array of chocolate malts, cocoa, and maple components in a bourbon shield of pleasure. Very nice indeed.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2010 23:28:10 | More by puboflyons
Photo of mikey711

New Jersey

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

Thanks to Stowehop for hooking me up with this, and a few other Lawsons goodies!

A: Pitch plack with a nice mocha colored head that is moderately thick and retains very well. it leaves almost wine like legs when swirled, exactly what i am looking for in a stout

S: Tons of roasted malt character, bitter coffee and chocolate notes are the most prominent. There is some maple, but not as much as I was hoping for

T: Chocolately sweetness and bitter roastiness with just a touch of maple syrup to go along with it. I like my stouts roasty but for this one I wanted more maple

M: Slightly chalky, but the body is substantial enough to provide some creaminess. Also, no heat present on this at all which is surprising

D: I would definitely like to try this one again, and given the abv, it is way above average

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 00:17:44 | More by mikey711
Photo of kingcrowing


4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the 2010 Stout tasting in a Orval Chalice.

750ml corked & caged bottle.

Pours black, black with a nice thick very dark brown head, Nose is sharp and rich.

Taste is very rich and sharp, a bit astringent but very hoppy given the age and style. Nice and smooth really easy drinking for being so strong.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 23:01:25 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of boothbeer


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

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to rhinos00 for opening this. Bottle #54/92. 10.1% abv.

A: Dark brown, just a shade under black. Nice toffee colored head.

S: Obviously lots of maple in the nose. Smells very sweet. Pick up a little roasty malt as well.

T: Maple in the front with some light chocolate, and super roasty in the finish. Almost a smoked flavor at the end. Very dry finish.

M: Medium body- maybe a little thin. But perfectly carbonated.

D: I really enjoyed this beer. Goes down easy at 10% The taste and smell were really nice. I think these sweeter beers are starting to grow on me.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 20:16:14 | More by boothbeer
Photo of rhinos00


3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shout out to MtGoat for sending me this great Vermont treat. Split amongst friends. Bottle #54/92, batch #80.

A- Pours a dark, brown coffee color. Produced a tan, mocha colored head. Medium lacing with good head retention.

S- Roasted malt character with a considerable chocolate malt backbone. There is noticeable maple sweetness in the background. Rich and roasty with a delicate sweetness.

T- 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.

M- Medium bodied with good carbonation for the style. Could have been a little more viscous...almost had a fluffy, marshmellow-like texture. Leaves the palate incredibly dry!

D- Pretty drinkable. The sweetness was very manageable. I might be singing a different tune if I had the whole bottle to myself.

Overall, a great effort, but falls a little short. Especially when compared to the other great maple beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 18:48:40 | More by rhinos00
Photo of naproxen


4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle # 37/92, batch 80, split with BeerTruth on this rainy evening-after-christmas.

This beer pours like a decadent dessert being served in a high class restaurant. The body itself is as dark as espresso beans, but it is the head that is most enticing ... a good two fingers thick and creamy (....teehee.), resembling the top of a dark hot chocolate that let the whipped cream dissolve into itself. What remains after about 3 minutes of me staring and drooling is a prominent creamy chocolate film and a bit of residual lacing along the sides of my tulip.

Oh man, this smells amazing. I feel like I am standing at the counter of Munson's Chocolates (it's a CT thing) inhaling the scents of chocolate truffles all around me. Dark chocolate nibs and french roast coffee beans are the dominant right now, with creamy caramel and maple sugar rounding it out. As it inches closer to room temp the maple really starts to stand out even more, along with a hint of the alcohol.

Really smokey, more than I expected from the aroma. I almost feel the nose has more complexity than the taste. The bitterness of the roasted malts remain in the back of the throat, reminding you this is not some small time stout just playin around. The maple syrup is not as predominant as I hoped for in this Imperial Stout, however the presence of it does not go unappreciated.

What a smoooth operator this one is. 10% alcohol...where are you hiding? It is really smooth and creamy going down before the bitter finish. This bottle is just about finished, I feel great, absolutely worth seeking this out!

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 02:19:28 | More by naproxen
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4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from scottg, shared with naproxen. We actually picked up another one from Sean today that we plan on aging, mmmhmmm :)

750 ml cork and caged bottle, #37 of 92. Poured into a tulip. OMG I should have totally traded this for Black Tuesday seeing it's so rare and all...maybeno

Pours a thick, gooey, motor oil black with a mud brown two finger head that leaves a spotty lace on the side of the glass. Aroma is deep and rich with earthy hops, big roasted barley and malts, and a touch of maple syrup. Dark chocolate and charred grains with not a single bit of booze in the nose, impressive. Taste is very similar with the big roasted flavors. Smokey malts, sweet Baker's chocolate, and some gritty hops. Some syrup midway, but not a whole lot...I was actually hoping for more. Aftertaste lingers forever with charcoal, hot cocoa, and wood. Once again, the big 10% abv is hidden on the tongue like it was in the nose. Big, rich, and chewy body with a slightly stronger carbonation than I like for the style. This is a perfect beer for the cold Northeast winter we've seen in the past couple of weeks, very warming and chewy. Anoter quality brew from Sean, reeeeally looking forward to seeing what some age will do to our other bottle. Delicious beer minus the hype, gotta love it.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 02:13:27 | More by BeerTruth
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4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Off the tap (03/04/09) at General Stark's Pub at the Mad River Glen Ski Area this Russian Imperial Stout was an opaque black color as dark and murky as crude oil. The head was a dark tan color, displayed very good retention as a cap and left lacing at first in thin bands and eventually in fishnets. The aroma was or roasted malt, maple, caramel, blackened malt and chocolate. The flavors were outstanding; I was actually floored. At first I tasted the sweetness of rich chocolate, caramel, toffee and of course maple. Then I tasted the hoppy bitterness in the form of coffee, roasted and blackened malt and the finish of unsweetened bakers chocolate was long and tongue coating. The depth of the malt was impressive yet the sweetness of the other flavors perfectly off-set it. Rich and complex yet not heavy and the 10.1% ABV was... where? The mouthfeel was smooth and rich, the body full and the carbonation perfect. Stunning. One of the best RIS's I have ever had and - dare I say it? - I liked it better than Storm King, Old Rasputin or Kate the Great. Damnit Sean, bottle this stuff!

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2009 16:44:31 | More by thekevlarkid
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Fayston Maple Imperial Stout from Lawson's Finest Liquids
91 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.