Fayston Maple Imperial Stout - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Ratings: 456
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 463
Gots: 90 | FT: 6
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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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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of Retail1LO
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.16/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

Photo of HopHead84
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Photo of Gfunk720
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
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

Photo of craytonic
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Photo of yourefragile
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of CliffBrake
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Photo of kkipple
3.65/5  rDev -12%
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.

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of Aberration
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
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?!

Photo of Satchboogie
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of onefmatt
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of dragonWhale
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of maximum12
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of alpinebryant
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of Madbrew
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
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!

Photo of jsvt
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of dirkchivers
3.08/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of largadeer
2.59/5  rDev -37.6%
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.

Fayston Maple Imperial Stout from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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