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Fayston Maple Imperial Stout - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Reviews: 88
Hads: 472
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 22.87%
Wants: 479
Gots: 96 | FT: 7
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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 JMScowcroft
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lawson's Finest Liquids - Fayston Maple Imperial Stout, poured into a Lawson's tulip.

Look - Pours an oily dark brown-black with a small mocha head that dissipates quickly. Not much lacing.

Smell - Rich maple with chocolate and a backing of roasted malt. Phenomenal aroma.

Taste - Medium creaminess and the maple and chocolate leads the way and then fades to roasted malts. Big flavor here.

Mouthfeel - Mouthfeel is roasted malts, almost woody or smoky. Heavy-medium body with low carbonation. Not at all boozy. Good drinkability.

Overall - Outstanding brew! It was surprising to me that this was not as sweet as I expected since it had maple, but I must have gotten it in my mind that it would be anything like Maple Tripple. Anyway, it turned out to be a good thing, this is a rugged as hell stout, one of the most rugged non-BA stouts I have had so far. Two thumbs up!

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Photo of puboflyons
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Prohibition Pig. Full 16oz pour into a ProPig snifter today, 2/10/2014.

App- Pitch black, thick dark mocha head, about one finger worth with great retention. Very delicious looking head that sticks around for a long time, it's almost like it was on nitro. Not much lacing.

Smell- Deep and sweet, a bit sugary with some dark fruits and roasty undertones.

Flavour- Faint dark fruits, strong roast, a bit of charred malts, sugar sweetness that is certainly not dry at all. Very rich and robust with a slight charred, earthy but sweet finish.

Mouthfeel- Best aspect. Full bodied, thick and syrupy, creamy and resinous but not cloying at all. Very drinkable, no hint of the 10.1% ABV.

Overall- Great Imperial Stout, I came into it looking at it as a American IS and it delivered on that count. The maple syrup seems to make it sweeter in a less dry and certainly not cloying manner. It's a well-done, very thick imperial stout that impresses in that regard.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of koopa
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

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Photo of naproxen
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
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!

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L- Aggressive pour leads to a 3/4 inch thick mocha head. Dark thick body, no light getting through.
S-light coffee, chocolate, a bit of dark fruit. No Maple.
T- light coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Incredible balance with only light bitterness. Maple is a almost completely hidden by the chocolate and coffee. Alcohol is almost completely hidden.
F- Rich, creamy, smooth, and lingering. The way a stout should be. Carbonation is very light.
O- I am not a big stout fan, but this is very tasty and drinkable. Only negative thing is the maple is very light.

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Photo of mynie
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce pours at the Mad Taco before the anniversary party.

First sip... not so great. Really, deeply sweet with little discernable balance. As much as I criticize our march toward aging every single stout in barrels, this one seems like it could benefit from some mellowing.

But then I sip some more, and I realize the beer's not flawed, my pallet is. This isn't the syrup bomb I'm expecting because of beers like Kentucky Brunch and CBS. Nor does it have any of the gigantic alcohol nodes of contemporary BA stouts. This is a sweet, heavy beer that has its own set of complexities and plays by its own set of rules.

And it's good. Sweet coffee up front, moving into a middle and finish that's dominated by maple but gets some decent balance from burnt barley. Not perfect, but interesting and very tasty throughout.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

An incredible example of an imperial stout without BB aging.
Pours jet black with low caramel head.
Smells roasty and some nice sweetness from the maple.
Tastes delicious, deep flavor with the maple being present but complimentary to the roasty malts not overpowering.
Finishes soft and slightly creamy.
Overall, a fantastic beer.

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Photo of oline73
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter. I was lucky enough to have this with the other 3 variations.

The beer pours a dark brown, almost black color with a layer of tan head. The smell is a little bit sweet with a nice roast quality. There is more roast in the taste than there was a smell. I would swear there is a wood aged quality to this beer. I'm getting a mild maple syrup note behind the roasted malt. While the roast dominates, the beer still has enough balance for me. The body is on the thick side with a good amount of carbonation and a finish that is super dry.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier yesterday. Pours black as night with a head that is solid brown, thing and leaves legs on the glass. Smells deep and rich, tons of coffee. Flavor starts very sweet like molasses, chocolate in the middle, big roasty note at the end, bitter. Heavy body beer that demands to be sip, enjoyed over the course of about 30 mins to let it warm. No big indicators of maple syrup in this one, if you didn't tell me it was in it I would have never known. No alcohol present so for 10% ABV this is awesome. Recommend!

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fayston Maple Imperial Stout pours black into the glass with a small brown head on top. The foam disappears quickly leaving behind a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is rich malt with notes of chocolate, roasted malt and dark fruit. Notes of alcohol are also present.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is smooth and silky with a mild carbonated fizz. The flavor is rich and loaded with chocolate, toffee and roast malt. Some dark fruit is also present. It finishes with a mildly bitter pine flavor. Once gone the chocolate and pine lingers on the palate.

A very tasty easy drinking beer. You'd never know it's 10% abv.

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Photo of onefmatt
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.15/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one at a past Random Sunday Tasting! Sampled side-by-side with the bourbon barrel version! Served from bottle into an Aroma’s snifter. Poured pitch black with a half finger brown head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, molasses, powdered chocolate, Yoo-Hoo, and smoke. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, molasses, and smoke. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Having had this side-by-side with the bourbon version one could definitely tell that they were both completely different animals. While this one was not quite as complex as the bourbon version (which one might expect) it still managed to work really well with what it had going on. The Yoo-Hoo on the nose of this one was really enjoyable and actually brought back childhood memories of shaking the shit out of those bottle to suspend the chocolate at the bottle of them. Glad we didn’t do that to this beer as I would have hated to waste any of it. Another really well done brew by these guys that I would absolutely love to try again in the future.

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Photo of jegross2
4.12/5  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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Photo of kawilliams81
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Half Acre snifter.

A- pours like motor oil with a 2 finger dark cola head. Some blotches of lacing remains on the glass.

S- molasses, roast, some ash, some sweetness in there as well.

T- dark chocolate, maple syrup, roasted malts, some oak, bitter pine and ash.

M- full body and medium carbonation. Creamy with light acidity at the finish.

O- very good RIS. Big roast and ash with some light sweetness from the maple syrup.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
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.


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Photo of inlimbo77
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours real black with a thin ring of tan head. Nose is super roasty, with charcoal and tar notes, ashy and dry with a bit of sharp heat. Taste is a bit of ashy charcoal, really smooth and roasty with sweet honey notes. Transitions into a real smooth roast that lasts through the finish. Big, thick, and smooth carbonation. Much drier and toastier than I expected, and I didn’t pick up any maple on this at all which was a mild disappointment. I definitely want to try the barrel aged version of this if at all possible!

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Photo of mikey711
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
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

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Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked & caged bottle into a couple of glasses. Rare batch 92. Bottle # 25/48. Black with a dark mocha head. Plenty of rich spotty lace and brown oils down the sides. Maple is heavy in the nose, along with chocolate, roast and alcohol, which is combining to give this a bit of a spicy tobacco character. The taste is sweet but not cloying, thanks to the overall roastiness of this. The flavors nicely compliment the spicy alcohol character that is here. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied but seems a tad thin. Probably from the aging but the benefit is that this is ridiculously easy drinking for the size. I mean RIDICULOUS. The maple addition really sweetens this up but the aggressive Stout flavors give it a balancing edge. I really like Lawson’s use of maple in these beers. Really gives it a distinct character. I’m looking forward to seeing how this base is put to use in the barrel-aged versions.

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Photo of Satchboogie
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of stakem
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Much gratitude to Kegatron for sharing this with me. This base version was up first before also sampling 2 different barel treatments. A 750ml bottle rediculously numbered 25 of 48. Talk about a limited run of bottles...yikes. The brew appears black in color with a thin line of clarity around the edges. A swirl revives a hearty finger of dark brown back to the suface. Webby patches of lace stick to the glass as the cap collapses.

The aromatics are deceptively sweet smelling like milk chocolate. Some roast and earth are present fading into something more along the lines of tobacco. A mild spicy note is present that blends into a touch of alcohol.

The flavor is super roasty, burnt and bitter almost like tobacco mingled with strong coffee. Plenty of roasted bitterness that seemingly voids any reason to include hops. A noticeable amount of solvent alcohol is present but it integrates very nicely. A minor hint of milky dark chocolate is noted across the back reminescent of what the aroma indicated.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew that is quite dry, roasted and aggressive. It seems thinned out a bit perhaps from the alcohol inclusion and lack of any significant amount of residual sugar. It has a modest amount of carbonation that helps move the flavors across the palate. This is a kickass brew thats worth seeking out. I cant imagine a better base brew thats aggressive like this and lends enough of its own profile to stand up against any form of barrel treatment. Thanks again Heath for sharing!

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Fayston Maple Imperial Stout from Lawson's Finest Liquids
91 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.