Fayston Maple Imperial Stout - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Reviews: 84
Hads: 458
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 4.17%
Wants: 470
Gots: 92 | FT: 6
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Vermont, United States

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

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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 -2%
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. (550 characters)

Photo of papat444
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

***Rare Batch #80, Bottle #39 of 92***

Thanks to SFLpunk for this one.
Cream
Poured from a 750ml. bottle and split with my wife.

Appearance: Pours like motor oil with a huge head that gently cascades. The bubbly and creamy head takes lots of time in settling.

Smell: Maple fudge, tinge of sweetness that isn't overdone and creamy.

Taste: Bit of sugar, coffee cream and them maple creeps up in the finish and aftertaste. Subtle yet becomes gradually more present.

Mouthfeel: Bit of carbonation and the body at first isn't quite full, a bit thin. Creamy and smooth body makes up for it a bit. Easy to drink.

Overall: Would have liked a bit more maple sweetness but it is a subtle and balanced stout. (704 characters)

Photo of Madbrew
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
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! (248 characters)

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. (598 characters)

Photo of portia99
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (1,844 characters)

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

Compliments of Derek (Rifugium). Thank you sir for the opportunity to try this one.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with pretty decent head retention and lacing. The head on this beer is a dark mocha brown color, that dissipates fairly rapidly after the initial pour. Still, this is a pretty attractive looking beer. The nose is about what you'd expect in a beer like this. There is considerable dark chocolate and vanilla in the aroma profile, along with some licorice, coffee grounds and underlying maple. The beer smells as if it will be on the sweet side (which of course it is). The flavor profile replicated the nose pretty closely, but was a bit sweeter than I expeced, and it had a roasty quality that I wasn't expecting as well. Still, everything blends together fairly well, the beer finishes wth some licorice and light bitterness. For such a big beer (over 10% abv.), I was surprised by the mouthfeel in this beer. It was actually a bit thin, though there's certainly plenty of flavor. The finish was fairly long otherwise, with some licorice and bitterness at the end. Alcohol was pretty well integrated into the flavor profile otherwise, and the beer wasn't at all heavy or tiring on the palate (despite the sweetness).

An interesting beer, but I just expected it to come across as a bit richer and fuller on the palate. Not sure what the brewer was going for here, but if he/she was hoping to replicate Founder's CBS, then I'm afraid they fell well short. Nevertheless, I was glad to be able to sample this one. Thanks Derek! (1,549 characters)

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

Got this bottle from jbeatty a while back. If anyone should be drinking a maple imperial stout, it is a canuck like me. Cheers man!

From a 750ml into a snifter
Vintage: 2011

APPEARANCE: Pours out dark black and yields a one finger, medium looking, light mocha colored head with good retention. Black body and lower levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a splotchy wisp and ring. A ring remains the whole way but leaves no real lacing down the glass. Dark and black, which is the way it should be.

SMELL: Bold enough nose of roasted malts, cocoa powder, dark chocolate and coffee. Quite a nice nose, but it lacks any real maple qualities, which were expected.

TASTE: Roasted malts and maple sweetness up front, which was nice to see. Cocoa powder, dark chocolate and some bitter coffee notes move into a bold and very persistent roasted, cocoa bitter aftertaste. A well-measured hint of maple syrupy sweetness lingers as well. Very nice and increadibly easy to drink. Great stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. A little light on the palate perhaps, but very creamy smooth for sure. Goes down silky smooth and finishes slightly dry. A little light, but the silky creaminess is very impressive.

OVERALL: Quality, quality beer. Not quite as maple syrupy as we may have expected, and definltey milder than the CBS we drank it next to, but the balanced nuances were phenomenal and it was increadibly easy to drink. We slammed through this bottle way too quickly. Would love to drink this again sometime, and would be very interested in trying out a barreled version. Thanks again for sending this one over jbeatty. Excellent stuff. (1,664 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Black Back in Waterbury Vermont.

A - Poured into a Lawson's Finest tulip a thick deep brown almost black with a one finger creamy mocha head that faded to leave a thin halo and clouding.

S - Aromas of deep chocolate and light coffee with super faint maple notes. Really, this is a nice stout but needs more maple.

T - Very nice dark chocolate here, like a melted candy bar. Rich toasted malts and deep roast. Good slight sweetness and deep chocolate. Not much maple but a shit ton of dark chocolate. Very nice stout.

M - Nice mouthfeel for a big stout. ABV is hidden wonderfully. Super nice and smooth mouthfeel with a light carbonation.

O - Overall this was a very good stout but where's the maple? Really could use more mapleguava but this was delicious. (775 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Kyle for this one. 750ml (red) foiled and capped bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

Pours a 1.5 finger thick, dark mocha head with moderate retention. Beer is pitch black, rich and thick. Lacing is web-like with great stick. Very good.

Nose is roast, cocoa, espresso, and dark chocolate. Moderately aromatic. Decent.

Opens chocolate and roasted malt tartness. Tanic with hints of leather, smoke and honey at the back. Chocolate, fudge, cocoa and espresso at the end. More roasted malt tartness in the finish. Aftertaste of molasses and roast. Good complexity. I expected a touch more sweetness but this is just fine.

Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Thick and chewy in the mouth and goes down smooth and viscous. Messy finish with a slightly lingering aftertaste. Appropriate. Good balance.

A very good beer all the way around. Looks gorgeous, nose is robust and inviting and the flavor has good balance and complexity. The feel is just right too. Worth trying as an above-average representation of the style. (1,041 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (611 characters)

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

Thanks a ton Michael! Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a very dark brown, near black, with a thin light brown head that quickly faded to a bubbly collar leaving spotty lace.
S: More smoke than maple. Some sweetness comes through along with roasted malts and marshmallows.
T: Flavors a roasted yet sweet. I get a blend of smoke, sweet maple, marshmallow, roast, caramel, ash, chocolate, burnt and raisin. The finish reminds me of burnt tobacco. I wish there was a bit more maple.
M: Medium-thick body, very smooth mouthfeel, creamy carbonation, well hidden alcohol.
O: Maple has faded. Much more roasted than I was expecting. Flavors are rich though, and the beer drinks very smoothly. Thanks again SneezyAchew. (711 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (1,066 characters)

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. (1,032 characters)

Photo of Jpwv
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: one of the best looking stouts I've had. 1-2 finger brown head with, multi size bubbles, reddish hue around the edges. Liquid is dark and opaque.

S: sweetness (must be the maple), dark fruits, roast, chocolate to some degree.

T: initial taste is dark fruit and ends with some roast, slight chocolate and hops or maybe faint coffee.

M: mouthfeel is very good, not world class like Kate or Darkness but very good. Creamy head, overall medium plus mouthfeel.

O: overall better than good beer but not great. Cant say i will seek it out again as it is not readily available but was happy to have tried it. If I could pick it up at Brawleys I'd definitely have it in the rotation.
Maple is not distinct but there is a sweetness that is most likely maple. Maple is not noticeable as it is in CBS. (797 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter. Pours one shade shy of black with no head, just a cluster of bubbles around the edges. Nose expresses dark malts, a significant roasted presence, charcoal and coffee notes. Taste is completely consistent with nose; however, where's the maple? Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with an easy, even carbonation from start to finish - a bit on the light side for the style. Overall, I'm not sure of the hype on this beer; I get zero maple. Alcohol is well-hidden at 10.10% and while it's a decent example of the style, it is not a standout for me. (564 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage poured from a 750ml bottle. Black in color with a thin, dark tan colored head clinging to edges of the glass. Nice looking lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a creamy milk chocolate flavor mixing with some roasted malts and coffee. It's got some subtle but good maple notes to it that started to come out more a it warmed. The darker, roasted malts were pretty good and they were complimented pretty well by the maple.

The taste shows more of the darker, roasted malts with notes of chocolate and coffee throughout. A little of the maple sweetness comes out up front along with some caramel and a little sugar. In the finish I get more of a bitter, roasted almost burnt flavor coming out. There is a little but of a burnt hop like flavor to it as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and it felt a little thin for style overall. Overall, I thought it was a pretty good but not great beer. It just didn't all work that well for me. The roasted, bitter, burnt hop just seemed to dominate and the maple didn't really come out that much. It was good, but not as good as I had hoped. (1,136 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (476 characters)

Photo of jsvt
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (645 characters)

Photo of callmescraps
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Been sitting on this about 30 months or so? Wow, can't believe it's been that long.

Look - Nice, black, mocha head two inches, recedes leaving minimal lacing.

Smell - Nice and roasty, nothing jumping out.

Taste - Coffee ice cream. Some nice roast, a little lingering bitterness, some dark chocolate, maybe a hint of stone fruit. No idea if there was ever any maple, but certainly nothing standing out now.

Feel - Definitively thin. Missing something.

Overall - A nice beer. Nothing special. Not sure why it took so long to drink. Would be interested in trying fresh, but not going to go out of my way. I usually like Lawson's a little better than this. (658 characters)

Photo of Treebs
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle served in a Deschutes tulip. Big thanks to Mike (Gushue3) for the bottle!

A: Pours a black body with browner edges and thin tan head. It recedes to a thin film and ring that leaves some splotchy lace behind.

S: Roasty malts with unsweetened chocolate and just a touch of maple syrup sweetness.

T: The maple is more pronounced in the taste, but it is more sugary and somewhat artificial tasting. The taste still has the roasted malts and chocolate flavors from the nose. Booze is nicely hidden.

M: Medium bodied with a medium to medium carbonation. I was expecting a creamier mouth, but it was very drying in nature.

O: This was a solid stout, but I wish the maple was a tad less artificial and the mouthfeel wasn't so drying. The booze was hidden which was nice. Good, but don't go afte the hype. (815 characters)

Photo of craytonic
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (467 characters)

Photo of Retail1LO
3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (937 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (916 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (561 characters)

Photo of CliffBrake
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (528 characters)

Fayston Maple Imperial Stout from Lawson's Finest Liquids
90 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.