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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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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

393 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 393
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 415
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%

Duff27, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

thagr81us, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of DefenCorps
4/5  rDev -2.9%

DefenCorps, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of Gobzilla
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Gobzilla, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of LoveStout
4/5  rDev -2.9%

LoveStout, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of puboflyons
4.33/5  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.

puboflyons, May 23, 2010
Photo of enelson
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

enelson, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of rudzud
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

rudzud, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of Jwale73
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Jwale73, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of Dicers
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Dicers, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of whartontallboy
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

whartontallboy, May 26, 2012
Photo of woosterbill
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of maximum12
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

maximum12, May 07, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours not quite black. Closer to a very dark brown. The beer also has a brown tinted head. The head recedes slowly.

S-I found there to be some maple in the nose. There was a lot of roasty sweetness and burnt caramel in the nose.

T-Quite sweet. Roast with maple, peanut butter and chocolate. There are some burnt flavors in this beer. It finishes with a moderately bitter roastiness.

M-The heat isn't shy. Body is not super full bud it had a pleasurable overall consistency. Flavors linger.

O-A solid beer for sure.

VelvetExtract, Apr 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

ShemRahBoo, Jun 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

akang, Mar 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

williamjbauer, May 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

petermethot, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of cbutova
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Draft Prohibition Pig, May 23, 2014. Notes taken on cell phone.

A- Midnight, pitch black pour from the tap to a snifter. Motor oily and super thick liquid with a creamy light mocha tan head building to one finger. Decent retention with drizzly webs at the the top and spotty lace below.

S- Charred black malts, molasses, dark raisiny red fruits and an earthy woodsy feel that could be from maple. Some apple yeasty hints coming in too.

T- Dark red fruits open up a lot and some bitter burnt ashy malts come into play. Cherry spicy raisiny pith, bitter dark chocolate, earthy maple wood but no syrupy sweets. Cola hints.

MF- Super thick body with a chewy creamy texture. Carbonation is medium and a dark dry roast bitterness lingers along with alcohol warmth.

A bit more maltiness and less yeast character would bring this up a notch. Just not up to par with the countless great stouts out there.

cbutova, May 28, 2014
Photo of cosmicevan
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

cosmicevan, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of thegerm87
2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

thegerm87, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of scottfrie
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

scottfrie, Jul 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

ehammond1, Aug 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of koopa
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

MAPLE OPS HAND BLEND

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!

koopa, Jun 26, 2010
Fayston Maple Imperial Stout from Lawson's Finest Liquids
92 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.