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Oak-Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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BA SCORE
87
very good

77 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 81
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Lawson's Finest Liquids visit their website
Vermont, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

All bottles released 2012 with glossy labels, red wax, and no bottle numbers or signature, were aged in a Buffalo Trace barrel that was first used to age Utopias.

(Beer added by: kingcrowing on 11-12-2009)
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Reviews by GregSVT:
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GregSVT

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml waxed bottle into a snifter

A: Pours dark brown with a huge brown head that fades to a layering and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose starts with maple right after you pour it and as it warms you get nice notes of chocolate, vanilla, and a slight hop aroma in the background that is a bit odd and something I wasn't expecting.

T: The taste starts with the hops and then fades to vanilla, cocoa, along with a touch of maple.

M: The feel is creamy and on the thicker side of medium.

O: This is a great beer but it could use less hops and more maple. I didn't get much oak besides a bit of vanilla .

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 03:08:53 | More by GregSVT
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ncaudle

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

07-01-2014 23:24:05 | More by ncaudle
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JCam9981

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

03-19-2014 11:55:09 | More by JCam9981
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jbertsch

Massachusetts

2.95/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle was purchased 2 years ago, not sure when it was actually bottled.

When I opened the bottle it immediately smelled iffy. Tart, actually. Wondered if the bottle had turned. But as I drink it, I don't think it has completely turned just yet...but changed? Probably. Hard to tell as I didn't have one fresh. Ddn't intend to age this, it was only by accident.

Smells a little tart. Oak is noticeable. Cinnomon spice, and a little mocha. Doesn't have much chocolcate character at all on the nose. Heat is noticeable.

Flavor is a little tart up front, cinnamon again, a touch of maple, and just a hint of bakers chocolate on the finish. Tastes a bit hot suprisingly.

Mouthfeel is thinner than I'd like. Hint of vinegar-like sensation on the tongue. Carbonation is a bit sharper than I'd like.

Although I think something happened to this beer, I still enjoyed it enough to drink it. However, it wasn't quite what I expected, and frankly not worth the 25$ price tag. Oh well. To try it once is fine.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 01:54:15 | More by jbertsch
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HopsMatt

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

01-26-2014 20:02:38 | More by HopsMatt
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iatethecloudsfor

Vermont

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-29-2013 05:20:58 | More by iatethecloudsfor
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VTBeerTrade

Vermont

4/5  rDev +3.4%

10-03-2013 17:51:25 | More by VTBeerTrade
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pisano

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

09-30-2013 14:22:34 | More by pisano
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CityofBals

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

09-12-2013 19:23:22 | More by CityofBals
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Waxed and capped 750ml bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a frothy, thick 3.5 finger mocha colored head with good retention. Beer is thick and pitch black. Lacing is thick and layered with good cling. Thin legs though. Pretty sweet!

Nose is soft chocolate, fudge, and cocoa powder. Really pretty minimal. No barrel characteristics at all here.

Opens slightly tart roasted malt, chocolate, molasses and espresso. Fudge smooths out the middle with more molasses and some dark fruit at the end. Finishes slightly tart but its clear this isn't from possible infection. Aftertaste of dark fruit, wood, and dark chocolate. Really good.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Rich and robust in the mouth and goes down silky smooth. I can't believe this is the ABV it is! Clean finish with a slightly lingering, sticky aftertaste. So drinkable!

This beer is all about the mouthfeel for me. 10.10% but this drinks like it could be 7-8%. Complexity is nice but the barrel is pretty faded at this point. I should've drank this sooner. Though it is still a pretty solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 00:26:40 | More by SpeedwayJim
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Borry and I decided pre-draft festivities needed a bit of pep. Red waxed bomber into snifters goes a little something like this...

Loads of brown fluff atop a sturdy, if a bit lighter than expected, base. More lace than your typical sexy time parlor.

Smells nice: sweet roast, toffee, melted chocolate. There's a warm gooey character that's difficult to explain but appeases me sniffer....almost like a barrel kissed melted sundae.

Dark fruits, touch of green apple tartness, brown sugar, and some oak and berries on the finish.

Lighter bodied, supple carbonation, and creamy.

Overall, it smells better than it tastes but I'm pleased to have tried this. Thankfully, earlier reviews of an oak bomb are not indicative of current results.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 00:59:02 | More by BarrytheBear
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

08-15-2013 01:35:09 | More by DonFrap
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

08-10-2013 03:16:09 | More by Gonzoillini
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Todd

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

06-02-2013 00:24:01 | More by Todd
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amcaleh

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

05-04-2013 15:27:53 | More by amcaleh
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oline73

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter. I was lucky enough to try this one along with the other three versions.

The beer pours a dark brown, almost black color with a layer of tan head. I'm getting sweet roast, maple syrup, and some dark fruit in the smell. The taste is full of roasted malt notes along with some alcohol. I'm still getting some maple, but the sweet notes aren't as prevalent as the barrel aged versions. I didn't think this one was as complex as the other beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 03:17:21 | More by oline73
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duceswild

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.4%

04-05-2013 13:29:02 | More by duceswild
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

04-05-2013 13:25:34 | More by mendvicdog
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thebigredone

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +3.4%

02-25-2013 17:29:03 | More by thebigredone
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hopluva1

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -16%

02-20-2013 03:46:58 | More by hopluva1
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portia99

Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle courtesy of hoppymcgee. Poured into a Stone Old Guardian glass.

A - pours a jet black color with a huge two finger cap of fluffy dark mocha head with very good staying power. Sticky webs of lacing cling to the glass.

S - boozy, dark chocolate, licorice, and dark roasted malts

T - sweet caramel, brown sugar, faint maple (disappointing), licorice, booze and molasses, wood

M - medium body and medium carbonation, tingly, sweet and boozy, hoppy bitterness, alcoholic

O - uhh...just an average imperial stout. Was hoping for much more maple character. Not much coming from the barrel either. Had a couple of the Fayston varieties, and haven't been overly impressed.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 01:33:30 | More by portia99
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GrindFatherBob

New York

2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

01-24-2013 13:36:01 | More by GrindFatherBob
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

01-13-2013 05:12:35 | More by yourefragile
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mavbrew

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

12-28-2012 18:38:07 | More by mavbrew
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 12.23.12

A - Pours a motor oil brown with a huge brown head with great retention.

S - Sweet syrup, chocolate, oak, almonds, dark fruit.

T - Maple, subtle chocolate, acidic wood, with a coffee finish. Smooth.

D - Great carbonation with a heavy body, silky.

O - Very smooth and silky, nothing was over powering.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 07:40:44 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Oak-Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout from Lawson's Finest Liquids
87 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.