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

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Oak-Aged Fayston Maple Imperial StoutOak-Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
87
very good

82 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 77
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
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Vermont, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kingcrowing on 11-12-2009

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.
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Ratings: 82 | Reviews: 30
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Photo of sleepydave
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sean Lawson for bringing his great brews to the Montpelier Farmer's Market to celebrate his 100th batch!

I believe this was bottle 15 of 48 of batch#100 (12oz bottle), although I can't quite recall offhand. Long story short is it's an EXTREMELY small batch size. So I can't help but feel a little privileged to have tried it.

Shared between Abuliarose, Sisuspeed, and myself. In my opinion this is a very well done brew. Up there with some of the top stouts easily. If this got out into distribution I would be picking it up over abyss, old rasputin (even the XII), stone, and otter creek without even a question.

A pour into my White Birch tulip revelease it's as pitch black as it should be topped with a beautiful mocha/espresso head. The head starts rather nicely but quickly dissipates into a quarter inch or so of creamy milk chocolate foam within a few moments. Very well done, spot on for the style.

Smells very much of oak, maple sugar (those two gallons of syrup really come through!) along with the caramel and toffee notes. The roastiness is there, but it melds with the oak initially. I pick it up much clearer in the finish of the smell, right on the tail end. Nearly no alcohol on the nose.

Taste is very roasty at first, but as in the smell it melds with the oak in the intro. Along with the maple sweetness it makes for a vivid charred maple barrel feel. The tastes all play well, but the maple sweetness can be overpowering at times. But I find a slight cloying nature to alot of stouts. There is always a taste that takes the forefront to mask the alcohol, from first touch to aftertaste.

Extremely nice mouthfeel! Velvety, smooth, again up there with some of the best I've had. I find the carbonation to be spot on for the style and any more may wreak havoc with the maple flavors in my opinion. I'd give a lower drinkability score but when I had one of these during a superbowl party I went through it very very quickly. This is definitely a sipper, but it's a treat in and of itself.

A very high class offering from such a small operation. I believe this could fool many a people at a blind tasting with some of the big dogs.
If the sweetness were toned down a bit and maybe some very slight bourbon flavor added to the chips, this would be perfection in my opinion.

But in it's own right as a dessert stout, it's absolutely wonderful.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a small light brown creamy head. Nose is oaky, malty and sharp.

Taste is awesome! Very mellow, oaky and sweet. Very easy to drink, super smooth and not boozy at all. One of the best stouts I've had in a long time, you'd have no idea this was 10%.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of oline73
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.

Photo of claspada
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | 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 roast, light earthy bitterness and honey sweetness from the maple and emerging oaky woodiness. As it warms you get a little more chocolate and vanilla sweetness.

The tastes follow the nose with some roasted maltiness up front and oak and light maple in the background, plus a bit of chocolate as it warms.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to low carbonation. Finish is dry and toasty and slightly tannic.

Overall this was an alright beer but by far my least favorite of the three varieties. It was too dry and roasty and the oak further added to the drying/tannic flavor profile.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to yourefragile for FINALLY opening this one up. You just had to tease us with this one tasting after tasting, didn't you? Now comes the obligatory boom.

Pours a fairly-dark brown color with a thin off-white head. The nose has some nice roasted malt plus chocolate, maple, oak, and vanilla. Fairly-good depth to this, though it's not quite on the level of other Lawson's stouts. The flavor is similar with some oak and light maple in the background, plus a bit of chocolate. Medium body with good carbonation and a touch of warming booze. I liked it.

Photo of WanderingFool
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oak-Aged Fayston Maple pours black into the glass with a small, creamy tan head on top. The foam is slow to dissolve leaving behind spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma has lots of oak, vanilla, chocolate and roasted malt. An earthy nuttiness and some pine is also present.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is velvety with mild carbonation. The flavor is rich with roasted malt, nuts, chocolate, oak and vanilla. It finishes with some alcohol. Once gone the dark malt and oak linger on the palate.

This beer is loaded with flavor. It hides the 10% abv very well, but it's definitely a sipper.

Photo of portia99
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of UA8
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a jet black body with a thick one finger creamy brown head.

S- Scents of wood, maple, heavily roasted malts.

T- Caramel malt, a touch of char, oak, and just a hint of alcohol. Very smooth for 10%.

M- Medium viscosity, however carbonation a bit coarse for style.

D- A solid IS that if it had a touch more age and smoother carbonation would be fantastic.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of harrymel
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Keef for this surprise snack!

I can't really tell which one this is of the Fayston beers they put out, but this matches the label most closely than others. Bottle says "Oak Aged", but not barrel aged, and does not have a bottle number on it...

Pours a dark brown with a finger of mocha foam formation. This falls to leave a mirrored surface. The nose here does not really indicate much maple in my life, there's a nice malt character here with roasted cocoa beans and certainly an assertive oak detail. The flavors are of toasted, charred wood and rich imperial stout with a little extra molasses and hop character (which I rarely pick up in Impy's). The body is medium with moderate carb an a semi dry finish. A nice beer, and I would drink again, but I'm not blown away. Never really got the maple character that is mentioned.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a viscous dead black liquid with a dark tan head and nice lace left behind.

S-the nose is fair in strength, dark chocolate, molasses, lots of caramel and toffee in the middle. vanilla lies underneath, notes of maple towards the back, smooth hints of oak with notes of booze in the back.

T-big roasted malts and dark chocolate are strong off the bat. hints of maple with a touch of oak in the middle. dark fruity sweetness in the back, slightly bitter coffee and a touch more dark chocolate mix with notes of alcohol in the finish.

M-lighter end of full body, chewy and a little grainy on the palate but somewhat creamy. very little carbonation but enough to hold the body throughout.

D-very tasty beer, pretty straight forward but done well. the booze is present but not in a bad way, good beer!

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, wood, and some slight maple aromas. Taste is much the same with a woody aftertaste on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has a very woody presence in the aroma and taste.

Photo of jbertsch
2.96/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

Photo of rvdoorn
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A big thanks to Stowehop for bringing this extremely rare bottle to Europe for us!! You are the best! The first bottle of this beer probably opened in Europe during a beer evening with papaeugene. Bottle # 28 of 48.

Look: very dark brown, almost black, with a small brown head which leaves a nice lacing.

Smell: Stong maple syrup, coffee, vanilla, roasted malts, and oaky.

Taste: Nice full roasted bitter coffee, maple a present but less present than in the smell, hoppy and roasted malts. Clear oak barrel(bourbon?) and a bit sharp bitterness in aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly smooth and easy to drink for and 11 abv beer. A bit watery body and very low carbonation.

Overall: I wish the body would be a bit fuller, than it would be one of my favorite imperial stouts. However, I really enjoyed drinking this one, and I would like to recommend it to everybody that likes this style. The smooth maple in this style makes it unique, especially in for European beer drinkers!

Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 03/30/12 notes. Big thanks to yourefragile for opening this one up; always excited for a new Lawson's beer. I've had their BBA Maple Fayston but never this one.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of off white head and low to moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of strong oak, roasted malts, and chocolate. Not a ton going on aside from that; nice, but very, very strong on the oak.

t - Tastes of oak roasted malts, sweet dark fruits, chocolate, toasted malts, light maple. Oak is super strong again.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and no alcohol heat.

o - Overall a decent beer, but the oak is just a bit too strong for me. It dominates the nose and taste, and I don't get a ton of maple. I prefer the BBA Fayston, but this is worth checking out at least once.

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

Thanks to channan for sending this my way! bottle #13 of 48.

A- Pitch black viscous body-no light passes through. Pours with a small light brown fizzy head that fades to a thin collar. No lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Nose is sweet with maple being the main character coming through. Oak, vanilla, molasses, and dark, rich chocolate malt are also quite noticeable components to the nose.

T- The main character upfront is dark, roasted malt. Accents of maple syrup and oak are also noticeable but come through more for the finish. The finish has the slightest phenolic bitterness- a mild alcohol warmth and mild roasted malt linger.

M- Mouthfeel is good, its quite thick and syrupy-but has a very slight phenolic consistency to it as well.

D- This is an interesting stout. There is a lot of oak and maple character going on here. It does have a bit of alcohol heat-but overall this is a smooth, great stout and I'm happy I had the opportunity to try it!

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

Thanks Michael, I really wanted to try this one. Served in a tulip. Beer is black with a thin tan head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation, low retention, no lacing, looks good.

Aroma is sweet, a little oaky, a little maple, roast, smells good..

Beer is medium in body and sweet on the front with a nice finish on it, the overall beer is nice too, I enjoyed it, the maple is subtle and nearly lost. I think it could have been more froward. I would have it again maybe.

Photo of Bendurgin
3.31/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks a lot for this one Alec. This one pours dark brown with a finger of pillowy than head.

This one seems to have a little bit of a charred aroma to it with a little bit of a cherry aroma in the background. Slight hints of sweetness with a little bit of caramel in the background. Roasted malt flavors with some hints of maple sweetness in the background. A little smokey with mild notes of chocolate.

The body is robust with smooth carbonation. A little sticky on the pallet. Overall this one is pretty middle of the road. Enjoyable but it doesn't come together like I would hope.

Photo of treyrab
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks goes to my VT pal for sending this bottle down. Bottle #24/48, hand-signed by Sean, and batch #100. I split this with two good friends into three snifter-style glasses. Here is my analysis:

A: Pours a nice and dark liquid into the glass yielding a small mocha (dark khaki) head. The head doesn't last too long and it fades to black in no time (cue Metallica music). Not super thick, but fairly average for the style.

S: Wow, oak bomb! There is so much oak in the scent I am blown away. This must have been a fresh American oak barrel. It is very nicely done and very well integrated. The oak leaves a very dry scenet that couples the dry chocolate and coffee.

T: The only thing holding back my score here is the fact that I have had the regular Fayston's and the maple character was amazing. It seems the oak flavors have taken over the maple flavors here. This beer is not sweet, and it is rather dry with cocoa nibs, dry chocolate, and coffee. Fantastic, however.

Overall, this beer was a gem. Reminded me a bit of Abyss to be honest. Very solid. Thanks again!

Photo of MasterSki
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to yourefragile for the share. Served in a snifter.

A - Quick-dissolving tan foam settles to some wisps, leaving behind a thin collar and a few spots of lace. Very dark brown body with some lighter highlights at the edges of the glass.

S - Holy oak Batman! Tons of oak that overwhelms mild chocolate, smoke, and roast flavors. A hint of alcohol as well.

T - Taste is a bit more balanced, with some cocoa, vanilla, and smokey notes peaking out from behind the intense oak character. There's an oddly meaty flavor happening as well - perhaps a tad savory.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, tannic oak dryness, and fairly well-disguised alcohol. No major problems here.

D - Can you say over-oaked? Nothing subtle about this beer. It was difficult to drink a lot of this, and the partially full bottle seemed to migrate around Mike's house throughout the evening. Definitely my least favorite Fayston variant.

Photo of sisuspeed
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 15 of 48. Awesome. Thanks to sleepydave for bringing this over.

Pours a dark, dark brown with a thin tan head. The head and lacing actually look like they flecks of gold in them. Beautiful.

On the nose is alcohol infused chocolate, roasted dark malts and then notes of sweet sugary goodness, most likely from the maple syrup. Smells very rich, dessert like.

Roasted dark and chocolate malts showcase much of the bitterness in this beer. The oak really comes through as well with lots of woodiness. Overall, this stout is a strong mixture of dark malt and wood. The maple syrup takes the back seat, but its sweetness is noticeable at times. Alcohol is also apparent, but not too strong.

Mouthfeel is smooth and rich with light carbonation and warming alcohol.

Drinkability is pretty good. This is a stiff stout, especially with the large dark malt bill and the strong oak. With these characteristics and the 10% ABV it is definitely a sipper, but an enjoyable one.

Overall, this is a pretty awesome brew from a relatively new brewery, which is exciting to see. The flavor was maybe a little more on the bitter side than I would like and the oak was a little on the strong side, but those are fairly minor complaints. I don't know if Lawson's has any plans to tweak the recipe, but I think they have a really good start on this one and I will definitely be picking up more if I can find it.

Photo of GregSVT
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
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 .

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

Oh yeah! Thanks to yourefragile for the hookup. My vote for Mr. Vermont!

The beer is near black with a bubbly tan head. The aroma offers roasted malt and an abundance of oak. A bit of maple syrup makes its way into the flavor, but this is surprisingly less complex and wonderful than I was hoping. That said, this is good stuff. Lots of oak, some roast and subtle chocolate. I would have this again, but wouldn't trade for it.

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