Oak-Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout - Lawson's Finest Liquids
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Reviews by portia99:
3.69/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
01-28-2013 01:33:30 | More by portia99
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4.08/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
02-17-2010 21:30:53 | More by sleepydave
4.45/5 rDev +15.3%
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%.
11-12-2009 01:33:29 | More by kingcrowing
4.1/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
08-23-2013 00:26:40 | More by SpeedwayJim
4/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
04-09-2013 03:17:21 | More by oline73
3.35/5 rDev -13.2%
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.
11-19-2012 16:08:54 | More by claspada
3.53/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
04-03-2012 11:04:41 | More by Thorpe429
4.48/5 rDev +16.1%
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.
10-01-2012 00:01:15 | More by WanderingFool
4.03/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
11-23-2009 21:31:43 | More by UA8
Oak-Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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