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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

80 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 79
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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4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

WanderingFool, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of kingcrowing
4.45/5  rDev +15%
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%.

kingcrowing, Nov 12, 2009
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4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
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!

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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!

treyrab, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of koopa
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz Red Wax Dipped Bottle
Old style paper label with Sean's signature on it
Batch # 231 Bottle # 15 of 48

It was explained to me that although the label says "Oak Aged" instead of "Bourbon Aged" this particular bottle is Fayston's Maple Imperial Stout aged in Tuthilltown Single Batch Whiskey Barrels!

Appearance: Pours jet black with a 2 finger brown crown that shows moderate retention and some lace.

Smell: Mild dark chocolate, a hint of caramel, some plum and raison notes, very soft bourbon notes giving a slightly warm booze olfactory quality, nice display of oak tannins, and some roast. I'd give it a 4.25 if I could so I'm rounding up a bit.

Taste: Same as the nose but the oak tannins take center stage overpowering lots of the subtle complexity. A small amount of bourbon and malt then appear in the transition. The beer finishes with the plum raisin quality. Definitely less balanced than the smell but enjoyable. This one is almost a 4.25 taste wise so I'm rounding down a bit.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation is comprised of fine bubbles that take the "thin side of thick bodied" stout and add an extra layer of creaminess that really enhances the overall experience.

Overall: A very solid version of Faystons. Other than the Maple Liquor Barrel version, this has been my favorite treatment to date by far. Very happy to have had the opportunity to try it.

koopa, Sep 05, 2012
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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.

SpeedwayJim, Aug 23, 2013
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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.

sleepydave, Feb 17, 2010
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.

UA8, Nov 23, 2009
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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!

cpetrone84, Jun 07, 2010
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Oak-Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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