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: 13 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

Photo of billab914
2.8/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2012 vintage poured from a 750ml bottle. Pitch black in color with a big foamy head rising well above the top of the beer. Nice looking head and lacing to it.

The aroma has a bit of an acidic quality to it unfortunately. I get a little bit of a barrel flavor, but there is also a lot of alcohol coming along with it. There is some roasted malts and coffee to it, but the acidic, vinous like quality I get is just overshadowing them for me.

In the taste I get more of the acidic, almost wine like flavors coming out giving it a strong tannic, vinous quality. The roasted malts and a little bit of coffee are there as well. It's almost like a stout mixed with red wine. It's a little boozy and hot but also slightly sour and sharp. It's interesting, a little strange and while not awful, it's not that good either.

The mouthfeel is thin for the style with high carbonation. Not at all what I'd want for the style. Overall, it was a very strange beer. The tart, acidic, vinous qualities didn't work at all for me and clashed with the stout flavors. Perhaps something unintended is developing, I really don't know. I know it was a big disappointment of a beer though.

Photo of jbertsch
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.

Photo of andrewinski1
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Bendurgin for sharing! Poured into a tulip. There is a small medium tan head on top of a black body.

The aroma has maple with some dark cherry fruityness to go with some chocolate.

The taste is malty with some grainyness. The finish has some fruitiness in the finish. The taste is one-dimensional and does ot note the maple.

Eh, this one underwhelmed.

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Bendurgin
3.33/5  rDev -14%
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 claspada
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
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 MasterSki
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
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 GuisseppeFranco
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of pisano
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of CityofBals
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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 harrymel
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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 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 portia99
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.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to iwantmorehops for providing this in a trade.
Red wax bottle with a glossy label that matches the description of the 2012 version
I didn’t realize the Oak Aged edition was different until I sat to write this review. A fluffy dark tan head lays lightly atop the glossy brown colored beer. Just a splotch or two of bubble clings to the glass.. not sure it can be called lace..

Aroma is slightly musty and of dark roasted malt. Overall a very light aroma.
Sweet dark roasted malt takes center stage and there is some notes of oak behind this. The web site says the 2012 version (red wax, glossy label) is Buffalo Trace barrels. I believe this is bourbon and I really don’t get too much bourbon and/or vanilla. I’d have to say that without knowing there was maple, I am not sure I would use the word in the review. I can’t really even muster myself to say there is a hint.

The body is a bit thin for my taste on an imperial stout. Slick as well. Just a prickle of carbonation.

The body is a bit of a let down and I didn’t really get a lot of maple here. It’s good. No doubt. But based on my love for other Lawson editions, I was left wanting a bit more here.

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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