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

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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

76 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%


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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BTPete

New York

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

12 oz bottle shared by friend. Thanks Brian.

Oaked Fayston Maple

A: dark brown/black with no head.

S: sweet dark malts, alcohol, coffee notes, not much maple, but there underneath it all.

T: alcohol up front with a little burn, sweet after that. Oak comes through nicely on this one ending with dark toasty malts and coffee. Once again, I wonder if oaking/aging of this didn't subdue the maple.

M: full bodied but with little carb.

D: nice sipper for 10%. Would easily drink again.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 13:23:38 | More by BTPete
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 14:16:59 | More by PittBeerGirl
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

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!

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 21:01:11 | More by rvdoorn
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sisuspeed

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 22:51:38 | More by sisuspeed
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sleepydave

Vermont

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 21:30:53 | More by sleepydave
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Oak-Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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