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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: 81
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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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.

andrewinski1, May 13, 2012
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.

Bendurgin, May 13, 2012
Photo of thstevens12
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

thstevens12, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of Khazadum
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Khazadum, Apr 20, 2012
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.

MasterSki, Apr 07, 2012
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.

drabmuh, Apr 05, 2012
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.

mdfb79, Apr 05, 2012
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.

Thorpe429, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Huhzubendah, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4/5  rDev +3.4%

coreyfmcdonald, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of Rochefort10nh
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Rochefort10nh, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of Yabev15
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Yabev15, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of funkel81
4/5  rDev +3.4%

funkel81, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

ygtbsm94, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

nmann08, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of Miamilice
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Miamilice, Mar 07, 2012
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.

harrymel, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of phingdong
4/5  rDev +3.4%

phingdong, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of TheDudeRules
5/5  rDev +29.2%

TheDudeRules, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

Rhettroactive, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of nathanjohnson
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

nathanjohnson, Nov 18, 2011
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 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!

cpetrone84, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of BTPete
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.

BTPete, May 20, 2010
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!

PittBeerGirl, Apr 08, 2010
Oak-Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout from Lawson's Finest Liquids
87 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.