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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

77 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
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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c_patton

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

12-21-2012 16:56:09 | More by c_patton
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claspada

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 16:08:54 | More by claspada
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Anonymous1

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

11-16-2012 07:33:23 | More by Anonymous1
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seplo

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

10-30-2012 18:27:19 | More by seplo
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 00:01:15 | More by WanderingFool
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SourinQns

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

09-23-2012 01:12:59 | More by SourinQns
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koopa

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 00:40:53 | More by koopa
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claytong

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

08-21-2012 22:56:44 | More by claytong
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billab914

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 19:55:16 | More by billab914
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GregSVT

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml waxed bottle into a snifter

A: Pours dark brown with a huge brown head that fades to a layering and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose starts with maple right after you pour it and as it warms you get nice notes of chocolate, vanilla, and a slight hop aroma in the background that is a bit odd and something I wasn't expecting.

T: The taste starts with the hops and then fades to vanilla, cocoa, along with a touch of maple.

M: The feel is creamy and on the thicker side of medium.

O: This is a great beer but it could use less hops and more maple. I didn't get much oak besides a bit of vanilla .

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 03:08:53 | More by GregSVT
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UCLABrewN84

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, wood, and some slight maple aromas. Taste is much the same with a woody aftertaste on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has a very woody presence in the aroma and taste.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 00:50:27 | More by UCLABrewN84
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

07-23-2012 17:45:55 | More by mothman
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

07-21-2012 03:15:30 | More by millerbuffoon
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HopsHopenstein

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.4%

07-18-2012 22:23:40 | More by HopsHopenstein
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FunkyMacGroovin

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

07-03-2012 03:47:33 | More by FunkyMacGroovin
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acurtis

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

06-30-2012 01:35:47 | More by acurtis
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 23:10:35 | More by Reagan1984
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millelacsmark

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +3.4%

06-23-2012 01:41:00 | More by millelacsmark
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GuisseppeFranco

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

06-03-2012 16:36:39 | More by GuisseppeFranco
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.4%

05-31-2012 03:16:20 | More by imperialking
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whartontallboy

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

05-26-2012 21:43:36 | More by whartontallboy
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smutty33

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

05-15-2012 15:49:28 | More by smutty33
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 04:35:36 | More by andrewinski1
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Bendurgin

Maine

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 03:10:36 | More by Bendurgin
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thstevens12

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

04-24-2012 23:52:50 | More by thstevens12
Oak-Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout from Lawson's Finest Liquids
87 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.