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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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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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ncaudle

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

07-01-2014 23:24:05 | More by ncaudle
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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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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

06-02-2013 00:24:01 | More by Todd
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

08-15-2013 01:35:09 | More by DonFrap
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GrindFatherBob

New York

2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

01-24-2013 13:36:01 | More by GrindFatherBob
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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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portia99

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 01:33:30 | More by portia99
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SpeedwayJim

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 00:26:40 | More by SpeedwayJim
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kingcrowing

Vermont

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%.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2009 01:33:29 | More by kingcrowing
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4/5  rDev +3.4%

03-26-2012 02:32:05 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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iatethecloudsfor

Vermont

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-29-2013 05:20:58 | More by iatethecloudsfor
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thebigredone

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +3.4%

02-25-2013 17:29:03 | More by thebigredone
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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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funkel81

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

03-14-2012 21:55:31 | More by funkel81
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pisano

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

09-30-2013 14:22:34 | More by pisano
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jbertsch

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 01:54:15 | More by jbertsch
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CityofBals

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

09-12-2013 19:23:22 | More by CityofBals
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Borry and I decided pre-draft festivities needed a bit of pep. Red waxed bomber into snifters goes a little something like this...

Loads of brown fluff atop a sturdy, if a bit lighter than expected, base. More lace than your typical sexy time parlor.

Smells nice: sweet roast, toffee, melted chocolate. There's a warm gooey character that's difficult to explain but appeases me sniffer....almost like a barrel kissed melted sundae.

Dark fruits, touch of green apple tartness, brown sugar, and some oak and berries on the finish.

Lighter bodied, supple carbonation, and creamy.

Overall, it smells better than it tastes but I'm pleased to have tried this. Thankfully, earlier reviews of an oak bomb are not indicative of current results.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 00:59:02 | More by BarrytheBear
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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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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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Anonymous1

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +3.4%

06-23-2012 01:41:00 | More by millelacsmark
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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
Oak-Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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