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Bourbon Barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial StoutBourbon Barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

203 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 203
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 395
Gots: 48 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kingcrowing on 07-16-2010)
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is about what I expected, with a lot of roasted malt and chocolate, as well as some nice bourbon notes. The flavor is more of the same. The chocolate and roasted malts come through first, but there is some coffee and bourbon notes in the background, as well as some alcohol. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Glad I got to try this one.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured directly from a bourbon barrel cask into a tulip at The Farmhouse with rfc2323, huge thanks to both Sean and Chad for making this happen!

Pours a very dark inky black color with a nice deep brown head that's fairly small but lingers all the way through. Nose is very strong with bourbon, as you'd expect but it's even more intense than the regular version. There's some chocolate and burnt coffee notes as well.

Taste is just phenomenal, butting it back in this bourbon barrel cask mellowed it out a lot, the hotness that was in it early on has become much more subdued, especially as it warms. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy with light carbonation that makes it almost too easy to drink.

It was super unique to have it poured this way and was very well done. Looking forward to more beers served this way!

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Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, AdamJackson!

Black throughout with very dark ruby edges along with a surprisingly large 2-finger's worth of dark brown, small-bubbled head. Leaves the glass dotted with stick. Pretty and appropriate.

My favorite aspect of this beer is its aroma. While there's plenty of roast, dark chocolate, and enough bourbon, the maple syrup and oak steal the show, interjecting a very rich, sweet, earthy wood and sweet syrup component. It all comes together extraordinarily well, especially as the beer warms.

The flavor, unfortunately, just isn't quite as good as the aroma. The flavor, however, is a lovely combination of chocolates, roast, mild coffee, and distinct bourbon and maple syrup. Very nice. I just wish the bourbon and maple were even more expressive.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Love this beer, though I don't see it going anywhere good with age. Will open my next bottle asap.

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4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another thanks to jh1982 for breaking this out a few weeks back. Sturdy dark brown pour, not much head to it. Smells indeed of maple syrup. Neat.

Taste, chewy, amazed how the alcohol is barely even noticeable. Great low sugar sweetness, more of it from the viscous body of the beer. No hopping evident. Just a smooth ass beer. Mild accent of vanilla and oak. Strong notes of chocolate. Bourbon stays in the background, thereby allowing the smoothness without the alcohol heat.

Carbonation was just right, allowing the beer to not resonate too heavily. Love how it did all the standard barrel things just right, and then threw in its own little niche (maple) done oh so well. I'll add the bottle # before I shoot it up high on Beer Mountain.

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Bottle shared by nasty31

A - Dark chocolate colored beer with a small one finger head that settled down to the layer of foam

S - Maple, vanilla and charred oak from the roasted malts. Not much bourbon from the barrel. Little sweetness overall

T - Chocolates, vanilla, light maple syrup, and oak to it. However, there is a strong charred malt flavor that takes over from the sweetness. The char is too overpowering for me and makes the beer have a bitterness that lingers on in the finish

MF - Medium body with chocolate malt. The roasted malt makes it too burnt and astringent for the flavor

O - This beer could have been great but the roasted and charred malts just take over. The maple and vanilla are there but overpowered by the char and bitterness

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3.3/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the Valley Players Theater in Waitsfield, VT during the Farmers Market on 3/21/12.
Estimated calories - 330/12oz

Price - $25/bomber

After reading the Sean Lawson article in this month's Beer Advocate magazine it got me thinking. In the cellar there could be one more bottle of Lawson's Finest Liquids aging. There was and to my surprise this was it!

Pours near black with a ruby edge and a one finger creamy brown head that boils up with average staying power. A thin veil and foam edging lasts quite awhile and begs for attention. Limited lacing due to the viscous nature, oily yup. Unfiltered, the fines are noticeable but not a concern.

Aroma starts off with maple, chocolate, molasses and vanilla followed by apple and charred peat from the barrel. This is a surprise and much more pungent than I was expecting.

The flavor starts off with maple, dark fruit and bourbon but in the end I'm getting a granny smith acidic aftertaste.

The body has a medium feel and starts out smooth. Carbonation is held in check but noticeable and not unusual for the style. The finish is dry and at the end, leaves me with a bad case of cotton mouth. Usually this doesn't bother me but with the acidic aftertaste I find it unpleasing.

Overall a disappointment and not what I was expecting. For some strange reason it appears maple and I in a beer combination don't get along. My description certainly doesn't match previous reviews but this is an accurate desription with what's in my glass. If I didn't know better I 'd think this somehow got infected. It's got a wax covering and looked pretty well sealed. On a good note the alcohol was well hidden for the strength. As far as cellaring, I wouldn't recommend aging this batch.

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to GoGriz (Cody) for this one. Bottle # 324/350. Poured from a corked and caged bottle into a Darkness snifter. Shared with schen9303. Reviewed from notes.

A: Soft pour yields a .5 finger light coffee colored head with little retention. Beer is a thick, opaque black. Lacing is stringy and sticks close to the head with moderate retention. Average.

S: Nose is roasted malt, chocolate, sweet honey barbecue, and some cocoa powder. Surprisingly mute and a bit disappointingly subtle although very appropriate and appetizing.

T: Opens sweet molasses, creamy hop bitterness, roasted malt, chocolate, and some bourbon barrel characteristics. Sweet raisins and dark fruit in the middle with more chocolate and maple syrup towards the end. Finish is maple syrup and aftertaste is an added dose of cocoa powder, roasted malt, and dark chocolate bitterness. Great balance and the maple adds a nice sweetness.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Slightly prickly in the mouth but oily and filmy going down and as it warms. Finishes with a slight bit of heat and aftertaste lingers. Nice, this one really needs to get up to room temperature though.

O: Not as good as the maple liquor barrel version which has a much more prominent nose and barrel characteristics. I'm not sure the bourbon barrel aging adds a desireable layer to this beer. Still though, a solid imperial stout with trying.

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3.3/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to mulder1010 for opening this one up. Bottle #266/350 and poured into a Lost Abbey tulip.

Appearance is black, even when held up to light, not super thick pouring. Had a nice, moderately dark tan head of foam that sat well at a centimetre after pouring at a touch more. At times it would look orange, in a jaffa sort of way when agitated.

Smell was initially of bourbon, then oak and vanilla. After a little while it became dairy milk chocolate and later on it was ash and char. Quite varied and preferred the smell in the middle and start as opposed to the end where the ash and char detracted. Only faintly picked up the maple.

Taste was of pretty well followed the path of the smell, just with toned down ash and char at the end. Nice bourbon, vanilla and chocolate flavour for the most part.

Not a super big beer, sitting about mid-range thickness for the style. Got the odd bit of vegetative bitterness, but otherwise, it was easy to drink even with the barrel ageing.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked & caged bottle into a couple of glasses. Rare batch 185 Bottle # 69/350. Black with a milk chocolate colored head. This maintains rich edges with robust lacing. Smells of maple, chocolate and dark roasty malts. Just the right amount of bourbon twang resides on the edges of the nose. The taste has an immediate bold sweetness up front of maple, chocolate and brown sugar. This is tempered quickly however by deep burnt roast and char from the barrel. Dry with a burnt woody feel on the finish. Mouthfeel is firm and chewy with some light sharpness to the carbonation in spots. Like the base, the alcohol is very smooth in this despite the barrel presence. This was probably my favorite over the Maple Barrel version, as it just had a nice balance to it and those base Stout flavors really worked well with that rich bourbon tanginess. Great beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one at a past Random Sunday Tasting! Sampled side-by-side with the base beer! Served from bottle into a SweetWater 15th Anniversary snifter. Poured pitch black with a minimal brown head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, spice, wood, sweet alcohol, vanilla, dark fruit, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and smoke. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, spice, wood, sweet alcohol, vanilla, coffee, molasses, dark fruit, dark chocolate, and smoke. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a very good brew. Wow! The amount of complexity that this beer has going on was nothing short of insane. This fell true for both the flavor and the aroma as it seemed to be firing on all cylinders. Even with all of this going on it still managed to be very well balanced and was able to blow your palate away with everything that was going on in it. A really well done brew that I would not hesitate to trade for in the future to have a chance to try it again. Well done guys, well done.

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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