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

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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 394
Gots: 48 | FT: 4
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Lawson's Finest Liquids visit their website
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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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

t0rin0, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to johndoe8 for sharing this one at MrHirschybar's place!

Pours an opaque black with a tan head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Small dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, maple, bourbon, and wood. Taste is the same with a very woody aftertaste. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good stout with a very nice maple and bourbon barrel presence in the smell and taste.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -3.6%

spycow, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of djrn2
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

djrn2, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to imagineii for getting this bottle out my way. Thanks again right away, as I really wanted to try this one. Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.

Pours a dark brown color with a pretty hefty creamy tan head and some really nice lacing on the way down. The nose brings forward a pretty strong amount of chocolate and roast plus some coffee. Good dosing of maple and bourbon there as well, with some oak in the background. The bourbon and maple play beautifully in the flavor as well, but there's not quite that kapow that the nose had. Good chocolate and stout in the background. Mouthfeel takes it back up to the next level with a creamy, full body and light carbonation. Really smooth and well done. Another big hit for Sean.

Thorpe429, May 25, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

acurtis, Dec 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Texasfan549, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

kjkinsey, Feb 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

GRG1313, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

ygtbsm94, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks a lot for sharing this beer, Jeff.

A: The pour is just about black with a couple fingers of tan head perched on top. Surprising amount of head and retention.

S: Big time bourbon aroma to it which really stands out more than anything. A nice vanilla and oak smell, too. There is a smooth dark chocolate/cocoa smell in there and a little bit of roasted malts.

T: Slight boozy tang on the tongue, but otherwise all good. Big bourbon, oak, and vanilla flavors. The dark chocolate is quite prominent as well. There isn't much in the way of roast or coffee. A slight molasses sweetness in there as well.

M: Medium in body with a surprisingly lively carbonation.

O: This was really a good beer. Looking forward to trying the maple barrel one.

womencantsail, Jun 23, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

largadeer, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Kegatron, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I didn't expect to have the opportunity to enjoy this, thanks to FooFaa for sharing! enjoyed from the 750 in a tulip.

The color is black oily sludge with a shiny black opaque color and thick medium tan cap rides it with a tight bead. This has a great amount of retention for the strength and just looks great as it is poured with a viscous thick look. The smell wafts up in a way I was not prepared for with a potent pungent maple and bourbon combination -the maple is so intense you get the distinct impression this is a meaty beer with some smoke and wood joining in.The mild vanilla character from the bourbon barrel brings a lot with some cocoa tagging along for good measure. All in all it has so much pleasant sweet yet still has a substantial solid malt base to work as the canvas for the maple and bourbon goodness to adhere to. The feel is thick and viscous not subtle with the strength of a bourbon aged beer apparent yet it all falls in place with some creamy and slight sweet tinges backing with mild woody tannin and drying elements from the booze, but all in all a meal in a glass with chewiness very few can rival.

The Bourbon Barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout is everything I expected and more with rich roasted creamy and sweet chocolate malt blended with ample maple syrup flavor. The wood presence is deep with plenty of Bourbon making it particularly obvious what kind of barrel treatment the stout underwent. The great thing is that doesn't hold back any of the other elements which are very apparent -cocoa, toffee, coffee, vanilla and some mild earthy flavors which accent the wood and bourbon. The mild caramel in the background adds to the flavor providing some sweetness and balancing the drying and taste of alcohol. The maple presence is huge in this, so if you don't like the flavor of Maple syrup you probably won't be as into it as I am. I like the toasted flavors which blend and the combination of maple and bourbon is a match made in Heaven in my opinion. Overall possibly one of the best Stouts I have had with so much bourbon character and more maple than I though possible while still retaining the flavor of a seriously great base stout, One of the best maple/bourbon beers out there, thanks again Dan!

Slatetank, Aug 07, 2011
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3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nip bottle shared by Chad. I'm pretty sure this is the most recent version that was aged in a Maker's Mark barrel. Served in a Portsmouth tulip.

A - Half-finger of tan foam that settles to a thick ring, film on tap, and some spotty lace. Very good retention for such a high-gravity beer. Black body that is a little brown at the fringes.

S - Alcohol, dark breads, caramel, some maple. There's an odd rubbery note as well. This is pretty hot and boozy - probably for the best that this comes in nips.

T - Taste is better. Dark roasted malts, char, smoke, and a little bit of maple sweetness in the finish. Alcohol is hidden significantly better, and there isn't as much overt hot bourbon.

M - Very spirit-like. Smooth texture, lower carbonation, warming alcohol, and a clean alcohol finish.

D - This is hot and not super palatable. I think it says on the bottle that this should be cellared 6-12 months minimum. Whoops.

MasterSki, Feb 21, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe thanks! Beer is dark brown with a nice tan head of small and medium bubbles. Some lacing.

Aroma is mildly sweet, I can smell the maple and some of the bourbon character but it is pretty mild liquor character.

The beer is medium in body and quite roasty. the bourbon is present but the beer is also mildly sweet and pretty good. I enjoy the midpalate flavors. A really nice porter overall.

drabmuh, May 27, 2011
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4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter. I was lucky enough to try this along with the other three versions, and this one was my favorite.

The beer pours a dark brown color, almost black with a nice layer of off white head. The smell is full of sweet alcohol with some dark fruit and a mild maple syrup note. The flavor is quite smooth. I'm getting the bourbon with a mild maple note. There is some roast, but it mainly shows up in the finish. I'm also getting some bourbon and maple syrup in the finish. There was a pleasant oaky note throughout the sip.

oline73, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: bottle at Waitsfield Farmers Market, Waitsfield, VT

(Replacing old review)

I'm officially willing to say that my first tasting of this was a bogus bottle. I recently sampled this, poured by Sean Lawson himself, into a Lawson's signature plastic cup. Dark brown-black color (thank you), with a small mocha head that retains well. A sharp hit of booze in the nose up front, dark malts, caramel, moderately roasty. Similar taste, dark roasty malts, dark chocolate, smoke, woody bourbon (more smooth than strong), with a touch of maple sweetness that just barely comes through. The alcohol heat is welcome. On the fuller side of medium-bodied, and quite nice overall.

Rifugium, Mar 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

mendvicdog, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Thorpe429 for sharing this one. Poured into a tulip. Bottle #342 of 350.

a - Pours a dark brown, nearly black color, with less than an inch of tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bourbon, chocolate, roasted malts, maple, oak, sweet vnaill and sugar, an sweet fruit. Lots of bourbon in the nose, as well as that sweet maple; smells fantastic.

t - Taste of bourbon, light maple, vanilla, oak, roasted malts, fruit, alcohol, and molasses. Bourbon isn't quite as strong, nor is the maple, but it's still very nice.

m - Full body and moderate carbonation. Thick and smooth, very nice.

o - Overall another really nice beer from Lawson's. I loved the nose as the maple and bourbon came through a lot, and the body was ncie and smooth. Would love to try it again sometime.

mdfb79, May 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Mora2000, Jun 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

oriolesfan4, Aug 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

InspectorBob, Aug 19, 2012
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Bourbon Barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout from Lawson's Finest Liquids
92 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.