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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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190 Ratings
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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 365
Gots: 42 | FT: 4
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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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Photo of Pinknuggets


4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to hfs sniffer

A: same as regular fayston very dark brown the only difference is| less carbonation (compared them side to side)

S: it smells strongly of bourbon but there is a sweetness in the smell from the non ba version

T:the sweetness of the maple and dark chocolate taste that comes from the non ba version really balances out the usually over powering bourbon taste in my opinion and adds to the taste

M:smooth and oily not too thick with a more chewy feel then the non ba version that reminds me of toffee

O:usually I'm not about the bourbon barrel stuff but I really liked it an it was well balanced with the other flavors really good brew

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 04:23:43 | More by Pinknuggets
Photo of acurtis

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

12-22-2012 13:45:21 | More by acurtis
Photo of Shilt


4/5  rDev -3.6%

12-16-2012 16:07:43 | More by Shilt
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

12-15-2012 10:59:06 | More by Vermonthiker
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

12-15-2012 01:19:48 | More by claytong
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4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

thank you jeff for this bottle...

jan '11 batch
bottle 61/96

pour is rather subdued with a very rolling malt of a nose. something like butterscotch, vanilla, peanut butter breadiness. opens to chocolate but very balanced. feel is smooth is a baby's butt for being so low in carbonation. creamy silky almost like a buttery feel. palate is maple butterscotch, white chocolate notes. nice wood presents that mellows the beer fantastically. brie and caramel finish that is forever rolling. very long finish. but too smooth to feel like an elixir. hints of coconut oil. vermont is one of the best states for beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 06:48:42 | More by rtepiak
Photo of aapp


3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

12-07-2012 23:03:45 | More by aapp
Photo of GennyCreamAle

New York

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

12-07-2012 02:35:22 | More by GennyCreamAle
Photo of ehammond1

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 05:03:48 | More by ehammond1
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 chocolate and roast, light earthy bitterness and honey sweetness from the maple. As it warms you get a little more oak, sweeter milk chocolate and vanilla sweetness from the barrel.

The tastes follow the nose with some dark chocolate maltiness up front and oak, molasses, lightly roasted malt and light maple in the background, plus a bit of vanilla and milk chocolate as it warms.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to low carbonation. Finish is a decent mix between roasty and sweet.

Overall this the best varient of the 3 sampled back to back to back but still wasn't an amazing beer. The barrel aging added the necessary sweetness to balance the dry, roasted malts and bitter molasses flavors but once again for the rarity and straight-forward flavor profile, I won't be seeking this out anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 16:17:11 | More by claspada
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3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours nearly pitch black with a tan colored head that recess rather quickly. The smell is roasty with hints of bourbon and booze but not as much as I was expecting. The taste is roasty with a bit of booze but not that much bourbon presence. The mouthfeel was a little thinner than I was expecting but still fairly full. This beer is good but not as good as bcbs.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 18:23:58 | More by rowingbrewer
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

11-07-2012 19:45:21 | More by CB_Crowe
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

11-04-2012 08:18:22 | More by chippo33
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

11-04-2012 02:13:45 | More by baybum
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New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

10-24-2012 17:36:19 | More by Satchboogie
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New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bendurgin for sharing! Poured into a tulip. The color is pitch black. There is a small medium tan head.

The aroma has a nice dose of chocolate, with some licorice and some nice oaky notes.

The taste has some nice bitter chocolate, with just a hint of chocolate malt sweetness. This is pretty dry for the strength. There is a lingering bittersweet chocolate taste in the finish that only hints at some maple.

This is full bodied with soft carbonation. This tastes good. It falls short of great. It lacks some of the strong bourbon flavor other barrel aged beers have. That might be good for some, not so good for others.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 04:12:10 | More by andrewinski1
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3.15/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks a ton Alec for this one. Poured into a tulip. This one pours a black with about an inch of dark mocha head.

The aroma is slightly underwhelming. Faint with slight metallic hints and some bitter cocoa. Not enough though. The pallet is a bit more enjoyable. Nice mellow cocoa flavor with some faint bourbon lingering.

The body is medium with soft silky carbonation. Overall this one is a bit of a disapointment. Enjoyable enough but I had higher hopes.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 04:11:04 | More by Bendurgin
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

10-21-2012 17:21:49 | More by gpawned
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

10-20-2012 03:19:55 | More by t0rin0
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

10-07-2012 05:34:16 | More by SupremePie
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

09-23-2012 20:25:36 | More by Reagan1984
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

08-19-2012 15:17:40 | More by InspectorBob
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Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the Vermont Brewers Festival.

A - Black with a small amount of medium brown head.

S - Bourbon up front with maple syrup, oak and vanilla. Fairly sweet with some noticeable alcohol

T - Roasted malts, maple syrup, bourbon, oak, and a big sweet vanilla kick. Good balance overall

M - Medium body. Light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 01:21:53 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of Mora2000


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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 03:45:59 | More by Mora2000
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

06-03-2012 16:37:07 | More by GuisseppeFranco
Bourbon Barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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