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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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Ratings: 203
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 400
Gots: 48 | FT: 4
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Vermont, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: kingcrowing on 07-16-2010

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of MarcatGSB
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 375 red waxed bottle in Cycle Brewing snifter.

A: Pours a deep brown/nearly black body with a very lively mocha colored, two finger head.

N: The roasted malts really come thru in this one, with a bit of sweet caramel and maple. The booze is slightly noticeable as it warms up a bit.

T: The maple isn't as prominent as I was hoping. That being said, it's a really nice barrel aged imperial stout. The barrel aging isn't as present either, but rather the roast shines. I'm getting alot of that sweeter Utopias notes, it's subtle but pleasant.

M: It's got a nice lively mouthfeel, with a bit of that harsh roast clinging to the back of my tongue.

D and O: It's good, I won't deny that. I was expecting more...it's like 12 degrees out, so maybe it's too warm as the bottle states its for zero degree nights. I have a few more bottles, and I will enjoy them, but most likely will not seek this out again.

Photo of thagr81us
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of axeman9182
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle, thanks to notjustgc for hooking me up with a bottle. It was allowed to warm before being poured into my petite Duvel tulip.

Bourbon Barrel Fayston pours jet black. Two fingers or so of mocha foam crown the beer, but head retention and lacing are just alright. The nose has a good bit of maple to it, along with aromas of bitter dark chocolate and oak. The flavor profile doesn't carry as much intensity in terms of maple (though it is still present). There's plenty of dry chocolate though, and it's joined by a more nuanced barrel aging. Oak, bourbon, brown sugar and vanilla all swim together, creating a nicely layered. beer. The body is noticeably on the thin side, and the carbonation is a bit muted, the mouthfeel is just a little bit off all the way around. Maple is a tricky ingredient to incorporate into a beer, but Lawson's Finest Liquid has done a solid job with this bourbon barrel aged version of Fayston Maple Imperial Stout.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of 05Harley
3.31/5  rDev -20.4%
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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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of PeterIngemi
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from a 375ml bottle, bottled in fall 2012, into a duvel glass

A: pours a dark black with two creamy dark chocolaty lookin head... Very nice retention and lacing looks delicious.

S: nice almost fudgey chocolate, light burbon, oak, espresso like notes, roasted malts, and the distinct aroma of maple, not overbearing but deffiantly present.

T: deep mocha espresso, dark burbony chocolate, hint of dark fruit, oak and booze and burbon on the finish... Aftertaste reminds me of nutty burbon chocolate fudge brownies.... The maple is present here as well blending in very nicley with dark chocolate and bitter roasted malts... Very well balanced.

M: heavy body, slick and viscous.... Dry body and slightly bitter roasty boozy finish... Low creamy carbonation adds a bit of velvetyness.

O: this is delicious, and very well balanced, nothing overwhelming anything else, just everything working together nicley... Great beer.

Photo of Pinknuggets
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
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

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of rtepiak
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of ehammond1
4.12/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of claspada
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of rowingbrewer
3.56/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Photo of CB_Crowe
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Bourbon Barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout from Lawson's Finest Liquids
92 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.