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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
92
outstanding

189 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 189
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 360
Gots: 42 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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ThreeFishes

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

10-10-2013 00:51:26 | More by ThreeFishes
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VTBeerTrade

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

10-03-2013 17:47:42 | More by VTBeerTrade
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claaark13

Indiana

4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pretty sure this came from Bobby. Cellar temp into a HF tulip. Fall 2012, 375ml bottle with red wax.

A - Really dark pour with a creamy tan head, a lot of bubbles in the middle, possibly due to the aggressiveness of the pour. Ok legs. Dies to nice lacing.

S - Tons of boozy sweetness to start. After breathing, bready and roasted malts prevail. Some oak qualities come through.

T - The booze is there for sure, it has cleared my stuffed left nostril. Boozy roasted malts, caramel, oak. There is a sweetness throughout that fights against the booze, must be the maple? Burnt chocolate and roast, nearly coffee on the finish. The finish is fantastic, leaving a great charred mix of the aforementioned flavors. There is a lingering boozy oak that eventually sears onto the palate.

M - Mediumish.

O - Pretty well put together. I'd buy this locally, so I get why the VT guys are all over it. The flavor was originally a 4.0, but I bumped it up because it grew on me a bit and because of the finish. I'd drink it again, but for some reason I think this bottle is pretty damn expensive. Ha, who am I kidding, it is probably a better bang for the buck that the Eclipse series.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 01:47:12 | More by claaark13
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mportnoy

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +20.5%

09-27-2013 01:22:45 | More by mportnoy
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CityofBals

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

09-12-2013 19:22:38 | More by CityofBals
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dfhhead25

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

08-26-2013 19:15:01 | More by dfhhead25
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Hopheadhiker

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

08-14-2013 21:27:49 | More by Hopheadhiker
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4/5  rDev -3.6%

08-11-2013 21:24:44 | More by oriolesfan4
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markasparov

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

08-10-2013 20:26:50 | More by markasparov
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IrishColonial

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.6%

08-10-2013 20:12:20 | More by IrishColonial
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raffy313

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

08-05-2013 03:04:47 | More by raffy313
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cfh64

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

08-03-2013 20:32:54 | More by cfh64
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Centennial

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

07-29-2013 16:37:12 | More by Centennial
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Phelps

Arizona

3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 71 of 350, sent by sholland119 as part of the Blind Beers BIF. This was poured into my Bruery tulip and reviewed blind.

First, a review written by the lady: "It tastes like a beer. Red wine-ish. Probs a Pinot or some shit like dat. It's not my favorite cuz it's kind of sour. I wish it had more malt. It's brown. Can I be done now? This is not my forte. I suck at this. Also, you are very handsome. That is all."

Isn't she great? Here's my review:

Oily, syrupy, abyssal black. This is menacing. A sticky, half-finger head the color of cinnamon rises from the depths slowly.

Chocolatey nose. Milk chocolate, chocolate syrup, cocoa nibs. A little oak, some red wine grape and barrel notes. Lots of alcohol as well.

The flavor: malted chocolate spiked with vanilla vodka. A hint of green apple, fruity oak. Very grape-heavy. A little too fruity and alcoholic. Maybe some maple and vanilla.

Body is medium, not as heavy as expected, but fairly oily. Mild, tingly carbonation. A good amount of tongue-numbing alcohol.

This brew was a longtime want, and I expected to like it a lot more than I did. Definitely get the oak, don't get a lot of the maple or bourbon. Sad, yet eye-opening.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 22:40:34 | More by Phelps
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Archemedies

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.6%

07-21-2013 03:44:51 | More by Archemedies
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Sean802

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

07-18-2013 15:50:10 | More by Sean802
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bobv

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

07-12-2013 03:17:13 | More by bobv
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.6%

07-10-2013 22:27:12 | More by DonFrap
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abraxel

Michigan

3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF 8, courtesy of Auror. Poured into a tulip.

A - The pour is dark brown, but it settles to a solid black in the glass. Not much head, and the finger or so that was there to start quickly dropped to a thin ring.

S - There is definitely some oak and whiskey influence here. Sweet, dark fruits, with some caramel, booze, and maybe a touch of smoke.

T - Roasted malt takes a surprising lead over the barrel, but there's still prominent oak and some bourbon. It's somewhat dry for a big, barrel-aged stout (I'm guessing that's what this is), but there's still a sweet malt backbone in there among the roast.

M - Thinner than I'd like for a stout, which is probably related to its being drier than most stouts. Not much carbonation, and only a hint of booze in the finish.

Overall, it's slightly unusual; I think the brewers were aiming for a different sort of balance than your standard BA stout, but it works nicely!

Non-blind comments: Either I am incapable of detecting maple in beer, or maple syrup doesn't actually contribute much flavor after the yeast have had their way with it... Regardless, it's a delicious beer, and I'm liking it even more with every sip.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 22:05:23 | More by abraxel
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to baconsausage for sending this along quite a while ago, one of very few beers that I've been reluctant to open...Maple Barrel Faytson's was one of my top 3 beers. Ever. So this comes with some lofty expectations. 750ML bottle, #58 of 350, split with my wife.

Pour is a rather aggressive dark with a wind-whipped head. The aroma slips past my nose hair as deep, rich chocolate, lovely sweetness that may be the maple. background of vanilla & bourbon. That, my friends, is how you open up a beer.

Fayston Maple Imperial Stout - Bourbon Aged...it doesn't lift me straight into orgasmic ecstasy. But. More roast than in the nose, which is the primary component. Bourbon & vanilla creep up as a secondary push, along with lovely maple sweetness that seems to seep into the skin of my mouth & pleasure my tongue. Chocolate arrives late but sticks around like a good plate of cookies...when you're alone in the house. Mouthfeel is straight-on creamy. Sucking this down like a 4.3% pale ale. Which it ain't.

Doesn't reach the heights of one of my all-time favorites, but this is an excellent beer. I hope Lawson's starts pumping these Fayston beers out by the metric ton, because I'd take a swimming pool full or two.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 04:00:50 | More by maximum12
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours deep black with a thin, brownish head.

S-The nose is great. Delectably sweet chocolate notes with rich java, barrel character and noticeable maple highlights. Sweet with complexity but balanced by roast.

T-This tastes excellent. The maple flavor is clear, well integrated and set to the perfect intensity. Barrel notes are another complement. Sweet chocolate fudge, oaky booze and rich roast.

M-Creamy and mildly viscous. Heat on the back end. Sticky and pleasant.

O/D-Yeah, Lawson's can make more than just hoppy beers. This was one of the better Stouts I have had in a while. Loads of delicious flavor.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 19:11:48 | More by VelvetExtract
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AdamL73

Vermont

4/5  rDev -3.6%

06-08-2013 00:06:14 | More by AdamL73
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HattedClassic

Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.6%

06-07-2013 22:34:02 | More by HattedClassic
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JitsuBrew

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

06-04-2013 00:27:47 | More by JitsuBrew
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elephantrider

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

06-03-2013 03:31:01 | More by elephantrider
Bourbon Barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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