Bourbon Barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout - Lawson's Finest Liquids
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4.16/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
10-03-2013 01:47:12 | More by claaark13
3.43/5 rDev -17.3%
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.
07-21-2013 22:40:34 | More by Phelps
3.91/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
06-23-2013 22:05:23 | More by abraxel
4.25/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
06-23-2013 04:00:50 | More by maximum12
4.33/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
06-15-2013 19:11:48 | More by VelvetExtract
Bourbon Barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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