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

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Reviews: 62
Hads: 279
Avg: 4.29
pDev: 9.32%
Wants: 631
Gots: 58 | FT: 5
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Vermont, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Rochefort10nh on 12-19-2010

A huge, rich, and strong stout brewed with a maple twist. Designed to keep you warm on sub-zero nights and for sipping with a fine meal or dessert.
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Photo of MissSmisje
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: mahogany black, with a dark tan head
S: familiar but hard to place. Smells a little like evil twin stout, some maple, vanilla and chocolate cereal.
T: maple syrup, some barrel, vanilla extract, roasted malts
F: thick but not syrupy
O: excellent.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

short waxed bottle, shared selflessly by drlove87. i am not sure i have ever had a better beer than this one. i have certainly never had anything like it, even the straight up fayston is nothing like this very very special beverage. crafted like a liquid homage to the green mountain state, i find everything in this bottle that i find there, which is why they both turn me on so much. its the culture, the scenery, the history, the politics, the community, the respect. it says so much without saying a word, and there a lot of power in that. its pretty in the glass, as expected, thick like glue, with a full inch of head the color of tea and cream, airy and lazy, patient, permanent. not a fragment of light penetrating through, but the beer is short of black, high luster, and positively tempting. it smells like the best imperial stout on the planet, with a careful roast, ashy and bitter without being burnt or overbearing. hints of toasted coconut, hot oak, handmade whiskey, dried plums, and yes, yes, yes, sweet maple syrup of the highest imaginable caliber. all elements united expertly, and with the maple sort of leading the charge, as hoped for, in the flavor. my first though is that i want to drink whatever was in this barrel first, as i have not had a beer with this barrel character, so much more than oak and whiskey, its like a whole additional grain element, and a top level dose of maple. for how much maple i taste, i dont find the beer sugary in any negative way, and for how strong it is, i dont find it hard to drink. there is just the appropriate tickle or warming alcohol in here, but it fits, and i would miss it if it were absent. in the end, this is the pinnacle of the brewing craft in many ways, combining unique ingredients, processes, ageing techniques, and terroir. im not sure it has an equal out there, and i feel blessed to have partaken. lawsons has long been one of my favorites, but this for me solidifies them as one of the best in the world. nothing short of perfect in so many ways, and hopefully i never forget it.

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Photo of Bugs318
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a thick tan head of solid retention. The head is actually thick enough that a few droplets of beer splashed atop and remained there, not sinking through! The nose wafts chocolate, some coffee, slight hops, oak-forward vanilla, and nary a trace of the maple. Taste wise, it is similar, starting with a mild smoky ashiness that works before shifting to a dark chocolate fudged like moderate sweetness before a bittersweet chocolate sort of finish with a finally discernible trace of maple and a fair linger of dessert. The body is substantial with moderate carbonation, and a faint (not annoying or cloying) maple forward lip stickiness that lasts. A super treat.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.78/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pitch black pour with a gorgeous two finger dark caramel head with great retention and lacing. The nose is sweet and roasty with hints of dark chocolate, subtle hops, toffee, vanilla, booze, but almost no evidence of maple. The taste is really roasty with more smoke than expected along with hints of espresso, dark chocolate, vanilla, and once again, almost no trace of maple. The mouthfeel is thick and mouth-coating with a bittersweet, somewhat dry finish. Overall this was highly disappointing. I searched and found virtually no maple in this beer. At best, it's an average barrel-aged stout.

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Photo of anteater
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12.7oz bottle

A: Dark brown, thin dark tan head

S: Chocolate, biscuit. Nothing too complex or intense but certainly not bad

T: Chocolate, vanilla, oats, just a touch of maple in the background and a hint of oak. I wouldn't have guessed that this is a maple stout or a barrel aged stout, but the taste is delicious nonetheless.

M: Medium body, appropriately low carb.

O: Really enjoyably stout, tasted more like a non BA stout to me but one that is very well done.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours jet black with a thin, dark, tightly packed tan head that settles into a halo around the glass perimeter with minimal lacing (light residual oil). The nose is maple sugar forward, with a slight roastiness, and hint of biting ethanol and oak. Maple also predominates the beer's flavor profile, a slightly nutty brown sugar sweetness that has minimal chocolate or tannic bitterness, and a lingering maple flavor. The mouthfeel has little booze compared to the nose, a silky malt/maple caramel sweetness that doesn't become syrupy/chewy despite minimally carbonation, only a hint of wood, some vanilla, slightly bitter-sweet finish. This beer meets expectations in having a noticeable maple presence on top of a full bodied barrel-aged stout.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

A- Pours a thick black with a half-finger of dark tan head. It leaves a minimal amount of lacing.

S- The aroma is a bit sweet and metallic when cold. A good bit of dark roasted malt and dark chocolate. Some oak tannins and a touch of tartness. A hint of maple on the end.

T- The flavor is a lot of the same. A whole lot of oak, the same metallic notes from the nose, and a touch of tartness. The chocolate and maple are there, but a bit muted. It's still quite tasty.

M- The mouth feel is medium, with limited carbonation, and a dry/vinous finish.

O- This is a very solid imperial stout, but it is a bit disappointing considering what I was expecting from Lawson's.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Gold wax. Unsure of vintage but assumed to be 2014.

A - Poured a deep inky black with a thin layer of medium brown head that reduced to a ring around the edges of the glass.

S - An intense oak aroma with chocolate fudge, roast, maple syrup and a hint of coffee.

T - Chocolate fudge, sweet molasses and maple syrup, roast and a hint of espresso with a big oak presence throughout. The finish leaves a sweet maple syrup flavour lingering. Enough bitter roast to perfectly balance the sweet maple notes. A beautiful beer.

M - Full body, silky and somewhat creamy. Light carbonation.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of this one from cparles in a recent box. Cheers for this one man!

From a 375ml bottle into a snifter
December 2012

APPEARANCE: Thick black pour, very dark, yields a 1+ finger, medium looking, creamy, dark tan head with excellent retention. Fades slowly to a full cap and clings to the sides a bit. Pitch black body with medium levels of carbonation decorating the top of the wisp. Swirly wisp and thick ring remain until the end leaving some solid lacing down the glass. Really good looking.

SMELL: Lots of roasted malts, milk chocolate, vanilla notes, maple syrup there for sure, with notes of oak and toffee as well. Really nice. Bold enough, with lots of nice syrupy, milk chocolate, creamy goodness, but could be a touch more forthcoming.

TASTE: Lots of sweet flavors up front, with maple syrup, sweet vanilla cream and milk chocolate initially. A bit of roasted malt at the swallow, then more sweet flavors with maple, vanilla cream, milk chocolate, toffee, caramel and oak as well. A touch of bitter dark chocolate and roasted flavors as well, providing balance. Bold and lingering aftertaste shows all this sweetness with a touch of bitterness mixing in well. Flavorful and really interesting.

PALATE: Medium-fuller body with medium levels of carbonation. Really creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. No heat. Smooth and creamy stuff.

OVERALL: This is really good stuff. The maple barrels lend quite a bit of sweetness to this beer, but there is plenty of layers to the flavor, making it interesting instead of monotonous. The roasted malt and hop additions add a touch of bitter flavor that tries to lend some balance as well, which works. If I can remember correctly, this is probably the best of the Lawson's Maple Stout variants to date. Or perhaps this batch was just superior to the older ones, as the other variants I drank were earlier batches. Doesn't matter really. This drinks down really easily as well. Thanks again cparles. Great stuff.

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Photo of jlindros
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Tom P for sharing.

Dark small fizzy head, pitch black,

N dark chocolate stout, little maple sweetness, little vanilla barrel, hint earthy hop

T super dark choc, fudge with some maple, vanilla barrel, little booze, earthy hops, actually gets pretty hot, little creamy oat velvety, mocha little dark malt and caramel.

M fairly hot and little creamy velvety, decent carb, full bod.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally was able to snag this one. 375ml bottle, gold wax. Poured into a Farm House tulip. Opaque black in color, with a full two fingers of lush, dark brown head, which sank to a thick layer and held there, lacing the glass nicely. Big aroma of caramel, milk chocolate, moderately roasty malts, honey, maple, oak. This was easily the best Fayston stout I've had so far. Taste reminiscent of chocolate-chip pancakes, giving way to a more coffee-like roastiness, lending a moderately bitter aftertaste, notes of charred oak, sugary maple, and a slight kick of fusel alcohol. Body was on the heavier side of medium, might as well just call it full, mouthfeel was smooth and luscious, even with being slightly thinned out by booziness. Great brew overall; I'm saving my other bottles, looking forward to opening one next time I have a bad day.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Maple Barrel Aged Fayston (cellar aged 1 year) pours black with a small, creamy brown head on top. The foam fades quickly leaving behind spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is malty with notes of chocolate, oak, bourbon, vanilla and dark fruit.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is smooth and creamy. The flavor is sweet and dry with oak and roasty notes. What I taste are chocolate, oak, vanilla, roast malt, ripe fruit, and alcohol. The maple has faded. Finishes dry with lingering chocolate, dark malt and ripe fruit when gone.

Delicious beer with a smooth body. The flavor mellowed well. Easy drinking for a 11% beer.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 375ml doing a side-by-side with Bourbon Barrel aged Lawson's from '12.

A- Almost pitch black with the thinnest of a ring of lacing.

S- Bourbon characteristics followed by in equal share maple, chocolate and dark fruits.

T- I like that more of a traditional stout was used for the bast. I am getting bourbon, chocolate, toffee and charred dark fruits. I am getting some maple. More than in the bourbon.

M- Kinda thin, but not too thin.

O- I very well done BA stout. I am glad that I got some Maple out of it.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-dark brown black color with a smallish tan head and some lacing

S-dark malt, coffee, maple, molasses, chocolate

T-dark roasted malt, chocolate coffee, maple, vanilla, slight char

F-medium body with light to moderate carbonation, smooth

O-very flavorful stout, but a little lighter than I expected

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml, Dec 2012 release

A: Pours a really deep black color. Get a nice thin layer of medium tan head. Seems to have nice carbonation. Sticky lacing. Alcohol feet.

S: Maple might have dropped out a little bit. Smells sweet. Cacao. Milk and dark chocolate.

T: Sweetness. Dark roast malt. Dark chocolate. Bitterness. Dry. Finish is long with lingering dark cocoa. Wish I'd drank this earlier

M: It's full bodied. But on the lighter side.

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Photo of Hendry
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From the 4/20/13 Lawson's 5th Anniversary, pours an opaque brown,1 finger tan head like a root beer float reduces to a permanent cap, supreme lacing.

Aromas are roasty & deep, espresso & cocoa bean, maple in the center, slight vanilla bean.

Flavors are bold and roasty, slight maple sweetness without coming near cloying,slight alcohol detected.

Moutfeel is heavy: this is a sipper and a glass of water is recommended alongside this rich imperial stout.Carbonation is excellent.

This pricey little number was worth every penny @ $15/12.7 oz., and it doesn't come around very often, so be sure to snap them up if you are lucky enough to see them.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.01/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with a smaller head than the base. Still retains what it had well. Sugary legs on the swirl.

Smell - Buckets of maple. The maple liquor really comes out. Chocolate and really roasty coffee. Less chalky than the base beer.

Taste - Sharp maple liquor flavor up front. Lots of sweet maple. Oaky. Lots of that bitter chocolate and some of that chalkiness.

Mouthfeel - Hotter than the base. Much sweeter. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Better than the base. I love maple. This is pretty intense, but tasty.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml wax capped bottle served in a taster. Brewed December 2012. Pours slightly darker than cola with a loose, mocha-colored head that dissipates into a swirl and a creamy band around the shoulders. Some lacing, but poor retention. Nose expresses dark malts, molasses, a roasty quality and perhaps a trace of vanilla. Taste consistent with nose; however, no real maple character comes out until the beer reaches room temperature, and at best, it is minimal. The flavor profile is more or less dominated by an ashy character. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a carbonation just shy of lively with some acidity present as well. Overall, a decent beer, but not worth the price point and virtually no maple character present. Not sure if I would invest in another bottle.

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Photo of oline73
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter. I was lucky enough to have this along side the other three versions.

The beer pours a dark brown, almost black color with a layer of off white head. The smell is sweeter than the regular version. I'm also getting some roast and mild alcohol. The taste is also sweeter with more heat than the regular version. I'm getting some maple syrup and dark fruit. The finish has a roasty component to it along with some alcohol heat.

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Photo of Pinknuggets
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to HFS Sniffer

A: very dark brow in color like a cup of black coffee. It has no head there is not even a slight lacing around top. It is completely opaque about as dark as it can get in that regard, quite thick as well definitely motor oil status on a sluggish pour.

S:Rich and chocholately in smell you can definitely smell the maple syrup/barrell effects however that being said there is more then a hint of alcohol in there two though it is not overpowering from the other smell.

T: Wow so it is a lot like the nose in that there is a lot of rich chocolate flavor with hints of vanilla but not in that there is no alcohol that is impressive considering 11% is pretty high abv. Outside of the chocolate you can definitely taste the maple with syrupy sweetness it really balances the taste and makes it really drinkable for its feel and abv.

M: The feel is thick, chewy (toffee like) and syrupy there is basically no carbonation it does go down easily despite how heavy it is. If you like your stouts like chocolate syrup this is right up your ally I enjoy it but its not perfect.

O:I really like this beer another amazing stout from Lawson's and I think this is the best of the three. The bourbon barrel one has great flavor but it a little more overwhelming the maple barrel brings out the maple much more so and makes it smoother and richer in flavor in feel from the standard version. I am really impressed and I highly recommend this beer if your lucky enough to get your hands on it.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This poured out as a black oil-like liquid with a light brown head on top. The retention is thin along with some lacing. The smell is awesome, there is a big maple aroma along with earthy grain and roasted malt. The taste of the beer is sweet, toasted and roasted malts some chocolate and plenty of maple and brown sugar. The mouthfeel is thinner than I expected. Very drinkable with a decent carbonation. Overall really great brew, very enjoyable and worth trying of you can.

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Photo of KevSal
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pleasant mishap led this bad boy my way. Thanks to johnking for making the trade with me and thecaptain99 for getting the trade together haha! I thought these came in 750s, this one is in a 375ml. Perfect size to crack it a late Friday after working 70 hours this week watching Flight.

Poured into a tulip, not sure the vintage of this guy.

A- wow this one looks absolutely amazing! Super dark with a nice thick brown head. This one looks like hunaphu! Viscous

S- smell is a little more subdue than I was hoping for.roastyness and sweetness up front. More sweetness follows.

T- wow this one is roasty! A ton more roasty than I was expecting from a maple barrel beer. Lots of roasty chocolate, followed by the maple. Sweetness comes in thick on the back end. Different than I was expecting. Tasty stuff for sure, better than the nose.

M- very nice, not as thick as the appearance leads you to believe. Slightly fluffy and rich. No alch on this guy at all

O- the more I drink it the more I'm liking this and the less I like Vermont haha. This is good stuff. I coukd drink this all day.I'd love to try it again, thank you John for letting this one come my way, I appreciate it! I'd love to try more lawstons, this is my second encounter with them, and this one really delivered

Flight is getting good!

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Photo of owend
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2012 bottle in an unmarked snifter

A- Jet black with a nice caramel brown head and good lacing

S- Maple liquor, smoky oak and a nice blending of chocolate and coffee

T- Roast flavor blends very nicely with the sweet heat of maple liquor and oak. The roast flavor is also smoothed by hints of bitter dark chocolate. A slight alcohol bite in the aftertaste, clearly from the maple liquor barrels. Overall it does hide the ABV though

M-full bodied with and mildly carbonated

O- Yet another great offering from Lawson's. Being a maple aged maple Imperial Stout, I expected more sweetness, but was pleasantly surprised to find a complex mix of roast malts, sweet maple, oak, and a slight alcohol bite blending beautifully. Among one of my favorite barrel aged beers in recent memory.

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Photo of chuckd123
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Apologies to the CBS crowd, but this stuff is amazing an in a league above Founders in overall taste. CBS is great, don't get me wrong, but Sean has managed to make a beer that envelops all the amazing things I want in a stout to kick back with after a day of skiing in winter. The beer is pitch black, with a nice fluffy tan head that lasts. The aroma is of chocolate/coffee and maple syrup. I have no idea myself, but have read how hard it is to brew with syrup and if that's true, this is that much more impressive -- the syrup is there in the aroma and flavor, and there are no negatives associated with it. Spectacular stout, and worth trying if you can get it. I have had it countless times at the Mad River Glen basebox & as much as I like skiing, when it's pouring in the Basebox, more often than not I find an excuse to stop skiing early that day.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml gold waxed bottle from the 2012 bottling. Poured into Lawson's snifter.

A- Pours an opaque jet black with a thin whispy mocha brown head that leaves a flat top with some sparse bubbles and some spotty lacing along the sides of the glass.

S- Wow this smells amazing, definitely one of the best smelling beers I've had. Aromas of Maple liquor, chocolate, roasted malts, maple syrup, woody oak, and some light espresso. Complex and very aromatic- could smell right away when the cap wasn't even half of the bottle.

T- Creamy chocolate that has a faint hint of bitterness to it, maple syrup, finishes with a nice maple liquor finish and a smooth oakiness. Very flavorful, complex, and a nice balance with the base beer shining through nicely while having a nice maple liquor/oak presence that fit the beer perfectly.

M- Creamy, extremely smooth, very easy to drink, nice carbonation, booze very well hidden with only a very slight alcohol burn.

O- I had high expectations for this beer and they were easily surpassed. This beer impressed me a lot and I'd probably go as far as saying it's one of my favorite barrel-aged beers out there. I liked the base beer in itself, but the maple liquor barrels definitely did wonders to it by smoothing it out while still adding a nice maple touch to it. I highly recommend trying this beer out if you like maple BA stouts.

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Maple Barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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