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

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Reviews: 62
Hads: 269
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 4.43%
Wants: 622
Gots: 60 | FT: 7
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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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Reviews: 62 | Hads: 269
Reviews by Pinknuggets:
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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. (1,502 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of kingcrowing
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked & caged bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a nice thick oily black color with a very small brown head with some light lacing. Nose is a bit boozy but much more mellow than it originally was. Maple notes are there, but the chocolate and coffee is more upfront.

Taste is sharp, a bit boozy, with a light but clear maple flavor above and beyond re regular maple fayston. Mouthfeel is creamy and thick with appropriately light carbonation. Fantastic! (460 characters)

Photo of bpfrush
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of TKEbeerman
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Received a pour of this outside of Triple Rock in Berkeley, thanks to gsgolovin & largadeer for being part of that crew. Good black and brown appearance, very small tan head, actually a good amount of lacing from such a small head formation on the top. Wow, what a lovely aroma. Just a massive amount of maple here, lovely. Maple first, mild barrel oak notes afterwards. Throw in some of the usual coffee and chocolate suspects to round out the aroma. It is magnificent.

Taste, more of the same, hides 12% alcohol like its nothing. Perfect blend of maple, not sugary, its au natural, sure some sweetness, but nothing artificial or added type of sweetness, just nice maple goodness. Swearing maple must absorb alcohol, this was so easy to drink. There's hiding the alcohol relative to its existence, and there's just outright making it seem nonexistant. This drinks like a 7% stout, not a 12%. Very mild charring, burnt feel if you look for it, along with vanilla which is actually a little more prominent than the char.

This is pretty much my favorite non Black Tuesday base beer stout made. Loved it. Carbonation was just right. Perfect.

Another thing that really set the beer apart for me was the viscosity. It isn't trying to be the thickest beer, much like FiftyFifty Eclipse, this one does what allows the most flavor to come through in waves, rather than just trying to be the biggest, thickest, this one has touch, finesse. Go ahead and look for the big ol' Shaq's of imperial stouts or whatnot, I'm plenty good with the Michael Jordan and Dwyane Wade of imperial stouts.

EDIT: Had another bottle March 2013, wasn't as pungent with the maple, but still very good, still hides that alcohol so well. (1,710 characters)

Photo of williamjbauer
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of glid02
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Corey - much obliged! Bottle 140 of 180.

Pours black with a one-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of robust roasted malts with equal amounts of dark chocolate, heavy maple syrup, and vanilla. Also present are hints of butterscotch.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as robust. Heavily roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by vanilla and smooth dark chocolate flavors. Midway through the sip maple syrup flavors sweeten things up a bit. The syrup fades out near the end of the sip, allowing the roasted malts, dark chocolate, and hints of oak to carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was a big fan of how balanced this beer was. There was a lot going on but nothing was overpowering. Well worth a shot. (1,002 characters)

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of JonnyBeers
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of brians52
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of jh1982
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to GoGriz (Cody) for this one. Bottle #43 of 96. Poured from a 187ml nip bottle into a Darkness snifter.

A: Vigorous pour yields a thin, dark, mocha colored film atop an oily, opaque black brew. Lacing is very spotty but with decent cling and incredible legs.

S: Nose is mildy aromatic and very enticing. Dark chocolate, cocoa powder, fudge, maple syrup and roasted malt all in a perfect harmony of sweet and roastiness. At 12%, alcohol is surprisingly subdued in the nose.

T: Opens maple syrup sweetness, chocolate, cocoa powder, and fudge. Roasted malt provides a nice, complementary bitterness towards the middle. Maple barrels take over towards the end and provides some heat. Finish is maple syrup sweetness with a subdued maple and cocoa powder aftertaste.

M: Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Oily and silky in the mouth with a slightest twinge of heat. Filmy. Incredibly smooth and dense going down. Finish is accented with a slightly lingering aftertaste.

D: Having had samples of the much touted Founders CBS, this beer is at least on par, if not better. Maple is apparent in this beer but not overwhelming and the chocolate and roasted malt characteristics complement the sweetness perfectly. Feel is absolutely spot on and nose just enticing me to dirnk more and more. At 12%, this one is dangerously drinkable. Definitely worth seeking out. (1,380 characters)

Photo of leschkie
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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. (686 characters)

Photo of Mavajo
4.84/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big, big thanks to coreyfmcdonald for sharing at the BSP breakfast beer bash.

Black body with a light brown head. Aroma and taste are exactly as advertised - HUGE maple. It's as if you're frying up maple bacon in the next room. The maple is blended masterfully with coffee/chocolate.

Absolutely fantastic beer. I had this and Founders CBS the same morning. While CBS is a great beer, it couldn't hold a candle to the massive maple in Fayston Maple.

What a treat. Thrilled that I got a chance to try this finally. (515 characters)

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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