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

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Reviews: 62
Hads: 271
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 624
Gots: 56 | 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 maximum12
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to baconsausage, who has sent me all sorts of crazy good beers from Vermontabouts. This one, well, it just looks so good I didn't even want to open it. I'm a certified maple syrup freak, can't go anywhere without bringing home a bottle of the local stuff. Bottle 24/180, batch #175, December 2010. 750ML bottle schlepped gently into two tulips.

Pour is black hole black, no light escapes its pull. And I'm not impressed by head (on a beer, at least), but this one stands on tip-toe for a good ten minutes after being poured without wavering, blinking, or twitching. And stays there throughout the experience. Smell is...oh, I just went to my happy place. Finely bred maple syrup, chocolate, deep, lightlessly sweet malts, vanilla.

Fayston Maple Liquor Aged Maple Imperial Stout is almost flawless. Roasted malts, not evident in the nose, are in the fore. Chocolate, vanilla, maple vie for attention in the background, & move in perfect unison. But the finish is what really makes this shine. The burn of the maple liquor warms the throat &, I actually started sweating. Like a fine after-dinner liqueur, this is thick, tasty, filling. Despite the fact this should probably be consumed in dainty quantities, I find myself wishing I had 2 or 3 for myself, right now. I can get up at noon tomorrow, no problem.

I'll correct myself: this beer is flawless. This is the third perfect beer I've ever tasted, along with '08 BA Blackout Stout & '07 Darkness. Lawson's, please make this by the river-full. And Tucker, now I really owe you. (1,546 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)

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 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. (2,060 characters)

Photo of baconsausage
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sean graciously donated this for the Three Penny Earth Day clean-up in the park. Thanks Sean!

Wow. if that is all I could write, I would. Pours like a big stout should, with a thin light tan head. Nose is all boozy maple and sweet roasted malts. Maple is all over this, the nose, the taste, the finish. A little boozy, but I like that in a barrel aged beer. Smooth and creamy mouth feel, round and a little hot. I would age this for an other year. Exceptional beer all around. (478 characters)

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. (586 characters)

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. (649 characters)

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. (783 characters)

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 Mississipping
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #38 of 180.  Rare batch #175 straight from the green mountains to your head.  Signed by Sean.  

A: Pours absolutely pitch black with a two finger mocha head that rises quickly and falls extremely slowly.  Exceptional lacing and long legs.  Eventually settles to a thin film and very think ring that tries its  best to remain as part of the lacing. 

S: Loads of dark chocolate up front with a good dose of really fine quality smelling maple syrup.  A bit of vanilla, some toffee, and a touch of coffee in the background.  

T: Dark chocolate, vanilla and roasted barley up front creating a marvelous kick-off.  Maple is a little less pronounced than the aroma would have you believe, which is probably a good thing.  A bit of hops in the background creates a pretty darn dry finish which was somewhat unexpected, but welcome.

M: Pretty full bodied, but we just finished off a Hunahpu's before this, so it seems a little thinner than it really is.  As it warms, and as you continue drinking, you realize that it is completely full bodied.  Carbonation is medium, and it is unbelievably smooth and creamy on the palate.  

D: Absolutely fantastic drinkability.  Extremely complex and extremely tasty.  Loads of chocolate and maple and a really nice dry finish.  Booze is hidden quite well.  Fantastic! (1,326 characters)

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 187ml "nip" bottle brought back by the kickass jammalamma. Thanks Ben! Sean recommends aging this for 6-12 months before comsuming, but dammit I'm an impatient son-of-bitch!

Impenetrable black with a slight collar of rusty tinged foam on an aggressive pour.

What a fantastic nose! Maple to the max. Turbanado sugar, Belgian Chocolate and caramel interspersed with stewed prune, raison and alcohol.

Taste is full on maple goodness, but way drier than the nose would lead you to believe. Carmalized sugar similar to a great creme-brulee - but not syrupy. Almost like the distilled essence of maple without any cloying residual effect.

Mouthful is lush and lightly carbonated as to be expected with a high quality Imperial stout of 12% abv.

Drinkability is outstanding, but make no mistake about it this is the quintesential sipper.

Overall an great beer that showcases what maple can bring to a beer. (931 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nip into a Weyerbacher tulip. Bottle 78 of 96, "Rare Batch #175." Thanks for sharing, Matt!

A: Viscous black body under a thin but persistent brown head. Each swirl reactivates the carbonation slightly and stains the glass persimmon, leaving attractive legs. Big.

S: Vanilla, maple, oak, dark chocolate, coffee, and an intriguing bit of spice. Super smooth, complex, and wonderful.

T: The maple is a bit more prominent here than in the nose, but never quite dominates. It's joined by vanilla and oak in large part, along with lesser touches of coffee and that spice I just can't place. More oak and maple on the finish. Delicious.

M: Rich full body, light carbonation. Lovely.

D: Where's the 12%? For something so sweet and strong, this is wonderfully drinkable.

Notes: This is the third of Lawson's maple brews I've had, and it's head and shoulders better than the others (Maple Nipple and Maple on Brett). The syrup flavors lend a distinctive complexity to the flavor, but the oak and roasted malts perfectly complement the sweetness. Now I don't just want more of this beer, I want to try some maple liquor!

Cheers! (1,125 characters)

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. (856 characters)

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 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)

Photo of steve8robin
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

So glad to get this one! Shared the regular Fayston and this with some friends. This is aged in Maple Liquor Barrels. Rare batch 175, bottle 51 of 96, 187ml bottle...

A: A super dark liquid with some mocha bubbles atop the brew. No light shining through. Good.

S: Smells of some maple chocolate upfront quickly followed by some citrus hop and hints of breadiness and booze. Smells kind of like maple pancakes with hints of booze. So good!

T: Some nice maple caramel upfront with some chocolate malt in the middle with vanilla and cocoa. Earthy hop on the back and warming booziness hidden very well. Very good.

M: Medium body with a great carbonation. Clean dry finish. Very good.

D: The drinkability on this is insane! For the ABV, you can barely taste any of it.

Fantastic beer! So glad I got to try it. Definitely try this if you like an interesting take on the stout style. This is a stout that is not too thick or cloying by any means. Done just right. (969 characters)

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. (476 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Paul on a night with many good beers. Thanks man.

Served in a Lawson's snifter.

The beer is near black with a soapy beige head. The aroma offers dark roast, chocolate, milk chocolate, sugar. The beer is rich and thick. Sweetness throughout, with a hint of maple candy in the finish. While the maple character is present, it doesn't dominate the beer. Instead, it adds a subtle nuance to a high quality imperial stout. Chocolaty and velvety smooth feel. Nicely done. Another winner from Lawson's and the fine state of Vermont. (537 characters)

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

thick dark brown liquid, essentially black with no light penetration what so ever. Rich deep, and thick chocolate colored lace then formed on the top of it to a height of around two inches before finally settling down onto a pillow if tan

rich and sweet, the first notes to hit me were a nice sweet milk chocolate, lactose, and a nice burnt caramel aroma. Very sweet, with hints of coffee throughout. A nice mixture of roasted malts, and not overly heavy. No, hint of the alcohol in it at all which was very nice. lots of very sweet woody notes now coming through, bourbon like flavor Rich milk chocolate, molasses and vanilla hints were the first right out of the gate. Very sweet with lots of lactose sugar like flavors coming in, probably from the oatmeal. A slight warming on the back of the throat, but other then that there was literally no hint of the alcohol what so ever. Really a fine quality stout here. Nice dry touches in the finish capped it off well and left a long lingering sweet coffee like taste in the mouth. (1,031 characters)

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. (1,369 characters)

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. (251 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A round of applause to avalon68 for hitting this big want of mine in the WW5 BIF.

A - Black colored beer with a mocha head that left some spots and strings on the sides.

S - Huge butter smell with some green wood, maple, roasted malts, a little booze. Pretty unique smell, and I really like the oak and maple blend.

T - Taste is a lot like the smell, with butter, green wood, maple leading off the taste on top of some roasted malts. It's almost entirely unique, and pretty awesome. This blending of flavors is kind of hard to describe, but it's good and I want more of it.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, a little creamy.

O - I found this beer to be awesome. As MasterSki put it in an earlier review, it does remind me a little of Good King Henry Special Reserve. Perfect combination of maple and butter. It's just a touch hot, but still amazing, will only get better with time I imagine. (889 characters)

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. (2,021 characters)

Photo of rpstevens
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 187ml bottle into my Dogfish Head signature glass. An aggressive pour yields a very thin mocha cap on top of a pitch black beer. There are sheets of spotty, oily lacing left on the walls of the glass with each swirl.

The smell is definitely the best part of this beer. A big blast of roasted malts and dark bitter chocolate lead the charge, which is unexpected. Beyond the initial bitter notes there is a caramel, vanilla and alcohol sweetness followed by a robust maple characteristic. The sweetness meets my expectations perfectly, and is held back by the roasty malts, bitter dark chocolate and the well-incorporated barrel components.

The flavor is a bit more muddled than the nose, as the maple and alcohol kind of takeover the roasted malt and dark chocolate notes. The sweet vanilla, caramel and booze are present throughout, complementing the maple nicely. The flavors are really helped along by the barrel component of this beer, as the wood and oak flavors help to balance the sweetness. The finish is nice dry maple complimented by a slight, welcome, alcohol burn.

The beer is lightly carbonated and has a nice full body. The alcohol is present throughout, but not overpowering in the least. This one is a sipper for sure, but that's to be expected from a 12% imperial stout.

The brewer recommended laying this one down for 9 months or more, and I can't wait to try it with some age. I think this one is a bit too hot but will go from a really good beer, to a great one over time. Another well done beer from Lawson's. (1,548 characters)

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Maple Barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout from Lawson's Finest Liquids
94 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.