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

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Ratings: 246
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 577
Gots: 56 | FT: 6
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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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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
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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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
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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4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

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4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

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4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
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!


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4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
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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4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
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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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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