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

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Ratings: 242
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 554
Gots: 58 | FT: 6
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Vermont, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Rochefort10nh on 12-19-2010)
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2.5/5  rDev -42%

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2.75/5  rDev -36.2%

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2.8/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Review from notes. Thanks to Bobby/Andrew.

Pitch black. A bit of off white head. 3.5
Nose is minerally chocolate, and maple/honey sweetness. Super minerally (bad water chemistry?). 3
Chocolate, loads of char, maple, minerals. 2.5
Thick and syrupy. Low carbonation. 4
The mineral character is a little much, and kinda ruins it for me. 2.5

Photo of largadeer
3.2/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pitch black body with impressive viscosity, minimal head formation. Nose has quite a bit of boozy bourbon, vanilla and sugary maple syrup, along with ashy, burnt malt and a touch of cocoa. Booze is very noticeable but not hugely detracting. Palate is very ashy and burnt - can't say I'm a fan of the base beer here, but the maple bourbon barrel does a lot to balance the acrid malt character. There's a good amount of sweetness, in the form of both maple syrup and vanilla. The finish leans toward flavors of licorice and oak, with a blast of burnt bitterness and booze. I enjoy the barrel flavors here, but the base beer isn't to my liking at all.

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3.3/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Dave for trading me this bottle some time back.

A: The beer pours black in color with a small off-white head.

S: As I feared, this smells a bit like booze. There is a bit of maple to it, but it is more maple woodiness. A decent roasted malt character but still fairly sweet. Quite a bit of oak and some bitter dark chocolate.

T: Dark chocolate and cocoa powder with pronounced booze and ethanol. The roast and alcohol notes are somewhat harsh, unfortunately. There is a mild roast, some wood, and a touch of vanilla.

M: Medium to full bodied with a medium carbonation.

O: I liked the bourbon one when I tried it, but this was a real let down.

Photo of HopHead84
3.35/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

9/17/2011

Bottle shared by ArthurPendragon, thanks! I had one of these coming a couple weeks ago but it broke in transit so I really appreciate the chance to try it. Snifter.

A: Black with a finger of bubbly dark brown foam that lingers for half a minute before fading to a thin film. Lacing is scattered.

S: Cocoa and dark chocolate with a whisper of brown sugar. There's a little maple, just a shadow. There is, however, a prominent roasted malt profile with some burnt notes. Molasses is pretty strong. When the beer warms up and opens up I get a little more maple and vanilla makes an appearance.

T: The malt is roasted nearly to the point of being charred. There's a good deal of molasses and woodiness with pervasive dark chocolate notes. Alcohol is pronounced and somewhat detracting. There's an upper moderate level of earthy bitterness. I don't get any maple in the flavor.

M: Full in body with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is creamy, chewy, and sticky.

Overall: A pretty good beer with a disappointing flavor. I wouldn't recommend seeking it out.

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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of jmarsh123
3.69/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a very thin dark brown head fading immediately. Little lacing.

Dark chocolate, cocoa and some molasses perhaps in the aroma. Some roasted malts in the background. I get no maple in the aroma.

Flavor opens up with some dark chocolate and molasses. Some barrel notes come through with some vanilla. Light roasted notes throughout. Fairly sweet although I get no maple.

Full bodied. Chewy and very thick and viscous. By far the best aspect of the beer.

Disappointed by this one. Not mad by any means, but there are much better things out there that don't cost as much in trade for. The mouthfeel brought it up to be enjoyable, but still let down that I got no maple at all from this.

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3.75/5  rDev -13%

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3.75/5  rDev -13%

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3.75/5  rDev -13%

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3.75/5  rDev -13%

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3.75/5  rDev -13%

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3.75/5  rDev -13%

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3.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of jrallen34
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

drank from a Cigar City snifter... A light black body with some brown. A medium tan head rises quickly, ok retention, not much lace... A hot nose of alcohol, maple, and molasses. Not bad... The taste is still a hot but totally tolerable because its pretty sweet. Lots of maple, which is good, some smoke and caramel too... This is pretty good, would enjoy this again in the future with some more age.

Photo of Jwale73
3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
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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Maple Barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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