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: 620
Gots: 60 | FT: 7
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Vermont, United States

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

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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 billshmeinke
2.83/5  rDev -34%
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 (338 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.23/5  rDev -24.7%
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. (648 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.33/5  rDev -22.4%
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. (657 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
3.4/5  rDev -20.7%
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. (1,069 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
3.7/5  rDev -13.8%
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. (701 characters)

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. (602 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (400 characters)

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. (774 characters)

Photo of commis
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got me a nip. Thanks Tcassell1. You're a whore, though.

It's black. A touch of deep brown at the edge. The head rises quickly and holds well throughout. and is a light mocha with yellow accents. Lighter than most stouts this big.
Coffee is the dominant aroma that I'm picking up. Second fiddle to that is the maple which is much more subtle than I expected but that's a good thing in my opinion. This reminds me of a diner. Pancakes and coffee. I like it.

Tastes more like stout than it smells. The maple gives it some depth but I still am finding it a bit one dimensional. I feel like it needs just a tiny bit more of some type of caramel malt to provide another dynamic. The alcohol is very well hidden in this beer and I appreciate that. 12% can get out of hand without the proper know-how, and this beer displays this well. Just the right amount of booze. I just keep hoping for more layers as it warms and I'm not getting it. Very good but not a legend.

Feels near perfect. Right on the money with the viscosity and carbonation. Slightly tannic, and it plays well with the sticky-ness of it as it reaches temps of 60ish.

I had no issue whatsoever drinking most of my 6.3oz nip with a few sips to my fiance. I could drink three nips if I had them, and I think that over the course of a two hours I could drink a 750 of this. High marks for drinkablity in an Imperial stout of 12%.

EDIT: Just had a full 750 of this and marked it up in taste, as I found the 'layers' I was looking for. This really opens up a lot over an hour and I suggest to those who open a 187 nip of this that you allow it to sit more a full 20 minutes before your first sip. (1,655 characters)

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. (562 characters)

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. (691 characters)

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

375ml, Dec 2012 release
Snifter

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. (446 characters)

Photo of jegross2
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing the Maple Barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout from Lawson's Finest Liquids out of Warren, Vermont.

Score: 93

Batch 1, Bottled in December 2010. vintage bottle served in a GLASS and enjoyed on 06/19/13.

Appearance: Pours virtually no head above an inky black body. Minimal lacing and retention. Has some oily legs. 3.75/5

Smell: Lots of oaky vanilla, maple, chocolate and some roast. Smells a bit sweet, nothing complex. Better integration as it warms up. 3.75/5

Taste: Chocolate, maple and lots of roast. Vanilla too, which is more pronounced on the back half than upfront. Raw unsweetened chocolate flavor in the finish. I love how there is a nice medley of "sweet flavors" that are not sweet. Quite drinkable. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, low carbonation. The flavors that hit you are initially sweet, but then a roasty bitteness takes over and balances the sweetness just right. This makes for an interesting mouthfeel, as it gets the palate quite dry. No residual sweetness. The dryness borderlines on chalky at points, but I like that a lot. Reminds me of The Count in that regard. 4.5/5

Overall: The nose was better in batch 2, but the taste here is so much better. The bitter dryness and roastiness is done just nice, and the lack of residual sugar makes this an excellent beer to drink more than a few ounces of. Gets better as it warms up, and the nose integrates better.

Cost: ??? for a 750 ml bottle. (1,436 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked & caged bottle into a couple of glasses. Rare batch 175 Bottle # 35/180. Black with a dark mocha head. Rich retention with a good bit of robust spotty lace. The aroma has a huge maple presence, with spicy tobacco notes along the back and some chocolate, vanilla and dark roast mixed in. A green tannic presence hangs on the edges but this isn’t hugely oaky. Maple is strong in the flavor as well, with a hot feel to it from the barrel. Chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar, a touch of tobacco and dark roast all make themselves known as well. The roast leaves bitter char in the finish, where it lingers with some burnt barrel character. This full bodied and chewy in the mouth with some silkier undertones. This shows it’s alcohol but isn’t overly hot, just leaving some spicy sweetness back in the mouth. This was certainly tasty and interesting but the maple from the base beer and the barrel (both the maple and vanilla) just got to be a little too much in spots. I did like the overall complexity here though and the drinkability was decent. I’m still glad I sought this one out a while back. (1,113 characters)

Photo of koopa
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle # 15 of 180 received in an in person trade with a great BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a super dark opaque brown with a small light brown crown that displays moderate retention and a touch of lace.

Smell: Strong maple liquor barrel note over chocolate covered toffee.

Taste: Same as the nose but not as pungent. Maple liquor note becomes more present in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A touch thin for my liking.

Drinkability: Very high due to the smoothness of the well integrated flavors. (494 characters)

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! (1,305 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle courtesy of Mike (AgentZero). Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip. Batch #175, Bottle #13 of 180.

A - A late-rising dime of dark mocha foam settles to a thin ring, leaving a wisp of bubbles on-top and spotty lacing. Black body with a glint of brown at the fringes.

S - Buttery oak, brown sugar, booze, roasted malts, and an increasing maple note as the beer warms up. Very unusual and unique smelling - the closest point of reference I can think of is actually Good King Henry Special Reserve.

T - Taste has a meaty applewood smoked bacon quality to it that I didn't notice in the aroma. Plenty of roasted malts, and a light maple syrup note in the finish. Alcohol is more restrained here, and I think this is actually a step up from the smell.

M - Smooth medium-full body, lower carbonation, some noticeable alcohol heat as well. Quite chewy and viscous.

D - This is quite good. I preferred it to the Maker's Mark version, although both are still quite boozy at this stage. I would encourage everyone to wait about 6 months before getting to these, as that should cut some of the heat. I'd love to try this one periodically down the road and see what develops. Definitely a sipper - the nips are a good choice for single servings, but sharing a 750ml with friends is probably the best way to enjoy this. (1,319 characters)

Photo of craytonic
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#36 of 180; 750ml "Rare Batch #175"

Appearance: Dark black pour with just a touch of mahogany, nice tan head that leaves very little lacing.

Smell: Lots of sweet chocolate and fudge with a touch of maple syrup and oak. Very sweet smelling.

Taste: Similar to the aroma, rich sweet chocolate and fudge with touches of maple syrup, brown sugar and oak. I do wish the maple was a bit more pronounced as it is in Founder's Canadian Breakfast Stoout.

Mouthfeel: Silky and velvet smooth, although a bit thin. I had expected a Maple beer to be a bit sticky.

Drinkability: Very drinkable and smooth for 12%; I did enjoy this one but not one of my top for the style. (661 characters)

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 (302 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks go to Kegatron for sharing this. This has been on my wants list since day 1 of making such a list. What better experience than to get a full pour along side the base and bourbon version. 750ml bottle numbered 35 of 180. As expected and like the other Faystons, it appears black in color with a dark tan head. Some spotty lace sticks to the glass as cap collpases.

The aroma has a big sticky sweet nose of caramel, vanilla and burnt sugars perhaps like maple syrup. Some hints of chocolate and coffee with a mild alcohol bite across the back that comes across a little solvent. The roasted aromatics verse sweetness creates and interesting contrast to the nose.

The flavor is bitter and roasty with earthen aspects of coffee. Quite a contrast compared to what you might expect based off the first impression of the aromatics. Plenty of dryness with tobacco and a mild acrid bite. Some solvent alcohol is present before being tempered by a contrast of barrel character that tastes somewhat like caramel and raw maple that is almost woody like bark instead of oaky barrel.

This is more medium bodied than light with a modest level of carbonation. It is quite boozy and aggressive for an imperial stout but I liked it the most of the Faystons we drank. It provided the most contrasting charcter to the bold stout and I found it to be the easiest drinking and most balanced. Any of these Fayston brews are well worth the time and resources to secure, id love to have this again. Thank you very much Heath for the unique opportunity. (1,542 characters)

Photo of claaark13
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this a while back form jedwards....not sure exactly when, but I've really been looking forward to it. I've had a tough time fitting it into a tasting, so it looks like it gets split with my wife. Served at 52ish into a HF snifter. Bottle #16/180.

A - Pours black with a dark tan head, rising about an inch and then fades to a thick lacing. Sticks well.

S - Sweet dark malts with some roast. Some of the booze is evident at first. The maple comes out, but not without a bit of investigation.

T - Cocoa, roasted malts, sweetness with a note of heat on the tongue. Finish has a little cocoa, touch of dry oak. The sweet roasted malts seem to dominate, but the cocoa peeking through is what makes this one. I really don't get much of the expected maple, it really just seems to add a perfect amount of sweetness. The aforementioned heat goes away after the 2nd sip, making it easy to forget that 12%.

M - Medium body that feels slightly thicker due to the lower carbonation.

O - This isn't quite like anything I've had. There is a complexity yet balance in the flavor. The (somehow) subdued flavor of the maple seems so appropriate by just providing the sweetness to cover the ABV%. I will be seeking this one out fresh the next time it comes around. (1,258 characters)

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. (393 characters)

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. (519 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Conor for this nip bottle, #43 of 96.

Pours pitch black with a bubbly tan head that shows very good retention and some sticky legs around the edges.

Aroma is potent with liquor and sugary maple up front. But, upon further inspection, there are chocolate and roasted malts hiding underneath the heavy sweetness. Some vanilla and spicy oak to mix things up as well.

Taste is big and complex with the maple liquor bringing something interesting. A burning sweetness up front with some heavily roasted malts in the background. Chocolate and vanilla and a definite burn going down.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft carbonation and quite a bit of barrel character.

Really interesting imperial stout from Lawson's with a killer sweetness and liquor character. There's a lot going on in this one and I'm glad I got the nip bottle because it's a hefty beer. (871 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color, only traces of red apper near the far edges of the glass when it s held up to a bright white light. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that left a ring of large bubbles areound the edge of the glass and wispy lacing across the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of licorice in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of licorice and dark malts along with a light to moderate amount of bitterness. Hints of maple are noticeable towards the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the alate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of warming from the alcohol in the finish.
O: This beer definitely tastes like it is a little strong, but hides its alcohol relatively well. (775 characters)

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