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%
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Gots: 59 | FT: 7
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Vermont, United States

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

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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 Sean9689
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Mike (Agentzero)! Bottle #13/180, Batch #175. Poured into Bruery tulip.

A - Pours black, dark mocha-color head, very thin whisps on top and some spotty lacing around the sides of the glass.

S - Bitter dark chocolate, caramel, roast, malts, and a decent dose of maple syrup. The maple notes are excellent and give this beer a nice added dimension.

T - Not quite as good as the nose. Chocolate, maple syrup, burnt sugars, malts, slight roast. Without the maple syrup, it would be just another stout, but I sure to do enjoy this! Alcohol is very well-hidden. Finish is sweet caramel.

M - Full, rich and smooth, creamy finish, good carbonation.

O - Really enjoyed this one. The maple syrup notes really hit the spot and make this beer into something more. Would def like to try this again to see what the maple syrup notes do in 6-12 months. Recommend. (861 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque (yet clear) extremely dark black in color with some dark amber and brown highlights along with just the slightest hint of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall sudsy dark mocha head that quickly reduces to a very thin ring at the edges of the glass and a very small very thin patch in the center of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There are moderate aromas of dark roasted malts with some notes of chocolate/cocoa, brown sugar, and maple oakiness - light hints of butter and some booze.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of roasted dark malts and cocoa/dark chocolate - there are some interesting smokey notes to this one that were unexpected. The maple starts out pretty subtle but intensifies as the beer warms, there are also quite a lot of notes of oak, butter, and vanilla. Just a touch of booze in the finish over the top of some light bitterness which fades quickly.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light notes of alcohol heat towards the finish.

O: The maple aspects were a little more subtle in this beer than i expected at first but as the beer warms the maple makes it's presence more well known. The alcohol is present in this beer but it is still a very enjoyable sipping beer. Quite nice complexity to the smell and taste. (1,358 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours jet black with a thin, dark, tightly packed tan head that settles into a halo around the glass perimeter with minimal lacing (light residual oil). The nose is maple sugar forward, with a slight roastiness, and hint of biting ethanol and oak. Maple also predominates the beer's flavor profile, a slightly nutty brown sugar sweetness that has minimal chocolate or tannic bitterness, and a lingering maple flavor. The mouthfeel has little booze compared to the nose, a silky malt/maple caramel sweetness that doesn't become syrupy/chewy despite minimally carbonation, only a hint of wood, some vanilla, slightly bitter-sweet finish. This beer meets expectations in having a noticeable maple presence on top of a full bodied barrel-aged stout. (754 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter. I was lucky enough to have this along side the other three versions.

The beer pours a dark brown, almost black color with a layer of off white head. The smell is sweeter than the regular version. I'm also getting some roast and mild alcohol. The taste is also sweeter with more heat than the regular version. I'm getting some maple syrup and dark fruit. The finish has a roasty component to it along with some alcohol heat. (463 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally was able to snag this one. 375ml bottle, gold wax. Poured into a Farm House tulip. Opaque black in color, with a full two fingers of lush, dark brown head, which sank to a thick layer and held there, lacing the glass nicely. Big aroma of caramel, milk chocolate, moderately roasty malts, honey, maple, oak. This was easily the best Fayston stout I've had so far. Taste reminiscent of chocolate-chip pancakes, giving way to a more coffee-like roastiness, lending a moderately bitter aftertaste, notes of charred oak, sugary maple, and a slight kick of fusel alcohol. Body was on the heavier side of medium, might as well just call it full, mouthfeel was smooth and luscious, even with being slightly thinned out by booziness. Great brew overall; I'm saving my other bottles, looking forward to opening one next time I have a bad day. (840 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Maple Barrel Aged Fayston (cellar aged 1 year) pours black with a small, creamy brown head on top. The foam fades quickly leaving behind spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is malty with notes of chocolate, oak, bourbon, vanilla and dark fruit.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is smooth and creamy. The flavor is sweet and dry with oak and roasty notes. What I taste are chocolate, oak, vanilla, roast malt, ripe fruit, and alcohol. The maple has faded. Finishes dry with lingering chocolate, dark malt and ripe fruit when gone.

Delicious beer with a smooth body. The flavor mellowed well. Easy drinking for a 11% beer. (636 characters)

Photo of anteater
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12.7oz bottle

A: Dark brown, thin dark tan head

S: Chocolate, biscuit. Nothing too complex or intense but certainly not bad

T: Chocolate, vanilla, oats, just a touch of maple in the background and a hint of oak. I wouldn't have guessed that this is a maple stout or a barrel aged stout, but the taste is delicious nonetheless.

M: Medium body, appropriately low carb.

O: Really enjoyably stout, tasted more like a non BA stout to me but one that is very well done. (482 characters)

Photo of SourCK
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 357mL bottle somewhat aggressively into a snifter.

Appearance: Pitch black with light carbonation. Very small amount of head that quickly fades.

Smell: Chocolate and roasty with a nice balance of sweet maple. You can catch a hint of booze, but it is very subtle.

Taste: Strong presence of chocolate and roasty malts up front. A combination of maple and caramel comes through on the finish. This is a great take on an imperial stout.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and very smooth. I was expecting something heavier, pleasantly surprised. Light carbonation. Very satisfying.

Overall: This beer was great. It was well balanced and the maple syrup and maple liquor barrel aging really complimented the imperial stout, well. It was smooth and despite being higher gravity, there was no hot alcohol burn or negative impact on the mouthfeel. I waited outside at 20 degrees for an hour an a half for this beer so I had very high expectations. This beer did not disappoint. I would absolutely get it again. (1,011 characters)

Photo of SFLpunk
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mr. L and Mr. Rich for shepherding this bottle to me. 750mL brown glass cork and caged high shouldered champagne bottle. Aged in Saxon River "Sapling" Maple Liqueur barrel. Opened at 49 degrees from my cellar. Bottle #155 of 180.

Pours a rich, oily black with thick, slowly cascading dark brown head that stands up 2 inches and recedes leaving lots of lacing.

Nose is all about large black malt and roasty earthy black coffee, coffee grounds and boozey maple syrup. Some toasted oak too.

Palate is much richer, silkier and wider than the nose indicates. Rich caramelizing sugar, heavily toasted oak, dark amber maple syrup, rolled oats, lightly roasted coffee beans, dried berries and dense fruits like dates or figs. Nice hop bitterness in there that gives this brew lots of fine edges.

Notes: This brew is going to age with the best of them. Super tasty right now but I think it will all slide in nice and tight in about a year - if you can wait that long?... ;-) (979 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #175 into snifter. Thanks a ton for sending me this one a year ago, SneezyAchew. Bottled Dec. 2010.

A: Pours black with a finger of dark mocha colored head. The head slowly faded into a dense fuzzy film that disappeared after some time and left virtually no lace.
S: Rich notes of maple and chocolate fudge brownies. Vanilla comes through lightly along with hints of brown sugar.
T: Much more sweet maple character than the nose let on. This beer must have been a sweet mess when it was first brewed. No wonder the label tells you to age it. Anyway, rich and potent malt flavors of dark chocolate, fudge brownie, caramel and roast are balanced by a very even sweetness and flavors of fresh maple syrup and vanilla. This is one decadent dessert beer, and that is how I’m enjoying it.
M: Thick body, low carbonation, sweet and lightly alcoholic mouthfeel that goes down smooth and pretty easy for such high alcohol.
O: Wonderful stout. I’m glad I waited so long to open this; the sweet maple is still extremely flavorful but the alcohol and sweetness has died down. Thanks again for this great beer, Michael. (1,122 characters)

Photo of domtronzero
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown with a short, long lasting tiny ring of tan bubbles around the sides of the glass. Very little lacing.

S - Dark roasted malts, a touch of vanilla barrel aromas with a hint of maple-like booze.

F/M - Sweet rich dark malts with a big sweet boozy character. Light vanilla and a hint of maple-like sweetness. Moderately bitter with a dry finish. A little more carbonation than I like in big stouts and I expected a little bit fuller body, but its still a really good beer.

D - Rich, big and flavorful, the small nip didnt last long. But I probably wouldn't want to dink more than a couple glasses. Thanks to Dankbeers619 for sharing! (652 characters)

Photo of Pinknuggets
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)

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)

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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)

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