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

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BA SCORE
95
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232 Ratings
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Ratings: 232
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.53%
Wants: 546
Gots: 56 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Lawson's Finest Liquids visit their website
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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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

yourefragile, May 25, 2014
Photo of anteater
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

anteater, May 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Psychmusic, May 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

gr8zehaman, May 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

twenty5, May 12, 2014
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

ThePorterSorter, May 10, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

EvilAsh, May 06, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

patrick802, May 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

sblanton83, Apr 30, 2014
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4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

SadMachine, Apr 29, 2014
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3/5  rDev -30.2%

ThatsThatDude, Apr 11, 2014
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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

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.

TheSevenDuffs, Mar 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

tbryan5, Mar 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Piddmeista, Mar 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7%

TKEbeerman, Mar 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7%

dunix, Mar 19, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -36%

thegerm87, Mar 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

akang, Mar 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

SocalKicks, Mar 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

CoolEthan, Mar 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

dspinler, Mar 10, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Jeffo, Mar 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

jtladner, Mar 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

HugeBulge, Mar 01, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

jlindros, Feb 24, 2014
Maple Barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout from Lawson's Finest Liquids
95 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.