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

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237 Ratings
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Ratings: 237
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.53%
Wants: 551
Gots: 57 | 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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Photo of imperialking
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

imperialking, May 31, 2012
Photo of yourefragile
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

yourefragile, May 25, 2014
Photo of orangesol
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

orangesol, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of stakem
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

stakem, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -7%

duceswild, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

dbrauneis, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Huhzubendah, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of BARFLYB
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

BARFLYB, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of Kelp
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Kelp, May 05, 2013
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

iL0VEbeer, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of HopHead84
3.35/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

HopHead84, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.81/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Received a pour of this outside of Triple Rock in Berkeley, thanks to gsgolovin & largadeer for being part of that crew. Good black and brown appearance, very small tan head, actually a good amount of lacing from such a small head formation on the top. Wow, what a lovely aroma. Just a massive amount of maple here, lovely. Maple first, mild barrel oak notes afterwards. Throw in some of the usual coffee and chocolate suspects to round out the aroma. It is magnificent.

Taste, more of the same, hides 12% alcohol like its nothing. Perfect blend of maple, not sugary, its au natural, sure some sweetness, but nothing artificial or added type of sweetness, just nice maple goodness. Swearing maple must absorb alcohol, this was so easy to drink. There's hiding the alcohol relative to its existence, and there's just outright making it seem nonexistant. This drinks like a 7% stout, not a 12%. Very mild charring, burnt feel if you look for it, along with vanilla which is actually a little more prominent than the char.

This is pretty much my favorite non Black Tuesday base beer stout made. Loved it. Carbonation was just right. Perfect.

Another thing that really set the beer apart for me was the viscosity. It isn't trying to be the thickest beer, much like FiftyFifty Eclipse, this one does what allows the most flavor to come through in waves, rather than just trying to be the biggest, thickest, this one has touch, finesse. Go ahead and look for the big ol' Shaq's of imperial stouts or whatnot, I'm plenty good with the Michael Jordan and Dwyane Wade of imperial stouts.

EDIT: Had another bottle March 2013, wasn't as pungent with the maple, but still very good, still hides that alcohol so well.

Beerandraiderfan, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -7%
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.

Alieniloquium, Apr 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

chippo33, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of glid02
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

glid02, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
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
Photo of drummermattie02
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

drummermattie02, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of jrallen34
3.93/5  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.

jrallen34, May 30, 2011
Photo of kscaldef
2.5/5  rDev -41.9%

kscaldef, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of AgentZero
4.43/5  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.

AgentZero, May 31, 2011
Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev -7%

aasher, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of gford217
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

gford217, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of Jwale73
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Jwale73, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of popery
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

popery, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of whartontallboy
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

whartontallboy, Nov 15, 2011
Maple Barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout from Lawson's Finest Liquids
96 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.