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

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217 Ratings
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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 525
Gots: 62 | FT: 9
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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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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-01-2012 16:38:05 | More by InspectorBob
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 02:49:37 | More by dbrauneis
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

06-16-2013 04:55:52 | More by orangesol
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

12-16-2013 03:19:26 | More by DrunkinYogi
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duceswild

Maryland

4/5  rDev -7%

04-05-2013 00:08:01 | More by duceswild
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

04-25-2013 22:52:38 | More by BARFLYB
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 06:17:05 | More by Huhzubendah
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 23:56:20 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

05-04-2013 23:34:20 | More by Kelp
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glid02

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 01:25:12 | More by glid02
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HopHead84

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 03:21:35 | More by HopHead84
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drummermattie02

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

02-03-2013 19:17:47 | More by drummermattie02
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jrallen34

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 14:37:35 | More by jrallen34
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Alieniloquium

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 02:13:20 | More by Alieniloquium
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AgentZero

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 16:30:18 | More by AgentZero
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 23:27:49 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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chippo33

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-28-2013 21:33:22 | More by chippo33
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gford217

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 03:28:27 | More by gford217
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

02-23-2014 18:15:17 | More by iL0VEbeer
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popery

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

03-01-2013 06:35:48 | More by popery
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whartontallboy

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

11-15-2011 01:38:32 | More by whartontallboy
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 23:54:21 | More by Jwale73
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nip into a Weyerbacher tulip. Bottle 78 of 96, "Rare Batch #175." Thanks for sharing, Matt!

A: Viscous black body under a thin but persistent brown head. Each swirl reactivates the carbonation slightly and stains the glass persimmon, leaving attractive legs. Big.

S: Vanilla, maple, oak, dark chocolate, coffee, and an intriguing bit of spice. Super smooth, complex, and wonderful.

T: The maple is a bit more prominent here than in the nose, but never quite dominates. It's joined by vanilla and oak in large part, along with lesser touches of coffee and that spice I just can't place. More oak and maple on the finish. Delicious.

M: Rich full body, light carbonation. Lovely.

D: Where's the 12%? For something so sweet and strong, this is wonderfully drinkable.

Notes: This is the third of Lawson's maple brews I've had, and it's head and shoulders better than the others (Maple Nipple and Maple on Brett). The syrup flavors lend a distinctive complexity to the flavor, but the oak and roasted malts perfectly complement the sweetness. Now I don't just want more of this beer, I want to try some maple liquor!

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 02:43:34 | More by woosterbill
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aasher

Indiana

4/5  rDev -7%

01-19-2013 02:20:56 | More by aasher
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maximum12

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to baconsausage, who has sent me all sorts of crazy good beers from Vermontabouts. This one, well, it just looks so good I didn't even want to open it. I'm a certified maple syrup freak, can't go anywhere without bringing home a bottle of the local stuff. Bottle 24/180, batch #175, December 2010. 750ML bottle schlepped gently into two tulips.

Pour is black hole black, no light escapes its pull. And I'm not impressed by head (on a beer, at least), but this one stands on tip-toe for a good ten minutes after being poured without wavering, blinking, or twitching. And stays there throughout the experience. Smell is...oh, I just went to my happy place. Finely bred maple syrup, chocolate, deep, lightlessly sweet malts, vanilla.

Fayston Maple Liquor Aged Maple Imperial Stout is almost flawless. Roasted malts, not evident in the nose, are in the fore. Chocolate, vanilla, maple vie for attention in the background, & move in perfect unison. But the finish is what really makes this shine. The burn of the maple liquor warms the throat &, I actually started sweating. Like a fine after-dinner liqueur, this is thick, tasty, filling. Despite the fact this should probably be consumed in dainty quantities, I find myself wishing I had 2 or 3 for myself, right now. I can get up at noon tomorrow, no problem.

I'll correct myself: this beer is flawless. This is the third perfect beer I've ever tasted, along with '08 BA Blackout Stout & '07 Darkness. Lawson's, please make this by the river-full. And Tucker, now I really owe you.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 02:30:13 | More by maximum12
Maple Barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout from Lawson's Finest Liquids
95 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.