Fayston Maple Imperial Stout - Rum Barrel-Aged
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Stout - American Imperial
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Ranked #1,112
4.33 | pDev: 6.93%
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Vermont, United States
Fayston Maple Imperial Stout - Rum Barrel-AgedFayston Maple Imperial Stout - Rum Barrel-Aged
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 20 tulip glass not sure when it was bottled. Pours near pitch black with a 2 plus finger light brown head that leaves some thin streaks of lace, with excellent retention. 4.5

Smell is really different and complex. Rum soaked raisins, maple, fig, char, vanilla, dark chocolate, and a hint of coffee grounds. 4.25

Taste is really balanced but bold dark chocolate, oaked charred vanilla, coffee, fig, coconut, and sweet maple in the finish I am really liking how different and balanced this Stout is. 4.5

Mouthfeel is pretty big, maybe a tad dry, creamy with soft carbonation, and at 10.5% it drinks bigger than that, but it is so complex I keep sniffing and sipping catching a different flavor each time. 4.75

Overall I am really loving this one as a Big Stout guy, pretty impressive and stands out because it is so different from the Rum barrels. Highly recommend this one. 4.5

Nov 09, 2020
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matts2896 from Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

L: black as sugarless coffee with amber edges. Khaki head is tiny and dissipates to archipelagos atop the liquid, leaving moderate lacing behind

S: Bruleed sugar, cinnamon babka, browned butter, caramel candies, a kiss of the grade B good stuff

T: In a world where adjuncted pastry stouts didn't exist, this could be branded as "burnt cookie edges." Heavily toasted sugar, a tinge of coconut, cinnamon/warm spice, and maillards galore (or the impression thereof) throughout the sip. I'm getting some b-grade maple, but I can't tell if it's the base beer or the barrel

F: medium-full bodied. Thinner than most new-age BA imperial stouts, but it works well enough to keep the rum profile from feeling too decadent. Still a little thinner than I'd like

Overall, I am quite impressed. This is wicked flavorful

Apr 28, 2020
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2020 vintage

L -- First off, this year's vintage comes in a really cool matte black bottle with gilded lettering. Beer itself pours pitch black in the glass with a small tan head produced with aerated pour. Minimal retention or lacing
S -- Rum, raisin, milk chocolate, nougat, walnut, almond, maple candy, vanilla, caramel. This smells really good, especially since it doesn't have any extracts/flavorings added
T -- Again, the rum barrel makes its presence known here, in a good way. The maple sweetness from the base beer complements the boozy rum sweetness and makes for a very well-rounded flavor profile. Not much herbal, smokey, or char character here at all
F -- Less velvety and thick than many BA stouts, but given the relatively lower ABV I'm not surprised
O -- A bit on the pricey side ($15/17 oz bottle), otherwise this stuff is awesome


Apr 17, 2020
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yasky from Canada (ON)

4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black pour, medium sized brown head with some lace. Rum, roasted malt, light maple, dark toffee in the aroma. Rum prominent in the taste but compliments rather than overpowers the base stout. Molasses, Maple, roasted malt, dark coffee. No alcohol warming. Fuller body, slick mouthfeel.

Jul 04, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a black color with a quickly dissipating off white to tan head that left no lacing. The smell had sweet maple rolling into the subtle sweet milk chocolate and roasty to bitter coffee tones. The taste was semi-sticky sweet through the combination of the maple and the milk chocolate. Boozy heat is mild, but there. Dry milk chocolate aftertaste with a robust semi-sticky finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a nice sticky sipping quality about it. Carbonation feels good allowing the stickiness from the maple hit my tongue nicely, almost cloying, but tame. Overall, really awesome Imperial Stout that I would love to have again.

Jun 05, 2017
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SinjaminBentek from Nebraska

5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Took a bit to aquire this gem. Pitch black with a bit of dark brown head. Nose is maple, chocolate and rum...intense! Taste is amazingly balanced. Each component is allowed to shine. Incredibly rich, thick and coating! Whoa! Really well done! World class stuff right here!

Mar 07, 2017
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to alefish for this red-foil capped, 375ML bottle. Love the Fayston stuff & used to trade for it before it became the beer equivalent of a snipe hunt. Bottled April 2015.

Poured into my beautiful Terrapin ballon snifter, the beer sits & sulks in all its dark glory. The nose is rum, maple syrup, Hershey’s chocolate syrup, vanilla syrup. Doesn’t suck.

Fayston Maple Imperial Stout - Rum Barrel Aged is maple alcohol candy. Big sweet maple rubs feet with a hard kick of serious, moonshine-brewed rum. I can feel synapses waving farewell to one another until tomorrow morning. Moderate spiciness (rum, one presumes), booze, acorns, loose sucrose, oak floorboards. Thick. The finish: naked, streaking rum.

This is all about the rum, to the detriment of what I consider one of the finest base beers in the galaxy. A very good beer, but any hobbits bobbing in these rum barrels would have died from alcohol poisoning.

Jun 17, 2016
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BoldRulerVT from Vermont

4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

April 2014 enjoyed June 2016
Poured into a tulip. Pours jet black with half a finger of molasses colored head.
Aromatic as hell, tons of sweet rum in the nose and deep roasted malt.
Flavors are incredible. The sweet rum balanced so well with the deep roasted malt. Lots of chocolate here.
Very little bitterness. So drinkable. Very little to no alcohol burn.
Mouthfeel was excellent.
This beer was tremendous. Aged so well.

Jun 06, 2016
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

3.89/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased 4/9/16 at Lawson's 8th anniversary sale. Poured into tulip glass.

L: Pretty large 4+F tan foamy head, but poor retention, no lacing, and only a thin ring. Beer is a midnight black.

S: Coffee, cocoa, roasted malts up front. Some maple and hints of rum behind. No sense of alcohol.

T: More rum-forward than nose would indicate. Almost dominates. Maple, cocoa, and coffee come in later.

F: Medium to full bodied. Light carbonation. Some alcohol burn. Balance uncharacteristically off for a Lawson beer.

O: Points for forward flavor, which I always appreciate, but unless you love rum and beer together, this cannot be viewed as anything but a disappointment, especially the construction.

Apr 22, 2016
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NotAlcoholicJustAHobby from Vermont

4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L- Pours a thick viscous black with a 1 cm mocha head. Lacing is spotty.
S-Rum barrel aging is really apparent here. Behind the Rum you can still pick up the rich chocolate.
T- Uhh...Rum, Rum, and then some more Rum. The chocolate outlasts the rum flavor and shows up in the back end.
F-Thick, viscous, and smooth. Carbonation is low and the brew coats and lingers.
O- What can I say. It's a fantastic stout...if you love Rum. I mean really love rum. Those must have been some pretty great barrels the beer was aged in. If your not a rum fan, than you'll be better off sticking with the base beer.

Feb 08, 2016
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

black with almost no head. smell and taste is overwhelmed by rum flavor, which completely ruined it in my opinion... especially because its already a high abv beer, im not looking for a super strong rum flavor. BOOOOZYYY taste - and its not just the high abv, ive had plenty of 10% and 11% beers where the alcohol wasnt noticable. the alcohol taste makes it basically impossible to drink, even unpleasant to sip! no maple on nose or palate, which was really really disappointing because its a maple stout. some decent chocolate and interesting coffee notes on the palate, but the mouthfeel wasnt great either. unfortunately this one was an all around disappointment for me.

the fact that i was mainly picking up rum and not getting any maple makes me really interested in what the maple aged would be like.

Feb 01, 2016
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FFreak from Vermont

4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Purchased at a Lawson's event in late spring 2015. Pours a motor oil black with a fairly dark brown head that sticks around and leaves huge lace. Aroma is a stunning mix of cherry, chocolate, rum and maple. Taste is an absolutely delicious and nicely balanced mix of rum, maple syrup, dark fruits, molasses, and milk chocolate. Mouth is perfect for this beer. Overall, an outstanding stout and one of the better stouts that I've had.

Dec 26, 2015
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light, deft touch with the barrel. Super creamy. Vanilla. If I tasted this blind, I wouldn't know it was rum barrel aged. Also, this drinks like an 8% stout, not 11%. Hints of molasses, dark fruits and an earthy sweetness. Semi oaky finish. Medium thickness and carb. This is just balanced awesomeness.

Nov 13, 2015
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ThrewRedButter from Massachusetts

4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - Pitch black, no light coming through at all. A finger of light brown head.

S - Oak, chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, toasted coconut, sweet (but not hot or over-sugary) rum. Maple hard to find.

T - Rum is first in line. Licorice, tree sap, molasses, brown sugar, and some caramel. Disappointingly there is little-to-no maple syrup.

F - Thick and luscious. Coats the mouth, but not cloying. No alcohol burn or warming at all.

O - I'm let down by the lack of maple syrup, but everything else was top-notch and superb.

Aug 05, 2015
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WellRested518 from New York

4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Thick khaki-brown head that sits upon a body of motor oil goodness. Eventually it settled to a half-finger head that clung to the sides of the glass.

S- Thai Coffee. Maple, praline, pecans, mocha, sweet pipe tobacco, rum spice, fig, star anise. A bit of booze, but nothing overpowering.

T- Big roast and milk chocolate that's immediately balanced by dark fruit/spice complexity. Finishes with more booze... I actually get a good amount of the barrel.

M- Thick, slick, slightly chalky. Some of this reminds me of an old red wine. Quite tanic.

O- Delicious. A bit sweet and cloying at times, but the nose is amazing.

Jul 26, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

hard to critique a beer this good, i mean, this whole series has just been immaculately delicious and unique, and i am thirsty for more! the rum is hard to stack up next to the maple barrel, which i think is among the best beers ever made. the rum is a little more abrasive, especially in the flavor, and it affects the feel a little too. i love it in the nose, cane sugar and spice with a hot booze content to cut down through the dense dark grains a bit. it really succeeds in the nose there. in the flavor though, the sugar seems like double jeopardy, where the sweet maple is almost taken over by an even sweeter raw rum thing, and i dont like anything that takes away from my maple experience. the booze is intense too, not quite distracting until it warms up, but much more intense than i remember it being in the others. the spice of the rum does do really nice things with the dark roasty base of this, almost a turkish coffee vibe for a second before the booze and the maple rush back. seems a little thinner too, not quite as rich as the maple barrel, not bad, just different. all told, these are some of the very best beers in the world, and comparing them really isnt fair, its more of you have to appreciate each one as an individual, and thats easy to do. thanks to drlovemd87 for making my day with these each time. vermont rules.

edit: with a little age on it the rum intensity really softens and its back to pure maple brilliance. i love that its not so sugary, and how deep and heavy and complex this is. really incredible beer. we did a maple beer tasting last night and the quality of this was head of the class! wonderful stuff!

Jul 09, 2015
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dar482 from New York

4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer offers biter dark chocolate, roasted malt, sweet rum, dark plum, then onto lots of milk chocolate, and then a sweet quality throughout that could be of the maple.

May 19, 2015
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mynie from Maryland

4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled in April, consumed about a month later.

Pours nearly opaque, decent brown head.

Smells very sweet and smooth with only the lightest hint of barrel booziness. The non-BA version was actually more complex, but its complexities were mostly sweet nodes and the rum barrel must've blotted that out.

Tastes rawer and more complex than the aroma had led me to anticipate. Chocolate, brown sugar, rough barley, vanilla, and ethanol. The flavors all kind of rush at me at once with no clear stages, but the complexity is nice and interesting throughout.

May 11, 2015
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mzingie from Virginia

4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Small chocolatey colored head. Smells of nuts, coffee, slight notes of raison. Taste is bold with notes of dark chocolate, sweet malt flavors perfect balance of rum alongside it. Perfect mouthfeel to compliment the taste. This beer is right up there with the best of the world class imperial stouts that have been flourishing in the modern beer world.

Apr 30, 2015
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gueuzedreg from Colorado

4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Dark brown over black, thick coffee lacing with some carb sticking to the glass. Minimal gumming of the glass when swirled. Looks dark and mysterious, like a krakken is hidden in there.

S- Kinda bland here, more malt, chocolate, caramel, big toffee; rum takes a background part here.

T- It comes off buttery; not sure if that is the smooth rum barrel aging, or any weird things going on here. But I like it. Rum aging always smooths a stout out. I am getting some rum taste, with butterscotch after that followed by toffee and chocolate.

M- Very smooth and creamy from the rum aging. Nice amount of carb down the throat.

O- This may be my fav of the ba maples. I really like what Lawsons is doing! Cheers you crazy east coast cats

Jun 27, 2014
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle from 4/2014 poured into a Lawson's snifter 5/31/2014.

A- Dark black body, one finger mocha head with good retention. Looks slick and resinous, a bit oily even. Not much lacing.

S- As it was served chilled, the nose took time to develop into cocoa, graham crackers, sweet rum, molasses, milk chocolate, roasted malt. Really a very nice nose once it warms up.

F- Roast malt, sweet rum, graham crackers, milk chocolate. Less of the cocoa and dark chocolate than in the nose, on the sweet side but still balanced nicely by the roast. Interestingly, this started out with some fusel alcohol flavours, but as it warmed up, that disappeared. I suspect that I am confusing the fusel with a component of the rum barrel.

M- Medium bodied, slick but soft and creamy. Slight earthy chocolate finish that is a bit dry. Quite drinkable for 11%; a bit of booziness but not a lot initially; and even that seems to go away as it warms up.

O- Plenty of rum barrel, base stout is still solid. I enjoyed the non-barrel aged version more, but this was still a very nice treat as nothing is over the top here.

Jun 01, 2014
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jaasen64 from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle poured into a Tree House tulip. Bottled April 2014.

A- Pours a dark opaque black with a thin quarter finger head that has about average retention receding to a flat top, light spotty lacing, minimal carbonation but nice consistency and about average for a stout of this size.

S- Milk chocolate with a slight fudge aroma, light well integrated rum, decent amount of oak, hints of maple in the background, and some booze.

T- Milk chocolate, maple that accentuates the milk chocolate nicely, integrated rum that adds a little bit of a boozy component, finishes with more milk chocolate, a hint of vanilla, and some wooden oak. A little bit on the boozy side but nice stout flavors.

M- Fairly smooth, on the viscous side being a bit creamy, nice carbonation for style.

O- This was a nice beer however the rum made it a bit on the boozy side and I think I prefer the other variants (bourbon and maple barrel) a little bit better. Awesome to try and definitely worth seeking out. I think a year on this might definitely improve it a bit.

May 31, 2014
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul.

The beer is dark brown and opaque with a soapy beige head. Sparse lacing. Aromas of chocolate brown sugar, chocolate chip cookies, vanilla. Smells awesome. Great flavor, following the aroma. Rum character is certainly kept to a minimum, adding an elegant and subtle sweetness to the wonderful and complex flavor profile. Really tasty. Boom.

May 30, 2014
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Pours somewhere near black. The head is brown and it consists of tight bubbles. Very light lacing.

S-This beer really took to the rum barrels! It smells like a nice, oaky spiced rum. Lots of bitter chocolate and espresso. The nose is a huge improvement over the regular Fayston.

T-Again, the barrel character is excellent. It tastes not just of wood but genuine spiced rum. Then all the bitter roast robust chocolate and sticky maple settle on my tongue. The flavor is intense and rich.

M-Body is pretty full. The heat is there but it works well with the rum characteristics of this brew.

O-I was a big fan oft his beer. The rum barrel treatment was incredible. I don't think I will be able to try this again but it was a treat while I had it. You definitely pay a pretty penny for the quality.

Apr 26, 2014
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