Fayston Maple Imperial Stout - Lairds Apple Brandy Barrel-Aged
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Fayston Maple Imperial Stout - Lairds Apple Brandy Barrel-AgedFayston Maple Imperial Stout - Lairds Apple Brandy Barrel-Aged
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From:
Lawson's Finest Liquids
 
Vermont, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
10.5%
Score:
96
Avg:
4.43 | pDev: 4.51%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
32
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Sep 12, 2021
Added:
Nov 16, 2016
Wants:
  8
Gots:
  1
SCORE
96
World-Class
Fayston Maple Imperial Stout - Lairds Apple Brandy Barrel-AgedFayston Maple Imperial Stout - Lairds Apple Brandy Barrel-Aged
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Rated: 4.6 by TheEpeeist from Maryland

Sep 12, 2021
 
Rated: 4.49 by cp45 from New Jersey

Aug 11, 2020
 
Rated: 4.14 by Massbmx from Massachusetts

May 26, 2020
 
Rated: 4.33 by Prost76 from New Hampshire

Apr 11, 2020
 
Rated: 4.44 by ScottP from New Hampshire

Dec 26, 2019
 
Rated: 4.56 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire

Dec 26, 2019
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Reviewed by RedhawkPoke from Oklahoma

4.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A: Beer pours a solid black body into glass. It looked almost like motor oil coming from the bottle. The beer had a slight mocha looking head. Head fades away leaving minimal lacing behind.

S: Beer has a heavy amount of oak aromas. Also noticing some maple like sweetness. However, the oak notes overpower the other notes coming from the beer.

T: Brandy becomes more evident in this area. Lots of dried fruits and oak flavors are present. Along with the brandy related flavors, maple is also noticeable in the beer. The maple adds a nice sweetness to the brandy flavors.

M: The beer has a somewhat thin mouthfeel with a light to medium body. Not much carbonation but the beer drinks smoothly.

O: The brandy adds nicely to the maple flavors. Didn't get much brandy aromas but brandy is upfront on the tastes. Would have liked to have seen the beer have a thicker mouthfeel. Overall, a nice beer that benefits from the brandy aging.
Feb 11, 2018
 
Rated: 4.36 by warrendietrich2001 from Nevada

Dec 17, 2017
 
Rated: 4.27 by BrewNoob1 from Minnesota

Dec 08, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by bkwhoppa66 from New Jersey

Nov 09, 2017
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Reviewed by Furlinator from California

4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Fro the bottle on 09/27/17.

Big roasted malt, cocoa and subtle fruit accents. Very little maple coming through. Would like to see the apple brandy take a more commanding roll.
Sep 29, 2017
 
Rated: 3.98 by Eziel from Ohio

Sep 18, 2017
 
Rated: 4.54 by xtonytx from Connecticut

Aug 15, 2017
 
Rated: 4.3 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

Aug 09, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.46/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a pure jet black pour with barely a head. It was tan and dissipated immediately. Lacing is barely there and somewhat in little crisp puddles around the glass. The aroma starts with the apple brandy, pure and sweet thick. Woodiness with the maple syrup rides in nicely. Roasty coffee bean balances. The flavor leans to the apple boozy to woody and maple. Dry sweet roasty coffee to chocolate taste. Big apple brandy sweet to maple aftertaste running on into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a nice sipping quality about it. Carbonation seems barely there, thus creating quite a bit of stickiness. Overall, superb aroma and flavor, but if that carbonation could be amped up just a bit, it would probably help pull down some of that almost cloying sort of feel to it.
Jul 27, 2017
 
Rated: 4.75 by jkrug5 from Maryland

Jul 16, 2017
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Reviewed by edthehead from New York

4.9/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Amazing stout! Beautiful dark brown layering on the pour, and a sticky moist chocolaty Apple maple foam head with good retention. Apple, maple, and chocolate are big on the nose and taste. Apple Brandy upfront, and maple and chocolate on the finish. Good mouthfeel. One of my favorite stouts ever!!
May 25, 2017
 
Rated: 4.29 by jaydoc from Kansas

May 18, 2017
 
Rated: 4.5 by waddellc2 from Pennsylvania

May 04, 2017
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Reviewed by IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.46/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
375 mL bottle from 9th Anniversary Party. Poured into Veil glass and allowed to warm.

L: Beer is completely black. Pour results in small light-tan head with just about no retention. Only thing left is a thin tan ring

S: Barrel and apple brandy strong up front. Maple, coffee, roasted malts, spice, and vanilla. A whole lot going on here and the warming most definitely is worth it.

T: Apple brandy still up front on taste, but less dominant, which is good. You still get some of the barrel, plus maple, coffee, roasted malts, spice, vanilla through the palate. Impressively, there is nearly no trace of the ABV. Flavors are pretty soft and rounded in what could have been a "hot" stout.

F: Medium bodied, maybe a tad light for style and ABV, but this appears to be an overall feature of the base stout and less rare for the style than I believed a year ago. A little bit of carbonation, which also helps with the body and drinkability. Very solid construction and balance.

O: Either my taste has developed/matured, or this variant is considerably better than the previous ones I've tried. I hope more brewers consider the apple brandy barrel concept and now I'm kind of sad I traded my other bottle instead of aging (though it was a good trade).
Apr 29, 2017
 
Rated: 4.49 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

Apr 14, 2017
 
Rated: 4.36 by nickfl from Florida

Apr 14, 2017
 
Rated: 4.35 by grover37 from District of Columbia

Apr 13, 2017
 
Rated: 4.91 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania

Apr 10, 2017
 
Rated: 4.56 by rjp217 from Massachusetts

Apr 09, 2017
 
Rated: 4.52 by Spoild from Massachusetts

Apr 09, 2017
 
Rated: 4.16 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Feb 11, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by t2grogan from Arizona

Feb 05, 2017
 
Rated: 4.3 by mdaschaf from Indiana

Jan 27, 2017
 
Rated: 4.47 by Jerk_Store from Canada (QC)

Jan 26, 2017
 
Rated: 4.48 by jason3125 from Vermont

Jan 12, 2017
 
Rated: 4.56 by earljones199 from New Hampshire

Jan 10, 2017
 
Rated: 4.36 by Mike from New Hampshire

Jan 10, 2017
 
Rated: 4.4 by Mikeypnh from New Hampshire

Jan 10, 2017
 
Rated: 4.69 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Dec 31, 2016
 
Rated: 4.42 by BAsbill from California

Dec 12, 2016
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Reviewed by Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
great looking brew, dark pour as youd expect with a fayston variant, caramel head leaves lace sticking to the glass. big brandy soaked apple on the nose, slightly tarte, as well as sweeter notes, vanilla, toasted coconut, roasted malts. sticky chocolate, apple, caramel, toffee, woody notes and brandy on the palate. perfect amount of booze coming through and its an easy drinker for the abv. medium-full mouthfeel, slightly creamy. overall an excellent and interesting version of an already great stout.
Nov 30, 2016
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Rated by Beeranator from North Carolina

4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Smells of Apples and roasted malt, appears dark black with a cremated coffee head. Taste s like apple cider the more I drink it. Very good overall.
Nov 23, 2016
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Reviewed by rodmanfor3 from Vermont

4.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
L: Dark pour with medium head

S: Mostly barrel heat and a touch of chocolate.

T: Heavy barrel presence with the base stout poking through. As it warms, the apple flavor softly rounds out the beer.

F: Thinner than what most people desire in a barrel aged stout. A bit more carbonated than necessary.

O: The barrel qualities overshadow the better parts of the base beer. Enjoyable but not the experience one would expect given the name of the beer.
Nov 16, 2016
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