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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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
ABV:
not listed
Score:
94
Avg:
4.42 | pDev: 4.52%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
37
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Lawson's Finest Liquids
 
Vermont, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
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SCORE
94
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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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RedhawkPoke from Oklahoma

4.29/5  rDev -2.9%
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
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Furlinator from California

4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
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
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
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
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edthehead from New York

4.9/5  rDev +10.9%
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
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
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
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
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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rodmanfor3 from Vermont

4.33/5  rDev -2%
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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