Apple Brandy Barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout | Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Apple Brandy Barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial StoutApple Brandy Barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States
lawsonsfinest.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rodmanfor3 on 11-16-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
31
pDev:
4.73%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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7
Gots:
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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of RedhawkPoke
4.29/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bkwhoppa66
4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Furlinator
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.

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Photo of Eziel
3.98/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of xtonytx
4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kylehay2004
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of jkrug5
4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of edthehead
4.9/5  rDev +10.4%
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!!

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Photo of jaydoc
4.29/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of waddellc2
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
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).

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Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nickfl
4.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of grover37
4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CharlesK
4.91/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rjp217
4.56/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Spoild
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SadMachine
4.16/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdaschaf
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jerk_Store
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of earljones199
4.56/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mike
4.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Beer rating: 4.44 out of 5 with 31 ratings