Fayston Maple Imperial Stout
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Fayston Maple Imperial StoutFayston Maple Imperial Stout
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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #763
Ranked #2,060
4.19 | pDev: 8.59%
Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States
Fayston Maple Imperial StoutFayston Maple Imperial Stout
Notes: 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.
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SmashAdams from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's nice to see a big stout that's not barrel aged. This is a pretty easy drinker considering the 10.1% ABV and that's probably because of the light sweetness coming through from the maple. Very tasting but not overpowering. yb

Feb 16, 2021
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Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can into a snifter glass. Looks deep, dark brown, almost black. Nice brown head falls off to a thin cap. Smell is chocolate, some coffee, roast malt, and dark fruit. Taste is sweet up front, maple, dark fruit. The middle gives some cocoa powder, a hit of bitterness, some coffee. The finish is characterized with a bit of earthy hoppiness, cocoa bitterness and a roasrt, nutty, almost smokey aftertaste. A touch of the 10% alcohol creeps in. Feel is full bodied, low, tight carbonation making it feel creamy on the tongue. Overall, this is an excellent American imperial stout. You can taste the hops here as they definitely cut through. As it warms, the flavors intensify. A nice sipper for the cold winter.

Jan 16, 2021
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Gajo74 from New York

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a viscous and thick motor oil liquid, opaque and pitch black. A modest cream head soon dissipates and yields a ring of lacing.

Aromas of maple syrup are accompanied by nutty and roasted malts that evoke bittersweet dark chocolate, cocoa and coffee. Furthermore, there are aromas of dark fruit, a light alcohol spice and woodsy hops.

Opens sweet with notes of maple syrup, milk and dark chocolate. Notes of creamy malts and chewy dark caramel are balanced by nutty and roasty flavors that evoke coffee and cocoa powder. Flavors of dark fruit and bright cherry, along with a touch of woodsy hops and roasty bitterness. The alcohol is amazingly well hidden while the finish is smooth, creamy and semi dry.

Full bodied with a viscous, slick and mouth coating feel, as well as creamy and smooth. The carbonation is gentle.

Fantastic stout that Is quite easy to drink. Neither too sweet or boozy, it is balanced, velvety smooth and features some tasty maple flavors. I will definitely seek out again.

Dec 26, 2020
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LarryV from Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours an almost black color with a short lived head. Weird aroma, not really sure why but I think it's the maple. The weirdness follows through in the taste, If it weren't for the maple it might have been an okay beer but the maple just ruins it for me. I think there's way too many better stouts out there for a lot less money. I won't be revisiting this one, I found it a bit of a chore to drink.

Different strokes for different folks

Dec 23, 2020
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ANIMOUL from Vermont

4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A great imperial maple stout from Lawson's! Pours a deep, dark chocolate black with a decent head (though fades fairly quickly). For my palate, the tastes are all subtle: subtle chocolate, subtle coffee, subtle smoke... but a decent maple taste. One of the best for the styles. Seek it outl

Dec 10, 2020
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jonphisher from New Jersey

4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice pouring beer, nice tan creaming looking head. Sadly it disappeared after not too long into just a thin ring along the edge of the liquid.

The smell on this beer is mostly roast and smoke. There is some bring dark fruit about it and it also has like a green pepper smell to it.

Taste is very good, char, rich chocolate and maple.

Mouthfeel is great as soon as I sip I know there is maple in this. It gives that unique sweet coating that maple syrup gives. Really pleasant. There is a subtle green pepper bitterness that I do not enjoy but it’s not off putting enough to get in the way. Creamy low level carb medium to big body.

This is a favorite of mine, I love maple and this beer does it perfectly. It’s not overly sweet and the maple more just balances out the stout than overpowers it like some beers these days.

Dec 07, 2020
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got a 4-pack recently, though I don't recall where, or for how much. Canned on 27OCT, I'm now going to jump into a couple of 12oz cans while the snow comes down outside....

Poured into a sniftah, it's a dense, opaque black liquid. Has a creamy, lovely mocha head, though it ebbs rapidly to a thin layer. Most foam is at the rim, with decent lacing. Aroma has some roasty coffee, semi-sweet choco and maple. quite enticing! Body is nicely medium, bordering on med-plus, with minimal prickle on the swallow.

Taste has some lovely maple right off the bat. Semi-sweet choco reappears here, along with some light roasty action and a smidge of dark fruit before finishing with some floral hopping. Another solid Lawson's offering! Prosit!!

4.25/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


Dec 05, 2020
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

4.76/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours a jet black with a fast receding creamy tan head. Smells like a cinnamon roll at first whiff ,coffee,maple syrup,glazed doughnut essence, Taste roast milk chocolate,vanilla,coffee,some booze. Feel is incredibly light and fluffy for such a high ABV. Light body,creamy delicious finish. Overall this beer is really very good,even better. Great Imperial stout.

Nov 26, 2020
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LoganFarinhas from Pennsylvania

4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

C: Dark, Black Beautiful lacing and nice head retention

S: Rich oats, roasted, coffee, vanilla, syrup

T: potent bite, smooth, creamy roasted oats and malty syrupy flavor; really good and not hard to drink for an imperial stout

F: whole bodied, deep, creamy smooth finish

O: This beer is a winter spectacular, I really enjoy it. Canned on 10/08/2020; 12 fl.oz; $4.25; 10.1%abv

Nov 24, 2020
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Siriusfisherman from Vermont

4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Black with a tan/brown head and great lacing.

S: Sweet maple, french roast coffee, and boozy spice.

T: Big roasted coffee, dried dark fruit, maple, and spicy yeast. Very complex, dry and sweet at the same time. Amazing.

F: Full body, not in the slightest syrupy, creamy.

Overall: A delicious, complex, and drinkable Imperial stout. The finest Lawson's has to offer. Buy it if you can.

Nov 18, 2020
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cjeep from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

it's good, no doubt. i don't quite get the complexity of the best in this class. But it's good!
L: drinking from the can. the can is cute.
S:getting some coffee and maple
T: toffee, maple. dark chocolate. missing a bit of richness in flavor, although it is coming out as it warms a bit. bonus point as it warms up
F: smooth. light carbonation
O: yeah, it's a winner.

Nov 16, 2020
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz can.

Pours opaque black with a thin head of brown. Dotted lacing with minimal retention. Char, dark chocolate, espresso, and maple in the nose. Full bodied with a creamy, oily mouthfeel. Maple-drizzled chocolate on the palate with shades of vanilla and fudge. Finishes a bit sweet with lingering maple and dark chocolate.

Nov 07, 2020
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass. It smelled of roasted coffee, maple, toffee and dark chocolate. Sweet chocolate, maple, toffee and roasted coffee taste.

Aug 24, 2020
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Limazulu from Idaho

4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-solid black as expected for the style. A bit less foam head than other reviewers, probably because I was too gentle on the pour.
S-roasted nuts, coffee, and slight hint of the maple
T-fantastic blend of roasty malts, bakers chocolate, coffee, and maple syrup on the backend. Just sweet enough to offset the high ABV.
M-full (-) body, below average carbonation, minimal alcohol heat for the 10%+.
O-worth the money. Well balanced all the way around.

Aug 15, 2020
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CraftFan5 from New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

9 July 2020 - Beer #139

Corona Day #119

Price: $5.79 at City Swiggers in Manhattan

Appearance: 5 - as pretty as beer gets. Pitch black with a lovely, frothy tan head.

Nose: 4 - not much maple, if any, but plenty of good old stout.

Taste: 4 - way more maple here. Solid stout backbone. Nothing outstanding, but for sure tasty and well made.

Mouth: 5 - extremely smooth and frothy. Well played.

Overall: 4 - the kind of not-so-heavy stout you can drink all day.

Stay safe out there, my friends.


Jul 24, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Today marks my first day off in a week, following six (6) ten & a-half (10.5)-hour days! I just started a job as a sorter in the post office & we are busy, busy, busy. I am tired, tired, tired, but getting used to the pace, the hours & the pay! 8=) The start of today will be Stout Sunday before switching to something else. For me, too many Stouts are as binding as cheese for some people. 8=p

From the CAN: "Keep Cold! Enjoy Fresh!"; "Straight From the Green Mountains to Your Head!"; "Our Imperial Stout is brewed with loads of roasted and black malts and a hefty dose of Vermont maple syrup. The result is a rich and complex beer perfect for sipping or pairing with chocolate or dessert."; "Lawson’s Finest Liquids is a family owned, award winning brewery located in the picturesque Mad River Valley. Visit our brewery, retail store, and hand hewn timber frame taproom in Waitsfield, Vermont."

I had a bit of a lay-down before tackling this one, but upon reviving, I Crack!ed open the vent & went with an inverted Glug. I will readily admit to simply wanting to watch a pseudo-cascade & I was not disappointed. It foamed beautifully, spectacularly, wonderfully, to the point that I was afraid that it was going to run over the lip of the awaiting glass! I took quick action and inhaled some of the foam so as not to lose even a single drop. Once the dust settled & things cleared off, I was left with two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-brown head with excellent retention. Color was Very Dark Brown to Black/Opaque (SRM = > 34, < 44) with garnet highlights at the edges. Nose had a smoky sweetness that reminded me of being in a smokehouse with curing hams and baCAN! Mmm.

Vermont need not worry, I live in a part of PA where we know farming! I grew up & live in the city that serves as our county seat, but I have been on farms repeatedly to see their operation & take in the whole farm to table, snout to tail mentality that has marked me as a locavore since before it was even the in thing. If I say that it is evocative of the farm, then I ain't kidding.

Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. Frankly, I would have expected a tad more in/from the style. The taste had an incredible sweet smokiness of burning maplewood coupled with a tangy, CANdy-like quality. Mmm. It was evocative of the CANdied salmon on a stick that I ate in Anchorage, AK on my last visit. 8=O Finish was semi-dry & stood as a great way for me to segue out of my Stout kick & on to the next thing. YMMV.

Jun 08, 2020
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tradershmulie from Connecticut

4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer!

Only slight hints of the maple - which I wad happy about. Too much "other" flavor usually detracts from a good beer.

Not cheap, but very delicious.

May 31, 2020
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Msp004 from New York

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lawson's makes great brew and this another one. Dark pour with a rich dark chocolate malts , dark roast coffee and if you let this baby warm up a bit and swirl it around the maple syrup will pop it's head out of the rabbit hole. The mouth is soft and rich. Bitter sweet dark roast coffee, bakers chocolate with a touch of that maple syrup in the back. High AVB is no where to be found but eventually on your cortex.
Great stout.

May 24, 2020
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BigWheelz from New York

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a really nice imperial stout. mostly a rich malt chocolate taste with a hint of coffee and maple. I really like maple syrup, but I was concerned that it would be weird in beer. Fortunately, the maple flavor is fairly subtle. You end up tasting it more as an after taste. It's quite delicious.

Apr 18, 2020
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can from jrc1093 into Boiler snifter.
Canned on 10/23/19

Silky dark black with a nice pillowy head of beige receding to a thick ring with pools of bubbles resting on top.

Aromas of sticky maple sap and camp fire. Some slight spice or dry cinnamon in there as well. Has very faint suggestions of French Toast if you use your imagination.

Flavor brings some roasted malt, nuttiness, pine, then maple sap and slight maple syrup, with hints of brown sugar and caramel.

Feel is slick and medium bodied, with a mild carbonation and no heat present which is impressive at 10+%.

Overall less sweet than I anticipated but it's a clean beer with great attributes. Pretty good stuff as expected from Lawson's.

Apr 09, 2020
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mdfb79 from New York

4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch black color with two inches of dark tan head. Roasted and burnt malts, dark chocolate, and a lot of nice

A very good stout; worth checking out.

Mar 28, 2020
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tekstr1der from New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark, near opaque, with a large, dense creamy mocha cap atop. Aromas of rich cocoa, slight sweetness that may be the maple, and dark roast. Flavors follow, but in a big and wonderful way with lots of sweet maple playing so nicely with the rich roast of the malt. This stuff is excellent to enjoy on this snowy stormy evening. Smooth, creamy, medium mouthfeel that defies the abv. Clean finish, superb.

Mar 23, 2020
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Casey's
Taste creamy thick tan head with moderate retention, soapy lacing, jet black beer

Nose sweet chocolate, cocoa, big maple, roasted malt, coffee, little metallic

Taste roasted malt up front, char, slight acrid burnt roast and acidity, cocoa, dark chocolate, a little yeasty, fair sweet maple but more on the back end, light baking spices and burnt cocoa, possibly onset of infection

Mouth is fuller bod, acidic and tingly alcohol burn, med carb

Overall eh, I don't think this is the best representation of this beer but I wouldn't expect that for a draft pour, I'll have to try this again

Mar 06, 2020
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JJKBeerLvr from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into pint glass in February 2020. There was a canned on 10/28/2019 date on the can. I drank this within 1 week of purchase.

Appearance: Very dark black with a very thin (almost nonexistent) dark brown head. Head was less than 1 finger high, and only lasted for seconds. It left very little lacing on the glass, and ended with almost no head still on the beer.

Smell: Nice aroma of maple, chocolate, and coffee. There is also some caramel, vanilla, and some other sweet aroma like black licorice, but overall the coffee and maple aromas dominate the others. It is a very nice balance of aromas.

Taste: There is an interesting balance between the coffee, maple, and chocolate flavors. There is some smokie roasted malt flavors, some caramel and vanilla flavors, and a little amount of bitter hop flavors to enhance the taste and add some complexity. There is a strong alcohol presence, which matches the 10.1% on the label, but the alcohol is balanced nicely by the sweetness of maple and some bitterness of coffee. The taste is an interesting and enjoyable mix.

Mouth-feel: Thick like liquid licorice, but with a smooth body. It is a heavier mouth feel than I expected.

This is a very good, complex imperial stout, and it has a variety of flavors that adds a nice complexity to the beer. It is very smooth and enjoyable to drink. This sweetness and coffee flavors are a nice balance to the strong alcohol content. I would buy this again.

Feb 22, 2020
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bret27 from California

4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can courtesy of yllib:
Pours black minimal brown head.
Smells of oak, vanilla, maple, alcohol.
Taste same. Mouthfeel balanced. Not too thick or thin. I prefer thicker on a big stout. Sweetness not overpowering. Some mild alcohol burn.
Overall well done. The maple presents with some barrel flavors, which is interesting. Drinks smoothly for fairly high abv.

Feb 19, 2020
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