Fayston Maple Imperial Stout
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Fayston Maple Imperial StoutFayston Maple Imperial Stout
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Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,121
Ranked #3,721
4.17 | pDev: 8.63%
Feb 02, 2022
Feb 06, 2009
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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4.06 by heerboth from Pennsylvania on Feb 02, 2022
4.28 by bgillespie from New Jersey on Jan 05, 2022
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4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by EMV from Pennsylvania

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Dark, dark pour... nearly black with a finger of mocha colored head. Nice lacing. No light get through the pour.

S: Roast and booze. Rich... chocolate and syrup.

T.F: Semi-sweet dark chocolate, roasted grains, and maple syrup. Mild espresso... char and chicory. More cocoa... medium bodied and smooth. Boozy and warming. Lingering maple sweetness at the finish.

O: A big drinkable and flavorful Imperial Stout. Overall quite good.

Dec 10, 2021
3.75 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Nov 24, 2021
4.21 by TWStandley from Massachusetts on Nov 12, 2021
3.96 by SFHbeerME from Maine on Nov 08, 2021
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4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Sabtos from Ohio

Glossy mahogany with a dense, creamy tan head of moderate height, slowly settling to a bubbly collar.

Smell is roastier, more savory and chocolatey of nutty cacao with only a hint of maple drizzled coffee bean.

Taste, too, contains plenty of roasty, peanutty malt, quite enough to even recall Hoppin Frog qualities. Only a mild, faint hint of maple blossoms in the finish, bringing with it a touch of banana skin, which I also remember detecting in the coffee version I had years ago.

The fluffy medium body finishes absolutely paper dry.

Oct 19, 2021
4.2 by jeffmck09 from Connecticut on Oct 13, 2021
4.24 by hozersr from Pennsylvania on Jul 18, 2021
4.1 by Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania on Jul 15, 2021
4.25 by cjohns73 from Delaware on Mar 26, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by SmashAdams from New Jersey

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
4 by DMcGirr from Massachusetts on Jan 26, 2021
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4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

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
2.51 by STLBeer7458 from Missouri on Jan 08, 2021
4.15 by MGibbons from Maryland on Jan 02, 2021
4 by AlvinLin from New York on Dec 31, 2020
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4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Gajo74 from New York

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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3.2/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by LarryV from Massachusetts

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
4.23 by Sellen from Connecticut on Dec 20, 2020
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4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ANIMOUL from Vermont

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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4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by jonphisher from New Jersey

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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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Bierman9 from New Hampshire

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
4.33 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania on Nov 30, 2020
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4.76/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by deleted_user_995920

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
5 by wcampbell69 from Massachusetts on Nov 25, 2020
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4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by LoganFarinhas from Pennsylvania

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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4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by cmk550 from Wisconsin

probably the best stout i've enjoyed

Nov 22, 2020
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4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Siriusfisherman from Vermont

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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4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by cjeep from Pennsylvania

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
4.58 by Johncnh from New Hampshire on Nov 07, 2020
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4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by brewandbbq from New Hampshire

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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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by tigercub000 from California

chocolate cardboard or caramel latte Kahlua, French toasty, you can taste the maple syrup

Nov 03, 2020
4.14 by paresis from Massachusetts on Oct 03, 2020
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4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by zeff80 from Missouri

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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4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Limazulu from Idaho

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
4.25 by Velivolus1 from Vermont on Jul 27, 2020
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4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

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
4.46 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island on Jun 18, 2020
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4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

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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