Fayston Maple Imperial Stout
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Fayston Maple Imperial StoutFayston Maple Imperial Stout
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #623
Ranked #1,908
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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Photo of tradershmulie
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.

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Photo of Msp004
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.

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Msp004 from New York, May 24, 2020
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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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
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.

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The-Adjunct-Hippie from South Dakota, Apr 09, 2020
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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.

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mdfb79 from New York, Mar 28, 2020
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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.

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tekstr1der from New Hampshire, Mar 23, 2020
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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

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jlindros from Massachusetts, Mar 06, 2020
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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.

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JJKBeerLvr from Pennsylvania, Feb 22, 2020
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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.

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bret27 from California, Feb 19, 2020
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3.38/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A black pour with a thin head of brown bubbles. The nose is a bit mute and I mostly get malts. A big rush of those chocolate malts hit on the initial sips. Decently smooth on the flow with a slightly bitter finish. Rather hoppy for the style and I'm getting that whole citrus fruit aspect. Decent notes cocoa, brown sugar, and slight char. The mouth feel is light/moderate and a bit chalky at times.

Overall, decent but I wouldn't call it great by any stretch. Rather hoppy for a stout and the maple comes off on a subtle at best note. Not impressed despite its ba score.

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beerloserLI from New York, Feb 04, 2020
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4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can fresh
Pours pitch black with minimal mocha head and little lacing.
Smells like dark roasted malt and sweet maple syrup.
The taste follows the smell and the maple compliments the dark roast flavor well.
The mouthfeel is medium, which is nice for a stout.
The alcohol is not overpowering, so overall, this is a very enjoyable Imperial Stout.

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gcasher from Pennsylvania, Jan 26, 2020
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4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Believe this 12 oz. can is from November, 2019. Hard to say. Poured into Trillium Six States glass and allowed to warm.

L: Very small light brown head, maybe 1/4F. Does leave a tiny bit of lacing and a ring with surprisingly decent retention. Beer is very dark brown but not quite black.

S: Lotta roasted malts in here, very roasty. Definite hints of maple as well. Not much else, but it's enough and what is advertised.

T: Straightforward imperial stout with maple notes, definitely on the roasty and very slightly bitter side. Maple definitely doesn't get too sweet or cloying, it's complimentary and of high quality.

F: Full-bodied, very little carbonation. Construction is very good, balance very good. Do not expect anything sweet; this is an imperial stout first and foremost.

O: Excellent imperial stout with maple.

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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia, Jan 25, 2020
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4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ruby-hued dark brown with a fat finger of mocha head. Nice rings of lacing.

Some maple, umami, brown bread and carbon dioxide in the nose.

The taste follows: roasty, meaty malts flavors with a kiss of maple behind and some moderate bitterness in the finish and aftertaste.

Creamy, slick feel with medium body.

The umami in this is fairly strong. Tastes like an RIS hooked up with an American Brown Ale. Recommended.

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thebeers from Pennsylvania, Jan 22, 2020
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4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look....dark and lovely with a nice tan head medium to low carbonation
Smell...smell of sugary malt , brown sugar, maple(duh)
Taste....taste of sweetness sugar and coffee for some bitterness. Thinner body than I would've expected but what the hell does that mean!. Expectations mean a lot and I wish I had more choices in the CT to drink more of their beers. Not in love with session IPAS so my choices are limited even though they brew this less than 50 miles fom here (two roads)
Feel...full taste but a thin body almost no lacing.
Overall...there are a lot of good beers nowadays but the price is a little stiff but this is definitely very good love to taste more of their beers besides SOS and their expensive session IPAs

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Specialmick from Connecticut, Jan 14, 2020
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4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can, 11/6/19, poured jet black with a one finger dark tan head into a pint glass. Moderate receding. Similar to the pace of my hair loss. Can came courtesy of a couple of two very thoughtful Vermont area relations of mine. The aroma is roasted chocolate, some sugar sweetness, and cocoa. The taste is right in line, very well blended with equal amounts chocolate, syrup sugar notes, and roast. The feel is very smooth, carbonation is at a medium low intensity. Not overly heavy or sticky. Overall, a nice winter sipper to be paired with a seat near the fire.

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Apellonious from North Carolina, Jan 10, 2020
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4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-jet black can pour with a very thin, tan foam cap. The aroma is minimal, a bit of char and sugar. The flavor is full; toasted and chocolate malt present with caramel. The mouthfeel is thick and slick. There is an alcohol note. I really like it.

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Bluecrow from New York, Jan 09, 2020
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4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Found at Park Slope bodega. Top brewer, wanna try them all.
a) Pours dark brown bark body, spouting dense tan head, that lasts and slaps lace.
s/t) Roasty, woodfire, with bittersweet chocolate. Followed by the big taste of all these tempered/balanced by roast wood fire, smoke, bitter chocolate, and maple, and cleaning up nicely in finale.
f) Full bodied with low carbonation, silky, dessert like.
o) Nicely balanced, sweetness totally checked by roast, bittersweet cocoa, and hop /pepper character.

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Act25 from New Jersey, Jan 09, 2020
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4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz can - dated 10/21/19 (my birthday!) - poured into a plastic coffee mug at approximately 48F.

Pours a rich, fairly thick molasses black, topped with a healthy, plumey, two finger mocha head that sticks around forever.

Nose: Rich, roasty, malty, and even a bit dry smelling, with some English-style hops in the mix. Actually reminds me a lot of a rich dry Irish stout. Not much maple, but plenty of molasses, brown sugar, toffee, some vanilla, fresh pine wood, dark chocolate, and some espresso.

Palate: The beer greets the palate with a sweetness that was not apparent on the nose. Rich, creamy semi-sweer chocolate and a hot cocoa vibe. Undertones of toffee, vanilla, plenty of caramel, molasses, brown sugar, and maple syrup add complexity to the overall flavour. Some woodsy, floral hops add some contrast to the dessert quality, but very minimal bitterness. The roasted malts are very much akin to English Black Patent malt, where they lend all the deep, dark character, without the charry, acrid bitterness. The finish dries out quickly, and brings the most lifelike 70% cocoa dark chocolate flavour the the mix. A gently burned toffee note really comes to life as well. It never gets bitter. Neither charry malt nor hops lend any imbalanced astringency whatsoever. Dry, gently roasty, with a subtle maple sweetness, lot's of woody vanillins, and a faint floral potpourri note. It finishes gently, clean, and long, with everything concluding harmoniously.

Mouthfeel/Body: The beer is rich, thick - but not syrupy, chewy, or cloying, and very soft, with plentiful, almost nitro-like effervescence. Some stickiness is left around the lips, but I would want that in a maple imperial stout. At the same time, it has this crispness about it, and even though it's rich and fairly sweet, it's simultaneously dry, and unbelievably easy to drink. It never becomes a chore to power through. It has all the flavour of a 10% ABV stout, WITH texture, yet it's as drinkable as a 6% stout. Beautifully balanced.

Overall: I didn't have very high hopes for this. I expected a super dry, bitter, charry stout, with no real maple component, and way too much hops. Everything about that is incorrect. This is a truly wonderful beer, and I can only hope I can get my hands on more.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep blackish pour, appears medium thick. Little lacing.
Smell is cocoa and coffee with some fig. Also a nutty-maple-like hint.
Taste is a nice blend of the coffee and maple, however the bitter roasted coffee notes dominate, but in a tasty way.
Feels medium and smooth, then some stickiness to it. Carbonation seems moderate, even high for the style.
It’s a great imperial stout for the holidays/ winter. I brought a few cans from NJ back to TX. I’ll Just age the remaining ones until at least late this year.

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Photo of KRug
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Canned 11/6/19, first beer of the decade!!

Pours like absolute sludge, viscous and black, a small mocha head fades but leaves nice lacing

Standard aromas for an imperial stout, nothing really jumps out to me too much, just nice and deeply roasted, some subtle hints of nuttiness and a coffee bitterness

Mmmm the maple comes out in the flavor, more like what I was expecting CBS to be like!! A nice dark fruit note as it sits on the tongue, but mostly chocolate malts with coffee and maple notes

Not quite as heavy or sticky as I was expecting on the pour, medium bodied and a little slick on the swallow, but damn smooth

Actually an incredible stout!! Everything is nice and nuanced, not too over the top, especially nice to have an imperial stout at 10%, almost feels sessionable for the style lol. I’ll definitely be coming back for more of this, cheers to 2020!

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KRug from Massachusetts, Jan 01, 2020
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4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque, jet black in color with one third inch head. Taste is baker's chocolate, coffee, and a good dose of maple as the beer warms. Medium bodied, sweet, with moderate carbonation. Really good stout. Want a bit more maple but this is quite good as a straight stout.

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tigg924 from Massachusetts, Jan 01, 2020
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4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

canned 11.6.19, opened 12.31.19, poured into a snifter

black motor oil liquid, thin brown layer that immediately fades to a ring

aroma is maple, black coffee, roasted malts

gentle maple flavor, roasted malt taste, roast black coffee

medium sudsing, fizziness, black coffee roast flavor lingers, mild bitterness

good beer

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WunderLlama from Massachusetts, Jan 01, 2020
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4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Canned 10/31/19

Almost-black, opaque dark brown , with 1 finger of fine tan head, that leaves a ring and slight lacing.

Smell is cola, peat, black coffee, roasty doughy malt, and as it warms, a little cocoa. As it warms further (3-4 minutes after pour) a little sweet-boozy aroma shows up.

Taste is semi-sweet dark chocolate, toasted nuts , a little coffee, and a hint of char (burnt brownie edges). Nothing specifically maple-flavored, but guessing that' sweetness is from the maple. Slight pleasant bitterness. No noticeable alcohol, despite the abv. [edit ] After a few minutes' distraction, returning to this finds a slight barrel/bourbon flavor + warming on the finish , even though it's not barrel-aged.

Feel is medium , and smooth, with light fine carbonation. Surprisingly light given the abv. Makes it dangerously easy-drinking. Watch out! :)

Overall, very enjoyable, and glad I got full pack(s). :) Highly recommend.

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mikeinportc from New York, Dec 31, 2019
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3.51/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pitch black with minimal carbonation. Minimal tan head as well. A touch of vanilla extract and bittersweet dark chocolate on the nose. The alcohol is the most pressing characteristic in this. There's some bitterness and a little coffee. I don't get much if any maple in this. I'm a bit disappointed in this as I like Lawson's, but this was bad.

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Sheppard from Virginia, Dec 26, 2019
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4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark, brownish hues, minimal tan head and lacing. Smell is strong, sweet maple and molasses, dark malt undercurrents. Taste is maple and malt, a hint of coffee and chocolate, sweet, roasty, and rich. Light to medium bodied, a bit of oiliness, mouth watering, boozy. Have wanted to try this one for awhile. Thanks to @PatrickCT, I got to, and it was worth the wait!

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mschrei from Illinois, Dec 24, 2019
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