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Fayston Maple Imperial Stout | Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Fayston Maple Imperial StoutFayston Maple Imperial Stout

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-06-2009

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3.09/5  rDev -25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 750 ml - 1 Pint, 9.4 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a snifter
Thanks to my friend wdarcy77 for this generous birthday gift.

The liquid poured an oily and viscous near pitch black. A two-finger crop of super tight and creamy, crimson-tinged, saddle brown foam topped the liquid. The head faded to a thick, frothy ring. Spotty drops of lacing trickled down the glass with each sip.

The nose was a real disappointment. Dark, super roasty malts dominated. Lots of char and ash. Hint of burnt espresso. I picked up some subtle metallic notes as well. The beer was not very complex overall and smelled a lot more like an Irish dry stout than an imperial stout of any type. Some brown sugar-like sweetness came out as the beer warmed.

The flavor profile was even more disappointing than the nose. Metallic notes started things off before the burnt, charred, acrid tasting malts took over. Cold coffee appeared in the center. Lots of booziness on the back end. This beer tasted much hotter than the 10.1% ABV on the label suggested. Bitter, piney hops came through in the super dry finish. Burnt malts and oily hops lingered long into the aftertaste. As the beer warmed, some dark fruit notes appeared as well.

The mouthfeel was slick, creamy and silky smooth. Not super thick or viscous for the style but quite impressive nonetheless. The liquid contained a finely bubbled, moderate effervescence.

All the Lawson's beers I have tried before this one were very good or outstanding. This beer, however, was a big letdown. Not only did it lack complexity, but it was completely devoid of any maple notes.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the 2010 Stout tasting in a Orval Chalice.

750ml corked & caged bottle.

Pours black, black with a nice thick very dark brown head, Nose is sharp and rich.

Taste is very rich and sharp, a bit astringent but very hoppy given the age and style. Nice and smooth really easy drinking for being so strong.

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4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of BranfordBound
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier yesterday. Pours black as night with a head that is solid brown, thing and leaves legs on the glass. Smells deep and rich, tons of coffee. Flavor starts very sweet like molasses, chocolate in the middle, big roasty note at the end, bitter. Heavy body beer that demands to be sip, enjoyed over the course of about 30 mins to let it warm. No big indicators of maple syrup in this one, if you didn't tell me it was in it I would have never known. No alcohol present so for 10% ABV this is awesome. Recommend!

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to youbrewidrink for the bottle!

Pours a dark, luscious black with an enticing milky way colored, two-fingered head.

The smell is off the chain! Swiss Miss hot chocolate, cocoa nibs, melted caramel and sugary maple. I'm also picking up some roast. Lots of sweet going on.

The taste is pretty straightforward; mirroring the smell well. It seems to be a pretty decent clone of Founders CBS but with a twinge of smoke... just slightly, like bacon. This batch seems to have more maple in it than I previously believed because at room temperature the maple really shines through!

Extremely smooth for a 10% beer. Amazing drinkability! Creamy, silky mouthfeel. Just a terrific, unique stout I feel fortunate enough to have tried. Lawson's and Newhart... see Vermont brings something to the table after all!

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at three penny taproom.

Long time want, randomly walk into the three penny while visiting VT.... Lo and behold!

Looks dark and roasty, appetizing brown head subsides to good lacing.

Smells like roast chocolate with a hint of maple...tastes like a magical maple chocolate bar with hints of alcohol. Surprising considering it is a 10%!

This is awesome. Why can't I buy this by the case?!

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3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.64/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OMG! This stuff is super good.

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4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Fayston Maple Imperial Stout from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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