Fayston Maple Imperial Stout
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Fayston Maple Imperial StoutFayston Maple Imperial Stout
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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #802
Ranked #2,148
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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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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Zraly from Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with a brown head. Deep espresso nose with a hint of maple. Sweet and chocolates with roast. Subtle maple comes forward toward the finish. Smooth, silky finish. Full-bodied.

Very lovely imperial stout.

Nov 12, 2015
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

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

Pours a deep rich black. 1 finger brown head. Decent head retention and there's some lacing on the glass as the head dissipates to a ring on the edge of the glass.
The nose is a nice rich maple aroma. It is backed up with a slight smoke aroma and a hint of chocolate.
Taste - Maple, up front, that does stick around the whole way. On the back I get a slight smoke, a slight chocolate, and a slight warming that lingers in throat.
Smooth up front, with the warming on the backside. As I said before, the warming lingers. Full bodied.
Solid, delicious, tasty, great stout for a cold winter night.

Jan 10, 2019
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BranfordBound from Connecticut

4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

Sep 29, 2015
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kidzord from Illinois

3.24/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Jun 27, 2017
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Can dated 10-28-19 into pint glass. Pours an inky opaque black with a modest but persistent tan head. Yep, looks just like an Imperial Stout should. Initial impresion is a really smooth, medium-thick bodied Stout with coffee, molasses, dark chocolate, and dark roasted malts. Sorry, but I'm not getting a ton of maple. It has elements of sweetness that are there at the sip, but then gradually vanish into the more bittersweet realm. Mouthfeel is thick enough to be smooth and stout-like, but not sticky or cloying. Finish is actually a little bitter, but refreshingly so. This is an impressive effort from Lawson's.

Dec 17, 2019
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Gobzilla from California

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Feb 17, 2013
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Jas45678 from Michigan

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

Feb 15, 2015
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AD17 from New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 06, 2019
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Seakyden from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Apr 03, 2013
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twizzard from New York

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

Feb 14, 2015
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STLBeer7458 from Missouri

2.51/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Jan 08, 2021
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thampel09 from New Jersey

4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aug 07, 2018
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NJB145 from Michigan

4.12/5  rDev -1.7%

Sep 29, 2014
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mike22ne from Massachusetts

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

Poured from a can, dated 10/22/2019. Picked up a four pack, I'll drink some fresh and keep some to age a while. (Can says "Drink fresh!")

Looks great, a viscous black with dark tan head. Foam fades to a scattered film and ring around the edge, with some wet lacing.
Smells boozy, chocolate and carmelized sugar, black roasted barley. And maple syrup. Of course.
Tastes great, big roasted flavors, earthy hop spice, cocoa and caramel and maple.
Feels thick and chewy, heavy body and leaves a viscous coating that dries out nicely. Can taste and feel a bit of alcohol heat, though maybe that would change if it weren't so fresh.

Overall, fantastic. Glad I finally found this locally! Will be interested to see how it develops with some time to sit too.

Nov 16, 2019
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Black Back in Waterbury Vermont.

A - Poured into a Lawson's Finest tulip a thick deep brown almost black with a one finger creamy mocha head that faded to leave a thin halo and clouding.

S - Aromas of deep chocolate and light coffee with super faint maple notes. Really, this is a nice stout but needs more maple.

T - Very nice dark chocolate here, like a melted candy bar. Rich toasted malts and deep roast. Good slight sweetness and deep chocolate. Not much maple but a shit ton of dark chocolate. Very nice stout.

M - Nice mouthfeel for a big stout. ABV is hidden wonderfully. Super nice and smooth mouthfeel with a light carbonation.

O - Overall this was a very good stout but where's the maple? Really could use more mapleguava but this was delicious.

Feb 18, 2012
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jbarletto from Massachusetts

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

Jun 23, 2018
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buzzy from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nov 21, 2019
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thagr81us from South Carolina

4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one at a past Random Sunday Tasting! Sampled side-by-side with the bourbon barrel version! Served from bottle into an Aroma’s snifter. Poured pitch black with a half finger brown head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, molasses, powdered chocolate, Yoo-Hoo, and smoke. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, molasses, and smoke. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Having had this side-by-side with the bourbon version one could definitely tell that they were both completely different animals. While this one was not quite as complex as the bourbon version (which one might expect) it still managed to work really well with what it had going on. The Yoo-Hoo on the nose of this one was really enjoyable and actually brought back childhood memories of shaking the shit out of those bottle to suspend the chocolate at the bottle of them. Glad we didn’t do that to this beer as I would have hated to waste any of it. Another really well done brew by these guys that I would absolutely love to try again in the future.

Jan 15, 2013
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Kurmaraja from California

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

Jun 16, 2017
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Khazadum from Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.5%

Apr 20, 2012
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Boston_Steve from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

May 31, 2014
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Celtics76 from Rhode Island

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

Feb 10, 2020
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GrindFatherBob from New York

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

May 03, 2012
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scotorum from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Jun 24, 2014
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