Fayston Maple Imperial Stout | Lawson's Finest Liquids

Fayston Maple Imperial StoutFayston Maple Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
4.16/5
537 Ratings
Fayston Maple Imperial StoutFayston Maple Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,594
Reviews:
96
Ratings:
537
pDev:
9.62%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
487
Gots:
97
Trade:
4
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3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i love maple, absolutely love it, so this may be a little biased, but this is up there with the best uses of maple i have ever seen in a beer. its just incredible stuff. the label suggests cold weather drinking, and i can see that, but its awfully good in any weather. drlovemd87 shared this bottle, and im real glad he did. chalky dark brown in color, one inch of permanent dark tan head. i smell the maple right away, some two gallon per barrel in there, so no wonder. its sweet and reminds me of springtime when the sap flows back home. the stout it accentuates is brilliant as well, emitting pleasant aromas of dark chocolate, burning lead tobacco, and fresh fudge. its sweet and desserty as it smells, but its not over the top sugar bomb status. its restrained in that way, letting the flavors and not the sugars make the primary contributions. the maple is such a cool finishing touch to a stout this big and bold, it really integrates the elements and smooths it all out with that familiar earthy sweetness. i can see the barrel aged variants of this being elite as well, but for me, its hard to beat a beer like this. its so elegantly put together, to rich but drinkable with its satin texture, and finishing real long with all of my favorite flavors and very little booze. another example of a vermont brewer doing something flawless and unique. this is worth acquiring at basically any price if you havent had it.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Brian for sharing this with all of us!
Review from written notes.

Into a small tulip glass it pours jet black with a clinging ring of foam and wispy broken skim. Svelte and stouty.

Graphite, tobacco, mild burnt char in the nose. Sort of light and nondescript.

Sweet dry roast, chalky, a bit woody, not much in the way of it's maple namesake. Slightly woody and moderately roasty in the aftertaste. Slight prickly heat from the perceptible alcohol. Flavors are pretty mellow and not especially complex. Thin bodied, could use a bit more in the flavor department. It's ok, but I wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of brentk56
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours fudge brown with a mocha head; while the head is less than an inch thick it makes up for that with a nice pattern of squiggly lacing

Smell: Very roasty, almost burnt, with undertones of maple syrup; bittesweet chocolate tones are also present

Taste: Bittersweet chocolate with a roasty edge; some maple sweetness building through the middle; the finish is very roasty, almost burnt, like the aroma

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: Having heard about this beer for a while, I was anticipating it to be sweeter and less roasty; I appreciate that the sweetness was held in check but the predominant flavor is the roast while I would prefer it to be the chocolate

Thanks, AaronF, for the opportunity

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Photo of oline73
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter. I was lucky enough to have this with the other 3 variations.

The beer pours a dark brown, almost black color with a layer of tan head. The smell is a little bit sweet with a nice roast quality. There is more roast in the taste than there was a smell. I would swear there is a wood aged quality to this beer. I'm getting a mild maple syrup note behind the roasted malt. While the roast dominates, the beer still has enough balance for me. The body is on the thick side with a good amount of carbonation and a finish that is super dry.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of largadeer
2.59/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks, Nick.

Black with a finger of chocolate-hued head. This is pretty dark even for the style.

Smells like tar, burnt malt and chocolate. Maybe a bit of oatmeal cookie. Pretty bland.

Taste is tarry, ashy, burnt. Lots of bitter dark chocolate. This is pretty dry, especially with the high ABV in mind. If this is brewed with maple syrup, I don't pick it up much at all; it seems to be overwhelmed by the dark malts. Finishes charred and burnt with intense lingering bitterness. Not a particularly enjoyable stout, it has a very one-dimensional burnt bitterness to it.

This reminds me a bit of some Scandanavian imperial stouts I've tried recently, but it at least it avoids the signature Mikkeller combo of intense sweetness mixed with burnt bitterness.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle share in Hoboken, NJ.

A: Pours an opaque black (just shy of jet black) in color with some dark brown highlights when held up to the light. The beer has a half finger tall dark tan head that reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Very light lacing is observed.

S: The aroma is dominated by the dark roasted malts with some dark chocolate and fresh ground coffee. There is a very subtle hint of maple in the smell but I really wish that it was more present.

T: The flavor of the dark roasted and toasted malts with lots of dark chocolate (almost like a candy bar) and just a hint of some coffee bitterness. Overall this beer is sweet and chocolatey but the maple flavor is really lost in this beer.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy.

O: I was really hoping for a greater maple presence in this beer and was slightly disappointed that it was so subtle. The alcohol was not quite as hidden as I had expected, you can definitely detect it in the taste. Definitely enjoyable.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a mini snifter. Pours black with a short mocha head that has a bit of staying power. Pretty nice looking and that's one of the "lowlights" of the brew, as the maple works wonders on the nose and taste. Nose starts out fairly normal in terms of the style with some good roast, coffee, and chocolate characteristics. Then...the maple hits and takes it from a pretty good stout to a really nice one. The taste is the same way and the maple and chocolate interact quite well together. Nice body and really superior drinkability. Great brew from Sean.

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