Fayston Maple Imperial Stout | Lawson's Finest Liquids

Fayston Maple Imperial StoutFayston Maple Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
91.1%
Liked This Beer
4.16 w/ 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:
#1,588
Reviews:
96
Ratings:
537
Liked:
489
Avg:
4.16/5
pDev:
9.62%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
487
Gots:
97
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 537 |  Reviews: 96
Photo of nickfl
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked & caged bottle into a couple of glasses. Rare batch 92. Bottle # 25/48. Black with a dark mocha head. Plenty of rich spotty lace and brown oils down the sides. Maple is heavy in the nose, along with chocolate, roast and alcohol, which is combining to give this a bit of a spicy tobacco character. The taste is sweet but not cloying, thanks to the overall roastiness of this. The flavors nicely compliment the spicy alcohol character that is here. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied but seems a tad thin. Probably from the aging but the benefit is that this is ridiculously easy drinking for the size. I mean RIDICULOUS. The maple addition really sweetens this up but the aggressive Stout flavors give it a balancing edge. I really like Lawson’s use of maple in these beers. Really gives it a distinct character. I’m looking forward to seeing how this base is put to use in the barrel-aged versions.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.56/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Prohibition Pig, Waterbury, VT

A bit underwhelming and average this stout was. I picked up a few bottles, so I'm hoping the beer is better bottle-conditioned than it was on tap. Surely an attractive beer: poured pitch black (at least it appeared so in the pub light) with a rich, mocha head that retained well; minimal lacing. Aroma thick with roasty malts, coffee, and a bit of smoke; no maple whatsoever. More of the same in the taste, dark roasted malts, coffee notes, burnt caramel. Quite average. Again, no maple in the taste, not even after letting it warm up a bit. Medium body, a bit thin and watery for the style, alcohol is well-hidden. I hate to say it, but even my homebrewed coffee stout was better than this. Still not bad though, and pretty easily drinkable overall. Hopefully I get a better experience from the bottle.

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Photo of billab914
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage poured from a 750ml bottle. Black in color with a thin, dark tan colored head clinging to edges of the glass. Nice looking lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a creamy milk chocolate flavor mixing with some roasted malts and coffee. It's got some subtle but good maple notes to it that started to come out more a it warmed. The darker, roasted malts were pretty good and they were complimented pretty well by the maple.

The taste shows more of the darker, roasted malts with notes of chocolate and coffee throughout. A little of the maple sweetness comes out up front along with some caramel and a little sugar. In the finish I get more of a bitter, roasted almost burnt flavor coming out. There is a little but of a burnt hop like flavor to it as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and it felt a little thin for style overall. Overall, I thought it was a pretty good but not great beer. It just didn't all work that well for me. The roasted, bitter, burnt hop just seemed to dominate and the maple didn't really come out that much. It was good, but not as good as I had hoped.

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Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Slatetank
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.54/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with some transparency. Lots of mocha head. Great retention. Really leggy on the swirl.

Smell - Roasty as hell. Some sweetness. A fair bit of maple. Chocolate. Chalky, almost.

Taste - Still extremely roasty. Stronger maple sweetness. Pretty sweet, in fact. Chalky, burnt roasted malt. Chocolate and coffee. Bitter.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation. Sweet and bitter at the same time.

Overall - Really strong maple, but this stout needs it. Ridiculously roasty.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.16/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks for sharing this one, Shane!

Pours black in color with a surprisingly tall tan head. Smells strong of booze, roasted malt, char, and even a bit of ash. There is some dark chocolate and coffee, but they're not as prominent as I would like. The flavor is more of the same. A bit of a coffee grounds flavor as well as some bitter dark chocolate, licorice, and roasted malt. The flavor is a bit too astringent for my liking. Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of dfhhead25
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of johnnnniee
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by mixylplik3, thanks for the opportunity Matt!
Pours an inky black color with a smallish tan head that dissipates rather quickly. Smells of caramel, chocolate, brown sugar, maple, and a hint of earthy hops. The flavor follows the aroma and is incredibly smooth. Sweet maple and brown sugar play nicely with chocolate coffee and roast against a hint of earth and a touch of alcohol. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet sugary mouthfeel. This is a great beer, nicely balanced, smooth and quite tasty.

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Photo of stakem
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Much gratitude to Kegatron for sharing this with me. This base version was up first before also sampling 2 different barel treatments. A 750ml bottle rediculously numbered 25 of 48. Talk about a limited run of bottles...yikes. The brew appears black in color with a thin line of clarity around the edges. A swirl revives a hearty finger of dark brown back to the suface. Webby patches of lace stick to the glass as the cap collapses.

The aromatics are deceptively sweet smelling like milk chocolate. Some roast and earth are present fading into something more along the lines of tobacco. A mild spicy note is present that blends into a touch of alcohol.

The flavor is super roasty, burnt and bitter almost like tobacco mingled with strong coffee. Plenty of roasted bitterness that seemingly voids any reason to include hops. A noticeable amount of solvent alcohol is present but it integrates very nicely. A minor hint of milky dark chocolate is noted across the back reminescent of what the aroma indicated.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew that is quite dry, roasted and aggressive. It seems thinned out a bit perhaps from the alcohol inclusion and lack of any significant amount of residual sugar. It has a modest amount of carbonation that helps move the flavors across the palate. This is a kickass brew thats worth seeking out. I cant imagine a better base brew thats aggressive like this and lends enough of its own profile to stand up against any form of barrel treatment. Thanks again Heath for sharing!

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Photo of InspectorBob
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of BEER88
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VeganUndead
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of mklisz
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Duff27
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Barry, thanks man.

This one pours a deep dark black, with a quarter inch mocha head, and no lacing.

This one smells super nice, decadent sweet maple, some roasted coffee, and chocolate, and dark malt.

I knew this had to be good, and it luckily met my expectations. The alcohol does not factor into the taste at all, with the maple rightfully leading the way, dark, sweet, and slightly earthy, with roasty coffee and chocolate. There is no chocolate or coffee added to this, so the strongness of these flavors is impressive. It's not too sweet, as a little bit of roasty bitterness is there.

This is medium bodied- I wish it was a little bit thicker, but it's not all that detrimental, honestly. There's a lower level of carbonation, and a fairly creamy mouthfeel.

Another beer that really couldn't fail for me, due to my love of maple. So decadent, rich, beautiful, and tasty.

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Fayston Maple Imperial Stout from Lawson's Finest Liquids
Beer rating: 91.1% out of 100 with 537 ratings
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