Fayston Maple Imperial Stout | Lawson's Finest Liquids

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4.16/5
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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:
#1,673
Reviews:
98
Ratings:
546
pDev:
9.38%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of kylehay2004
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nickfl
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TrilliumFan
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pleasure
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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 Casey3236
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of YalovaIA
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cgwami
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SveNss0N
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kingston2
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ace1117
4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of daudelin2000
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Another great beer from Lawson's Finest. Living in Vermont, you can expect 2 things: Good beer and good maple syrup. This beer combines the 2.

Pours pitch black with a nice, fluffy tan head. Aroma is very roasty with some chocolate and just a hint of maple sweetness. I expected the maple to be stronger in the aroma, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Taste is very roasty and not nearly as sweet as expected. There is maple flavor in there, but it's there just enough to let you know it's a maple stout and doesn't overpower. Very nice! Mouthfeel is ok, but could be a little creamier to put it out of this world. At over 10% ABV, the alcohol is well hidden. It's noticeable, but not distracting. Just another winner by Sean Lawson.

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

Photo of dbthom123
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nhindian
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pretty sure this is from Lawson's 6th Anniversary release (April 2014) since I don't believe this was released in bottles for the 7th Anniversary, and I got this bottle in a trade in April 2015. It's been chilling in the fridge almost that whole time, though...

Appearance - Pours completely pitch black, and is viscous as all hell. It sort of looks like tar as it empties from the bottle. Even the head is impressive, as it is a silky smooth and creamy texture, but is dark brown in color. It is definitely a beautiful looking beer, if not one that threatens with what lies within...

Aroma - The aroma is a mainly centered around roasted notes with an underlying sweetness. There's a good bit of coffee notes dangling around the nose which quickly transitions into a nice dark chocolate. I'm hard-pressed to say I can pick out any maple, but there's at least a suggestion.

Taste - The flavors pretty much echo the aroma step-for-step. From start to finish the roast is potent and easily the dominant flavor. Even the chocolate and other malts fall by the wayside. There isn't any actual coffee anymore here - just dark roast and a hint of char. There's not really even a subtle maple note here, unfortunately.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is spot-on for this big of a stout. It is thick and smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. No faults here.

Closing Arguments - Unfortunately I may have let this sit a bit too long. I've never had this fresh, but I have to imagine it would've had more maple than what is present now. Regardless, it is still a very good stout, but the maple is completely absent.

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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 JoshBrews
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of Mehinaman
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lic217
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: dark black, lasting tan head
Smell: chocolate, maple, coffee
Taste: same as smell, finishes balanced
Feel: a touch thin, low carb
Overall: great stout

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Photo of AGust82
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of tstoner86
4.86/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of pollocwr
4.69/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tmbgnicu
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fayston Maple Imperial Stout from Lawson's Finest Liquids
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 546 ratings