Fayston Maple Imperial Stout | Lawson's Finest Liquids

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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
Ratings:
533
Reviews:
96
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
9.71%
 
 
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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Off the tap (03/04/09) at General Stark's Pub at the Mad River Glen Ski Area this Russian Imperial Stout was an opaque black color as dark and murky as crude oil. The head was a dark tan color, displayed very good retention as a cap and left lacing at first in thin bands and eventually in fishnets. The aroma was or roasted malt, maple, caramel, blackened malt and chocolate. The flavors were outstanding; I was actually floored. At first I tasted the sweetness of rich chocolate, caramel, toffee and of course maple. Then I tasted the hoppy bitterness in the form of coffee, roasted and blackened malt and the finish of unsweetened bakers chocolate was long and tongue coating. The depth of the malt was impressive yet the sweetness of the other flavors perfectly off-set it. Rich and complex yet not heavy and the 10.1% ABV was... where? The mouthfeel was smooth and rich, the body full and the carbonation perfect. Stunning. One of the best RIS's I have ever had and - dare I say it? - I liked it better than Storm King, Old Rasputin or Kate the Great. Damnit Sean, bottle this stuff!

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Photo of rudylaw
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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Photo of daudelin2000
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
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 Faxmesomehalibut
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jhavs
4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2 separate 4 Oz. tasting glasses at the 2015 SIPtemberfest at Mad River Glen.

A= Deep dark black color, no light passing through, head is deep tan and creamy.

S= Dark malts, toasty, some coffee and bitter chocalate.

T= Deep and rich flavors, some mild sweetness balanced with roasted malt bitterness. I get a bit of coffee and hint of real maple in the touch of sweetness.

M= Full bodied with touch of carbonation, so smooth, no alcohol burn to speak of.

O= Was expecting a ton of sweetness and maple but the flavors were melded, muted, and balanced to near perfection. A near perfect imperial stout.

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4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Fayston Maple Imperial Stout from Lawson's Finest Liquids
4.12 out of 5 based on 533 ratings.
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