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Fayston Maple Imperial StoutFayston Maple Imperial Stout

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Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States

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

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Photo of mick303
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at ACBF. This was really outstanding, a really thick imperial stout, it maintained a strong maple character coming through, heavy coffee notes, and a rich all around chocolate note, this was deliciously complex and a beer that stood out for the whole festival. My first beer from Lawson's was a really inspiring experience and I would love to get my hands on more. This beer was a pretty out of this world stout. Great flavour and balance.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the 2010 Stout tasting in a Orval Chalice.

750ml corked & caged bottle.

Pours black, black with a nice thick very dark brown head, Nose is sharp and rich.

Taste is very rich and sharp, a bit astringent but very hoppy given the age and style. Nice and smooth really easy drinking for being so strong.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Half Acre snifter.

A- pours like motor oil with a 2 finger dark cola head. Some blotches of lacing remains on the glass.

S- molasses, roast, some ash, some sweetness in there as well.

T- dark chocolate, maple syrup, roasted malts, some oak, bitter pine and ash.

M- full body and medium carbonation. Creamy with light acidity at the finish.

O- very good RIS. Big roast and ash with some light sweetness from the maple syrup.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
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!

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Photo of Treebs
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle served in a Deschutes tulip. Big thanks to Mike (Gushue3) for the bottle!

A: Pours a black body with browner edges and thin tan head. It recedes to a thin film and ring that leaves some splotchy lace behind.

S: Roasty malts with unsweetened chocolate and just a touch of maple syrup sweetness.

T: The maple is more pronounced in the taste, but it is more sugary and somewhat artificial tasting. The taste still has the roasted malts and chocolate flavors from the nose. Booze is nicely hidden.

M: Medium bodied with a medium to medium carbonation. I was expecting a creamier mouth, but it was very drying in nature.

O: This was a solid stout, but I wish the maple was a tad less artificial and the mouthfeel wasn't so drying. The booze was hidden which was nice. Good, but don't go afte the hype.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours nearly pitch black with a thin dark tan head, light barely makes it throuh around the edges. the smell is a very mild roastiness followed by a nice little sweet aroma and is finished with a hint of maple. the flavor is fairly similar to the smell, with the roastiness being even more subdued than in the smell. the beer is mildy sweet with a hint of maple flavor in the finish. the mouthfeel is full with low carbonation, overal this is an excellent imperial stout, with the hint of maple being an added bonus.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lawson's Finest Liquids - Fayston Maple Imperial Stout, poured into a Lawson's tulip.

Look - Pours an oily dark brown-black with a small mocha head that dissipates quickly. Not much lacing.

Smell - Rich maple with chocolate and a backing of roasted malt. Phenomenal aroma.

Taste - Medium creaminess and the maple and chocolate leads the way and then fades to roasted malts. Big flavor here.

Mouthfeel - Mouthfeel is roasted malts, almost woody or smoky. Heavy-medium body with low carbonation. Not at all boozy. Good drinkability.

Overall - Outstanding brew! It was surprising to me that this was not as sweet as I expected since it had maple, but I must have gotten it in my mind that it would be anything like Maple Tripple. Anyway, it turned out to be a good thing, this is a rugged as hell stout, one of the most rugged non-BA stouts I have had so far. Two thumbs up!

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Photo of craytonic
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black pour with a nice, large coffee-brown head that quickly dissipates

Smell: Mostly roast and coffee, touch of almost dark chocolate, some maple but not enough

Taste: Similar to the aroma, roast malt, dark coffee, dark chocolate and not enough maple

Mouthfeel: Good feel and carbonation, just slightly thin

Overall: I prefer some of there other variants, but a good offering. My complaint is the roast malt and coffee really obscure the maple syrup.

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Photo of lic217
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
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 alpinebryant
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is a thick dark oil black with brown head. Heavy lacing

Aroma of ashy black patent, chocolate and coffee scents with a hint of spicy maple with smoke.

Taste is smooth and creamy , smokey with chocolate and espresso coffee. Lots of coffee flavors mixing in with a sweet slightly boozy finish. This would definitely do better with some age, but is very tasty as is. There is a thick to medium body and a light carbonation. Overall good, but could be great with some age.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from scottg, shared with naproxen. We actually picked up another one from Sean today that we plan on aging, mmmhmmm :)

750 ml cork and caged bottle, #37 of 92. Poured into a tulip. OMG I should have totally traded this for Black Tuesday seeing it's so rare and all...maybeno

Pours a thick, gooey, motor oil black with a mud brown two finger head that leaves a spotty lace on the side of the glass. Aroma is deep and rich with earthy hops, big roasted barley and malts, and a touch of maple syrup. Dark chocolate and charred grains with not a single bit of booze in the nose, impressive. Taste is very similar with the big roasted flavors. Smokey malts, sweet Baker's chocolate, and some gritty hops. Some syrup midway, but not a whole lot...I was actually hoping for more. Aftertaste lingers forever with charcoal, hot cocoa, and wood. Once again, the big 10% abv is hidden on the tongue like it was in the nose. Big, rich, and chewy body with a slightly stronger carbonation than I like for the style. This is a perfect beer for the cold Northeast winter we've seen in the past couple of weeks, very warming and chewy. Anoter quality brew from Sean, reeeeally looking forward to seeing what some age will do to our other bottle. Delicious beer minus the hype, gotta love it.

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Photo of Hendry
4.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Missed the 4/10/13 Maple Beer event @ Farmhouse that featured this elixir, but a friend had archived one of the monster 23.4 oz bombers and shared it in exchange with some Lawson's Double Sunshine that I have been scoring.

Lawson's has the knack for brewing small batches of hand crafted and hand bottled beer that really scratches the itch for top shelf quality: it is indeed a privilege to have access to their amazing liquids.

Fayston Maple Imperial Stout pours a deep, deep brown that is not quite as black as their "Toast" variety (Black IPA), but a close second. The small tan head can be revived with a bit of swishing around in the glass, and the chocolaty nose has some roasted malts in there with just a hint of Vermont maple syrup in the background. Smells delicious!

The taste is an extension of the inviting aroma:sort of heavy in character, but coating your palate with a slight coffee roastiness that is balanced by a tremendous chocolate flavor, and just a touch of the boiled sap in the finish (which is slightly on the sweet side, but in a gourmet fashion).

Extremely inviting and drinkable, with a touch of booze in there that fits right in with the overall balance. Top of the shelf maple brew that is criminally hard to get your hands on!

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Photo of kkipple
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1/1/2012 in Atlanta near the end of Pappy New Year vol 2. Thanks ATLBeerdog for the bottle!

A. Glugs out a thick, molten brownie. No real head, what foam there is is quite dark.

S. Loads of maple, that odd woodsy, earthy, almost charred, ashy note. Smooth, heavy malt, dark and toasted, only a little sweet. Cigar notes. Molasses, cocoa. Hefty stuff.

T. Really not very sweet, heavy maple flavor without a lot of maple sweetness. Dense black malts, but not astringent or bitter. No hops. Mostly variations on blacker malts. Well attenuated, creamy, slightly boozy. Would be an excellent cigar beer, but by itself is less interesting.

M / O. Heavy and dense. Finish is gently roast-bitter and and boozy, with maple in the background. This isn't bad at all but also isn't really my gig. More sweetness or simply less dryness would help, and there is a slight "homebrew" tang to this that could go too. Not bad though. Give it a go if you like maple and drier, bigger stouts.

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Photo of Zraly
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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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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Photo of Retail1LO
3.72/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First beer this birthday evening of mine. Poured from a bomber into a Founders snifter.

Pours a very thick, oily black hue with a generous three finger head of soft, mocha foam. A real sight to behold. The nose, on the other hand, is very nondescript and weak. The smell, or lack thereof, is truly the low point of this beer. There's nothing. No maple, vanilla, chocolate...NOTHING. Just a random hop note or two. Weak. The taste makes up for things a bit. This is a prety hoppy stout, all things considered. Mixed in with the hops presence is a good bit of oakiness, and a touch of bourbon. Absent again however, is the maple. I don't know where it is, but I haven't found it anywhere. The mouthfeel steels the show as this is one thick, smooth, creamy SOB. It leaves a tinge of bitterness in it's wake, but nothing unbearable. Overall, this is a very solid stout, but I don't anticipate myself going out of my way to acquire it again.

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Photo of SteveB24
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

This beer is superb, pours black as night, with no light shining through, an aggressive pour results in half a finger of brown, sudsy head that dissipates quickly but leaves gorgeous lacing.
Aroma is pleasant and milder then excepted. Consists of caramel, bourbon, maple, with notes of chocolate.
Taste- rich malt flavors of toffee, burned sugar, and maple upfront. hints of chocolate and dark fruit in the backbone. the bourbon is not overpowering in the slightest and the ten percent abv is unnoticeable. mouthfeel of the beer is creamy, slightly oily, very mild carbonation.
overall- an excellent imperial stout, not too sweet or too boozy. if i have the opportunity i would love to buy a couple more of these for the winter.

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Photo of nhindian
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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 NittanyBeerFan
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from "Rare Batch 112" bottle number 41 of 72 from the first bottling. Thanks to treyrab for sharing.

Tar-colored black, topped by creamy and fluffy head. The lacing is beautiful...spotty and stringy. The aroma is solid, but nothing spectacular. There is some smoke, roast, leather, and tobacco, along with some chocolate. The flavor builds upon the aroma, too. All of the aroma comes through again, but adds some sticky and bitter dark cocoa. There is also a touch of vanilla that gets left on the palate. Very syrupy, thick, and resinous, this is what an Imperial stout should feel like on the palate. Phenomenal, though I wish that I could try one of these fresh, when the maple syrup still plays a role.

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Photo of mikey711
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Stowehop for hooking me up with this, and a few other Lawsons goodies!

A: Pitch plack with a nice mocha colored head that is moderately thick and retains very well. it leaves almost wine like legs when swirled, exactly what i am looking for in a stout

S: Tons of roasted malt character, bitter coffee and chocolate notes are the most prominent. There is some maple, but not as much as I was hoping for

T: Chocolately sweetness and bitter roastiness with just a touch of maple syrup to go along with it. I like my stouts roasty but for this one I wanted more maple

M: Slightly chalky, but the body is substantial enough to provide some creaminess. Also, no heat present on this at all which is surprising

D: I would definitely like to try this one again, and given the abv, it is way above average

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Photo of treyrab
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing from notes. I had this beer at the Rosso e Marrone release from an unknown generous soul who brought it for tasting. On that cold (and I mean damn cold) release day, this big Imperial Stout warmed my bones. I believe I had this on my fourth trip to the tasting table (had to keep going back to the car to get warmed up).

A: Pours black. Very black. Poured from the bottle a little thick, syrupy and muddy. The head is very nice and dark mocha brown. The head was creamy and stuck around pretty good.

S: Maple deliciousness. Good maple, like Grade A maple smothering your pancakes. Very sweet with maple, brown sugar, candy butterscotch, coffee, and roasted toffee.

T: Delicious. Perhaps a dessert beer, but I could have this every day. The roast really complemented the sweet maple. This beer is rather sweet, but it is by no means cloying. Nice and thick with roasted coffee, maple, brown sugar, and toffee.

Overall, an amazing Imperial Stout and one of the best, if not the best, use of maple I have tasted.

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Photo of rhinos00
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shout out to MtGoat for sending me this great Vermont treat. Split amongst friends. Bottle #54/92, batch #80.

A- Pours a dark, brown coffee color. Produced a tan, mocha colored head. Medium lacing with good head retention.

S- Roasted malt character with a considerable chocolate malt backbone. There is noticeable maple sweetness in the background. Rich and roasty with a delicate sweetness.

T- Mellow chocolate flavor upfront that lasts to the finish. Half way through a tremendous roasted, charred flavor is integrated. Finishes with a distinct maple, sugared sweetness...not overpowering in any way.

M- Medium bodied with good carbonation for the style. Could have been a little more viscous...almost had a fluffy, marshmellow-like texture. Leaves the palate incredibly dry!

D- Pretty drinkable. The sweetness was very manageable. I might be singing a different tune if I had the whole bottle to myself.

Overall, a great effort, but falls a little short. Especially when compared to the other great maple beers out there.

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Photo of dragonWhale
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the most recent release. A thank you to Chris for opening this and for alerting us..You are a gentleman and a learned man.
Almost pitch black, with a little beige head, looking good so far.
Maple is big, some chocolate and some roast, no hops to speak of. On the sweet side, but really it's just malt-heavy, the maple suffocating out whatever hops once were there. Reminded me actually of a classier Dark Lord with maple. Well put together, and a very fine drink.

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Photo of CliffBrake
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Blackback Pub. Served way to cold. I tried to let it warm up as long as I could and at the expense of the warmth in my hands.

Jet black with a medium brown head. I don't know when I have seen such a dark head on a beer!

Roasty nose. Flavor is of roasted malts, a bit of vanilla. Not very complex and a bit one dimensional, but tasty enough.

Good full mouthfeel. A fitting pour for the dark days of winter. I would love to try some of the barrel-aged versions of this beer. I imagine the wood might help a lot.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

An incredible example of an imperial stout without BB aging.
Pours jet black with low caramel head.
Smells roasty and some nice sweetness from the maple.
Tastes delicious, deep flavor with the maple being present but complimentary to the roasty malts not overpowering.
Finishes soft and slightly creamy.
Overall, a fantastic beer.

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