Fayston Maple Imperial Stout - Oak-Aged
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Fayston Maple Imperial Stout - Oak-AgedFayston Maple Imperial Stout - Oak-Aged
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
ABV:
10.1%
Score:
89
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 11.31%
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
83
From:
Lawson's Finest Liquids
 
Vermont, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  75
Gots
  13
SCORE
89
Very Good
Fayston Maple Imperial Stout - Oak-AgedFayston Maple Imperial Stout - Oak-Aged
Notes: All bottles released 2012 with glossy labels, red wax, and no bottle numbers or signature, were aged in a Buffalo Trace barrel that was first used to age Utopias.
Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 83 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by BTPete:
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BTPete from New York

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle shared by friend. Thanks Brian.

Oaked Fayston Maple

A: dark brown/black with no head.

S: sweet dark malts, alcohol, coffee notes, not much maple, but there underneath it all.

T: alcohol up front with a little burn, sweet after that. Oak comes through nicely on this one ending with dark toasty malts and coffee. Once again, I wonder if oaking/aging of this didn't subdue the maple.

M: full bodied but with little carb.

D: nice sipper for 10%. Would easily drink again.

May 20, 2010
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Todd from California

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Jun 02, 2013
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WanderingFool from Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oak-Aged Fayston Maple pours black into the glass with a small, creamy tan head on top. The foam is slow to dissolve leaving behind spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma has lots of oak, vanilla, chocolate and roasted malt. An earthy nuttiness and some pine is also present.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is velvety with mild carbonation. The flavor is rich with roasted malt, nuts, chocolate, oak and vanilla. It finishes with some alcohol. Once gone the dark malt and oak linger on the palate.

This beer is loaded with flavor. It hides the 10% abv very well, but it's definitely a sipper.

Oct 01, 2012
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drabmuh from Maryland

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Michael, I really wanted to try this one. Served in a tulip. Beer is black with a thin tan head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation, low retention, no lacing, looks good.

Aroma is sweet, a little oaky, a little maple, roast, smells good..

Beer is medium in body and sweet on the front with a nice finish on it, the overall beer is nice too, I enjoyed it, the maple is subtle and nearly lost. I think it could have been more froward. I would have it again maybe.

Apr 05, 2012
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whartontallboy from New York

3.5/5  rDev -10%

May 26, 2012
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Rochefort10nh from New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Mar 25, 2012
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ygtbsm94 from Utah

3.5/5  rDev -10%

Mar 13, 2012
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mendvicdog from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Apr 05, 2013
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yourefragile from District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -10%

Jan 13, 2013
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to yourefragile for the share. Served in a snifter.

A - Quick-dissolving tan foam settles to some wisps, leaving behind a thin collar and a few spots of lace. Very dark brown body with some lighter highlights at the edges of the glass.

S - Holy oak Batman! Tons of oak that overwhelms mild chocolate, smoke, and roast flavors. A hint of alcohol as well.

T - Taste is a bit more balanced, with some cocoa, vanilla, and smokey notes peaking out from behind the intense oak character. There's an oddly meaty flavor happening as well - perhaps a tad savory.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, tannic oak dryness, and fairly well-disguised alcohol. No major problems here.

D - Can you say over-oaked? Nothing subtle about this beer. It was difficult to drink a lot of this, and the partially full bottle seemed to migrate around Mike's house throughout the evening. Definitely my least favorite Fayston variant.

Apr 07, 2012
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PittBeerGirl from Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to channan for sending this my way! bottle #13 of 48.

A- Pitch black viscous body-no light passes through. Pours with a small light brown fizzy head that fades to a thin collar. No lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Nose is sweet with maple being the main character coming through. Oak, vanilla, molasses, and dark, rich chocolate malt are also quite noticeable components to the nose.

T- The main character upfront is dark, roasted malt. Accents of maple syrup and oak are also noticeable but come through more for the finish. The finish has the slightest phenolic bitterness- a mild alcohol warmth and mild roasted malt linger.

M- Mouthfeel is good, its quite thick and syrupy-but has a very slight phenolic consistency to it as well.

D- This is an interesting stout. There is a lot of oak and maple character going on here. It does have a bit of alcohol heat-but overall this is a smooth, great stout and I'm happy I had the opportunity to try it!

Apr 08, 2010
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mothman from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -10%

Jul 23, 2012
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nathanjohnson from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Nov 18, 2011
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treyrab from California

4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks goes to my VT pal for sending this bottle down. Bottle #24/48, hand-signed by Sean, and batch #100. I split this with two good friends into three snifter-style glasses. Here is my analysis:

A: Pours a nice and dark liquid into the glass yielding a small mocha (dark khaki) head. The head doesn't last too long and it fades to black in no time (cue Metallica music). Not super thick, but fairly average for the style.

S: Wow, oak bomb! There is so much oak in the scent I am blown away. This must have been a fresh American oak barrel. It is very nicely done and very well integrated. The oak leaves a very dry scenet that couples the dry chocolate and coffee.

T: The only thing holding back my score here is the fact that I have had the regular Fayston's and the maple character was amazing. It seems the oak flavors have taken over the maple flavors here. This beer is not sweet, and it is rather dry with cocoa nibs, dry chocolate, and coffee. Fantastic, however.

Overall, this beer was a gem. Reminded me a bit of Abyss to be honest. Very solid. Thanks again!

Jun 26, 2010
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pisano from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10%

Sep 30, 2013
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claspada from New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled the Oak-Aged Fayston Maple, Original Maple and Bourbon Barrel Aged versions simultaneously.

Pours a black color with a thin tan head and some small bubbles that recede to leave some moderate lacing.

Aromas begin with a majority of roast, light earthy bitterness and honey sweetness from the maple and emerging oaky woodiness. As it warms you get a little more chocolate and vanilla sweetness.

The tastes follow the nose with some roasted maltiness up front and oak and light maple in the background, plus a bit of chocolate as it warms.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to low carbonation. Finish is dry and toasty and slightly tannic.

Overall this was an alright beer but by far my least favorite of the three varieties. It was too dry and roasty and the oak further added to the drying/tannic flavor profile.

Nov 19, 2012
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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Jul 21, 2012
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh yeah! Thanks to yourefragile for the hookup. My vote for Mr. Vermont!

The beer is near black with a bubbly tan head. The aroma offers roasted malt and an abundance of oak. A bit of maple syrup makes its way into the flavor, but this is surprisingly less complex and wonderful than I was hoping. That said, this is good stuff. Lots of oak, some roast and subtle chocolate. I would have this again, but wouldn't trade for it.

Mar 31, 2012
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BarrytheBear from Wisconsin

3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Borry and I decided pre-draft festivities needed a bit of pep. Red waxed bomber into snifters goes a little something like this...

Loads of brown fluff atop a sturdy, if a bit lighter than expected, base. More lace than your typical sexy time parlor.

Smells nice: sweet roast, toffee, melted chocolate. There's a warm gooey character that's difficult to explain but appeases me sniffer....almost like a barrel kissed melted sundae.

Dark fruits, touch of green apple tartness, brown sugar, and some oak and berries on the finish.

Lighter bodied, supple carbonation, and creamy.

Overall, it smells better than it tastes but I'm pleased to have tried this. Thankfully, earlier reviews of an oak bomb are not indicative of current results.

Aug 17, 2013
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nmann08 from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Mar 12, 2012
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koopa from New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz Red Wax Dipped Bottle
Old style paper label with Sean's signature on it
Batch # 231 Bottle # 15 of 48

It was explained to me that although the label says "Oak Aged" instead of "Bourbon Aged" this particular bottle is Fayston's Maple Imperial Stout aged in Tuthilltown Single Batch Whiskey Barrels!

Appearance: Pours jet black with a 2 finger brown crown that shows moderate retention and some lace.

Smell: Mild dark chocolate, a hint of caramel, some plum and raison notes, very soft bourbon notes giving a slightly warm booze olfactory quality, nice display of oak tannins, and some roast. I'd give it a 4.25 if I could so I'm rounding up a bit.

Taste: Same as the nose but the oak tannins take center stage overpowering lots of the subtle complexity. A small amount of bourbon and malt then appear in the transition. The beer finishes with the plum raisin quality. Definitely less balanced than the smell but enjoyable. This one is almost a 4.25 taste wise so I'm rounding down a bit.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation is comprised of fine bubbles that take the "thin side of thick bodied" stout and add an extra layer of creaminess that really enhances the overall experience.

Overall: A very solid version of Faystons. Other than the Maple Liquor Barrel version, this has been my favorite treatment to date by far. Very happy to have had the opportunity to try it.

Sep 05, 2012
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billab914 from Virginia

2.79/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2012 vintage poured from a 750ml bottle. Pitch black in color with a big foamy head rising well above the top of the beer. Nice looking head and lacing to it.

The aroma has a bit of an acidic quality to it unfortunately. I get a little bit of a barrel flavor, but there is also a lot of alcohol coming along with it. There is some roasted malts and coffee to it, but the acidic, vinous like quality I get is just overshadowing them for me.

In the taste I get more of the acidic, almost wine like flavors coming out giving it a strong tannic, vinous quality. The roasted malts and a little bit of coffee are there as well. It's almost like a stout mixed with red wine. It's a little boozy and hot but also slightly sour and sharp. It's interesting, a little strange and while not awful, it's not that good either.

The mouthfeel is thin for the style with high carbonation. Not at all what I'd want for the style. Overall, it was a very strange beer. The tart, acidic, vinous qualities didn't work at all for me and clashed with the stout flavors. Perhaps something unintended is developing, I really don't know. I know it was a big disappointment of a beer though.

Aug 09, 2012
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UA8 from Washington

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a jet black body with a thick one finger creamy brown head.

S- Scents of wood, maple, heavily roasted malts.

T- Caramel malt, a touch of char, oak, and just a hint of alcohol. Very smooth for 10%.

M- Medium viscosity, however carbonation a bit coarse for style.

D- A solid IS that if it had a touch more age and smoother carbonation would be fantastic.

Nov 23, 2009
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Reagan1984 from Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to iwantmorehops for providing this in a trade.
Red wax bottle with a glossy label that matches the description of the 2012 version
I didn’t realize the Oak Aged edition was different until I sat to write this review. A fluffy dark tan head lays lightly atop the glossy brown colored beer. Just a splotch or two of bubble clings to the glass.. not sure it can be called lace..

Aroma is slightly musty and of dark roasted malt. Overall a very light aroma.
Sweet dark roasted malt takes center stage and there is some notes of oak behind this. The web site says the 2012 version (red wax, glossy label) is Buffalo Trace barrels. I believe this is bourbon and I really don’t get too much bourbon and/or vanilla. I’d have to say that without knowing there was maple, I am not sure I would use the word in the review. I can’t really even muster myself to say there is a hint.

The body is a bit thin for my taste on an imperial stout. Slick as well. Just a prickle of carbonation.

The body is a bit of a let down and I didn’t really get a lot of maple here. It’s good. No doubt. But based on my love for other Lawson editions, I was left wanting a bit more here.

Jun 27, 2012
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imperialking from Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.8%

May 31, 2012
Fayston Maple Imperial Stout - Oak-Aged from Lawson's Finest Liquids
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 83 ratings