Bourbon Barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout | Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial StoutBourbon Barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout

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Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by kingcrowing on 07-16-2010

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Photo of brew3crew
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-deep black with a great tan head that stick around for awhile.

S-Big sweet bourbon with a hint of the sweetness coming from the maple. Little bit of smokiness

T-Amazing. Evrything you would expect from the name. Bourbon, maple, smoke. Delicious

M-Medium body and very smooth. Should be a 4.75 so I balanced it out with the overall

O-Great beer

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured directly from a bourbon barrel cask into a tulip at The Farmhouse with rfc2323, huge thanks to both Sean and Chad for making this happen!

Pours a very dark inky black color with a nice deep brown head that's fairly small but lingers all the way through. Nose is very strong with bourbon, as you'd expect but it's even more intense than the regular version. There's some chocolate and burnt coffee notes as well.

Taste is just phenomenal, butting it back in this bourbon barrel cask mellowed it out a lot, the hotness that was in it early on has become much more subdued, especially as it warms. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy with light carbonation that makes it almost too easy to drink.

It was super unique to have it poured this way and was very well done. Looking forward to more beers served this way!

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Photo of Slatetank
4.73/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I didn't expect to have the opportunity to enjoy this, thanks to FooFaa for sharing! enjoyed from the 750 in a tulip.

The color is black oily sludge with a shiny black opaque color and thick medium tan cap rides it with a tight bead. This has a great amount of retention for the strength and just looks great as it is poured with a viscous thick look. The smell wafts up in a way I was not prepared for with a potent pungent maple and bourbon combination -the maple is so intense you get the distinct impression this is a meaty beer with some smoke and wood joining in.The mild vanilla character from the bourbon barrel brings a lot with some cocoa tagging along for good measure. All in all it has so much pleasant sweet yet still has a substantial solid malt base to work as the canvas for the maple and bourbon goodness to adhere to. The feel is thick and viscous not subtle with the strength of a bourbon aged beer apparent yet it all falls in place with some creamy and slight sweet tinges backing with mild woody tannin and drying elements from the booze, but all in all a meal in a glass with chewiness very few can rival.

The Bourbon Barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout is everything I expected and more with rich roasted creamy and sweet chocolate malt blended with ample maple syrup flavor. The wood presence is deep with plenty of Bourbon making it particularly obvious what kind of barrel treatment the stout underwent. The great thing is that doesn't hold back any of the other elements which are very apparent -cocoa, toffee, coffee, vanilla and some mild earthy flavors which accent the wood and bourbon. The mild caramel in the background adds to the flavor providing some sweetness and balancing the drying and taste of alcohol. The maple presence is huge in this, so if you don't like the flavor of Maple syrup you probably won't be as into it as I am. I like the toasted flavors which blend and the combination of maple and bourbon is a match made in Heaven in my opinion. Overall possibly one of the best Stouts I have had with so much bourbon character and more maple than I though possible while still retaining the flavor of a seriously great base stout, One of the best maple/bourbon beers out there, thanks again Dan!

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another thanks to jh1982 for breaking this out a few weeks back. Sturdy dark brown pour, not much head to it. Smells indeed of maple syrup. Neat.

Taste, chewy, amazed how the alcohol is barely even noticeable. Great low sugar sweetness, more of it from the viscous body of the beer. No hopping evident. Just a smooth ass beer. Mild accent of vanilla and oak. Strong notes of chocolate. Bourbon stays in the background, thereby allowing the smoothness without the alcohol heat.

Carbonation was just right, allowing the beer to not resonate too heavily. Love how it did all the standard barrel things just right, and then threw in its own little niche (maple) done oh so well. I'll add the bottle # before I shoot it up high on Beer Mountain.

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Photo of Badliverglen
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

damn good stout! very good. Its not the best on earth and you cant expect the best on earth every time from one guy. But Thanks... I lover supporting my locals even when its just 99% awesome....

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Black liquid, brown to the edge, thin 1/6" head, tan in color, tight, small bubbles. Aroma was of maple and bourbon, hard to beat that down.

Taste was chewy and amazing, hid the alcohol immensely well, sure its pretty sweet, but it works, its smooth as can be, a little bit of barrel oak and vanilla drop effortless and seamlessly. Chocolate plenty, bourbon, minimal. Carbonation soft and dialed in.

I really like Lawson's barrel stouts way more than their hoppy stuff.

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Photo of Hendry
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Opaque pour,one finger of khaki head,spotty lacing.

Deep roasty aroma with underlying bourbon and maple syrup notes.

Flavors are well balanced,very rich,chocolatey with roasted coffee and bourbon with the maple prominent but not overpowering,pleasant lack of woodiness.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin, carbonation appropriate for the style.

This was a Fall 2012 Vintage that I had cellared until 1/29/14, and it had mellowed very nicely. Highly recommended.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ml, Fall 2012
HF stem

A: Pours a very dark brown color that in the glass is opaque black. Initially a half finger of tan head. Nice carbonation for the high abv. Forms a collar and faints sweeping head. Alcohol feet.

S: Smells awesome. Still getting some of that maple sweetness for sure. Oak. Vanilla. That barrel showing its teeth. Roasted malts. Some milk chocolate meshing in with the barrel.

T: Initial sip is delicious. I'm in for a treat. Bitter dark chocolate in the tip of the tongue. Vanilla. Bourbon sweetness. Some maple syrup. Roast dark malts. Finish is dry. Lingering dark chocolate. High cacao. Bitterness.

M: Full bodied. Creamy texture.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL cork and caged bottle shared with Adam, Fred and Jeff. Sampled alongside a fresh bottle of Fayston.

Pours a near opaque dark chocolate with a frothy, retentive tan head. Thin wisps of lacing coats the snifter. Nose is barrel heavy, with vanilla, bourbon, molasses and light oak blending with a light berry fruit and trace amounts of maple. Body has a strong roast and chocolate malt backbone with a mild maple sweetness. The bourbon aging adds a welcome layer of complexity over the regular Fayston and finishes with a slightly fruity tang. Medium bodied with low carbonation and little alcohol presence. Rich and smooth, the bourbon barrel is much more well integrated than this was fresh. Seems like these bottles are hit or miss based on some of the recent reviews, but our bottle was well received.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, courtesy of RPStevens, into a La Chouffe tulip. Sampled at the Batch 3 Rosso release. Thanks!

A: Thick, black, and intimidating, with a solid 1/2" head of dense brown foam. Great.

S: Sweet and piquant, with maple, caramel, vanilla, and grass. Intense, intoxicating, and just weird enough to stand out.

T: Maple jumps out, followed by chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and booze. Not too much bourbon, but tasty nonetheless.

M: Slick medium body with light, soft carbonation. Nice.

O: Another winner from Lawson's, but not quite as good as the Maple Liquor barrel version. I really wish the bourbon had come through more clearly, but the maple, malt, and oak all played really well together.


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Photo of seeswo
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours black with a nice finger of cocoa head. Looks great. Smell is bourbon, vanilla, oak, roast, all presenting integrated and reserved. Bonus for the balance and absence of booziness, but downgrade from its reserved nature. The maple and caramel flavors blend with the roastiness and a bit of chocolate from the imperial stout and the bourbon, wood and vanilla from the barrel. Quite a lot going on in here, yet well blended. This is really, really good. A touch thinner in body than expected, with medium carbonation. Shockingly drinkable for what it is and overall a really, really good beer. I'll give the 5 for the old drinkability. As it warms, the bourbon comes out more, again well integrated and not a touch of booziness. This went from an A to a wow beer. Nice.

EDIT: Had this a second time and it continues to be quite good. The balance of this beer is what makes it exceptional.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 37 out of 96 signed by Sean.

Pours very dark and thick. A solid amount of lit brown head. Smells incredible! Lots of maple and buttery bourbon. Vry roasty and wonderful. Best nose on a bourbon beer I've smelled in a while! Tastes sweet and dry. Tons of roasted malts and a strong presence of maple sweetness. A bit too dry for me but not overwhelming. Very tasty. Overall, something i would love to have better access to

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Photo of Kegatron
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked & caged bottle into a couple of glasses. Rare batch 185 Bottle # 69/350. Black with a milk chocolate colored head. This maintains rich edges with robust lacing. Smells of maple, chocolate and dark roasty malts. Just the right amount of bourbon twang resides on the edges of the nose. The taste has an immediate bold sweetness up front of maple, chocolate and brown sugar. This is tempered quickly however by deep burnt roast and char from the barrel. Dry with a burnt woody feel on the finish. Mouthfeel is firm and chewy with some light sharpness to the carbonation in spots. Like the base, the alcohol is very smooth in this despite the barrel presence. This was probably my favorite over the Maple Barrel version, as it just had a nice balance to it and those base Stout flavors really worked well with that rich bourbon tanginess. Great beer.

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Photo of oline73
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter. I was lucky enough to try this along with the other three versions, and this one was my favorite.

The beer pours a dark brown color, almost black with a nice layer of off white head. The smell is full of sweet alcohol with some dark fruit and a mild maple syrup note. The flavor is quite smooth. I'm getting the bourbon with a mild maple note. There is some roast, but it mainly shows up in the finish. I'm also getting some bourbon and maple syrup in the finish. There was a pleasant oaky note throughout the sip.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Urbancaver!

A. Pours dark with a great tan creamy head that lasts forever (seriously).

S. Incredible. Bourbon, maple syrup, vanilla, and chocolate goodness.

T. Dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, maple syrup, and bourbon- the dark roasted malt characters are most prevalent.

M. A bit too roasted and dry for me.

D. Smells phenomenal. Drinks well, but a bit too dry.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to johndoe8 for sharing this one at MrHirschybar's place!

Pours an opaque black with a tan head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Small dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, maple, bourbon, and wood. Taste is the same with a very woody aftertaste. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good stout with a very nice maple and bourbon barrel presence in the smell and taste.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

Bottle 342 of 350

The beer appears a deep, dark brown, nearing black. The head is long lasting and tan / mocha in color, standing in at about a half inch. The aroma is light, but certainly pleasant. The flavor brings a beautiful mix of bourbon, oak, roast, brown sugar. The maple sweetness is really well done, and never becomes cloying or overly assertive. Alcohol presence is really tame, and at 11%, I could definitely sip on a bottle of this for a couple of hours. The feel is pretty full bodied, with moderate carbonation and a creamy finish. Overall, I thought this was really well done. I would definitely recommend it.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks a bunch to urbancaver for this taste!

from notes

A - good dark black body with a medium brown head

S - delicious sweet chocolaty bourbon

T - dry smoky bourbon and vanilla. A little hot.

M - a bit thin, but lively.

O (D) - tasty, great smelling. a 6 oz bottle split 4 ways can make it difficult to judge. but very enjoyable

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours deep black with a thin, brownish head.

S-The nose is great. Delectably sweet chocolate notes with rich java, barrel character and noticeable maple highlights. Sweet with complexity but balanced by roast.

T-This tastes excellent. The maple flavor is clear, well integrated and set to the perfect intensity. Barrel notes are another complement. Sweet chocolate fudge, oaky booze and rich roast.

M-Creamy and mildly viscous. Heat on the back end. Sticky and pleasant.

O/D-Yeah, Lawson's can make more than just hoppy beers. This was one of the better Stouts I have had in a while. Loads of delicious flavor.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml grey wax bottle from the 2012 bottling. Poured into Lawson's snifter.

A- Pours an opaque jet black with a thin mocha brown head that has nice retention and leaves some spotty lacing. Very similar to the maple BA Fayston with maybe a tiny bit more head.

S- Lightly sweet bourbon and maple syrup with some underlying notes of chocolate, malts, oak, and a tiny bit of espresso. Definitely not as aromatic as the maple version but very nice non-the-less with the perfect amount of bourbon in my opinion so that it isn't too boozey smelling but adds a nice sweetness.

T- Sweet bourbon, light maple syrup, roasted malts, a bit of espresso with cream, some oak on the finish. Extremely well balanced with just the right amount of bourbon coming out to add a nice sweetness and complexity while still retaining some of the base beer flavors.

M- Medium bodied (maybe slightly on the thin side for a BA beer, but in my opinion doesn't take anything away from the beer), nice carbonation, extremely smooth, lightly creamy, very easy drinking.

O- This wasn't quite as good as the Maple Fayston, I felt like the maple came out a little bit more and the aroma was definitely a lot more pronounced. Apart from that though this beer was extremely well done. I liked this better then the base beer and I thought everything from the base beer was still retained in this beer while adding a nice sweetness from the bourbon and smoothness from the aging. In my opinion this is one of the better done barrel-aged beers out there and I'm already craving more. I highly recommend checking this out.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one at a past Random Sunday Tasting! Sampled side-by-side with the base beer! Served from bottle into a SweetWater 15th Anniversary snifter. Poured pitch black with a minimal brown head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, spice, wood, sweet alcohol, vanilla, dark fruit, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and smoke. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, spice, wood, sweet alcohol, vanilla, coffee, molasses, dark fruit, dark chocolate, and smoke. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a very good brew. Wow! The amount of complexity that this beer has going on was nothing short of insane. This fell true for both the flavor and the aroma as it seemed to be firing on all cylinders. Even with all of this going on it still managed to be very well balanced and was able to blow your palate away with everything that was going on in it. A really well done brew that I would not hesitate to trade for in the future to have a chance to try it again. Well done guys, well done.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

thank you jeff for this bottle...

jan '11 batch
bottle 61/96

pour is rather subdued with a very rolling malt of a nose. something like butterscotch, vanilla, peanut butter breadiness. opens to chocolate but very balanced. feel is smooth is a baby's butt for being so low in carbonation. creamy silky almost like a buttery feel. palate is maple butterscotch, white chocolate notes. nice wood presents that mellows the beer fantastically. brie and caramel finish that is forever rolling. very long finish. but too smooth to feel like an elixir. hints of coconut oil. vermont is one of the best states for beer.

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Photo of orangesol
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to FooFaa for busting this one out for us to try at our recent IPA day party. Wanted to try this one from the second I heard about it. Bottle #107/350.

A - Pours pitch black with a nice one and a half finger tall tan head leaving small trails of lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of dark roasted malt, sweet maple syrup, warming bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, oak, and some light char from the barrel. For having so much going on it is still fairly well balanced.

T - Starts off with a big dose of dark roasted chocolate malt quickly giving way to a mix of warm bourbon, maple syrup sweetness, vanilla, and some dry oak tannins. The finish is a mix of sweetness and light dryness, lingering for some time. Even with all the different flavors going on the creamy feel helps to keep everything in check. The booze creeps in at the very end but it never really gets to the point of being overpowering.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sweet, creamy, feel with plenty of warm booze lingering on the pallet for some time.

O - Awesome stuff. The flavors worked very well together and the bourbon barreling only helped to bring all the flavors together into one great stout. Glad I finally got to enjoy this one, now if only I can track down the regular maple version...Thanks again Dan!

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from a 375ml bottle, bottled in fall 2012, into a duvel glass

A: pours a dark black with two creamy dark chocolaty lookin head... Very nice retention and lacing looks delicious.

S: nice almost fudgey chocolate, light burbon, oak, espresso like notes, roasted malts, and the distinct aroma of maple, not overbearing but deffiantly present.

T: deep mocha espresso, dark burbony chocolate, hint of dark fruit, oak and booze and burbon on the finish... Aftertaste reminds me of nutty burbon chocolate fudge brownies.... The maple is present here as well blending in very nicley with dark chocolate and bitter roasted malts... Very well balanced.

M: heavy body, slick and viscous.... Dry body and slightly bitter roasty boozy finish... Low creamy carbonation adds a bit of velvetyness.

O: this is delicious, and very well balanced, nothing overwhelming anything else, just everything working together nicley... Great beer.

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Photo of drewba
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

187ml bottle #91 poured into a small snifter.

A - pours jet black with purple tints on the edges. Large and silky mocha head dissipates to a thin film with a solid ring and tiny mocha bubbles stick to the walls of the glass for the duration.

S - Huge nose; it's a little fruitier than I expected with some cherries and cranberries adding to loads of maple and vanilla. The bourbon is assertive but not overpowered - brown sugar, vanilla and a milk chocolate character are solid.

T - The Makers Mark is definitely there, it's smooth and contributing a fair amount of vanilla, caramel/toffee and mocha. There is a charred wood flavor that is also adding a little mouth drying action that I think is taking away from some of the bourbon deliciousness. I absolutely love the maple, it's running parallel to the bourbon for the entire taste, giving just enough maple sweetness to compliment the vanilla and counterbalance that smoky, charred wood. The wood is the only thing not subtle and delicious.

M - Very rich, very viscous, but the carbonation is a little too high for my liking.

D - Surprisingly drinkable, very little bourbon heat, but oddly enough I am getting a tiny bit of chest burn. The bourbon is tasty, the maple is incredible and I would have no problem polishing off a 750.

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