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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

Brewed by:
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 thegerm87
2.25/5  rDev -45.9%

Photo of billshmeinke
2.41/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Review from notes. Thanks to Bobby/Andrew.

Pitch black. A bit of off white head. 3.5
Chocolate, char, dark fruits, and heat. 2.5
Char, alcohol, heat, cheap bourbon, dark fruits. Astringent. Yikes. 2
Pretty thick and syrupy. 4
Boozy, charred, astringent mess, not a fan. 2

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Photo of goveia75
3/5  rDev -27.9%

Photo of chadwicktorres
3/5  rDev -27.9%

Photo of mulder1010
3.06/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Kelp for the bottle. Much appreciated
750 poured into a Mikkeller tulip

A-- Poured black, nearly motor oil color. Not entirely thick looking though. No light penetrating the glass. One finger light brown head that faded to a good looking light brown film than lingered through drinking. Had touches of orange here and there. Good lacing through drinking and a bit of an oily residue when done.

S-- Soft as heck nose. Chocolate to start, changed to vanilla, bits of maple syrup, soft bourbon, dairy milk, and touches of licorice and char.

T-- Bourbon, chocolate, bits of vanilla, carmel and maple syrup. Nothing really huge though.

M-- Medium feel and medium carbonation. Good amount of char and ash in the finish. Really what stood out most in drinking this. Actually pretty easy to drink considering the ABV of this. Touches of harshness here and there made me slow down on this. Fairly slick and oily.

O-- Barrel did not do much for enhancing this. Expected more maple syrup than what I got. Not bad but not great at all.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.12/5  rDev -25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks a ton Alec for this one. Poured into a tulip. This one pours a black with about an inch of dark mocha head.

The aroma is slightly underwhelming. Faint with slight metallic hints and some bitter cocoa. Not enough though. The pallet is a bit more enjoyable. Nice mellow cocoa flavor with some faint bourbon lingering.

The body is medium with soft silky carbonation. Overall this one is a bit of a disapointment. Enjoyable enough but I had higher hopes.

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Photo of aapp
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of MrKennedy
3.29/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to mulder1010 for opening this one up. Bottle #266/350 and poured into a Lost Abbey tulip.

Appearance is black, even when held up to light, not super thick pouring. Had a nice, moderately dark tan head of foam that sat well at a centimetre after pouring at a touch more. At times it would look orange, in a jaffa sort of way when agitated.

Smell was initially of bourbon, then oak and vanilla. After a little while it became dairy milk chocolate and later on it was ash and char. Quite varied and preferred the smell in the middle and start as opposed to the end where the ash and char detracted. Only faintly picked up the maple.

Taste was of pretty well followed the path of the smell, just with toned down ash and char at the end. Nice bourbon, vanilla and chocolate flavour for the most part.

Not a super big beer, sitting about mid-range thickness for the style. Got the odd bit of vegetative bitterness, but otherwise, it was easy to drink even with the barrel ageing.

Decent, but disappointing at the same time when compared with expectations. Some good points were cancelled out with the char and ash that came in late.

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Photo of 05Harley
3.31/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the Valley Players Theater in Waitsfield, VT during the Farmers Market on 3/21/12.
Estimated calories - 330/12oz

Price - $25/bomber

After reading the Sean Lawson article in this month's Beer Advocate magazine it got me thinking. In the cellar there could be one more bottle of Lawson's Finest Liquids aging. There was and to my surprise this was it!

Pours near black with a ruby edge and a one finger creamy brown head that boils up with average staying power. A thin veil and foam edging lasts quite awhile and begs for attention. Limited lacing due to the viscous nature, oily yup. Unfiltered, the fines are noticeable but not a concern.

Aroma starts off with maple, chocolate, molasses and vanilla followed by apple and charred peat from the barrel. This is a surprise and much more pungent than I was expecting.

The flavor starts off with maple, dark fruit and bourbon but in the end I'm getting a granny smith acidic aftertaste.

The body has a medium feel and starts out smooth. Carbonation is held in check but noticeable and not unusual for the style. The finish is dry and at the end, leaves me with a bad case of cotton mouth. Usually this doesn't bother me but with the acidic aftertaste I find it unpleasing.

Overall a disappointment and not what I was expecting. For some strange reason it appears maple and I in a beer combination don't get along. My description certainly doesn't match previous reviews but this is an accurate desription with what's in my glass. If I didn't know better I 'd think this somehow got infected. It's got a wax covering and looked pretty well sealed. On a good note the alcohol was well hidden for the strength. As far as cellaring, I wouldn't recommend aging this batch.

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3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jedwards for sharing this one to round out the Vermont trifecta. Pours an inky black with no head. Nose starts out a bit rubbery, then artificial sweetener comes out. Some maple syrup comes forth as the brew warms. Taste is smokey, rubbery and becomes a bit acrid as it warms. There's also dark roasted malt and baker's chocolate in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a slightly oily consistency and a light carbonation. The mouthfeel rounds out with a dry finish and some residual heat. An interesting brew, but it really didn't come together for me.

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Photo of Phelps
3.47/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 71 of 350, sent by sholland119 as part of the Blind Beers BIF. This was poured into my Bruery tulip and reviewed blind.

First, a review written by the lady: "It tastes like a beer. Red wine-ish. Probs a Pinot or some shit like dat. It's not my favorite cuz it's kind of sour. I wish it had more malt. It's brown. Can I be done now? This is not my forte. I suck at this. Also, you are very handsome. That is all."

Isn't she great? Here's my review:

Oily, syrupy, abyssal black. This is menacing. A sticky, half-finger head the color of cinnamon rises from the depths slowly.

Chocolatey nose. Milk chocolate, chocolate syrup, cocoa nibs. A little oak, some red wine grape and barrel notes. Lots of alcohol as well.

The flavor: malted chocolate spiked with vanilla vodka. A hint of green apple, fruity oak. Very grape-heavy. A little too fruity and alcoholic. Maybe some maple and vanilla.

Body is medium, not as heavy as expected, but fairly oily. Mild, tingly carbonation. A good amount of tongue-numbing alcohol.

This brew was a longtime want, and I expected to like it a lot more than I did. Definitely get the oak, don't get a lot of the maple or bourbon. Sad, yet eye-opening.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle shared by nasty31

A - Dark chocolate colored beer with a small one finger head that settled down to the layer of foam

S - Maple, vanilla and charred oak from the roasted malts. Not much bourbon from the barrel. Little sweetness overall

T - Chocolates, vanilla, light maple syrup, and oak to it. However, there is a strong charred malt flavor that takes over from the sweetness. The char is too overpowering for me and makes the beer have a bitterness that lingers on in the finish

MF - Medium body with chocolate malt. The roasted malt makes it too burnt and astringent for the flavor

O - This beer could have been great but the roasted and charred malts just take over. The maple and vanilla are there but overpowered by the char and bitterness

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Photo of CLCardinal84
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of leschkie
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of raffy313
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of CityofBals
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of rowingbrewer
3.56/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours nearly pitch black with a tan colored head that recess rather quickly. The smell is roasty with hints of bourbon and booze but not as much as I was expecting. The taste is roasty with a bit of booze but not that much bourbon presence. The mouthfeel was a little thinner than I was expecting but still fairly full. This beer is good but not as good as bcbs.

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Photo of TotallyHosed
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to DonFrap. Bottled Fall 2012.

A coffee with cream colored head forms atop which slowly dissipates into nothing. A little lacing is left on the glass. The color is black.

The nose is full of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, wood and alcohol.

The flavor begins with some muted chocolate, maple syrup and a touch of vanilla which is covered with tanic wood. The flavor finishes with roasted grains.

The feel is medium to heavy.

Overall, I expected more bourbon and vanilla notes, especially considering that the stout was aged "for over a year." However, this brew is remarkably balanced. It's amazing that I can still taste the base stout. I can see this brew disappointing those that are fans of BCBS or similar bourbon forward barrel aged stouts. I recommend this to those that have an appreciation for balanced brews.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bendurgin for sharing! Poured into a tulip. The color is pitch black. There is a small medium tan head.

The aroma has a nice dose of chocolate, with some licorice and some nice oaky notes.

The taste has some nice bitter chocolate, with just a hint of chocolate malt sweetness. This is pretty dry for the strength. There is a lingering bittersweet chocolate taste in the finish that only hints at some maple.

This is full bodied with soft carbonation. This tastes good. It falls short of great. It lacks some of the strong bourbon flavor other barrel aged beers have. That might be good for some, not so good for others.

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Photo of johndoe8
3.61/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 750ml. Shared with a # of people at a bottle share.
Maybe my palate has changed some, but I don't know if I'd still rate this beer a 4.78. The stout just wasn't as interesting to me anymore. The barrel character was very very subdued, and the stout had only faint traces of chocolate/maple/oak. It seemed slightly oxidized as well. Still enjoyable, just not as much so. I had previously rated this a 4.78, and I'm bringing it down quite a bit now.

The nose and appearance of this stout really hooked me. I knew I'd like this beer, and perhaps it was a little wishful thinking. It's not quite the body that I wanted in this style, but it definitely tastes good compared to others of this style.

Mouthfeel is excellent and it definitely hides the heat extremely well for an 11%, which definitely wins 5 s from me for mouthfeel and drinkability.

The taste didn't homerun with me, but its definitely good. Not quite good enough to score a 5 with me. I will finish this bottle easily.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to GoGriz (Cody) for this one. Bottle # 324/350. Poured from a corked and caged bottle into a Darkness snifter. Shared with schen9303. Reviewed from notes.

A: Soft pour yields a .5 finger light coffee colored head with little retention. Beer is a thick, opaque black. Lacing is stringy and sticks close to the head with moderate retention. Average.

S: Nose is roasted malt, chocolate, sweet honey barbecue, and some cocoa powder. Surprisingly mute and a bit disappointingly subtle although very appropriate and appetizing.

T: Opens sweet molasses, creamy hop bitterness, roasted malt, chocolate, and some bourbon barrel characteristics. Sweet raisins and dark fruit in the middle with more chocolate and maple syrup towards the end. Finish is maple syrup and aftertaste is an added dose of cocoa powder, roasted malt, and dark chocolate bitterness. Great balance and the maple adds a nice sweetness.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Slightly prickly in the mouth but oily and filmy going down and as it warms. Finishes with a slight bit of heat and aftertaste lingers. Nice, this one really needs to get up to room temperature though.

O: Not as good as the maple liquor barrel version which has a much more prominent nose and barrel characteristics. I'm not sure the bourbon barrel aging adds a desireable layer to this beer. Still though, a solid imperial stout with trying.


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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

reviewed from notes taken on 11/11/2011. I brought this for a tasting with some beer buddies the night before FOBAB.

poured into snifter; approximate 8 oz pour.

Bottle number: 236/350.
Rare batch 185.

Appearance: black bodied beer with no head. nothing to exciting here visually. No lacing to speak of either.

Smell: Some very mild barrel notes of wood and bourbon. Bakers chocolate and cocoa seem to be a prominant in the nose.

Taste: The bourbon is there and its shows up right away with some woody barrel notes. Just as the nose implied. The bourbon is not sweet or robust, I guess it just seems a bit underwhelming. Decent amount of bakers chocolate or cocoa flavors is the best thing I can get as far as stout notes are concerned. Maple is faint and found at the end of the beer in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with low carbonation. To me its a bit thin, but it works okay for this beer.

Overall: Really expected this beer to be world class beer, but I was underwhelmed. It is a decent beer, but I was hoping for more maple syrup notes, a thicker mouthfeel, and a more flavorful experience all around. With all that said, I would still like to try another Lawson's beer to give them the benefit of the doubt. I am not sure the beer is worth 30 dollars for a 750, which is the going rate for this beer.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Bottled in January of 2011. Snifter.

A: Flows out of the bottle like motor oil. The head is an inch of dark brown froth that lingers for a few minutes before forming a thin collar. Lacing clings to the glass.

S: The beer has a pronounced dark chocolate presence that blends with molasses and an upper moderate roast. I get some licorice and a good deal of oak. There's some vanilla and the bourbon is subtle. There's a little brown sugar and maybe a whisper of maple. Actually, I'm not convinced that I smell maple. I get a touch of smoke.

T: Bold oak notes accompany molasses and dark chocolate. Malt is roasted with a little char, and the bourbon is very mellow. There's a moderate earthy bitterness, as well as licorice. The finish is roasted, with lots of oak and dark chocolate. I taste a little maple, I think.

M: Full body with upper moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky and viscous.

Overall: A solid beer, but the barrel aging didn't add much depth. I wouldn't recommend seeking this out, but try it if someone offers you a pour.

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