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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Photo of billshmeinke
2.41/5  rDev -40.9%
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 mulder1010
3.06/5  rDev -25%
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 -23.5%
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 MrKennedy
3.29/5  rDev -19.4%
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 -18.9%
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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Photo of Jwale73
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
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 -15%
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 -14.7%
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 rowingbrewer
3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
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 -12.3%
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 -12.3%
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 -11.5%
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 -10.5%
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 -10%
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 -9.3%
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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Photo of MasterSki
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nip bottle shared by Chad. I'm pretty sure this is the most recent version that was aged in a Maker's Mark barrel. Served in a Portsmouth tulip.

A - Half-finger of tan foam that settles to a thick ring, film on tap, and some spotty lace. Very good retention for such a high-gravity beer. Black body that is a little brown at the fringes.

S - Alcohol, dark breads, caramel, some maple. There's an odd rubbery note as well. This is pretty hot and boozy - probably for the best that this comes in nips.

T - Taste is better. Dark roasted malts, char, smoke, and a little bit of maple sweetness in the finish. Alcohol is hidden significantly better, and there isn't as much overt hot bourbon.

M - Very spirit-like. Smooth texture, lower carbonation, warming alcohol, and a clean alcohol finish.

D - This is hot and not super palatable. I think it says on the bottle that this should be cellared 6-12 months minimum. Whoops.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. Courtesy of lurchingbeast. Thanks, Frank!

A: Pours a pitch black body with a finger of tan head that retains fairly well for an imperial stout. No lace is left, but the beer maintains a small collar during the duration of my drink.

S: Bourbon and roast are the dominant flavors here. This reminds me immediately of Parabola, which is why I'll make some comparisons in this review. Unlike Parabola, this isn't very hoppy; but it has some of the brash barrel similarities and a small heat in the nose. Oak, vanilla, even borderline char. If this beer is made with maple, it's not apparent in the nose.

T: Bourbon-forward, but the barrel character isn't overwhelming. The base beer contributes a roasted grain flavor with some milk chocolate and a touch of caramel. The barrel comes up again in the finish, bringing vanilla and mild oak to the party, as well as a small heat. The finish is lingering and sticky, with roast and caramel clinging to the palate.

M: Medium-plus bodied, with low carbonation. There is a mild heat that doesn't overwhelm the flavors of the beer, but it contributes some stinging sensation to the back end.

O: I was surprised by this one; I didn't expect a lot from it, but I wound up savoring the bottle. I enjoy this more than Parabola.

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Photo of claspada
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 chocolate and roast, light earthy bitterness and honey sweetness from the maple. As it warms you get a little more oak, sweeter milk chocolate and vanilla sweetness from the barrel.

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

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to low carbonation. Finish is a decent mix between roasty and sweet.

Overall this the best varient of the 3 sampled back to back to back but still wasn't an amazing beer. The barrel aging added the necessary sweetness to balance the dry, roasted malts and bitter molasses flavors but once again for the rarity and straight-forward flavor profile, I won't be seeking this out anytime soon.

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Photo of abraxel
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF 8, courtesy of Auror. Poured into a tulip.

A - The pour is dark brown, but it settles to a solid black in the glass. Not much head, and the finger or so that was there to start quickly dropped to a thin ring.

S - There is definitely some oak and whiskey influence here. Sweet, dark fruits, with some caramel, booze, and maybe a touch of smoke.

T - Roasted malt takes a surprising lead over the barrel, but there's still prominent oak and some bourbon. It's somewhat dry for a big, barrel-aged stout (I'm guessing that's what this is), but there's still a sweet malt backbone in there among the roast.

M - Thinner than I'd like for a stout, which is probably related to its being drier than most stouts. Not much carbonation, and only a hint of booze in the finish.

Overall, it's slightly unusual; I think the brewers were aiming for a different sort of balance than your standard BA stout, but it works nicely!

Non-blind comments: Either I am incapable of detecting maple in beer, or maple syrup doesn't actually contribute much flavor after the yeast have had their way with it... Regardless, it's a delicious beer, and I'm liking it even more with every sip.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from jbeatty. Thanks again man!

From a 75cl bottle into a snifter
Vintage: 2011
Rare batch 185
Bottle 269 of 350
Drank this one right after the base beer.

APPEARANCE: Basically the same pour and head as the base. Pours out dark black and yields a one finger, medium looking, light mocha colored head with good retention. Black body and lower levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a splotchy wisp and ring. A ring remains the whole way but leaves no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Roasted and chocolate notes with sweet cream, vanilla, caramel and very light bourbon notes. Maple syrup isn't really a factor here, tbue the bourbon barrel and base beer are quite pleasant. Not overly bold, but interesting.

TASTE: Roasted beginning with caramel sweetness and oak bourbon notes. Lots of bourbon barrel after the swallow, with vanilla, milk chocolate, and some tart oak flavors. Cocoa powder and roasted notes accompany some decent bourbon and vanilla flavors in the bold and lingering finish. Flavorful, and more impressive than the nose.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. A little light on the palate perhaps, but very creamy smooth for sure. Even creamier than the base beer, which was impressive itself. Goes down silky smooth and finishes slightly dry. A little light, but the silky creaminess is very impressive.

OVERALL: This is a wonderfully balanced barrel aged stout, though it isn't quite impressive enough to really stand out from the crowd. I'm not sure if the extended aging on this bottle is the culprit, but the maple syrup isn't really a factor here, and the nose is a little mute to be memorable. That said, it was very interesting and increadibly easy to drink. The barrel aging worked well and the creamy feel was a real treat. An enjoyable beer that is something I could drink on a regular basis. Well done Lawson, and cheers again jbeatty.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle, thanks to notjustgc for hooking me up with a bottle. It was allowed to warm before being poured into my petite Duvel tulip.

Bourbon Barrel Fayston pours jet black. Two fingers or so of mocha foam crown the beer, but head retention and lacing are just alright. The nose has a good bit of maple to it, along with aromas of bitter dark chocolate and oak. The flavor profile doesn't carry as much intensity in terms of maple (though it is still present). There's plenty of dry chocolate though, and it's joined by a more nuanced barrel aging. Oak, bourbon, brown sugar and vanilla all swim together, creating a nicely layered. beer. The body is noticeably on the thin side, and the carbonation is a bit muted, the mouthfeel is just a little bit off all the way around. Maple is a tricky ingredient to incorporate into a beer, but Lawson's Finest Liquid has done a solid job with this bourbon barrel aged version of Fayston Maple Imperial Stout.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick, pitch black pour with a quickly fading one finger caramel-colored head with great lacing. The nose is roasty and boozey with hints of cocoa, dark chocolate, oak, vanilla, toffee, espresso, but very little maple. The taste is earthy and boozey with lots of the barrel coming through. Hints of licorice, toffee, dark chocolate, raisins, espresso, oak, vanilla, and cocoa. As it warms the maple finally makes an appearance, albeit very subtle, but tasty nonetheless. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with medium carbonation and a sweet, velvety smooth finish. Overall, a solid barrel aged stout that is extremely drinkable.

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Photo of ChrisPro
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF #6 thanks to sholland119

750 mL C&C bottle poured into my Hill Farmstead goblet, shared with my wife.

A - Pours obsidian with a one finger khaki head. Was not expecting a stout from a C&C bottle. Pretty nice lacing and tons of effervescence in the glass. 4.5

S - Vanilla, cinnamon, tree bark. Maybe a little coffee and smoke. Doesn't smell barrel aged yet. We'll see as it warms. Little bit of fruit on the nose makes me think we've got a little age on this thing. 3.5

T - (at this point, my wife takes a sip and says "good choice. this is exactly what I wanted right now.") Lots of caramel, and a weird funky finish. There's definitely some char on the finish as well. This is definitely a very bitter imperial stout. Still not convinced that there's any barrel aging, but it doesn't taste fresh either. Maybe just an imperial with a couple years of age? Might be some slight oxidation. I definitely get some tannins the more I drink, which I may be confusing with some really grassy hops. This is definitely a hopped American Imperial stout. 4.0

M - A touch of heat. Lots of carbonation, but actually works for this beer. Full-bodied but finishes very clean. 4.5

O - This is a solid, if unspectacular imperial stout. I tend to like mine a little sweeter and less bitter, but this one definitely works. I wouldn't go out of my way to drink this again, but happy to have it any time it'd be easy to get. Pretty sure there's not bourbon, but I wouldn't be surprised if this had oak chips or something. This is actually drinking incredibly easy and is very balanced. I'm guessing this is much higher ABV than it seems as we are both plowing through our glasses. 4.0

Final guess: An american imperial stout. I'd say Insidious, but I remember not liking that as much as this beer.

The reveal: Lawson's bourbon barrel Fayston (bottle #70 of 350)

Wow, Scott! Even though this wasn't listed, it's always a want. We were lucky enough to drink a bottle of this a couple months back and it was nowhere near as good as this one. Don't know if it was bottle variation or just a couple months of aging, but this beer is drinking fantastic right now!

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Photo of jrallen34
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

6oz bottle shared by Chad, drank from a Cigar City snifter... A light black body with some brown. A medium tan head rises quickly, ok retention, not much lace... A hot nose of alcohol, maple, and molasses. Not bad... The taste is still a hot but totally tolerable because its pretty sweet. Lots of maple, which is good, some smoke and caramel too...

This is pretty good, would enjoy this again in the future with some more age.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is about what I expected, with a lot of roasted malt and chocolate, as well as some nice bourbon notes. The flavor is more of the same. The chocolate and roasted malts come through first, but there is some coffee and bourbon notes in the background, as well as some alcohol. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Glad I got to try this one.

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout from Lawson's Finest Liquids
4.08 out of 5 based on 231 ratings.
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