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

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Vermont, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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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 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 Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to imagineii for getting this bottle out my way. Thanks again right away, as I really wanted to try this one. Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.

Pours a dark brown color with a pretty hefty creamy tan head and some really nice lacing on the way down. The nose brings forward a pretty strong amount of chocolate and roast plus some coffee. Good dosing of maple and bourbon there as well, with some oak in the background. The bourbon and maple play beautifully in the flavor as well, but there's not quite that kapow that the nose had. Good chocolate and stout in the background. Mouthfeel takes it back up to the next level with a creamy, full body and light carbonation. Really smooth and well done. Another big hit for Sean.

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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 Rifugium
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: bottle at Waitsfield Farmers Market, Waitsfield, VT

(Replacing old review)

I'm officially willing to say that my first tasting of this was a bogus bottle. I recently sampled this, poured by Sean Lawson himself, into a Lawson's signature plastic cup. Dark brown-black color (thank you), with a small mocha head that retains well. A sharp hit of booze in the nose up front, dark malts, caramel, moderately roasty. Similar taste, dark roasty malts, dark chocolate, smoke, woody bourbon (more smooth than strong), with a touch of maple sweetness that just barely comes through. The alcohol heat is welcome. On the fuller side of medium-bodied, and quite nice overall.

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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 womencantsail
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks a lot for sharing this beer, Jeff.

A: The pour is just about black with a couple fingers of tan head perched on top. Surprising amount of head and retention.

S: Big time bourbon aroma to it which really stands out more than anything. A nice vanilla and oak smell, too. There is a smooth dark chocolate/cocoa smell in there and a little bit of roasted malts.

T: Slight boozy tang on the tongue, but otherwise all good. Big bourbon, oak, and vanilla flavors. The dark chocolate is quite prominent as well. There isn't much in the way of roast or coffee. A slight molasses sweetness in there as well.

M: Medium in body with a surprisingly lively carbonation.

O: This was really a good beer. Looking forward to trying the maple barrel one.

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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 mdfb79
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Thorpe429 for sharing this one. Poured into a tulip. Bottle #342 of 350.

a - Pours a dark brown, nearly black color, with less than an inch of tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bourbon, chocolate, roasted malts, maple, oak, sweet vnaill and sugar, an sweet fruit. Lots of bourbon in the nose, as well as that sweet maple; smells fantastic.

t - Taste of bourbon, light maple, vanilla, oak, roasted malts, fruit, alcohol, and molasses. Bourbon isn't quite as strong, nor is the maple, but it's still very nice.

m - Full body and moderate carbonation. Thick and smooth, very nice.

o - Overall another really nice beer from Lawson's. I loved the nose as the maple and bourbon came through a lot, and the body was ncie and smooth. Would love to try it again sometime.

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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 stakem
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Kegatron for sharing these Fayston brews with me. 750ml bottle numbered 69 of 350. Sampled immediately after the base brew, this pours black in color with a dark tan head. A thin penline of lace collects around the rim and spots of lace stick to the glass. A swirl revives a finger of froth back to the surface.

The nose is immediately differentiated from the base with a pleasant tangy inclusion of bourbon. Some soft notes of caramel and vanilla creep in before suggeations of raw oakiness. The alcohol is noted but that tangy whiskey aspect provides a nice change of pace. A mild spicy character exists across the back almost reminescent of burnt incense.

The flavors are dry, bitter and roasty with a fairly solid presence of somethin similar to strong, earthy coffee. A mild tangy bourbon barrel inclusion tempers the alcohol character that tries to impart a solvent feel to this. The aftertaste is nice and dry with an aggressive roasted earthiness. Fans of the RIS style will bask in how glorious this brew is on its own but the bourbon brings a nice complexity to the table.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Fayston in its own right its a bold brew with lots of flavor and complexity. Upon first sip, you know it would lend itself nicely to some barrel treatments. This one did not disappoint and I was happy to see much of the base brews character still intact with the barrel treatment bein a stubtle addition. If you like Fayston, this is even better. Thank you for sharing Heath!

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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 drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe thanks! Beer is dark brown with a nice tan head of small and medium bubbles. Some lacing.

Aroma is mildly sweet, I can smell the maple and some of the bourbon character but it is pretty mild liquor character.

The beer is medium in body and quite roasty. the bourbon is present but the beer is also mildly sweet and pretty good. I enjoy the midpalate flavors. A really nice porter overall.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the Vermont Brewers Festival.

A - Black with a small amount of medium brown head.

S - Bourbon up front with maple syrup, oak and vanilla. Fairly sweet with some noticeable alcohol

T - Roasted malts, maple syrup, bourbon, oak, and a big sweet vanilla kick. Good balance overall

M - Medium body. Light carbonation.

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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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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 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 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 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 mltobin
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This BA stout out of Vermont was served in a wine glass. Appearance is black with a small brown head. Its` nose has oak, bourbon, dark chocolate, very inviting smell. The taste is vanilla, chocolate, more of the bourbon and oak. A tasty beer, to be savored. Mouthfeel is medium, velvet like texture. All things considered, this is a fine imperial stout.

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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 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 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 maximum12
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to baconsausage for sending this along quite a while ago, one of very few beers that I've been reluctant to open...Maple Barrel Faytson's was one of my top 3 beers. Ever. So this comes with some lofty expectations. 750ML bottle, #58 of 350, split with my wife.

Pour is a rather aggressive dark with a wind-whipped head. The aroma slips past my nose hair as deep, rich chocolate, lovely sweetness that may be the maple. background of vanilla & bourbon. That, my friends, is how you open up a beer.

Fayston Maple Imperial Stout - Bourbon doesn't lift me straight into orgasmic ecstasy. But. More roast than in the nose, which is the primary component. Bourbon & vanilla creep up as a secondary push, along with lovely maple sweetness that seems to seep into the skin of my mouth & pleasure my tongue. Chocolate arrives late but sticks around like a good plate of cookies...when you're alone in the house. Mouthfeel is straight-on creamy. Sucking this down like a 4.3% pale ale. Which it ain't.

Doesn't reach the heights of one of my all-time favorites, but this is an excellent beer. I hope Lawson's starts pumping these Fayston beers out by the metric ton, because I'd take a swimming pool full or two.

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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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