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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

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

Thanks goes to ipa247 for sharing this one. Batch 185. Thanks Jeff.

A: Pours black with a dark brown head that receded into a good long lasting collar.
S: Big notes of bourbon on the nose with a kind of sweet, smoky maple scent that was reminiscent to bacon. Rich, malty and smoky.
T: Big bourbon taste followed by sweet malts, fresh maple, and smoke in the finish. Something in there still reminds me of bacon or breakfast.
M: Ample carbonation with a warming alcoholic mouthfeel and thick body.
O: Unique maple flavors. The maple and bourbon went well together. This is another great beer from Lawson’s, and I thank you Jeff for sharing.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 baconsausage
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sean graciously donated this for the Three Penny Earth Day clean-up in the park. Thanks Sean! We had the Maple Barrel for breakfast and moved on to the bourbon for "after dinner".

The bourbon is a little hotter than the maple barrel. same great pour, tan light head. Bourbon in the nose with a little more oak. More oak in the flavor as well, with molasses and dark roast malts. Carbonation is a bit more lively on the tongue than the maple as well. Still a very solid stout with good mouthfeel and drinkability. I would age this for another year or more.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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