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Brewed by:
Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States
lawsonsfinest.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A huge, rich, and strong stout brewed with a maple twist. Designed to keep you warm on sub-zero nights and for sipping with a fine meal or dessert.

Added by Rochefort10nh on 12-19-2010

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303
Reviews:
68
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
9.05%
 
 
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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to baconsausage, who has sent me all sorts of crazy good beers from Vermontabouts. This one, well, it just looks so good I didn't even want to open it. I'm a certified maple syrup freak, can't go anywhere without bringing home a bottle of the local stuff. Bottle 24/180, batch #175, December 2010. 750ML bottle schlepped gently into two tulips.

Pour is black hole black, no light escapes its pull. And I'm not impressed by head (on a beer, at least), but this one stands on tip-toe for a good ten minutes after being poured without wavering, blinking, or twitching. And stays there throughout the experience. Smell is...oh, I just went to my happy place. Finely bred maple syrup, chocolate, deep, lightlessly sweet malts, vanilla.

Fayston Maple Liquor Aged Maple Imperial Stout is almost flawless. Roasted malts, not evident in the nose, are in the fore. Chocolate, vanilla, maple vie for attention in the background, & move in perfect unison. But the finish is what really makes this shine. The burn of the maple liquor warms the throat &, I actually started sweating. Like a fine after-dinner liqueur, this is thick, tasty, filling. Despite the fact this should probably be consumed in dainty quantities, I find myself wishing I had 2 or 3 for myself, right now. I can get up at noon tomorrow, no problem.

I'll correct myself: this beer is flawless. This is the third perfect beer I've ever tasted, along with '08 BA Blackout Stout & '07 Darkness. Lawson's, please make this by the river-full. And Tucker, now I really owe you.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amazing beer. April 2015 bottle. Black tar with a tall milk chocolate head that leaves a ring and some lace. Chocolate and maple syrup combine in the nose. Taste is straight up delicious! Mouthfeel is gorgeous, silky, not overly viscous, low carbonation. Overall, one of the best stouts I've had.

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Big, big thanks to coreyfmcdonald for sharing at the BSP breakfast beer bash.

Black body with a light brown head. Aroma and taste are exactly as advertised - HUGE maple. It's as if you're frying up maple bacon in the next room. The maple is blended masterfully with coffee/chocolate.

Absolutely fantastic beer. I had this and Founders CBS the same morning. While CBS is a great beer, it couldn't hold a candle to the massive maple in Fayston Maple.

What a treat. Thrilled that I got a chance to try this finally.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Received a pour of this outside of Triple Rock in Berkeley, thanks to gsgolovin & largadeer for being part of that crew. Good black and brown appearance, very small tan head, actually a good amount of lacing from such a small head formation on the top. Wow, what a lovely aroma. Just a massive amount of maple here, lovely. Maple first, mild barrel oak notes afterwards. Throw in some of the usual coffee and chocolate suspects to round out the aroma. It is magnificent.

Taste, more of the same, hides 12% alcohol like its nothing. Perfect blend of maple, not sugary, its au natural, sure some sweetness, but nothing artificial or added type of sweetness, just nice maple goodness. Swearing maple must absorb alcohol, this was so easy to drink. There's hiding the alcohol relative to its existence, and there's just outright making it seem nonexistant. This drinks like a 7% stout, not a 12%. Very mild charring, burnt feel if you look for it, along with vanilla which is actually a little more prominent than the char.

This is pretty much my favorite non Black Tuesday base beer stout made. Loved it. Carbonation was just right. Perfect.

Another thing that really set the beer apart for me was the viscosity. It isn't trying to be the thickest beer, much like FiftyFifty Eclipse, this one does what allows the most flavor to come through in waves, rather than just trying to be the biggest, thickest, this one has touch, finesse. Go ahead and look for the big ol' Shaq's of imperial stouts or whatnot, I'm plenty good with the Michael Jordan and Dwyane Wade of imperial stouts.

EDIT: Had another bottle March 2013, wasn't as pungent with the maple, but still very good, still hides that alcohol so well.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

short waxed bottle, shared selflessly by drlove87. i am not sure i have ever had a better beer than this one. i have certainly never had anything like it, even the straight up fayston is nothing like this very very special beverage. crafted like a liquid homage to the green mountain state, i find everything in this bottle that i find there, which is why they both turn me on so much. its the culture, the scenery, the history, the politics, the community, the respect. it says so much without saying a word, and there a lot of power in that. its pretty in the glass, as expected, thick like glue, with a full inch of head the color of tea and cream, airy and lazy, patient, permanent. not a fragment of light penetrating through, but the beer is short of black, high luster, and positively tempting. it smells like the best imperial stout on the planet, with a careful roast, ashy and bitter without being burnt or overbearing. hints of toasted coconut, hot oak, handmade whiskey, dried plums, and yes, yes, yes, sweet maple syrup of the highest imaginable caliber. all elements united expertly, and with the maple sort of leading the charge, as hoped for, in the flavor. my first though is that i want to drink whatever was in this barrel first, as i have not had a beer with this barrel character, so much more than oak and whiskey, its like a whole additional grain element, and a top level dose of maple. for how much maple i taste, i dont find the beer sugary in any negative way, and for how strong it is, i dont find it hard to drink. there is just the appropriate tickle or warming alcohol in here, but it fits, and i would miss it if it were absent. in the end, this is the pinnacle of the brewing craft in many ways, combining unique ingredients, processes, ageing techniques, and terroir. im not sure it has an equal out there, and i feel blessed to have partaken. lawsons has long been one of my favorites, but this for me solidifies them as one of the best in the world. nothing short of perfect in so many ways, and hopefully i never forget it.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sean graciously donated this for the Three Penny Earth Day clean-up in the park. Thanks Sean!

Wow. if that is all I could write, I would. Pours like a big stout should, with a thin light tan head. Nose is all boozy maple and sweet roasted malts. Maple is all over this, the nose, the taste, the finish. A little boozy, but I like that in a barrel aged beer. Smooth and creamy mouth feel, round and a little hot. I would age this for an other year. Exceptional beer all around.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I received this beer from my son Jake. (brought him up right). Very dark with a boozy sweet maple, dark chocolate smell. Taste was not as boozy as I thought it would be. Actually pretty smooth considering it is 11%. Notes of maple, chocalate, caramel, and toffee that leaves a warm feeling in your tummy. What a nice treat.

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