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Maple Barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial StoutMaple Barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout
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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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294
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
9.05%
 
 
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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.81/5  rDev +11.6%
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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Photo of Knapp85
4.51/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This poured out as a black oil-like liquid with a light brown head on top. The retention is thin along with some lacing. The smell is awesome, there is a big maple aroma along with earthy grain and roasted malt. The taste of the beer is sweet, toasted and roasted malts some chocolate and plenty of maple and brown sugar. The mouthfeel is thinner than I expected. Very drinkable with a decent carbonation. Overall really great brew, very enjoyable and worth trying of you can.

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Photo of metter98
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color, only traces of red apper near the far edges of the glass when it s held up to a bright white light. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that left a ring of large bubbles areound the edge of the glass and wispy lacing across the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of licorice in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of licorice and dark malts along with a light to moderate amount of bitterness. Hints of maple are noticeable towards the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the alate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of warming from the alcohol in the finish.
O: This beer definitely tastes like it is a little strong, but hides its alcohol relatively well.

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Photo of largadeer
3.23/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pitch black body with impressive viscosity, minimal head formation. Nose has quite a bit of boozy bourbon, vanilla and sugary maple syrup, along with ashy, burnt malt and a touch of cocoa. Booze is very noticeable but not hugely detracting. Palate is very ashy and burnt - can't say I'm a fan of the base beer here, but the maple bourbon barrel does a lot to balance the acrid malt character. There's a good amount of sweetness, in the form of both maple syrup and vanilla. The finish leans toward flavors of licorice and oak, with a blast of burnt bitterness and booze. I enjoy the barrel flavors here, but the base beer isn't to my liking at all.

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Photo of oline73
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter. I was lucky enough to have this along side the other three versions.

The beer pours a dark brown, almost black color with a layer of off white head. The smell is sweeter than the regular version. I'm also getting some roast and mild alcohol. The taste is also sweeter with more heat than the regular version. I'm getting some maple syrup and dark fruit. The finish has a roasty component to it along with some alcohol heat.

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Photo of jlindros
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Tom P for sharing.

Dark small fizzy head, pitch black,

N dark chocolate stout, little maple sweetness, little vanilla barrel, hint earthy hop

T super dark choc, fudge with some maple, vanilla barrel, little booze, earthy hops, actually gets pretty hot, little creamy oat velvety, mocha little dark malt and caramel.

M fairly hot and little creamy velvety, decent carb, full bod.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked & caged bottle into a couple of glasses. Rare batch 175 Bottle # 35/180. Black with a dark mocha head. Rich retention with a good bit of robust spotty lace. The aroma has a huge maple presence, with spicy tobacco notes along the back and some chocolate, vanilla and dark roast mixed in. A green tannic presence hangs on the edges but this isn’t hugely oaky. Maple is strong in the flavor as well, with a hot feel to it from the barrel. Chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar, a touch of tobacco and dark roast all make themselves known as well. The roast leaves bitter char in the finish, where it lingers with some burnt barrel character. This full bodied and chewy in the mouth with some silkier undertones. This shows it’s alcohol but isn’t overly hot, just leaving some spicy sweetness back in the mouth. This was certainly tasty and interesting but the maple from the base beer and the barrel (both the maple and vanilla) just got to be a little too much in spots. I did like the overall complexity here though and the drinkability was decent. I’m still glad I sought this one out a while back.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thick dark brown liquid, essentially black with no light penetration what so ever. Rich deep, and thick chocolate colored lace then formed on the top of it to a height of around two inches before finally settling down onto a pillow if tan

rich and sweet, the first notes to hit me were a nice sweet milk chocolate, lactose, and a nice burnt caramel aroma. Very sweet, with hints of coffee throughout. A nice mixture of roasted malts, and not overly heavy. No, hint of the alcohol in it at all which was very nice. lots of very sweet woody notes now coming through, bourbon like flavor Rich milk chocolate, molasses and vanilla hints were the first right out of the gate. Very sweet with lots of lactose sugar like flavors coming in, probably from the oatmeal. A slight warming on the back of the throat, but other then that there was literally no hint of the alcohol what so ever. Really a fine quality stout here. Nice dry touches in the finish capped it off well and left a long lingering sweet coffee like taste in the mouth.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally was able to snag this one. 375ml bottle, gold wax. Poured into a Farm House tulip. Opaque black in color, with a full two fingers of lush, dark brown head, which sank to a thick layer and held there, lacing the glass nicely. Big aroma of caramel, milk chocolate, moderately roasty malts, honey, maple, oak. This was easily the best Fayston stout I've had so far. Taste reminiscent of chocolate-chip pancakes, giving way to a more coffee-like roastiness, lending a moderately bitter aftertaste, notes of charred oak, sugary maple, and a slight kick of fusel alcohol. Body was on the heavier side of medium, might as well just call it full, mouthfeel was smooth and luscious, even with being slightly thinned out by booziness. Great brew overall; I'm saving my other bottles, looking forward to opening one next time I have a bad day.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.33/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Dave for trading me this bottle some time back.

A: The beer pours black in color with a small off-white head.

S: As I feared, this smells a bit like booze. There is a bit of maple to it, but it is more maple woodiness. A decent roasted malt character but still fairly sweet. Quite a bit of oak and some bitter dark chocolate.

T: Dark chocolate and cocoa powder with pronounced booze and ethanol. The roast and alcohol notes are somewhat harsh, unfortunately. There is a mild roast, some wood, and a touch of vanilla.

M: Medium to full bodied with a medium carbonation.

O: I liked the bourbon one when I tried it, but this was a real let down.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque (yet clear) extremely dark black in color with some dark amber and brown highlights along with just the slightest hint of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall sudsy dark mocha head that quickly reduces to a very thin ring at the edges of the glass and a very small very thin patch in the center of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There are moderate aromas of dark roasted malts with some notes of chocolate/cocoa, brown sugar, and maple oakiness - light hints of butter and some booze.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of roasted dark malts and cocoa/dark chocolate - there are some interesting smokey notes to this one that were unexpected. The maple starts out pretty subtle but intensifies as the beer warms, there are also quite a lot of notes of oak, butter, and vanilla. Just a touch of booze in the finish over the top of some light bitterness which fades quickly.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light notes of alcohol heat towards the finish.

O: The maple aspects were a little more subtle in this beer than i expected at first but as the beer warms the maple makes it's presence more well known. The alcohol is present in this beer but it is still a very enjoyable sipping beer. Quite nice complexity to the smell and taste.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Paul on a night with many good beers. Thanks man.

Served in a Lawson's snifter.

The beer is near black with a soapy beige head. The aroma offers dark roast, chocolate, milk chocolate, sugar. The beer is rich and thick. Sweetness throughout, with a hint of maple candy in the finish. While the maple character is present, it doesn't dominate the beer. Instead, it adds a subtle nuance to a high quality imperial stout. Chocolaty and velvety smooth feel. Nicely done. Another winner from Lawson's and the fine state of Vermont.

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Photo of stakem
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks go to Kegatron for sharing this. This has been on my wants list since day 1 of making such a list. What better experience than to get a full pour along side the base and bourbon version. 750ml bottle numbered 35 of 180. As expected and like the other Faystons, it appears black in color with a dark tan head. Some spotty lace sticks to the glass as cap collpases.

The aroma has a big sticky sweet nose of caramel, vanilla and burnt sugars perhaps like maple syrup. Some hints of chocolate and coffee with a mild alcohol bite across the back that comes across a little solvent. The roasted aromatics verse sweetness creates and interesting contrast to the nose.

The flavor is bitter and roasty with earthen aspects of coffee. Quite a contrast compared to what you might expect based off the first impression of the aromatics. Plenty of dryness with tobacco and a mild acrid bite. Some solvent alcohol is present before being tempered by a contrast of barrel character that tastes somewhat like caramel and raw maple that is almost woody like bark instead of oaky barrel.

This is more medium bodied than light with a modest level of carbonation. It is quite boozy and aggressive for an imperial stout but I liked it the most of the Faystons we drank. It provided the most contrasting charcter to the bold stout and I found it to be the easiest drinking and most balanced. Any of these Fayston brews are well worth the time and resources to secure, id love to have this again. Thank you very much Heath for the unique opportunity.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.01/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with a smaller head than the base. Still retains what it had well. Sugary legs on the swirl.

Smell - Buckets of maple. The maple liquor really comes out. Chocolate and really roasty coffee. Less chalky than the base beer.

Taste - Sharp maple liquor flavor up front. Lots of sweet maple. Oaky. Lots of that bitter chocolate and some of that chalkiness.

Mouthfeel - Hotter than the base. Much sweeter. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Better than the base. I love maple. This is pretty intense, but tasty.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle courtesy of Mike (AgentZero). Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip. Batch #175, Bottle #13 of 180.

A - A late-rising dime of dark mocha foam settles to a thin ring, leaving a wisp of bubbles on-top and spotty lacing. Black body with a glint of brown at the fringes.

S - Buttery oak, brown sugar, booze, roasted malts, and an increasing maple note as the beer warms up. Very unusual and unique smelling - the closest point of reference I can think of is actually Good King Henry Special Reserve.

T - Taste has a meaty applewood smoked bacon quality to it that I didn't notice in the aroma. Plenty of roasted malts, and a light maple syrup note in the finish. Alcohol is more restrained here, and I think this is actually a step up from the smell.

M - Smooth medium-full body, lower carbonation, some noticeable alcohol heat as well. Quite chewy and viscous.

D - This is quite good. I preferred it to the Maker's Mark version, although both are still quite boozy at this stage. I would encourage everyone to wait about 6 months before getting to these, as that should cut some of the heat. I'd love to try this one periodically down the road and see what develops. Definitely a sipper - the nips are a good choice for single servings, but sharing a 750ml with friends is probably the best way to enjoy this.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 187ml "nip" bottle brought back by the kickass jammalamma. Thanks Ben! Sean recommends aging this for 6-12 months before comsuming, but dammit I'm an impatient son-of-bitch!

Impenetrable black with a slight collar of rusty tinged foam on an aggressive pour.

What a fantastic nose! Maple to the max. Turbanado sugar, Belgian Chocolate and caramel interspersed with stewed prune, raison and alcohol.

Taste is full on maple goodness, but way drier than the nose would lead you to believe. Carmalized sugar similar to a great creme-brulee - but not syrupy. Almost like the distilled essence of maple without any cloying residual effect.

Mouthful is lush and lightly carbonated as to be expected with a high quality Imperial stout of 12% abv.

Drinkability is outstanding, but make no mistake about it this is the quintesential sipper.

Overall an great beer that showcases what maple can bring to a beer.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Gold wax. Unsure of vintage but assumed to be 2014.

A - Poured a deep inky black with a thin layer of medium brown head that reduced to a ring around the edges of the glass.

S - An intense oak aroma with chocolate fudge, roast, maple syrup and a hint of coffee.

T - Chocolate fudge, sweet molasses and maple syrup, roast and a hint of espresso with a big oak presence throughout. The finish leaves a sweet maple syrup flavour lingering. Enough bitter roast to perfectly balance the sweet maple notes. A beautiful beer.

M - Full body, silky and somewhat creamy. Light carbonation.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

A- Pours a thick black with a half-finger of dark tan head. It leaves a minimal amount of lacing.

S- The aroma is a bit sweet and metallic when cold. A good bit of dark roasted malt and dark chocolate. Some oak tannins and a touch of tartness. A hint of maple on the end.

T- The flavor is a lot of the same. A whole lot of oak, the same metallic notes from the nose, and a touch of tartness. The chocolate and maple are there, but a bit muted. It's still quite tasty.

M- The mouth feel is medium, with limited carbonation, and a dry/vinous finish.

O- This is a very solid imperial stout, but it is a bit disappointing considering what I was expecting from Lawson's.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.4/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

9/17/2011

Bottle shared by ArthurPendragon, thanks! I had one of these coming a couple weeks ago but it broke in transit so I really appreciate the chance to try it. Snifter.

A: Black with a finger of bubbly dark brown foam that lingers for half a minute before fading to a thin film. Lacing is scattered.

S: Cocoa and dark chocolate with a whisper of brown sugar. There's a little maple, just a shadow. There is, however, a prominent roasted malt profile with some burnt notes. Molasses is pretty strong. When the beer warms up and opens up I get a little more maple and vanilla makes an appearance.

T: The malt is roasted nearly to the point of being charred. There's a good deal of molasses and woodiness with pervasive dark chocolate notes. Alcohol is pronounced and somewhat detracting. There's an upper moderate level of earthy bitterness. I don't get any maple in the flavor.

M: Full in body with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is creamy, chewy, and sticky.

Overall: A pretty good beer with a disappointing flavor. I wouldn't recommend seeking it out.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.82/5  rDev +11.8%
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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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Black and brown, small oily tan head. Enjoyable aroma, wow. When its poppin' here comes the maple and bourbon.

Coffee and chocolate malt, roasted medium range, sweet maple goodness. Have had a great bottle and a good bottle of this, Lawson's has been inconsistent in the couple of beers of theirs I've had. At times the mouthfeel is similar to a brown ale which continues to allow the maple to shine. Always hid the alcohol well.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 Jwale73
3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml wax capped bottle served in a taster. Brewed December 2012. Pours slightly darker than cola with a loose, mocha-colored head that dissipates into a swirl and a creamy band around the shoulders. Some lacing, but poor retention. Nose expresses dark malts, molasses, a roasty quality and perhaps a trace of vanilla. Taste consistent with nose; however, no real maple character comes out until the beer reaches room temperature, and at best, it is minimal. The flavor profile is more or less dominated by an ashy character. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a carbonation just shy of lively with some acidity present as well. Overall, a decent beer, but not worth the price point and virtually no maple character present. Not sure if I would invest in another bottle.

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Photo of glid02
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Corey - much obliged! Bottle 140 of 180.

Pours black with a one-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of robust roasted malts with equal amounts of dark chocolate, heavy maple syrup, and vanilla. Also present are hints of butterscotch.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as robust. Heavily roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by vanilla and smooth dark chocolate flavors. Midway through the sip maple syrup flavors sweeten things up a bit. The syrup fades out near the end of the sip, allowing the roasted malts, dark chocolate, and hints of oak to carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was a big fan of how balanced this beer was. There was a lot going on but nothing was overpowering. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of maximum12
5/5  rDev +16%
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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Maple Barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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