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Maple Barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout | Lawson's Finest Liquids

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4.31/5
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304 Ratings
Maple Barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial StoutMaple Barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#795
Reviews:
68
Ratings:
304
pDev:
9.05%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
650
Gots:
57
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 304 |  Reviews: 68
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -7.2%

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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5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -7.2%

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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3.75/5  rDev -13%

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 WillieThreebiers
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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 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 olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of nickfl
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

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 PhineasMcClintock
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 304 ratings
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