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

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Maple Barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial StoutMaple 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

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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Photo of scottfrie
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #175 into snifter. Thanks a ton for sending me this one a year ago, SneezyAchew. Bottled Dec. 2010.

A: Pours black with a finger of dark mocha colored head. The head slowly faded into a dense fuzzy film that disappeared after some time and left virtually no lace.
S: Rich notes of maple and chocolate fudge brownies. Vanilla comes through lightly along with hints of brown sugar.
T: Much more sweet maple character than the nose let on. This beer must have been a sweet mess when it was first brewed. No wonder the label tells you to age it. Anyway, rich and potent malt flavors of dark chocolate, fudge brownie, caramel and roast are balanced by a very even sweetness and flavors of fresh maple syrup and vanilla. This is one decadent dessert beer, and that is how I’m enjoying it.
M: Thick body, low carbonation, sweet and lightly alcoholic mouthfeel that goes down smooth and pretty easy for such high alcohol.
O: Wonderful stout. I’m glad I waited so long to open this; the sweet maple is still extremely flavorful but the alcohol and sweetness has died down. Thanks again for this great beer, Michael.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-dark brown black color with a smallish tan head and some lacing

S-dark malt, coffee, maple, molasses, chocolate

T-dark roasted malt, chocolate coffee, maple, vanilla, slight char

F-medium body with light to moderate carbonation, smooth

O-very flavorful stout, but a little lighter than I expected

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Photo of AgentZero
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A round of applause to avalon68 for hitting this big want of mine in the WW5 BIF.

A - Black colored beer with a mocha head that left some spots and strings on the sides.

S - Huge butter smell with some green wood, maple, roasted malts, a little booze. Pretty unique smell, and I really like the oak and maple blend.

T - Taste is a lot like the smell, with butter, green wood, maple leading off the taste on top of some roasted malts. It's almost entirely unique, and pretty awesome. This blending of flavors is kind of hard to describe, but it's good and I want more of it.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, a little creamy.

O - I found this beer to be awesome. As MasterSki put it in an earlier review, it does remind me a little of Good King Henry Special Reserve. Perfect combination of maple and butter. It's just a touch hot, but still amazing, will only get better with time I imagine.

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Photo of anteater
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12.7oz bottle

A: Dark brown, thin dark tan head

S: Chocolate, biscuit. Nothing too complex or intense but certainly not bad

T: Chocolate, vanilla, oats, just a touch of maple in the background and a hint of oak. I wouldn't have guessed that this is a maple stout or a barrel aged stout, but the taste is delicious nonetheless.

M: Medium body, appropriately low carb.

O: Really enjoyably stout, tasted more like a non BA stout to me but one that is very well done.

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Photo of gford217
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Conor for this nip bottle, #43 of 96.

Pours pitch black with a bubbly tan head that shows very good retention and some sticky legs around the edges.

Aroma is potent with liquor and sugary maple up front. But, upon further inspection, there are chocolate and roasted malts hiding underneath the heavy sweetness. Some vanilla and spicy oak to mix things up as well.

Taste is big and complex with the maple liquor bringing something interesting. A burning sweetness up front with some heavily roasted malts in the background. Chocolate and vanilla and a definite burn going down.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft carbonation and quite a bit of barrel character.

Really interesting imperial stout from Lawson's with a killer sweetness and liquor character. There's a lot going on in this one and I'm glad I got the nip bottle because it's a hefty beer.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of this one from cparles in a recent box. Cheers for this one man!

From a 375ml bottle into a snifter
December 2012

APPEARANCE: Thick black pour, very dark, yields a 1+ finger, medium looking, creamy, dark tan head with excellent retention. Fades slowly to a full cap and clings to the sides a bit. Pitch black body with medium levels of carbonation decorating the top of the wisp. Swirly wisp and thick ring remain until the end leaving some solid lacing down the glass. Really good looking.

SMELL: Lots of roasted malts, milk chocolate, vanilla notes, maple syrup there for sure, with notes of oak and toffee as well. Really nice. Bold enough, with lots of nice syrupy, milk chocolate, creamy goodness, but could be a touch more forthcoming.

TASTE: Lots of sweet flavors up front, with maple syrup, sweet vanilla cream and milk chocolate initially. A bit of roasted malt at the swallow, then more sweet flavors with maple, vanilla cream, milk chocolate, toffee, caramel and oak as well. A touch of bitter dark chocolate and roasted flavors as well, providing balance. Bold and lingering aftertaste shows all this sweetness with a touch of bitterness mixing in well. Flavorful and really interesting.

PALATE: Medium-fuller body with medium levels of carbonation. Really creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. No heat. Smooth and creamy stuff.

OVERALL: This is really good stuff. The maple barrels lend quite a bit of sweetness to this beer, but there is plenty of layers to the flavor, making it interesting instead of monotonous. The roasted malt and hop additions add a touch of bitter flavor that tries to lend some balance as well, which works. If I can remember correctly, this is probably the best of the Lawson's Maple Stout variants to date. Or perhaps this batch was just superior to the older ones, as the other variants I drank were earlier batches. Doesn't matter really. This drinks down really easily as well. Thanks again cparles. Great stuff.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nip into a Weyerbacher tulip. Bottle 78 of 96, "Rare Batch #175." Thanks for sharing, Matt!

A: Viscous black body under a thin but persistent brown head. Each swirl reactivates the carbonation slightly and stains the glass persimmon, leaving attractive legs. Big.

S: Vanilla, maple, oak, dark chocolate, coffee, and an intriguing bit of spice. Super smooth, complex, and wonderful.

T: The maple is a bit more prominent here than in the nose, but never quite dominates. It's joined by vanilla and oak in large part, along with lesser touches of coffee and that spice I just can't place. More oak and maple on the finish. Delicious.

M: Rich full body, light carbonation. Lovely.

D: Where's the 12%? For something so sweet and strong, this is wonderfully drinkable.

Notes: This is the third of Lawson's maple brews I've had, and it's head and shoulders better than the others (Maple Nipple and Maple on Brett). The syrup flavors lend a distinctive complexity to the flavor, but the oak and roasted malts perfectly complement the sweetness. Now I don't just want more of this beer, I want to try some maple liquor!


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

Maple Barrel Aged Fayston (cellar aged 1 year) pours black with a small, creamy brown head on top. The foam fades quickly leaving behind spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is malty with notes of chocolate, oak, bourbon, vanilla and dark fruit.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is smooth and creamy. The flavor is sweet and dry with oak and roasty notes. What I taste are chocolate, oak, vanilla, roast malt, ripe fruit, and alcohol. The maple has faded. Finishes dry with lingering chocolate, dark malt and ripe fruit when gone.

Delicious beer with a smooth body. The flavor mellowed well. Easy drinking for a 11% beer.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Mike (Agentzero)! Bottle #13/180, Batch #175. Poured into Bruery tulip.

A - Pours black, dark mocha-color head, very thin whisps on top and some spotty lacing around the sides of the glass.

S - Bitter dark chocolate, caramel, roast, malts, and a decent dose of maple syrup. The maple notes are excellent and give this beer a nice added dimension.

T - Not quite as good as the nose. Chocolate, maple syrup, burnt sugars, malts, slight roast. Without the maple syrup, it would be just another stout, but I sure to do enjoy this! Alcohol is very well-hidden. Finish is sweet caramel.

M - Full, rich and smooth, creamy finish, good carbonation.

O - Really enjoyed this one. The maple syrup notes really hit the spot and make this beer into something more. Would def like to try this again to see what the maple syrup notes do in 6-12 months. Recommend.

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Photo of koopa
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle # 15 of 180 received in an in person trade with a great BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a super dark opaque brown with a small light brown crown that displays moderate retention and a touch of lace.

Smell: Strong maple liquor barrel note over chocolate covered toffee.

Taste: Same as the nose but not as pungent. Maple liquor note becomes more present in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A touch thin for my liking.

Drinkability: Very high due to the smoothness of the well integrated flavors.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to GoGriz (Cody) for this one. Bottle #43 of 96. Poured from a 187ml nip bottle into a Darkness snifter.

A: Vigorous pour yields a thin, dark, mocha colored film atop an oily, opaque black brew. Lacing is very spotty but with decent cling and incredible legs.

S: Nose is mildy aromatic and very enticing. Dark chocolate, cocoa powder, fudge, maple syrup and roasted malt all in a perfect harmony of sweet and roastiness. At 12%, alcohol is surprisingly subdued in the nose.

T: Opens maple syrup sweetness, chocolate, cocoa powder, and fudge. Roasted malt provides a nice, complementary bitterness towards the middle. Maple barrels take over towards the end and provides some heat. Finish is maple syrup sweetness with a subdued maple and cocoa powder aftertaste.

M: Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Oily and silky in the mouth with a slightest twinge of heat. Filmy. Incredibly smooth and dense going down. Finish is accented with a slightly lingering aftertaste.

D: Having had samples of the much touted Founders CBS, this beer is at least on par, if not better. Maple is apparent in this beer but not overwhelming and the chocolate and roasted malt characteristics complement the sweetness perfectly. Feel is absolutely spot on and nose just enticing me to dirnk more and more. At 12%, this one is dangerously drinkable. Definitely worth seeking out.

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

The beer pours jet black with a thin, dark, tightly packed tan head that settles into a halo around the glass perimeter with minimal lacing (light residual oil). The nose is maple sugar forward, with a slight roastiness, and hint of biting ethanol and oak. Maple also predominates the beer's flavor profile, a slightly nutty brown sugar sweetness that has minimal chocolate or tannic bitterness, and a lingering maple flavor. The mouthfeel has little booze compared to the nose, a silky malt/maple caramel sweetness that doesn't become syrupy/chewy despite minimally carbonation, only a hint of wood, some vanilla, slightly bitter-sweet finish. This beer meets expectations in having a noticeable maple presence on top of a full bodied barrel-aged stout.

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Photo of jegross2
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing the Maple Barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout from Lawson's Finest Liquids out of Warren, Vermont.

Score: 93

Batch 1, Bottled in December 2010. vintage bottle served in a GLASS and enjoyed on 06/19/13.

Appearance: Pours virtually no head above an inky black body. Minimal lacing and retention. Has some oily legs. 3.75/5

Smell: Lots of oaky vanilla, maple, chocolate and some roast. Smells a bit sweet, nothing complex. Better integration as it warms up. 3.75/5

Taste: Chocolate, maple and lots of roast. Vanilla too, which is more pronounced on the back half than upfront. Raw unsweetened chocolate flavor in the finish. I love how there is a nice medley of "sweet flavors" that are not sweet. Quite drinkable. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, low carbonation. The flavors that hit you are initially sweet, but then a roasty bitteness takes over and balances the sweetness just right. This makes for an interesting mouthfeel, as it gets the palate quite dry. No residual sweetness. The dryness borderlines on chalky at points, but I like that a lot. Reminds me of The Count in that regard. 4.5/5

Overall: The nose was better in batch 2, but the taste here is so much better. The bitter dryness and roastiness is done just nice, and the lack of residual sugar makes this an excellent beer to drink more than a few ounces of. Gets better as it warms up, and the nose integrates better.

Cost: ??? for a 750 ml bottle.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml gold waxed bottle from the 2012 bottling. Poured into Lawson's snifter.

A- Pours an opaque jet black with a thin whispy mocha brown head that leaves a flat top with some sparse bubbles and some spotty lacing along the sides of the glass.

S- Wow this smells amazing, definitely one of the best smelling beers I've had. Aromas of Maple liquor, chocolate, roasted malts, maple syrup, woody oak, and some light espresso. Complex and very aromatic- could smell right away when the cap wasn't even half of the bottle.

T- Creamy chocolate that has a faint hint of bitterness to it, maple syrup, finishes with a nice maple liquor finish and a smooth oakiness. Very flavorful, complex, and a nice balance with the base beer shining through nicely while having a nice maple liquor/oak presence that fit the beer perfectly.

M- Creamy, extremely smooth, very easy to drink, nice carbonation, booze very well hidden with only a very slight alcohol burn.

O- I had high expectations for this beer and they were easily surpassed. This beer impressed me a lot and I'd probably go as far as saying it's one of my favorite barrel-aged beers out there. I liked the base beer in itself, but the maple liquor barrels definitely did wonders to it by smoothing it out while still adding a nice maple touch to it. I highly recommend trying this beer out if you like maple BA stouts.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml, Dec 2012 release

A: Pours a really deep black color. Get a nice thin layer of medium tan head. Seems to have nice carbonation. Sticky lacing. Alcohol feet.

S: Maple might have dropped out a little bit. Smells sweet. Cacao. Milk and dark chocolate.

T: Sweetness. Dark roast malt. Dark chocolate. Bitterness. Dry. Finish is long with lingering dark cocoa. Wish I'd drank this earlier

M: It's full bodied. But on the lighter side.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an amplified version of the regular Fayston Maple Imperial Stout, with improved maple character on the palate, a fuller and thicker mouthfeel, and a very clean finish.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.7/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a very thin dark brown head fading immediately. Little lacing.

Dark chocolate, cocoa and some molasses perhaps in the aroma. Some roasted malts in the background. I get no maple in the aroma.

Flavor opens up with some dark chocolate and molasses. Some barrel notes come through with some vanilla. Light roasted notes throughout. Fairly sweet although I get no maple.

Full bodied. Chewy and very thick and viscous. By far the best aspect of the beer.

Disappointed by this one. Not mad by any means, but there are much better things out there that don't cost as much in trade for. The mouthfeel brought it up to be enjoyable, but still let down that I got no maple at all from this.

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

750ml corked & caged bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a nice thick oily black color with a very small brown head with some light lacing. Nose is a bit boozy but much more mellow than it originally was. Maple notes are there, but the chocolate and coffee is more upfront.

Taste is sharp, a bit boozy, with a light but clear maple flavor above and beyond re regular maple fayston. Mouthfeel is creamy and thick with appropriately light carbonation. Fantastic!

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

From the 4/20/13 Lawson's 5th Anniversary, pours an opaque brown,1 finger tan head like a root beer float reduces to a permanent cap, supreme lacing.

Aromas are roasty & deep, espresso & cocoa bean, maple in the center, slight vanilla bean.

Flavors are bold and roasty, slight maple sweetness without coming near cloying,slight alcohol detected.

Moutfeel is heavy: this is a sipper and a glass of water is recommended alongside this rich imperial stout.Carbonation is excellent.

This pricey little number was worth every penny @ $15/12.7 oz., and it doesn't come around very often, so be sure to snap them up if you are lucky enough to see them.

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Photo of steve8robin
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

So glad to get this one! Shared the regular Fayston and this with some friends. This is aged in Maple Liquor Barrels. Rare batch 175, bottle 51 of 96, 187ml bottle...

A: A super dark liquid with some mocha bubbles atop the brew. No light shining through. Good.

S: Smells of some maple chocolate upfront quickly followed by some citrus hop and hints of breadiness and booze. Smells kind of like maple pancakes with hints of booze. So good!

T: Some nice maple caramel upfront with some chocolate malt in the middle with vanilla and cocoa. Earthy hop on the back and warming booziness hidden very well. Very good.

M: Medium body with a great carbonation. Clean dry finish. Very good.

D: The drinkability on this is insane! For the ABV, you can barely taste any of it.

Fantastic beer! So glad I got to try it. Definitely try this if you like an interesting take on the stout style. This is a stout that is not too thick or cloying by any means. Done just right.

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

#36 of 180; 750ml "Rare Batch #175"

Appearance: Dark black pour with just a touch of mahogany, nice tan head that leaves very little lacing.

Smell: Lots of sweet chocolate and fudge with a touch of maple syrup and oak. Very sweet smelling.

Taste: Similar to the aroma, rich sweet chocolate and fudge with touches of maple syrup, brown sugar and oak. I do wish the maple was a bit more pronounced as it is in Founder's Canadian Breakfast Stoout.

Mouthfeel: Silky and velvet smooth, although a bit thin. I had expected a Maple beer to be a bit sticky.

Drinkability: Very drinkable and smooth for 12%; I did enjoy this one but not one of my top for the style.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mr. L and Mr. Rich for shepherding this bottle to me. 750mL brown glass cork and caged high shouldered champagne bottle. Aged in Saxon River "Sapling" Maple Liqueur barrel. Opened at 49 degrees from my cellar. Bottle #155 of 180.

Pours a rich, oily black with thick, slowly cascading dark brown head that stands up 2 inches and recedes leaving lots of lacing.

Nose is all about large black malt and roasty earthy black coffee, coffee grounds and boozey maple syrup. Some toasted oak too.

Palate is much richer, silkier and wider than the nose indicates. Rich caramelizing sugar, heavily toasted oak, dark amber maple syrup, rolled oats, lightly roasted coffee beans, dried berries and dense fruits like dates or figs. Nice hop bitterness in there that gives this brew lots of fine edges.

Notes: This brew is going to age with the best of them. Super tasty right now but I think it will all slide in nice and tight in about a year - if you can wait that long?... ;-)

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.78/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pitch black pour with a gorgeous two finger dark caramel head with great retention and lacing. The nose is sweet and roasty with hints of dark chocolate, subtle hops, toffee, vanilla, booze, but almost no evidence of maple. The taste is really roasty with more smoke than expected along with hints of espresso, dark chocolate, vanilla, and once again, almost no trace of maple. The mouthfeel is thick and mouth-coating with a bittersweet, somewhat dry finish. Overall this was highly disappointing. I searched and found virtually no maple in this beer. At best, it's an average barrel-aged stout.

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Photo of Bugs318
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a thick tan head of solid retention. The head is actually thick enough that a few droplets of beer splashed atop and remained there, not sinking through! The nose wafts chocolate, some coffee, slight hops, oak-forward vanilla, and nary a trace of the maple. Taste wise, it is similar, starting with a mild smoky ashiness that works before shifting to a dark chocolate fudged like moderate sweetness before a bittersweet chocolate sort of finish with a finally discernible trace of maple and a fair linger of dessert. The body is substantial with moderate carbonation, and a faint (not annoying or cloying) maple forward lip stickiness that lasts. A super treat.

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Photo of billshmeinke
2.83/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Review from notes. Thanks to Bobby/Andrew.

Pitch black. A bit of off white head. 3.5
Nose is minerally chocolate, and maple/honey sweetness. Super minerally (bad water chemistry?). 3
Chocolate, loads of char, maple, minerals. 2.5
Thick and syrupy. Low carbonation. 4
The mineral character is a little much, and kinda ruins it for me. 2.5

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