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

Maple Barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial StoutMaple Barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
93.4%
Liked This Beer
4.31 w/ 303 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:
#790
Reviews:
68
Ratings:
303
Liked:
283
Avg:
4.31/5
pDev:
9.05%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
650
Gots:
57
Trade:
5
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Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -7.2%

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 Slatetank
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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 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 orangesol
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PA-Michigander
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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 dfhhead25
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of BMart
4/5  rDev -7.2%

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 InspectorBob
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of chippo33
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of imperialking
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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 mklisz
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of IrishColonial
3.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Lare453
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev -7.2%

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 Eziel
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maple Barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout from Lawson's Finest Liquids
Beer rating: 93.4% out of 100 with 303 ratings
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