Marheb (2899) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Loin d’être une expérience désagréable, elle a cependant pas le panache des meilleures imp stout. L’érable est vaguement perceptible et le reste est assez linéaire, bon sans plus. Unidimensionnel.
weissch (5) - Mamaroneck, New York, USA - FEB 17, 2013 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dip-de-dip-dip-WOW! Sampled on draft at Applebee’s in the ruins of Constantinople. This was far and away the best "brauskie" we made the acquaintance of that fateful night, although the 1843 Närke Kaggen Stormaktsporter and 3046 vintage Three Floyds Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout (Bourbon Barrel Aged) were a close 2nd and 3rd. Close, but no cigarillo, heh heh heh.
The only way to describe the gustative qualities of this explicit adult beverage is through referencing the maltjuices which indubitably inspired said maltjuice. Namely, the Aguila del Sur Premium Negra, the Original Ritterguts Gose, and the Cigar City 110K+OT Batch #1 Der Rauch Gott. Gose, but no Cigar (City), heh heh heh. Get it? No, you don’t get it.
There are many ways I could describe the taste of the Lawson’s Finest Fayston. However, there even more ways I can NOT describe the taste. Please allow me to list a few. This beer does not taste like stale fireworks, Crispix, used K-Cups, Copenhagen, billboards, Crispus Attucks, or 60 watt lightbulbs. The smell, on the other hand, is quite easily defined. Whiffs of 75 watt lightbulbs, burnt parchment, severed limbs, attics, April 2nd, 2008, Crispix Attics, and chinook hops. Heh heh heh.
I’m going to be honest with you, immediately after consuming this beer, I rushed to the hospital and begged them to give me a vasectomy. The operation was a massive failure, in that I impregnated the doctor -- who was, in fact, of the male persuasion. Go figure ;-) 3 months later, Dr. Brett Knightly and I gave birth to a beautiful pair of siamese twins, one of whom was stillborn. After severing the straggler, we lovingly named the surviving twin Crispus Attucks. He later attacked us with a box of Crispix he found in the attic. Heh heh heh. Yes? No, I think not.
The mouthfeel: silky, slutty, stillborny, grayscale, bloody, surely, secretive, and fuckin’ great.
jcartamdg (2356) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a thick dark black with a dark brown head. Aroma of bittersweet chocolate, molasses and roast. Taste is bittersweet, chocolate and roast with slight sweetness. Coffee and hops in the finish. Very chewy. Complex impy stout with a little sweetness from the maple. I love this one.
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dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber shared with friends. Dark thick pour, good carbonation. Aroma has subtle hints of maple, chocolate and coffee bean. While this is a good imperial stout I was hoping the maple would be a little more prominent.
Hair6a11 (1423) - Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle; Pour is murky brown with an average fine bubbled khaki head in this glass. Retention is average / above average, with some light lacing present. The nose on this one is chocolate, roast, espresso, and a thin line of maple syrup. The flavor profile begins with chocolate, coffee bean, and moving into a more surprising smoked element, with a hop bitterness lingering near the finish. Its a touch thin - this is a good / Not / great, imperial stout.
mnoud (293) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012.12.24 - 750ml bottle in pint glass. Just returned from a trip to Vermont with a few bottles of this obtained at the Warren Store. Pours dark and opaque. Little to no head, just a thin layer of foam. Aroma is pretty neutral, no real roasty/chocolate aroma as expected, and though there is a bit of sweetness in the aroma it too is less than expected. First taste follows the nose, fairly neutral and only revealing a bit of roastiness and sweetness on the back end. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth and velvety, not too thick. Little carbonation. Early in my impression is good; well done stout but not as "Vermont MAPLE" as expected or hoped. After a bit as it's warmed up and my palate has adjusted it becomes more balanced and what you'd expect - basically mild sweetness enveloping and following a mild roast stout flavor. Good stuff.
Ibrew2or3 (7361) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big thanks for dak for opening this series of Imperial Stouts at the Annual Black Friday tasting. It pours inky darkness with a minimal tan colored head of foam. The aroma offers up dark roasted malts, burnt toffee sweetness and dark roasted coffee notes. The taste is rich and kind of thin with dark roasted malts, some mild roasted malt astringency and heading into dark roasted coffee. Nice brew with firm strong notes but is seems to lack the richness that defines the higher rated brews of this particular style.
Steasy66 (1053) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Almost black with tiny tan head. Smells portery. Taste is roasty and acidic, again very portery. Not a fan.
AdamJackson (3432) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I’ve had this many times locally on Tap and various bottles of vintages. This is the 2012 fresh batch. 750ml, paid $15 at the farmers market. Thanks Sean. Enjoyed at 60 degrees F. 2 finger head that fades fast. Pitch black. Smells of maple sap and honey. Brown sugars and chocolate malts. Hint of smokiness. Taste is sweet up front. Makes my tongue tingle. Middle is a malt bomb and the finish is bakers chocolate and maple. Heavy body.
johnnnniee (2730) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared by mixylplik3, thanks for the opportunity Matt!
Pours an inky black color with a smallish tan head that dissipates rather quickly. Smells of caramel, chocolate, brown sugar, maple, and a hint of earthy hops. The flavor follows the aroma and is incredibly smooth. Sweet maple and brown sugar play nicely with chocolate coffee and roast against a hint of earth and a touch of alcohol. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet sugary mouthfeel. This is a great beer, nicely balanced, smooth and quite tasty.