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Lawson’s Finest Oak Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.82/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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This seasonal specialty is brewed with loads of roasted and black patent malts, almost two gallons of VT maple syrup per barrel, then carefully aged on American Oak! Rich, creamy, opaque. Made for sub-zero nights.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyCraft (3219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2014
bottle from release, this is the newer batch from 2013. pours deep black with medium coffee head that hung around for a minute or so then faded to a lasting ring. Left some lace behind too. Aroma is hazelnut, marzipan, cocoa, and coffee. taste is chocolate, barrel roast, coffee grinds, maple, molasses, and sticky sugars. Finishes with a blackberry or prune flavor. Ultra warming on a snowy night. Very nice full bodied stout from Lawson’s.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrymel (1502) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Thanks to Keef for this surprise snack! I can’t really tell which one this is of the Fayston beers they put out, but this matches the label most closely than others. Bottle says "Oak Aged", but not barrel aged, and does not have a bottle number on it... Pours a dark brown with a finger of mocha foam formation. This falls to leave a mirrored surface. The nose here does not really indicate much maple in my life, there’s a nice malt character here with roasted cocoa beans and certainly an assertive oak detail. The flavors are of toasted, charred wood and rich imperial stout with a little extra molasses and hop character (which I rarely pick up in Impy’s). The body is medium with moderate carb an a semi dry finish. A nice beer, and I would drink again, but I’m not blown away. Never really got the maple character that is mentioned. Serving type: bottle 02-16-2012

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (1440) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown with a moderate tan head. Aroma is extremely heavy on the malts with notes of roasted chocolate, maple syrup and oak. Taste is smooth and more balanced than I expected with notes much like the aroma. Finish is dark roast with a hint of coffee. Viscus, medium carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (15068) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2013
15th July 2012
Opaque black beer, tidy tan head. Light palate, a little crisp and airy. Light minerally dark malt. Malt cream. Mellow oak. Mild toffee maple sweetness underneath. Airy semi dry finish. Good but it needs something more.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikem409 (1482) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Bottle thanks Ernesto. Pours thick black tan head. Aroma of coco and wood. Taste is thick lots of chocolate and roast malt. Decent oak barrel kick some slight cherry

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunnfryd (10532) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 24, 2013
Bottle. Very dark brown colour with a tan head. Aroma is oak, licorice, roasted malt, vanilla, coffee. Flavour is oak, vanilla, licorice, coffee, roasted malt. full body. Very nice beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JulienHuxley (3041) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - JAN 2, 2013
Bottle. Ultra thick, opaque black pour, syrupy but with a creamy brown head. Aroma of wood, lots of oak, maple, roasted grain, burnt. Taste is really roasty, not very sweet at all, a hint of maple. Palate is rather thin (compared to what I was expecting), dry and well attenuated. A nice imperial stout that is quite easy to drink

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Huhzubendah (2511) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Oh yeah! Thanks to yourefragile for the hookup. My vote for Mr. Vermont! The beer is near black with a bubbly tan head. The aroma offers roasted malt and an abundance of oak. A bit of maple syrup makes its way into the flavor, but this is surprisingly less complex and wonderful than I was hoping. That said, this is good stuff. Lots of oak, some roast and subtle chocolate. I would have this again, but wouldn’t trade for it. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 03-31-2012

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (35055) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2012

Bottle 750ml.

Clear dark brown colour with a average, creamy, good lacing, mostly to fully lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, maple syrup. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, chocolate, maple, hard roasted, tart notes. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20121109]

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (6881) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 16, 2012
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 a smooth subtle mix of dark roasted malts, burnt malts and some malt like earthiness. The taste delivers smooth highly roasted maltiness then it moves into muted oak spices. Into the finish the dark roasted malts take on a slight dark roasted coffee sensation. Overall it feels pretty thin for the style.


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