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I am a huge fan of Lawson’s Finest Liquids (Warren, Vermont) as this brewery is a very small outfit with a brewer/owner who does not want to expand nor distribute outside very selected markets around Warren. This brewery makes some of the very best beers using the finest quality ingredients available. This year already I was able to land THREE bottles!
Finest Fayston Maple Imperial Stout
10% ABV. Pours real black with a thin ring of tan head. Nose is super roasty, with charcoal and tar notes, ashy and dry with a bit of sharp heat. Taste is a bit of ashy charcoal, really smooth and roasty with sweet honey notes. Transitions into a real smooth roast that lasts through the finish. Big, thick, and smooth carbonation. Much drier and toastier than I expected, and I didn’t pick up any maple on this at all which was a mild disappointment. I definitely want to try the barrel aged version of this if at all possible!
6.5% ABV. Pours a dark gold color with a thick fluffy head on top. Good lacing. The aroma shows a combination of pine, biscuit malt, and quite a bit of grapefruit. This is just a flat out tasty IPA. There’s a light toasted caramel and cookie malt backing for support while still allowing the hop to shine. This is oily and bitter with pine and grapefruit hop flavors. It gets rather dry in the finish with some sharp bitterness on the backend. This was my favorite of the three here; and I got chinooker’d with this! 😉
Triple Play IPA
7% ABV. Brewed and dry hopped with Citra, Simcoe, and Centennial. Pours clear gold with a fine, creamy foam head. Pine and lightly toasted bready malts on the nose. Light to medium sweet flavor, some toasty grass, bread, mellow orange, citrus peel. Medium bodied with fine, massaging carbonation throughout. Lightly resinous finish, some toasty grass, pine, dry toasty pale malts, orange, hints of grapefruit. Overall, a decent IPA with some let down probably due to the fact I was spoiled by the Chinooker’d and Double Sunshine (which I tried last year and my favorite IPA from the brewery).