Sticky McDoogle - Ale Asylum

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very good

103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 8
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 03-25-2007

This traditional Scotch ale is full-bodied with an earthy aroma. It has a smooth malt presence, with just the right touch of hops for a balanced, clean finish.
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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Nose: malt spice, bread, a hint of molasses
Pours slightly hazy deep garnet amber with a 1/2" foam collar that slowly dissipates producing intricate lacing.
Palate: Sweet malt flavors with dark sugars somewhere between dark caramel and molasses, fresh bread crust, a hint of plum.
Medium full body, medium low carbonation.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a dimple mug)
A- The dense glowing brown body has a lumpy, bubbly tan head that sticks to the glass a bit.

S- The fruity note leads to light toasted malt notes in the finish.

T- The fruity quality leads to a malt flavor that has notes of dry toasted biscuit malt and perhaps some ester notes that might be a slight stale quality. The finish has a slight clove spice to it with a pungent hop hint that lingers.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a bit of a flat texture on the tongue and no alcohol heat.

O- The odd fruity flavors and the lack of luscious malt makes this a bit drab and lifeless.

Photo of cokes
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep muddled amber-brown, with scarlet glints. The head is beige and short, but, of course, sticky.
A strong maltiness assaults the nose, full of caramel, nougat, black cherry, and pineapple. Hops add a surprising amount, and even more surprising are congruent with candied orange, black tea, and dried pine bark. Alcohol come forward on deeper inhalations with a sense of spiced rum.
Enters into the mouth with a sweet caramel and brown sugar bath. It binds to the teeth, but never cloys up as a procession of fruit arrive next, all still covered in sugar and caramel. Grilled pineapple, pear, blood oranges, and cherries. Turns a bit nuttier in the middle with almonds and walnuts. Hops enter and add citric pith and pinesap flavors, and a lingering herbal bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden with only trace rummy or vinic traits (I've seen it listed between 7.5-8%), and comes out more as a tickle than a punch.
Medium-full through the mouth, with an inherent stickiness offset with enough carbonation to cut through and propel additional swigs.
I really like this. The Scotch tag is a bit of a bug-a-boo, as this seems much more of a big, malty amber ale (as opposed to their big, hoppy Ambergeddon) than anything truly Scottish in origin. No smoke, no deep earthiness, in fact, it's almost brighter than it is dank. But I'll give it leeway, because it deserves it.

Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery.OK for the style, which I rarely like in any case. Mild scotch flavour,mostly a caramel malt experience, with some brown sugar, a little sugary plum fruit. boozy. Brown colour and a bit of lace. Well carbonated, served at the right temperature.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy chestnut body. Seemingly unfiltered. Thin head of creamy white. The nose is malty with some almost-scorched brown sugar, generic fruitiness (but with a citrus edge), and grassy hops. The flavor is solid, expressing caramelish malt, some yeasty fruitiness, and a spritz of alcohol. It has a median bitterness, and it finishes drying but not sweet, with lingering somewhat-citrusy fruit and mild grassy hops.

Photo of dirtylou
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle - a few months old at least

consumed in the dungeon, while reading

appearance: served in an unmarked chalice - really a nice looking beverage...murky cola-amber-mahogany body, creamy beige lace with nice retention

smell: very earthy - nutty. sweet caramel, toffee, and light hints of alcohol

taste: an enjoyable scotch - alcohol is a little warm for only being 7.2% but i'm fine with that. there is a nice buttery toffee flavor with a very earthy/nutty finish.

mouthfeel: alcohol is a little warm, finishes a little flat

drinkability: pretty nice

Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy deeper amber (plenty of yeast floaties can be seen), with 2 rigid fingers of light caramel colored foamy head. Both the retention and lacing maintain a rich and frothy look to it during the duration of the glass. The aroma is has a big nose of spice and bready malts on it, mixing with citrus character (I'm getting maybe a touch of some darker fruit as well) and a leafy floral feel. This was very fresh and pleasant in the nose for a Scotch Ale.

The taste has a bit of sugar cookie thing going on with it, with plenty of bread & toffee mixing with tangy citrus and a surprisingly strong dose of earthy and spicy bitterness, which stretches past the finish for a dry feel and a tiny bit of leftover sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fuller creamy feel in the mouth. Despite some heft here, the bigger ABV is well hidden.

Not usually my favorite style, this Scotch Ale kicked things up with a rather assertive hop profile that really freshened this up nicely. A bit unique and quite tasty, I dug it.

Photo of wspscott
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass
(no date but I got this last August before the Great Taste in Madison so at least 6 months)

A: Pours a dark caramel color with a thin off-white head. It is hazy with what appears to be some yeast suspended like it was bottle conditioned.
S: On the sweet side, caramel, a little diacetyl, a little english yeast fruitiness.
T: Caramel, some light fruitiness, a hint of hops. I would like a little more "richness" for the style. No hint of diacetyl in the taste.
M: Low level of carbonation, a little over-attenuated for the style, I would like a little more "chewiness".
D: A nice Scotch ale, but not one of the best. Definitely worth trying. Easy to drink, no hint of alcohol, a solid intro to the style.

Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single from Trixie's in Madison. Served in a fluted tulip glass, closest i've got to a thistle glass....

Ruddy copper red, sticky lace, clusters of bubbles around the sides.

Peat! Finally a Scotch Ale with peat-smoked malt. Sweet apple and smoldering hardwoods. Fall leaves and dried plums. Sticky on the lips but not sweet. Dry and woody, light specialty grain breadiness and estery dried fruit notes from the yeast. Very cohesive and balanced, thankfully not too sweet at all. This is really tasty, and I won't pass it up in the future...

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle split and poured into a nonic.
No date or info.

A - Slightly cloudy rusty orange-amber in color, Sticky is topped by a light khaki head. Low size but good retention and sticky lace.

S - Awesome-smelling amber malt aroma with smoky hints and a great toasty caramelization. Toffee pokes out to my delight! Earthy tones overall with a light hop balance finish out.

T - Very earthy, toasted amber with toffee and caramelized malt. Subtle earthy hops add to the flavor and balance nicely.

M - Thinner than I expected, the low malt presence in the mouth feel is medium-bodied and dry with an earthy hop finish.

O - Definitely drinkable, more-so than others of the style which is good but the awesome aroma falls away just a bit.

Photo of blackie
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: piraat snifter, deep amber with some reddish-orange hues, tight little head recedes to a thin layer

s: medium toffee malts with glimpses of carob, candied grain, some peat, butter and brown sugar coated nuts, mild papery citrus hops, a pleasant scotch aroma and while it's a bit standard it is pretty by the book

m: carbonation on the low side and a medium body that dries up quickly - you just start to feel the slick barley sugars and it's suddenly gone

t: delicious toffee malts and the accompanying buttery dark fruits end all too abruptly and transition to dried citrus peel and a mild-moderate bitterness, flavors of nutshell linger, good start with a disappointingly quick finish

d: just fine, a really nice scotch despite what are in the end only minor shortcomings

single from Riley's in Madison, foamed back to VA

Photo of FreshHawk
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly hazed amber brown color with a small to average sized, light, bubbly, thinish, off-white head. Average retention leaving a faint ring of lace.

S - Sweet and lacking spice for the style. Plenty of caramel, bready malt. Brown sugar with hints of dark fruit.

T - Not much spice in the taste either. Loads of caramel and bready malt with brown sugar. Reminds me of a shortbread or gingerbread (sans ginger). Touches of raisin and hints of cinnamon and clove. Some sweet nuttiness.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Slick, oily feel with a wet finish.

D - Sweet without the spice of the style to balance it out. Not cloying and finishes fairly clean. I finished my glass fairly easily, but wasn't necessarily craving more.

Notes: Sweet but not spiced (it could use some). A bit odd for the style. Not bad, but different. Kind of a liquid cookie dough. Decent but nothing worth searching for.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep brown with a fairly dark tan head and a tiny bit of lacig on the way down. Nose brigs caramelized malt alot with some brown sugar and a bit of dark fruit. Unpleasantly, there is some diacety present, and it is even more amplified in the taste. Taste is buttery caramel with some sweetness. Mouthfeel is a bit light for the style. Drinkability is really affected by the buttery components.

Photo of sweemzander
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for sharing!

(A)- Pours a nice amber color. Nice cap of tan foam. Decent retention. Some lace.

(S)- Has a good mellow nutty roasted caramel and vanilla aromas.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A nice rustic nutty/ caramelized profile. Bits of vanilla.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level. Decent balance. A bit thin on feel; was expecting something a bit more considering the style.

(D)- Not bad. Certainly an easy drinking/easier on the palate representation.

Photo of aggiearcher13
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Jordan's Big Ten yesterday

A: Murky, lots of yeast in this one, keg must have been stirred up a bit. But it's a nice dark brown, a good looking beer. About a half inch of tan head on it.

S: Malty, roastier than I was anticipating. Some caramel and fruit.

T: Kind of a grainy taste, very malty, pleasant. It seemed a little dry to me, which kept the finish light but I like the scotch ales a tad sweeter.

M: Over carbonated is the first thought that comes to mind. I wonder how this beer would be on cask. Medium body.

D: A little better than most. It's a solid enough beer. Good flavor, I just don't see myself as having more than one.

Photo of martyl1000
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

That's it. I've had it with regular-strength Scotch Ales. I love Strong Scotch Ales (8% and up). And I love the flavor profiles, the sweet, the malty. And I've tried a bunch of them, this one certainly among the more memorable. But I guess I just don't love the basic style. This one and Warped Speed are tasty enough. I wouldn't be unhappy if either one were all I could get my hands on for a night. Sticky McDoogle is a handsome looking pour, for sure. Pretty nice malty aroma. But I just won't find myself buying any more of it (though I'd like to try it on tap).

Photo of Schwarz
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Capital brewery pint glass.

Thick, medium caramel colored head about 1.5 inches tall left some solid lacing on the glass. The smell follows suit with caramel, malt, and a sweet fruit edge. The taste is rich and satisfying, and the beer feels hefty but not overwhelming in the mouth. I loved this beer, it's one of my new favorites from the Ale Asylum.

Photo of EricCioe
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had at a scotch ale blind tasting with Adam H and RWNewhouse.

This pours ruby with a sandy, creamy head on top leaving decent lace. On the nose there is an immediate hit of chocolate malt to go along with some caramel. Further back there is a significant hop presence, piney, not necessarily to style guidelines but in this case it seems beneficial. In the mouth the hops drop away and the chocolate malt comes out most, a good deal sweeter than many of the other beers, and lacking in the fruity esters that all the others have to one degree or another. To me this is a plus. The finish is long with a medium body.

Overall, this was the best beer for two of us, and second best for the third person. This was definitely the one to stand out most in taste and especially aroma. It's not a by the book scotch ale but to me it's a welcome variation.

Photo of adman08
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly light colored compared to some of the scotch ales I've had. It's a reddish copper color, I look for more of a dark deep brown.
S: Slightly smokey with good malt aroma.
T: Too hoppy for a scotch ale. It gets better as the beer warms in the glass but I'd like more malt sweetness and less hop flavor. It may just be a different hop variety than some scotch ales.
M: A little thin and slightly watery. Could be much more malty.
Overall: Not a bad beer, just not what I'm used to for a scotch ale. I'd like it to be more malty. I'm really looking forward to some other ale asylum seasonals though!

Photo of emmasdad
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of two scotch ales we shared last Saturday night, and by far the better of the two.

Poured a reddish-amber color with a little beige head. Aromas of caramel, sweet malt and dark fruit. Medium bodied with flavors of caramel, toffee and sweet malt.

Photo of homebrew311
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into tulip glass. Appearance is deep amber with nice clarity. Minimal head forms upon pour, leaves little lacing behind. The nose is relatively mild and has notes of caramel and dark fruit sweetness. The taste is very sweet with notes of grapes, caramel, and figs. A little bit of grainy quality comes in at the end. The body seems thin for the flavor and the style. Carbonation is low. Overall, this is a very sweet scotch ale.

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Pours a hazy coppery-amber with a single finger of sandy-tan head which quickly dissipates. Would have liked a bit more of a foamer, but we can't always get what we want.
S. Candied toffee-coated plums over a nice meaty sweet malt with an unfortunate tinge of diacetyl.
T. Mostly follows the nose. Starts with sweet buttered toffee (maybe the diacetyl is on purpose?) and turns into a raisin pudding flavor at the end of the sip. Surprisingly, a dash of hops shows up in the flavor that was absent from the nose for me.
M. It needs a bit more body to anchor everything IMHO. Just not quite "chewy" enough.

The buttery notes have me scratching my head in confusion, I can't tell if they are intentional or accidental. For what it is worth, I would prefer less of the butter flavor, but that's just my own preference speaking.

Photo of seeswo
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent red-brown with a finger of tan head. Doesn't give off a whole lot in the nose (even after a good thrashing), just a touch of that characteristic smokey scotch ale malts. Taste is kind of like a really buttery, lightly flavored scotch ale. Flavored like the nose, the high carbonation and butteriness stands out more than the dusting of that slightly-smoky, malty scotch ale flavor. Real so/so. The carbonation is upon you in the mouth right away, but is tempered by the buttery (I keep using that word, but I don't know what else to call it) mouthfeel. I find this to be very drinkable, though I am burping a lot :)

Photo of uwmgdman
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful dark red with a fair amount of haze. The head is off-white with great lacing. The aroma is intensely malty and rather sweet, lots of caramel and some raisin. The flavor is highly malty, moderately sweet with hints of raisin and nuts. The finish is very smooth and not cloying from just enough hop bitterness and a bit of carbonation. Overall a very tasty scotch ale and another winner by Ale Asylum, pick it up.

Photo of nickapalooza86
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from my brothers trip to Madison this superbowl weekend.

Poured into a Spotted Cow pint glass. Pours a somewhat clear deep amber color.

Smell is somewhat strange for the style but still nice. You get a lot more citrus then I expected. Sweet Malt. Caramel.

Taste is nice, sweet caramal, toffee, nice malts. Also a suprising hop bite that really works right. A nice Citrus presence.

Mouthfeel is sticky and full.

A very nice and different take on a scotch ale. I do not know if you can get it outside of madison. I know that they have a few offerings of their stuff in La Crosse. I wish they would have this here aswell!!!

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Sticky McDoogle from Ale Asylum
86 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.