1. Don't miss our 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers this May 30 & 31 in Boston, MA! Buy your tickets now!
  2. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Sticky Ale - Lawson's Finest Liquids

Sticky Ale
No picture uploaded.
Have one? Upload it now.
very good

56 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 56
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%

Brewed by:
Lawson's Finest Liquids visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beauty was created by filling two oak barrels with Lawson's Finest Maple Nipple Ale that had previously held a Maple Bourbon from Saxton's River Distillery in Brattleboro, VT. We patiently waited a year, then blended the oak-aged beer with a small portion of fresh beer. The result is Sticky.

(Beer added by: ScotNH on 12-22-2013)
View: Beers (48) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers
Ratings: 56 | Reviews: 8 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of dar482

New York

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a reddish brown.

The aroma is as advertised. It has sweet bourbon, maple syrup, dark caramel sweetness, some oak.

The flavor follows with everything as the aroma. There’s bourbon, maple syrup, that sugary caramel throughout along with some oak on the finish.

The beer is smooth, although slightly light on the mouthfeel. It’s missing some complexities and sweetness, but still a really well crafted brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 04:58:57 | More by dar482
Photo of rjp217


4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at the Farmers Market, bottled Dec 2013 and poured into my Lawsons tulip....

A - Light brown in color, nice head and decent amount of lace

S - Good maple and bourbon combination, molasses, bread, milk

T - Much of the same as the nose. The bourbon is upfront and followed with a nice maple finish

M - Thin feel, exceptionally smooth

O - Very good beer. A tad thin but a good maple and bourbon mix. It's also remarkably smooth and the ABV is well hidden

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 00:15:31 | More by rjp217
Photo of BoldRulerVermont


4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Pro Pig snifter.
Pours a nice medium to dark amber with minimal head that dissipates.
Smells nice! Sweet maple, some bourbon and roasted malts.
Taste is delicious. More maple flavor, but not too sweet. Nice hints of bourbon, not too much.
Very drinkable and delicious.
Mouthfeel was cleaner than I was thinking. Not crisp by any means but not a sugary mess.
Overall, this was a very flavorful beer that showcased maple and bourbon flavors in union.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 02:38:06 | More by BoldRulerVermont
Photo of Rifugium


3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Prohibition Pig cervoise. Deep brown color with a creamy tan head that retained well, lacing the glass. Aroma of caramel and maple syrup, almost barleywine-ish, bready yeast. Lots of barrel in the taste, maple sap, bready malts, herbal notes, fairly boozy with the yeast-flashed maple lending a neutral alcohol flavor, and a background smooth bourbon taste, vanilla and hints of coconut. The bourbon came out more as the beer came up to room temperature. Medium body, slick mouthfeel, very nice overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 22:08:19 | More by Rifugium
Photo of Hendry


4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber in color, little to no head and not expected, average lacing.

Aroma is spiced maple syrup and a slight hint of bourbon.

Flavor matches the subtle aroma, this is a beautifully crafted BBA version of the original Maple Nipple Ale. Sean Lawson knows how to utilize maple syrup infused flavors, and Sticky is another shining example.

Mouthfeel is medium and creamy, appropriate level of carbonation thanks to the fresh ale being added back in.

Big fan of Lawson's ales and maple specialty beers, Sticky is another winner.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 00:56:59 | More by Hendry
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul.

The beer is amber hued with a small, off-white head. Lots of booze in the aroma. Bourbon, oak, maple syrup, malt. The flavor brings ample maple character. Again, lots of booze presence. Sweet and indeed sticky on the palate. Aptly named. Another beer that is best in small samples.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 05:02:10 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of TWStandley


4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

Appeared a brown/amber color with a 1 finger off white head. Slightly see through but only when held to the light.

Smell was mild - definite sweet maple smell with a bit of belgian candy sugar.

Taste was fantastic. Slightly sweet, slightly bitter, and slightly funky. Definite maple taste but not overpowering like fake maple syrup, more of a subtle maple.

Body was nice, not too thick, not too thin. Alcohol was barely noticeable.

Overall a solid offering. Not over-the-top at all which was nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2014 20:36:01 | More by TWStandley
Photo of jaasen64


3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into Lawson's tulip.

A- Pours a dark slightly translucent amber with a half-finger of white head that leaves some light clingy lacing, nice moderate amount of carbonation that has a very nice consistency.

S- Light maple, yeast, malts, oak, hint of booze. Nice barrel characteristics add to the base beer and definitely improves upon Maple Nipple, I like the extra maple and integrated oak.

T- Nice maple characteristics balance nicely with a typical ale backbone, a definite oak presence comes out from the barrel-aging that blends nicely with slightly yeast tasting ale malt presence. Nice balance, tasty, don't have a problem finishing the glass.

M- Medium bodied- maybe a bit light for a 9% barrel-aged beer, nice carbonation that isn't overpowering, very drinkable.

O- Sticky Ale is far from my favorite Lawson's offering, however it is a nice barrel-aged variation on a fairly mediocre base beer. It's not quite as good as the Fayston beers or Mapple Tripple, but it is a nice lighter and much cheaper alternative that makes nice use out of maple liquor barrels. Not something that I would want to drink all the time but it's definitely worth the try and I'm glad Lawson's experimented in making this. As for aging I don't think it will improve much but might be worth experimenting with.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 01:27:36 | More by jaasen64
Sticky Ale from Lawson's Finest Liquids
89 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.