Sticky McDoogle | Ale Asylum

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Sticky McDoogleSticky McDoogle

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Ale Asylum
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by NeroFiddled on 03-25-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 120
Photo of Murphious
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not bad but nothing outstanding. Good aroma, reminds me of sweet tea of all things. Advertised as unfiltered and is barely hazy, red ale color. Head of 1/2in after aggressive pour so not very bubbly and rocky tan head shrinks but does stay thin layer to lace the glass as of 20min. I like malt more than hops so this being malt forward is fine by me. Light to med light mouth feel. Finishes quick---not much after taste. The 7% ABV a surprise, would have thought this was only 6.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, expiration date of 3/18/17. Pours light transparent amber with a below average sized off-white head; some lacing. Smells of sweet/roasted malt, earthy hops, peat, and caramel. The taste follows exactly with bright hops, caramel, sweet/roasted malt, and peat. Light sweetness and bitterness with a hint of dryness. Average body and carbonation. Overall, a very well-rounded Scotch Ale with some added earthy notes.

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Photo of scaliasux
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Light brown with a hint of orange. Short, but persistent, off-white head. Appears hazy.
S - Rich and malty. Sweet bread and toffee.
T - Mainly rich malts. Toast, toffee, raisin, a little smoke.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.43/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of jreindl
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a ruddy brown, with a thick tan head. Good lacing. The aroma is very malt forward, as to be expected. Caramel with hints of chocolate and peat. Some floral/earthy hoppiness. The mouth feel is deceptively light for the amount of malt flavor you get. Very much the same as the aroma, although I do feel there is a bit to much hop presence if you go by the BJCP guidelines. My wife and I love this style and this is great example of the American version of a Caramelized Scottish 80/Wee Heavy. I made a great beef carbonade with the last flat pint in the growler (my wife made me save it for her and never got to it). It's just as good in the bottle.

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Photo of Schwarz
4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a hazed, amber-brown body with light, light tan-hued head.

Smell: Malty notes of toast, brown sugar, nutty-hinted caramel crust mingled with a scant fruitiness, a vague hoppiness.

Taste: Fairly sweet maltiness with a caramel character, nutty accents and touches of toasted bread. Sliver of apple, a modest helping of ripe plum. Low herbal hops, maybe a touch of spice, with little imparted bitterness. Nutty caramel and some warmth from the alcohol coming across on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: A fairly decent beer. It's not going to put in any overtime or work on holidays, but it gets the job done.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a nice looking brown color with a light tan head on top. The smell of the beer was rich with toffee, caramel, smoke and some boozy vanilla. The taste of the beer was rich with sweet malts that finished on a bitter note. The mouthfeel was very smooth with a moderate carbonation to it and a heavier body. Overall this beer was really good in my opinion, One of the best from this brewery that I've had so far.

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Photo of martyl1000
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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).

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Photo of homebrew311
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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...

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Photo of drpimento
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty good beer and close adherence to style. Served at a good temperature with a nice, foamy, light tan head that soon subsided to a ring. Color is a clear orange-brown-honey amber. Aroma is heavy on the malt, some fruit, caramel, vanilla, hint of peat. Flavor's very similar to nose with just enough carbonic tang to balance. Body is full, round, slightly dense and carbonation is perhaps a touch low. Finish is like flavor, long and a little boozy.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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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Photo of BrewerB
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed this one during a stop in Madison, WI.

Pouring into a North Coast Old Rasputin glass. Slightly hazy copper color with a 2 finger light tan, rocky foam that retains itself well and leaves an attractive lacing behind.

Strong presence of sweet, caramel malt in the nose. Also picking up on a cinnamon toasty bread quality along with raisins. Sweet navel orange rind seems out of place.

Rich and prominent maltiness draws its stake in the ground immediately. Plenty of caramel, more modest earthy flavor, and a scant hint of smoke. Toffee. Finishing somewhat sweet with a lingering reminder of the caramel malty flavor.

Full in body with a hefty, chewy thickness. Carbonation is moderate.

One heck of a malt bomb here, it's as rich and barley-heavy as I'd hope for in this style. Great mouthfeel to accompany the caramel sweetness. Would surely drink again.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of adman08
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
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!

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Photo of seeswo
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
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 :)

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

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