Vermont Sticky Maple
The Bruery

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #871
Ranked #4,112
4.19 | pDev: 8.11%
The Bruery
California, United States
Vermont Sticky MapleVermont Sticky Maple
Notes: Formerly "Vermont Maple Stout"

We scoured the countryside of the Green Mountain State to find the perfect maple syrup companion to this rich barrel-aged imperial stout. Utilizing maple syrup sourced from our friends at Butternut Mountain Farm in Morrisville, Vermont, this stout is sticky and decadent, with a subtly sweet and big bold mouthfeel.
Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 68
Photo of micada
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2019 16oz can opened cool, poured moderately hard to tulip glass. Nose is sweet maple, some light coffee roast. First sips follow the nose pleasantly. Very full coffee flavor, medium body toasty type, gives it a little bitterness. Hint of maple afterward. Mouthfeel is on the slightly thinner side of full, but good for the style. Warming gives it more creaminess, still loads of coffee and light maple. Alcohol hides all the way. Super smooth drink, perfect as I sit on the back yard watching a little fire dance away on this clear, full moon night.

Second one in...the maple really lingers on the palate. Any bourbon there is very subtle, but complements the maple and coffee well. The high ABV in those 16 oz cans comes to say hello by #2. Most excellent by the fire.

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Photo of maximum12
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big Bruery stout, bourbon barrels, maple syrup. What could go wrong? Is the 16 oz. package too small? Let’s find out.

The pour is six-feet-up-the-colon black. A touch of maple in the nose – that’s it. Surprisingly weak.

Vermont Sticky Maple belies the tradition of booming, overbearing Bruery stouts. Like the nose, maple is the focus here & it IS overbearing – which is awesome. There’s a distant twitter of bourbon & oak, mostly with a mild burn back-throat, but little of either. Chocolate finish. Thick, stickier than a tick on thigh. I’d say this was minimally drinkable, but about 13 oz. vanished when I wasn’t looking. So I guess I’m wrong.

Expecting big things, instead I received a great maple syrup without beer backing. Tasty, but not the full girlfriend experience I paid for. Simple, but still very good.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Decadent stout pour into stout glass. Foamy brown head and luscious body.
Nose is maple syrup, authentic. Some coffee, fig and alcohol.
Taste embodies much of what ease smelled here, maple, brown sugar, slight lactose and fall spice hints, underlying coffee to round it off. After some warming I pick up some semi-sweet black licorice.
Feel is thick, chewy, sticky.
Dessert beer territory, but this isn’t as sweet as many other stouts north of 11% I’ve tried. Tasty and well-crafted, this tall can is worth the 10 bucks, a bargain as far as I’m concerned considering their bottled tags.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice rich black color with a tan head on top. The smell is of boozy maple syrup. The taste is sweet but not disgustingly sweet. Good flavors of wood subtle vanilla. The feel is silky smooth and finishes dry. Overall an outstanding beer.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.51/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter glass form the bottle.

Appearance: Thin black body with medium to heavy bubbles creating a tan head rising a nudge over one finger's length off the body.

Smell: Light pancake aroma, very light and as i light the beer warm up you would think it would become a touch more potent but seriously does not stay with you.

Taste: Sweet and complex maple syrup and if there is any whiskey aging it it completely gone. I taste pancake syrup at best and very different than traditional maple aged beers I've had. Personally touch too sweet for my palates.

Mouth: Sticky body but might overwhelm some people even myself. Medium carbonation with a full body.

Overall: This beer reminds me something I had a few months ago which I loved, the problem is this beer feels more like corn syrup versus maple syrup and a lacking of bourbon and body of what the beer started off as. Good from far but far from good. Salud!

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Photo of vikingpillager
3.02/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Unfortunately I have not had great success with Bruery. I was hoping for a different result this time, and honestly it came close. This beer tastes great and almost is on par with some of my favorite BA maple stouts, but only if you hold your nose. Otherwise it smells like decaying copper pennies, like it's gone bad, although we split a recent can. Both of us poured it down the drain as we could not get past the smell.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours black with a creamy tan brown foam head. Smells slightly fruity, sweet and mapley, roasty with butterscotch maple syrup notes, bourbon, slight vanilla, oak, dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, with a hint of dark red fruit. Tastes sweet and mapley with notes of maple pancake syrup, butterscotch, caramel, dark toffee, dark chocolate, marshmallowy vanilla, oak barrel, bourbon, with some dried dark red fruit. Feels medium bodied, smooth and slick with moderate low carbonation. Overall a nice bourbon barrel aged imperial stout with maple syrup.

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Photo of superspak
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can into snifter, canned on 8/14/2019. Pours dense pitch black color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky tan head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, maple syrup, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, wood, roasted nuts, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, butterscotch, coffee, licorice, molasses, raisin, prune, cherry, fig, date, smoke, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Minimal booze in the aromas as it warms. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts, maple syrup, light-moderate bourbon barrels, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with big strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, maple syrup, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, wood, roasted nuts, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, butterscotch, coffee, licorice, molasses, raisin, prune, cherry, fig, date, smoke, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Very minimal bitterness or bourbon/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, maple syrup, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, wood, roasted nuts, dark/brown bread, coconut, butterscotch, coffee, licorice, molasses, dark fruit, smoke, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, maple syrup, light-moderate bourbon barrels, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a decent roasted bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying sweetness on the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and super full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety, and fairly slick/syrupy mouthfeel that is fantastic. Minimal sticky/chalky/tannic notes. Mild increasing warmth of 11.3%, with no lingering barrel booze after the finish. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged flavored barrel aged imperial stout. All around amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, maple syrup, light-moderate bourbon barrels, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV, with the minimally bitter/drying finish; amazingly soft/silky feel for the ABV. Perfectly balanced super rich malts, and maple syrup; with solid bourbon barrel presence/integration. Light fruity yeast and earthy hops. Not overly sweet/heavy from lingering dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing top tier quality style example. I think this is what Black Tuesday should be. Super rich without the rough/tannic booze notes from the ABV/barrels. Not overwhelming on any aspect.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 16oz can into a tulip.

Appearance: entirely black with a thick finger of frothy brown foam atop. Very handsome indeed.

Smell: very sweet indeed. Plenty of maple comes through, along with little hints of chocolate and roast. I like it, but it's more "maple" than "stout".

Taste: sticky, boozy, sweet. Basically, what you expect from an American Imperial Stout. And American it is -- the maple really underlines its new-world nature. And it is good, especially for a dessert beer -- but it lacks complexity. So, tasty, but not as great as it might be.

Mouthfeel: big body with a moderate carbonation and underwhelming creaminess, considering its heft.

Overall: this is a dessert beer. It is in no way "crushable". But it is definitely a tasty treat, experienced in moderation.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Released 8/9/19; drank 9/18/19 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice dark khaki head; minimal lace.

Maple syrup, booze heat & dark roast coffee bean notes in the nose.

Thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Maple syrup & booze heat flavors up front; dark roast coffee bean & faint milk chocolate notes on the finish.

Bold, certainly, but boozy & a bit unbalanced (aka too sweet). It's pretty good, but far from great.

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Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a tallboy can to a pint glass. Had a dark brown / black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a half inch of tan-colored, creamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Not a whole lot of lacing, though.

S: A sweet and enticing aroma of maple syrup, chocolate, malt, bourbon, wood, and vanilla.

T: Tasted of a good shot of bourbon (and its accompanying barrel), a decent amount of chocolate (a subtle factor), a tinge of vanilla (somewhat fleeting), lots of maple syrup (a big component), and some malt (present throughout). A sweet maple syrup bomb that gets better as you go along. Pretty tasty.

S: An average amount of carbonation with a thick, syrupy finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: A totally enjoyable stout. Drinkable.

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Photo of lucius10
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Salty-sweet, chocolate syrup aromatics on this one! This bad boy is thick and heavy on the palate...almost tongue-coatingly so. It has a taste of lightly salted, maple syrup and cacao/dark chocolate. It lingers on the back of the throat with a faint hint of booziness when chilled. It starts to bring the heat when it starts to warm, though! Noticeable booziness as it warms on the finish, starts to prevent the full appreciation of the maple syrup...and thus, turns into a boozy/dark chocolate finish. Although, this could be the result of being 11.3% ABV.

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Photo of IKR
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark brown, bordering on black with a medium-sized beige head that gradually faded. A nice looking Imperial Stout

Smell: Moderate maple and Bourbon aromas and mild roasted malt aromas. The nose is good but somewhat subdued.

Taste: The taste profile features Bourbon and maple notes just as the nose suggested. I also pick up some mild roasted malt notes and mild oak woodiness. The beer has a restrained alcohol presence for the listed 11.3% ABV.

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation. The body is not overly thick but not thin in the least.

Overall: A good Imperial Stout. The maple while not overt makes itself known in the flavor profile and the comprehensive taste profile is very approachable.

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Photo of teromous
3.27/5  rDev -22%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The dotted marking on the bottom of the can is over the top of the edge: "B 8 8 5 2 PKG 07/23/19 13:16:16"

Appearance: The beer has a black body and a large khaki head that is creamy textured. Good retention and lacing.

Aroma: The beer smells a bit like coffee liqueur and there is a touch of chocolate.

Taste: Toffee comes into the forefront which is shortly joined by maple syrup and vanilla. It tastes a lot like a pancake topping at first, with a ton of sweetness. The sweetness is nice but there isn't much else to the beer.

Mouthfeel: As the namesake suggests this is a very sticky beer that adheres to both the roof of the mouth and the lips of the drinker. It feels thick but the smoothness of the beer is hampered by both the alcohol presence and the sticky characteristics of the beer. It's a bit like alcoholic fly paper.

Overall: The beer feels overly sweet, relying heavily on the maple syrup flavor to carry the weight of the beer. The malt and hop flavors are largely absent. The can states that this is an "IMPERIAL STOUT AGED IN BOURBON BARRELS WITH MAPLE SYRUP AND NATURAL FLAVORS ADDED." It doesn't appear to state what the natural flavors are. The drinking experience of the beer is a bit of a chore given how textured and gummy it is. I am not likely to drink it again but it has enough flavor to keep it enjoyable for a first time experience. I don't recommend it unless you are looking for something overly sweet that is only trying to win you over through sweetness.

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Photo of Lucular
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

5 oz pour on tap. Pours nearly pitch black with a moderate tan head. Aroma is sweet maple and bourbon with dark roasted malts and the taste is similar but less strong. Mouthfeel is decent but slightly harsh and thin. Overall a nice but not-quite-amazing dessert stout.

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Photo of Furlinator
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We scoured the hills of the green mountain state to find the perfect maple syrup to complement this barrel-aged imperial stout. Sticky and decadent, with a subtly sweet and big, bold mouthfeel.

Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels with Maple Syrup.

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Photo of pants678
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Dark dark brown with plenty of head.

Nailed pancake batter and Maple syrup.

Sweetness mixes well but might need a touch of smoked malt. Good Morning is on an unfair pedestal in my memory, this is quite obviously missing that roast/char of coffee. Chocolate doesn't come through, maybe for the best. Some bourbon tires it together.

Thankfully not a diabetes sugar rush beer.

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Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 68 ratings