Vermont Sticky Maple
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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #582
Ranked #2,405
4.22 | pDev: 7.11%
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.
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fountainofyouth from District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Appearance: With an aggressive pour, gets a huge light brown head. Body is incredibly dark and opaque.

Smell: Not very strong -- some alcohol, maple syrup, and a slightly off character.

Taste: Big, dark, and heavy. Strong roasted character, maple sweetness, bit of alcohol astringency. Only light bourbon flavor.

Feel: Medium body, sugary. Slightly dry finish.

Oct 10, 2020
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sjrider from California

4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can - dark and dirty with short maple head leaving really fine tiny bubble lacing with a swish of the glass. Nose is very mild toasty malt with whiffs of barrel sweetness. Taste ups the sweetness with maple and subtle bourbon notes. Finishes creamy and sweet with a bit of alcohol creep...

Oct 04, 2020
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matcris from Arizona

4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

LOOKS: Black oil, tight carb, small chocolate head, nice lacing. Looks good.
AROMA: Plenty of maple, Bourbon is prominent. Spicy note. Spicy pancakes and syrup.
TASTE: Brown sugar pancakes with bourbon syrup. Delicious.
FEEL: Full body, above average carbonation....yes! Sticky and finishes pretty dry.
OA: Could maybe just up the roast on the malt slightly, otherwise, just fantastic.

Sep 26, 2020
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AlCaponeJunior from Texas

4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fairly crude oil in appearance with a medium brown head.

Aroma and flavor are dominated by maple, with stouty notes and overtones.

The bourbon barrel aspects really accent nicely.

Overall it's nice and tasty, warming and lingers with mapley bourbon.

Sep 21, 2020
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StraightNoChaser from Georgia

4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: very dark, nearly opaque like an imp stout ought to be. Some cola highlights when held to light.
Smell: delicate maple and bourbon.
Taste: ditto. Rich and mellow at the same time. A subtle take and tasty as hell.

Sep 19, 2020
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$ 11.50 (Including discount and shipping)/16 oz can ($ 0.719/oz). From Craftshack, San Diego, CA. Received 8/31/20. Reviewed 9/16/20.
On bottom of can “PKGD 07/20/20”. Stored at home at 42 degrees and served at 50 degrees (per can instructions) in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 56 degrees.
Appearance – 4.5.
First pour – Amber brown (SRM 18), clear.
Body – Black (SRM 40), opaque. When held to direct light, same.
Head – Large (Maximum five cm, aggressive center pour), medium brown (mocha), high density with large rocks, begins fizzy, short retention, diminishing to a three mm crown with large holes and a thin complete cap.
Lacing – None.
Aroma – 4.5 – Maple, maple, maple! No hops, no malt, no yeast.
Flavor – 4.5 – Begins with maple followed by some char and some bitter chocolate. No bourbon up front but definitely present on the aftertaste. No hops, no yeast. No alcohol (11.3 % ABV, as marked on container) taste or aroma, but a gentle gastric warming occurs. No diacetyl or dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 4 – Full-bodies, just short of syrupy, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation 4.5. I’ve been known to drink maple syrup from the container, so I was surprised after the nose that the maple sweetness was toned down in the taste – the bitterness of the chocolate and the char balance it well. The bourbon barrel aging is far from prominent but adds a delicious finish to a great beer.

Sep 16, 2020
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jakecattleco from California

4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can into a goblet glass.

L: Jet black with 2 fingers of mocha head with good retention and left limited mixed lacing.

S: Potent maple, almost too much so. Gives me concern it will be a diabetes-inducing sweet bomb.

T: Much better dimension than the nose. Maple is balanced by barrel attributes, but not quite prominent enough for this to still be slightly sweet. Char and vanilla gain in prominence as it warms but still can't overcome the maple aspect. Though given the one dimensional nose, I'll take it.

F: Low-medium bodied with medium carbonation, slick on the tongue and swallow. Thin for the ABV.

O: I enjoyed the beer, and its not as sweet as it smells. Wish it had a bit more body, and I also wish it was in a 12oz serving rather than 16oz. Luckily I'm having it for dessert, and that's fitting for this beer for my palate and preferences.

Aug 30, 2020
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.18/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 oz. can. Deep brown. Big khaki head. Smells of maple and bourbon. Smells sweet too. Tastes of bourbon, brown sugar, bourbon, and alcohol. Heavy and sweet. Not easy to drink much of. Had about 3 ounces and that was plenty.

Aug 01, 2020
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5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Vermont Sticky Maple is amazing!!!! I knew it would be when I picked up a crowler of it in October, and proceeded to wait until the end of March, following a reorganization of our 'Special Beer Fridge,' to try it. Full body from start to finish, the nose of sweet, sticky maple syrup is incredible, and it is smoo-oo-ooth! So Good! Notably, I have recently drank a number of dark beers from said special beer fridge (at least 15-20+ over the past 2 weeks), and this is one is my take away. This beer is the one I pine after. Please - If this is not already a year round beer, make it one! ...if possible, I understand that the maple syrup may be a seasonal item only. So good. So luscious! Thank you The Bruery, for making this beer!!!!

Apr 01, 2020
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stortore from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 ounce can into a snifter. Had 11/22/19.

Pours a dark brown, thick looking and opaque, with a one inch foamy head and foamy lacing. Aromas of maple, vanilla, chocolate, malt, cocoa, caramel, marshmallow. Flavors of maple, malt, some bourbon, caramel, vanilla, some cocoa. Smooth, a very good full body, well carbonated.

Liked this. The maple is prevalent, but doesn’t dominate, and overall, it’s not overly sweet. Only criticism is that the barrels are too light. Worth a purchase.

Mar 31, 2020
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a snifter from draft at The Vine on November 2 , 2019. Imperial breakfast stout aged in Bourbon barrels with maple syrup. Would go great with pancakes and sausage.

Mar 08, 2020
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clayrock81 from Florida

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a black body with minimal, if any, head and lace. The aroma is basically smelling a bottle of maple syrup. Sticky, heavy body, the malts and booze give enough heat on the finish to keep the beer from being a cloying mess. Overall, a great beer, probably a "dessert" beer as kind of one-note, with a great maple syrup sweetness and a must try (at least once).

Feb 07, 2020
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woemad from Washington

4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can purchased in Spokane at either Nectar or Community Pint for $9.99. According to the stamp on the bottom of the can, this was canned on July 24, 2019.

Poured a midnight black color that made no concession to light even when held up to a lamp. Half-inch of mocha colored head, not bad considering the strength of this bad boy.

Initially the nose was dominated by the maple syrup, with a little bit of vanilla-like oakiness from the bourbon barrel aging. As it warmed, the aroma of the bourbon itself became increasingly noticeable.

Maple again dominates the flavor, but it doesn't run roughshod over it. There's elements of bourbon and vanilla from the barrel-aging and some bittersweet chocolate notes, and a little bit of a nutty taste as well. Slightly nougat-like flavor as well. The maple syrup and bourbon flavors linger on the tongue, afterwards.

Nice, medium-full body and creamy mouthfeel.

Final pour yielded a stalagtite of goo that was difficult to cast asunder! This is a great dessert beer. I'd definitely hit this again after a nice dinner. Hopefully, Bruery tallboys keep making it to my area.

Feb 02, 2020
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ilikebeer03 from Texas

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thick, deep cinnamon head.
Nose is warming bourbon, mixed with rich maple syrup. A touch of coffee.
Taste follows. Rich chocolate, coffee, subtle bourbon upfront, followed by a huge wave of rich, sweet maple syrup. Finishes with fresh roasted coffee, roasted malt.
Thick, creamy body. Low medium carbonation.

Jan 11, 2020
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can. Unreadable date stamping on can.
Black colored body with back lit brown edge. One finger of mocha brown head. Leaves scattered spots of lacing.
Aroma of dark roasted malts and a light maple smell. Behind is some barrel aged character.
Taste is heavily influenced and sweetened by maple syrup. Base stout has dark roasted malts. chocolate, and dark fruits. The barrel character is contributing but arrives late in the profile.
Thicker mouth feel. Very good carbonation. Has a sticky character.
An excellent stout that has a variety and depth of flavors, along with the sweet maple syrup and the dryness of the barrel aging. The sweet maple and the dark fruits lead in the after taste. A very good choice for a dessert beer.

Dec 30, 2019
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Oily blackness below a finger worth of caramel colored crown that doesn’t stick around too long.

The nose brings maple mixing with chocolate, roasty coffee and accent of dark fruit. Slight booze.

The taste is roasty coffee, charred chocolate and vanilla all with a lingering maple syrup behind it.

Warm with the barrel and some slight booze. Syrupy, but not the thickest thing ever. Coats the mouth with sticky sweetness though.

Overall, it’s a pretty good option.

Nov 28, 2019
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Arthur for this can. Cheers!

Bold, black, and beautiful appearance. Clean looking while still sinister. Deep burnt chestnut highlights hug the glass while a silky smooth espresso looking foam rest above.

Wow. This thing is simply oozing with maple syrup. But, there is a wonderful balance of chocolate and vanilla to support with just hints of wood and sweet booze.

The flavor nearly mirrors the aroma. Sweet booze is actually the first thing I taste, almost rum like actually. Syrup, chocolate, vanilla, and just a hint of char before the barrel shines in the finish.

Obviously this is insanely sweet, as intended. But it does have that said bit of char to bring it back a touch. Silky smooth rich feel before a barrel stripping dry boozy finish, a decent warmth, and a sappy film that coats the mouth.

As maple stouts seem to become more and more available, The Bruery delivers quite a goody here. A great offering for fans of the style.

Nov 21, 2019
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emyers from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can poured into a teku glass. 2019 vintage.

Dark brown, very thin lacing.

Nose: Roasted barley and maple. A touch of oak from the barrel.

Taste: Opens and finishes with maple. Sweet overall but manages to stay under control despite the heavy maple focus. Barrel presence is subtle at best - this Is truly all about the maple (which it does extremely well I should add).

Feel: Medium-boded, a touch on the light side given the abv - probably a good thing because if this was too full-bodied one might actually mistake it for maple syrup..

Nov 16, 2019
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


Can to snifter.   H2H with Founders CBS.

Look:  jet Black color, big foamy head, excellent retention, unique lacing as head fades and reforms.

AROMA:  maple with hints of coffee and chocolate

TASTE:  sticky Maple as advertised, Touch of roasted malt or chocolate. There's a bourbon component as well and the high ABV gives it some heat.    A little too sweet, and missing the expected Oak/ Barrel character.

Feel:  full body, like carbonation, not as chewy as expected. Very smooth.

The founders is the superior beer but this is still quality. The main differences I notice are in the depth of flavor in the founders, better oak character, and the additional bitterness from the coffee cuts the sweetness of the maple well. Even though CBS does not directly have maple syrup in the beer, the maple is still the highlight and it remains not too sweet.


Nov 10, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Medium black tone with tan foam head. Lighter bourbon with tons of maple, milk chocolate, oak, vanilla, and lighthearted smoke. Taste also leads with the maple, the chocolate is more fudge and combines with the bourbon form a lovely trifecta for everything else to interact with, has some dark fruit and soil hiding in there in addition to aroma flavors. Feel is sticky, chewy, not overly sweet feeling despite flavors, and sneaky light within the viscosity. Nice stout for autumn. The wife liked it

Nov 06, 2019
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Beersnake1 from California

4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from fridge temp. Pours motor oil black with a good amount of brown head. Nose is MAPLE! Some bourbon, lactose, chocolate, and raisins. Taste is wonderful. Super thick, with big maple notes. Toffee, vanilla, bourbon, lactose, cherries, and milk chocolate. The pinnacle of pastry stouts. Mouthfeel is thick and viscous.

Nov 01, 2019
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Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured from a 16oz can into a rastal tumbler. pours a dark black with a small amount of sandy brown head that fades quickly. smells bourbon, maple syrup, chocolate and toffee, although none of them are dominate or in your face. taste is similar with the maple and toffee flavors being the most dominate. feel is decent. not super thick but not thin either. starts out nice and sits on the tongue real full but finishes a little watery. overall, not bad. i’m glad it’s not over-the-top maple but could have used a little more bourbon notes in the mix.

Oct 27, 2019
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a The Bruery tulip. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque black in the glass with a thin brown head that dissipates to patches with light lacing. Aroma of semi-sweet dark toasted malt, maple, light cocoa and bourbon. Flavor follows, with mildly sweet dark toasted malt, maple, bourbon, light chocolate and nuts. Medium bodied with light creaminess. No surprises here, this is exactly as expected and promised, a maple infused pastry stout with nice bourbon barrel influence. Maple has been a surprisingly consistent great adjunct for stouts and I expected The Bruery to use it well and they did. Flavorful and a bit decadent dessert stout. Nice.

Oct 25, 2019
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jzlyo from Iowa

4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is maple syrup, bourbon and dryish/dark malts. The flavor is caramel, maple/bourbon(cliche), malts/dark malts and a medium sweet/warming/slightly acidic finish.

Oct 20, 2019
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Near black with a garnet hue. Two-and-a-half fingers of soupy, chocolate milk-colored head. Surprisingly strong retention for the ABV. Semi-webbed lacing is also stronger than expected.

Maple shows in the nose with some nice depth to the malt beneath it. Chocolate and light coffee notes are most prevalent in that element, but there’s also a hint of blueberry. I’m getting a touch of cinnamon, too, but it may be psychosomatic.

Chocolate and maple stand out first in the taste. I’m again getting a hint of fruit and cinnamon-like spiciness. A little tobacco, char and pine sap bitterness round out the finish, as well as a nice kiss of alcohol.

A little thicker than medium bodied, it feels a somewhat still until a little zip of carbonation breaks through a second later.

Great balance of the sweetness, darkness and bitterness in this. A real treat.

Oct 20, 2019
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