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Lawson’s Finest Sticky Ale

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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.71/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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. 9% Alc.vol. Bottled - December 2013


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (5571) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 7, 2016
Bottled December 2013, drunk 6/25/16.
Good clarity in this maple-mahogany body with moderate auburn tints and a dark beige head atop that sits at cover.
Very light milk, cinnamon, hardwood and black pepper in the nose all signify what I associate with maple syrup fermentation. There’s a good deal of fruitiness as well (cherries, apples, grapes) and a lingering vanilla-caramel note on the end. Little/no bourbon character and light on any wood as well, with no alcohol or flaw. Some minor oxidation at this point, but nothing serious.
Low carbonation and a bit tired at this point with tons of fruity esters from the nose, softly sweet maple sugars, soft wood tannins and peppery phenols lingering on the finish. It’s certainly soft and drinkable, though I’m not in love with the actual flavors themselves. Just vaguely fruity, sugary, peppery. Certainly unique though, and nothing is overdone. Definitely grew on me a bit, as well, as it warmed and breathed.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hackobock (3291) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2016
May 28, 2016. Bottled December 2013, courtesy of HenrikO, thanks!
Murky brown with a small creamy tan head. Aroma is sweet maple syrup, some apple notes, slight oxidized sherry notes, slight bourbon notes. Taste is medium sweet, some prune notes, maple syrup, slight oxidized notes. Light to medium bodied, slight thin, soft to average carbonation.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
linusb (718) - SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2016
A: Deep brown with some red tones, thin off white lacing. N: Figs, hint of maple T: Malt, figs O: Very easy drinking... Light flavoured...

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
_angst_ (4395) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2016
Bottle courtesy of HenrikO. Pours hazy golden brown with a frothy and creamy offwhite head that leaves lots of spotty trace on the glass. Smell is malty and woody with caramel, toffee, sweet dark bread, canilla fudge, charred wood, maple syrup, hay, dry soil and bourbon alcohol. Taste is slightly sweet, tiny bitter and malty. Mouthfeel is round, tiny viscous and medium bodied. Finish is sweet and tiny bitter with sweet bread caramel malts, maple syrup and hints of cardboard. Feels a bit faded. Possibly past its prime. Fun beer though...

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (18075) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2015
Bottle shared at the chriso Easter 2015 tasting - London. Sourced from the US. Pours clear amber with a creamy tan head. The nose holds dried fruits, light caramel, bread, honey and apple. Big sweet flavor with rich caramel, ripe apples, more honey, some maple, dates. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Warming finish, moderately sticky-sweet, with more ripe and lightly dried fruits, maple and caramel. Good depth, nice balance.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (5975) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 21, 2015
375 ml bottle thanks to Willrunforbeer for the share, great cellar dive, Label reads bottled December 2013. Cloudy Amber color with very thin head leaving spider web lace in the snifter. Aroma shows caramel, mild maple sugar, hints of toasted grain. Weak dark fruit.

Flavor has very weak barrel character. The bourbon is just barely noticeable, like an after thought after the blending of the new and old base. Very light touch of oak in the finish with the alcohol being very well hidden.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WillRunForBeer (2200) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 21, 2015
Bottle from a Farmer’s Market last year. Bottled December 2013. Pours dark amber with a beige head. Aroma is raisin, brown sugar, maple, bourbon. Flavor follows. Raisin, maple, brown sugar. Just a hint of bourbon and oak on the finish. A nice flavor, but a touch too sweet.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (16472) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2015
Bottle split at Chriso Easter Tasting ’15, thanks to LKS 04/04/15. Medium bodied, fine carbonation,semi drying close. Amber orange with a decent beige covering. Nose is maple syrup, caramel, sweet tunes, toffee apple, dates, figs. Taste comprises rich caramel, sweet fruit puree, spice, maple syrup, subtle BA. Full bodied, oliy feel, drying close. Decent enough fayre if a touch sweet but as to be expected due to the nature of the beast.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mR_fr0g (8518) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2015
Bottle at Chriso easter tasting 04/04/2015. Thanks to Leighton for this one . Reddy / orange / brown coloured pour with a sticky off white head. Aroma is apple, varnish, nutty caramel malts, little toffee, maple syrup . Flavour is composed of toffee, caramel, nutty malts. Palate is semi sweet, moderate carbonation. Sticky.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
madmitch76 (21560) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2015
4th April 2015
ChrisOs Easter Tasting. Hazy amber beer, good pale cream colour head. Palate is airy and semi dry, mild fine carbonation. Semi sweet malts. Light bourbon sweetness. Some floralness and dried fruits. Light crisp finish. Passable but disappointing.


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