1. American Craft Beer Fest is this weekend in Boston, Mass. Join us for 640+ beers from 140+ brewers! Tickets for Friday, May 29 are still available. Cheers!

Stir Stick Stout - Half Pints Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Stir Stick StoutStir Stick Stout

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

91 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 91
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Half Pints Brewing Company visit their website
Manitoba, Canada

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: fisherman34 on 08-19-2006

Our Stir Stick Stout is robust with ruby highlights and a generous addition of locally roasted fair trade, organic Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffee.The beans lend a distinct chocolate aroma and flavour that blends well with the roasted barley and malty sweetness.A woody bitterness rounds out this ale and makes it the perfect match for barbequed buffalo burgers, sweet desserts like chocolate lava cake or with vanilla ice cream as a decadent beer float.

35 IBU
View: Beers (16) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view more.
Ratings: 91 | Reviews: 60
Photo of Derek
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bit of a tan head, no retention or lace.

Dark chocolate and coffee aroma.

Dark chocolate and coffee with a light grainy astringency. Good bitterness.

Light, bubbly mouthfeel with a hint of roasted acidity.

Better than the last one I had, but doesn't live up to the hype. Is this still one of Canada's best?

Photo of nmann08
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, pours dark brown with a little tan head.

The smell is coffee, brown sugar, chocolate, a little smoke and wood. The flavor is lots of dry coffee and dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa powder. The coffee really dominates here. Nice roasty finish with a little bitterness to it.

Overall, this is good, but not special.

Photo of leaddog
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a dark chocolate brown with two fingers of dense creamy mocha head.

Smell- Roasted malts, coffee bean, hint of cocoa and vanilla.

Taste- Pronounced espresso coffee flavour then roasted malts and hint of cocoa and vanilla. Finishes with the bitterness from the coffee bean and cocoa.

Mouthfeel- Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall- A tasty American stout with a strong coffee presence. The rich espresso flavour demonstrates a quality taste to this brew.

Photo of djoprahwinfrey
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A : black!, %99.7 (exactly) opaque even when held to a light, 1/4 finger of reddish brown head leaving a nice lacing

S : very nice aroma of coffee, chocolate with a slight bit of charcoal and smoke

T : begins with very a pleasant combination of coffee and dark chocolate, roasted marshmallows, it starts slightly bitter but finishes very clean with a toasted coffee flavor

M : smooth and creamy, i am surprised how light and easy to drink this was, low to medium carbonation

O : Everything from the appearance to the mouth feel does it for me. The smell and taste are very pleasant and this finishes very clean. This stout is very easy to drink but i prefer to enjoy the occasional 650ml bottle. This is one of my favorites from Half Pints.

Photo of DaftCaskBC
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: 1/2" mocha head over black liquid.

S: Espresso, dark chocolate, black malt.

T: Espresso, dark chocolate, black malt, grassy hops, toasted grains.

M: Thin mouthfeel and low carbonation.

O: Would've preferred a more medium mouthfeel, nothing as thick as Peche Mortel, but a bit thicker nonetheless. Beware of this brewer, as he will contact you via arrogant personal messages if he doesn't agree with your reviews. For that reason, I will never drink one of this breweries' beers again.

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.32/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Special thanks to tdadiuk for sending us this beer.

A: Pours jet black with 3-4 fingers of dark tan billowy head which lingers leaving plenty of lacing.

S: Acrid coffee together with notes of cocoa powder, molasses and wood. From start to finish there is an overriding scent of new plastic.

T: Follows the scent, without the plastic notes, coffee and cocoa powder with sweet molasses malts.

M: Touch on the light side with moderate carbonation.  Feels more like a porter.

O: I'm thinking that this must be off as the new plastic smell is apparent from start to finish and is rather off putting and overshadows the coffee and cocoa notes. I have another bottle and will revise this review should it not have the plastic profile.

Photo of smakawhat
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Caramel wax on bottle.

A very dark walnut black/brown body, some see thru quality around the head. Head is a uniform nice tan color, good collared lacing. Real nice.

Good sweet and milky coffee nose. Simple creamy and sweet front, light roasty body. Simple and solid. Perhaps some dark bitter chocolate.

Bitter action of hop first, a sense of astringency with coffee angle being burried slightly. Roasty action on the finish. Light bodied coffee angle, feels more coffee than beer in the mouthfeel, but a little fizzy.

Overall a simple solid coffee beer, quite light in feel even for its character.

Photo of cambabeer
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yeah, this is good, and worth buying. Dark color with a head to match. Smell is bitter and full of coffee. Somewhat grassy as well. The taste is just like a coffee punch to the face. The hops come out to deliver a crispness. Toasty and smooth. This beer actually surprised me at how good it was. Nothing for the record books, but a solid beer.

Photo of korguy123
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into tulip

A- Super dark black/brown pour with a finger width dark beige head that drops to a thin cap relatively quickly leaving spotty lacing and a thin cap.

S- Copious amounts of dark heavily roasted black coffee, dark bitter chocolate and slight brown sugar with a touch of vanilla.

T- Coffee and more coffee, the sweetness doesn't translate to the taste and this is very roasty and bitter.

M- Surprisingly quite thin, you could almost pass this off as a porter. Quite lively carbonation.

O- Good strong black coffee flavor, could have used a little more body and a little more backing rather than relying solely on the coffee alone.

Photo of crossovert
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341ml brown returnable wax dipped twist off.

It pours a nice dark brown with a foamy tan head that dissipates with some nice lacing.

The smell has a good deal of coffee as it is a coffee-infused stout. There is a good deal of cocoa as well in the smell.

The flavor is nice. There is a good bit of caramel and cocoa, but it is very bitterness/coffee forward. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. I haven't had a good coffee stout in a decent while and this one delivers..

Photo of evlu1441
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up mainly because it was a total bargain. The wax on the cap is a bit annoying, but I guess it's a distinguishing touch.

It pours pitch black, with a hint of brown around the edges. The toffee-coloured head is light and slightly creamy.

Light notes of coffee and molasses are noticeable in the aroma. It also has a light toasted chocolaty smell coming through in the background. Fairly standard stout smells, but nice ones too.

Slight chocolaty sweetness is quickly overtaken by the coffee flavour. Some nuttiness comes through in the finish.
Medium body and balance make this a fairly drinkable stout!

Overall, this is a steal! It's a nice coffee stout at a fantastic price.

Photo of womencantsail
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is dark brown in color with a rather sizable brown head on it.

S: Somewhat acidic on the nose with a big roasted malt character. A hint of char to go along with it and maybe a little bit of licorice. Certainly some dark chocolate and coffee notes in there too.

T: Roasted malts are the dominate flavor of the beer. There's a mild bitterness with a definite licorice flavor. Some dark chocolate and coffee. The carbonation is very high which lends an acidic flavor.

M: Medium in body with a very high carbonation.

O: Fairly underwhelming. I wasn't a huge fan of this one at all.

Photo of Rutager
4.41/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a deep chestnut brown, almost black. Three fingers of thick, chocolate head leaving some thick lacing.

Smell. Light coffee, roasty malt and a little earthy, grassy hops.

Taste. Roasty malt, slightly sour coffee, some dark chocolate and maybe a little citrus zest.

Mouthfeel. Lighter body with strong carbonation. Works well.

Overall. Really nice, lighter stout. Could drink a bunch of these.

Photo of BasementBer
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was the first Half Pints I had, warm that time and a bit unexpected. Today I am proud to say that it is a specialty dark for me when I'm looking for beer to slowly be enjoyed. If I could just voice an issue I have here briefly, it is about the new label of the half pints bottles. I don't like it, it is not nearly as appealing or classically identifiable as the old circular symbol you see in the picture above. I have not rated the beer with this dislike in mind. Just gotta put that out there. Like, its a problem for me when I see it...MOVING ON

A: Deep coffee brown. Not a lot of head remains, surprising for this style. Good amount of lacing trail.

S: Mmm, yirgacheffe! Delicious coffee smell, you can really tell its added for aroma. This is one of the best parts of this stout for me.

T: A good coffee taste, not too as long lasting as I would have hoped. But a nice bittering finish to carry out the nose.

M: Finishes dry on the tip of the tongue and goes down smoothly and settles like coffee in the rear.

D: A good beer to definitely be drank chilled. I am pleased that it is now in a 341ml bottle as opposed to the 650ml of old.

Photo of Dawkfan
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Big mocha creamy head that takes awhile to settle out on top of a very deep brown colored body. Thin cap sticking around, above it is a meager amount of lace.

S- Aroma of coffee first to greet the nose, milk chocolate and roasted malt in the mix as well.

T- Mild flavors which I can enjoy in a stout like this, some coffee beers are just way over the top for my liking. Great balance of coffee bitterness, dark chocolate, and sweet malt. Faint coffee bitterness in the aftertaste.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Very clean mouthfeel, it really suits the flavor profile. Very easy stout on the palate/mouth.

D- This is right up my alley for a coffee stout of this strength. I could drink this all night long. Nice work Half Pints.

Photo of kjyost
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3rd Time Lucky: re-re-review on Feb 10, 2011
Much better this time around! Hopefully I never have to triple review a beer again.

Light lacing from a tan head. Light chocolate and coffee along with mild roasted barley on the nose. Similar body, with enjoyable sweetness and a bitterness that lingers over time. Fairly thick mouthfeel. I would drink this again.

Reviewed 03-12-10
I am not sure if Half Pints has rejigged their recipe, but I had another bottle of this beer and it seems vastly different to me than what I recalled. I have another bottle from another batch lying around so I will soon be able to compare. I felt the need to re-review after having it though.

A decent appearance with a light head and moderate to light lacing. Light notes of coffee, with a bit of chocolate on the nose, but not nearly as strong as I expected. The beer itself was thin, with a light body and barely a hint of the coffee. Low carbonation. I would reach for other beers first.

Looking at other reviews, it looks like I may have got a bad batch or something, but I am gravely disappointed in this beer.

Reviewed 05-07-08
A: 4.5, S: 4.5, T:4.0, M:3.5, D:4.0
Pours a nice opaque brown, just as a stout should. On this pour it had a weak head, but I have had some in the past that have had fuller heads.

The aroma is one of my favorite things about this beer. It is dominated by chocolate and coffee. The smell makes this beer.

A strong coffee flavor comes through in the beer and bitterness lingers.

It feels almost like water in the mouth. For some reason the carbonation is almost non-existent in this bottle.

This is not a 'drink 6' beer, rather should be enjoyed a couple at a time with foods that have strong matching flavors.

Photo of marty21
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours pitch black with a very nice deep ruby red around the bottom when held to light. Has a nice two finger tan head. Settles to a very thick cap and leaves decent lacing.

S: Strong roasted coffee bean aroma. I also get a very faint smell of hops. The hops blend right in with the coffee aroma to which the point that you hardly notice them unless you look for them.

T: Roasted coffee dominates the palate with faint hints of chocolate.

M: It has a medium body with medium carbonation. Very creamy with a bit of a dry finish.

D: Probably my favorite offering from Half Pints so far. I never drink coffee but this beer makes me love the taste. Stouts are probably my favorite style and this one is right up there near the top of my list. I could drink many of these in one sitting.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to kjyost for this beer.
Poured in to tulip glass

A - Dark black with one finger of bubbly light brown head and a lot of visible carbonation.

S - Dark roasted malts with a lot of sweetness. Some coffee and chocolate notes.

T - Dark roasted malts with some coffee and chocolate notes and a significant sweetness. A slightly dry finish.

M - Light body for a stout; somewhat watery at times. Moderate carbonation - a little too much for my liking.

Photo of biboergosum
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very, very, very dark brown chocolate hue, with mahogany edges, and two fingers of foamy beige head, which leaves a few specks of random lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of bitter cappuccino, and some sweet roasted caramel malt. The taste is coffee grounds, bittersweet chocolate, and caramel malt. The carbonation is on the low side, the body close to full, smooth, and creamy. It finishes still quite in the coffee/chocolate vein, with a drying bitter earthy hoppiness.

Wow, what a tasty stout, like chocolate milk, good coffee, and beer all rolled up in a freakishly stellar hybrid. I know that I keep saying this, but I do not drink any manner of coffee, but when done up like this, it is very enjoyable.

Photo of papat444
2.74/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to kjyost for this one. Had it on the night of Oct. 13, 2010.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: Way too much foam again. Second HP that does that though this one isn't as bad. Dark brown head with an opaque nearly black body.

Smell: Cocoa powder and chocolate. Sweet but not cloying so. Really digging the aroma.

Taste: Where's the sweetness? Harsh and bitter chocolate with no balance. Not quite pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is abrasive and hinders the taste and feel of the beer though it is partially perceptible.

Drinkability: Not particularly. One third was enough for me.

Overall: Very odd contrast between the aroma and taste. Night and day almost. Not a memorable stout at all.

Photo of chickenm
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

341mL waxed bottle. Pours almost opaque dark brown with some sediment floating around and a thin light brown head that leaves some lacing. Really nice aroma of strong coffee, and some dark chocolate and hops as well. Great taste, lots of coffee and chocolate, and a nice bitter finish. Weakest aspect of this beer is the body, which is a bit on the thin side, with light carbonation. Still this is very drinkable, and one of the best Canadian coffee stouts I've tried!

Photo of andrenaline
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was quite excited to try this one from Half Pints. Big thanks to my neighbor for hooking me up with a couple bottles from his recent trip home to Winnipeg.

A - Pours pitch black, finger of mocha coloured head with decent retention (2-3 minutes) and no real lacing.

S - Delicious. Quite sweet with milk chocolate and caramelized sugar coming off the top, and finishing with a mild espresso scent. Quite pleasant on the nose, almost mouthwatering.

T - Sweet chocolate at first, with subsequent sips becoming more bitter, but not offensive. Chocolate is still dominant on the finish, but espresso undertones complement it and linger on the tongue. The sweetness on the nose doesn't come through quite as strong in the taste, however, it is still a delectable stout!

M - Perfect carbonation, not overly syropy, nice smooth feel on the tongue, and goes down just as smooth. A lighter stout offering, but I much prefer that feel to a thick chewy stout.

D - Yet another winner from Half Pints. A lovely go-to offering for any stout fan and highly recommended. Mind blowing? Not really. Delicious? Absolutely! Do yourself a favour and grab a 6-er of this stuff, because you won't be disappointed.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - jet black, a very short chocolaty head dissipated quickly to a few islands, leaving a light ring of lacing
S - milk chocolate, caramel malts, coffee, and roasted marshmallow, this is very enticing
T - coffee and burnt roasty malt much more pronounced, semi sweet chocolate, and that burnt sugar taste reminiscent of roasted marshmallows
M - more carbonation than I was expecting, slightly chewy, and a coffee like bitterness
D - the nose was amazing but the taste didn't quite meet it although still good, a little more carbonation than I like in a stout but the bitterness is great, overall a nice effort

Photo of Noxious26
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341ml brown bottle with twist-off cap poured in a pint glass. Part of a 12-pack sampler.

Absolutely black. When you hold it up to the light you get a touch of cola appearance around the edges, but no light is getting through the center. Big, rocky, dark beige/light brown head foams over the top of the glass. Settles down to a solid cap with lots of sticky lacing.

Not surprisingly, coffee is the dominant aroma. Hints of chocolate, burnt malt, and brown sugar.

Dark roast coffee, dark chocolate and dark malts of the start. After the carbonation rush we're left to a long finish of burnt malts and coffee.

Full bodied with mild carbonation. Tiny little bubbles tickling your palate.

This is one of my regular go to beers in the winter time. I still remember when I first tried it with some friends at FestivAle here in Regina a few years ago. By the end of the night, we just stayed by the Half Pints booth and drink Stir Stick.

Photo of kwjd
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with thick tan head. Head dissipates really slowly and is there most of the way down the glass. Some lacing down the sides. Smell is first of roasted coffee beans with the roasted malt and a hint of chocolate. Lots of bitterness, possibly from the coffee, with some sweet chocolate too. This tastes like a much bigger stout than it is, which is nice for sipping, but I wouldn't want to have several of these in a row.

to view more.
Stir Stick Stout from Half Pints Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.