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Stir Stick Stout - Half Pints Brewing Company

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Stir Stick StoutStir Stick Stout

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BA SCORE
86
very good

91 Ratings
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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
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Ratings: 91 | Reviews: 60
Reviews by BasementBer:
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.

More User Reviews:
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 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 Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A big bottle of roasted coffee, thanks to Blair for bringing back. Dark with strong coffee aroma and characteristics. Harh on the stomach as so much coffee will do. Bitter but somewhat balanced with malt. Somewhat smooth, multiple sharing recommended.
3.5 years later bottle- solid stout and I have upgraded it.

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks go to Deuane for hooking me up with a 4-pack of these Half Pint brews from a recent trip.

Pours a very deep brown/almost black, with nearly 2 fingers of mocha colored foamy head. Creamy looking thin layer of retention fires up magnificantly, leaving back a great looking cascade of lace that hangs in thick swathes. Espresso and roast just dominate the aroma, with chocolate and toffee mixing in to create a sharp roasty and bready tang in the nose. Just a solid pop in the nostrils here.

The taste is black roast and coffee darkness up front, which just levels a pleasant crunchy bitterness on the profile. This is balanced by a chewy underlayer of chocolate and toffee, which leaves just about as big of an impact as the darker flavors did. The finish is actually a bit cleaner than I would have thought, with a bit of dry lingering bitterness and that's it. The mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied overall, but has an overall mellower (and slicker from the espresso) feel to it. Some pricklier carbonation comes out towards the back of the swallow, giving this some extra presence.

Another well done Half Pints beer here. Nice intermingling of roast, coffee, and sticky malt flavors makes for a great fix that any Stout lover would enjoy.

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 Orrshow
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A thanks goes out to elricorico for sharing the bottle. I lost count long ago how many we’ve shared.

Appearance – This beer pours an opaque black with dark brown tinges around the edges. The little head that does appear soon falls to close to nothing.

Smell – First impression is rich dark roasted coffee ground. There is a slightly bitter smell but it is faint compared to the coffee.

Taste – Begins on a slightly roasted malt flavor but then the heavy dark coffee flavors take over in a big way. The aftertaste that lingers strongly reminds me of iced cappuccino. There is a light bitterness to go along but mostly all you taste is coffee.

Mouthfeel – The body on this Stout is decent. The carbonation is toned down nicely.

Drinkability – I had an easy time drinking this and enjoyed it. Sometimes the coffee flavor was a little much at times but overall it is well made. Any coffee/beer fan will like this a lot.

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

Reviewed a 660 mL bomber received in trade with trevorwideman — thanks!

This is a decent example of a coffee-infused beer that doesn't go too far over the top and remains pleasantly drinkable.

It poured virtually opaque brown, with ruby highlights only visible when held up to a light source. The smell is subtle compared to others in the style, but coffee is still the main attraction: coffee grounds dominate the foreground, backed up by roasted malt, a whiff of chocolate and the tiniest bit of sour yeast.

Malted milk, chocolate and roasted barley start things sweet before the coffee kicks in for a bitter, drying finish. The nice thing about the coffee flavour is it's present but not to the point of being cloying — one could easily finish a bomber without being put off. The lower carbonation felt right but I thought the beer was a little thin-bodied and watery.

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

Pours a brown-black, almost opaque with reddish-brown coming through with the light. Nice milky beige head fades to a thin covering. Retention is not so good but traces do stick around for a while and there is a bit of lacing.

Lots of coffee grounds, smokey roasted malt and some hops in the background. I've tried quite a few coffee stouts but none quite like this. This one is unique, very nice.

Again, lots of coffee. This is no espresso stout; this is coffee-coffee, as in from a drip machine. Roasted malt and dark chocolate round it out. A little bitter and nice and smokey on the finish. I wish the flavour was a little more pronounced, but it's still solid. No alcohol presence.

Good feel. A little thin for my liking, but most stouts are. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

It's all good! This is a really nice stout, very drinkable. Light enough to session but still full of flavour, especially at only 5.6%. I can't wait to try the $ellout, I'm sure it's going to be awesome.

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

Deep dark brown in colour, nearly opaque except for the edges. Only a thin tan ring of head around the glass.

The smell is that of real ground coffee, and plenty of it. Perhaps a bit of nuttiness to it as well, but the coffee aroma pretty much buries anything else.

The first mouthfull has a good roasted barley stout taste. Supsequent mouthfulls are a toss up between a complete coffee flavour and a mix of faint stout flavour with strong coffee. The front of the tongue does pick a little bit of dark chocolate at times, but basically the coffee flavour rules this one.

Nice light carbonation with some body to it. Could be thicker, but not bad.

This is a pretty good beer, considering the style. A coffee drinker could really love this one.

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 Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Piscator34: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium foamy dark head with average retention. Aroma of roasted coffee is dominating with some noticeable roasted malt. Taste is also dominated by the coffee flavour and quite enjoyable even though I’m probably not the most avid fan of coffee stout. Body is a bit light for the style and carbonation is about right. Great coffee stout and IMHO would have been better if some chocolate malt had been added.

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 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 ZorPrime
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A private import, got 24 bottles of this one! Nice!

A: Black color, not very dark. The head is brown but disappear very quickly. Some red color notes on the edges.
S: Coffee... but not espresso... more like... yeah mocha coffee notes. A first for me in beers! Some milk chocolate too.
T: Mainly it is mocha coffee. The bitterness is very light.
M: Thin bodied for a stout.
D: So drinkable it is scary!

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 IronDjinn
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tall tight spongy beige head that leaves thick gashes of lacing in its wake. Dense, dark brown, yet still slightly translucent when held to direct light, at least it reveals rick oaky highlights.

Robust coffee-like notes are prominant on the nose, a creamy sweetness, roasted and burnt malt, grainy malt.

Coffee is prominent in the flavour too, held up by a decent backbone of roasted and burnt malt, some smokey and woody aspects, astringent bitterness on the finish from the grains, yet a creamy mocha character develops in the aftertaste.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, light and slick at times, fullness returns on the finish.

An overall great drinker for a stout, the addition of coffee isn't an excessive ingredient or a burden, but blends right in with the malt bill. Would even make a decent stout for a session ale.

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 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 BigBry
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341 ml brown bottle, allowed to warm slightly, poured into my large dimpled mug.
Poured basically black, some reddish highlights around the edges. Large, solid head of tan foam. Nice retention, sticky lace. Lots of espresso coffee aromas. Also sense some dark chocolate with the roasted malts. Great flavors, dark roast coffee and dark chocolate. There is some bitterness, but balanced out with enough malt sweetness, almost like an espresso with cream. Also find some nuttiness, slightly smoky finish. Earthy hops keep it from being too sweet or sticky. Creamy mouthfeel, medium body, rich balanced flavors. A tasty and very drinkable stout. Great balance of coffee and stout. I could sip this one all night. Definatley one I need to get again.

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 presario
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Thanks to Piscator34! Black almost opaque with ruby highlights. Thick creamy head. Sweet milk chocolate and coffee aroma. Lots of coffee, charcoal and smoke in the flavour. Comes off a little flat with no end. Body is OK but a little thin. Seems to miss the back of the palate. Dry coffee and chocolate. Nice but...

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 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 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.

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