Stir Stick Stout - Half Pints Brewing Company
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Reviews by xav33:
3.5/5 rDev -9.6%
Half Pints Stir Stick Stout
22 oz bottle
Moderate pour in a snifter.
Recent brewing, stirred 08/07
Poured black with brown highlights with a moderate light brown fizzy mostly diminishing head.
Smelt of moderate chocolate, and light coffee.
Taste was upfront bitter moderate roast to burnt grain and coffee and light chocolate followed by more of the same, with a slight almost metallic or green twang on an average finish.
Palate was light bodied, lively carbonated, slightly oily and lightly astringent.
Overall, this is an easily drinkable coffee stout. Not the richest or most powerful, but a good summer stout. Great chocolate nose!
08-17-2007 18:16:17 | More by xav33
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British Columbia (Canada)
4.22/5 rDev +9%
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!
09-12-2010 20:08:47 | More by chickenm
4.1/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
10-16-2010 00:39:56 | More by biboergosum
3.68/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
03-04-2007 03:45:15 | More by Sammy
4/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
07-31-2009 16:46:28 | More by Kegatron
3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
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
09-09-2010 02:55:59 | More by joemcgrath27
3.6/5 rDev -7%
A thanks goes out to elricorico for sharing the bottle. I lost count long ago how many weve 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.
01-24-2007 23:20:48 | More by Orrshow
3.63/5 rDev -6.2%
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.
04-04-2007 20:52:08 | More by vanrassel
4/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
12-24-2009 07:14:18 | More by eat
3.58/5 rDev -7.5%
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.
01-20-2007 04:43:46 | More by elricorico
British Columbia (Canada)
4.43/5 rDev +14.5%
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.
03-27-2011 23:58:01 | More by Rutager
3.85/5 rDev -0.5%
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 Im 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.
10-10-2006 17:21:00 | More by Phyl21ca
3.78/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
11-23-2010 02:13:48 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.68/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
09-29-2012 20:55:55 | More by smakawhat
4.13/5 rDev +6.7%
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!
03-01-2010 02:35:41 | More by ZorPrime
3.95/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
10-16-2011 22:15:21 | More by evlu1441
4.08/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
11-17-2009 07:40:57 | More by IronDjinn
Stir Stick Stout from Half Pints Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.