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Stir Stick Stout - Half Pints Brewing Company

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Stir Stick StoutStir Stick Stout

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very good

59 Reviews
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Reviews: 59
Hads: 92
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 7
Gots: 10 | 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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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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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Photo of Viggo
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Biergotter Club Brew marathon tasting. Zithal provided this sample.

Pours an opaque brown/black, thick off white (almost tan) head forms, lots of nice lacing, good retention. Smell is sweet, some caramel, citrus, light roast, chocolate and coffee, not wowing me. Taste is licorice, roast, caramel, some coffee/chocolate, not much flavour, seems a bit thin. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, pretty slick. Not bad, but I didn't get much of the coffee in this, think I need to get my hands on another bottle. Thanks Rob!

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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.

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Photo of xav33
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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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.

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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.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery in a trade with Dave. Thanks!

A - Cap of beige goes away pretty quick. Not opaque but extremely dark brown/ruby.

S - Lot's of dark roast coffee, some chocolate as well but the majority of the aroma is coffee.

T - Coffee! Some sweet matls as well after the initial coffee flavours. Tastes a little like cola to me.

M - Light to medium body. Smooth in the mouth. Feels really nice.

D - Nice and drinkable. Rich enough to keep my attention.

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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.

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Photo of oakbluff
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle- pours quite dark, lively two finger offwhite head and sticky lacing. Nose- fresh coffee grounds. Taste- big and bright coffee initially, quickly fades to a burnt roast flavour. Some dark chocolate. Finish has some dark fruit character and slight bitterness. Body is little light. Moderate carbonation. I'd love to see a souped up version of this.

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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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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent coffee stout when there are so few available in Canada. Looks nice: black, brown head. Average stout smell though, hardly any coffee in the nose. Better taste: coffee is noticeable, and definitley there. It takes a back seat to roast malt and chocolate tastes, but it holds its own. A bit high on the carbonation and the coffee leaves a bitter after taste, but better than Phillip's discontinued offering and even though I can't get it here in Vancouver (yet!) its done year round -unlike Steamworks (IMO) superior offering that comes up every other year for a few weeks it seems.

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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.

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Photo of trevorwideman
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

660ml bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

Pours thick and syrupy, basically opaque with a few deep ruby highlights. 1/4 inch head that subsides quickly to a thin lacing. Thick, black coffee aromas predominate the nose. Very earthy nose with a slightly sweet and toasty malt in the background.

Taste is (as I'm sure it's supposed to be) like a chilled coffee with about a teaspoon of sugar in it, with a bit of an unsweetened dark chocolate. As the beer gets to an ideal serving temp the hops begin to shine through, leaving a pleasant acidity on the palate. Full flavoured and dry brew that has a lot going for it. I must admit, I'm not the world's biggest stout fan but this is a pleasant offering. This may be my new breakfast beer!

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Photo of Graham5161986
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first beer from Half Pints!

A: pours a dark black with a slight ruby tone when held up to light. gives a nice, rocky dark-tan head that has decent retention and leaves a slight lace.

S: chococoffee malts and slight hops

T: light coffee flavour with slight, milky chocolate and a touch of hoppy spiciness on the finish. slight nuttiness on the linger.

M: surprisingly light bodied, creamy, a nice touch of carbonation and a light, creamy finish.

D: This is a pretty good little stout - very easy to drink given it's relative lightness but perhaps could use a slight flavour kick as it seems a tad reserved. Nevertheless, I am anjoying this beer and I will be buying it again. I look forward to further offerings from this brewery

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Photo of DrJay
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Zithal shared this one at the Biergotter group brewday 2007. Thanks Rob!
Clear, dark brown with a ruby hue and sticky tan foam composed of fine bubbles. Good head retention with some nice lacing. The aroma was fairly hoppy, but was still dominated by roasted barley and coffee grounds. Mild bitterness with coffee grounds and roast up front, malty sweetness and dry cocoa, with a bit of licorice as well. Quite dry with lightish body and carbonation, decent texture. A pretty good stout with roastiness well-integrated into the flavour. Tasty.

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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.

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

341ml bottle:

Pours a hazed dark chestnut with ruby highlights. Decent off white cap lasts and laces.

Aroma is very starbucks dark roast with a malty undertone and some wet grass.

Moderate body for a stout, coffee like character with a robust mouth feel.

Roasted malts in the front provide a rush of coffee tones, hop affinity adds balance to this semi-sweet London styled stout. Finish is clean and lightly dry.

A good coffeeish medium bodied stout with a mellow character...very approachable as good or better than Old Yale's.

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Stir Stick Stout from Half Pints Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.