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Stir Crazy - Indeed Brewing Company

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167 Ratings
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Ratings: 167
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 4
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Indeed Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: bsp77 on 11-17-2012

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Ratings: 167 | Reviews: 31
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Photo of bsp77
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Original review from 2012 750ml bottling. Edits for 2013 canning at the bottom.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Very dark ruby with nice tan head and respectable lacing.

Smell: Sweet and fruity, with plum, figs, cherry and raisins. Caramel and spicy, floral notes as well.

Taste: Sweet core of caramel and dark fruits. Hard to identify everything going on here. While raisins may be present, I am getting more plums and cherry. Despite the low IBUs, I am getting some definite floral and spicy notes on the finish from the hops. Definitely not bitter though.

Feel: Medium to full body with light but lively carbonation. Fairly smooth overall, and the finish has a surprising amount of dryness.

Overall: I was a little scared of this beer, as with the low IBUs and the addition of raisins and brown sugar, I was expecting a really cloying beer. This is not cloying at all. While it is fairly sweet, it has a nice balance and strong drinkability. Impressive.

Edit for 2013 canning: Much more chocolate in the aroma and taste, maybe a little more chocolate than I would prefer, which begins to bother me about halfway through the can. The addition of vanilla is more subtle in the aroma, but provides a nice extra finish to the beer that I like. I liked it better before, and my average dropped from a 4.3 to a 3.6. I am sure the chocolate will garner the beer more attention, but not what I wanted.

Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into an Indeed shaker glass. Canned on 11/03/13.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish black with a hint of amber. Moderate amount of bubbles and one finger of light tan head that fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A sweet and roasty malt driven aroma with good dark hints of chocolate and dark fruit. Dark roasted malts with hints of cocoa nibs, mild roast coffee, milk, biscuit, grains, toast, caramel, toffee, and yeast. Sweet hints of creamy vanilla and brown sugar. Dark fruit hints of raisins and fig. Mild hints of cinnamon and nutmeg spicing. Hops are very laid back. A pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a sweet and roasty dark malt driven taste with nice notes of chocolate and dark fruit. Upfront dark roasted barley malt with notes of cocoa nibs, coffee roast, caramel, toffee, lactose, cream, toast, biscuit, grains, and yeast. Sweet taste of vanilla and brown sugar. Dark fruit presence with notes of raisins, fig, and plum. Light notes of cinnamon and nutmeg spice. Subtle earthy hop presence in the background. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy, silky, and smooth. Sweet but far from cloying.

Overall: A very good spin on a Winter beer. Its more like a twist on a Milk/Sweet Stout than the typical Winter Warmer. Good creamy chocolate taste with a nice dark fruit undertone.

Photo of Beemanick83
2.74/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not the best winter beer

Photo of morimech
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown color with one finger of head that settled to a thin cap. Some spotty lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma is mostly dark fruit, raisins, and cocoa which is very strong.

All the added flavors dominate the beer. A lot of cocoa and vanilla. Also the brown sugar is noticeable. It all blends together well but it is also a bit overwhelming. No sign of alcohol.

Medium body and nicely carbonated.

Too many competing flavors for me. I am sure many will like the cocoa and vanilla mix.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can: Poured a dark deep brown color ale with a medium size off-white head with limited retention and not much lacing. Aroma of dry raisin and brown sugar with a healthy dose of caramelized sugar is very interesting. Taste is also dominated by a healthy dose of caramelized malt with some dry raisins notes and some light residual brown sugar notes. Body is bit light to sustain all the spices and dry fruits notes with medium carbonation. Interesting beer but seems to be lacking a little bit malt profile.

Photo of CraigP83
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I noticed a slight smell of roasted nuts and cocoa beans. This is a malty rather than hoppy beer. However, it does not have the creamy flavor of other malty beers such as Guinness. The aftertaste reminds me of figs, raisins or some other similar dried fruit.

Photo of MNAle
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours very, very, dark ruby red. Two fingers of tan, creamy head that dissipates slowly, with nice clinging. Sweet aroma, with fruit, some malt overtones, roasty, and chocolate. Moderate mouth feel (not thin, but not thick, either), but satisfying. Smokey, malty taste; the fruit taste is subtle and controlled. Sweetness is evident but not overpowering in the beginning, but becomes a bit cloying by the end. Very mild hop bitterness in the middle. I don't generally go for fruit beers, but this one is nicely balanced. All of the "extra" ingredients (cacao, vanilla, raisins, brown sugar) add subtle and very pleasant taste. This is a good tasting ale, even though as it warms the sweetness becomes a bit too much for me. YMMV.

Photo of GeezLynn
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a deep dark brown with a light white head and not much retention. Deep malty aroma, smells like husky English malts, cocoa and dried fruit. Flavor is balanced to slightly sweet with brown sugar and chocolate, dark fruit and a bit of roastiness showing through. Raisins and vanilla add a nice touch. Hops show up on the finish as a light bitterness. Mouthfeel is lacking a bit – on the thin side and bubbly.

Overall, I enjoyed this much more than I was expecting considering how much I disliked Old Friend. Interesting and light enough to have a few in one sitting. Will purchase again.

Edit: had another six pack and had to bump it up. Lot of nice flavors here packed into a 6.5% beer.

Photo of hail_seitan
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft

A - dark brown body with a thin chestnut head.

S - Milk chocolate, roasted nuts, and toast.

T - Very similar to the nose. Milk chocolate dominates early on, with pecan, smoke, dark fruit, and cinnamon raisin bread emerging later. The palate is left with mild astringency from the roast malts balanced with lactose sweetness.

M - Velvety body buoyed up by a vibrant carbonation.

O - A unique take on a winter warmer. Not the caramel overload other beers in the style can be. The mix of flavors is unique and rewarding. Worth checking out!

Photo of TCMike
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Produced a finger, and a half of beige head. Beer color is a dark mahogany, (just about translucent).

Smell is of dark fruit, biscuit, brown sugar. Nice, would be nicer if it was a bit stronger.

Taste is similar, but with some added dark chocolate taste, and light hop bitterness. Medium mouth-feel, and carbonation.

Good seasonal!

Photo of MartzMimic
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown from the can with a foamy mocha head. Smells of cocoa and roasted malts, but the aroma's subdued. The chocolate and roasted malt is more predominant in the taste, along with toffee, raisins and dark cherries. Medium mouth with some carbonation. Not much spice for a winter warmer, but it's a very nice beer, somewhere between a strong ale and a porter.

Photo of JamesMN
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned on 12/11/14.

Appearance: Pitch black with a shiny clarity about it. Frothy finger of tan foam.

Aroma: Just a nice burst of dark chocolate.

Taste: Those cocoa nibs don't mess around, huge chocolate flavor in this one. Respectable malt base that provides a clean somewhat creamy flavor along with a hint of bitter black coffee in the finish. Not really getting the raisins or brown sugar but the vanilla is in there somewhere. Just enough hop bitterness to balance without drawing to much attention to itself. Despite the lack of any alcohol burn, it'd still peg this for higher than 6.5% ABV due to the depth of flavor. The only downside is the aftertaste of charred malts (black coffee, bitter cocoa, etc.), which distract from the otherwise balanced flavor.

Mouthfeel: Between medium and full in body with slightly aggressive carbonation. Good drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Although the brewery would consider this one expired because it is more than three months old (gotta love a good quality system when it comes to fresh beer!) I found the flavors to be very good all around. Would I drink it again? Sure.

Photo of digital952
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good head. Tap beer at Celts in Rosemount

Photo of JackieTH
3.34/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ruddy brown with a trace tan head and no lacing. Smells of figs, chocolate, dried cherry, caramel. I can taste the chocolate nibs, figs or possibly raisins, dark dried fruit, caramel. Body is medium light. Carbonation is a bit weak. Overall the miscellaneous flavors aren't working for me.

Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Happy Gnome in St. Paul, MN.

A - A dark burgundy color with a one-finger tan head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy trails of lace.

S - Smelled malty and had a nice Christmas spice smell.

T - Tasted of rich roasted malt with some spices and piney flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. Medium bodied.

O - Good winter seasonal. Really impressed with the Indeed beers that I found in MN.

Photo of zeledonia
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Indeed taproom. Tasted 15 November 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours deep reddish brown. Plenty of yellowish tan head, but poured nearly to the brim. An archipelago of lacing ringing the glass.

Smell is malty and lightly spiced. Smells a lot like a spiced dubbel. Mildly sweet. Nice.

More spice in the taste, and less sweet. Great depth and variety of flavors. Lightly roast, a touch of bitterness that provides really nice balance. Nutmeg is the most prominent spice flavor.

Mouthfeel if medium-bodied, with fuzzy carbonation. Lasting. I dig it.

Heck of a beer. Just really balanced, with lots going on in a compact package. Roasty, spiced, smooth, and delicious.

Photo of jsprain1
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A- Very dark garnet, with a bigger than one finger tan head. Retention is pretty good. Almost no signs of lacing.
S- Smell is vanilla, a bit of raisin and a bit of sweetness. Even as it warms, I find it to be mild, but pleasant, on the nose
T- First taste is a bit of dark liquor (rum raisin like), a big kick of vanilla. Sweetness hits the tongue and lasts till the finish. The finish has just a hint of roasty/chocolatey flavor to it.
M- Not quite enough body to it for the style. Carbonation is light, fairly smooth. Finish is somewhat long.
O- Other than the somewhat weak mouthfeel, I really liked this one. Good, complex flavors and a good winter beer.

Photo of jimmah120
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can labeled "Dust Bowl Suds Canned on 11/03/13"

Look is a dark cola color, can't see thru to the other side to spot chunks. Smell is figs, fresh cut grass, sweet molasses and ginger. Taste is great: it starts out with crisp chocolate malts that fade into an excellent sweet meld of holiday spice and fruit. It reminds me of a cross between Monkey Bread and ribbon candy, but tasty.

Not a big winter beer fan, but this is first class all the way. Just needs less nibs.

LESS NIBS PLEASE

Photo of MikeInOhio
4.54/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Dark lacy concoction. Reddish hue. Light tan head persists.

Aroma of dark fruits as raisins. No hop aroma.

Rich complex malts, chocolate and vanilla dominates but loaded with cherry, brown sugar flavors too. Orange or citrus is present. Some hop bitterness way in the finish. Balanced to the malt, there are plenty of hop flavors and appropriate bitterness for a winter warmer, american style.

A little thin but clean fermentation and intense malt complexity leave palate fully satisfied.

Overall, this complex winter ale is unusual and satisfying. A little more body for a fuller mouthfeel would be a plus or just drive a little more gravity from base malt and get more warmth AND body. But this beer does not disappoint and it's unusual character and wonderful balance make this an awesome beer.

Photo of DaveAnderson
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the can: " A new season means new adventures. We created STIR CRAZY Winter Ale to warm you from within during the coldest time of year. Our sturdy winter warmer is brewed with cocoa nibs, vanilla, raisins and brown sugar. Layers of malty goodness create a dark ruby color and satisfying notes of chocolate and rich caramel, while pulverized raisins and brown sugar provide a fruity complexity. Bundle up and enjoy!"

I have had many beers brewed with cocoa/cacao, but none that quite accomplished what this beer does. Everything is in balance. It is deeply chocolate-infused, without being sweet. Everything is tamed, including tannins. This is really good stuff -- a vast improvement over the first year's offering.

For me, this is Indeed's most drinkable beer yet. I simply can't stop at one.

Photo of nickapalooza86
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours near pitch black, half finger of deep tan head, nice lacing

Smell is vanilla, deep chocolate, roasted matls and not much else

Taste is deep chocolate, dark fruit raison and plum, vanilla, cherry notes, toffee and caramel, finishes with more chocolate taste

Mouthfeel is medium light, a little heavy on the carbonation, could use some more body

Good beer, would be a nice change of pace beer. Interesting blend of a lot of flavors, really lacks in the body department though.

Photo of TWHartman
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- very dark red appearing black or very brown, tan head, receds too quickyl and leaves a thin layer and little lace

S- sweet balanced with roast, cacao nibs, sweet coco, some tangy zesty smell I cant really put my finger on, Im guessing that is the raisin. Oh, its kind of a Cola smell.

T- Cacao and vanilla up front, roast balances out well, I'm glad they dried it out to balance, vanilla lingers on, little to no hop flavor, again that strange tang that I'm guessing comes from the raisins. Its that Cola flavor

M- Well dried out to encourage drinkability, if it we less attenuated I think it might be difficult to drink much of.

O- This has been my least favorite Indeed, all their other stuff is much better. To be honest I think it is just way too convoluted and over-engineered. The can reads like a cake recipe, cacao nibs, vanilla, raisins, brown sugar AND natural flavors, whatever those may be. I dont think they needed to add all those extras, each one on its own or with one more ingredient might have led to more complimentary flavors, but the kitchen sink approach didn't result in a successful beer for me.

Photo of Taybeh
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From a can into an imperial pint

A: dark black/brown with ruby edges when held up to the light
S: sweet cherries, raisins, flowers, some sweet and light spiciness, caramel.
T & M: hmmm...this just doesn't come together for me very well. Too sweet and the fruit is fairly piquant but somewhow just seems out of place. Like the nose, but the caramel is fairly light and the integration of flavors leaves me unhappy. Light bittersweet chocolate. There's definitely faint vanilla at the end, and there's a very slight edge of hoppiness there as well, though in general, the hops are not featured. Lacks a lot of warmth for me...
Overall: might give this a try on tap at a later point, just to make sure, but it seems like this one and I are just not meant to be together.

Photo of Mdog
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown, small, fast-fading head.

Smell: Mild chocolate, vanilla, spices.

Taste: Spices (cinnamon, ginger) then shifts to moderate chocolate with some vanilla and coffee flavors. The spices show up again in the finish.

Overall: Supporting this local and 12oz cans. It's an interesting mix of flavors but doesn't really make a clear statement. Not a stout with strong chocolate/coffee and not amped up spicy winter beer, just in the middle between those. Decent enough but not really to my tastes.

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stir Crazy pours a dark brown color with a small lacing head. There is a sweet aroma with hints of vanilla, brown sugar and raisins. The taste has big and heavy, lots of vanilla, sweet fruit, with hints of chocolate. Nice big body and feel. Overall its a fantastic beer, and a top winter warmer.

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Stir Crazy from Indeed Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.