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Stir Crazy - Indeed Brewing Company

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87
very good

114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Indeed Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bsp77 on 11-17-2012)
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

zestar, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

nmann08, Dec 28, 2013
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.

Phyl21ca, May 17, 2014
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.

zeff80, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

very easy drinking winter warmer, sort of modeling itself on a belgian quad, at least in terms of malt bill and flavor notes, but drinking a whole lot easier. the can says brown sugar, but i don't get a lot of that after the head has settled well enough for me to take a big whiff. i get the vanilla, and i really get the raisins, apparently pureed or something before added to the kettle. all the sugar that should be here is fermented out, this is not at all sweet for what it is, a testament to the yeast, which has cleaned the beer up nicely without imparting a ton of flavor. balance with the additives in taste, but the vanilla is the strongest. fuller bodied but honestly just a bit light for the style. like that we have a winter warmer here without all the usual spice accompaniment. i would buy this, great use of raisins too

StonedTrippin, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Indeed Stir Crazy Winter Ale, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

This is a pint from the second keg I've had on tap. Haven't had a chance to sit down and think about one during the span of the first keg. So, here we go…

Dark brown body, small reddish highlights at bottom and sides, small off-white, turning tan.

Aroma: earth and malt, hints of ginger, juniper and other spices, but they are only hints. Some roast in this, but not much, plenty of deep, dark malt. I like it.

Taste: Mmm. Floods the mouth with warm, happy maltiness. Not in anyway overboard in the alcohol department (6.5% ABV). Richness, but not sweetness, A little spice from the malt, and just enough hops to keep the tongue tingled. Hearty stuff. Tasty, toast, and just a little roasty. I can sit with this one, one after another. Good, good, good stuff, Indeed. I'll keep this going as long as I can!

Here's the official word on it:
Stir Crazy Winter Ale, a 6.5% abv winter warmer clocking in at 22 IBUs. Layers of malty goodness, a dark ruby colored winter warmer ale deliver satisfying notes of chocolate and rich caramel; while pulverized rasins and brown sugar provide a fruity complexity that warms you from within.

Raisins? Brown sugar? I forgot about that! Well, it didn't stick out, it just added to the wonderful stew of this complex wintry brew.

I'll say it again: Nice work! Love to see it canned, though. Maybe next year?

feloniousmonk, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

XmnwildX12, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

mothman, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

sendbeer, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of eawolff99
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

eawolff99, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of KarlHungus
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

KarlHungus, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of mattmarka1
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

mattmarka1, Jan 15, 2014
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.

morimech, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of jera1350
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber/light brown color with a creamy head of foam that leaves some lacing.

Getting cola with some vanilla extract in the nose.

Dusty cocoa up front followed by some cola, raisin and spice. Vanilla and sugar cookie comes in at the end along with some earthy and bitter hops. More chocolate comes into play as it warms. Nice array of flavor. Very fall tasting.

The mouthfeel is nice and smooth, but it does feel lighter than a 6.5% beer.

A great take on a winter warmer. This would make a great Thanksgiving/Christmas beer. Very holiday like in flavor and easy drinking too.

jera1350, Nov 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

TX-Badger, Jun 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Herky21, Mar 19, 2013
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.

MattyG85, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of jsprain1
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

jsprain1, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of bigbeers84
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

bigbeers84, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of bobv
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

bobv, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of hardy008
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark reddish brown with a small light tan head which fades quickly, leaving no lacing. Has an interesting aroma with cocoa nibs, dark fruit, vanilla, spices, and brown sugar. Smells like it will be sweet.

Tastes just like it smells with cocoa nibs, dark fruit, vanilla, spices, and brown sugar. Has a sweet flavor with no hop bitterness.

Medium bodied with modest carbonation. Has a cocoa nib and dark fruit aftertaste. A pretty good beer, but I'm not sure if all of the flavors compliment each other real well. Glad I at least picked up a single can to try this.

hardy008, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of bsp77
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

bsp77, Nov 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

josephwa, Feb 06, 2014
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.

zeledonia, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of Hopstout
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Hopstout, May 08, 2013
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Stir Crazy from Indeed Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.