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Stir Crazy - Indeed Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

128 Ratings
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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | 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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Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
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 hardy008
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
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 mmulebarn
3.25/5  rDev -16%

mmulebarn, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of Revenant
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Revenant, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of xmorgan
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

xmorgan, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of jimmah120
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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

jimmah120, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of Bunuelian
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Bunuelian, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of jera1350
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
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
Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

mothman, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of DrZeus10
4/5  rDev +3.4%

DrZeus10, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of MNPikey
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

MNPikey, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of Hopstout
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Hopstout, May 08, 2013
Photo of KWMiles
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

KWMiles, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of Herky21
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Herky21, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of sacrelicio
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

sacrelicio, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of stemp033
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

stemp033, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
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 zeff80
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
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 ebenicr
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

ebenicr, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of WoodburyMN
4/5  rDev +3.4%

WoodburyMN, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of eawolff99
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

eawolff99, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of fuzzcherry
4/5  rDev +3.4%

fuzzcherry, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of deebo
2.25/5  rDev -41.9%

deebo, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of herman77
4/5  rDev +3.4%

herman77, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of Zymocenosilicaphobic
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Zymocenosilicaphobic, Dec 01, 2012
Stir Crazy from Indeed Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.