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Stir Crazy - Indeed Brewing Company

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87
very good

153 Ratings
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Ratings: 153
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of DaveAnderson
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of morimech
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
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 XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of KarlHungus
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of jsprain1
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of karlt
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of johnnyboy76
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of JackieTH
3.34/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of sparx1100
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of MN_Beerticker
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of opwog
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Mdog
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of TWHartman
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Stir Crazy from Indeed Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.