Sugar Shack - Third Street Brewhouse
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2.69/5 rDev -25.3%
A new beer from a Minnesota brewery, so I had to try it. Released in the last couple weeks, I believe. Tasted 19 January 2013.
Pours quite dark, nearly black, looking more like an imperial stout than a 6.5% lightweight. One finger of medium-tan head, okay retention, some lacing. Dark brown at the edges, allowing just a bit of light through. Nice color, but light on the head.
Smell is a smooth base stout, which I can't actually tell all that much about, topped with a hunk of wood and a chunk of maple sugar. It's funny, I recently had a small taste of this beer, and found it much more woody. Here I'm getting quite a bit more maple sugar. Not sure if that's variation in my senses, or in the beer. But it certainly feels more maple sugary. I like that dark sweetness, and it's quite a nice complement to the stout.
Taste is thin, woody, and with a bitterness that reminds me of over-steeped tea. The wood blends into nuts, a little like walnut shells, as someone astutely pointed out. Under-sweet, and just weird. I'm not liking this, and I don't know if I'll be finishing the glass. The main issue is that tannic bitterness, which really doesn't work for me. It blends into an over-roasted bitterness, and the combination is a problem.
Mouthfeel is okay. Medium-bodied, slick, medium-low carbonation. A little on the flat side, a little oily. Lasting, though I wish it weren't. Passable.
I'm not digging this beer. The flavor is just odd, and not enjoyable. That, combined with the mouthfeel, makes for a beer that I don't really find myself wanting to drink.
01-20-2013 05:18:00 | More by zeledonia
3.26/5 rDev -9.4%
12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.
(A)- Pours a very dark brown color. Some tan froth and lacing.
(S)- Slightly woody/bark-like with a rustic nuttiness meets some maple sweetness.
(T)- Almost smoky with a woody maple and vanilla sweetness. Very root beer-like only much darker with the subtle roasted qualities of the base stout.
(M)- A smooth carbonation level. A lighter body and mouthfeel even for an american style stout but it has a nice sweetness profile with the added richness of the maple.
(O)- A fun and enjoyable stout with an authentic maple addition that really drives this home for me.
05-06-2013 16:41:07 | More by sweemzander
3.39/5 rDev -5.8%
Appearance: Black, ok head but not very good retention.
Smell: Roasted malt, sweetness--maple syrup.
Taste: Heavily sweetened coffee, almost to the point of cloying sweetness. There's just enough coffee flavor to keep it from going over the edge.
Mouthfeel: Light feel, slick.
Overall: I like sweeter stouts, but this one almost goes too far to the sweet side. The maple is noticeable and an interesting note to this beer. A decent addition to the 3rd street lineup.
02-24-2013 21:46:57 | More by Mdog
Sugar Shack from Third Street Brewhouse
82 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.