Sugar Shack - Third Street Brewhouse
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3.48/5 rDev -3.3%
This poured out as a deep brown color with a tan colored head. The head retention is minimal along with a very light lacing. The smell of the beer is malty and sweet with a subtle maple aroma on the nose. The taste of the beer is sweet like the nose, there is a light toasted flavor in there along with maple also. It's not bitter at all. It's mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Overall it's an enjoyable beer for the winter season.
02-15-2013 04:08:30 | More by Knapp85
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
3.8/5 rDev +5.6%
One of the things I like as much as good beer is small-batch, real maple syrup, so I had to pick up a single of this beer; I'll buy pretty much anything with both beer & syrup! 12 oz. bottle.
Pour is a few minutes to red midnight. Smell is excellent, just like a Sunday morning pour over my famous Belgian waffles, along with the smell of my wife's coffee. Damn, that's good! This smells like my kitchen on the weekend. And I like my kitchen.
Sugar Shack's syrup makers can put up a hut behind my house anytime. The maple sweetness is front-n-center, quickly followed by a quick chop of roast. Mild hop bitterness surprises on the end. The only downside is a vague artificial, almost medicinal impression that sticks around in the aftertaste. Not sure where that's coming from. Easy to pour down the throat, nice to have a tasty, 'lighter' stout once in a while.
This weighs in at 'good' for me, & if it weren't for that tinge of artificial sweeteners (& there probably aren't any), this could go up, easily. Nicely done, & I'll try another of their beers based on this one.
04-18-2013 02:06:18 | More by maximum12
3.85/5 rDev +6.9%
Maple Stout brewed with maple syrup from Saint John's Abbey in Collegeville, MN.
Pours dark brown with just over one finger of head that last for a little while before settling to a thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left down the glass.
Mostly maple syrup in the aroma. More subtle notes of malt with hints of roast, molassas, and caramel.
More rounded flavor. Still plenty of maple syrup upfront, but nice complimentary malt flavors. Could use more roast but hints of mocha and caramel. Some earthyness from hops but bitterness is not quite enough to balance this sweet brew.
A little thin for a stout of this ABV. Nicely carbonated however.
Interesting brew from Third Street. They have brewed another quality beer. Hope they keep up with interesting, modestly priced beers. Sugar Shack would pair well with many foods but as a stand alone beer, too sweet for more than one at a sitting.
12-16-2012 20:39:41 | More by morimech
3.83/5 rDev +6.4%
Bottled a mere four days ago. Gotta love local beer! At $6.49 for a sixer, really nicely priced too.
Deep, dark shade of brown, small ring of sandy colored foam gracing the edge of the glass. The ring of foam leaves some decent lacing.
Smell like chocolate chip covered pancakes, syrup and all. A mild roasted malt scent to go with the chocolate, but it's mostly fresh super sweet maple syrup. Mouthwatering.
A lighter roasted stout flavor with some chocolate and then maple syrup. The overall flavor is a balance of flavor between the three. A bit of an earthiness rounding out the flavor also. Really not as sweet as I was expecting it to be. At times, it's almost the flavor of a spiced pumpkin ale.
Close to a medium body, a bit thin for the abv, with some light prickly carbonation.
The drinkability is quite nice in this one. I would like a little more of the maple to come through, but it's still a nice take on a stout. I would call this another solid offering from Third Street.
01-11-2013 02:44:36 | More by jera1350
4.03/5 rDev +11.9%
First start off with a nice stout and this one does that.
Nice dark head. Drippy lacing. Black body with garnet highlight.
Aroma is a little tight but holds soft roast towards coffee and a light sweetness hinting at the flavors to follow.
The maple is done very nicely. It blends and accents but never dominates or overpowers. It is like a soft layer of maple brown sugar across a dark chocolate/coffee wafer. Enough bitterness to prevent any residual sweetness and also a crumbly drying on the finish.
Every so slightly larger than moderate body. Real smooth with soft yet ample carbonation.
I'm pretty impressed. A good drinking stout enhanced with a really well done addition of maple syrup. A nice winter ale. In contrast to the previous reviews, I'm on my second bottle without flinching.
12-28-2012 04:17:56 | More by garymuchow
4.11/5 rDev +14.2%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.
Appearance: Pours a dark blackish brown with a hint of ruby at the bottom. Lots of rising bubbles and a solid three fingers of tan head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.
Smell: A fairly sweet dark syrupy aroma. Sweet dark roasted malts with hints of chocolate, dark bread, coffee, milk, caramel, toffee, biscuit, and yeast. The maple syrup is pretty noticeable giving off a chocolate pancake like aroma. Sweet but not overly cloying. Hop presence is pretty light with subtle earthy hints in the background. A pretty decent sweet stout smell.
Taste: Like it smells, a dark syrup driven taste that is sweet but smooth and not overly thick. Sweet maple syrup mixes with dark roasted malts giving notes of chocolate, coffee, caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, cream, milk, and yeast. Literally tastes like liquid pancake with a topping of chocolate. A very subtle earthy presence of hops towards the finish. Pretty solid for a sweet/milk stout.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth. Moderately syrupy and slick.
Overall: A pretty good lighter sweet stout. Good use of syrupy maple sweetness that avoids becoming too sweet.
01-22-2013 04:50:53 | More by MattyG85
3.7/5 rDev +2.8%
pours out an opaque dark brown. no light seems to be able to penetrate this brew. short lived tan head appears and disapates quickly to some sparse lace. aromas of dark molten chocolate malts...accents of anise, coffee, caramel, nougat, toffee and maple syrup. the taste is typical of the stout style...dark roasted and black patent malts. the malt profile presents flavours of dark roasted coffee, charred malt, dark unsweetened chocolate with undertones of black currants and blackberries. the maple syrup aspect only adds a complexity around the edges and melds strikingly well in this stout. think one of those valentines day box of chocolates. like a liquid candy bar. all this slightly cloying sweetness makes for a slick, sweet, syrupy mouthfeel...which i do not find detracting since this IS a winter seasonal. appropriate i suppose. any hopping present is for show only and adds just the slightest touch of bitterness to balance out the overall sweetness and is a touch buried in the burnt malt bitterness. the body of this stout is also appropriate...rather full and lush. a nice foundation for the sugar shack which it's built upon. drinkability is good...it does get a tad sweet and cloying at times...but makes for a nice winter time quaffer...even into March when our winter season seems to be hanging on with a vengeance.
overall i'm utterly impressed with this offering from the town of Cold Spring, MN. most beers, craft and not, in the past 13-14 years, have been absolutely horrible and a terrible embarrasment to the state of Minnesota. this one is a giant step in the right direction.
03-17-2013 00:56:28 | More by budgood1
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
3.39/5 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
3.49/5 rDev -3.1%
Sugar Shack pours a black color with a very small head. There is a very mellow and almost not noticeable roasted malty aroma. The taste has a nice mellow roasted flavor, with good hints of maple, and has very nice mellow maple aftertaste. Good feel, but flavors are just too weak. Overall its a good beer, BUT just TOO WEAK.
01-28-2014 00:52:54 | More by vette2006c5r
Sugar Shack from Third Street Brewhouse
82 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.