Stir Stick Stout | Half Pints Brewing Company

Stir Stick StoutStir Stick Stout
BA SCORE
3.88/5
95 Ratings
Stir Stick StoutStir Stick Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Half Pints Brewing Company
Manitoba, Canada
halfpintsbrewing.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Stir Stick Stout is robust with ruby highlights and a generous addition of locally roasted fair trade, organic Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffee.The beans lend a distinct chocolate aroma and flavour that blends well with the roasted barley and malty sweetness.A woody bitterness rounds out this ale and makes it the perfect match for barbequed buffalo burgers, sweet desserts like chocolate lava cake or with vanilla ice cream as a decadent beer float.

35 IBU

Added by fisherman34 on 08-19-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,186
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
95
pDev:
10.05%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
9
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 59
Photo of papat444
2.74/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to kjyost for this one. Had it on the night of Oct. 13, 2010.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: Way too much foam again. Second HP that does that though this one isn't as bad. Dark brown head with an opaque nearly black body.

Smell: Cocoa powder and chocolate. Sweet but not cloying so. Really digging the aroma.

Taste: Where's the sweetness? Harsh and bitter chocolate with no balance. Not quite pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is abrasive and hinders the taste and feel of the beer though it is partially perceptible.

Drinkability: Not particularly. One third was enough for me.

Overall: Very odd contrast between the aroma and taste. Night and day almost. Not a memorable stout at all.

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Photo of joefinnigan15
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of DaftCaskBC
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: 1/2" mocha head over black liquid.

S: Espresso, dark chocolate, black malt.

T: Espresso, dark chocolate, black malt, grassy hops, toasted grains.

M: Thin mouthfeel and low carbonation.

O: Would've preferred a more medium mouthfeel, nothing as thick as Peche Mortel, but a bit thicker nonetheless. Beware of this brewer, as he will contact you via arrogant personal messages if he doesn't agree with your reviews. For that reason, I will never drink one of this breweries' beers again.

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Photo of presario
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Thanks to Piscator34! Black almost opaque with ruby highlights. Thick creamy head. Sweet milk chocolate and coffee aroma. Lots of coffee, charcoal and smoke in the flavour. Comes off a little flat with no end. Body is OK but a little thin. Seems to miss the back of the palate. Dry coffee and chocolate. Nice but...

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Photo of beerhunter13
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of FrostyWPG
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Litrecola
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Dayna
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.32/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Special thanks to tdadiuk for sending us this beer.

A: Pours jet black with 3-4 fingers of dark tan billowy head which lingers leaving plenty of lacing.

S: Acrid coffee together with notes of cocoa powder, molasses and wood. From start to finish there is an overriding scent of new plastic.

T: Follows the scent, without the plastic notes, coffee and cocoa powder with sweet molasses malts.

M: Touch on the light side with moderate carbonation.  Feels more like a porter.

O: I'm thinking that this must be off as the new plastic smell is apparent from start to finish and is rather off putting and overshadows the coffee and cocoa notes. I have another bottle and will revise this review should it not have the plastic profile.

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Photo of Viggo
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Biergotter Club Brew marathon tasting. Zithal provided this sample.

Pours an opaque brown/black, thick off white (almost tan) head forms, lots of nice lacing, good retention. Smell is sweet, some caramel, citrus, light roast, chocolate and coffee, not wowing me. Taste is licorice, roast, caramel, some coffee/chocolate, not much flavour, seems a bit thin. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, pretty slick. Not bad, but I didn't get much of the coffee in this, think I need to get my hands on another bottle. Thanks Rob!

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Photo of womencantsail
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is dark brown in color with a rather sizable brown head on it.

S: Somewhat acidic on the nose with a big roasted malt character. A hint of char to go along with it and maybe a little bit of licorice. Certainly some dark chocolate and coffee notes in there too.

T: Roasted malts are the dominate flavor of the beer. There's a mild bitterness with a definite licorice flavor. Some dark chocolate and coffee. The carbonation is very high which lends an acidic flavor.

M: Medium in body with a very high carbonation.

O: Fairly underwhelming. I wasn't a huge fan of this one at all.

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Photo of MalcolmJames
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of mmurphy525
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of rinhaak
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of 4ster
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of xav33
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half Pints Stir Stick Stout
22 oz bottle
Moderate pour in a snifter.
Recent brewing, stirred 08/07

Poured black with brown highlights with a moderate light brown fizzy mostly diminishing head.

Smelt of moderate chocolate, and light coffee.

Taste was upfront bitter moderate roast to burnt grain and coffee and light chocolate followed by more of the same, with a slight almost metallic or green twang on an average finish.

Palate was light bodied, lively carbonated, slightly oily and lightly astringent.

Overall, this is an easily drinkable coffee stout. Not the richest or most powerful, but a good summer stout. Great chocolate nose!

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Photo of elricorico
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown in colour, nearly opaque except for the edges. Only a thin tan ring of head around the glass.

The smell is that of real ground coffee, and plenty of it. Perhaps a bit of nuttiness to it as well, but the coffee aroma pretty much buries anything else.

The first mouthfull has a good roasted barley stout taste. Supsequent mouthfulls are a toss up between a complete coffee flavour and a mix of faint stout flavour with strong coffee. The front of the tongue does pick a little bit of dark chocolate at times, but basically the coffee flavour rules this one.

Nice light carbonation with some body to it. Could be thicker, but not bad.

This is a pretty good beer, considering the style. A coffee drinker could really love this one.

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Photo of korguy123
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into tulip

A- Super dark black/brown pour with a finger width dark beige head that drops to a thin cap relatively quickly leaving spotty lacing and a thin cap.

S- Copious amounts of dark heavily roasted black coffee, dark bitter chocolate and slight brown sugar with a touch of vanilla.

T- Coffee and more coffee, the sweetness doesn't translate to the taste and this is very roasty and bitter.

M- Surprisingly quite thin, you could almost pass this off as a porter. Quite lively carbonation.

O- Good strong black coffee flavor, could have used a little more body and a little more backing rather than relying solely on the coffee alone.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery in a trade with Dave. Thanks!

A - Cap of beige goes away pretty quick. Not opaque but extremely dark brown/ruby.

S - Lot's of dark roast coffee, some chocolate as well but the majority of the aroma is coffee.

T - Coffee! Some sweet matls as well after the initial coffee flavours. Tastes a little like cola to me.

M - Light to medium body. Smooth in the mouth. Feels really nice.

D - Nice and drinkable. Rich enough to keep my attention.

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Photo of Orrshow
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A thanks goes out to elricorico for sharing the bottle. I lost count long ago how many we’ve shared.

Appearance – This beer pours an opaque black with dark brown tinges around the edges. The little head that does appear soon falls to close to nothing.

Smell – First impression is rich dark roasted coffee ground. There is a slightly bitter smell but it is faint compared to the coffee.

Taste – Begins on a slightly roasted malt flavor but then the heavy dark coffee flavors take over in a big way. The aftertaste that lingers strongly reminds me of iced cappuccino. There is a light bitterness to go along but mostly all you taste is coffee.

Mouthfeel – The body on this Stout is decent. The carbonation is toned down nicely.

Drinkability – I had an easy time drinking this and enjoyed it. Sometimes the coffee flavor was a little much at times but overall it is well made. Any coffee/beer fan will like this a lot.

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Photo of CurtisD
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oakbluff
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle- pours quite dark, lively two finger offwhite head and sticky lacing. Nose- fresh coffee grounds. Taste- big and bright coffee initially, quickly fades to a burnt roast flavour. Some dark chocolate. Finish has some dark fruit character and slight bitterness. Body is little light. Moderate carbonation. I'd love to see a souped up version of this.

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Photo of nmann08
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, pours dark brown with a little tan head.

The smell is coffee, brown sugar, chocolate, a little smoke and wood. The flavor is lots of dry coffee and dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa powder. The coffee really dominates here. Nice roasty finish with a little bitterness to it.

Overall, this is good, but not special.

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Photo of Derek
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bit of a tan head, no retention or lace.

Dark chocolate and coffee aroma.

Dark chocolate and coffee with a light grainy astringency. Good bitterness.

Light, bubbly mouthfeel with a hint of roasted acidity.

Better than the last one I had, but doesn't live up to the hype. Is this still one of Canada's best?

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Photo of vanrassel
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed a 660 mL bomber received in trade with trevorwideman — thanks!

This is a decent example of a coffee-infused beer that doesn't go too far over the top and remains pleasantly drinkable.

It poured virtually opaque brown, with ruby highlights only visible when held up to a light source. The smell is subtle compared to others in the style, but coffee is still the main attraction: coffee grounds dominate the foreground, backed up by roasted malt, a whiff of chocolate and the tiniest bit of sour yeast.

Malted milk, chocolate and roasted barley start things sweet before the coffee kicks in for a bitter, drying finish. The nice thing about the coffee flavour is it's present but not to the point of being cloying — one could easily finish a bomber without being put off. The lower carbonation felt right but I thought the beer was a little thin-bodied and watery.

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Stir Stick Stout from Half Pints Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 95 ratings
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