Stir Stick Stout | Half Pints Brewing Company

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Stir Stick StoutStir Stick Stout
BA SCORE
3.88/5
Very Good
96 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:
#11,692
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
96
pDev:
10.05%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
9
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 96 |  Reviews: 59
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of imbibehour
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Caramel wax on bottle.

A very dark walnut black/brown body, some see thru quality around the head. Head is a uniform nice tan color, good collared lacing. Real nice.

Good sweet and milky coffee nose. Simple creamy and sweet front, light roasty body. Simple and solid. Perhaps some dark bitter chocolate.

Bitter action of hop first, a sense of astringency with coffee angle being burried slightly. Roasty action on the finish. Light bodied coffee angle, feels more coffee than beer in the mouthfeel, but a little fizzy.

Overall a simple solid coffee beer, quite light in feel even for its character.

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Photo of 4ster
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of mmurphy525
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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

Yeah, this is good, and worth buying. Dark color with a head to match. Smell is bitter and full of coffee. Somewhat grassy as well. The taste is just like a coffee punch to the face. The hops come out to deliver a crispness. Toasty and smooth. This beer actually surprised me at how good it was. Nothing for the record books, but a solid beer.

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Photo of Tarks
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of joefinnigan15
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of MalcolmJames
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Dayna
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of beerhunter13
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of rinhaak
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Howlader
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of adhallick
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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 schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of crossovert
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341ml brown returnable wax dipped twist off.

It pours a nice dark brown with a foamy tan head that dissipates with some nice lacing.

The smell has a good deal of coffee as it is a coffee-infused stout. There is a good deal of cocoa as well in the smell.

The flavor is nice. There is a good bit of caramel and cocoa, but it is very bitterness/coffee forward. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. I haven't had a good coffee stout in a decent while and this one delivers..

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Photo of jmdr
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of evlu1441
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up mainly because it was a total bargain. The wax on the cap is a bit annoying, but I guess it's a distinguishing touch.

It pours pitch black, with a hint of brown around the edges. The toffee-coloured head is light and slightly creamy.

Light notes of coffee and molasses are noticeable in the aroma. It also has a light toasted chocolaty smell coming through in the background. Fairly standard stout smells, but nice ones too.

Slight chocolaty sweetness is quickly overtaken by the coffee flavour. Some nuttiness comes through in the finish.
Medium body and balance make this a fairly drinkable stout!

Overall, this is a steal! It's a nice coffee stout at a fantastic price.

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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 Rutager
4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a deep chestnut brown, almost black. Three fingers of thick, chocolate head leaving some thick lacing.

Smell. Light coffee, roasty malt and a little earthy, grassy hops.

Taste. Roasty malt, slightly sour coffee, some dark chocolate and maybe a little citrus zest.

Mouthfeel. Lighter body with strong carbonation. Works well.

Overall. Really nice, lighter stout. Could drink a bunch of these.

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Photo of BasementBer
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was the first Half Pints I had, warm that time and a bit unexpected. Today I am proud to say that it is a specialty dark for me when I'm looking for beer to slowly be enjoyed. If I could just voice an issue I have here briefly, it is about the new label of the half pints bottles. I don't like it, it is not nearly as appealing or classically identifiable as the old circular symbol you see in the picture above. I have not rated the beer with this dislike in mind. Just gotta put that out there. Like, its a problem for me when I see it...MOVING ON

A: Deep coffee brown. Not a lot of head remains, surprising for this style. Good amount of lacing trail.

S: Mmm, yirgacheffe! Delicious coffee smell, you can really tell its added for aroma. This is one of the best parts of this stout for me.

T: A good coffee taste, not too as long lasting as I would have hoped. But a nice bittering finish to carry out the nose.

M: Finishes dry on the tip of the tongue and goes down smoothly and settles like coffee in the rear.

D: A good beer to definitely be drank chilled. I am pleased that it is now in a 341ml bottle as opposed to the 650ml of old.

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Stir Stick Stout from Half Pints Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 96 ratings
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