Stir Stick Stout | Half Pints Brewing Company

Stir Stick StoutStir Stick Stout
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Stir Stick StoutStir Stick Stout

Brewed by:
Half Pints Brewing Company
Manitoba, Canada

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

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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 59
Photo of bobsy
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Decided to grab a bottle at Volo to finally get an idea about what this great Canadian brewery is up to.

Dark, oaken pour with a frothy mocha head that left some touches of lace as it slowly dissipated. The aroma has to be smelled to be believed... its as if I've plunged my nose into the coffee grinds I use for the morning cup of joe. This is a wonderfully smooth and intense hit, with great notes of cocoa. The flavour is nicely nuanced, and contains a lot of coffee, while also managing to stay balanced, In part this is due to generous notes of chocolate and caramel, which take the edge off the coffee bitterness. Everything is capped by a slightly herbal, dry finish. My only complaint would be the body. Its good for a regular stout, but in an ideal world I would have gone for something bulkier, and played off the breakfast theme by throwing a bit of oatmeal in the mash.

If Half Pints always brew like this I'll be happy, and it sure bodes well for the burly wine that I have at home. I think I need to do a bit more investigating...

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Photo of GK14
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one came from the bottle.

Very, very a good stout should be. Pours smooth with little head but nice lacing afterwards. The aroma of the beer is the best part, heavy on the coffee and to a lesser extent some chocolate. With respect to taste, a little on the bitter side though still respectable. A velvety mouth feel, really enjoyable.

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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 Graham5161986
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first beer from Half Pints!

A: pours a dark black with a slight ruby tone when held up to light. gives a nice, rocky dark-tan head that has decent retention and leaves a slight lace.

S: chococoffee malts and slight hops

T: light coffee flavour with slight, milky chocolate and a touch of hoppy spiciness on the finish. slight nuttiness on the linger.

M: surprisingly light bodied, creamy, a nice touch of carbonation and a light, creamy finish.

D: This is a pretty good little stout - very easy to drink given it's relative lightness but perhaps could use a slight flavour kick as it seems a tad reserved. Nevertheless, I am anjoying this beer and I will be buying it again. I look forward to further offerings from this brewery

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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 DrJay
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Zithal shared this one at the Biergotter group brewday 2007. Thanks Rob!
Clear, dark brown with a ruby hue and sticky tan foam composed of fine bubbles. Good head retention with some nice lacing. The aroma was fairly hoppy, but was still dominated by roasted barley and coffee grounds. Mild bitterness with coffee grounds and roast up front, malty sweetness and dry cocoa, with a bit of licorice as well. Quite dry with lightish body and carbonation, decent texture. A pretty good stout with roastiness well-integrated into the flavour. Tasty.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent coffee stout when there are so few available in Canada. Looks nice: black, brown head. Average stout smell though, hardly any coffee in the nose. Better taste: coffee is noticeable, and definitley there. It takes a back seat to roast malt and chocolate tastes, but it holds its own. A bit high on the carbonation and the coffee leaves a bitter after taste, but better than Phillip's discontinued offering and even though I can't get it here in Vancouver (yet!) its done year round -unlike Steamworks (IMO) superior offering that comes up every other year for a few weeks it seems.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The cool thing about this stout is that it really tastes like a chocolate covered expresso bean ( and smells like one too lol). A very flavourful stout that is low on the carbonation scale and high on the drinkability scale. A lot of coffee stouts kinda lose the focus and taste like an average stout when in fact the coffee component is the key. Good job on keeping the coffee part at the forefront.

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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 markaberrant
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a 20oz pint glass.

Pours opaque black. Small tan head forms, and quickly recedes to a thin cap. Splotches of lacing are left down the glass.

Aroma is dark roasted malt when I open the bottle. In the glass, it's nothing but coffee with a hint of cream. Finally, a coffee stout that smells like coffee!

Taste continues with a distinct coffee flavour, but there is a bit of sweet malt and hops to make it recognizable as beer. Finish is not overly bitter, which I would have to say is quite nice given the bitter coffee flavour that is alreay present.

Mouthfeel is somewhat creamy, not overly heavy, seems appropriate for 5.6% stout. Carbonation is low and perfect for the style.

Drinkability is high for me. Every time I go in for a sip, I get that great coffee aroma, which keeps me coming back for more. This is my kind of session beer.

Overall, this beer is a pleasure to drink. Yes, it is somewhat one dimensional (COFFEE), but very well done and unique in it's own right. Thanks Dave!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Highly carbonated. Dark brown body, big, fluffy, cocoa'tan head, nicely frothed.

Rich espresso nose, very earthy, nutty, a little chocolate, nougat...yeah, nice, and intriguing....ah, yes, it's the Ethiopian coffee beans sticking out, now that I read the label...

Generously flavored, robust body, big mouthfeel, but smooth and easy-going.
Rich, roasted malt, licorice and dry toasty coffee flavor, minor cocoa...fading off, and finishing neat and dry-ish.

An interesting stout. Well-done, solid, refreshing, drinkable, downable, and rearding. Might be my favorite from the four beers Dave was so kind to drop off for me, all the way from Winnipeg. Much luck to this little, plucky brewery, they're headed in the right direction!

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

A big bottle of roasted coffee, thanks to Blair for bringing back. Dark with strong coffee aroma and characteristics. Harh on the stomach as so much coffee will do. Bitter but somewhat balanced with malt. Somewhat smooth, multiple sharing recommended.
3.5 years later bottle- solid stout and I have upgraded it.

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Photo of demcorhip
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good stuff, enjoyed on a bitterly cold February night. Thanks to chonyr and raider for bringing this treat back from the 'peg.

Pours black, nearly opaque, some blackened ruby tones reveal where the light passes through the body around the edges of the glass. Big three finger tan coloured head formed on the pour. This mildly carbonated stout left a somewhat scant yet intricate ring of lacings inside my Samuel Smith pint glass.

Big espresso nose on this one with aromas of dark roast coffee and dark chocolate. A hint of creamy nuts and treacle lie underneath the aromas of roasted coffee and roasted barley. Theres also a hint of smoke, as well as the slightly bitter, earthy, pleasant fall-like decaying leafiness from the fuggles.

Yummy! Slightly bitter flavours of dark roast coffee and roasted malts take the fore on this one. Their clean and clear flavours of dark roast coffee and dark chocolate compliment each other so well its difficult to pinpoint the contribution each made to the overall flavour profile. Underneath the roastiness lies lesser complimentary flavours of creamy nuts, treacle, and a very mild smokiness that all nicely blends into the earthy and leafy fuggles with mild bitterness.

A slightly creamy medium bodied very well balanced stout. Hints of bitterness from the roasted coffee, roasted malts, and the fuggles balance out the richer malts in this one. Very mild level of carbonation present as fits the style.

A yummy, tasty and very drinkable stout. Certainly sessionable, and should be approachable to the stout novices who are adventurous coffee drinkers. Would like some of those ethiopian beans that made their way into this one for my morning cup o joe. Recommend that you try this if you havent, Ill be drinking this one again.

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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 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 Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Piscator34: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium foamy dark head with average retention. Aroma of roasted coffee is dominating with some noticeable roasted malt. Taste is also dominated by the coffee flavour and quite enjoyable even though I’m probably not the most avid fan of coffee stout. Body is a bit light for the style and carbonation is about right. Great coffee stout and IMHO would have been better if some chocolate malt had been added.

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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 trevorwideman
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

660ml bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

Pours thick and syrupy, basically opaque with a few deep ruby highlights. 1/4 inch head that subsides quickly to a thin lacing. Thick, black coffee aromas predominate the nose. Very earthy nose with a slightly sweet and toasty malt in the background.

Taste is (as I'm sure it's supposed to be) like a chilled coffee with about a teaspoon of sugar in it, with a bit of an unsweetened dark chocolate. As the beer gets to an ideal serving temp the hops begin to shine through, leaving a pleasant acidity on the palate. Full flavoured and dry brew that has a lot going for it. I must admit, I'm not the world's biggest stout fan but this is a pleasant offering. This may be my new breakfast beer!

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Photo of fisherman34
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Near black in colour with below average carbonation. Aromas of un-ground medium roast coffee, milk chocolate, and a bit of earth. Flavor wise, we’re talking more coffee, but it’s far smoother than other coffee flavored beers that I’ve sampled. There are also notes of lightly roasted malts (somewhat munich-ish), roasted barley, and a very faint fruit note. Quite drying on the finish... more like an English or Irish dry stout, as opposed to some of the fatter/sweeter interpretations. My only criticism is that it’s a bit lacking in body. I agree with the commercial description with regards to how it would go well with BBQ.

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Stir Stick Stout from Half Pints Brewing Company
Beer rating: 69.5% out of 100 with 95 ratings
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