Stir Crazy
Indeed Brewing Company - Minneapolis

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Winter Warmer
Ranked #29
Ranked #16,675
3.87 | pDev: 10.34%
Indeed Brewing Company - Minneapolis
Minnesota, United States
Very Good
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Notes: A new season means new adventures. We created Stir Crazy Porter to warm you from within during the coldest time of year. Bundle up and enjoy! Our sturdy porter is brewed with layers of malty goodness, giving it a
dark brown hue and satisfying notes of roasted malt, chocolate, and caramel.
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Reviews: 40 | Ratings: 234
Photo of GStone899
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I hate to say it but I'm dissapointed. For a porter this is watery and weak when it comes to flavor. You get the smoke and the char in the aftertaste bit not much upfront. I've enjoyed this beer cold(mistake) and at cellar temp and while that is better it still leaves a lot to be desired.

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Photo of PolskaKielbasia
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Tried this years back and though it was meh. I remember it being way to sweet and fruity. After hearing they "reformulated" it, I thought I'd give it another go. Verdict: much better! I agree with the reviews that mention this being more of a brown ale than a porter. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, snifter glass. Darker brown body, cola coloured, one finger offwhite head, good retention, a fair bit of lacing. Smell is nutty, light roast, touch of burnt espresso, caramel. Big nuttiness, more than I have found in most porters. Taste is more of a nutty hazelnut, sweet caramel, a bit of burnt malt, toffee. It's a bit of a simplistic porter; honestly more of a brown ale. More of a stylistic misnomer, in my opinion. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, thinner, solid carbonation, nutty caramel sweetness on the finish.

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Photo of Efoss
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Poured from can into glass--Opaque, rich dark brown and creamy tan head, decent lacing although the head dissipated after a while.
Smell: Toasty and rich with a hint of bitterness, nothing too incredibly notable but not unpleasant.
Taste: Sweet and malty, cocoa, vanilla, dark fruit, and coffee notes. Very pleasant. Doesn't taste like 6.5% so be careful!
Feel: Smooth and medium bodied, definitely easy drinking.
Overall: Lovely and warming, an enjoyable and satisfying winter ale.

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Photo of Chaz
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark brown in color. So dark that it resembles a black ale / black IPA. Dark tan head with a nice bit of lace gives it the look of a moody, mysterious beer, but for some there's a definite appeal in a beer cast with an overall dark and foreboding visage.

Something acrid about the nose . . . iodine? Sulfur? Smoke? On my last go-round with this beer it was all cocoa and toffee notes up front, and there's some of that here, but it's muted. Lightly sweet malt character, nothing in the way of hops aside from maybe some sharp bitterness poking through the murk.

Sweet and a touch bittersweet on the first sip. Lingering bitter / bittersweet character, with LOTS of roast* malt character. Definitely picking up more of a modern black ale character than that of a traditional, diacetyl-prone British-styled 'winter warmer.' Notes of bitter cocoa and light espresso, but none of the toffee I recall from last year (or whenever it was that I had it last.)

Lighter mouthfeel, but in no stretch of the imagination is this a lightweight beer. The lightness of the mouthfeel definitely enhances the drinkability, and even for the somewhat weighty 6.5% this is a very drinkable beer that I can easily see sitting down to enjoy two pints of by the fireside (cue the hackneyed Currier and Ives tableau, brother!) or even at a local dive bar.

Frankly, the off-note in the nose does a lot to detract from the drinkability of this one, but hell, maybe I just got a bad batch? Shit happens, even for one of the best new (or newer at any rate) breweries in Minnesota.

That 6.5% alcohol does manage to become warming after a few sips, and it definitely improves the drinkability of this (off? maybe off?) batch example on this gloomy Saturday as new dawn fades.

If you get a chance, give it a try. It's a decent beer for what it is.

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Photo of olelion
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Black, when held up to light more dark brown
S-Not much there, but a little chocolate and raisin
T- A lot of chocolate and dark fruit, very enjoyable. Surprising after light aroma. Little to no hop flavor (as expected) and just a little tiny bit of hop bitterness. About equal bitterness of a piece of mild dark chocolate.
M-Medium-full bodied, nice mellow carbonation.
O- Really like it, packed with chocolate and raisin/dark cherry flavor.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.19/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fairly thick head when poured. It did dissipate fairly quickly. There isn't much nose to this beer. There isn't a lot of flavor to his beer, to be honest. Somewhat of a letdown fo this type of beer.

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Photo of hardysf
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty good stout. Pours jet black with a nice head. Maybe too much head for style, but its not overly carbed. Smell of vanilla and chocolate. The taste is of vanilla and lactose with a hint of dark fruit. The overall body is a bit thin. A little bit of a strange aftertaste like bark of some sort or some spice. Drinkable stout. But not one I would continually buy.

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Photo of Tracywithbeer24
2.68/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Nice dark almost black with a nice tan head and nice lacing. Smells like Vanilla, fruity, licorice, sweet, boozy, salt caramel. Shallow taste, thin, ,weird aftertaste that finishes quickly. Still has drinkability. overall good drinkabililty.

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Photo of Umdrunner
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice dark brown/ruby color. Flavors of chocolate and coffee blend well with a slight fruity and chestnut flavor. This beer is not sweet and has moderate carbonation. Good winter ale. I'd prefer something a little sweeter with less carbonation, but definitely worth another purchase.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at the Red Stag.
L: Bright brown under a 1” moussey tan foam cap that hugs the side of the glass. S: chocolate, vanilla, dried fruit aromas.
T: Light roast, chocolate, vanilla, dried fruit, a hint of coffee. No harsh or burnt flavors.
F: Medium to medium full body, medium carbonation, very soft in the mouth.
O: A good beer to drink while sitting by the fire.

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Photo of JamesMN
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned on 12/11/14.

Appearance: Pitch black with a shiny clarity about it. Frothy finger of tan foam.

Aroma: Just a nice burst of dark chocolate.

Taste: Those cocoa nibs don't mess around, huge chocolate flavor in this one. Respectable malt base that provides a clean somewhat creamy flavor along with a hint of bitter black coffee in the finish. Not really getting the raisins or brown sugar but the vanilla is in there somewhere. Just enough hop bitterness to balance without drawing to much attention to itself. Despite the lack of any alcohol burn, it'd still peg this for higher than 6.5% ABV due to the depth of flavor. The only downside is the aftertaste of charred malts (black coffee, bitter cocoa, etc.), which distract from the otherwise balanced flavor.

Mouthfeel: Between medium and full in body with slightly aggressive carbonation. Good drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Although the brewery would consider this one expired because it is more than three months old (gotta love a good quality system when it comes to fresh beer!) I found the flavors to be very good all around. Would I drink it again? Sure.

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Photo of MartzMimic
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown from the can with a foamy mocha head. Smells of cocoa and roasted malts, but the aroma's subdued. The chocolate and roasted malt is more predominant in the taste, along with toffee, raisins and dark cherries. Medium mouth with some carbonation. Not much spice for a winter warmer, but it's a very nice beer, somewhere between a strong ale and a porter.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stir Crazy pours a dark brown color with a small lacing head. There is a sweet aroma with hints of vanilla, brown sugar and raisins. The taste has big and heavy, lots of vanilla, sweet fruit, with hints of chocolate. Nice big body and feel. Overall its a fantastic beer, and a top winter warmer.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From a can into an imperial pint

A: dark black/brown with ruby edges when held up to the light
S: sweet cherries, raisins, flowers, some sweet and light spiciness, caramel.
T & M: hmmm...this just doesn't come together for me very well. Too sweet and the fruit is fairly piquant but somewhow just seems out of place. Like the nose, but the caramel is fairly light and the integration of flavors leaves me unhappy. Light bittersweet chocolate. There's definitely faint vanilla at the end, and there's a very slight edge of hoppiness there as well, though in general, the hops are not featured. Lacks a lot of warmth for me...
Overall: might give this a try on tap at a later point, just to make sure, but it seems like this one and I are just not meant to be together.

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Photo of porter_collie
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft

A - dark brown body with a thin chestnut head.

S - Milk chocolate, roasted nuts, and toast.

T - Very similar to the nose. Milk chocolate dominates early on, with pecan, smoke, dark fruit, and cinnamon raisin bread emerging later. The palate is left with mild astringency from the roast malts balanced with lactose sweetness.

M - Velvety body buoyed up by a vibrant carbonation.

O - A unique take on a winter warmer. Not the caramel overload other beers in the style can be. The mix of flavors is unique and rewarding. Worth checking out!

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Photo of CraigP83
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I noticed a slight smell of roasted nuts and cocoa beans. This is a malty rather than hoppy beer. However, it does not have the creamy flavor of other malty beers such as Guinness. The aftertaste reminds me of figs, raisins or some other similar dried fruit.

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Photo of MNAle
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours very, very, dark ruby red. Two fingers of tan, creamy head that dissipates slowly, with nice clinging. Sweet aroma, with fruit, some malt overtones, roasty, and chocolate. Moderate mouth feel (not thin, but not thick, either), but satisfying. Smokey, malty taste; the fruit taste is subtle and controlled. Sweetness is evident but not overpowering in the beginning, but becomes a bit cloying by the end. Very mild hop bitterness in the middle. I don't generally go for fruit beers, but this one is nicely balanced. All of the "extra" ingredients (cacao, vanilla, raisins, brown sugar) add subtle and very pleasant taste. This is a good tasting ale, even though as it warms the sweetness becomes a bit too much for me. YMMV.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can: Poured a dark deep brown color ale with a medium size off-white head with limited retention and not much lacing. Aroma of dry raisin and brown sugar with a healthy dose of caramelized sugar is very interesting. Taste is also dominated by a healthy dose of caramelized malt with some dry raisins notes and some light residual brown sugar notes. Body is bit light to sustain all the spices and dry fruits notes with medium carbonation. Interesting beer but seems to be lacking a little bit malt profile.

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Photo of Can_if_you_can
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

The first year i had this, (either 2012 or ‘13) It was the most amazing seasonal alw/winter warmer i had ever had. Rated it a perfect 5. Strong flavors of dried dark fruits - dates, figs, raisins and a strong presence of brown sugar and vanilla, hints of caramel. Great aroma and mouthfeel. Indeed has for some reason never been able to replicate it, been sorely dissapointed with the last three years, still hoping they could go back to the original recipie or replay that magic it once had. The thing that has killed this beer for me the last three years is the overwhelming carbonation. Id say the carbonation is a high 4 outta five where it should be somewhere around a 2 to 2.5 for this style. Wish this was as good as it was year one!! Current rating is how i feel from the initial 5

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Photo of MikeInOhio
4.54/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Dark lacy concoction. Reddish hue. Light tan head persists.

Aroma of dark fruits as raisins. No hop aroma.

Rich complex malts, chocolate and vanilla dominates but loaded with cherry, brown sugar flavors too. Orange or citrus is present. Some hop bitterness way in the finish. Balanced to the malt, there are plenty of hop flavors and appropriate bitterness for a winter warmer, american style.

A little thin but clean fermentation and intense malt complexity leave palate fully satisfied.

Overall, this complex winter ale is unusual and satisfying. A little more body for a fuller mouthfeel would be a plus or just drive a little more gravity from base malt and get more warmth AND body. But this beer does not disappoint and it's unusual character and wonderful balance make this an awesome beer.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours near pitch black, half finger of deep tan head, nice lacing

Smell is vanilla, deep chocolate, roasted matls and not much else

Taste is deep chocolate, dark fruit raison and plum, vanilla, cherry notes, toffee and caramel, finishes with more chocolate taste

Mouthfeel is medium light, a little heavy on the carbonation, could use some more body

Good beer, would be a nice change of pace beer. Interesting blend of a lot of flavors, really lacks in the body department though.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

very easy drinking winter warmer, sort of modeling itself on a belgian quad, at least in terms of malt bill and flavor notes, but drinking a whole lot easier. the can says brown sugar, but i don't get a lot of that after the head has settled well enough for me to take a big whiff. i get the vanilla, and i really get the raisins, apparently pureed or something before added to the kettle. all the sugar that should be here is fermented out, this is not at all sweet for what it is, a testament to the yeast, which has cleaned the beer up nicely without imparting a ton of flavor. balance with the additives in taste, but the vanilla is the strongest. fuller bodied but honestly just a bit light for the style. like that we have a winter warmer here without all the usual spice accompaniment. i would buy this, great use of raisins too

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Photo of TCMike
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Produced a finger, and a half of beige head. Beer color is a dark mahogany, (just about translucent).

Smell is of dark fruit, biscuit, brown sugar. Nice, would be nicer if it was a bit stronger.

Taste is similar, but with some added dark chocolate taste, and light hop bitterness. Medium mouth-feel, and carbonation.

Good seasonal!

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Photo of NeedBeerHere
3.16/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out dark as night with a tiny brown head that dissipated right away. Smell is of raisins and other dark fruit. I really don't get much else from the nose. Taste is much like the nose. Really I only get dark fruits, maybe a little brown sugar, really just not that much going on but it is pretty tasty but nothing special to be sure. Mouthfeel is ironically slightly thick even though it seems not very carbonated. Just not a very complex beer in my opinion. It tastes OK and I wouldn't not drink it but it's not anything that I would buy again.

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