Sugar Shack
Third Street Brewhouse

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American Stout
Ranked #843
Ranked #37,952
3.68 | pDev: 13.86%
Third Street Brewhouse
Minnesota, United States
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Photo of rudzud
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JLindros for sharing this can.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black with almost black with a thin off white head that fades to leave light wisps and a thin halo.

S - Aromas of maple syrup and faint chocolate, there is some nice sweetness as well.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with light chocolate and roast. The maple is pleasant, not overly sweet, decent chocolate. Faint maple candy, good slightly sweet.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, thin, very watery.

O - Overall this was a very underwhelming beer, the maple is subtle like everything else with this beer.

Serving Type: can

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Photo of jlindros
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Extra in trade, shared with rudzud
Pours a medium foamy creamy 1/2 finger head with medium retention, darker color, nice foamy lacing, pitch black with decent legs

Nose fair maple aroma, a bit of chocolate, some sweet caramel and dulce de leche, base beer is fairly light though, little toasty grainy malt

Taste again a bit light in the beer side, fair maple candy, a touch of chocolate and bitter roast notes, touch of spices, thin on the malt and beer in general, weird watery fruity thing too

Mouth is thin especially for a 6.5% stout, medium carb at least

Overall the maple is nice but the base beer is way too light

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Photo of UristMcBrewer
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer is black with a nice big dark head that sticks around. When help up to the tight, the fainest of red can be seen from the edges of the glass. It smells like slightly burnt maple syrup. The maple notes are very nice. The burnt notes comes off as a bit harsh though, The taste is sweet without being cloying. The beer part of the taste isn't particularly complex, but the maple does add a nice touch. The mouthfeel is rich, but not extraordinary. The carbonation is on the lighter side. This is a decent stout.

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Photo of dcotom
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured cold from a 16-ounce can into a "snulip" glass. This was a gusher, spewing foam all over the place when I opened the can. A fairly aggressive pour surprisingly yielded only a couple of fingers of tan foam atop an espresso-colored body, with a dark cherry-colored highlight or two. Allowing this to warm a bit brought out its subtleties. Roasted malt and espresso-bean bitterness up front, along with notes of tart fruit and maple. This is rather light in body for a stout, with a slightly watery mouthfeel. Not much sweetness or char, but there was some lingering oily sourness on the finish that I didn't care for. Aside from that, this is a pretty good beer if you're not expecting a sugary maple bomb.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 4 pak of tall boys at Aldi's for 6.99. Not quite Aldi's in Germany where you can get a tall boy of Paulaner Oktoberfest for $E 0.79, but it will do. I pop the top and I get roasted malts, black licorice and molasses. Pours to a opaque jet black with a foamy three finger tan head. Taste is lots of molasses and charred malt, very nice. A bit thin on the mouthfeel. Finish is cocoa and bitters. A very nice beer.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Dark brown body with dark tan foam. Smell is more maple forward than taste, where the maple is in the background behind the toffee malt, dark fruit, and nuttiness. Smell is maple with toffee roasted nuts pairing. Little watery in the body, but nice roasted malt texture to break up the maple sweetness

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Photo of wl2bill
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The body is a bit thin otherwise this is a good maple stout. There is a good maple flavor and sweetness but not over board. Great for this time of the year, Feb in Wisconsin.

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Photo of gatornation
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark mahogany color with a thin khaki head. Smell had toasted malts ,biscuit and maple. Taste was good nice maple flavor that mixed well with the stout base,roasted malts in the finish. Mouth feel was this with good carbonation,twas a little watery.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Decent Stout, especially for the price. Nice roasty aroma with a hint of maple. The maple syrup flavor hits much bigger in the flavor, with enough of a roasted malt finish to keep it from becoming cloying. Really, really thin feel. Surprisingly thin.

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Photo of Dourrieu
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

4 pack at Aldi 6.99 super easy drinking stout a bit heavy on the back end with maple but a very solid and enjoyable Stout. A fantastic beer for the price

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the can bought at Aldi, it pours a clear (I think) dark brown with a light brown, bubbly head. The head lasts as it slowly diminishes . Scent is a syrupy scent, pleasant. Taste is malty and sweet, with maple undertones and aftertaste. Enjoyable!

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Photo of Turbo
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Purchased this in a variety pack, as I love trying new. Regarding this beer I'm not knocking it, but just not my pint of beer. Has a good look, smell, and feel, but I just did not care for the maple flavor after taste. If you are looking for a maple flavor beer, this is the one for you.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm trying this at my bro in law house. It pour3d a nearly opaque dark with thin ercu head that is not leaving much lace. The scent carries sweet plum and musty wine barrel. The taste starts with a dark fruit push then maple presence after draw. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's ok.

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Photo of jkblr
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz canned 9/8/17 poured into a perfect pint at fridge temp 6.5% ABV. The beer pours pitch black with mocha brown head. Retention and lacing are slightly above average. The aroma is maple syrup and black malt. The taste is bitter dark malt and semisweet maple that finishes with a bitter woody note. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and semisweet in the finish. This beer never goes cloying for me but there is definitely maple syrup taste and feel. Overall, pretty good. This is the best sample I've had from 3rd Street. Worth a shot at $7 for 4 16oz cans.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a pretty deep black with a nice heavy head of tan suds. A little lace.

Aroma: Sweet sweet maple! Most maple character I’ve ever had in a beer. Seems authentic, too. Points here.

Taste: Plenty of maple syrup here, sweet but with a roasty stout cocoa/coffee malt presence. Seems a bit light in body, but for fans of maple syrup like me, this is one to try. Solid and unique.

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep, opaque black body, with a large, dense dark tan head. Scattered, broken lacing adorns the glass walls. The head retention is excellent.

Aroma: Quite distinct notes of fermented maple syrup utterly dominates the aroma, the maple aroma is utterly authentic.

Taste: A wave of fermented maple syrup opens the taste, soon followed by toasted malt. As the taste progresses, the maple intensifies a bit, vying with the roasted malt for supremacy. Interestingly, the relatively high ABV of 6.5% is notable neither in the aroma, nor the taste. Finishes with a long and lingering note o maple syrup and toasted malt.

Mouth feel: Soft and velvety, extremely full, quite gracious.

Drinkability/notes: A superb example, would pair well with chocolate desserts, and it seems perfect for cool Autumn days, so rare in Texas.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard sixteen-ounce aluminum can, served in a Pilsener glass.

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Photo of ZAP
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Out of 16 oz cans this year.

L-Black..minimal head

S-Roasted malts with a fruity (apples) like note that seems out of place.

T-Nice roasted maltiness....maple is evident but subtle....blends nicely....better as it warms.

F-More of a dry stout feel. At best on the light side of medium. Closer to high side of light bodied. If you drink it cold it feels too thin. As it warms it feels about right for a basic stout.

O-Personally I think they had a bigger maple impression a few years back but this is decent enough. I got an eight pack of sixteen ounce cans and I'll happily drink them all but won't go back for more. Nice enough winter beer from a Minnesota brewery whose beers I don't typically seek out.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at the Bryant Lake Bowl. It pours brilliant chestnut with very little cap. Has a big maple nose. The palate begins sweet and suggests root beer before emerging as maple and alcohol. A hint of smoke. Carbonation is medium and the body is slightly below medium. Much better than I expected.

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Photo of MNAle
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown / black, with a 3/4 inch tan head that dissipates quickly, leaving a sticky lacing. Roasted malts with a hint of pine in aroma. Roasted malt initial taste, a bit sweet. This transitions maple bitterness in the finish. Light carbonation. A nice creamy and thick mouth feel. Pretty good overall. Third House brews this with a deft touch. The complex flavors of the malt and maple are in a nice balance. In other words, the maple does not dominate. The sweetness is there, but also controlled to not be overbearing. The finish is just a little bitter and dry.

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Photo of mnredsoxfan69
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I really wanted to like this stout.

It starts with a dark brown body and a 1 finger head of rocky foam that dissolves into a 1/8th inch ring around the edge and moderate lacing along the sides. The smell is roasted malt with light coffee notes. The flavor is solid if unspectacular, roasted malt, low hoppiness and a faint taste of maple bitterness. The mouthfeel is thin for a stout, closer to a schwartzbier or black ale. I wanted more body. Overall, it's a good, not great stout. I've got three more in the fridge that I'll drink, but I won't search it out again.

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Photo of Chizzzy
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Sugar Shack is a beer I respect. This is one I can't wait for to come out every year. Insanely drinkable with a great maple taste that does not overwhelm by any means. My favorite Third Street brew by far.

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Photo of enjambed
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Serving: Fridge temp bottle (undated) poured into hefeweizen glass.

Look: Opaque black with ruby highlights. Moderate pour produces a sizable tan head that settles down to a cap that stays all the way down to the bottom of the glass. Lacing is relatively clingy.

Aroma: Well roasted malts with and a subtle but very apparent undercurrent of sweet 'sticky' (yes it smells sticky) maple syrup, and maybe some vanilla.

Taste: Begins with mostly roasted malts, and a pronounced wooden(?) flavor with a bit of the sweet syrup on the back end. Finish doesn't linger too long, but leaves you wanting another sip.

Feel: Medium, maybe a little on the light side. Finish is dry but not sticky.

Overall: Being from St. John's I was really excited to try this beer! (Yes, the maple syrup is real, and does come from an abbey, but it isn't really harvested by monks anymore, it's mostly students and professors.) I was expecting the maple syrup to be as present in the flavor as it was in the aroma, but I haven't had much experience with beers of this type. The result is a wonderful stout that shows off the maple syrup without letting it steal the show. Those expecting something super sweet and syrupy may be disappointed, but I loved it!

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Photo of jimmah120
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a date into tulip. given to me by a relative who acquired it in a sampler. review from notes.

dark brown color, small head. smell is sweet creamy maple syrup and malt. taste isn't heavy on maple, but it's there. good mix between the sweet and the roast, but the sweet wins out.

better than i expected

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of foam. It smelled of maple, chocolate and roasted malt. Sweet maple with chocolate and a subtle bitterness.

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