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Sugar Shack | Third Street Brewhouse

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Brewed by:
Third Street Brewhouse
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

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Ratings: 157 |  Reviews: 33
Reviews by PieOhMy:
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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Photo of ZAP
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
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 +17.1%
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 garymuchow
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First start off with a nice stout and this one does that.
Nice dark head. Drippy lacing. Black body with garnet highlight.
Aroma is a little tight but holds soft roast towards coffee and a light sweetness hinting at the flavors to follow.
The maple is done very nicely. It blends and accents but never dominates or overpowers. It is like a soft layer of maple brown sugar across a dark chocolate/coffee wafer. Enough bitterness to prevent any residual sweetness and also a crumbly drying on the finish.
Every so slightly larger than moderate body. Real smooth with soft yet ample carbonation.
I'm pretty impressed. A good drinking stout enhanced with a really well done addition of maple syrup. A nice winter ale. In contrast to the previous reviews, I'm on my second bottle without flinching.

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Photo of budgood1
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

pours out an opaque dark brown. no light seems to be able to penetrate this brew. short lived tan head appears and disapates quickly to some sparse lace. aromas of dark molten chocolate malts...accents of anise, coffee, caramel, nougat, toffee and maple syrup. the taste is typical of the stout style...dark roasted and black patent malts. the malt profile presents flavours of dark roasted coffee, charred malt, dark unsweetened chocolate with undertones of black currants and blackberries. the maple syrup aspect only adds a complexity around the edges and melds strikingly well in this stout. think one of those valentines day box of chocolates. like a liquid candy bar. all this slightly cloying sweetness makes for a slick, sweet, syrupy mouthfeel...which i do not find detracting since this IS a winter seasonal. appropriate i suppose. any hopping present is for show only and adds just the slightest touch of bitterness to balance out the overall sweetness and is a touch buried in the burnt malt bitterness. the body of this stout is also appropriate...rather full and lush. a nice foundation for the sugar shack which it's built upon. drinkability is good...it does get a tad sweet and cloying at times...but makes for a nice winter time quaffer...even into March when our winter season seems to be hanging on with a vengeance.

overall i'm utterly impressed with this offering from the town of Cold Spring, MN. most beers, craft and not, in the past 13-14 years, have been absolutely horrible and a terrible embarrasment to the state of Minnesota. this one is a giant step in the right direction.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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 Mdog
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black, ok head but not very good retention.

Smell: Roasted malt, sweetness--maple syrup.

Taste: Heavily sweetened coffee, almost to the point of cloying sweetness. There's just enough coffee flavor to keep it from going over the edge.

Mouthfeel: Light feel, slick.

Overall: I like sweeter stouts, but this one almost goes too far to the sweet side. The maple is noticeable and an interesting note to this beer. A decent addition to the 3rd street lineup.

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Photo of SortaAmbivalent
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of morimech
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Maple Stout brewed with maple syrup from Saint John's Abbey in Collegeville, MN.

Pours dark brown with just over one finger of head that last for a little while before settling to a thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left down the glass.

Mostly maple syrup in the aroma. More subtle notes of malt with hints of roast, molassas, and caramel.

More rounded flavor. Still plenty of maple syrup upfront, but nice complimentary malt flavors. Could use more roast but hints of mocha and caramel. Some earthyness from hops but bitterness is not quite enough to balance this sweet brew.

A little thin for a stout of this ABV. Nicely carbonated however.

Interesting brew from Third Street. They have brewed another quality beer. Hope they keep up with interesting, modestly priced beers. Sugar Shack would pair well with many foods but as a stand alone beer, too sweet for more than one at a sitting.

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Photo of ryancl
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of gatornation
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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 mothman
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of HabaJohn
2.96/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of secondtooth
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
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 jera1350
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled a mere four days ago. Gotta love local beer! At $6.49 for a sixer, really nicely priced too.

Deep, dark shade of brown, small ring of sandy colored foam gracing the edge of the glass. The ring of foam leaves some decent lacing.

Smell like chocolate chip covered pancakes, syrup and all. A mild roasted malt scent to go with the chocolate, but it's mostly fresh super sweet maple syrup. Mouthwatering.

A lighter roasted stout flavor with some chocolate and then maple syrup. The overall flavor is a balance of flavor between the three. A bit of an earthiness rounding out the flavor also. Really not as sweet as I was expecting it to be. At times, it's almost the flavor of a spiced pumpkin ale.

Close to a medium body, a bit thin for the abv, with some light prickly carbonation.

The drinkability is quite nice in this one. I would like a little more of the maple to come through, but it's still a nice take on a stout. I would call this another solid offering from Third Street.

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Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of maximum12
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the things I like as much as good beer is small-batch, real maple syrup, so I had to pick up a single of this beer; I'll buy pretty much anything with both beer & syrup! 12 oz. bottle.

Pour is a few minutes to red midnight. Smell is excellent, just like a Sunday morning pour over my famous Belgian waffles, along with the smell of my wife's coffee. Damn, that's good! This smells like my kitchen on the weekend. And I like my kitchen.

Sugar Shack's syrup makers can put up a hut behind my house anytime. The maple sweetness is front-n-center, quickly followed by a quick chop of roast. Mild hop bitterness surprises on the end. The only downside is a vague artificial, almost medicinal impression that sticks around in the aftertaste. Not sure where that's coming from. Easy to pour down the throat, nice to have a tasty, 'lighter' stout once in a while.

This weighs in at 'good' for me, & if it weren't for that tinge of artificial sweeteners (& there probably aren't any), this could go up, easily. Nicely done, & I'll try another of their beers based on this one.

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Photo of mackthknife
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Seefeldt
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of sparx1100
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of runfoodrun
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of xmorgan
5/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Love the story about the monks making maple syrup that they use in this beer.

Appearance: Dark brown with a toffee tannish foam, it does not foam easy, so I recommend a slightly aggressive non-tipped pour to get a proper head on this beer.

Smell: A slight maple sweetness with a earthy nut like smell.

Taste: Slight biter maple stout like flavor, unique in it's stout with dry maple taste. Stout like bitterness and mouth feel.

Mouthfeel: the maple completes this beer as it is lighter in body then most stouts yet the maple dryness completes this beer profile nicely.

Overall: A nicely done stout with a nice dry maple flavor that completes this great beer.

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Sugar Shack from Third Street Brewhouse
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 157 ratings