Sugar Shack | Third Street Brewhouse

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Third Street Brewhouse
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by morimech on 12-16-2012

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Ratings: 156 |  Reviews: 32
Reviews by mackthknife:
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3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
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 ZAP
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
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 Turbo
3.44/5  rDev -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 tvenne
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MrUse
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ryancl
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark blackish brown with a hint of ruby at the bottom. Lots of rising bubbles and a solid three fingers of tan head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A fairly sweet dark syrupy aroma. Sweet dark roasted malts with hints of chocolate, dark bread, coffee, milk, caramel, toffee, biscuit, and yeast. The maple syrup is pretty noticeable giving off a chocolate pancake like aroma. Sweet but not overly cloying. Hop presence is pretty light with subtle earthy hints in the background. A pretty decent sweet stout smell.

Taste: Like it smells, a dark syrup driven taste that is sweet but smooth and not overly thick. Sweet maple syrup mixes with dark roasted malts giving notes of chocolate, coffee, caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, cream, milk, and yeast. Literally tastes like liquid pancake with a topping of chocolate. A very subtle earthy presence of hops towards the finish. Pretty solid for a sweet/milk stout.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth. Moderately syrupy and slick.

Overall: A pretty good lighter sweet stout. Good use of syrupy maple sweetness that avoids becoming too sweet.

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Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of optimator705
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of B_G
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of secondtooth
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
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 WoodBrew
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
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 Miesbraustout
2/5  rDev -44.8%

Photo of Kallenovsky
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mindfuldave
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of BigAl18
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kristenrae8
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been waiting all week to have this beer. Last night I found some and decided to start my Sunday off with this sweet breakfast beer.

A: Dark as coffee. Short-lived head, low carbonation in pour. Perfect for Sunday breakfast.

S: Sweetness, maple, carmel. It's smells sweeter than any beer I've smelled. But sort of what I expected with a name like Sugar Shack.

T: It's sweet but not as sweet as it smells. There are roasted malts hiding under the maple and hints of timid hops. This would be a good introduction to dark beers for your pal that is leary of them.

M: It's smooth however it's a little thin and pretty low in carbonation. I don't mind that, I'd rather have low carbonation than super fizzy beer.

O: It's another great beer from Third Street. I don't know if you could have two in a row of this particular brew, after trying this beer I had a balanced out my tastebuds with Third Street's Bitter Neighbor and that countered the sweetness. I was unable to find this in a six-pack, but found it in a 12 pack variety sampler.

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Photo of Bunuelian
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of morimech
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of yamar68
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The darkest single stout I've ever encountered... pitch black with a half finger of khaki brown head that sinks to a thin collar pretty quickly.

Loads of maple, caramel, molasses... very aromatic for the genre. Toffee and leather. Brown ale aromas and sugar.

Dry brown sugar flavors, french toast and dull coffee bean, earthy peat and cola. Unique.

This is pretty damn interesting, not like any other straight up single stout I can think of.

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Sugar Shack from Third Street Brewhouse
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 156 ratings