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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: 144 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of Knapp85
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a deep brown color with a tan colored head. The head retention is minimal along with a very light lacing. The smell of the beer is malty and sweet with a subtle maple aroma on the nose. The taste of the beer is sweet like the nose, there is a light toasted flavor in there along with maple also. It's not bitter at all. It's mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Overall it's an enjoyable beer for the winter season.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of mothman
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.63/5  rDev 0%
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 smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -17.4%

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 sweemzander
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a very dark brown color. Some tan froth and lacing.

(S)- Slightly woody/bark-like with a rustic nuttiness meets some maple sweetness.

(T)- Almost smoky with a woody maple and vanilla sweetness. Very root beer-like only much darker with the subtle roasted qualities of the base stout.

(M)- A smooth carbonation level. A lighter body and mouthfeel even for an american style stout but it has a nice sweetness profile with the added richness of the maple.

(O)- A fun and enjoyable stout with an authentic maple addition that really drives this home for me.

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Photo of iL0VEbeer
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of ovaltine
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 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 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 MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.45/5  rDev -5%
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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Sugar Shack from Third Street Brewhouse
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