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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Stir Crazy Winter Ale, a 6.5% abv winter warmer clocking in at 22 IBUs. Layers of malty goodness, a dark ruby colored winter warmer ale deliver satisfying notes of chocolate and rich caramel; while pulverized rasins and brown sugar provide a fruity complexity that warms you from within.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MNAle (37) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2014
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.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChrisSc (238) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2014
12oz can into tulip. Minneapolis. Chocolately brown in color. Small head. Aroma of tootsie roll chocolate, heavy vanilla, dark malts, and heavy fruit. Dry taste. Medium thin body. Shorter finish. Overall everything is kind of off. Good effort, but the combination of flavors is not appealing to me.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluemooner (639) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2014
Pours a dark brown with a medium brown head. Aroma is chocolate, caramel, and dark fruit. Flavor is vanilla, caramel, chocolate, raisins, and roasted malt. Medium body with soft carbonation. Very good.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eruizgarcia (222) - - NOV 22, 2014
From the can. Delicious dark chocolate, caramel and malt aroma, ashy and sweet. Perfectly balanced, great winter beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (6954) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 20, 2014
On tap. Pours a very dark brown with a creamy dark brown head that dissipates slowly to the edges and laces. Aroma has a combination of dark grains, dark fruits vanilla and marshmallow. Flavor starts with dark grains and a hint of toffee with growing notes of marshmallow and vanilla as well as a hint of dark fruit.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (624) - Iowa, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Can. Pours dark brown with a little tan head. Nose and taste is powdery chocolate. Also some raisin and brown sugar. Nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (1510) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2014
Pours a nice dark amber color with off-white head. Brown sugar, vanilla, dark fruits and some cocoa on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with just a little sweetness. Very good winter warmer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4856) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 17, 2014
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (11529) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Can @ home, thanks to Andy for the tick via Secret Krampus. Just about black in color with a nice tan head. Aromas of chocolate milk, coffee, licorice, and rum raisins. A bit of cinnamon and vanilla. Nice. Spiced chocolate milk flavor. Lots of cocoa, vanilla, and cinnamon. Some roasted malt, coffee, and licorice. Nice.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sthlm (1233) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2014
[Can] This is certainly an interesting beer. The first sip was a bit of a shock, as I was hit by a big blast of vanilla. Some dark chocolate is also present, but the vanilla is definitely the star of the first act. I’ll come back to this after letting it warm. After letting the beer sit for awhile, the vanilla has only become more dominant, particularly in the aroma. Chocolate has become accentuated a bit as well. Decent mouthfeel and long finish length. Certainly not unpleasant, and no glaring flaws, but the vanilla is just too dominant. Not something I particularly look forward to revisiting.


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