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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Sugar Shack Maple Stout is a truly unique brew enhanced with maple syrup harvested at the Saint Johnís Abbey Arboretum and Forest. These discerning monks have given us exclusive rights (yep, that means just us) to pair their notorious sweet blend with our perfectly crafted beer. This full bodied stout has subtle but distinct hints of roasted and specialty malts. Its dark appearance is a testament to its robust nature but it is delicately balanced with sweet and hoppy notes to produce a smooth, slightly creamy stout with an insatiable pleasant maple syrup flavor. Welcome to the Sugar Shack.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Oly (62) - Crawfordsville, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2014
Poured from a bottle. Black with airy khaki head that doesnít last. Aroma has a nice roasty character, but itís very weak. The taste is also weak, most notably the maple. If it wasnít on the bottle, I wouldnít have guessed it had maple syrup at all. There was also a hint of an off flavor. Not so bad that it ruined the beer, but enough to be unpleasant. The bitter roasted notes were okay, though. the palate was my least favorite part of the beer: thin and heavily carbonated, which isnít what I want from this style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MNAle (120) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maltser85 (358) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - DEC 3, 2014
Basically black beer with a khaki head. Aroma of roast and maple. Taste is roast and molasses, really weak maple. Beer isnít thin, but its not what I was expecting. Very sweet, Sugar Shack indeed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gopherfan99 (1248) - CROATIA - MAY 16, 2014
Bottle, pours dark amber with a tan head, slight maple aroma, sweet taste with roasted malt and maple, the maple is more subtle, decent beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
BrewHaMeister (427) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 10, 2014
12oz bottle pours a dark reddish brown with an off-white head and little lacing. Aromas of maple, roasty, caramel, and dough. Flavor is a bit watered down considering the color and aroma. No aftertaste though for those that matters to. Ok beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Smoothsippin (48) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 14, 2014
Pours black with a beige head. You can smell the maple, pleasant. Smooth mouthfeel with a little zip as you go to swallow. Slight bitterness to the finish which offsets the sweetness in a balanced way. OK for the style. Would drink again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6723) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2014
From the March 2014 3R6P tasting. +++ Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a large fluffy dark tan head that faded quickly and left a bit of lacing. The aroma was sweet maple, brown sugar, chocolate and had a malty undertone. The flavor was malty chocolate, brown sugar, maple, faint fruity hops and a touch of wood. Long malty chocolate and maple finish. Moderately full bodied and creamy. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bacterial (2822) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Thin dark brown pour with not too much head. Really nice malty pancake nose. Taste is a bit muddled - not bad, but dry, lots of roasted malt and a decent amount of hops serve to hide the maple syrup.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dresden (1459) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - DEC 30, 2013
Draft at walrus. Big imitation maple aroma.. But itís kind of nice. Taste is very sweet, maple sugar, vanilla, heavy roast malt. Itís pretty decent for what it is, but itís sickly sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vikingguy (1064) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Very dark brown with foamy brown head. Smells like Aunt Jemima drizzled over pancakes. Tastes of roasted malt with a slight sourness. Maple flavoring lends some sweetness...a little artificial but not terrible. Medium bodied. Enjoyable but not great. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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