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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.18/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Sugar Shack Maple Stout is a truly unique brew enhanced with maple syrup harvested at the Saint John’s 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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5296) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 4, 2013
Picked up a single 12-oz bottle from Heritage Liquors in Maplewood, MN. Pours an opaque dark brown colored stout with a thin tan head that quickly dissipates to a film top and thin beige ring. Aroma of chocolate and maple syrup, a hint of molasses, and floral hops. Taste is medium to full bodied, some extra carbonation with flavors of chocolate malt, brown sugar, maple and caramel malt. Finish is semi-sweet, some extra chocolate and brown sugar malt aftertaste with a short spice hop profile.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerKurve (518) - - MAR 26, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2014 Dark Brown with a filmy brown head, No lacing. Picking up on some strong maple & chocolate notes in the nose. Flavor is very quite roasty with maple, chocolate, and burnt malts; Aftertaste has a sweet maple flavor to it. Body is light, creamy and lightly carbonated. Decent stout overall but could’ve had a stronger overall flavor. Pretty good

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Atom (1759) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 7, 2013
12oz bottle pours a dark brown/black with a thin tan head. Aroma is slightly metallic with maple syrup, chocolate, molasses, and caramel. Taste is upfront maple syrup sweetness then bitter metal and bitter chocolate until the end. Pretty bad,

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
mnmike (1067) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Bottle pour into a snifter. Metal on the taste. Smells of sweetness. Taste isn’t that pleasant. Almost non existent head.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
camborne (656) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Light head and lacing. On tap. Sweet malty nose. Really light beer that has watery palate with slightly bitter finish. Not really my thing but not terrible.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bookman10 (725) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Pours a darker brown with a rather small head. Maple syrup dominates the aroma, along with coffee and a burnt, almost smoky aroma. Flavor is primarily the maple part of the syrup, coupled with some burnt toast, coffee, and chocolate. Fairly bitter finish. Rather light mouthfeel--could use some thickening up or something (not very stoutlike, really).

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerBeforeH20 (129) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2013
from bottle to glass, very dark brown with a tan head that dissipates rather quickly. Minnesota cold has left my nose a little off, but the aroma smells of coffee, chocolate, and burnt maple right now . Taste follows suit with the nose for the most part. I have had this beer on tap as well, and was considerably better if I remember right. Not bad, but really waiting for 3rd street to wow me, as I really enjoy supporting local breweries.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Trev (1999) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Bottle: Brown pour with a thin tan head. aroma is crystilized maple syrup and roasted malt/coffee. flavour is dark roast malt bitterness which yields to maple syrup sweetness that builds as the brew warms. Bit light on the palate.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Nsanders (708) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Deep brown with thin head. Aroma is of dry maple syrup, earthy, and celery. Flavor was somehow sweet and dry at the same time. I was excited to order a maple stout, but not as excited to drink it once it came (tap at happy gnome)

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hopshred (7) - - JAN 17, 2013 does not count
I have really enjoyed the Third Street lineup of beers. The Sugar Shack Maple Stout rivals the Rise to the Top Cream Ale as my favorite beer from this brewery. It is really hard to consider this a stout. It really is more like a straight maple beer of some sort. This beer drinks really light and pairs well with dry handfuls of Cinnamon toast crunch. This beer is also quite cost effective versus purchasing four packs of higher alcohol content stouts. I would say don’t go into this beer expecting a stout. It definitely is more of a dessert beer. I would recommend this for anyone looking for something sweet and pretty easy to drink.


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