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Broad Axe Stout - Granite City Food & Brewery

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Reviews: 52
Hads: 156
Avg: 3.34
pDev: 26.65%
Wants: 1
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-06-2002

A thick creamy head sits atop the opaque blackness of this traditional dry Irish stout. Roasted chocolate and coffee notes make this beer a great treat.
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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a beautiful opaque black with nitro cascade to a thick coffee cream head. Aroma is chocolate, roast malt, and some coffee. Taste follows with chocolate, coffee, and roast throughout. Mouthfeel is thin for a stout. Overall, a not bad and reminiscent of Guinness.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.47/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the classic flight. Nice dark color with thick, creamy mocha head. Smooth, thin feel. Bitter cocoa aroma, Roast coffee grounds in the taste. Not bad, not excellent, just okay.

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Photo of JLaw55
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Probably one of the mildest blandest stouts I have ever had. Not bad, it was still enjoyable, but it isn't going to blow any taste buds away.

Would purchase again if I was here and in the mood for a stout. Otherwise, I am going with the Batch 1000.

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Photo of boogieman
3.77/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Definitely a decent beer I would drink again. Color is a very dark thick brown, almost black. 1" light caramel color head that dissipated slowly over about 5 minutes and left thin lacing. Smell was chocolate with some fruity elements. Texture was very thick and almost creamy, which made it seem sweeter than it actually was. Taste had overarching chocolate tones, with nutty, sweet malt, elements of coffee and a dry citrus aftertaste. Very low carbonation.

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Photo of blackcompg
3.02/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - deep translucent garnet brown, minimal head

Smell - dark chocolate, roast, dark fruits

Taste - chocolate, followed by light roast, and a hint of anise

Mouthfeel - watery, but still quite smooth and drinkable

Overall - not a bad stout, flavors are there but watered down

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Photo of Brenden
3.47/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure who shared this, but I appreciate it.

The growler's fresh and looks well enough sealed, and it shows it by the development of the head. It's small, but it's not flimsy, and it doesn't dissipate too quickly. The pale cap does a pretty good job of keeping up for the session and manages a good moderation in the distribution of spotty and patchy lacing.
It seems like more of a breakfast-type stout than a Dry Irish; there's nothing particularly telling of the dryness. I do get something like flaked oats with a bit of weak coffee and a good chocolate presence. A quick look at the Granite City beer list tells me it's actually an Oatmeal Stout.
I get a little more out of the flavor. The coffee's not so weak, the oats add their own flavor and a bit of smoothness in it as well as it does in the feel, and the chocolate is nice in the decently big malts and the roast they add.
The oats make this beer flow smoothly, as intended. The body is big enough for a stout. I would tone down the crispness just a notch.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had on tap in Madison, WI in March 2013. This pours a dark brown color with a creamy light brown head. There is a sweet malt scent. The texture is pretty thin and light that is sweet, creamy with hints of cocoa. It’s fairly decent given the company as it compares pretty similar to Guinness. Tried it once, but probably not going to try again.

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Photo of frankiepop
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on tap and from a growler. They were essentially the same. The color is a nice brown and black. The head and lacing is not much to write home about.

I found the tastes and aromas of this beer were complex. This is a dry irish style stout so you don't get so much sweetness. I get coffee chocolate flavors with a hint of a toffee like finish. Then you get this dry light bitterness that ain't bad lingering on the tongue. Some may really like this. The carbonation is a little light and the beer texture is a bit watery.

In summary a nice refreshing stout. I enjoy drinking this baby with the music of the Cranberries playing "Linger" from the cd Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?

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Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Granite City - Wichita, KS.

A - Poured an opaque, jet-black color with a creamy head. The long lasting head receded to leave thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of flaked oats, light chocolate and toffee.

T - It tasted of bitter flaked oats and chocolate. Some sweet toffee and caramel balanced it out.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale.

O - This is a nice version of an Irish Dry Stout.

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Photo of JackieTH
2.96/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Served as part of an eight beer sampler at GC in SLP, MN. Pour was black in color with a half finger of medium tan head. Weak aroma of dark, roast malt and oats. Taste was roasted malt, faint, faint coffee and chocolate, oats, grain. Body and mouthfeel were watery and light. Carbonation was adequate. Overall this is absolutely an entry level stout not far removed from ye olde classic Guinness (but for Guinness has a far superior body and mouthfeel).

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GC did a pretty good job on their stout. The beer poured a nice rich black hue. Very tall tan head that exhibied that laced slightly. The initial scent can carry soy sauce aroma, but then the toasted malt and coffee come to fruition. The taste included roasted and nice coffee with very mild chocolate. The stout carried a medium in body, so so carbonation, a bit of dryness in the finish. Overall a decent stout. Probably second favorite.

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Photo of 1Adam12
2.24/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured black, but a watered down looking black. Nice 1 inch head that lingered on and on. Weak smells of coffee, some chocolate, and some malt. Tasted like a watered down under carbonated root beer. A bit of licorice, malt, some roasts, and just the slightest sweet chocolate. Mouthfeel was extremely light, just slightly carbonated, and very thin. Overall, I'll never get this again. It's almost undrinkable due to the very thin mouthfeel.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
2.91/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Transcribed from my tasting notebook.

A. Opaque black, as it should be. Creamy bubbles in the head were as one would expect from a nitro tap with the sole exception of an unusually rapid die down.

S. Very faint nose of roasted malt, coffee

T, M.The bittering is well-balanced with what little sweetness there is in this brew...It's just that, everything from the flavor, nose, and body seems overly thin and watery. Everything is in the right place, but unplugged. It needs amplification. It makes me wonder if the problem is that my palate is becoming jaded from too many "big beers" or if the problem is merely that this beer is only average in quality.

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Photo of tpd975
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

HonusWagner was kind enough to think of me on his travels across the county. Picked up from the brewpub in Fargo.

A: Pours a nice rich black hue. Very tall tan head that exhibied no real retention or lace.

S: Very mild aromas. Hints of toasted malt and coffee.

T: Roasted malty goodness. Nice coffee with very mild chocolate. A touch of sweet caramel to go along with a bit of lactic like sweetness.

M: Medium in body, ample carbonation, a bit of dryness in the finish.

D: Good, nice mild little stout. Michael can't thank you enough for thinking of me during your travels.

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Photo of burnerfinger
3.91/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

travelling to Omaha, stayed right across from Grantie City, had to give them a try:
(served on tap with a passable meal)

A: Classic Irish Stout. Black and Opaque with a generous thick caramel colored head.

S: very lite to the nose. Just a bit of sweet maltiness

T: outstanding. Chocolate/coffee maltiness. although the follow up is totally missing

M: Watery. Low on the carbonation. THIN>

D: this is super drinkable due to the lack of body. taste is superb though.

found out later, this comes in at 5.2% ABV and
37 IBU's. just FYI

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Photo of mothman
4.03/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in 25 oz mug

I don't know if this is poured nitro or not, but it seems that way.

Served with a bit over a finger of thick creamy tan head that lasts the entire duration of the beer. Color is deep black. Reminds me a lot of a guiness.

Aroma: Roasted malts and chocolate with some grassy hops.

Taste: A lot like the aroma, roasted malts and chocolate. The grassy hops add a touch of bitterness. Also a very faint amount of coffee notes.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and roasted. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends relatively clean.

Overall, this isn't a bad beer for what it is. It reminds me a lot of a guiness, but a bit better. It is very easy to drink if you want a lighter flavored stout. I had no problem finishing my mug.

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Photo of Tone
3.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. One inch head of a pale an color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, slight pale hop. Fits the style of an Irish Dry Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average to low carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, slight sweet malt, and pale hops. Overall, a decent beer, but lacking in body and aroma.

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Photo of bwiechmann
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep black with a thick-creamy head. Good retention

Smells of chocolate and roasted malts. Some mild coffee notes. Not too aromatic.

Tastes of coffee and chocolate. An earthy note in the background. Very average for the style.

Creamy with a medium body and lower carbonation

Another perfectly average beer from Granite City. They don't like to go out on limbs or take any chances. Not bad, not great.

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Photo of Redrover
3.11/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in an oversized pint & on nitro, the beer is a black with brown highlights. It has a very thick & dark tan head.

The aroma is subdued roasted malts and a bit of coffee. This could be impacted by either the nitro or the chilly temperature.

The taste has the dark roasted malts, chocolate and coffee notes you would expect but everything is dialed down a notch and a bit washed out. Is the nitro or the recipe killing this one?

The mouth is soft yet a bit thin. Not a repeater for me.

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Photo of MikeInIowa
4.23/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Well, with the nitro tap in use, it is certainly fun to watch. The nitrogen gas creates a cascading wake for the foam to rise upon instead of utilizing the more direct route to the surface, which is indicative of most carbon dioxide-only beverages. Even if you don't like stouts, buy one just so that you can show off this effect. Definitely a conversation piece. Of course, it is a stout, and that means it is a deep brown brew in color, it is opaque and it kicks up a substantial crown of beige foam that lingers long, recedes slowly and laces the wall of the glass nicely, intricately as it is emptied.

Nose: A pleasant coffee aroma.

Taste: Evenly divided flavor notes between the chocolate and the coffee malts provide the consumer a sweet beginning and a mildly bitter finish. (For those of you looking for a taste comparison: Think Guiness 250; not Guiness Draught or Stout.)

Mouth: Hey, if this beer was any creamier to the feel, it would be a chocolate milk shake! Rich, luxuriant mouthfeel.

Drink: A smooth old brew for anyone interested, including those nae-saying bar patrons that insist that they "don't like dark beer." To them I say, well, try this one 'cause it is entirely drinkable.

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Photo of hardy008
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark black with a creamy head an decent retention. Smell is not real strong, but I could pick up some coffee and a bit of chocolate. The flavor is also light coffee and chocolate. Nothing extraordinary, but decent. Creamy, medium bodied, decent drinkability.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Granite City.

A- Pours a black color. one finger dark tan head that stays around for a long while. Some light sticky lacing on the sides of the glass while drinking.

S- This has a very muted aroma. Light roasted malts throughout the nose. Some hints of chocolate here and there. Maybe a light..very light bitter hop in this as well.

T- Muted taste as well...not as bad as the aroma but still muted. Roasted malts come through the entire beer. Light chocolate taste in the middle of the beer. Some light bitter hops in the tail end of this beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Lighter carbonation which makes the beer better in my opinion. Roasted malts left on the palate and in the aftertaste after a sip. Creamy throughout the mouth.

D- This is I think maybe their best offering from their year around beers. Still nothing special but an easy drinker nevertheless.

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Photo of simmons
4.03/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Oil black with thick creamy, dark tan, head that lasted until I was finished my pint.
Aroma: The only aroma coming from this stout is mild roasted notes from the malts.
Flavor: Lightly roasted flavors are prodominant with a light bitterness from the hops. Very tasty!!!
Mouthfeel: This is a smooth, creamy, light bodied Irish dry stout. Well balanced and lightly carbonated but not like how the other beers from this location are. Instead The light carbonation blends in perfectly.
Overall: This beer, in my opinion, is the best offering this location has to offer. Well balanced, great malt profile, mildly hopped, carbonated just right...I think we have a winner. Good work.

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Photo of hike20
3.26/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Draft at Cedar Rapids. With not too many micros to choose from in Iowa, I hate to knock any stout effort too strongly, but there's just nothing remarkable about this beer. I do drink it fairly often because we frequent this location. Aroma and flavor are somewhat bland. Not unpleasant, just not much of it.

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Photo of Deuane
3.61/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A landmark beer for me as this offering represents my first beer from North Dakota making it my 50th state to have a beer from.

A-Deep, black/brown with a thin, creamy, light tan head. Head retained nicely and left nice lace.

S-Light roasted malt and...nothing.

T-Thank goodness...more roast on the palate along with some earthy bitterness too. Fairly full flavoured without being robust. A bit of coffee in the finish.

M-Medium-light, a bit on the thin side but the creamy nitro delivery and lasting roasty bitterness helps.

D-Solid, albeit lacking aroma and body. Easy to drink and tasty enough to enjoy my 20 oz. pour. This one will not rock your world but...hey, it's North Dakota!

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