Broad Axe Stout - Granite City Food & Brewery
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Reviews by SuperSpy:
2.28/5 rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
The appearance is exactly what you would expect. Very dark with a tan, almost brown head. After letting this sit about 10 minutes the head is still going strong.
The smell has some definite smoke. The smokiness overwhelms almost everything else. There is a bit of roasted malt, some coffee undertones, and some definite earthiness, but the smoke is the dominate force here.
Taste - Can we say rauchbier? I've had some smoky stouts but this takes the cake. As it warms up I find some very earthy tones, but still a strong smokiness. The earthiness is very similar to a spiced stout that I put coriander in about a year ago. I asked the "master brewer" about the intense smokiness and he tried to tell me that it's the kind of taste you will find in a real Irish stout... (holding my tounge). This taste isn't bad but it sure as hell isn't a stout. At least this beer isn't as watered down as the rest of what Granite City has to offer.
I have to give this an average rating on drinkability because I would drink it again, but not when I wanted a stout. Either something isn't right about this batch or someone needs to go hit these people over the head with a bottle of Ireland's ( or even America's) finest.
Serving type: nitro-tap
10-07-2006 04:42:09 | More by SuperSpy
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3.48/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
Serving type: growler
01-15-2014 19:50:36 | More by Brenden
Broad Axe Stout from Granite City Food & Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.