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Broad Axe Stout - Granite City Food & Brewery

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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 15.81%
Wants: 0
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Granite City Food & Brewery visit their website
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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Ratings: 144 | Reviews: 52
Reviews by burnerfinger:
Photo of burnerfinger
3.91/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

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

More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

If this isn’t a Guinness clone, I’ll be damned. Bitter aroma of oats, chocolate, and dark malts. Dark brown, almost black body with a thick nitro off white head. Tastes like…Guinness. Body is a touch on the watery side though. Smooth but light. Mildly bitter finish. Very drinkable but boozy when warm.

Photo of 1Adam12
2.24/5  rDev -31.9%
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.

Photo of ADR
3.77/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask, Autumn Brew Review 2004...St. Cloud, MN version...

Milk chocolate brown, opaque, slightly lighter in color than I expected. head settles quickly to a tan ring. French roast coffee aroma, subtle but nicely executed and somewhat oily. Dryish and light in mouthfeel, hard roast plays off nicely with a slight carob and sugar sweetness. A little papery in the aftertaste and a little stuffy in the nose late in th eswallow. Nice texture and plays pretty wel in the dry style. This is a brewpub beer I would follow if I had a chance to drink it at regular intervals.

Photo of frankiepop
3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
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?

Photo of Brenden
3.47/5  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.

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

Photo of tempest
3.09/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A smooth and creamy stout. Unfortunately, it's lacking on taste and aroma. There's some chocolate and roasted barely in there, but its lost behind the creamy body. Looks and feels great, but just doesnt have enough in the flavor department. Give this to someone who likes guinness or likes creamy, low-flavored beers.

Photo of bditty187
3.71/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled in Sioux Falls:

Deep black hue. Creamy slightly tan head, served small in size but what was presented had good retention and as I sipped away the beer it did lace rather well. The potency in the nose was weak, it was served too cold, only some light roasted malts found their way to my olfactory. The taste profile is solid, smooth roasted malts with a nice complement of hops, functionally and agreeably bitter from the hops and coffee taste. The mouthfeel was a smidge too thin. Yet, this is a flavorful enough stout to enjoyable. Only objection: it was served too cold!

Photo of bashiba
2.95/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had a Pint at the Davenport, IA location.

Came out looking like the most perfect glass of stout I have ever seen. A creamy brown and black color with a frothy tan head that lingered throughout the whole glass and left big tan lacing all the way to the bottom.

Scent was almost not there just a touch of dark malt smell.

Taste however was on the bland side. Very small amounts of coffee bitterness and malt flavors in this very dry and bland stout.

Drinkability was ok, nothing bad, just not great either.


Mouthfeel was equally disappointing with a very watery thin feel about it.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The Broad Axe pours a dark thin black with a very wide head that clings in patches throughout the drink. Somewhat of a bubbly carbonation with a coffee taste left on the palate, somewhat dry aftertaste. This seems a bit on the weak side for a stout, but rather drinkable for the version.

Photo of alleykatking
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of JLaw55
3/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of MikeInIowa
4.23/5  rDev +28.6%
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.

Photo of bwiechmann
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of supercolter
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing really to brag about, but I'd have another. Appearance is average dark dark brown with some head. Smell is weak but there exists hints of bitter chocolate and coffee. Possibly some slight hops as well. Taste is more of the same but they are more prevalent. Mouthfeel and drinkability are good.

Photo of ghebel
3.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Black color, served to me with a 1/2 to 1 inch creamy light brown head that dissipated slighty, but 1/4 inch remained the entire glass.

S - Roasted malts and coffee-like. There was also a slight "sour" smell that accompanied the typical stout aroma. Not enough to ruin the glass, but noticeable. I was there in the beginning of the day, so I wonder if it could have been old beer in the lines or if they overdid the sour beer addition to the recipe?

T - Roasted malts, chocolate. Nice taste, but again, a mild sour taste. Also has a fair amount of bitterness.

M - Moderate body, creamy on the lips and mouth. Nice.

D - Drinkable, but would be better without the sour component.

Overall - Good beer, the sourness diminished toward the end of the glass. Not the best stout I have had, but OK.

Photo of boogieman
3.77/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Photo of drdiesel9483
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not really all the at good

Photo of mbutter1997
3.55/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Served way too cold, probably 37-F or so. Black in color with a creamy light tan head, about 1 finger thick.
S: Deep roasted malts, hints of coffee/espresso, chocolate and oats.
T: Taste resembles the aroma and Guinness. Because is was served so cold, it took a while for the flavors to come out. Along with the malt, a good hop character comes out later. This is definitely an Irish Dry Stout, the brewery seems to be trying hard to offer a "new and improved" Guinness.
M: Very creamy, good bitterness and sweetness on the palate.
D: Once it warms, this became a much better beer. A good offering from Granite City, but if you're in Omaha, you'll be better off going to Upstream or Lazlo's.

Photo of bucko
3.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a jet black color with a nice, tight tan/light brown two-finger head. The head disappears slowly and recedes a bit, leaving a lot of lacing. The aroma has notes of roastiness, coffee and chocolate. The flavor is mild with a definite dry, roasty flavor that reminds me just a bit of coffee. Caramel, toffee and chocolate come through as the beer warms. The flavors are an interesting mix of subtleties... complex, yet subtle... subtle yet not watered-down. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky... medium body with a creaminess helped along by the nitro. Overall a very drinkable dry stout. I've got to admit that this one surprised the heck out of me... I expect good beer from Granite City, but not necessarily great beer... regardless, this beer is very good. Color me impressed.

Photo of RBorsato
4.03/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost pure black in color with a nice constant low creamy light brown head that leaves full sheets of lace. Light roasty malt aroma and flavor with a touch of caramel and coffee. Medium bodied with a dry roasty finish.

Leans towards a mix between an American Stout and an Irish Dry Stout but certainly one of their better efforts... they seem to be better at ales than lagers.

Tasted On-Tap 05/11/05 at the Cedar Rapids, IA location.

Photo of woodychandler
3.57/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This came with a big, foamy, deep-tan/light-brown head. The nose had a lot of roasty coffee notes. The mouthfeel was full and creamy, due to the pour. There was a good bit of cocoa on the tongue with the finish an interesting mix of coffee and a light smokiness. One was plenty, though, when faced with the prospect of going back into the Kansas sun (103 F that day).

Photo of Tone
3.41/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of JackieTH
2.96/5  rDev -10%
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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Broad Axe Stout from Granite City Food & Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.