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Broad Axe Stout - Granite City Food & Brewery

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126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Granite City Food & Brewery visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: mynie on 08-21-2004)
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Reviews by frankiepop:
Photo of frankiepop
3.73/5  rDev +13%
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?

frankiepop, Oct 24, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

DaPeculierDane, Apr 25, 2007
Photo of 1Adam12
2.23/5  rDev -32.4%
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.

1Adam12, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of ADR
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

ADR, Sep 12, 2004
Photo of navband
3/5  rDev -9.1%

navband, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

LXIXME, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of Brenden
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.

Brenden, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

WoodBrew, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of avisong
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

avisong, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of tempest
3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

tempest, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of bditty187
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

bditty187, Mar 17, 2003
Photo of bashiba
2.95/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

bashiba, Nov 22, 2004
Photo of MNCruzn
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

MNCruzn, Apr 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +21.2%

atlbravsrno1, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

GeoffRizzo, Mar 07, 2003
Photo of alleykatking
3.4/5  rDev +3%
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.

alleykatking, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of MikeInIowa
4.25/5  rDev +28.8%
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.

MikeInIowa, Mar 11, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

BeerFMAndy, Feb 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

jaydoc, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of enelson
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

enelson, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of HardWater
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

HardWater, Jul 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

ryanflc, Oct 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

bigbeers84, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of bwiechmann
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

bwiechmann, Mar 31, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Markus98, Jul 05, 2014
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Broad Axe Stout from Granite City Food & Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.