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Broad Axe Stout - Granite City Food & Brewery

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122 Ratings
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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.36%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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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4.5/5  rDev +36.4%

ffshore545, Jul 04, 2014
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
Photo of ngraumann
4.25/5  rDev +28.8%

ngraumann, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of RBorsato
4.03/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

RBorsato, May 18, 2005
Photo of simmons
4.03/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

simmons, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of mothman
4.03/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

mothman, Jun 18, 2010
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
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4/5  rDev +21.2%

Kris450, May 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +21.2%

J2t645, Feb 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +21.2%

josephwa, Jun 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +21.2%

IceMike, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Sampled at the Granite City Food and Brewery in Fargo, North Dakota.

Listed on the Beer Menu as "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." – 5.1% ABV. 20 ounce Pint.

Appearance: Black body with a very tightly compacted but creamy light brown head. Excellent looks and the Nitro dispense certainly aids the overall presentation. Creamy lacing adds a nice touch.

Nose: Roasted malts and dark chocolate. Toasted bitterness and some caramel as it warms up.

Taste: Dry start, roasted malts with a mere hint of bitterness. Burnt toast and a cooking chocolate back end. Some freshly roasted coffee flitters into the lingering finish on the palate. Strong yet meek at the same time somehow.

Mouthfeel: Thick feel with a smooth and creamy but light airy texture.

Drinkability: A really nice dry stout with all that you would expect. Drinking this is far too easy.

Overall: The simple taste profile has a classic background setting and misses nothing; the airy nature of this one makes for a very drinkable Dry Stout. This pairs extremely well with the Vodka Steamed Mussels in Tomato Sauce, Butter and Garlic with the Ciabatta Bread. Nice!

TheLongBeachBum, Dec 22, 2006
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4/5  rDev +21.2%

LukeGude, Aug 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +21.2%

Beefytits4, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of burnerfinger
3.93/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

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

burnerfinger, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of BigRedN
3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint at the Lincoln, NE location.

Appearance: Black, can not see through. 1-inch creamy tan head. Dissipated to a thin covering over the liquid. Strong lacing to the bottom of the glass. Have to give this one props, as my Bud Light drinking companion remarked "Why didn't you just get coffee?"

Smell: All malt. Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and a hint of caramel. It definitely grabbed my attention as it was in stark contrast to the "Duke" IPA.

Taste: Roasted chocalate, coffee, and a hint of almond? Robust malty taste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied (at least in my opinion, compared to other stouts I have had).

Drinkability: The third pint I have had. I do enjoy this beer (and the IPA). Couldn't even get Mr. Bud Light to try a small sampler (on me!), so I don't know how this one would be for the BMC consumer, but I thought it is a very drinkable stout.

BigRedN, Nov 07, 2004
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3.78/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

boogieman, Jun 12, 2014
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
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

LXIXME, Jul 09, 2013
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
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

kraticus41, Dec 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

JackRB, Mar 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

MalibuKyle, Feb 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

ssjkyle, Jul 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

t0rin0, Oct 07, 2012
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Broad Axe Stout from Granite City Food & Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.