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Broad Axe Stout - Granite City Food & Brewery

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Reviews: 52
Hads: 153
Avg: 3.34
pDev: 26.65%
Wants: 1
Gots: 15 | 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 tr4nc3d
1.89/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Dark black in color with a creamy one finger head that stays due to the nitro tap. Small faints of roasted coffee is all I can get. Taste was a let down. Very lacking in flavor, only decent flavor that comes through is the roasted coffee. this was a very watery stout and definately needs more flavor.

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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 SuperSpy
2.34/5  rDev -29.9%
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.

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Photo of udubdawg
2.4/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

nitro tap

I can't remember how many times I've been here (and the westside location), as I live across the street...they even know me by name...and yet they continue to try to put this beer in a frosty mug. I often forget to remind them until the glass is half full, and ask it to be put in something else. I still get an exasperated look/sigh...

C'mon bartender...This beer is cheap with my Mug Club card, and there's a lot of it...but other than the beautiful black appearance, the rest of the beer is underwhelming at best until nearly at room temperature. Though dark, it is quite thin in the glass and the mouth. Nose is light when warm, barely registering roasty coffee aromas, and nonexistent when served ice cold.
At least the nitro tap makes it creamy smooth and more drinkable than the taste alone would deserve. (Just my opinion - if you like this, great) I like the Brother Benedict's Bock a bit better. I suppose I'm just frustrated to live across the street from a "brewpub" and not get something better.

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Photo of beernut7
2.8/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This, unfortunately was one of the weaker stouts I have tasted. The color is nice and dark and the head very creamy, but the roasted malts take over as the only determinable flavor characteristic and the body is much lighter than is acceptable.

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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 Dogbrick
2.91/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sample at the Super Terrific Stout Tasting on 02/16/08. Pours nearly black with a thin light brown head that disappears quickly. Minimal lacing is evident. Mild roasted coffee and malt in the nose. Medium, slick body with roasted coffee, malt and chocolate flavors. The finish is fairly thin for a Stout and has a coffee aftertaste plus a hint of hops. Below average overall.

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Photo of bashiba
2.95/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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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 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 BuckeyeNation
3.01/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served a little too cold, but not by much. The appearance was the best part of this beer. It was very dark mahogany brown, almost black, with a small, medium brown head. The foam remained a thick film throughout and left almost unbroken sheets of lace on the opposite side of the glass. Unfortunately, it was all downhill from there.

There wasn't much going on in the nose, which was a hint of things to come. Weak coffee was appreciated, but that's about it. The flavor was underpowered as well and consisted of roasted coffee beans and very little else.

Every time I'd try to get a handle on the flavor profile, it would vanish in a watery muddle. The finish was short and uneventful. The mouthfeel didn't contribute at all. It was thin and lacklustery bubbled; not at all appropriate for a stout.

Broad Axe Stout might be good to introduce a light beer drinker to the world of dark beer, but anyone serious about authenticity should look elsewhere. Not horrible, just not much there to enjoy.

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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 tempest
3.09/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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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 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 Oxymoron
3.14/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Granite City is a brewpub in a variety of different locations. I went to the Sioux Falls to sample their stuff

Broadaxe Stout is listed as an Dry Stout. It has an impressive appearance with a midnight black color with a decent tan head and good lacing. When tipped the dark color remained as the beer displaces. So, good color. The smell was limited but you really have to look for it. Really the only thing I pick up is the roasted malt.

The taste is stronger in chocolate flavor but limited roasted qualities are noticed as well. Broadaxe Stout was a little watered down for a dry stout. The malt backing was missing as well. Also the beer has slightly hoppy flavor that was somewhat sweet like a coco.

The body was light and the carbonation was relatively high for the style. Overall this could be a good beer but definitely needs more of strong malt billed to be really good.

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

Appearance: Deep black with a head that attempts to recreate a Guinness.

Smell: Roast malt, hints of minerals.

Taste: Not as hearty as the name implies. Fits within the style but does not go out on a limb to show any character from this particular pub.

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Drinkability: A drinkable beer. One of there better offerings.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.26/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of ghebel
3.26/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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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 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 DaPeculierDane
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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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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Broad Axe Stout from Granite City Food & Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.