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Broad Axe Stout - Granite City Food & Brewery

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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 16.11%


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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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blackcompg

Illinois

3.01/5  rDev -8.5%
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

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2014 23:23:01 | More by blackcompg
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

3.26/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2013 22:13:46 | More by Lemke10
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zeff80

Missouri

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

On tap at Granite City - Wichita, KS.

A - Poured an opaque, jet-black color with a creamy head. The long lasting head receded to leave thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of flaked oats, light chocolate and toffee.

T - It tasted of bitter flaked oats and chocolate. Some sweet toffee and caramel balanced it out.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale.

O - This is a nice version of an Irish Dry Stout.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2012 00:54:42 | More by zeff80
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JackieTH

Minnesota

2.95/5  rDev -10.3%
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).

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2012 04:11:24 | More by JackieTH
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WoodBrew

Illinois

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2011 01:09:04 | More by WoodBrew
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1Adam12

Indiana

2.23/5  rDev -32.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2011 23:03:39 | More by 1Adam12
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burnerfinger

Texas

3.93/5  rDev +19.5%
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

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2010 20:24:39 | More by burnerfinger
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.03/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Granite City Food & Brewery, 1636 42nd St SW, Fargo

06-18-2010 04:32:52 | More by mothman
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bwiechmann

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Granite City Food & Brewery, 1636 42nd St SW, Fargo

03-31-2010 15:41:33 | More by bwiechmann
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Redrover

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Granite City Food & Brewery, 1636 42nd St SW, Fargo

03-31-2010 01:09:25 | More by Redrover
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hardy008

Minnesota

3.1/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Granite City Food & Brewery, 1636 42nd St SW, Fargo

03-08-2010 02:28:03 | More by hardy008
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alleykatking

Indiana

3.4/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Granite City Food & Brewery, 1636 42nd St SW, Fargo

01-09-2010 16:59:48 | More by alleykatking
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simmons

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Granite City Food & Brewery, 1636 42nd St SW, Fargo

08-22-2009 23:55:19 | More by simmons
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hike20

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Granite City Food & Brewery, 1636 42nd St SW, Fargo

07-11-2009 20:34:01 | More by hike20
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supercolter

Wisconsin

3.55/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Granite City Food & Brewery, 4755 1st Ave SE, Cedar Rapids

04-17-2009 04:59:41 | More by supercolter
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birchstick

Colorado

3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Man, did this beer look good when it came it. Great head, nice dark color. However, after the smell, things kind of went downhill. It smelled fainlty of coffee and some chocolate. It tasted like it smelled, however kind of watery with malty aftertaste. It had a very thin mouthfeel and went down slickly. Overall, not my favorite stout, but could see myself ordering it again in the future.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Granite City Food & Brewery, 4755 1st Ave SE, Cedar Rapids

01-08-2008 04:20:12 | More by birchstick
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SargeC

Japan

3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Granite City Food & Brewery, 4755 1st Ave SE, Cedar Rapids

11-05-2007 05:53:40 | More by SargeC
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4/5  rDev +21.6%
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!

Serving type: on-tap
@ Granite City Food & Brewery, 1636 42nd St SW, Fargo

12-22-2006 06:40:34 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Granite City Food & Brewery, 1636 42nd St SW, Fargo

06-05-2006 05:29:07 | More by tempest
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Oxymoron

Colorado

3.18/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Granite City Food & Brewery, 1636 42nd St SW, Fargo

10-26-2005 16:48:57 | More by Oxymoron
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bashiba

Iowa

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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Granite City Food & Brewery, 1636 42nd St SW, Fargo

11-22-2004 02:05:29 | More by bashiba
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BigRedN

Nebraska

3.85/5  rDev +17%
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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Granite City Food & Brewery, 1636 42nd St SW, Fargo

11-07-2004 22:04:14 | More by BigRedN
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mynie

Indiana

3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Now this is what a micro stout should be like!

Very pretty, almost complete blackness. This is the kind of beer that you can stare into for hours while thinking about the things that went wrong that make you want to drink. Smells like oatmeal and chocolate.

A very potent but nice taste, with hints of chocolate and coffee and a grainy bitter aftertaste with a hint of hops. Nice body, not creamy but full, and it went down pretty smooth.

This was a really nice stout.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Granite City Food & Brewery, 4755 1st Ave SE, Cedar Rapids

08-21-2004 05:19:00 | More by mynie
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Granite City Food & Brewery, 4755 1st Ave SE, Cedar Rapids

02-02-2004 23:08:57 | More by BuckeyeNation
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one at the St. Cloud location while I was back home visiting for xmas. When I was at SJU we would come here every wednesday to take advantage of their 75 cent taps. Ahem...dark brown with thick creamy, light tan, nitro-ish head. Smell is nutty with light molasses and coffee. Taste is buttery, toasty, roasted maltiness. Very creamy. Goes down easy, and I like it more than Guiness.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Granite City Food & Brewery, 4755 1st Ave SE, Cedar Rapids

01-20-2004 00:17:03 | More by alexgash
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Broad Axe Stout from Granite City Food & Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.