Broad Axe Stout - Granite City Food & Brewery

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Reviews: 52
Hads: 148
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 1
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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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 supercolter
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (301 characters)

Photo of tr4nc3d
1.89/5  rDev -43.8%
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. (301 characters)

Photo of ghebel
3.26/5  rDev -3%
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. (799 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
2.91/5  rDev -13.4%
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. (375 characters)

Photo of birchstick
3.44/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (390 characters)

Photo of SargeC
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (343 characters)

Photo of mbutter1997
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (698 characters)

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (305 characters)

Photo of udubdawg
2.4/5  rDev -28.6%
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. (1,020 characters)

Photo of bucko
3.66/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (793 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4/5  rDev +19%
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! (1,281 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.57/5  rDev +6.3%
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). (367 characters)

Photo of SuperSpy
2.34/5  rDev -30.4%
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. (1,216 characters)

Photo of grumpy
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A solid dark-brown/black, with a nice tan head that held well. Poured from a nitro tap, so a settling period was necessary.

Aroma: Roasty and malty, with a touch of chocolate.

Taste: Actually a pleasant beer. The requisite malt and roast of a stout, with a big chocolate component and a bit of sweetness in the aftertaste. Nicely balanced and crafted. No coffee flavors detected on this one, though.

Mouthfeel: The nitro tap really makes a positive difference, as this stout is medium bodied and will not impress you as the biggest non-imperial stout you’ve ever had.

Drinkability: If you enjoy drinking multiple nitrogenated stouts in a session, this is a good candidate (696 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.09/5  rDev -8%
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. (317 characters)

Photo of Hhawk06
3.76/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Upon my fourth or fifth visit to the wonderful Granite City establishment, I was pleasantly surprised to see one of the standard offerings available on cask. Surely I had to jump at the chance to taste. I will say, this is one of the most handsome brews I have seen in some time. It has a beautiful chocolate colored head that has a peppery cloudy look. If there has every been a head that you just want to eat, it would be this one. As you would expect, the color of the beer itself is dark as night while the nose is strictly limited to deep cocoa notes. Not a bad limitation. The mouthfeel is thick and velvety, certainly not out of the ordinary given the style and serving type. There are large roasted barley flavors on the forefront while faint chocolate and coffeeish notes linger. An oaken quality lends that handcrafted feel that is much appreciated. It finishes a tad roasty and dry, with that unmistakable cork-flavored background. Smooth and tasty, this is surely a cask driven brew. (995 characters)

Photo of Oxymoron
3.14/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (888 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
4.03/5  rDev +19.9%
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. (440 characters)

Photo of bashiba
2.95/5  rDev -12.2%
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. (597 characters)

Photo of BigRedN
3.83/5  rDev +14%
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. (889 characters)

Photo of ADR
3.77/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (573 characters)

Photo of mynie
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (477 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.01/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (1,000 characters)

Photo of alexgash
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (391 characters)

Photo of bditty187
3.71/5  rDev +10.4%
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! (583 characters)

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Broad Axe Stout from Granite City Food & Brewery
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