Broad Axe Stout - Granite City Food & Brewery

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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 16.41%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +14%

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
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.

Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of zeff80
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.

Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev +14%

Photo of woodychandler
3.55/5  rDev +7.9%
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).

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +14%

Photo of mothman
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.

Photo of tempest
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.

Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Tone
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. One inch head of a pale an color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, slight pale hop. Fits the style of an Irish Dry Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average to low carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, slight sweet malt, and pale hops. Overall, a decent beer, but lacking in body and aroma.

Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of WoodBrew
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Dogbrick
2.9/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Photo of RBorsato
4.03/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

Photo of enelson
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Brenden
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
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!

Photo of mynie
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.

Photo of tpd975
3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

HonusWagner was kind enough to think of me on his travels across the county. Picked up from the brewpub in Fargo.

A: Pours a nice rich black hue. Very tall tan head that exhibied no real retention or lace.

S: Very mild aromas. Hints of toasted malt and coffee.

T: Roasted malty goodness. Nice coffee with very mild chocolate. A touch of sweet caramel to go along with a bit of lactic like sweetness.

M: Medium in body, ample carbonation, a bit of dryness in the finish.

D: Good, nice mild little stout. Michael can't thank you enough for thinking of me during your travels.

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Broad Axe Stout from Granite City Food & Brewery
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