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Broad Axe Stout - Granite City Food & Brewery

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Broad Axe Stout
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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.36%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 Deuane
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%

A landmark beer for me as this offering represents my first beer from North Dakota making it my 50th state to have a beer from.

A-Deep, black/brown with a thin, creamy, light tan head. Head retained nicely and left nice lace.

S-Light roasted malt and...nothing.

T-Thank goodness...more roast on the palate along with some earthy bitterness too. Fairly full flavoured without being robust. A bit of coffee in the finish.

M-Medium-light, a bit on the thin side but the creamy nitro delivery and lasting roasty bitterness helps.

D-Solid, albeit lacking aroma and body. Easy to drink and tasty enough to enjoy my 20 oz. pour. This one will not rock your world but...hey, it's North Dakota!

Deuane, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of birchstick
3.45/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

birchstick, Jan 08, 2008
Photo of ADR
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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
Photo of bditty187
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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
Photo of Redrover
3.1/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

Redrover, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of bashiba
2.95/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

bashiba, Nov 22, 2004
Photo of Herky21
2/5  rDev -39.4%

Herky21, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of MinorThreat
3/5  rDev -9.1%

MinorThreat, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of alleykatking
3.4/5  rDev +3%

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.

alleykatking, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of bigbeers84
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

bigbeers84, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of hardy008
3.1/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

hardy008, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of avisong
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

avisong, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of josephwa
4/5  rDev +21.2%

josephwa, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of Chucker17
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Chucker17, May 21, 2013
Photo of BeerBucks
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

BeerBucks, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of Kerrie
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Kerrie, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of Hopstout
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Hopstout, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

DaPeculierDane, Apr 25, 2007
Photo of Oxymoron
3.18/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

Oxymoron, Oct 26, 2005
Photo of jaidenjb
3/5  rDev -9.1%

jaidenjb, May 16, 2012
Photo of Eric908
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Eric908, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of WastingFreetime
2.93/5  rDev -11.2%

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.

WastingFreetime, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of beernut7
2.78/5  rDev -15.8%

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.

beernut7, Aug 06, 2002
Photo of antoines15
3/5  rDev -9.1%

antoines15, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of WesM63
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

WesM63, Aug 13, 2012
Broad Axe Stout from Granite City Food & Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.