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Martello Stout - Garrison Brewing Company

Martello StoutMartello Stout

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very good

53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 8.48%

Brewed by:
Garrison Brewing Company visit their website
Nova Scotia, Canada

Style | ABV
English Stout |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Heavily roasted malts characterize this darkest of traditional brews. Martello Stout is uncompromisingly bold like the unique towers which once defended our maritime shores.

25 IBU

(Beer added by: CAMRAhardliner on 09-04-2005)
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Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally. After running around NB for a year trying to get some it finally comes into the liquor store here in Fredericton.

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Dark mahogany colour, head dissipates quickly leaving light brown/tan lacing around the edges.
S - roasted coffee beans, hints of cocoa, toast, hint of sweetness at the end.
T - again, coffee, bittersweet cocoa, sweet (almost a hint of tangyness at the top) followed by hop and cocoa bitterness.
M - very smooth, bit of carbonation, but goes down easy.

Overall this beer has been worth the wait for me. I wouldn't go as far as to say it's the best stout around, but it matches Picaroon's gold medal winning Timber Hog and Gahan's Sydney Street Stout. I'm glad it's in stock here now, it's a great, flavourful English stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 22:45:35 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
Photo of Kremlock

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark mahogany with an off white 1/2 inch head that is nice and frothy. Beer has low lacing.

S: Dark malt, coffee, hints of vanilla, nuts and bread.

T: Dark malt, coffee with chocolate. A hint of smokiness is detectable.

M: Light - medium body, low-medium carbonation, balanced bitterness to malt.

O: This is a great stout. It has a balanced bitterness to malt, carbonation is well present yet does not distract from flavours. Flavours are well balanced, non competing, all complementing.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 00:51:38 | More by Kremlock
Photo of leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Pours a rich dark brown with a finger width of creamy beige head.

Smell - Roasted malts, light hazelnut, chocolate, coffee bean.

Taste – Roasted malts are the predominant flavour, well balanced with a harmony of the nutty, chocolatey flavours that were picked up in the aroma. Roasted flavours remain throughout and in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied with light carbonation. A touch creamy.

Overall – A good representation of an English Stout by Garrison. As soon as I got a whiff of this brew’s aromas, I knew I was in for a flavourful stout. Appearance could use a little work (I would have preferred better head retention). One of the better Garrison offerings that I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 02:49:31 | More by leaddog
Photo of jbonapar

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Garrison certainly has been becoming one of Canada's best breweries... Between them and Propeller, two of the best along with Dieu di ciel, UNibrou, Winnepeg's Microbrew...and WAYYY better than all the ontario microbews...For some reason, Ontario gets all the credit, but most of their beers are just so plain and boring....

Anyway, pours black with an increadable thick, dark foamy head. I highly suggest serving at celler temp and NOT cold....

Taste is thick, dark and creamy....So much dark roasted flavor for such a low alcohol beer...amazing....Sit and sip and enjoy...Espresso, Dark chocolate...

Fantastic...Love Garrison...

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 02:25:21 | More by jbonapar
Photo of hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful blackish burgundy, with only the faintest colour highlights when holding the glass up to light. Minimal coffee-coloured head dissipates quickly, but mouthfeel pleasant with sufficient carbonation and an unexpected creaminess.

Aroma of roasted malts is milder than I remember when enjoying this on tap earlier this year, but still a hint of oak. The taste is solid and robust, with notes of chocolate & coffee, plus a surprising citrus bitterness at the finish.

Would highly recommend this beer and will purchase again whenever I find it...

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 02:12:12 | More by hopsolutely
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle - Thanks to cfrancis for this one

Appearance - The beer pours a black/brown colour with a huge size fizzy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Chocolate, malts, smoke, roasted nuts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a high amount of carbonation and it feels very lively on the tongue. I can taste chocolate mixed with malts and a roasted/smoke taste. There is also a bit of a caramel flavour. The beer ends with a smokey and roasted chocolate malt aftertaste.

Overall – Definitely an above average stout that reminded me a little of the St Ambroise Oatmeal stout. (which is also good) It's worth trying if you happen to see it. I look forward to trying more beers from this brewer.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 17:51:22 | More by spinrsx
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours pretty black with a finger of thick, bubbly, dark tan head that leaves some nice lacing.

Smell. Light roasted coffee and sweet chocolate. Some smokey grains and burnt sugar.

Taste. Roasty malt, smokey coffee and a little cocoa. Maybe a little wood.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with pretty strong carbonation.

Overall. Good stout. Not too sweet and a little nice smokeyness.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 03:10:55 | More by Rutager
Photo of joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pitch black, generous mocha head dissipated slowly, sparse lacing
S - roasty with light coffee, licorice, and a little musty
T - very roast malt, some coffee, slightly sweet and sour, with a bit of a tar like aftertaste
M - strong carbonation kick, slightly chewy, bitter and chalky finish
O - tasty up front but the lingering finish is not ideal, decent but not what I'm looking for in a stout

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 02:09:27 | More by joemcgrath27
Photo of Converge

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours with a finger-and-a-half of creamy, dark mocha head. Totally pitch black color, even if held up to the light. Looks really good, and leaves plenty of lacing.

S - Nose is predominantly coffee and roasted malt. Noticeable bitterness coming through as well.

T - Tons of coffee taste, strong bitterness. Roasted malt and faint hops as well. Pretty simple taste, maybe with a bit of cocoa in there too.

M - Rather thin body with medium-to-low carbonation and a very dry finish.

D - I have to admit, I'm not a huge fan of stouts, but this one certainly exceeded expectations.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 23:44:32 | More by Converge
Photo of andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours pitch black, two fingers of mocha coloured head after an aggressive pour, solid retention and leaves some sporadic lacing.

S - Dark cocoa and ground coffee with a noticeable bitterness coming through.

T - The coffee malts are more prominent on the tongue, and contains some smoked characteristics as well. Dark cocoa and bitter leafy hops linger on the tongue.

M - Big bubbled, a little prickly going down and finishes a tad too dry for my liking.

O - Overall a pretty tasty offering, but by no means one of the best stouts I've tried. Could be a tad sweeter, and the bitterness was a little too much for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 17:47:17 | More by andrenaline
Photo of IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The final bottle from the 6-pack sampler from Garrison, as the others from a 341 ml brown bottle. Pours out a deep pitch black hue, with a tall mocha head that slowly settles.

Roasted malt with some burnt and char notes on the nose, some coffee, all very dry.

Burnt malt along with that char continues in the flavour, the roast appears somewhat in the middle, with a sharp turkish coffee-like finish.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, full smooth texture, with some fairly assertive carbonation for a stout.

A dry stout all the way around, and certainly one of the better selections I've tried from Garrison so far, worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 07:55:37 | More by IronDjinn
Photo of marty21

Manitoba (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with 3 fingers worth of creamy, foamy tan head. Settles to a nice cap and left quite a bit of lacing.

S: Lots of roasted malt with some coffee with both milk and dark chocolate.

T: Roasted malt, coffee and milk chocolate. There's a bit of a sweetness that sticks to your tongue as well. Leaves a roasted malt after taste.

M: Light to medium carbonation with a light to medium body.

D: I really enjoyed this beer. There's lots of flavors that keep you entertained. Also with the lower Abv this would be a great session stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 19:51:01 | More by marty21
Photo of toomanyideas

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Stout is my preferred type of alcoholic beverage, and this one is my personal favorite. This will speak for itself when you try it. I feel that it sets a standard for stout in general. It looks, smells, and tastes exceptional. If you enjoy stout, this is a must to try.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 20:29:03 | More by toomanyideas
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341 bottle - the red-flagged fort imagery indicates to me that I need to revisit my Canadian history...

This beer pours a pretty solid black, with very slight cola edges, and three fingers of thin, yet tight puffy beige head, which takes its time settling, leaving a decent webbed structure of lace around the glass. It smells of bitter, smoky coffee grounds, and pale chocolate malt. The taste is sweet coffee-inflected caramel malt, some late-arriving chocolate essence, and a dry earthy, agreeably drying hoppiness. The carbonation is on the mild side, the body fairly full, and smooth. It finishes with a decent uptick of smoky chocolate malt.

A very nice stout - lots of approachable flavours, and the lower strength makes for a potential run on the keg, if one had such an opportunity...

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 01:29:35 | More by biboergosum
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just got this from a private order into Ontario. Pours opaque brown with bubbly tan head. Head retention is pretty average, some mild lacing on the glass though. Smells of huge roasted malt flavour with some mild hop bitterness. Quite sweet, with some roasty bitterness in the flavour. The roast lingers in the aftertaste. Medium body carbonation level. A very nice stout, I'd drink this frequently if this was readily available tome.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 01:15:23 | More by kwjd
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Quebec (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Long813 for this bottle. In fact, he sent me two.

Dark black color. Nice brown head too. The aroma is chocolate, some roasted malts with a little touch of honey. Taste is dominated by roasted malts with a bitterness that is common from coffee grains. It lingers in the mouth too. Very nice. I detect some chocolate notes. Smooth. Carbonation is noted in the mouth. A nice stout for every day. Drinkability is high.

Thanks and cheers Long813

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 15:27:12 | More by ZorPrime
Photo of PEIBeerGuy

Prince Edward Island (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a deep dark brown, nearly like used oil.
The head is a nice lighter brown. Not much of it, and it didn't stay around too long for me.

The smell is of rye bread, a bit of coffee, chocolate, and as the French say, a certain "I don't know what".

The taste is nice! Dark chocolate, coffee, rye bread... maybe some notes of dried apricots and molasses.

Carbonation, smoothness, etc. is all just about right.

Very drinkable. This one was very good... I thought I'd like it, but was surprised at how much I did!

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 22:00:52 | More by PEIBeerGuy
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Quebec (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a opaque black colored stout with a nice foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma is dominated by roasted coffee notes with dry undertones. Taste is also a nice enough mix between some roasted coffee and light black chocolate. Not the most complex beer but well enough brewed and easily drinkable. Body has light creamy texture with good carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 02:22:42 | More by Phyl21ca
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an inky black with a mocha head atop it that lingers and laces. Fantastic looking beer. A nice stout nose with aromas of roasted barley, licorice and predominantly molasses. The beer has a bitter roasted flavour about it, which is decently balanced by some sweetness in the body. Flavours of molasses and a light breadiness are apparent. The beer doesn't linger long in the mouth, and feels a little thin for a stout, IMO. Enjoyable and nice.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 22:32:56 | More by kjyost
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New Brunswick (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a small-to-moderate light brown head which disappears fairly quickly. Body is jet black and opaque. Hardly any lacing.

S: Pleasant aroma of lots of dark chocolate.

T: Bittersweet chocolate is the main flavor, along with some roasted coffee. Finishes bitter and dry.

M: Light-medium bodied, and not very creamy, with soft-to-medium carbonation

D: Not a bad stout... slightly lacking in mouthfeel and appearance, but still quite drinkable as it warms. One of the better Garrison beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 19:44:06 | More by berley31
Photo of ludachris

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, opaque chestnut brown, borderlining black with specs of ruby red hues showing themselves as the beer is held up to the light. 2 fingers of deep mocha head with almost a tinge of red tops this beer. Great retention and very nice lacing.

The nose is lightly roasted and seems to be a bit more centered on the rye bread, toasted malts, and biscuit notes rather than the dark chocolate and dry coffee character that takes a back seat. Still, a really nice smelling stout.

The notes of dark chocolate become a bit more pronounced in the taste which are nicely mixed with rye bread, roasted malts, hints of dark fruits, and a lightly dry and subtle coffee-like finish.

Mouthfeel is clean and smooth. Nicely balanced and a very easy quaffer at 4.8% ABV.

Overall, a solid seasonal offering from Garrison and one that I would pick up again. In comparison to the American stouts I've had recently, everything from the nose to the taste seems more subdued but at the same time, it seems easier to drink. That's of course due to the different style of stout. Nonetheless, an excellent beer and worth picking up.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 21:35:24 | More by ludachris
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Alberta (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into pint glass dec1 2009

A not quite jet black with a mocha like head that had great retention but left only a few patches

S fair amounts of coffee and milk chocolate

T as it smell's but a little stronger, the dark malts come through a little stronger and I pick up on a little raisin, one of the better session stouts I've had from Canada

M not thin but no knife and fork required either, decent carbonation helps its cause as well

D good example of this style and pretty good for this chilly day

for 4.8% I was pretty impressed by this beer, thanks Long813 for this one, another underrated beer from the east coast

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 21:43:37 | More by wordemupg
Photo of Long813

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

G: Pint Glass

A: Black opaque body, thick dark tan head and fine lacing.

S: Toffee, caramel, hints of coffee and other roasted malts

T: Toffee, caramel, hazelnuts, wheat bread. Nice dark malts come though.

M: Medium light body, medium-low carbonation, sticky toffee finish

D: Very good beer and first of this style for me. Has the characteristics of a dry stout, but the flavour of a American. It's one to try out if you can get your hands on it.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 21:14:22 | More by Long813
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted 500ml bottle purchased from the brewery yesterday 11/2/09

Tasted beer out of wine fridge set at 55f. Tasted solo, with local blue cheese on a water cracker and local gouda on a water cracker then solo again. Went very well with the gouda, the blue was a bit astringent for this pairing. Good beer by itself.

Appearance: Excellent thick deep stout characteristics. Pours from the bottle like an imperial stout, has a rich creamy head, which lingers for just long enough.

Smell: No appreciable hop aroma, but a good malty smell, full of roasted grains and caramel

Taste: Excellent for a bottle stout, good for stout over all. Now I may be partial to kegged stouts, I prefer them in 99% of cases. I had this stout yesterday at 2pm at the brewery off a keg, and comparing to that this bottle, the keg is superior. The aroma and flavor of the kegged beer were superior in most respects. Given that, this is still a good beer in a bottle.

Mouthfeel: Thick and heavy in the mouth. Closer to an imperial stout in mouthfeel than the dry irish stout I'm used to. That said, the mouthfeel keeps the roasted flavor in your mouth a nice long time after you have finished a sip.

Drinkability: I can see after a few of these, you'd want to switch up to something else. It is also rather filling, as it does have a lingering sweetness to it.

All in all, I like this beer a lot. It is something I will seek out on draft and buy again in the bottle. Solid stout, different then the usual stouts I get and very very drinkable.

I just realized that you can get a growler filled at the brewery for only $9. Since this bottle cost me just under $4...thats a good deal. Plus...I like it better on draft.

I bid you peace!

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 22:40:23 | More by ajhod
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

4.8% abv. I love a good stout, but I'm generally not a fan of the lighter, drier ones. This was a pleasant surprise.

A: Black with a dark tan head, some retention & lacing.

S: Roasted grain, rum, molasses & rye bread.

T: Molasses, jahva, pumpernickel rye bread, roasted nut, light spicing.

M: Moderate body is smooth with a light roasted acidity. Impressive for its strength.

D: A great drinker.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 22:01:02 | More by Derek
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Martello Stout from Garrison Brewing Company
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