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Martello Stout - Garrison Brewing Company

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86
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42 Reviews
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Reviews: 42
Hads: 64
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 7.75%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Garrison Brewing Company visit their website
Nova Scotia, Canada

Style | ABV
English Stout |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: CAMRAhardliner on 09-04-2005

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
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Reviews: 42 | Hads: 64
Photo of PorterPro125
4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: 500 mL Bottle

A- Pours a Dark Brown/Black colour that is non-transparent. Topped by a beautiful tan 2 finger head. Good amount of lacing.

S- Light aroma's of coffee, roasted barley, hazelnut, and sweet milk chocolate. If my eyes were closed I could've sworn a chocolate bar was in front of me. Absolutely heavenly.

T- Aroma follows the taste well. Coffee, hazelnut, chocolate, and a mild roastiness from the barley. Nothing really pops out here but it's important to remember that the focus with this brew is being "sessionable". A good balance between the roasty bitterness and sweet flavours of hazelnut and chocolate.

M- The body has nice weight like any Stout should boast. Light carbonation atypical to the style.

O- Martello Stout is one of my favourite interpretations of an English Stout. Balanced roastiness and sweetness paired with an excellent body that is heavy without weighing you down. Because the taste is so well balanced, this Stout is extremely sessionable without being bland. If you can get your hands on this brew, do it. I'd be willing to be that you will not be disappointed. (1,121 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

In this tall, more slender pint glass Martello Stout looks like a semi-dark chocolate bar, its pale brown head resembling oxidizing edges. I'm tempted to try to drink it all in one straight gulp - I bet it's that delicious! Curiously, though decidedly not black it still manages to outright refuse light to pass through.

The aroma is nice but withholds a little. I keep sniffing harder and harder, for longer and longer intervals, hoping to suck out more of those faint - but unmistakable - scents of hazelnut milk chocolate and blackened barley. Modesty isn't a bad thing - except when there's no need for it.

While the flavour is nothing memorable, that first sip really did hit the spot: medium-roast maltiness with hints of cocoa and the taste of coffee bean on the finish. Subsequent sips aren't as gratifying; the emphasis here is 'sessionable' not 'substantial'. Still, that's nothing to complain about.

The mouthfeel deserves special mention. Elements both sweet and bitter are agreeably understated. The level of roast is just right, adding to the flavour without detracting from texture. And the beer has enough weight to call itself a stout but it doesn't weigh you down.

Martello Stout is a no-fuss, super approachable stout that still manages to check-off all boxes for the style. English-minded and ringing in at a reasonable 4.8%, it's right in the sweet-spot for a go-to social settings pint and, I believe, is best enjoyed exactly as that. (1,467 characters)

Photo of byronic
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%

Very smooth and easy to drink. Pours a lighter shade of black with minor bubble and just thing lacing. A nose of delicious roasted malts and espresso. Taste follows the nose but adds notes of vanilla offset by bitter cocoa. Exceptional finish with malt coffee linger. (267 characters)

Photo of polloenfuego
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 500 ml bottle to a pint glass.

This beer looks great...molasses black in color with a foamy two and a half finger root beer colored head. A slow break for the head leaves nice lacing behind along with a good layer of foam. The aroma is roasts, coffee, some vanilla and oak. The taste is roasts, cocoa and malts up front followed by a bitterness from hops. The carbonation is medium but the body is thin, much thinner than expected.

All in all, not a bad beer. The look and smell lead you to believe you are headed for a fantastic experience, and the taste and feel just let you down a little. (603 characters)

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (792 characters)

Photo of Kremlock
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (502 characters)

Photo of leaddog
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (720 characters)

Photo of jbonapar
3.96/5  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... (633 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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... (561 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (857 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (397 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
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 (398 characters)

Photo of Converge
3.51/5  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. (623 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
3.6/5  rDev -7%
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. (629 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (630 characters)

Photo of marty21
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (543 characters)

Photo of toomanyideas
4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
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. (269 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

This beer pours a pretty solid black, but with very prominent orange cola highlights when held to the nearest light source, and two fingers of weakly puffy, yet tightly foamy beige head, which takes its sweet time settling, eventually leaving a decent webbed structure of lace around the glass.

It smells of somewhat acrid smoky coffee grounds, tepid pale and caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, and a touch of meaty yeast. The taste is sort of sweet coffee-inflected, toasted bready caramel malt, some lackadaisical dry cocoa powder essence, a subtle oily nuttiness, and an earthy, agreeably bitter noble hoppiness.

The carbonation is on the mild side, just a softly tingling frothiness for the most part, the body a tenuous medium weight, but smooth enough for the style. It finishes still trending dry, with a decent lingering uptick of that charred chocolate maltiness.

A pleasant enough old-school stout - lots of approachable flavours, and the lower strength makes for a potential run on the keg, if one had such an opportunity. For now, though, I'm content with the single serving that has come such a distance within its own country to stand before me. (1,273 characters)

Photo of kwjd
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (434 characters)

Photo of ZorPrime
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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 (452 characters)

Photo of PEIBeerGuy
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
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! (519 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
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. (376 characters)

Photo of kjyost
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (448 characters)

Photo of berley31
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (502 characters)

Photo of ludachris
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (1,118 characters)

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Martello Stout from Garrison Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.