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Martello Stout - Garrison Brewing Company

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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | 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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Ratings: 61 | Reviews: 41
Photo of jrempel
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biegaman
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of SchoonerNS
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of byronic
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

Photo of djcreepshow
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of polloenfuego
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of DreamDeath
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of cam477
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Jeffry-Mazerolle
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Exeter
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of DamageCase76
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of StomachUlcers
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of sdm9465
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of DanielleLouise
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of lgmol
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of DaPan
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of CurtisD
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Kremlock
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of bcrocker
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of leaddog
3.82/5  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.

Photo of jbonapar
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
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...

Photo of hopsolutely
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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...

Photo of schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of mmurphy525
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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Martello Stout from Garrison Brewing Company
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