Martello Stout - Garrison Brewing Company

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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 8.48%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | 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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Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown with tiny head. Some coffee grounds watered down with some beer. Somewhat dark brown, little flavour. I could not finish. Marginally drinkable stout. Bitter more than sweet. Somewat astringent instant coffee aftertaste and breath. Thanks TomThompson98 for my request. Four months later, NEAL's bottle, a malty sweet coffee dry stout, and review is a blend between the two.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
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

Photo of jbonapar
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
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 Mandrake
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is similar to the bottled version: very dark with slight hints of a lighter, red tinged brown at the edges. The head, however is much more substantial than the bottled version, and a few shades lighter. As a result the beer looks rather better than the other serving type. The smell is very similar, but slanted more toward the coffee side and with a hint of woodiness. The taste is again more coffee influenced than I remember the bottle, and with the same woody tones as the smell, which were also absent in the bottle. Mouthfeel is good, creamy and rich, and the drinkability is very good. I think it's a bit better on tap.

Photo of Rutager
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Photo of ZorPrime
3.85/5  rDev -1%
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

Photo of irishkyle21
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a dark brown head. Leaves some lacing as it travels. Pretty much black in color.

Smells of roasted/chocolate malts and a blend of dark fruits.

Tastes of roasted malts, sweetness, hop bitterness and molasses. Just a bit thin but still a great brew.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of spinrsx
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.

Photo of ludachris
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.

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

One of the bottles I have been saving from a trade with MMansfield, finally had a chance to crack this one open.
341 ml brown bottle, label as above.
Looks like a great stout, pitch black color with a brown head. Foam lasts forever and leaves nice thick lace trails. Smell is filled with coffee, chocolate and cocoa. ther earthy tones. Rich flavors, including chocolate and coffee. Roasted grain and some smokiness, a nice touch of bitterness at the end. As mentioned by other, the mouthfeel might be a bit thin, but hardly something to complain about. Still smooth and a bit creamy. One of Garrison's better beers I have had the priveledge of trying. Thanks for the trade and the chance to drink this one.

Photo of toomanyideas
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Photo of grub
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Viggo hooked me up with this one. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled may 22/08.

pours very dark brown, not quite black and not quite opaque. a small light brown head forms, dropping quickly and leaving only a few spots of lace.

aroma is good. coffee. dark chocolate. espresso. cocoa. bit of milk chocolate. more toasty than roasty. light alcohol. bit of caramel sweetness. bready malt.

taste is good. a little more than medium bitterness level, which feels a bit high for the style. espresso. bittersweet chocolate. touch of caramel and milk chocolate, lending a bit of sweetness. whole wheat bread. touch of alcohol.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is good. the bitterness is just a touch high, but feels more like coffee/chocolate than hops, making it seem a little less out of balance. the alcohol actually comes through more than i'd expect for 5% too. overall a pretty solid brew.

Photo of nighthawk
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500mL bottle from brewery. Clerk says these bottles are unfiltered, though otherwise the beer is the same.

Pours black, opaque, very large cappuccino head, rocky and bubbly, slowly settles ot a ring. Great retention, bit of sticky lacing left in clumps on mug.

Nose is roasted oats, coffee, dark chocolate, and dark toffee. Mild fruit sweetness is fleeting, but there.

A big sip brings lots of dark roasted grains to my tongue. Very light bodied, the beer doesn't feel weighty in the mouth at all. Smoother caramel and dark chocolate lead to a finish of bitter dark fruit and burnt wheat. Carbonation is felt, but lightly. Not as smooth or creamy as I would expect. A little too thin for my tastes.
This brew is quite light and easy-drinking.

Overall, the big, dark roasted flavours feel let down by the overly thin body.

Photo of byronic
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

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 berley31
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of Long813
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.

Photo of Derek
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of polloenfuego
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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 Viggo
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to NASH for sending this my way, appreciate the Garrison hookup!

Pours a clear dark brown, almost black, some red in the edges, very healthy looking thick tan head forms, quickly settles down to a thin layer, no lacing. Smell is nice, sweet malt, caramel, roast, chocolate, some dark fruits, coffee, very nice for a light stout. Taste is a little watery, caramel, chocolate, some decent roast, licorice, bit of butter in the finish, quite light. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Aroma is solid, but I've noticed with a lot of Garrison the flavour is a bit weak. Still very serviceable stout and one I would be happy to have access to all the time. Thanks Greg!

Photo of andrenaline
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of leaddog
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
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 PorterPro125
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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