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Martello Stout - Garrison Brewing Company

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87
very good

59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | 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:
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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Reviews by djcreepshow:
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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Photo of cam477
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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...

Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
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 abust
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
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

Photo of DanielleLouise
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of jbonapar
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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 jsnoek
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Mandrake
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
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 +3.9%
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
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
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
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
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 mmurphy525
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of IronDjinn
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of CurtisD
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of DamageCase76
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of spinrsx
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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 DreamDeath
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of ludachris
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
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 benbou17
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of BigBry
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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
4.5/5  rDev +16%
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
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Martello Stout from Garrison Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.