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Keepers Stout - Lighthouse Brewing Company

Keepers StoutKeepers Stout

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BA SCORE
88
very good

43 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.25%


Brewed by:
Lighthouse Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Keepers Stout is an award winning, authentic example of a classic Irish style, full-bodied, black ale that pours with a rich, creamy head. Bold, complex flavours of espresso and fine, dark chocolate build to a pleasingly mild roasted malt finish.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-13-2002)
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Reviews by GrimmReaper:
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GrimmReaper

British Columbia (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man,i wasn't expecting this,what a great find,dark dark chocolate brown,more like black with a tinge of ruby red and nice mocha colored king size head and nice sticky lacing.Nose is deep roasted malts,strong coffee,licorice,and a smokey smell,all blended in quite nicely.My first sip,and i was taken back,wow,smooth and creamy,the roasted malts really firing at you,along with the coffee and finishing off with the smoked flavor and leaving a tobacco taste right at the very end,all going down not thin,but with a lite feel to it,as it warms,a chocolate flavor also blends in there. Very good brew and well worth trying.

Serving type: can

09-25-2008 04:27:36 | More by GrimmReaper
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smekermann

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev 0%

01-26-2014 03:08:37 | More by smekermann
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary, also tried previously in the bottle. A very dark opaque black Irish dry stout with tan head, no discernible color halo of the sort that you often get with a porter or stout. Smells like a classic mix of baker's chocolate, cold coffee, light molasses, and dried sweet fruit (prunes?), with a pleasant whiff of smoke and faint but detectable earthy, herbal hops. Sparkly yet dry, traditional crisp mouthfeel but fortunately lacking the aggressively carbonated macro-feel of its famous cousin. Flavors are well-integrated and all the expected elements tweak the tongue: Starts chocolatey and bakery shop sweet, then there's some raisin/currant fruitiness, followed by black coffee, herbal licorice and lastly some dry lightly singed grain husks. Proficient, balanced, captures a prototypical Irish dry vibe but not dull. Fruitier than some perhaps, with more molasses and rich sweet character? It works.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2014 00:49:28 | More by CalgaryFMC
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FinnHawk

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

11-18-2013 04:12:48 | More by FinnHawk
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harpus

Alabama

4/5  rDev 0%

10-07-2013 21:40:53 | More by harpus
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CWVegas

Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

10-01-2013 06:01:58 | More by CWVegas
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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

07-16-2013 13:59:28 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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McBastard

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

06-30-2013 19:18:43 | More by McBastard
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev 0%

05-09-2013 23:00:49 | More by DaftCaskBC
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

04-09-2013 07:22:36 | More by schnarr84
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

355ml stunted-growth bottle (up, not out). Very little info on the label to indicate what kind of stout this actually is - Irish, you say? 'Tis the time of year for it, at least.

This beer pours a solid black, with subtle basal cola highlights, and two fingers of tightly foamy, shiny beige head, which leaves a few impermanent, gravity-stricken streaks of peninsular lace around the glass as it quickly sinks out of sight.

It smells of cold day-old coffee, dry chocolate wafers, a bit of dark fruit - prune and sultana raisins - some mildly singed, ashy meatiness, and very little in the way of overtly perceptible hops. The taste is medium-sweet cocoa powder, toasted bready malt, a hint or two of dry smoke, earthy coffee beans, and maybe some understated muddled dark fruitiness.

The bubbles are present, but you just know that they'll stay discreet, and they surely do, the body maintains a low-end medium weight, and is mostly smooth, a bit of that lingering char playing spoiler to a wee extent. It finishes actually well off-dry, the maltiness apparently a 'keeper', still exhibiting chocolate and dark fruit.

A decent example of the style, maybe not as dry as such, but whatever, overall this is fairly tasty, easy on the mind and liver alike, and worthy of a few rounds in an ode to those who spend their days and nights on the watch.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 20:26:47 | More by biboergosum
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KStark

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev 0%

02-09-2013 03:27:49 | More by KStark
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev 0%

02-04-2013 22:04:34 | More by schopenhauerale
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KalanM

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

11-29-2012 02:31:41 | More by KalanM
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thefullpython


3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

10-24-2012 09:06:33 | More by thefullpython
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ChuckGnarly

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

10-13-2012 03:21:39 | More by ChuckGnarly
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lighthouse's "Keepers Stout" @ 5.1% a local brewery's take on Irish Dry Stout , hmmm , a 330ml bottle served cold from a 6pack into a pint
A-pours dark brown almost black with a coffee and cream colored head that quickly dissapates leaving minimal lacing
S-hint of coffee/espresso with a bit of smokyness
T-pleasant , bit of a coffee bitterness at the end
MF-medium bodied with a smooth dry finish
Ov-easy sipping/drinking beer , give it a try

cheers LampertLand

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 22:49:19 | More by LampertLand
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into pint glass 16/3/12

A looks pretty black until held to the light where it has some ruby cola glow to it, a nice two finger mocha head has decent retention but leaves zero lace

S lots of coco powder and milk chocolate, with some faint fruit, raisin and char, bang on for the style

T a little cold coffee to go with what I smell but slightly toned down, not quite as strong as the nose but still very good

M medium bodied with just enough carbonation to give it some life, flavors linger faintly of dark roast

O I was pretty happy with this one, flavor and smell is great and I have no real complaints anywhere else

thanks chickenm for sending me the bottle, this one has been quite elusive almost a miracle I've never tracked it down before. this would be in my regular rotation if available around here, I could drink a few of these without getting board

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 17:33:33 | More by wordemupg
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papawu76

British Columbia (Canada)

5/5  rDev +25%

12-02-2011 21:54:50 | More by papawu76
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev 0%

11-21-2011 04:08:53 | More by chickenm
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EskimoDave

British Columbia (Canada)

5/5  rDev +25%

11-21-2011 03:19:44 | More by EskimoDave
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ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Keepers stout pours a nearly opaque inky black with a nice brown head. The aroma is rich dark chocolate and coffee, with hints of slightly burnt roasted malt. Plenty of sweet caramel and dark fruit in the aroma as well. The flavor is rich and sweet upfront, with plenty of roasted, chocolatey malt. The rich caramel sweetness fades with a dark, slightly astringent finish. The bitterness is mild, and overpowered by the mildly astringent black malt. Overall this is one of my favorite stouts, on draft or in the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 02:28:14 | More by ericj551
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Beerinabelle

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mmm...I do love Stouts...I am interested in seeing how this beer holds up.

There is about two of my small fingers of foam (very light brown). ...The bubbles are gone, and I do miss them. The liquid is a deep brown colour.

There is a smoky aroma ...not too much else.

The taste is slightly better than the smell with some sweet malt and nice smoky qualities.

I have to fault this beer a bit for the thin mouthfeel. It would have loved a little creaminess, and a bit more body.

At 5.1% and the lack of heaviness, this beer is pretty drinkable.

...and that is about it. =)

Serving type: can

03-31-2010 02:48:07 | More by Beerinabelle
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this from papat444 - thanks dude. My can lists the ABV as 5.1% and has a cryptic code of 80816A2BU - not sure how/if that correlates to freshnhess. Served in my NotLA pint-shaped taster glass.

A - Pours with two fingers of light mocha foam that dissipates to a ring and a bit of haze. Solid retention, but minimal lacing. The body is a near-black brown color with hints of red and lighter brown transparency at the fringes. Not bad for a low ABV stout, but I expected some lacework here.

S - Cocoa, roasted malts, a touch of coffee, a bit of smokiness - it's got that diner vibe happening. This may be more of an Irish Dry (just checked their website - it's listed as an Irish-Style Black Ale), as the hop character is almost non-existent. It's pretty understated, even when warm.

T - Tastes like a pretty generic Irish Dry as well - lightly smoked and toasted malt, a touch of raisin-y dark fruit, a hint of molasses, and a dash of chocolate. It's perfectly adequate, but not super exciting, not that many Irish Dry Stouts are (unless it's Black Sun or something). Aftertaste has a touch of roast coffee, but not much bitterness.

M - A bit of zesty carbonation, light-medium body, a touch of gritty dryness in the finish. The texture should be much smoother - I suspect this would be a lot better on nitro-tap.

D - I finished my half of the can in about five minutes. Very easy to drink, and I suspect this aspect would only improve with reduced carbonation tingle and a creamier texture. A nice session stout from BC.

Serving type: can

03-31-2010 02:10:47 | More by MasterSki
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my uncle who came to visit us from B.C. and brought me a couple of these. Enjoyed it last night with my dessert, a cherry & peach crisp.

Poured from a 355ml. can.

Appearance: As i open the can, i get a bit of gushing. Pouring it gives me a lot of mocha colored foam that briefly does a Guinness-like receding. A seriously black body that had brown tinges as i poured.

Smell: Very discreet at first but certainly opened up as it warmed. Bittersweet AND milk chocolate in there, if that's possible. A slight aroma of smokiness, a subdued bitterness and a pleasant coarseness (without being harsh).

Taste: At first, it was shy. Some chocolate notes with oatmeal and coffee also. A bitterness that doesn't stick around long enough. More flavor comes out though as it nears room temp. Raosted notes with more of a bitter-sweet chocolate presence. Good but somehow not great.

Mouthfeel: Honestly, the body is a little thin and watery. Nothing exaggerated but enough to notice and realize that this isn't a full bodied stout. Lighter than expected but it is smooth and the carbonation is spot on.

Drinkability: No troubles but it lacks something to make it truly enjoyable for me.

Overall: All the ingredients seem right but it doesn't come out to a standout stout for me. I can't fault it for being bad but it doesn't quite do it for me.

Serving type: can

01-20-2010 02:21:45 | More by papat444
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Keepers Stout from Lighthouse Brewing Company
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