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Keepers Stout - Lighthouse Brewing Company

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89
very good

47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9%
Wants: 13
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

FadetoBock, May 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

chickenm, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of niz
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%

this is, in my opinion B.C's best canned stout,
has a very opaque black colour with hints of ruby when held up to the light, the head pours about a finger width, but is not as fine as more traditional stouts, and fades quite quickly.
the aroma and taste are full of heavily roasted barley, followed by coffee and chocolate notes. The mouth feel is definately thinner than a traditional stout more like a black ale, yet roasty and tasty enough to satisfy everyone from the beginner to the conosiour

in my opinion this is the best brewed stout in BC, hands down.

niz, Nov 19, 2005
Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

biboergosum, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%

A decent stout, a keeper, thanks to JoeMcPhee. Can spritzed everywhere. No metallic taste from can. Rather basic, a bit of roast but drinkable, refreshing on summer day. Medium mouthfeel. Balanced malt and roast. Average at best for style yet well made.

Sammy, Jun 26, 2005
Photo of CWVegas
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

CWVegas, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev 0%

16oz draft at a seafood restaurant on the Victoria, BC harbor...name escapes me but the neptune wrap and seafood chowder made a fantastic lunch

appearance: presentation is a bold chocolate amber with a lovely guinness-esque head that retains itself quite well

smell: sweet dark chocolate, cocoa powder, mocha kick, big bold and roasty aromas abundant

taste: a very nice stout indeed...roasted malt, cocoa powder, burnt coffee, touch of sweet dark fruit...bold and rich

mouthfeel: creamy and rich, velvety

drinkability: high

dirtylou, Jul 08, 2006
Photo of Orrshow
3.68/5  rDev -8%

Appearance – Black and opaque. When held to light there is the slightest dark brown tinge around the edges of the glass. The head is somewhat bubbly and a very nice brown color.

Smell – First off somewhat metallic, probably from the can. I can sense bits of roasted malt, burnt coffee bean and that’s about it. That metallic smell comes back. Not offensive but not good.

Taste – Right off the back this one is dominated by roasted malt is a big way. Burnt bitter chocolate and some coffee are there as well. No metallic taste at all. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel – A bit thin for a stout in my opinion. Carbonation is about average as well. Almost a dry feeling is left afterwards.

Drinkability –I had no problems here. The beer tastes nice and there are no overpowering aspects.

Good…but it didn’t live up to the hype that I’ve been hearing.

Orrshow, May 08, 2006
Photo of eat
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%

Last beer from a trade with ritzkiss. Great selection of beers, thanks Eric!

While I was pouring, it didn't look like it was going to pour much of a head so I up-ended the can and dumped the whole thing into my pint glass. A creamy three-finger, mocha-coloured head shrinks down to a thin layer and then to nothing at all. No lacing. The beer is pitch black. A decent enough looking stout.

Big smell: dark, smokey roasted malt, molasses and some faint hops. Simple but nice; not every beer needs to smell like fifty different things.

The flavour isn't full enough, though what's there is good. Pretty much the same qualities as the nose: smokey roasted malt and molasses. The finish is pretty nice, dry with bitter cocoa and espresso. Not bad, just too watery.

Medium-light bodied which for a stout is not really a good thing. It feels like someone poured water in my stout. Medium carbonation.

This beer is definitely drinkable and a step up from something like a can of Guinness, but there are just too many incredible stouts out there to be drinking mediocre stouts like this. I don't know why anyone would want to make a watery stout, it's just not my thing. All this being said, though, it's really not bad. Just not great. Not a repeat for me but worth checking out if you enjoy a light tasting, light bodied stout, I suppose.

eat, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of elricorico
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%

Pours out cola brown and is black in the glass. The head was thick and foamy, tan in colour and slow to recede. Lacing is left all around the glass. The head never fully fades, always coating the top of the brew with a thin layer.

Smell is full of roasted coffee beans. Smells relatively dry and a bit smoky. Deeper searching finds a bit of cream to the coffee, sweetening the smell slightly.

The taste is everything I want from a stout. Rich dark roasted malt flavour. Coffee bean, smokiness and just a hint of creamy chocolate. Not so dry or bitter as many stouts, more leaning towards an oatmeal stout in its overall effect.

Creamy with low carbonation, the mouthfeel is bang on for the style. I wouldn't change anything.

If you like stouts, you must give this one a try. Its only weakness is in the aroma, and that isn't much of a weakness in the end.

elricorico, May 18, 2006
Photo of GrimmReaper
4.4/5  rDev +10%

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.

GrimmReaper, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of Garin
3.8/5  rDev -5%

My first Lighthouse beer... I had to specifically ask for it to -not- be served in a frozen mug, but that's not really the beer's fault, is it? Anyhow, despite the threat, it came to me with a nice creamy head that lasted a good long while, leaving thick and ropy lacing on my glass. Black as it should be, this was as stout as it gets.

The smell was malty, chocolatey, and bitter hops. Lots of sweet molasses in there as well.

The flavour was dominated by malt, with a bit of bitter hops in the end. A sweet molasses tone lingered throughout, and wasn't quite chased off by the bitter coffee and chocolate. Although it was a pleasant flavour, it could do with a touch more bitterness for balance.

In the mouth, it was creamy and delightful. It was fuller and richer than many, and left me quite satisfied. In fact, I call this a very drinkable beer, though without the balancing bitterness and/or dryness, it could be a bit cloying in large quantities. Still, nicely done, and a good intro to Lighthouse Brewing for me.

Garin, Jun 21, 2003
Photo of ritzkiss
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%

Pours a dark black (respectably so) with 1 finger of coffee head. Little retention and faint lacing.

Smell is light, not much here. Light roasted malts, maybe some chocolate.

Taste is bigger than the smell but not overly so. Lots of roasting malts, some licorice/anise, hints of dark chocolate. Quite a light, creamy body. Medium carbonation which feels like it's too much when paired with the thin body.

At 5% this is certainly an easy drinker and I would certainly engage in a night at the pub with it. As for those A grades... I think there may be some local bias there. This is a nice light stout but nothing that says "world class".

ritzkiss, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of Beerinabelle
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%

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. =)

Beerinabelle, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of papat444
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

papat444, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of ChuckGnarly
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

ChuckGnarly, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of LampertLand
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%

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

LampertLand, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of JanM
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%

Poured in an opaque black colour and with a lot of bubbles. Not much foam. The smell was dominated by chocolate and some coffee. The taste was of chocolate, espresso coffee, a citricness and a bitter bite at the end. It was actually a little salty. Maybe residue from cleaning the tanks at the brewery? I found the beer to be too carbonated for a stout and a little atery. Still it wasn't too bad and decent canned stouts are rare.

JanM, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of papawu76
5/5  rDev +25%

papawu76, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of Derek
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%

A: Black with a tan head, very little retention, slight lacing.

S: Licorice, plenty roasty, molasses.

T: Quite roasty, coffee, dark bread & molasses with a good bitterness.

M: Light to moderate body is very smooth & creamy, with the carbonation pleasantly on the low side of moderate.

D: A good drinker.

Derek, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of Ericbeech_87
4.04/5  rDev +1%

Ericbeech_87, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of Grunewald
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%

A - poured from a 355ml can into a pint glass. It pours black with a quickly vanishing tan head.

S - coffee and a light nut scent

T - coffee and a touch of dark chocolate

M - medium-light carbonation, medium-thin body, feels very fluid and wet finish

D - very heavy coffee character. The mouthfeel is a bit thin.

Grunewald, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of smekermann
4/5  rDev 0%

smekermann, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of ericj551
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

ericj551, Jul 06, 2011
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Keepers Stout from Lighthouse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.