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Keepers Stout - Lighthouse Brewing Company

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88
very good

45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9%
Wants: 13
Gots: 1 | 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.

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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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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

06-26-2005 04:25:50 | More by Sammy
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JanM

Sweden

3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

08-21-2007 19:12:52 | More by JanM
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Grunewald

British Columbia (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

01-12-2010 03:58:40 | More by Grunewald
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eat

Quebec (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

07-20-2009 03:11:32 | More by eat
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

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

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".

Serving type: can

02-25-2009 19:03:31 | More by ritzkiss
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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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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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Orrshow

Alberta (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

05-08-2006 01:50:12 | More by Orrshow
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FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

05-20-2014 02:12:29 | More by FadetoBock
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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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thefullpython


3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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

Alberta (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2003 23:01:53 | More by Garin
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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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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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msubulldog25

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 355mL can to a standard pint glass, acquired on arecnt trip to Victoria, BC. 5.1% Alc/Vol listed on the label. One of the more boring, unappealing and generic-looking packages I've seen recently...white on black?

A: What is the deal with canned beers looking nice? I'll swear, there's something to that aluminum that makes the head extra fluffy and color extra rich...in this case, we have an intensely dark brown stout capped with over 3-fingers of the creamiest tan foam. Fades rather abruptly to a slim cap of still denseness. Slippery lace that really cannot stay suspended on the glass... too bad.

S: Wonderful smell of cocoa powder and a slightly sweet papery oxidation. Hints of lactose and sourness and a bit of coffee bean.

T: A modest amount of chocolate, definitely milky. Cocoa, really. Hops/bitterness in the background are a bit lemony and the finish is nicely dry, not quite chalky.

M: An about average stout in terms of mouthfeel; rather thin, low carbonation. Watery? Close to it, but with a cocoa, dry/powder finish that makes it better...

D: Sessionable and easily drinkable stout. Nothing complex but certainly worth a try. In fact, if this were available in the US, I'd definitely have the Keepers Stout again...

Serving type: can

09-08-2007 04:04:55 | More by msubulldog25
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niz

British Columbia (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: can

11-19-2005 20:21:58 | More by niz
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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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dirtylou

Washington

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2006 19:08:19 | More by dirtylou
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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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harpus

Alabama

4/5  rDev 0%

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

Alaska

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap in Victoria. Dark brown/ruby with a nice head of light tan foam as a cap. Aromas of roasted malts, a bit of coffee, and maybe some chocolate candy bar as well. Taste follows up on the aroma profile. This is a very basic, albeit well made stout, that would make a fine daily drinker, especially as it is to be canned soon, I believe. Mouthfeel is light>medium, drinkability is a solid 4. Beats a guinness if you live on the island.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2008 23:32:50 | More by francisweizen
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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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Keepers Stout from Lighthouse Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.