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Keepers Stout - Lighthouse Brewing Company

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87
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.

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Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Jun 26, 2005
Photo of biboergosum
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.

biboergosum, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
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.

MasterSki, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of harpus
4/5  rDev 0%

harpus, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of Derek
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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 wordemupg
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

wordemupg, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of dirtylou
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

dirtylou, Jul 08, 2006
Photo of francisweizen
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.

francisweizen, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of canucklehead
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This my friends is the best canned stout anywhere. The colour is nice and black with a sweet head . The nose is pure coffee and burnt malt. The taste is drinkable yet very complex. Dark roots of the coffee lands are on the flavour . The fact that this is in cans is fantastic.

canucklehead, May 08, 2005
Photo of msubulldog25
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...

msubulldog25, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of bobsy
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I followed up the Beacon IPA with the Keeper's Stout from the same brewer. This can is also courtesy of Ritzkiss.

Pours an opaque black with a large bubbly mocha head, which eventually dies to a thin cap, but gives some lace. Light roast aromas of coffee and chocolate. The flavour is nice, and I'm digging it. Nothing's in your face, but its a good mix and the balance is perfect. I'm picking up some milk chocolate, light coffee grounds, and some ash in the finish. Roasty and flavourful, for sure. The body is smooth, medium to light, with low carbonation. Its very drinkable and I liked it. For a while it was on the list of Canada's top 25 beers, and while I would say that its not good enough to be on that list, it certainly is a very solidly made stout. It also got the thumbs up from my lovely wife.

Thanks Eric!

bobsy, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of schnarr84
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

schnarr84, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of papat444
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.

papat444, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of BDTyre
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great heavy beer from the Island.

Pours a deep, dark brown with a decent brown head. The foam clings to the side and leaves nice rings around the glass.

Smells of coffee, roasted malts and traces of chocolatde. A decent, dry stout scent. Tastes of malts, toffee and chocolate. This stout presents a great, taste, althought it is not quite exceptional.

Despite being from a can, there is not tinny taste to this stout. It is easy to drink, and quite enjoyable.

BDTyre, Aug 20, 2005
Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev 0%

chickenm, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4/5  rDev 0%

DaftCaskBC, May 10, 2013
Photo of ritzkiss
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".

ritzkiss, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of KStark
4/5  rDev 0%

KStark, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of elricorico
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 LampertLand
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

LampertLand, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of CalgaryFMC
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.

CalgaryFMC, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of ericj551
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.

ericj551, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of KalanM
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

KalanM, Nov 29, 2012
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Keepers Stout from Lighthouse Brewing Company
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