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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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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

McBastard, Jun 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

DaftCaskBC, May 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

schnarr84, Apr 09, 2013
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
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4/5  rDev 0%

KStark, Feb 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

KalanM, Nov 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

thefullpython, Oct 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

ChuckGnarly, Oct 13, 2012
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 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 papawu76
5/5  rDev +25%

papawu76, Dec 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev 0%

chickenm, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +25%

EskimoDave, Nov 21, 2011
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 Beerinabelle
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. =)

Beerinabelle, Mar 31, 2010
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 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 Grunewald
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.

Grunewald, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of eat
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.

eat, Jul 20, 2009
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 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 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 GrimmReaper
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.

GrimmReaper, Sep 25, 2008
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
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Keepers Stout from Lighthouse Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.