Stonewall Stout - Blue & Gray Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.67%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Blue & Gray Brewing Co. visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
English Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: oelergud on 01-15-2005

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Ratings: 56 | Reviews: 35
Reviews by oldirtycaffrey:
Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a near black with a small foamy off-white head. The most noteworthy aspect of the smell of this beer is roasted barley, chocolate, and caramel. It's slightly bitter, but not overwhelmingly so. Otherwise, a pretty smooth stout to drink along with a burger or steak sandwich (which, both by the way are great at this brewpub.) Leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass. The only complaint is perhaps a slight watery taste to it -- just didn't leave me with that sense of "Wow, what a great fresh beer!" that you get at the best of breweries.

More User Reviews:
Photo of prototypic
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to csmiley for sharing the bomber.

As far as light's concerned, it is officially stonewalled. There's barely any light getting through at all. Maybe a tad around the edges. Faint burgundy highlights are showing there. Otherwise, it's a very dark mahogany (nearly onyx) color. The head is light tan and stands a little over a finger tall. It was quick to recede and left very little lacing behind.

The nose is a little on the weak side. It features an interesting lactose aroma to kick it off. It's actually pretty nice and a welcome surprise. Roasted malts are very strong and take up the bulk of the nose. Chocolate malts are noted, but are much less pronounced. Barley and grain is easily noted. All in all, it's far from a standout here. It could use more strength. I suspect there's more to it, but the nose probably isn't painting an accurate picture of what's to come.

As I suspected, there's more to it. The flavor is easily better than the nose. Roasted malts are very strong and flavorful. I'm not picking up anything reminiscent of lactose. Must have been a facade. Chocolate malts are faint and have a cocoa flavor. That's pretty well buried in the avalanche of roasted malt though. Barley is prominent throughout and gives is a very grainy flavor. Coffee is very apparent in flavor and does much to carry the day here. I didn't pick that up at all on the nose. It has a slightly burnt taste to it that's not altogether bad. If anything, it's a little unique and gives it some character. It's a little acidic and sour on the tail. No alcohol is noted. I don't know what the abv is, but I suspect it's pretty low. Finishes sour. It's pretty good. The sour flavor knocks it down a peg, but it's still pretty solid. Above average is fitting.

It features a medium body that's damn close to full. Carbonation is light and it has a pretty smooth feel. Not bad at all. Drinkability is above average, but not much better. The flavor's not bad, but it's a little tiring toward the bottom of the glass. Perhaps it's that sour/acidic flavor that's wearing on me.

Stonewall Stout is my first experience with Blue & Gray Brewing Co. I'm not overly impressed, but this is far from a bad beer. If the sour/acidic aspect could be knocked out, it'd be better. How much is hard to say. But, it's a minor annoyance for me. All in all, it's above average. Definitely not a bad option, especially if you're looking for an English Stout to check off your list.

Photo of jp62099
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very good stout from a good little brewery, Blue and Gray. Deep brown pour almost black some light shines through. Head goes away quickly. Smell is roasted slighty burnt coffee, some faint chocolate. Mouthfeel is a little light for a stout but it is an English stout, this actually stands to make the pretty drinkable for a stout of any kind.

Photo of akorsak
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 650 mL bomber shared with Phatz and JohnnyM2002.

A: The stout has a dark brown color, not quite black, that has milk chocolate colors at the edges of the glass. There is a bit of head but it quickly dissolves away.

S: The aroma is a bit of roasted malts, somewhat thin and lacking in character.

T: The ale is on the brink of going bad, so I'm glad we opened it now. The flavor is a very thin roasted malt, having chocolate and coffee elements. Unfortunately it quickly loses all flavor, leaving a slightly metallic grainy flavor in the mouth.

M: There is not much of a mouthfeel, as the flavors are unwilling to last long. The aroma is promising but the flavor never quite delivers.

D: I am very glad that we opened the bottle now. It held enough flavor to make it worthwhile, but not enough to make it a must-have.

Photo of BeerSox
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into nonic.

Pitch black with absolutely no light getting through. A one finger light brown head slowly settles to a bubbly rim, with swirls of fine bubbles in the middle.

Aromas of burnt malts, roasted coffee, and a little bit of chocolate.

Bitter and roasty malts make up most of the flavor. The hops are on the low side, maybe adding only a touch of leafy flavor in the middle. The chocolate repeats, this time as the dark and bitter variety. Full bodied. The carbonation is just at the right amount. The finish is the lingering burnt malts.

Plenty of bitter roated malts, great for the cold winter months. Recommended.

Photo of blackie
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: nice little cocoa-creme colored head, average retention, black colored beer

s: solid backbone of smooth char roasts with a grainy bitter chocolate showing through, a little licorice, hops earthy, nothing outstanding but nice aromatics and good balance

m: carbonation on the low side and delicate, body a touch thin for the style

t: deep roasted barley dominates, dry on the tongue, bitter chocolate, backed by a moderate earthy hop flavor, the levels of hop bitterness and grain astringency are a little out of whack but it doesn't distract too much, a decent little stout if generally unimpressive

d: on the light and dry side, this one's an easy drinker

bomber from Rick's in Alexandria

Photo of auxiliary
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Pitch black color, some lace when you are drining it shows up but then disolves. Nice head when showed up when I was all done with it. Other then that a ring forms from the 1st to the last drink.

taste - Roasted barly, dark malts, and dark coffee taste here.

mouthfeel - dry after taste, no carbination. Medium body feel.

drinkability - Made fresh to be drinkin fresh and you can tell. Has a clean taste to it. Hard to describe but its like spring water was used here. No preservatives here. hope to try some more from this place when i get my hands on it.

Photo of erosier
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Swillbilly for this one.

L: Pours a nice black color with a short and medium bodied tan colored head that laces the glass a bit on the way down.
S: Smells of very sweet, deep roasted malt, roasted barley, chocolate, coffee, and a nice sweetness at the end.
T: Tastes of very sweet roasted barley, caramelized malts, chocolate, coffee, and a hint of brown sugar at the end.
M: Very smooth, rich, warming, not as heavy as it looks, and the perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, all the flavors blend well and it just feels good going down.

Photo of lehows
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was one of my favorites from Blue & Gray and it poured dark with a small tan head. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, etc., what youd expect of most stouts. But this one has a very clean finish and high drinkability while retaining good flavor. I hung out on the porch and put back a couple 22s of these easily. The funny old guy at the brewery was in love with this stout as well. Definitely pick some up if youre around Fredericksburg.

Photo of weeare138
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to oelergud for the trade.
Cool bottle with General "Stonewall" Jackson on the label.
Appears Black with a tan head that quickly fades.
Light lacing.
Smell is of black patent malt with a sweetness that is like black grapes.
Taste is of the aromas with a mild "blech" that is typical of a run of the mill Stout.
Mouthfeel is slightly watery and light but it's still ok. Black patent abound.
Drinkability is ok. I'm glad I got to try it.
In all fairness, I probably sat on this one too long and should revisit it at some point.

Photo of jpmclaug
1.86/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into my New Belgium globe. Thanks to BigSexy410 for this one.

A - Black body with not much of a light brown head on top.

S - A light roast but honestly this reminds me a lot of salami. I closed my eyes and took a big whiff and it was like a mix of salami and some soy sauce. Not sure what is going on here.

T - a lot of dark fruit, a slight sourness and some roast.

M - Kind of thin, not much carbonation

D - I think this bottle has turned. If I had a chance to get another one of these I'd like to try it just so I would know whether or not what I have now is infected. Not what I want in a stout.

Photo of jwc215
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing back this bomber for me from Virginia!

Pours pitch black with a thick small-bubbled tan head that becomes a wide patch leaving some lacing on the glass.

The smell is of sour fruitines with coffee and chocolate-ish maltiness. There's a light touch of charcoal in the back.

The taste is of roasty coffee and chocolate-ish maltiness. The sour, grapey fruitiness is more subdued than in the nose. Dry with a hint of smoke in the finish.

Close enough to full-bodied to hit the mark for the style. Very smooth with a rather creamy texture.

Easy enough to drink. Enough dryness to make it refreshing and continue drinking it...
If the nose were a bit less of sour grape, allowing more smokiness and maltiness to come through, I think it would hit the style even better, but it still is a nice stout.

Photo of Rifugium
3.29/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

First had: on tap at B&G

Darker brown pour, with a small cap of tan head that mostly dissipated, spotty lacing. Basic roasty malt aroma, and not much else. In the taste, dark malts, coffee roastiness, yeasty esters, grains, earthy hops. Not too bad, but nothing really interesting going on. Body was medium, mouthfeel a bit thin, but English stouts can swing that way. Not undrinkable.

Photo of hopdog
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared courtesy of weeare138.

Poured a dark black, with red at the edges, and a smaller sized off white head. Aromas and tastes of light chocolate and roasted malts. Thinner body for a stout. Light bitter coffee finish. Cool looking label.

Notes from 11/4/05

Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Pours an opaque jet black with about a finger of bubbly tan head that leaves a decent amount of lacing behind. The smell is of burnt and roasted dark malts, wheat, oatmeal, and biscuit. The taste favors the roasted malts, burns the biscuit, and adds in a small bite of hoppy bitterness. The body is on the heavy side of medium, has just the right amount of carbonation, and does not malignantly cover the tongue, instead smoothly (though somewhat chalkily) rolling through. Overall, a pretty average stout, but pretty drinkable nonetheless.

Photo of robwestcott
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to HopeinHop for picking this one up for me...

poured from a growler as dark brown as possible without turning jet black with a relatively long lasting finger and a half foam head that left a fair amount of lacing.

strong aroma of espresso and dark chocolate.

smooth and almost creamy taste of coffee, with hints of licorice and dark toffee.

not something to jump up and down about in celebration, but a very drinkable stout nonetheless.

Photo of cichief
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a growler at the brewery over the weekend.

A- Pours a deep brown, nearly opaque, with a decent brown head.

S- Smells malty, hint of espresso and licorice, slight hop backround.

T- Strong coffee taste, hint of licorice and sweet malt, slight hop in the finish.

M- Very smooth, tiny bubbles, medium thickness on the tongue.

D- Overall a very drinkable stout. Not as heavy as some, so it it more quaffable.

Photo of jsp2
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Opaque dark brown with a brown creamy head that is retained well.

Smells of roasted barley with vanilla, earth and wood. Pleasant and not overwhelming.

As far as flavor, there is roasted malts with a slight sweetness and a bitter bite on the aftertaste. A taste of smoke seems present. The carbonation is a little bit more noticeable than I'd prefer.

Creamy feel with lots of body, very enjoyable. I think it could be less carbonated. Very quaffable despite the richness.

Overall, a fine Stout that is well balanced, delicious, and satisfying from every angle.

Photo of SwillBilly
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blue and Gray Stonewall Stout

22 oz bottle purchased directly from the brewery during the Fredericksburg Area Oktoberfest.

Appearance: Pours black as midnight into my pint glass with a small tan head that resides to a wispy tan lacing. Sheets of tan lacing line the glass.

Smell: Roasted malts dominate the nose with hints of espresso and sweet dark chocolate. A slight hint of alcohol makes an appearance. Very fragrant and pleasant.

Taste: Starts with roasted malts of dark, bitter coffee. The middle is full of semi-sweet chocolate and more roasted coffee. Finishes with a lingering bitterness as hops finally make an appearance along with more roasted malt and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Full and creamy, somewhat chewy. Plenty of carbonation makes it lively in the mouth.

Drinkability/Notes: Stonewall Stout is very drinkable. A very nice stout that is full of roasted coffee and semi-sweet chocolate flavors. Very easy to drink and one that would make a nice session beer. I could see downing a bunch of these, thankfully I purchased a few bottles. Like Blue and Gray’s Pale Ale, Stonewall Stout was actually better on tap. If you have the opportunity, pick up a few bottles and you will not be disappointed. I very good stout that I will buy again. Definitely recommended. Seek and enjoy, you will not be disappointed.

Photo of oelergud
4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up from the brewery after work today. Label has a general I'd probably be able to identify if I knew civil war lore.
"The brave will yield to the brave", "Fresh Beer" and "I'd give my right arm for a stonewall Stout" printed on the label.
Black as night with a dark maple syrup light getting through at the very edge of the glass. Head is chocolate brown and gives good lace while it last which is not long but it easily brought back through agitation. Appears to have good carbonation.
Malt and coffee beans mingled perfectly makes up the nose.
Taste is more coffee beans with a shot of expresso. Hops makes up a very pleasant up front appearance which lingers into the aftertaste for a good while, turning more and more bitter and a little dry as it fades. Some very faint hints of pure cocoa beans.
Full and massive body, leaves good coating and makes you chew as you swallow. No effect from Alcohol yet so I'm guessing it's fairly low.
Highly drinkable, stays fresh and inviting and leaves me wanting more after this one.


Photo of jale
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the brewery.

A: Pours dark brown with a finger of brown head.

S: Big coffee aroma and slight bitter chocolate.

T: Lots of coffee upfront moving to burnt coffee then a hint of chocolate.

M: Thin for a stout with decent carbonation.

O: Would like this if it had more body.

Photo of hops4me
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - black down the middle and brown around the edges. Small head quickly falls into the beer. Very little lacing.

S - grape soda, licorice, chocolate

T - slight fruitiness. Coffee and chocolate. Bitterness and roastedness hangs on the tongue in the aftertaste.

M - medium body.

D - highly drinkable. Flavors are very balanced. Pretty good stout. Not as big as what I am used to but I can't think of too many English Stouts I have had.

Photo of clayrock81
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a black body with a one-finger tan head that died quickly and left no lacing. A good roasted/coffee malt smell that is mixed evenly with hints of sweetness like chocolate and caramel. A light-bodied, smooth and somewhat creamy stout that is mellow. Caramel, bitter/dark chocolate and some toffee (maybe even butterscotch b/c this beer is slightly buttery) that is complemented (but not balanced) with roasted and coffee malts. This gives the beer an easy to drink quality that passes sweetly and then finishes dry, although the dry malts/beer have this funky, sour fruit quality. It is almost like they used cherry flavored coffee beans or a french coffee. It is really odd and I am wondering if I got a really old/bad bottle. This little quirck makes the beer s little less enjoyable and the bomber I had is enough.

Photo of mdfb79
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Picked up a bomber of this at Rick's in Alexandria for $4.99.

a - Pours a very dark brown color, almost black, with one finger of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty nice.

s - Smells of roasted malts, coffee, and dark bitter chocolate. A nice smell; the roasted malts really dominate the nose.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, coffee, dark bitter chocolate, hops, milk chocolate, and light cream/vanilla. Pretty nice again, and a little bit of a step up from the nose. The hops leave a very slight bitterness in the taste.

m - Medium to full bodied stout and low carbonation. Smooth and creamy, with a tiny bit of bitterness from the bitter chocolate/coffee and hops.

o - Overall a pretty nice English style stout. Lots of roasted and coffee notes, with some hops coming through in the taste. Worth checking out.

Photo of pentathlete
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Obsidian black pour, dark tan 1 inch head and lots of stickiness. Head falls to a table and solid ring. Smell is toasted malt, not strong and lightly bitter hops. The taste is malt driven, ashy, toasted bitterness. Nice long finish, but the body was too light. A little more creaminess and this is a great stout. As it is, the beer is reminiscent of a mass produced Irish stout. Very drinkable, with an ABV of 5%, this is a nice alternative. Had this on Easter with lamb and vegetable kabobs. Decent pairing.

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Stonewall Stout from Blue & Gray Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.