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Mill Street Cobblestone Stout - Mill Street Brew Pub

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182 Ratings
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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 6
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TerryW on 04-25-2004

We produce a traditional styled Irish Stout that is served using beer gas to produce that familiar creamy pore. This is the same system that draft Guinness uses. Our black stout has a roasted malt flavour and a hint of toasted walnuts and chocolate in the finish. Select imported hops are used to dry out the finish of this ale.

30 IBU
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Ratings: 182 | Reviews: 71
Photo of jcubz
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I like the roastiness. A step above guiness in my books

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Can states 15 US FL OZ. (440ML). Pours a dark brown color with a light khaki colored head. Dense foam that laces well, good clarity, no floaters.

SMELL: The smell is malty with a light intoxicating fruity alcohol note. Herbal hops and ample roasted malt summarize most of what is going on,

TASTE: Firm malty flavor, a hint of dark fruit, and crisp bitterness. Well rounded flavor delicate hops with faint herb and lemon citrus to go with cocoa presence from the malts. There is a mineral, almost iron like quality to the water in this brew. That just adds a bit more character to the dry roasted malt.I feel this is a slightly more robust dry stout then I've had elsewhere.

FEEL: Nitro can lightens up the feel to a smooth velvety softness. Carbonation holds to a light bodied, creamy stout.

OVERALL: A nice little endeavor drinking this beer. Pretty spot on for style, and would compliment fish & chips quite well.

OVERALL:

Photo of superspak
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

15 ounce nitro can into imperial pint glass, canned on 6/13/2014. Pours clear nearly opaque dark brown color with a 2 finger dense and creamy tan head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, brown sugar, dark bread, light nuttiness, light herbal, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance of roast/bready malt and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, brown sugar, dark bread, light nuttiness, herbal, light char, and roasted earthiness. Light herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, light nuttiness, light char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and robustness of roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and slightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is a really excellent dry stout style. All around great balance and robustness of roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of FRANKIE65
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

A very good stout from close to home. Black, as it should be, one finger of head. Chocolate, and, almost a port smell to it.
Easy to drink, enjoyable stout.
Recommend.

Photo of fscottkey
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

[Served on tap 12/1/14]
A: [4.25] Jet black with awesome nitro head. Great cascading on the glass. Beautiful retention and lacing.
S: [3.75] Coffee, chocolate, malts
T: [3.75] Follows the nose but with s nice hit of sweetness.
M: [3.50] A little watery, but to be expected for a 4.2% abv. Still has the creaminess of a nitro stout.
O: [3.75] Really nice stout. Smooth and creamy. Complex flavors.

Photo of ChrisCage
4.51/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Really like the Nitro charged can! Pours a midnight black with an incredible head that is very Guinness like. The head itself is eggshell colored....very dense like a mousse. I cant tell how the carbonation is as it's much too dark. The lacing is most excellent.....very thick and creamy foam that clings for it's life to the side of my pint glass and the retention is top notch....it ends up looking like snow capped mountains!

S- Very nice aromas of burnt malts immediately upfront! There is plenty to smell, including rich dark chocolate, espresso beans, dark molasses, almost burnt toast and slightly scorched Earth. There is notes of a slight bitter finish but nothing to get excited about.

T- Simply put, this is a very tasty stout! I would put this a little drier than Guinness by comparison, closer to Beamish. Flavors that follow the aromas include dark chocolate, burnt brown sugar, toffee/dark molasses and espresso beans. There is an Earthy finish that reminds me of what I think rich soils would taste like, not that I enjoy eating soil lol. Very nice stout indeed!

M/O- This is a full bodied brew with a very creamy texture, due to the nitro induced can! This is a very well rounded dry stout that can compete with the best of them....I think it would be great with a meal...stew perhaps, but does really well on it's own. I would most definitely go out of my way for this again when looking for a stout and highly recommend it!

Photo of jpro
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

A really nice, low abv stout. Pours black with a light khaki head - not much lace. Aroma of cocoa and roasted malt. Taste is pretty standard for the style, with maybe a touch more chocolate and smoked malt character. Nitrogen charge lends to a creamy feel, while not muting flavor / aroma. Right up there with Creemore Springs Lager and Detour IPA as my favorite Canadian craft brews so far -

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

440 mL can at 40 degrees into standard pint
Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate
Head small (2 cm), light brown, creamy, lasting
Lacing none
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor mild, roasted malt, hint of chocolate, ending with a roasted malt bitterness; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation and nitrogenation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4, Overall 3.75. Final weighted score: 3.625
An easy drinking stout, nothing spectacular about the flavor, just solid.

Photo of MayonakaStout
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mill Street Cobblestone Stout was my introduction to Irish dry stouts that aren't Guinness. Really good but not great, black on the pour with great lacing,kind of ruby at the base of the glass and a long lasting tan head. Lots of caramel, espresso and slight chocolate on the nose with a taste very similar to the smell. Sweet, dry on the finish, slight vanilla on the exhale. Smooth mouthfeel, lightly carbonated and in my opinion a good example of the style. This stout could pair with a variety foods, whether it be braised or grilled red meat to vanilla ice cream. This incredibly drinkable beer should not leave you disappointed.

Photo of flagmantho
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 440mL nitro can into a pint glass.

Appearance: very dark brown hue with plenty of murk and a thick finger of creamy dark-tan head. Quite attractive.

Smell: rich and chocolatey with some bitter malt undertones. Way more chocolatey than I think of an Irish dry stout being, but I really rather like it.

Taste: very traditional Irish stout flavor with elements of roasted malt and a nice chocolatey taste, but not overwhelmingly so. It is maybe a little sweet for the style, but perhaps more likeable for it.

Mouthfeel: smooth and creamy, although maybe with not as much body as there should be. Nitro-cans rarely impress me in this regard. Still, not bad.

Overall: I like this beer quite a lot -- if I had it here in the U.S., I could see myself drinking it often.

Photo of Eric_Standard
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Chocolaty with rich roasted flavours. Deep, rich, creamy, velvety smooth. Very nicely balanced. Quite dark, and rather good. I dig it.

Photo of Scrylol
3.14/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a one finger solid thick beige head, lots of lacing, pitch black body. Looks very nice actually.

Coffee, milk chocolate, roasty hot chocolate aromas.

Slight milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and milk chocolate taste. Not very strong. Not very bitter. More on the roasted malty side. Has some sort of weird milk chocolate and sour-ish after taste...

Creamy mouthfeel, decent body, but its a bit watery.

I guess everything`s worth trying once, but for this beer, only once is fine.

Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

After reading this beer’s rave reviews, Bucky was looking forward to sampling Mill Street’s Cobblestone Stout (“Cobblestone”) . The beer came in a nitrogen infused 440 ml can with no apparent production or best before date. Cobblestone was 4.2% alcohol by volume.

Cobblestone poured with a beautiful Guinness-like cascade and was an opaque black colour with about 1” of creamy looking beige coloured head when everything settled down. The head eventually faded to about a ¼” collar of foam which remained all through the sampling. For such a long-lived head though, it left surprisingly little lacing down the glass. Overall though, a very good looking beer. Its aroma was fairly subdued…not surprising given the ever-present head, but dark chocolate, coffee and a touch of milk chocolate were noticeable. Cobblestone’s taste was fabulous…a milk chocolate sweetness from the head, followed by dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee with a mild bitterness in the finish. All but the initial milk chocolate sweetness lingered pleasantly as an aftertaste. For me though, despite the wonderful flavours, it’s the mouth feel where Cobblestone falls short. The initial creaminess from the head stands out as a stark contrast to the thin mouth feel of the beer itself. Maybe Mill Street was trying to produce a sessionable stout when they created this beer, but to me it just comes off as ‘stout light’. If not for the somewhat watery mouth feel, Cobblestone could easily have entered Bucky’s Canadian Top 10 list and become one of his ‘go to’ beers. Cobblestone had a very soft carbonation in keeping with what you would expect from a stout. Cobblestone sells for $2.90 per 440 ml can at the time of writing.

Photo of mick303
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a nitro can into a pint glass, black colour with a thick creamy tan head. Shows good retention and moderate lacing.

S - smoky licorice, roasty malts, espresso, bready caramel malts, notes of dark malts, with some sweetness to it. Fairly classic, not aggressive but a balanced and relatively enticing bouquet.

T - starts with a light and and fruity start, grapes, apples even, then some more coffee and toasty and mildly roast malts. Caramel, bread, orange marmalade, easy and mild body, light bitterness, hints of chocolate. A balanced and traditional take, as a session stout this is pretty solid, not going to be an out of this world experience, but something to have a couple of without trouble. The initial hit of malt is good, it fades a bit in flavour and the roastiness is generally lacking here. I would prefer more assertiveness.

M - light and mild, really low and soft carbonation, an easily quaffable stout. Finish is mild and dry, with some of the dark malt character.

Overall, a balanced dry session stout, hits most of the marks, but the taste is a bit too mild and watery for my tastes. Smell is quite good, but the more I drink of this, the more I yearned for more roastiness and assertive profile. It is balanced and drinkable but I think it could be a little more assertive, think its a bit too friendly, even for the Irish style its going for.

Photo of jrenihan
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Mill Street location at Pearson Airport, of all places.

Beer is black with a nice cascading effect. Large, light tan head.

Not much of a scent. Could be the nitro delivery or the fact that the beer is still a bit cool. Slight roasted malt scent. Fine but very faint.

Pretty good flavour. Lightly roasted malt, some vanilla and a touch of chocolate. Slightly bitter finish.

The nitro delivery rather dominates the beer. Very creamy, medium bodied and low carbonation.

Overall, really nothing special about this one. Fine but not that enjoyable. I didn't finish the pint.

Photo of LampertLand
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mill St. Brewery 'Cobblestone Stout' Draught @ 4.2% , served from a 440 ml nitro-can purchased for $3.00

A-pour is very 'Guinness' like frothey , dark , & cascading. Leaving a near black in the glass with some crimson red peeking thru a big frothey tan head that is leaving a spotty lace along the pint

S-mild smell of barley

T-dark malts , some smoke/charred barley on the palate

MF-ok/good carbonation , medium body , feels bigger

Ov-so similar to Guinness Draught in a nitro-can , just not in the same class or glass

prost LampertLand

Photo of The-Jolly-Imbiber
3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 440 mL can into a pint glass.

Thick, black appearance. Could not see any light through it. 1 finger of thick, tan head, which lasted several minutes, settling very slowly. Even after a while, there was still a 1/3 inch of head hanging around.

Wonderful smell! Hints of dark berries over some chocolate odours, perhaps some coffee-ish nuttiness, too. Multiple dimensions to the smell -- very inviting!

Taste: Coffee flavours are predominant. In terms of bitterness, this is very mild. Maybe even too mild, for a beer. It's almost like I'm drinking a thickened/creamy, chilled, mild coffee. The taste is also a bit nutty.

Mouthfeel is on the thick side, being very creamy, with almost no detectable carbonation.

Overall, I have to say that, even though dark, less-bitter beers like this are my preference, I find this lacking tang or bitterness. I wouldn't buy this again, given other options available to me, but if this were the only thing on a restaurant menu besides bitter alternatives (Pale Ales, etc.), I'd order it.

Photo of EvanHarper
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extremely dark, nearly opaque copper-black. Faint wispy tan foam cap.

Rich aroma, with strong vanilla, some chocolate and espresso, hints of toffee and dark fruit. Good stuff.

Strong rich chocolate malt taste, with caramel, hints of vanilla, a very well-balanced drying finish with assertive roastiness and pleasant hops. Seems slightly on the sweet side for the style, but that's fine with me.

Gorgeously smooth mouthfeel, no doubt thanks to the nitro-can. Feels much thicker and fuller-bodied than it actually is.

This is really good stuff, an outstanding dry stout with a good combination of complexity and drinkability.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Mill Street, Toronto Pearson Airport.

Sandstone nitro head over ruby black.
Mild coffee, smoke, molasses, and grain sack nose.
Dark chocolate, roasty bite, then slight branchy hops.
Mocchacino finish and dry linger.
Thin, soft, slight cling.

Roasty hit and that's it. Watery, too. No depth or intricacy.

Lame.

Photo of TwilightTavern
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served from a nitro-can

Perfect example of what an Irish Dry Stout should look like. Black, pours a thick dark beige head. Lots of lacing, and lots of head retention.

Vanilla, cream, milk chocolate, bread, cookie, and slight herbal hop smells are present, but fairly weak.

The taste is similar to the smell, but more bready, and the herbal hops leave a light bitterness on the palate with burt toast on the palate, but in a great way.

Fuller bodied stout, nitro is very obvious. Fairly sticky on the palate.

Mill Street Cobblestone Stout is a perfect example of an IDS, very similar to Guiness Draught but a lot more complexity in it's taste that really shines through with vanilla, cream, and slight milk chocolate that is much more present than your typical commercial IDS's.

Photo of Jeffo
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one at the LCBO in Waterloo. Had it plenty of times on draft at BeerTown as well.

From a 16oz nitro can into a snifter

APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour yields a small, thicker looking, tan head with very good retention. Black body with no real bubbles to speak of. Fades to a thin and splotchy wisp. Splotchy wisp remains leaving touches of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Nice nose for sure. Roasted notes, milk chocolate, sweet cream, vanilla and caramel on the nose. Light espresso as well as some smoky tones as well. Quite nice.

TASTE: Not quite as impressive as the nose, but still very enjoyable. Roasted notes with light smoky flavors and caramel up front. Finish is bitter espresso, some sweet cream and milk chocolate with vanilla flavors. Bitterness lingers with a good roasted base and caramel sweetness. Very good stuff, and well balanced.

PALATE: Fuller body with modest levels of nitrogen. Good weight, creamy as well, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Really good feel.

OVERALL: This has been billed as the "stout less traveled" and is trying to take market share from Guinness in Ontario. I admit that, if both options were at the pub, I'd start with a Guinness for old-time's sake, then switch to this one for the rest of the night. Really good nose, solid flavors, and a top-notch feel in the nitro can. The look isn't quite what a nitro stout could be, but that's a minor complaint. Will drink lots of this stuff when at home. Cheers! Highly recommended.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Arrived a nice dark chocolate brown with two fingers of mocha foam. Aroma was smoky, tangy malt with some dark chocolate/coffee, a little fruit and floral hops. Palate was more chocolate, coffee, some licorice, milk, vanilla, wood, and the slightest hint of berries. Very clean almost astringent finish with some harsh husk and grainy notes but not unpleasant. Good stout for beginners trying something besides Guinness. Same style as the latter and similarly thin-bodied and drinkable, but less tart and more bitter, more complex flavors.

Photo of beerluvr
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Creamy nitro head on the pour, light brown head, dark brown liquid. Roasty malt nose with a nice light smoke aroma with a little mike chocolate. Smooth and light carbonation on the palate with some coffee and chocolate notes albeit light. Not very much bitterness from hops at all. Finishes smooth and with a bitter chocolate/coffee flavor, very easy to drink this in quantity...one of my faves here.

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

440 ml nitro-can from LCBO poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Dark brown color, nearly black . Only 1/2 finger of head poured, a bit disappointing, but the head is creamy, and has great retention time.

Smell - Coffee, dark malts and dark chocolate dominate here. There may be a bit of nuttiness going on, but it's hard to get past the first three scents.

Taste - Similar to the smell, dark chocolate and ground coffee shine through here. Slightly watery taste however.

Mouthfeel - This beer has nice creaminess and smoothness, is wet and refreshing which is surprising given the dark heavy appearance. Again the wateriness is good in terms of quenching the thirst, but not so good in giving it a balanced full mouthfeel. Nonetheless, pretty good.

Overall - Quite a brew, prefer others in the style but not at all a bad alternative.

Photo of mdfb79
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From 08/07/13 notes. Poured from a 440ml intro-can into a Guinness pint glass, since that's what this beer was modeled after. Brought back by my GF from the brewpub.

a - Pours a deep brown color, almost black color, with one to two inches of dark tan head and high carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, milk chocolate, cream, toasted malts, burnt malts, and light vanilla. Nose is pretty good.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, cream, toasted malts, milk, vanilla, milk chocolate, and lightly bitter hops. Decent but light everywhere.

m - Light to medium body moderate carbonation. Body is a bit thin and watery; not as creamy as I would have hoped.

o - Overall a decent irish dry stout but honestly I would just prefer a Guinness. This is almost like a Guinness light; it looks like it but the body is too thin. It smells like it, but the taste is weaker. Next time would probably just go for a Guinness or go for one of their other beers.

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Mill Street Cobblestone Stout from Mill Street Brew Pub
86 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.