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Mill Street Cobblestone Stout - Mill Street Brew Pub

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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 73
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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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been a while since I've had this, so it was nice to see it on the shelves, albeit in cans.

Nitro pour. Settles into a dark chocolate - black in colour, impenetrable. Thick tan head, great retention, lots of lacing.

Nose is hard to detect, but you get a bit of roasted malt, coffee, caramel.

Decent stout, nothing spectacular, but a solid canned brew. Roasty malt, coffee, a bit if sweet malt, dry toasted grain finish.

Watery, somewhat creamy, pretty typical for nitro can stuff.

Will probably make a regular appearance in the fridge, though it's nothing spectacular. Just a decent canned stout.

Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A full English pint, on nitro-tap at the brewpub in Hogtown.

This beer appears a solid black, with very slight reddish cola basal edges, and one pudgy finger of languid creamy tan head, which leaves some stellar roiling sea-spray lace around the glass as it oh-so-slowly slips away.

It smells of dry chocolate, toasted bready and caramel malt, a faint wheaty graininess, nutty coffee, a soft black fruitiness, and weak earthy, musty hops. The taste is more lightly roasted caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, ethereal coffee notes, a dark oily nuttiness, a bit of indistinct orchard fruitiness, and some lulling earthy, softly leafy hops.

The carbonation is mild, bordering on ineffectual, the body a decent medium weight, smooth beyond recall, and duly creamy. It finishes with a pleasant drying trend, as per the style, with lingering hints of the cocoa, java, and fruit that were.

A rather decent session stout, with just enough sweetness, not overwhelming, and deftly balanced. Such a pleasant upgrade from Guinness, I just don't know where to start. Oh wait, I just finished.

Photo of Sammy
2.68/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

on-tap at the new brewpub. A bit of malt aroma, tad of roast. Some sweetness, roast barley. Late kick of coffee and chocolate in mild dose. Kind of a mild Guiness, and no where near the thickness or strength of taste of the American stout I am so used to and fond of. Watery.

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 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 joemcgrath27
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I have enjoyed this on tap several times, but this is my first good chance to review
A - annoyingly the can erupted when I cracked it even though its just been sitting in the fridge undisturbed .... after cleaning up it poured like a good stout should with a pitch black colour and two fingers of creamy head
S - big on roastiness along with some coffee and mild cherry aromas
T - roasty and nutty up front, some espresso bitter flavour, and some whole grain to round it out
M - chewy, creamy smooth, lightly bitter
O - this is rock solid english stout, given the on tap choice of this or Guinness, i'm probably taking a Cobblestone

Photo of eat
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This stout is almost black and almost opaque. Ruby highlights shine through the bottom of the glass and the body is more of a very dark brown. Pours with a great cream/light-mocha head and almost looks like it's on nitro-tap...but it's not. Great head retention and lacing. Quite a nice looking stout.

A very bready smelling stout. Smells mostly of whole-wheat bread and yeast with some chocolate, minerals and dark malt. Nice smell but I'd like it to be more powerful.

This kind of reminds me of a (North American) Guinness with some improvements made. The focus is on the bready roasted malt. Bits of chocolate, minerals and coffee grinds appear but aren't featured. Light, earthy hops balance everything out with a subtle bitterness. The flavour is mostly of some smooth, dark roasted malt. No alcohol at 4.2% ABV, obviously. I didn't know it was 4.2% actually, I had assumed it was closer to 5%, not because of any alcohol showing but because of the nice big flavour. Almost no complexity but it seems that's what they were going for. Just a simple, tasty and accessible stout.

Good creamy medium body and a light carbonation. Pretty nice feel, though it could be a little creamier. I'm sure nitro-tap would do the trick. Slightly drying finish, just enough.

I find the Cobblestone Stout to be as smooth as St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout but it isn't as complex or interesting. Extremely drinkable, though, and shows no faults. At 4.2% this would obviously be a great session stout. My second favorite Mill Street so far, behind their Tankhouse Ale.

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 Stocean1
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a one finger head with great retention and plenty of lacing ringing the side of the glass throughout. Nearly black with some brown highlights.

Smell is light malt, some hops and coffee notes.

Taste follows the nose with a metallic note. Some dark fruit and bitter hops.

Mouth is on the light side for a stout with some carbonation. Relatively smooth but not creamy.

A beautiful looking stout with an average taste.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.04/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Can: Poured a black color stout with a huge creamy head with great retention and some lacing. Aroma of faint black chocolate is a bit too light for my taste and probably diminished by the amount of nitro used in this can. Taste is also a bit bland with some light notes of chocolate and some light dry roasted notes. Body is a bit light with great carbonation. The nitro makes for a nice creamy taste but kills also lots of the flavour which isn’t the best of things in this particular case.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Victory Cafe.

Poured a dark black colour with thick white head that stuck around for quite a while.

Nose was somewhat sweet roasted malts.

Taste was roasted malts with a nice toasted flavour to it - almost like some toated pine nuts or something (difficult to pinpoint the toasted flavour exactly but it added such a great element to the beer). Some coffee in the roasted malts, but not enough to suggest that there was an abundant coffee flavour.

Amazing mouthfeel. Thick, smooth, sikly, elegant.

This is one of the best stouts I have had. 4.2% ABV is a little light, but it is probably the most drinkable stout I can think of.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as night after the cascading subsides. A creamy cream colored head of about two fingers adorns. Retention is epic. The aroma is slightly toasty with a roasted malt note and light sweet chocolate. Taste is roasted and toasty, some bread crusts, light bakers cocoa. The feel is excellent. It's creamy, rich, with a full feeling body. Goes down smooth and clean.

This is a great, sessionable stout and one of the best I've had from a nitro-can. I'd pound these during football games in a heartbeat!

Photo of IronDjinn
3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From a 440 ml can, nitro-infused. So much so that I've yet to be able to open one of these without it being an explosive gusher--this stuff is under some serious pressure that wants to release as fast and with as much volume as possible. That aside what is left pours out an absolute pitch black opaque mass, impermeable to light, and crowned with a tall tight creamy beige head with excellent retention.

Burnt, roasty, somewhat sour aroma, a bit of espresso hiding beneath it all, along with some neutral sweetness.

Flavour is dry, and after that almost nondescript until it reaches a mild bittersweet finish, with a remarkably clean finish for any type of Stout.

For a nitro pour Stout the mouthfeel is on the thinner side, texture is slippery and watery for the most part, although some silky smoothness at time, while the carbonation itself is rather low.

Entry level for the style, and a little ambivalent in its own right. While the flavour is rather mild, if not completely nondescript for the most part, it is also completely inoffensive as there are no off flavours to complain about either--this is an incredibly clean tasting stout. Will make a good intro into Stouts for the macro crowd worried about "a meal in a glass" or a thick chewy dark beer, as this is neither.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint at the brewpub, arrives a dark brown almost black, nice creamy head on top. Leaves sheets of lacing down the glass.

Nice balanced roast, certainly no RIS but a well malted English stout that's easy to drink at only 4.2%. Hints of cold coffee, anise, biscuit, grain husk. Thinner body but that's what you would expect. Dry, lightly hopped hop bitterness in the finish. Would gladly drink multiple pints of this one, for what it is - it's well done!

Photo of papat444
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This reviews caps all my serving types. Thanks jrenihan for this one.

Poured from a 440ml. can, canned Oct. 29, 2012 (lot K2912).

Appearance: The pour is all head (color of light chocolate milk) but slowly morphs into a nice cascading effect that is gorgeous. The result is a separation between the head and the black body by a layer of dark brown that slowly concedes to the above and below. Very creamy and slathered on the glass.

Smell: Chocolate chunks mixed with milk chocolate. Bit shy.

Taste: Chocolate is milky in flavor, has a low roasted taste and a finish reminiscent of chocolate covered biscuits.

Mouthfeel: Smoother than smooth as the nitro does its thing. The middle loses a bit of substance but overall, this is very drinkable.

Overall: Would have liked a bit more flavor profile but you get what you pay for with nitro and it's good overall.

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

440ml Can from the Ottawa LCBO for 2.50$

Appearance - The can started gushing out all over the place when I opened it.. so beware. Black/Brown colour with with a massive frothy light-brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, coffee

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and some roasted nuts. There is also a grainy corn syrup like flavour and it ends with a malty slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall - A great appearance (and most nitro-cans have) and a very drinkable taste. Nothing too potent, just a nice mix of subtle flavours. Just a slighty above average stout in my books.

Photo of liamt07
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap at Bryden's, into a pint glass.

Poured black, with the expected Guinness "cascading" nitro body. Thick and real creamy tan head with fantastic retention and some good lace. Nose has some roasty and dark chocolate notes. A bit of coffee. Taste continues the coffee and roast grain notes, a bit of chocolate and a metallic note. Mouthfeel is medium, but appears slightly watery at times. Low carbonation, but smooth in feel. A drinkable stout, if not spectacular in flavour profile.

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 SebD
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice dark brown,almost black color to it with some ruby shining through. It has a nice thick beige head that came from the cascade that dies down slowly and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Fairly mild.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some roasted malts, light chocolate and coffee and some bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a somewhat light and thin overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

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 thehyperduck
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

440 mL can from the LCBO. This canned 'nitrogen-charged' serving seems to be a relatively new product from Mill Street - but it's a welcome release in my eyes, because there aren't a lot of widely-available Ontario stouts these days. In fact, Black Creek's and Hockley's are the only two I can think of, and as far as I know Hockley stopped brewing theirs a few months ago.

Pours a pitch black colour, totally opaque, and topped with two fingers of dense, pillowy, tan-coloured head. Retention is quite good; the head takes a few minutes to thin out to a more manageable volume, but a half-inch of foam clings to the surface for the entirety of the drink. The aroma is enjoyable, but contains nothing very unique or memorable; heavy on the roasted malts (as I'd hope), with hints of dark chocolate and roasted coffee. Could stand to be a bit more intense, but it's enticing enough I suppose.

Much like the aroma, the flavour is approachable and to-style, but not much else. The backbone is a tasty blend of roasted, bready malts, baker's chocolate and a faint hint of coffee grounds. Sweetness is more prominent early in the sip, with a nice, bittersweet dryness finishing it off, encouraging you to repeat the process quickly. The mouthfeel is wonderfully creamy and smooth, with a body on the light side of medium. The nitro carbonation is obviously a very large factor here - it's something you either love or hate, but a widespread-enough feature that you probably already know how you'll feel about it. I think it works quite well in this case, cooperating nicely with the brew's smooth, mild flavour. Ridiculously drinkable.

Final Grade: 3.77, a very respectable B+. I can't attest to the quality of this can compared to the on-tap counterpart, but I knows what I likes, and I like Mill Street's Cobblestone Stout more than most of the other major beers in their portfolio. Definitely not a complex affair, but that's not what it's trying to be - this is a smooth, straightforward, no-nonsense stout that was clearly made with sessionability in mind.

[Updated Nov. 10 2013]

Another sampler, another re-review. This stuff tastes fine, and while the nitro mouthfeel is definitely an acquired preference, it still allows this brew to go down more smoothly than even a carbonated soft drink. My only real complaint is the price point (which doesn't factor into the final grade anyway) - sorry but for basically $3 a can I won't have much trouble finding other worthwhile things to drink (e.g. Wellington IRS is the same price). A must-try for nitro beer fans, but not a world-beater.

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 GarthDanielson
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a nitro-can into a shaker pint, the beer is a jet black coloring and light bodied, with a dense, foamy, light tan head that slowly settles into a filmy, clingy coating. Nose of chocolate, smoke, and coffee, with hints of peat. Very dry nose. Flavors are lighter than the nose, with caramel and mocha blending on a roasted backbone. Hints of smoke blend with creamy highlights. Balanced, but slightly sweet. Light, dry body with creamy sweet aftertaste. Dry, clean finish with a subtle sweet and coffee linger. Easy to drink, and damn tasty.

Photo of bryehn
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty much opaque black with dark ruby around edges. Once the cascade is done, there’s a solid inch of frothy light beige head.

Thick, dark roasted malt aroma, with a grassy tone and hints of chocolate, musty wood and coffee.

The taste has a warm smoky and woody character with a rich roasted malt body. Grain and fruit accents brighten the taste before a solid bitter finish. The dark flavours co-mingle in the aftertaste. Thick, grainy mouthfeel with a pronounced creaminess and little carbonation..

First mass-produced nitro can from a craft brewer in Canada, this is a textbook example of a pub-style stout. It’s rich, satisfying, warm and mellow. The smoke and wood characteristics add a layer of heartiness without being overbearing. I hope to see the local Ottawa favourite Valley Irish Red get canned as well.

Photo of Derek
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this at the Victory Cafe in Toronto.

A: Black with a creamy, off-white head; good retention, nice lace.

S: Dry roastyness & bread.

T: Bread, coffee & nut. Balanced bitterness. Pleasant, but a little plain (not surprising, considering the weight).

M: Dry, somewhat chalky but creamy; modest carbonation. Impressive for its weight.

D: Good drinkability.

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Mill Street Cobblestone Stout from Mill Street Brew Pub
86 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.