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Mill Street Cobblestone Stout - Mill Street Brew Pub

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85
very good

156 Ratings
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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mill Street Brew Pub visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Sammy on 10-29-2006)
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4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

TimWSim, Jan 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

RevCraig, Jan 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now this is a good stout.

Pours pure black with a robust rocky tan head. Lacing is expansive. Fresh roasted espresso beans and high cocoa dark chocolate explode in the aroma. The taste is equally rich with a deep roastyness and some smokey hints. Caramel and milk chocolate are noticeable in the middle. Astringent black malt flavors show in the finish. Hops are like throughout, providing some earthy flavors and a decent bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is thick and moderately carbonated.

This is a fantastic stout, it really puts mainstream stouts like Guiness and Beamish to shame. Thick and substantial stuff.

CAMRAhardliner, Apr 04, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Wordslinger, May 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Bf_89, Jul 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

AddyCanuck, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Jun 08, 2010
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4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint at the brewpub.

The beer arrives an extremely dark black with a creamy mocha head that's there for the duration. Great lace left in sheets on the side of the glass. Pleasing dry grain smell, as well as some roasted coffee. The grains reveal themselves in the flavour with a strong roasted barley taste. Hints of coffee and chocolate round things out perfectly and mellow a slightly bitter finish. Smooth mouthfeel with a moderate carbonation.

This is a solid entry in a style that sometimes struggles to impress, and I've marked it up as it compares very favourably to its peers.

bobsy, Jan 14, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Idrankthat, Oct 12, 2013
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anchie, Jul 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

fizzyted, Dec 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Coastal_Brew, Jul 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

AndrewC, Dec 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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

Eric_Standard, May 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Vyronian, Sep 20, 2013
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4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the Mill Street Brewpub in Toronto.

The beer appears the same black colour as, what is depicted in all 19th century paintings of the old distillery building, the smoke rising out of the mill's 100 ft. chimney. It is unshakably opaque, refusing any highlighting. A nitro-faucet provides a cascading visual while the nitro-tap ensures a dense, hardening layer of head that results in the glass being entirely concealed behind shrouds of tapioca.

There is a perfect description for what I am smelling: mocha! It is a precise blend of dark, bitter cocoa solids combined with fresh percolated coffee beans. It's like a chocolate factory meets a cafe and it couldn't have any more character than what I'm used to finding in Irish Dry Stouts. There is debate on whether nitro-taps nullify aroma but this sample certainly wouldn't suggest anything of the sort.

Mocha is also a dead-ringer for what I'm tasting. Here too, flavours of gourmet, fresh from the press coffee and chocolate, this time a more sweet and milky variety, combine for what is by my definition: stout deliciousness. Unlike lesser offerings, there is never any taste of harsh, burnt cereal grains. It's tough trying to determine whether this should be savored or quaffed - this balance of bitter and sweet would impress even a tightrope walker!

I'd definitely be inclined to agree nitro-taps numb things in the mouthfeel department. The texture is essentially revoked; I can taste sweet and bitter flavours but I fail to truly sense their effects on my tongue. Apart from a tidbit of ashy, charred malts nothing - including bitterness - survives the onslaught of artificial creaminess. Sadly, each sip leaves the palate nothing to remember it by and all that wonderful flavour is neutralized, invalidated.

Downtown Toronto is a place of relatively few well preserved historic sites but the Distillery District is certainly one of them. If anyone should find themselves in the area then a trip to the Mill Street Brewpub is definitely advised. I know the tap list is fairly large but if the Cobblestone Stout happens to be available, I'd give it some consideration. If you're a stout fan, then ordering it would be a must.

biegaman, Mar 15, 2009
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4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice rich solid black with a thin creamy tan head that leaves tons of lacing.

Smells of caramel, butterscotch, and roasted malts.

Very tasty, almost like a cappucino milkshake at first then more malty/burnt grains come out. Very delicious, way better than guinness.

Creamy milkshake mouthfeel, very drinkable, I loved this beer.

GodOfBeer, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of eat
4.13/5  rDev +9%
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.

eat, Apr 13, 2010
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4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was very surprised to see this on tap at a local bar, and was super stoked to try it out.

A - Pours a nice dark black, with a solid thumb of smooth mocha coloured head with cascading carbonation, solid retention and some thick sticky lacing. Great looking stout!

S - Scent was much sweeter than expected with chocolate and expresso notes coming through. Only the slightest metallic hint present, which was nice as well.

T - Absolutely delicious. The chocolate malts come through nicely off the top, a touch of vanilla and espresso that lingers on the tongue. Much more favourful than a Guiness.

M - This stuff goes down like a Guiness with nice smooth carbonation that keeps your mouth watering.

D - I could drink this stuff all day. I will definitely be taking every opportunity to order this stuff on tap when I'm out because it was fantastic.

andrenaline, Oct 31, 2010
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4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint at Arrow and Loon. From notes.

A - Poured with a thick, reamy beige head that sat at one finger for the duration of the pint. Black in colour with just a bit of light coming through. Great lace.

S - Roasty with chocolate and a touch of coffee. Very nice and inviting. What I look for in a lower strength stout.

T - Smoky, coffee, roasty malt in a big way and a little chocolate. Typical but spot on the way it should be.

M - Good low carbonation, medium creamy body with a nice dry/bitter finish.

O/D - Really nice, smooth, good, proper stout. Sessionable to the highest degree. Well crafted.

tbeckett, Sep 24, 2011
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Mill Street Cobblestone Stout from Mill Street Brew Pub
85 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.