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Mill Street Cobblestone Stout - Mill Street Brew Pub

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159 Ratings
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Ratings: 159
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | 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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Photo of Sammy
2.65/5  rDev -30.1%
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.

Sammy, Oct 29, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

Phyl21ca, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

biboergosum, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of MasterSki
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Chancey Smith's. Served in a pint glass.

A - A finger of tan foam over top of a dark brown body that shows transparency and ruby highlights when held to the light. Very similar look to Guinness, but without the head volume. Still, the retention and lacework are superb - it settles to a cap that lingers throughout the entire pint. Almost looks like a nitro beer.

S - Roasty, light cocoa, licorice, and biscuit. Somewhat understated - could use a little more oomph, even when it's warm.

T - Tastes like you'd expect from an English stout - dry roastiness, light cocoa, a touch of coffee, and mild amount of bitterness in the finish. Reminds me of Cadillac Mountain, but not quite as complex.

M - Smooth and creamy, with light carbonation, and a medium body that keeps things from getting to watery like some other English/Irish Dry Stouts that I've had.

D - A little too roasty to be a super drinkable beer, even though the ABV is perfect for sessions. Still, I had no problem downing a pint, and I'd consider having more than one depending on context.

MasterSki, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of mdfb79
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

mdfb79, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +5.5%

wrightst, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of biegaman
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
Photo of Viggo
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish brown, thick and short tan head forms, nice spiral lacing, good retention. Smell is sweet, roasty, some chocolate and coffee, quite nice. Taste was sweet, some vanilla and chocolate, roast, nice sour finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, very creamy and smooth. Served much too cold, had to wait a while for the beer to improve, but definately a drinkable stout.

Viggo, Nov 17, 2006
Photo of DrJay
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the new brewpub. Very dark yet clear, with ruby highlights and a dense, tan head from the nitro pour. Thick lacing through the first half of the pint. Roasty aroma with coffee and chocolate notes. It also smells a bit acidic. Mild bitterness with chocolate and roast. Some acidity towards the end. Light bodied with low carbonation and a dry finish. This is a very easy drinking stout, quite good for a session.

DrJay, Dec 23, 2006
Photo of liamt07
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

liamt07, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of Derek
3.98/5  rDev +5%
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.

Derek, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.81/5  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.

GarthDanielson, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of wordemupg
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pint at Craft Beer Market July 25 2011

A very dark cola with a maroon glow when held to the light, not much room for head with the pour near the top of the glass but what room there is a super tight light mocha foam fills. I drank two beers waiting for this one to warm up and the foam went nowhere, it left continuous lace right down the glass pretty impressive

S chocolate milk with some coco powder and raisin

T some faint coffee on top of what I smell, simple but good, fairly dry but not completely

M enters silky and quickly creams up, thicker then I expected pretty nice feel

O a bit of a surprise for me, pretty solid beer from a brewery I`ve had mixed results from

worth trying for sure and something I didn`t expect to see on tap here in Calgary

wordemupg, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of flagmantho
3.98/5  rDev +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.

flagmantho, May 28, 2014
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
Photo of dgilks
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown colour which is still translucent. Nice creamy tan head with great head retention.

Moderate roasty aroma with some chocolate and a touch of smoke. Fine.

Moderately roasty with a touch of herbal hop. Bitter chocolate is fine. Fairly straightforward.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A solid stout with good flavour. It’s nothing exceptional but it does the job reasonably well and is enjoyable enough.

dgilks, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

spinrsx, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of tbeckett
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
Photo of EgadBananas
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
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!

EgadBananas, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

bpfrush, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cool , a nitro stout at just above 4% ABV in a can from Mill Street. Pours jet black with a huge creamy tan head. The nose is roasty and slightly nutty and the flavours are quite big on the initial sip but fade on the finish. Better than regular Guinness though as I like the bite in the midbody which the Irish stout lacks. Would buy this if they releases it as single tallboys in the stores.

canucklehead, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of StJamesGate
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

StJamesGate, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of andrenaline
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
Photo of bobsy
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
Photo of IronDjinn
3.29/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

IronDjinn, Mar 17, 2013
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Mill Street Cobblestone Stout from Mill Street Brew Pub
85 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.