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Mill Street Cobblestone Stout - Mill Street Brew Pub

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Mill Street Cobblestone StoutMill Street Cobblestone Stout

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77 Reviews
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Reviews: 77
Hads: 202
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 16.32%
Wants: 6
Gots: 26 | 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:
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 imonhiatus
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

in mississauga for work and this is on tap at the hotel...when in rome...or canada...

what a pleasant surprise. super smooth and fairly light, great robust flavors.

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

I've been thoroughly disappointed with many Mill Street beers throughout the years, it is very rare that I've ever been impressed by one, well, Cobblestone Stout is a ridiculously good dry stout. Guinness will always be in my heart as the best, and my favorite beer (go ahead beer geeks, laugh away!), this is the next best thing though.

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Photo of shigg85
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A nitro stout served in a can -- got to love it! Fun to pour and holds its body well in the glass. Roasted notes are prominent with a light toffee scent. Overall, a decent dry stout that I would happily drink again.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not quite a guinness by any means. Too much flake and a bit watered down. It also had a weird buttery taste that didnt suit my palate. Id drink again if given to me, but probably wouldnt buy again.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours from the tallboy can a pitch black colour, almost opaque, capped by quite a bit of cappuccino-coloured oatmeal-y looking foam. Decent lacing.

Smell is creamy, vanilla, coffee, faint dark chocolate. Slight bitter, vegetal hopping. Roasted malt, faint hints of copper. Taste is mild, light creamy coffee, faint chocolate and vanilla--but I'm actually a bit surprised by how much the hopping comes through here--just a nice touch of balancing bitter greens, pine, and ever-so-slight citrus.

Balanced sweet-then-dry profile. Typical nitro body--silky smooth, light carbonation, and a light, Guinness-like body.

It's not a particularly in-your-face beer--it's akin to a sort of fresh, domestic, less bogwatery kind of Guinness. But it is quite enjoyable, and is really helped the silkiness of the nitro carbonation. A tasty, sessionable stout that actually draws attention to its hopping more than you'd expect for the style.

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Photo of Tilly
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black pour. Slight tan head, lacy.
Vanilla, chocolate with some hint of coffee aroma.
Tastes much the same with a bunch of smoke.
Mouth feel is pretty much expected of a stout. A little light for my palate.
Overall, a very nice stout.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of my favorite Guinness alternatives. It looks great in a glass and goes down smooth. I love the fact that I can pick up a 473 mL can of Cobblestone for a very reasonable price.

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Photo of RBryn
4.39/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I usually try to support local micros, but was glad to try this stout from YYZ (TO). The hint of toasted walnuts and chocolaty finish were superb. A great balance, and I'm surprised the BA sccore was not higher. Step aside Guiness ... oh, except that I can get Guiness almost anywhere.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
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.


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Photo of superspak
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of FRANKIE65
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.51/5  rDev +18.7%
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!

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Photo of jpro
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%

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 -

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

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Photo of MayonakaStout
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of Scrylol
3.14/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

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Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of mick303
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
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

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Photo of The-Jolly-Imbiber
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of EvanHarper
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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.


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Mill Street Cobblestone Stout from Mill Street Brew Pub
85 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.