Mill Street Cobblestone Stout - Mill Street Brew Pub
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3.91/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
Serving type: nitro-can
04-13-2014 21:01:58 | More by BuckyBeerBeaver
3.69/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
Serving type: nitro-can
04-05-2014 00:38:38 | More by mick303
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.
Serving type: nitro-tap
02-22-2014 17:50:44 | More by jrenihan
British Columbia (Canada)
3.83/5 rDev +0.5%
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
Serving type: nitro-can
12-24-2013 21:13:28 | More by LampertLand
3.34/5 rDev -12.3%
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.
Serving type: can
12-11-2013 01:06:49 | More by The-Jolly-Imbiber
3.88/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
Serving type: nitro-can
11-05-2013 10:05:21 | More by EvanHarper
Mill Street Cobblestone Stout from Mill Street Brew Pub
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