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Mill Street Cobblestone Stout - Mill Street Brew Pub

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BA SCORE
86
very good

143 Ratings
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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | 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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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
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: 3.76, 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.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-05-2012 04:03:21 | More by thehyperduck
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WeissBoy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

11-02-2012 05:08:43 | More by WeissBoy
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RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5%

11-02-2012 03:32:28 | More by RedAleMan
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kirkse

Florida

4/5  rDev +5%

10-01-2012 15:16:44 | More by kirkse
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ujin

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5%

09-17-2012 04:20:08 | More by ujin
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mcss

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

08-23-2012 20:22:23 | More by mcss
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Wordslinger

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

05-05-2012 09:40:01 | More by Wordslinger
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

05-01-2012 03:00:45 | More by Rlombardi75
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4/5  rDev +5%

03-06-2012 21:48:14 | More by SULLYvin
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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

03-06-2012 19:24:31 | More by ThinkAgain
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MattPS

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

03-03-2012 23:22:05 | More by MattPS
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LoveBeerNo7

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

02-26-2012 15:53:40 | More by LoveBeerNo7
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Converge

Alberta (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

20oz. Reviewed from notes.

A - Pours totally black with a thin mocha head that retains pretty well. Leaves some nice lacing.

S - Maybe some mild roasted malt. Probably one of the most mild aromas I've ever gotten from a beer, let alone a stout. This smells like almost nothing.

T - Light roasted malt with some coffee like bitterness in the finish. Things are kept pretty mild here overall. A bit creamy, with some hints of dark chocolate coming through slowly. Nothing exceptional.

M - Quite creamy, full bodied. Feels nice and smooth like a beer in this style should. Definitely reminds me of a Guinness in this department.

D - An enjoyable brew from Mill Street. For what it is, it's alright, but I thought there was definitely some room for improvement. Maybe I'll review a bottle if I can find one.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2012 04:51:15 | More by Converge
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A creamy and satisfyingly tasty stout.

Beautifully clear and dark, opaque except red highlights at the edges of the glass when held up to light. Head is thick and coffee-coloured, with impressive lacing. Mouthfeel is delightful, creamy and thick without being cloying.

Aroma of dark roasted malts and hints of chocolate, are further developed in the well balanced taste. The finish is pleasantly dry and lingers for a long time.

Enjoy this on its own, or to add body to a blend with any fruit beer. One of my pub favourites that I've been negligent in not reviewing until tonight!

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2012 21:40:47 | More by hopsolutely
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mdevonshire

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5%

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FirstBrewsoon

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5%

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bigox420

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5%

12-04-2011 04:16:30 | More by bigox420
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kelvarnsen

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5%

11-30-2011 16:42:24 | More by kelvarnsen
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

11-16-2011 01:50:50 | More by bpfrush
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Stocean1

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2011 19:18:56 | More by Stocean1
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-19-2011 19:30:28 | More by liamt07
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dgilks

Australia

3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-17-2011 12:43:39 | More by dgilks
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2011 15:08:42 | More by tbeckett
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-27-2011 03:31:26 | More by wordemupg
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MAB

Alberta (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Something new in this neck of the woods! On tap at Hop-In Brew (Calgary).

A very nice stout.
It doesn't have the sourness of Guinness but it doesn't have the full mouthfeel of one either.
The slightly thin body is offset by a robust coffee-like roasted barley flavor (yum!) and a surprising amount of hop bitterness, not that this is a hoppy beer by any means.
A pleasant surprise and worth another pint or two before it goes away.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2011 20:07:17 | More by MAB
Mill Street Cobblestone Stout from Mill Street Brew Pub
86 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.