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Mill Street Cobblestone Stout - Mill Street Brew Pub

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85
very good

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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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

ThinkAgain, Mar 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

MattPS, Mar 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

LoveBeerNo7, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of Converge
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Converge, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of hopsolutely
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

hopsolutely, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of mdevonshire
4/5  rDev +5.5%

mdevonshire, Jan 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

FirstBrewsoon, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of bigox420
4/5  rDev +5.5%

bigox420, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

kelvarnsen, Nov 30, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

bpfrush, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Stocean1
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Stocean1, Oct 28, 2011
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 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 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
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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 MAB
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

MAB, Feb 10, 2011
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 kwjd
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Pilot in Yorkville. Was expecting to have nothing interesting here, but I was glad they had Cobblestone on tap because it has been a couple months since I've had it.

Pours an opaque dark brown with thick tan head. Lacing down most of the glass. Smells of mild coffee, chocolate sweet butterscotch with some roasted malt. Very sweet flavour with a mild amount of bitterness. Very smooth mouthfeel. This is one of my favourite stouts from Ontario and I wish more places in Toronto would replace their Guinness tap with this.

kwjd, Sep 16, 2010
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 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
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
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4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint at the brewpub, arrives a dark brown almost black, nice creamy head on top. Leaves sheets of lacing down the glass.

Nice balanced roast, certainly no RIS but a well malted English stout that's easy to drink at only 4.2%. Hints of cold coffee, anise, biscuit, grain husk. Thinner body but that's what you would expect. Dry, lightly hopped hop bitterness in the finish. Would gladly drink multiple pints of this one, for what it is - it's well done!

ritzkiss, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of cratez
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Chancey Smith's in London, ON.

A: dark black in colour with a creamy tan head and thick gobs of webbed lacing on the pint glass. Some faint red hues. An attractive stout.
S: light aromas of burnt grains and barley, coffee, and a bit of nut (almond?). Fairly tame but interesting nonetheless.
T: roasted malt, espresso, and oats. Nutty malt in the body with some milk flavours. A dry, burnt husk aftertaste to end.
M: creamy and medium bodied with a dryly parched finish. Smooth, silky, and refreshing. Very impressive.
D: this goes down like water. With the roasted malt/barley/coffee taste and creamy mouthfeel, it bears a striking resemblance to Guinness. But the bread, nut, and milk flavours add complexity. I also enjoy the ashy finish. A solid offering from Mill Street.

cratez, Oct 10, 2009
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
Mill Street Cobblestone Stout from Mill Street Brew Pub
85 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.