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Mill Street Cobblestone Stout - Mill Street Brew Pub

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165 Ratings
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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 3
Gots: 12 | 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 eat
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
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 +6.6%
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 -1.3%
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 ritzkiss
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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 +4.7%
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 +11.1%
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 GodOfBeer
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice rich solid black with a thin creamy tan head that leaves tons of lacing.

Smells of caramel, butterscotch, and roasted malts.

Very tasty, almost like a cappucino milkshake at first then more malty/burnt grains come out. Very delicious, way better than guinness.

Creamy milkshake mouthfeel, very drinkable, I loved this beer.

GodOfBeer, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of bobsy
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
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 pootz
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Castle

Tapped a deep black that defies light to pass through the glass. Great sticky mocha colored cap stays for the drink.

Aromas of French roast mocha and wet grass.

Taste is more like a rich Burton milk stout than dry Irish stout..which is good because I preffer rich stouts...cocoa, coffee, nuts light smoke against a creamy dark toffee-like malt backbone.

Rich mouthfeel, smooth, creamy without being sweet...I prefer this kind of malty stout...much like Murphy’s but better.

pootz, Jun 11, 2007
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now this is a good stout.

Pours pure black with a robust rocky tan head. Lacing is expansive. Fresh roasted espresso beans and high cocoa dark chocolate explode in the aroma. The taste is equally rich with a deep roastyness and some smokey hints. Caramel and milk chocolate are noticeable in the middle. Astringent black malt flavors show in the finish. Hops are like throughout, providing some earthy flavors and a decent bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is thick and moderately carbonated.

This is a fantastic stout, it really puts mainstream stouts like Guiness and Beamish to shame. Thick and substantial stuff.

CAMRAhardliner, Apr 04, 2007
Photo of Derek
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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 DrJay
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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 Viggo
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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 Sammy
2.65/5  rDev -30.3%
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 TerryW
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, dark mahognay brown. Solid, long-lived head that eventuallt settles to a heavy film and gives up curtains of lace.

Aroma is dry and full of chocolate and nutty grain. Great flavours of chocolate and coffee, though clearly dominated by chocolate. Full, smooth mouthfeel. Clear cousin to Mill Street's Coffee Porter but with more character and dimension.

Worth a trip to Toronto's Distillery District for a glassful of this one along with some of their other brews.

TerryW, Apr 25, 2004
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Mill Street Cobblestone Stout from Mill Street Brew Pub
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