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Mill Street Brewery Cobblestone StoutMill Street Brewery Cobblestone Stout
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Brewed by:
Mill Street Brew Pub
Ontario, Canada | website

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

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.

30 IBU

Added by TerryW on 04-25-2004

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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.

Lame.

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Photo of TwilightTavern
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served from a nitro-can

Perfect example of what an Irish Dry Stout should look like. Black, pours a thick dark beige head. Lots of lacing, and lots of head retention.

Vanilla, cream, milk chocolate, bread, cookie, and slight herbal hop smells are present, but fairly weak.

The taste is similar to the smell, but more bready, and the herbal hops leave a light bitterness on the palate with burt toast on the palate, but in a great way.

Fuller bodied stout, nitro is very obvious. Fairly sticky on the palate.

Mill Street Cobblestone Stout is a perfect example of an IDS, very similar to Guiness Draught but a lot more complexity in it's taste that really shines through with vanilla, cream, and slight milk chocolate that is much more present than your typical commercial IDS's.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one at the LCBO in Waterloo. Had it plenty of times on draft at BeerTown as well.

From a 16oz nitro can into a snifter

APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour yields a small, thicker looking, tan head with very good retention. Black body with no real bubbles to speak of. Fades to a thin and splotchy wisp. Splotchy wisp remains leaving touches of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Nice nose for sure. Roasted notes, milk chocolate, sweet cream, vanilla and caramel on the nose. Light espresso as well as some smoky tones as well. Quite nice.

TASTE: Not quite as impressive as the nose, but still very enjoyable. Roasted notes with light smoky flavors and caramel up front. Finish is bitter espresso, some sweet cream and milk chocolate with vanilla flavors. Bitterness lingers with a good roasted base and caramel sweetness. Very good stuff, and well balanced.

PALATE: Fuller body with modest levels of nitrogen. Good weight, creamy as well, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Really good feel.

OVERALL: This has been billed as the "stout less traveled" and is trying to take market share from Guinness in Ontario. I admit that, if both options were at the pub, I'd start with a Guinness for old-time's sake, then switch to this one for the rest of the night. Really good nose, solid flavors, and a top-notch feel in the nitro can. The look isn't quite what a nitro stout could be, but that's a minor complaint. Will drink lots of this stuff when at home. Cheers! Highly recommended.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Arrived a nice dark chocolate brown with two fingers of mocha foam. Aroma was smoky, tangy malt with some dark chocolate/coffee, a little fruit and floral hops. Palate was more chocolate, coffee, some licorice, milk, vanilla, wood, and the slightest hint of berries. Very clean almost astringent finish with some harsh husk and grainy notes but not unpleasant. Good stout for beginners trying something besides Guinness. Same style as the latter and similarly thin-bodied and drinkable, but less tart and more bitter, more complex flavors.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Creamy nitro head on the pour, light brown head, dark brown liquid. Roasty malt nose with a nice light smoke aroma with a little mike chocolate. Smooth and light carbonation on the palate with some coffee and chocolate notes albeit light. Not very much bitterness from hops at all. Finishes smooth and with a bitter chocolate/coffee flavor, very easy to drink this in quantity...one of my faves here.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

440 ml nitro-can from LCBO poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Dark brown color, nearly black . Only 1/2 finger of head poured, a bit disappointing, but the head is creamy, and has great retention time.

Smell - Coffee, dark malts and dark chocolate dominate here. There may be a bit of nuttiness going on, but it's hard to get past the first three scents.

Taste - Similar to the smell, dark chocolate and ground coffee shine through here. Slightly watery taste however.

Mouthfeel - This beer has nice creaminess and smoothness, is wet and refreshing which is surprising given the dark heavy appearance. Again the wateriness is good in terms of quenching the thirst, but not so good in giving it a balanced full mouthfeel. Nonetheless, pretty good.

Overall - Quite a brew, prefer others in the style but not at all a bad alternative.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From 08/07/13 notes. Poured from a 440ml intro-can into a Guinness pint glass, since that's what this beer was modeled after. Brought back by my GF from the brewpub.

a - Pours a deep brown color, almost black color, with one to two inches of dark tan head and high carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, milk chocolate, cream, toasted malts, burnt malts, and light vanilla. Nose is pretty good.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, cream, toasted malts, milk, vanilla, milk chocolate, and lightly bitter hops. Decent but light everywhere.

m - Light to medium body moderate carbonation. Body is a bit thin and watery; not as creamy as I would have hoped.

o - Overall a decent irish dry stout but honestly I would just prefer a Guinness. This is almost like a Guinness light; it looks like it but the body is too thin. It smells like it, but the taste is weaker. Next time would probably just go for a Guinness or go for one of their other beers.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a nitro-can into a shaker pint, the beer is a jet black coloring and light bodied, with a dense, foamy, light tan head that slowly settles into a filmy, clingy coating. Nose of chocolate, smoke, and coffee, with hints of peat. Very dry nose. Flavors are lighter than the nose, with caramel and mocha blending on a roasted backbone. Hints of smoke blend with creamy highlights. Balanced, but slightly sweet. Light, dry body with creamy sweet aftertaste. Dry, clean finish with a subtle sweet and coffee linger. Easy to drink, and damn tasty.

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Photo of decimator
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

440ml nitro-can poured into a pint glass. ABV 4.2%.

A - Poured nearly black with a big bubbly chocolate milk coloured head. Foam is ridicously active. Both cans I poured had streaks going down the outside of the glass. A bit messy. Awesome cascading of the foam. Ridiculous retention and plenty of lacing. For looks this is up there with Guinness. A solid 5.

S - Toast, coffee, dark chocolate, some grass. A bit mild overall.

T - Toast, dark chocolate, a hint of smoke, a dash of hops in the finish.

M - Low carbonation, medium-low body, very smooth, very creamy, clean finish.

O - Most nitro-can beers I've had were flat, watery and low flavoured but this one is actually pretty good.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.34/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From a 440 ml can, nitro-infused. So much so that I've yet to be able to open one of these without it being an explosive gusher--this stuff is under some serious pressure that wants to release as fast and with as much volume as possible. That aside what is left pours out an absolute pitch black opaque mass, impermeable to light, and crowned with a tall tight creamy beige head with excellent retention.

Burnt, roasty, somewhat sour aroma, a bit of espresso hiding beneath it all, along with some neutral sweetness.

Flavour is dry, and after that almost nondescript until it reaches a mild bittersweet finish, with a remarkably clean finish for any type of Stout.

For a nitro pour Stout the mouthfeel is on the thinner side, texture is slippery and watery for the most part, although some silky smoothness at time, while the carbonation itself is rather low.

Entry level for the style, and a little ambivalent in its own right. While the flavour is rather mild, if not completely nondescript for the most part, it is also completely inoffensive as there are no off flavours to complain about either--this is an incredibly clean tasting stout. Will make a good intro into Stouts for the macro crowd worried about "a meal in a glass" or a thick chewy dark beer, as this is neither.

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Photo of Muhly
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from nitro can into shaker.

A-opaque black with some red highlights. Big tan head with cascading nitro.

S-dark roasted malts. A bit underwhelming in the aroma department, but the requisites are there.

T-roasted malts with bitter charcoal.

M-creamy and full with smooth nitro carbonation. A slight lingering malt finish, but mostly dry.

O-a very drinkable if slightly underwhelming dry stout.

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Photo of TheHammer
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured with two fingers of head that retained quite well, but did not lace. The body is opaque stout black with the barest notes of ruby red. Not a lot to really say here.

Smell: I think I'm catching the barest notes of well roasted malt, but it's very mild and warming doesn't help it's case. There's just so little going on here.

Taste: Awfully tame for a stout, roasted malt is the dominant flavour, with notes of grassy hops near the end with maybe some light coffee notes. That's it, and for a stout I expect something a bit more robust.

Mouthfeel: How on earth, with a nitro can helping out does this end up tasting watery and not creamy? It's like the carbonation is only found it the head, and is completely absent from the body.

Drinkability: This is a stout that drinks like a lager. It's so tame that I'm pounding it back, but not because it's good, but because it's got just enough flavour and it is thirst quenching. A good quality to have in some cases, but not for a stout as the malt doesn't taste well roasted and it's incredibly light bodied.

Final Thoughts: This is a Mill St brew that I looked forward to for the longest time, I tried it on tap once before this and was shocked at what it was. I thought maybe there was something wrong with the tap, but no the nitro can has not fared even remotely better. I'm not quite sure why this beer is so well spoken of.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I have enjoyed this on tap several times, but this is my first good chance to review
A - annoyingly the can erupted when I cracked it even though its just been sitting in the fridge undisturbed .... after cleaning up it poured like a good stout should with a pitch black colour and two fingers of creamy head
S - big on roastiness along with some coffee and mild cherry aromas
T - roasty and nutty up front, some espresso bitter flavour, and some whole grain to round it out
M - chewy, creamy smooth, lightly bitter
O - this is rock solid english stout, given the on tap choice of this or Guinness, i'm probably taking a Cobblestone

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Photo of ecoastman
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm pleasantly surprised by this beer since I wasn't expecting too much. Overall it's a very drinkable stout. I'll probably look to keep this in my beer fridge as an regular drinking go-to stout.

Pours opague from the nitro-can and provides a dense draft-like head. Nice aroma of toasted nuts (some burnt almond in the background), chocolate, coffee and molasses. Very nicely balanced and not extreme on any given flavour and the mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

Worth a try if you're looking for a good drinkable stout.

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Photo of pieman25
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a tallboy of this stuff at the LCBO, apparently it's nitro, I bought it because I've been craving a nice dry stout, and it hasn't let me down!

Appearance - nice mocha head on top of a near pitch-black body when held up to the light - it had only a few hints of red at the bottom. I have to say, this is stout porn.

Smell - some burnt-toast roasty malts, some grassiness, can't complain much here either.

Taste - pretty good, plenty of roasted malt character to be found, but also had a bit of sourness near the end of it. It finishes by coating my mouth some some nice sweet maltiness.

Mouthfeel - a near absence of carbonation, with a nice medium body, it also coats your mouth a bit as well. Better than guinness, but I haven't had many other stouts, especially not in a while.

Impressions: I got this beer because I've been on a bit of a pale fizzy lager kick, and I've been REALLY wanting a good stout that isn't guinness. I have to say, this is certainly better than guinnes, with a bit more body but still light on the alcohol, and I have completely enjoyed this pint. If you're on the lookout for a nice non-heavy, no-nonsense sessionable stout, this should be it!

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as night after the cascading subsides. A creamy cream colored head of about two fingers adorns. Retention is epic. The aroma is slightly toasty with a roasted malt note and light sweet chocolate. Taste is roasted and toasty, some bread crusts, light bakers cocoa. The feel is excellent. It's creamy, rich, with a full feeling body. Goes down smooth and clean.

This is a great, sessionable stout and one of the best I've had from a nitro-can. I'd pound these during football games in a heartbeat!

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Mill Street Brewery Cobblestone Stout from Mill Street Brew Pub
85 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.