Mill Street Cobblestone Stout - Mill Street Brew Pub

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187 Ratings
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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 7
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TerryW on 04-25-2004

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
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Ratings: 187 | Reviews: 74
Photo of beerluvr
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of mdfb79
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of decimator
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Photo of Muhly
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of TheHammer
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%
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.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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

Photo of ecoastman
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of pieman25
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

Photo of EgadBananas
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
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!

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

cool , a nitro stout at just above 4% ABV in a can from Mill Street. Pours jet black with a huge creamy tan head. The nose is roasty and slightly nutty and the flavours are quite big on the initial sip but fade on the finish. Better than regular Guinness though as I like the bite in the midbody which the Irish stout lacks. Would buy this if they releases it as single tallboys in the stores.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been a while since I've had this, so it was nice to see it on the shelves, albeit in cans.

Nitro pour. Settles into a dark chocolate - black in colour, impenetrable. Thick tan head, great retention, lots of lacing.

Nose is hard to detect, but you get a bit of roasted malt, coffee, caramel.

Decent stout, nothing spectacular, but a solid canned brew. Roasty malt, coffee, a bit if sweet malt, dry toasted grain finish.

Watery, somewhat creamy, pretty typical for nitro can stuff.

Will probably make a regular appearance in the fridge, though it's nothing spectacular. Just a decent canned stout.

Photo of leaddog
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a jet black with two fingers of creamy beige head.

Smell- Roasted malts, barley, hint of cocoa/coffee bean.

Taste- Pretty much the same as the aroma. However, the roasted notes play a stronger role.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied with light carbonation. Pleasant smoothness and creaminess.

Overall- An easy drinking and flavourful English stout by Mill Street. Stays true to its heritage with the roasted malt, cocoa, and coffee flavours. I can see this as a "pub favourite".

Photo of korguy123
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Completely black pour. No light coming thorough. Four finger creamy, tan head. Lacing coats the glass very well.

Chocolate, coffee and toast. Very simple smelling, and very inviting.

Bitter chocolate, dark roasted coffee and fresh baked bread. The nitro really does strip some flavors. It's still very good but I know it could be more flavorful.

Light body, good carbonation and wonderfully creamy from the nitro.

This is my new go to beer. I have lost track how many I've bought since it hit shelves.

Photo of SebD
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice dark brown,almost black color to it with some ruby shining through. It has a nice thick beige head that came from the cascade that dies down slowly and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Fairly mild.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some roasted malts, light chocolate and coffee and some bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a somewhat light and thin overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.04/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Can: Poured a black color stout with a huge creamy head with great retention and some lacing. Aroma of faint black chocolate is a bit too light for my taste and probably diminished by the amount of nitro used in this can. Taste is also a bit bland with some light notes of chocolate and some light dry roasted notes. Body is a bit light with great carbonation. The nitro makes for a nice creamy taste but kills also lots of the flavour which isn’t the best of things in this particular case.

Photo of Kremlock
3.21/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a cascading beer and head (on nitro). Head is a solid 1 to 1 1/2 inch thick. Head is creamy and slightly off white. Beer is very very dark and deep mahogany.

S: Chocolate and roasted coffee dominate the nose followed by slight pine.

T: Hints of chocolate and a vague presence of roasted malts. Hops have a bitterness presence. Late in the sip you get more roastiness

M: Thin and low carbonation. A bit too low in my opinion especially that the body is that thin on the palate.

O: This is a safe stout. thin, low carbonation, low IBU, low roastiness, low chocolate, low dryness. More of an introductory stout then something I'd expect of a craft brew.

Photo of papat444
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This reviews caps all my serving types. Thanks jrenihan for this one.

Poured from a 440ml. can, canned Oct. 29, 2012 (lot K2912).

Appearance: The pour is all head (color of light chocolate milk) but slowly morphs into a nice cascading effect that is gorgeous. The result is a separation between the head and the black body by a layer of dark brown that slowly concedes to the above and below. Very creamy and slathered on the glass.

Smell: Chocolate chunks mixed with milk chocolate. Bit shy.

Taste: Chocolate is milky in flavor, has a low roasted taste and a finish reminiscent of chocolate covered biscuits.

Mouthfeel: Smoother than smooth as the nitro does its thing. The middle loses a bit of substance but overall, this is very drinkable.

Overall: Would have liked a bit more flavor profile but you get what you pay for with nitro and it's good overall.

Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

440ml Can from the Ottawa LCBO for 2.50$

Appearance - The can started gushing out all over the place when I opened it.. so beware. Black/Brown colour with with a massive frothy light-brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, coffee

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and some roasted nuts. There is also a grainy corn syrup like flavour and it ends with a malty slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall - A great appearance (and most nitro-cans have) and a very drinkable taste. Nothing too potent, just a nice mix of subtle flavours. Just a slighty above average stout in my books.

Photo of bryehn
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty much opaque black with dark ruby around edges. Once the cascade is done, there’s a solid inch of frothy light beige head.

Thick, dark roasted malt aroma, with a grassy tone and hints of chocolate, musty wood and coffee.

The taste has a warm smoky and woody character with a rich roasted malt body. Grain and fruit accents brighten the taste before a solid bitter finish. The dark flavours co-mingle in the aftertaste. Thick, grainy mouthfeel with a pronounced creaminess and little carbonation..

First mass-produced nitro can from a craft brewer in Canada, this is a textbook example of a pub-style stout. It’s rich, satisfying, warm and mellow. The smoke and wood characteristics add a layer of heartiness without being overbearing. I hope to see the local Ottawa favourite Valley Irish Red get canned as well.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.77/5  rDev -1%
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: 3.77, 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.

Photo of Converge
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of hopsolutely
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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!

Mill Street Cobblestone Stout from Mill Street Brew Pub
86 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.