Deep Shaft Stout | Freeminer Brewery Ltd.

Deep Shaft StoutDeep Shaft Stout
66 Ratings
Deep Shaft StoutDeep Shaft Stout

Brewed by:
Freeminer Brewery Ltd.
England, United Kingdom

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-05-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Has a mixture of equal parts brown and black making up the body, beige head 1/2" deep. Gives a good lace pattern. A little too much sediment and yeast floaties though. Aroma hit some chocolate malt, coffee tones.

Well roasted barley and oats. Somewhere between RIS and Export stout, the dark fruit like bitterness is here, not allowing for the smoothness. Anise notes. Coffee malt notes. Mouthfeel could use a little more 2 row. Wood like notes, burnt forest.

The format wasn't the best for these, single standalone bottle, $5. Then again, even if in a 12oz format, I still wouldn't purchase again. Nothing amazing about it.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A deep dark cocoa colored pour, tan head, respectable cling. Cloudy chunkees abound. I said cocoa for a reason, it comes out in the aroma as well as coffee.

A good collection of roasted oats and barley come across. Not made ridiculously thick, but this is a solid 6+% stout. Fruity at times, a tad of licorice or coffee bitterness comes in without resonating on the palate.

A lot of this faded and became not quite watery, but thinner than its initial impression. Some of the bitterness comes back, keeps a woody smoky feel around it. Complex. Decent price. Just wish I laid more of these down.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to RoyMunson for this rarity. Served in my Darkness snifter.

A - Pours with a half-finger of mocha foam that dissipates to a thick, big-bubbled cap, and leaves a few wisps of haze and spotty lace. Body is black as night, with no hint of color anywhere. Looks a lot scarier than 6.2%

S - Roasted grains, dark chocolate, dark bread, molasses, port, and light sherry-like oxidation that integrates quite well. There's also a hint of smoke and leather.

T - Taste is a little muted, but features bitter dark chocolate, roasted malts, light espresso, and a note of port-like grape flavor that offsets the bitterness. No perceptible alcohol.

M - Carbonation is quite low, but is still present with the lightest tingle on the upper lip. Body is silky smooth and creamy, and while it's perhaps a bit thin for the look, it's not far off for the lower ABV. Finish is quite dry and roasty.

D - It'll be quite easy for me to drink the whole 500ml. No real inhibitors.

This is an very enjoyable session stout - too bad it isn't available anymore. I have no idea what's going on with Freeminer as their website is a "Holding Page". I drank this on my own because I was worried it would be horribly oxidized, but it seems to be holding up quite well, even with the lower ABV.

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Photo of mrmanning
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to Igneous1 for hooking me up with this. I've had it for a few months now, and have decided to crack it as a gift to myself ro doing well in college this semester. Pours a deep dark black body with a mocha coloured think and frothy head. Looks like liquified chocolate! Aromas are robust...lots of espresso, chocolate, some molasses, mild hoppy aroma as well. Taste is sweet, well balanced. Coffee, chocolate, brown sugar, bready, complex! FInish is smooth and creamy. Alcohol not noticable! Easy to drink, dangerously drinkable. Well done! Thanks again Igneous1!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

No Bottle Date; Sampled May 2008
A vigorous pour only summons forth a frothy, one-finger thick, cocoa stained, dark tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a pitch black color that doesn't allow any light through its depths. The aroma has quite a Port-wine character to it. Dark chocolate aromas, burnt molasses, black coffee and a bit toasted bread crust note interweave with the Port character.

Very dry and quite a bit lighter in heft than I was expecting from the rich aroma. The beer finishes with a dry, burnt prune like tartness that is constructed from the roast malt character. Dusty cocoa flavors up front lead into a dry, black espresso note that in addition to its roast flavors also contributes a light bitterness in the finish. A touch of light, yet burnt Sherry towards the finish adds a bit of complexity. This is dominated by roast grain notes, but it seems that it could really use some complex malt sweetness, which is entirely lacking here.

This beer has quite a soft signature despite being so massively dark; somehow it just doesn't seem right that the flavors and aroma are so muted for something this dark. Not a bad beer, just seems a bit flat and thin, even considering that this probably has some age to it. Put another way, it seems to have the aroma and flavor I want, but just seems to lack a little boost in richness that would make this a fantastic tipple.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml/16.9oz bottle (date unknown) to a pint glass. Served about 1/2 hour after removing from fridge, so at a moderately warmed temperature. Consumed on 6/24/07 (review from notes); thanks to todd1 for sending.

A: Oh my, dark & inky! Crude oil in a glass, this one lets no light through whatsoever. A wispy, diamond-shaped film radiates on the top and forms a clinging tan ring of cream at the edges.

S: Aromatic mix of several savory/sweet scents: rich dark chocolate, burnt coffee bean, musty peat, tanned leather, sweet & toasty cereal malts and a mild lactic sourness.

T: Captures all the elements I found in the aroma, emphasizing the bittersweet chocolate and espresso coffee flavors. Lemony sourness is a zesty burst mid-mouth and is followed by a savory, roiling mix of peaty earthiness and pungent smoked wood & bbq-ed meat. Rich and delicious!

M: Smooth and so nicely creamy. A fresh tasting and lightly carbonated, almost mild feeling, stout at first. I was tricked into thinking this was another moderately thin stout, until wave after wave of clinging malt, smokiness and bittering hops began clinging to my cheeks and tongue, layer after layer. Sticky on the lips, medium-full in the mouth with a lingering finish of lactose and charred bitterness.

D: Not a beer I'd have too often, but I sure wish it was available around here for the opportunity. As rich and flavorful as many imperial stouts and perhaps the best foreign/export stout I've had (at least a tie with Guinness-John Martin). One I'd love to have again and highly recommend.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.69/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

10/28/06- Purchased at Ledgers Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 16.9oz bottle. Bottled in 2003. Think this one was a bit old...even for a foreign export. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Flat as can be pour. Almost stagnate. Black as night with no head, but provides decent lacing.

Smell- Very dark and a pretty hefty amount of smoky aspects. Smoked oak? Burnt chocolate as well.

Taste- Nice medium dark chocolate flavor mixed with a mild type of coffee bean taste. Seems a tad watery. Is this supposed to be a double stout or a regular. Right on the border with the abv.

Mouthfeel- Water like consistency and seems lifeless.

Drinkabiltiy- I like cask beers, but this was flatter than hell and past it's prime. Pretty good flavor, although it seems like it is caught between styles. I will have to seek out a fresh version of this and re-rate if it's any better.

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Photo of Crosling
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle is over 18 months old. Black. Deep, rich, sensual aroma, like an Imperial Stout but wait, this is a stout! A touch of dark fruits, roasted malts, burnt malts and bitter, melting chocolate. What strikes me first about this beer is that is almost has a Belgian feel, especially with the yeast in the aroma, taste and feel on the palate. Odd, like Nostradamus from Caracole with a different range of flavors. The flavor begins with a touch of English toffee, a variety of dark fruits (plums, grapes), java, and then leads into a lingering chocolate and coffee finish. The hops have tamed, I would assume, but this beer has aged suprisingly well.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.97/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This brew pouts a motor oil black color. The head is small and brown, but leaves nice lacing. The aroma is a plethora of chocolate and roasted malt. It is very storng, very aromatic and very relaxing. The taste is as massive as the aroma. Chocolate starts things off while roasted malt finishes them. The mouthfeel is fantasticly smooth and creamy, while there is enough carbonation to make the full body of this beer seem a little lighter. Overall, this is one of the best stouts I have had the pleasure of tasting. It tastes like it should be 8% ABV plus, but it is only 6.2%, which means it could be fairly sessionable.

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Photo of Kendo
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on 4/1/06 from a bottle that was stamped as being bottled on 3/18/03, so it was 3+ years old. . . .

Poured black. Absolutely no light was penetrating. The head was 2-finger -- creamy & chocolatey and reminded me of a milkshake. As I drank the beer there was oddly almost no lacing, and I discerned a slight orange tint to the head as I got down the glass -- the color reminded me of henna highlights and was very close to the color of the label on the bottle. Weird but interesting.

As for scent: Immediately you sense the coffee and chocolate. Roasted coffee predominates, though on one sniff I thought I could sense some licorice too.

As for the taste: Very nice. Coffee-like bitterness rather than just straight hoppiness. The aftertaste on the back of the tongue made me think of dark chocolate at first but then I remembered those little squares of unsweetened baking chocolate my mother used to use -- that was the flavor: coffee and unsweetened baking chocolate.

Mouthfeel was surprisingly light and dry at first, but the more I made my way down the glass, the more that bitterness seemed to coat my mouth, especially the back of the tongue. Still, it was not at all like an Imperial Stout in body or feel but was relatively light on the mouth.

As for drinkability: I like this kind of beer and found this to be extremely drinkable. Not that I'd be pounding down 6 or 8 of them over a session, but I could definitely see myself enjoying more than one at a time. It was flavorful but not heavy. Perfect as a dessert beer or maybe for breakfast if you're a coffee lover.

All in all an excellent beer.

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Photo of battlekow
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep Shaft Stout is the fucking dog's bollocks. It's beautiful to behold, with a crackling chocolate/cocoa flavor laced with dark fruits. I didn't get nearly as much fruitiness as murrayswine did, so interpret that as you will. Creamy mouthfeel, incredibly easy to drink, giant robust body even after two years. Wonderful beer.

Got this beer from cvschaller.

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Photo of murrayswine
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is the shit!
It pours a deep dark black with a rootbeer colored head. This beer smells like chocolate and brandy. this beer feels like a 10 percenter. It taste amazing. It's deep, cocoa-ish, slightly roasted, but very fruity. Huge dark plums, spice dates. The finish though is surprisingly smooth for it being this damn big.

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Photo of Jredner
3.15/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is mild, old coffee and scant else that I can detect. Deep black with a tiny, bubbyly mocha head. Flavor is stale chocolate, cold coffee and some creamy/brown sugar sweetness that rolls lazily through all flavor ranges. Fairly thin, but I expected that from a Brit stout. Just doesn’t strike me right.

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Photo of CortexBomb
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out pitch black (like the inside of a mine?) with a slight tan head on top. Smell is extremely roasted with some sugary edges to it.

Taste starts off with a soft roasted flavour, subdued almost for the style. This then breaks over into some good back of the tongue hops action and a fairly strong coffee flavour. The coffee isn't smacking me around, but it's definitely present and accounted for. Definite chocolate and slightly creamy aspects as well. Really enjoyable.

Mouthfeel, also good. There are bitter spots in the right places. The body is fairly light, but this is a normal stout and not an Imperial. so that's somewhat to be expected. Drinkability is good...goes down smooth and tasty.

A nice imported stout option. A lot of flavour like some of the Imperials, but not completely overwhelming either. I love the fact that the oversized bottle completely fills my Imperial pint glass as well. Enjoyable stout.

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Photo of twilight
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as night into a glass with no head. Zero. I even induced the bubbles by pouring straight into the glass. Zero. Zero. Color is spot on, but loses a point for no head. Smell is of darkness and coffee without the acidity. The roastiness just wafts up and gets you. Taste is quite spectacular. Like coffee without the astringency or the afterbite. It kind of tastes like black coffee without being disgusting like cold coffee. Nice creamy finish, but the lack of carbonation sort of bothers me. Isn't this supposed to be "bottle conditioned"? Good drinkability due to rich flavor and low to nonexistent carbonation...

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Photo of ChuckD
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz brown bottle purchased at Shoreline and poured into a chalice.

It pours a thick black, with a slight but lasting dark head. The look is incredible and worth waiting a few moments to admire.

The overwhelming smell is of black, black coffee. I do notice a grainy smell also - very organic.

This brew has an multilayered taste profile that is probably best described with the "roasted" adjective. Coffee beans, oats and other grains. The bitterness is just enough to establish the drinkabilty. The lower alcohol content is perfect. It does not overpower the roasted sweetness. There is a bread-like finish that is highly satisfying.

I love this stuff. It reminds a little of Whistable Oyster.

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Photo of Brewfan
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at slightly colder than cellar temp into my all purpose beer chalice.
No head. Zero, zip nada. No signs of carbonation either. Black as a mine shaft in Alaska at midnight with full cloud coverage. Ok, you get the idea.
Malty-biscuit-caramel-toffee nose. Not overpowering. Very inviting.
Now for the good stuff. To the lips and down the throat. Holy hell this is smooth. Burnt coffee with malt overtones. High quality dark chocolate covered caramalized raisins injected with a dose of espresso. Yup, that pretty much sums it up. Letting this sit until room temp is nice, but tasting it a bit cool then enjoying it while it warms up makes you appreciate it so much more.
Extremely smooth mouthfeel. Medium heavy. Very drinkable, especially on a nice cold winter night. Unfortunatly it's 80 F and early October, but it's still one of the best stouts I've ever had.

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Photo of Naerhu
3.42/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Robbeer for bringing this beer all the way to Japan.

A - Amazing dark head, blackest midnight body.
S - One dimmensional roasted malt and sumi ink.
T - Soy sauce, huge charcoal, more sumi ink, dry and very yeasty. Burnt bitterness. Not much sweetness. Lacking verve.
M - Exceedingly smooth and very low carbonation.
D - This is a unique beer, but not very lively. I cant see myself wanting to try another.

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Photo of BeerFink
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 3/18/03, consumed 4/28/05...

Pours opaque black with a tan head that diminishes, yet never fully disappears. Rich chocolately nutty aroma with some good roastedness. Robust flavor full of roasted goodness with plenty of bitter chocolate and a bit of coffee. I'm liking the slight nuttiness of this brew. There is also a smokey flavor going on, very nice. Creamy mouthfeel is broken up by the sharp roasted character. Dry aftertaste mixed with bitter chocolate. Even two years old, this stout is damn tasty.

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Photo of ngandhi
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deeply extracted, this is a severe, masculine, ruddy old stout. The bitter roasted flavors bubble with espresso, beany roasted barley, and bone-dry chocolate. The beer's sharpness does, at times, mute the flavors and make them seem a bit singular. Lots of ripe plummy fruit on the nose.

As plush as this beer is, it's a surprise it's not sweet at all -- a dark beer finally made for regular food. I'd treat it much like a Cote-Rotie; ham, ribs, ox tail -- anything very dead would go well with this.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of shapudding
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on March 18,2003. Pitch black and can’t see through it. Hugh amount of caramel colored head, thick and milkshakey, as it settled it went to just some large bubbles. Hoppy, chocolate, coffee, toasty, nice and dark scented. Tastes like a nitro pour, smooth and silky, flows through your mouth so fluidly. Nicley hoppy and yet smoothly bitey. Bittersweet chocoloate, dark coffe. Very good stout, highly enjoyable.

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Photo of oberon
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black like tar with a small almond colored head that settles to nothing pretty quickly,great aromas big and smokey with some bitter chocolate and coffee in there, big and bold for sure.I gave this puppy a 5 on flavor just everything you would want in a stout some smokiness and coffee with some bitter chocolate and a mouthfeel that coats the mouth is just sublime.A true great stout from England, one of the best I have ever had for sure, will get more in the future.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A damn good British stout reminiscent of the A Le Coq double if you ask me. Super dark black with an enormous head of espresso coloured foam that leaves nice lacing as well. Aromas of roasted malts, coffee, a bit of chocolate, some smoke, some oak, and some more. The taste is complex and starts off with some roasted malt flavors, the middle is slight smoky, and almost oily, and the finish is an enormous blast of oily fuggles. Mouthfeel is coating, oily, and nice and the drinkability is very, very good. A stout that is excellent, easy to drink, and totally one-of-a-kind. Bravo to freeminer, says I.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one nice looking stout. Black as night with a thick, creamy brown head. Leaves spotty lacing when sipped down. The aroma is malty, a slightly roasty and chocolatey. I get a bit of smokiness and woodiness in the aroma as well. Very nice. The flavor is lactose sweet and malty, with a chocolate and roasted malt taste. I get a bit of fruitiness and tartness in the finish. It has a creamy, milky mouthfell with a drying finish. It is medium in body and smooth drinking. This is one top notch stout. I will visit this one again.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black. Im talking black!!! I mean its BLACK!!! No head at all. Definate carbonation but no head. Roasted,somewhat sweet aroma. Almost a faint trace of vanilla/coconut. Nice roasted bitterness upfront. Lactose in there? Burnt raisens and licorice. Very nice inky type mouthfeel. The roastedness comes thru in the finish, almost as a dryness on the tongue. A damn fine beer-I want to sip it to really savor it but it almost seems to say "quaff". This is a great stout-I have had some British stouts in the past that just dont cut it. This one does for sure.

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