Deep Shaft Stout | Freeminer Brewery Ltd.

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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-05-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 66 |  Reviews: 66
Reviews by silenius:
Photo of silenius
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solidly good beer. It pours a dark dark black/brown with a dark tan head that doesn't last long. No lacing on the glass.

It smells like raisins and coffee.

That taste is more understated than most American Stouts I have had, and for that I like this beer. It is not "in your face" and has a nice coffee aftertaste. The hops are there, but they are not forward, despite what the label says.

Mouthfeel is "thicker" but not as thick as some American behemoth stouts. I rather liked it. On mouthfeel alone I would l think I was drinking something other than a stout.

I will purchase and drink this one again.

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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 RoyalT
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Yes, this is the darkest stout I’ve had to date. I know I’ve said that before, but this thing is black as night. The head is huge, foaming, relentless, and almost black itself. It showed great retention and came down slowly, leaving pits on top of the liquid and lacing all along the inside of the glass. Perfect!

Smell – Man, what a powerful nose. Where to start. The malts are heavily roasted, damn near burnt, and full of raw sugar. The mighty hop balance leaps out of the glass. This is a monster.

Taste – The hoppy burnt flavor greets the tongue in full effect. A novice drinker would have difficulty finishing this pint (16.9 ounces to be exact).

The roasted, burnt malts are without shame, throwing themselves onto the tongue. The sugars are piled up right behind, sweetening the lips at every sip. The hops come up in the middle, fighting the good fight to keep things balanced. The rear is dry and burnt.

In between all this madness is a smokey barbeque pit and a heap of molasses-soaked oatmeal. This is dinner, the movie, and the good night out.

Mouthfeel – Extraordinarily smooth and almost full in the body. The bitter coffee notes will have you sucking your cheeks dry.

Drinkability – As I said, this is not for most people. You have to be in love with this giant. For something a little more passionate, read the review by schoolteacher.

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

Presentation: 16.9 oz brown bottle with a old time miner pictured on the front and it also states that it is a bottled conditioned ale.

Appearance: Ink black with a rocky big and small bubbled dense brown head. Signs of a well crafted brew from the great head retention.

Smell: Hints of chicory and coffee ... a little bit of dark fruit and some earthy, yeasty, faint woody aromas.

Taste: Smooth with a medium to full in body, lots of semi bitter roasted flavours of charcoal, dark roasted coffee and roasted barley ... a little sharp though very tasty. Slight woody, earthy and veggie bitterness and flavour from the hops. On the dry side with a hard lingering roasted flavour. Slight aged taste is in the end which adds to the enjoyment.

Notes: Robust and full of flavour, high on the carbonation ... though if you pour hard into a big glass a get some of it out it works to its benefit. Make sure to serve at cellar temp also ... as a real ale should be. No pun intended but this beer does have some depth to it ... complex and makes the senses work. A bit of age to this brew ... seems to of held up very well.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 16.9 oz brown "bottle-conditioned" bottle.

Appearance: Like the bottom of a coal mine shaft (Duh!) with no lighting at all. Deep, dark black color with no light squeezing in around the edges. Thick and creamy tan head perches proudly atop the beer. Very nice lacing of the glass and a persistent finger-thick layer of head.

Smell: Good dose of smoky-chocolate-coffee aroma hit you. Very nice.

Taste: Damn! But do I love a good stout! Excellent mix of dark fruits, dark chocolate, coffee beans, and a bit of charcoal smoky flavor thrown in make for a truly wonderful flavor from this beer. Good dose of bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Very low levels of carbonation and silky smooth on the palate with this big-bodied beer. Chewy. Perfect for just relaxing with a good beer at your hand.

Drinkability: Thank goodness it was a bigger beer. A long-lasting, lip-smacking adventure on the mine cart into the mine shaft of darkness. Very nicely-balanced, extremely tasty, and with a low 6.2% ABV, one that won't kick your butt. Do yourself a favor and try one soon.

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Photo of yankeeheel
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sitting one year in my cellar and served at that temp. Pours a jet black with a nice, dense, dark tan head. Soild retention and a lot of lacing down the glass. All beer should come in a bottle this big.

Smells distinctly of cocoa. Maybe a little earthy.

Where to begin. Lots of big dark charcoal flavors. It's not just burnt though. There's a depth and complexity to it that I can't articulate. The flavor just changes an recedes and returns. A definite undertone of chocolate malt that balances the burnt malts with a subtle sweetness. Almost a milk stout undertone. Finishes with a dying emeber of burnt malt.

Huge, thick mouhfeel. Oily like a great stout should be.

I could drink several.

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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 rastaman
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is the way stout should taste, rich, chocolatey, very rossty and bitter. Extremely black, wonderful appearance. Some tar and smoke in the aroma, aswell as a huge roastyness, amd rich chocolatyness. Flavour is very rich and full, heaps of smoke, roasted malt, chocolate, charcoal. Mouhfeel is oily, sweet at first, then hugely bitter, with a slight;y drying finish. Some hoppy spicyness, with some acid from the hops. Everything is extremely well balanced. This is how i always wanted a stout to taste like, absolutely delicious!

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Photo of cokes
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hardcore Gangsta-rap black with diminshed, yet lasting brown skim on top.
Roastiness in there in spades on the nose. Smoky, charred, and lightly sweet. Like burnt caramel candies.
Taste begins with a big charcoal espresso blast. Easily the dominating feature here. Oily and smoky, but with nuances below. Smoldering prunes, scorched toffee, and seared pumpernickel toast. Hopping is never explicitly featured, but the bitterness grows and grows throughout in a metallic, grassy fashion. Actually, pretty damn hoppy by the end, but ever countered by the huge roasted factions. The ample yeast pour adds a milky sweet/sourness, almonds and further breadiness. Mellow port-like alcohol presence, though hardly noticed.
Medium bodied and perhaps lighter than ideal, but it fully grips and engages the mouth.
Bloody awesome stout here.

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

If you are looking for a bitter aggressively coffee roasted barley stout, this is the real thing. Mouth puckering hop bite, intense roasted barley, with some smoke. Could only have with spicey tasty meat meal. Dark black and fresh roasted coffee aroma. Some biscuit here from oats.

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Photo of DESTRO
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured out black. black as black can be. big fat tan head that was rocky as hell. one of the best looking stouts ive ever seen. the nose is heavily roasted. coffee/burnt. smells tough. creamy in the mouth, rich and velvety yet not too heavy. easy drinking. the taste buds are attacked with big roasted malts, i mean REALLY roasted. some smokiness is evident, along with great coffee flavors, bitter dark chocolate and hops that add a slight puckering balance to it all. a very flavorful stout that does everything right and keeps it real without going overboard. good stuff.

$2.99 a bottle

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Photo of hotstuff
2.75/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

When this beer was poured into my glass, it did not pour a head. There was no carbonation observed and the hue was very black. The lacing with this beer was sparse. The nose was that of coffee and the flavor was bitter tasting and very hoppy. The mouthfeel was fairly smooth.

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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 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 CRJMellor
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours midnight black with a huge deep tan head. Waves of lace on the pint.
Aroma of chocolate, light lactose, roasted nuts, slight hint of burnt amber and some bitterings
Flavors of hot, roasted coffee, some dark fruits and dark chocolate with a resiny hop bite on the finish.
Mouthfeel is sweet to start and moves to a vinous characteristics and finishes with some fruity hops.
Drinkability is excellent. To me this is prototypical of the style, sweet, burnt roastiness and some bitterings.

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Photo of Gusler
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Atramentous: of the color black, having the color of soot or coal, this describes the color of this beer perfectly, the head his cumbersome in size, creamy in texture and the color chocolate brown, as it evanesces the lace forms a sticky and thick seal upon the glass. Ah the aroma of burnt grains, coffee, sweet malt, rich sweet chocolate, geez what a treat. Start is thick and sweet, top is full bodied, rich in chocolate, the finish is bittersweet and dry, nicely hopped and mild in its carbonation a fine stout to be sure.

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

Bottle-conditioned stout that looks like motor oil with a chocolate milk frothy and foamy head. Aroma is cacao and coffee beans with notes of vanilla. Deeply malty delicate nose. Taste is before anything very smooth, rich palate like this was an oatmeal stout. Chocolatey with enough roastiness to fit the style. Easy going all around with no acidity. Body is rich, velvety, silky, comfortable. Simply put, this is a real definition of well-crafted english stout.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty damn good stout. Poured very thick, black and sludge like with almost no head at all. It smelled very deep and woodsy with some evident overtones of fig. Tasted very smokey with notes of dark fruits and deep dry coffee. The consistency was thick to say the least. Very complex and easily drinkable.

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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 meathookjones
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one poured an almost pitch black but not completely opaque with not much of ahead but a brown collar. Smells of woody smokiness as well as the usual chocolate and coffee scents associated with stouts. A very thick and creamy body on this tasting of roasted coffee with dark fruits. There is a slight bitter hop finish to round this one out for an excellent taste. An excellent overall taste that has a lot going on, I wished I had picked up more than one of these when I had the chance. Mouthfeel is very impressive as this is one of the thickest stouts I have had. Highly recommended.

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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 Sigmund
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle conditioned real ale. Enormous thick tan head. Pitch black colour, even when held to the light. Very possibly the darkest beer in the world. Wonderful aroma of roasted malts, dark bitter chocolate, oak and cedarwood. Flavour is all smoked and heavily roasted malts and oats. A world class stout.

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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 granger10
3.31/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I missed the Michigan BA gathering a Kuhnhenn's so I figured a really good, really expensive beer was in order to satisfy my mood. So I pull this baby out. Well on the pour, an extremely vigorous pour there is NO HEAD and hardly any sign of carbonation. Smell is bitter coffee and earthyness. Taste begins good with chocolate and espresso flavors and maybe some barley malt in the base. But there's definitely some oxidation going on in here and the body's lack of carbonation really hurts this one. I might try another because the potential on this baby is huge but it might be by splitting the beer and costs so I don't get totally screwed if its another dud. Dammit, still decent but not what I had hoped.

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Deep Shaft Stout from Freeminer Brewery Ltd.
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