Broad Axe Stout | Granite City Food & Brewery

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Granite City Food & Brewery
United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A thick creamy head sits atop the opaque blackness of this traditional dry Irish stout. Roasted chocolate and coffee notes make this beer a great treat.

Added by beernut7 on 08-06-2002

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Photo of Ouroborus
1/5  rDev -70.1%

Photo of tr4nc3d
1.89/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Dark black in color with a creamy one finger head that stays due to the nitro tap. Small faints of roasted coffee is all I can get. Taste was a let down. Very lacking in flavor, only decent flavor that comes through is the roasted coffee. this was a very watery stout and definately needs more flavor.

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Photo of Hellpop65
2/5  rDev -40.1%

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2/5  rDev -40.1%

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2/5  rDev -40.1%

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2/5  rDev -40.1%

Photo of 1Adam12
2.24/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured black, but a watered down looking black. Nice 1 inch head that lingered on and on. Weak smells of coffee, some chocolate, and some malt. Tasted like a watered down under carbonated root beer. A bit of licorice, malt, some roasts, and just the slightest sweet chocolate. Mouthfeel was extremely light, just slightly carbonated, and very thin. Overall, I'll never get this again. It's almost undrinkable due to the very thin mouthfeel.

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Photo of Catlin
2.25/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of SuperSpy
2.34/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The appearance is exactly what you would expect. Very dark with a tan, almost brown head. After letting this sit about 10 minutes the head is still going strong.

The smell has some definite smoke. The smokiness overwhelms almost everything else. There is a bit of roasted malt, some coffee undertones, and some definite earthiness, but the smoke is the dominate force here.

Taste - Can we say rauchbier? I've had some smoky stouts but this takes the cake. As it warms up I find some very earthy tones, but still a strong smokiness. The earthiness is very similar to a spiced stout that I put coriander in about a year ago. I asked the "master brewer" about the intense smokiness and he tried to tell me that it's the kind of taste you will find in a real Irish stout... (holding my tounge). This taste isn't bad but it sure as hell isn't a stout. At least this beer isn't as watered down as the rest of what Granite City has to offer.

I have to give this an average rating on drinkability because I would drink it again, but not when I wanted a stout. Either something isn't right about this batch or someone needs to go hit these people over the head with a bottle of Ireland's ( or even America's) finest.

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Photo of Danielr26
2.39/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Eh, everything here is just.. Eh

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Photo of udubdawg
2.4/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

nitro tap

I can't remember how many times I've been here (and the westside location), as I live across the street...they even know me by name...and yet they continue to try to put this beer in a frosty mug. I often forget to remind them until the glass is half full, and ask it to be put in something else. I still get an exasperated look/sigh...

C'mon bartender...This beer is cheap with my Mug Club card, and there's a lot of it...but other than the beautiful black appearance, the rest of the beer is underwhelming at best until nearly at room temperature. Though dark, it is quite thin in the glass and the mouth. Nose is light when warm, barely registering roasty coffee aromas, and nonexistent when served ice cold.
At least the nitro tap makes it creamy smooth and more drinkable than the taste alone would deserve. (Just my opinion - if you like this, great) I like the Brother Benedict's Bock a bit better. I suppose I'm just frustrated to live across the street from a "brewpub" and not get something better.

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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of OUJayhawk1799
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of enelson
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of Beerdudenumberone
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of Nate
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of Mscott99855
2.79/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Photo of beernut7
2.8/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This, unfortunately was one of the weaker stouts I have tasted. The color is nice and dark and the head very creamy, but the roasted malts take over as the only determinable flavor characteristic and the body is much lighter than is acceptable.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
2.91/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Transcribed from my tasting notebook.

A. Opaque black, as it should be. Creamy bubbles in the head were as one would expect from a nitro tap with the sole exception of an unusually rapid die down.

S. Very faint nose of roasted malt, coffee

T, M.The bittering is well-balanced with what little sweetness there is in this brew...It's just that, everything from the flavor, nose, and body seems overly thin and watery. Everything is in the right place, but unplugged. It needs amplification. It makes me wonder if the problem is that my palate is becoming jaded from too many "big beers" or if the problem is merely that this beer is only average in quality.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.91/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sample at the Super Terrific Stout Tasting on 02/16/08. Pours nearly black with a thin light brown head that disappears quickly. Minimal lacing is evident. Mild roasted coffee and malt in the nose. Medium, slick body with roasted coffee, malt and chocolate flavors. The finish is fairly thin for a Stout and has a coffee aftertaste plus a hint of hops. Below average overall.

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Photo of bashiba
2.95/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had a Pint at the Davenport, IA location.

Came out looking like the most perfect glass of stout I have ever seen. A creamy brown and black color with a frothy tan head that lingered throughout the whole glass and left big tan lacing all the way to the bottom.

Scent was almost not there just a touch of dark malt smell.

Taste however was on the bland side. Very small amounts of coffee bitterness and malt flavors in this very dry and bland stout.

Drinkability was ok, nothing bad, just not great either.

Mouthfeel was equally disappointing with a very watery thin feel about it.

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Photo of JackieTH
2.96/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Served as part of an eight beer sampler at GC in SLP, MN. Pour was black in color with a half finger of medium tan head. Weak aroma of dark, roast malt and oats. Taste was roasted malt, faint, faint coffee and chocolate, oats, grain. Body and mouthfeel were watery and light. Carbonation was adequate. Overall this is absolutely an entry level stout not far removed from ye olde classic Guinness (but for Guinness has a far superior body and mouthfeel).

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Photo of Kurmaraja
2.98/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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Broad Axe Stout from Granite City Food & Brewery
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