Broad Axe Stout | Granite City Food & Brewery

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Granite City Food & Brewery
United States
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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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#42,872
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54
Ratings:
180
pDev:
15.57%
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Photo of mynie
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Now this is what a micro stout should be like!

Very pretty, almost complete blackness. This is the kind of beer that you can stare into for hours while thinking about the things that went wrong that make you want to drink. Smells like oatmeal and chocolate.

A very potent but nice taste, with hints of chocolate and coffee and a grainy bitter aftertaste with a hint of hops. Nice body, not creamy but full, and it went down pretty smooth.

This was a really nice stout.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Kevinpitts
4/5  rDev +19.8%

Photo of Brenden
3.47/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure who shared this, but I appreciate it.

The growler's fresh and looks well enough sealed, and it shows it by the development of the head. It's small, but it's not flimsy, and it doesn't dissipate too quickly. The pale cap does a pretty good job of keeping up for the session and manages a good moderation in the distribution of spotty and patchy lacing.
It seems like more of a breakfast-type stout than a Dry Irish; there's nothing particularly telling of the dryness. I do get something like flaked oats with a bit of weak coffee and a good chocolate presence. A quick look at the Granite City beer list tells me it's actually an Oatmeal Stout.
I get a little more out of the flavor. The coffee's not so weak, the oats add their own flavor and a bit of smoothness in it as well as it does in the feel, and the chocolate is nice in the decently big malts and the roast they add.
The oats make this beer flow smoothly, as intended. The body is big enough for a stout. I would tone down the crispness just a notch.

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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 Chucker17
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of jfcaa193
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of birchstick
3.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Man, did this beer look good when it came it. Great head, nice dark color. However, after the smell, things kind of went downhill. It smelled fainlty of coffee and some chocolate. It tasted like it smelled, however kind of watery with malty aftertaste. It had a very thin mouthfeel and went down slickly. Overall, not my favorite stout, but could see myself ordering it again in the future.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Sampled at the Granite City Food and Brewery in Fargo, North Dakota.

Listed on the Beer Menu as "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." – 5.1% ABV. 20 ounce Pint.

Appearance: Black body with a very tightly compacted but creamy light brown head. Excellent looks and the Nitro dispense certainly aids the overall presentation. Creamy lacing adds a nice touch.

Nose: Roasted malts and dark chocolate. Toasted bitterness and some caramel as it warms up.

Taste: Dry start, roasted malts with a mere hint of bitterness. Burnt toast and a cooking chocolate back end. Some freshly roasted coffee flitters into the lingering finish on the palate. Strong yet meek at the same time somehow.

Mouthfeel: Thick feel with a smooth and creamy but light airy texture.

Drinkability: A really nice dry stout with all that you would expect. Drinking this is far too easy.

Overall: The simple taste profile has a classic background setting and misses nothing; the airy nature of this one makes for a very drinkable Dry Stout. This pairs extremely well with the Vodka Steamed Mussels in Tomato Sauce, Butter and Garlic with the Ciabatta Bread. Nice!

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Photo of HardyA
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of avisong
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of BeerBucks
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of mikepcarney
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tpd975
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

HonusWagner was kind enough to think of me on his travels across the county. Picked up from the brewpub in Fargo.

A: Pours a nice rich black hue. Very tall tan head that exhibied no real retention or lace.

S: Very mild aromas. Hints of toasted malt and coffee.

T: Roasted malty goodness. Nice coffee with very mild chocolate. A touch of sweet caramel to go along with a bit of lactic like sweetness.

M: Medium in body, ample carbonation, a bit of dryness in the finish.

D: Good, nice mild little stout. Michael can't thank you enough for thinking of me during your travels.

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Photo of alexgash
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one at the St. Cloud location while I was back home visiting for xmas. When I was at SJU we would come here every wednesday to take advantage of their 75 cent taps. Ahem...dark brown with thick creamy, light tan, nitro-ish head. Smell is nutty with light molasses and coffee. Taste is buttery, toasty, roasted maltiness. Very creamy. Goes down easy, and I like it more than Guiness.

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Photo of psmith161
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of Hopstout
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Deuane
3.61/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A landmark beer for me as this offering represents my first beer from North Dakota making it my 50th state to have a beer from.

A-Deep, black/brown with a thin, creamy, light tan head. Head retained nicely and left nice lace.

S-Light roasted malt and...nothing.

T-Thank goodness...more roast on the palate along with some earthy bitterness too. Fairly full flavoured without being robust. A bit of coffee in the finish.

M-Medium-light, a bit on the thin side but the creamy nitro delivery and lasting roasty bitterness helps.

D-Solid, albeit lacking aroma and body. Easy to drink and tasty enough to enjoy my 20 oz. pour. This one will not rock your world but...hey, it's North Dakota!

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Photo of Redrover
3.11/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in an oversized pint & on nitro, the beer is a black with brown highlights. It has a very thick & dark tan head.

The aroma is subdued roasted malts and a bit of coffee. This could be impacted by either the nitro or the chilly temperature.

The taste has the dark roasted malts, chocolate and coffee notes you would expect but everything is dialed down a notch and a bit washed out. Is the nitro or the recipe killing this one?

The mouth is soft yet a bit thin. Not a repeater for me.

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Photo of Kerrie
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Herky21
2/5  rDev -40.1%

Photo of dheldman
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of Can_if_you_can
3.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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 Fargrow
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Broad Axe Stout from Granite City Food & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.34 out of 5 with 180 ratings
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