Broad Axe Stout | Granite City Food & Brewery

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Granite City Food & Brewery
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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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Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 176
Photo of Lemke10
3.27/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had on tap in Madison, WI in March 2013. This pours a dark brown color with a creamy light brown head. There is a sweet malt scent. The texture is pretty thin and light that is sweet, creamy with hints of cocoa. It’s fairly decent given the company as it compares pretty similar to Guinness. Tried it once, but probably not going to try again.

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Photo of beernut7
2.8/5  rDev -16.4%
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 JackieTH
2.96/5  rDev -11.6%
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 JLaw55
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Probably one of the mildest blandest stouts I have ever had. Not bad, it was still enjoyable, but it isn't going to blow any taste buds away.

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of udubdawg
2.4/5  rDev -28.4%
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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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.47/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the classic flight. Nice dark color with thick, creamy mocha head. Smooth, thin feel. Bitter cocoa aroma, Roast coffee grounds in the taste. Not bad, not excellent, just okay.

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Photo of SargeC
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep black with a head that attempts to recreate a Guinness.

Smell: Roast malt, hints of minerals.

Taste: Not as hearty as the name implies. Fits within the style but does not go out on a limb to show any character from this particular pub.

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Drinkability: A drinkable beer. One of there better offerings.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The Broad Axe pours a dark thin black with a very wide head that clings in patches throughout the drink. Somewhat of a bubbly carbonation with a coffee taste left on the palate, somewhat dry aftertaste. This seems a bit on the weak side for a stout, but rather drinkable for the version.

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Photo of supercolter
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing really to brag about, but I'd have another. Appearance is average dark dark brown with some head. Smell is weak but there exists hints of bitter chocolate and coffee. Possibly some slight hops as well. Taste is more of the same but they are more prevalent. Mouthfeel and drinkability are good.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint at the Lincoln, NE location.

Appearance: Black, can not see through. 1-inch creamy tan head. Dissipated to a thin covering over the liquid. Strong lacing to the bottom of the glass. Have to give this one props, as my Bud Light drinking companion remarked "Why didn't you just get coffee?"

Smell: All malt. Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and a hint of caramel. It definitely grabbed my attention as it was in stark contrast to the "Duke" IPA.

Taste: Roasted chocalate, coffee, and a hint of almond? Robust malty taste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied (at least in my opinion, compared to other stouts I have had).

Drinkability: The third pint I have had. I do enjoy this beer (and the IPA). Couldn't even get Mr. Bud Light to try a small sampler (on me!), so I don't know how this one would be for the BMC consumer, but I thought it is a very drinkable stout.

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Photo of blackcompg
3.02/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - deep translucent garnet brown, minimal head

Smell - dark chocolate, roast, dark fruits

Taste - chocolate, followed by light roast, and a hint of anise

Mouthfeel - watery, but still quite smooth and drinkable

Overall - not a bad stout, flavors are there but watered down

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Photo of SuperSpy
2.34/5  rDev -30.1%
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 1Adam12
2.24/5  rDev -33.1%
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 tr4nc3d
1.89/5  rDev -43.6%
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 BrownAleBollocks
3.24/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a beautiful opaque black with nitro cascade to a thick coffee cream head. Aroma is chocolate, roast malt, and some coffee. Taste follows with chocolate, coffee, and roast throughout. Mouthfeel is thin for a stout. Overall, a not bad and reminiscent of Guinness.

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Photo of burnerfinger
3.91/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

travelling to Omaha, stayed right across from Grantie City, had to give them a try:
(served on tap with a passable meal)

A: Classic Irish Stout. Black and Opaque with a generous thick caramel colored head.

S: very lite to the nose. Just a bit of sweet maltiness

T: outstanding. Chocolate/coffee maltiness. although the follow up is totally missing

M: Watery. Low on the carbonation. THIN>

D: this is super drinkable due to the lack of body. taste is superb though.

found out later, this comes in at 5.2% ABV and
37 IBU's. just FYI

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Photo of Hhawk06
3.76/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Upon my fourth or fifth visit to the wonderful Granite City establishment, I was pleasantly surprised to see one of the standard offerings available on cask. Surely I had to jump at the chance to taste. I will say, this is one of the most handsome brews I have seen in some time. It has a beautiful chocolate colored head that has a peppery cloudy look. If there has every been a head that you just want to eat, it would be this one. As you would expect, the color of the beer itself is dark as night while the nose is strictly limited to deep cocoa notes. Not a bad limitation. The mouthfeel is thick and velvety, certainly not out of the ordinary given the style and serving type. There are large roasted barley flavors on the forefront while faint chocolate and coffeeish notes linger. An oaken quality lends that handcrafted feel that is much appreciated. It finishes a tad roasty and dry, with that unmistakable cork-flavored background. Smooth and tasty, this is surely a cask driven brew.

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Photo of frankiepop
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on tap and from a growler. They were essentially the same. The color is a nice brown and black. The head and lacing is not much to write home about.

I found the tastes and aromas of this beer were complex. This is a dry irish style stout so you don't get so much sweetness. I get coffee chocolate flavors with a hint of a toffee like finish. Then you get this dry light bitterness that ain't bad lingering on the tongue. Some may really like this. The carbonation is a little light and the beer texture is a bit watery.

In summary a nice refreshing stout. I enjoy drinking this baby with the music of the Cranberries playing "Linger" from the cd Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?

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Photo of bwiechmann
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep black with a thick-creamy head. Good retention

Smells of chocolate and roasted malts. Some mild coffee notes. Not too aromatic.

Tastes of coffee and chocolate. An earthy note in the background. Very average for the style.

Creamy with a medium body and lower carbonation

Another perfectly average beer from Granite City. They don't like to go out on limbs or take any chances. Not bad, not great.

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Photo of ghebel
3.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Black color, served to me with a 1/2 to 1 inch creamy light brown head that dissipated slighty, but 1/4 inch remained the entire glass.

S - Roasted malts and coffee-like. There was also a slight "sour" smell that accompanied the typical stout aroma. Not enough to ruin the glass, but noticeable. I was there in the beginning of the day, so I wonder if it could have been old beer in the lines or if they overdid the sour beer addition to the recipe?

T - Roasted malts, chocolate. Nice taste, but again, a mild sour taste. Also has a fair amount of bitterness.

M - Moderate body, creamy on the lips and mouth. Nice.

D - Drinkable, but would be better without the sour component.

Overall - Good beer, the sourness diminished toward the end of the glass. Not the best stout I have had, but OK.

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Photo of grumpy
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A solid dark-brown/black, with a nice tan head that held well. Poured from a nitro tap, so a settling period was necessary.

Aroma: Roasty and malty, with a touch of chocolate.

Taste: Actually a pleasant beer. The requisite malt and roast of a stout, with a big chocolate component and a bit of sweetness in the aftertaste. Nicely balanced and crafted. No coffee flavors detected on this one, though.

Mouthfeel: The nitro tap really makes a positive difference, as this stout is medium bodied and will not impress you as the biggest non-imperial stout you’ve ever had.

Drinkability: If you enjoy drinking multiple nitrogenated stouts in a session, this is a good candidate

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Photo of Ferretferret
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Once again, I feel like the reviews are a little low for this local brew. Roast coffee, chocolate, and CO2 weave a web in this classic-tasting stout. A little thin relative to the oatmeal thickness one might otherwise anticipate, but, I enjoyed the flavor. Good show.

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Photo of simmons
4.03/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Oil black with thick creamy, dark tan, head that lasted until I was finished my pint.
Aroma: The only aroma coming from this stout is mild roasted notes from the malts.
Flavor: Lightly roasted flavors are prodominant with a light bitterness from the hops. Very tasty!!!
Mouthfeel: This is a smooth, creamy, light bodied Irish dry stout. Well balanced and lightly carbonated but not like how the other beers from this location are. Instead The light carbonation blends in perfectly.
Overall: This beer, in my opinion, is the best offering this location has to offer. Well balanced, great malt profile, mildly hopped, carbonated just right...I think we have a winner. Good work.

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Photo of bucko
3.66/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a jet black color with a nice, tight tan/light brown two-finger head. The head disappears slowly and recedes a bit, leaving a lot of lacing. The aroma has notes of roastiness, coffee and chocolate. The flavor is mild with a definite dry, roasty flavor that reminds me just a bit of coffee. Caramel, toffee and chocolate come through as the beer warms. The flavors are an interesting mix of subtleties... complex, yet subtle... subtle yet not watered-down. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky... medium body with a creaminess helped along by the nitro. Overall a very drinkable dry stout. I've got to admit that this one surprised the heck out of me... I expect good beer from Granite City, but not necessarily great beer... regardless, this beer is very good. Color me impressed.

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Photo of hike20
3.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Draft at Cedar Rapids. With not too many micros to choose from in Iowa, I hate to knock any stout effort too strongly, but there's just nothing remarkable about this beer. I do drink it fairly often because we frequent this location. Aroma and flavor are somewhat bland. Not unpleasant, just not much of it.

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Broad Axe Stout from Granite City Food & Brewery
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