Martello Stout | Garrison Brewing Company

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Martello StoutMartello Stout

Brewed by:
Garrison Brewing Company
Nova Scotia, Canada

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Heavily roasted malts characterize this darkest of traditional brews. Martello Stout is uncompromisingly bold like the unique towers which once defended our maritime shores.

30 IBU

Added by CAMRAhardliner on 09-04-2005

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Reviews: 43 | Ratings: 69
Reviews by wordemupg:
Photo of wordemupg
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into pint glass dec1 2009

A not quite jet black with a mocha like head that had great retention but left only a few patches

S fair amounts of coffee and milk chocolate

T as it smell's but a little stronger, the dark malts come through a little stronger and I pick up on a little raisin, one of the better session stouts I've had from Canada

M not thin but no knife and fork required either, decent carbonation helps its cause as well

D good example of this style and pretty good for this chilly day

for 4.8% I was pretty impressed by this beer, thanks Long813 for this one, another underrated beer from the east coast

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More User Reviews:
Photo of cam477
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of djcreepshow
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341ml bottle - the red-flagged fort imagery indicates to me that I need to revisit my Canadian history.

This beer pours a pretty solid black, but with very prominent orange cola highlights when held to the nearest light source, and two fingers of weakly puffy, yet tightly foamy beige head, which takes its sweet time settling, eventually leaving a decent webbed structure of lace around the glass.

It smells of somewhat acrid smoky coffee grounds, tepid pale and caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, and a touch of meaty yeast. The taste is sort of sweet coffee-inflected, toasted bready caramel malt, some lackadaisical dry cocoa powder essence, a subtle oily nuttiness, and an earthy, agreeably bitter noble hoppiness.

The carbonation is on the mild side, just a softly tingling frothiness for the most part, the body a tenuous medium weight, but smooth enough for the style. It finishes still trending dry, with a decent lingering uptick of that charred chocolate maltiness.

A pleasant enough old-school stout - lots of approachable flavours, and the lower strength makes for a potential run on the keg, if one had such an opportunity. For now, though, I'm content with the single serving that has come such a distance within its own country to stand before me.

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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown with tiny head. Some coffee grounds watered down with some beer. Somewhat dark brown, little flavour. I could not finish. Marginally drinkable stout. Bitter more than sweet. Somewat astringent instant coffee aftertaste and breath. Thanks TomThompson98 for my request. Four months later, NEAL's bottle, a malty sweet coffee dry stout, and review is a blend between the two.

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Photo of Powers30
2.76/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of abust
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pitch black, generous mocha head dissipated slowly, sparse lacing
S - roasty with light coffee, licorice, and a little musty
T - very roast malt, some coffee, slightly sweet and sour, with a bit of a tar like aftertaste
M - strong carbonation kick, slightly chewy, bitter and chalky finish
O - tasty up front but the lingering finish is not ideal, decent but not what I'm looking for in a stout

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Photo of DanielleLouise
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of jbonapar
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Garrison certainly has been becoming one of Canada's best breweries... Between them and Propeller, two of the best along with Dieu di ciel, UNibrou, Winnepeg's Microbrew...and WAYYY better than all the ontario microbews...For some reason, Ontario gets all the credit, but most of their beers are just so plain and boring....

Anyway, pours black with an increadable thick, dark foamy head. I highly suggest serving at celler temp and NOT cold....

Taste is thick, dark and creamy....So much dark roasted flavor for such a low alcohol beer...amazing....Sit and sip and enjoy...Espresso, Dark chocolate...

Fantastic...Love Garrison...

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Photo of jsnoek
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Mandrake
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is similar to the bottled version: very dark with slight hints of a lighter, red tinged brown at the edges. The head, however is much more substantial than the bottled version, and a few shades lighter. As a result the beer looks rather better than the other serving type. The smell is very similar, but slanted more toward the coffee side and with a hint of woodiness. The taste is again more coffee influenced than I remember the bottle, and with the same woody tones as the smell, which were also absent in the bottle. Mouthfeel is good, creamy and rich, and the drinkability is very good. I think it's a bit better on tap.

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Photo of Rutager
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours pretty black with a finger of thick, bubbly, dark tan head that leaves some nice lacing.

Smell. Light roasted coffee and sweet chocolate. Some smokey grains and burnt sugar.

Taste. Roasty malt, smokey coffee and a little cocoa. Maybe a little wood.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with pretty strong carbonation.

Overall. Good stout. Not too sweet and a little nice smokeyness.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a opaque black colored stout with a nice foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma is dominated by roasted coffee notes with dry undertones. Taste is also a nice enough mix between some roasted coffee and light black chocolate. Not the most complex beer but well enough brewed and easily drinkable. Body has light creamy texture with good carbonation.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Long813 for this bottle. In fact, he sent me two.

Dark black color. Nice brown head too. The aroma is chocolate, some roasted malts with a little touch of honey. Taste is dominated by roasted malts with a bitterness that is common from coffee grains. It lingers in the mouth too. Very nice. I detect some chocolate notes. Smooth. Carbonation is noted in the mouth. A nice stout for every day. Drinkability is high.

Thanks and cheers Long813

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a dark brown head. Leaves some lacing as it travels. Pretty much black in color.

Smells of roasted/chocolate malts and a blend of dark fruits.

Tastes of roasted malts, sweetness, hop bitterness and molasses. Just a bit thin but still a great brew.

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Photo of mmurphy525
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of IronDjinn
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The final bottle from the 6-pack sampler from Garrison, as the others from a 341 ml brown bottle. Pours out a deep pitch black hue, with a tall mocha head that slowly settles.

Roasted malt with some burnt and char notes on the nose, some coffee, all very dry.

Burnt malt along with that char continues in the flavour, the roast appears somewhat in the middle, with a sharp turkish coffee-like finish.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, full smooth texture, with some fairly assertive carbonation for a stout.

A dry stout all the way around, and certainly one of the better selections I've tried from Garrison so far, worth checking out.

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Photo of CurtisD
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of DamageCase76
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of spinrsx
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle - Thanks to cfrancis for this one

Appearance - The beer pours a black/brown colour with a huge size fizzy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Chocolate, malts, smoke, roasted nuts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a high amount of carbonation and it feels very lively on the tongue. I can taste chocolate mixed with malts and a roasted/smoke taste. There is also a bit of a caramel flavour. The beer ends with a smokey and roasted chocolate malt aftertaste.

Overall – Definitely an above average stout that reminded me a little of the St Ambroise Oatmeal stout. (which is also good) It's worth trying if you happen to see it. I look forward to trying more beers from this brewer.

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Photo of DreamDeath
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of ludachris
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, opaque chestnut brown, borderlining black with specs of ruby red hues showing themselves as the beer is held up to the light. 2 fingers of deep mocha head with almost a tinge of red tops this beer. Great retention and very nice lacing.

The nose is lightly roasted and seems to be a bit more centered on the rye bread, toasted malts, and biscuit notes rather than the dark chocolate and dry coffee character that takes a back seat. Still, a really nice smelling stout.

The notes of dark chocolate become a bit more pronounced in the taste which are nicely mixed with rye bread, roasted malts, hints of dark fruits, and a lightly dry and subtle coffee-like finish.

Mouthfeel is clean and smooth. Nicely balanced and a very easy quaffer at 4.8% ABV.

Overall, a solid seasonal offering from Garrison and one that I would pick up again. In comparison to the American stouts I've had recently, everything from the nose to the taste seems more subdued but at the same time, it seems easier to drink. That's of course due to the different style of stout. Nonetheless, an excellent beer and worth picking up.

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Photo of Lokes
4.71/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of benbou17
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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