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Keepers Stout | Lighthouse Brewing Company

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Keepers StoutKeepers Stout

Brewed by:
Lighthouse Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Keepers Stout is an award winning, authentic example of a classic Irish style, full-bodied, black ale that pours with a rich, creamy head. Bold, complex flavours of espresso and fine, dark chocolate build to a pleasingly mild roasted malt finish.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-13-2002

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Photo of bobsy
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I followed up the Beacon IPA with the Keeper's Stout from the same brewer. This can is also courtesy of Ritzkiss.

Pours an opaque black with a large bubbly mocha head, which eventually dies to a thin cap, but gives some lace. Light roast aromas of coffee and chocolate. The flavour is nice, and I'm digging it. Nothing's in your face, but its a good mix and the balance is perfect. I'm picking up some milk chocolate, light coffee grounds, and some ash in the finish. Roasty and flavourful, for sure. The body is smooth, medium to light, with low carbonation. Its very drinkable and I liked it. For a while it was on the list of Canada's top 25 beers, and while I would say that its not good enough to be on that list, it certainly is a very solidly made stout. It also got the thumbs up from my lovely wife.

Thanks Eric!

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black (respectably so) with 1 finger of coffee head. Little retention and faint lacing.

Smell is light, not much here. Light roasted malts, maybe some chocolate.

Taste is bigger than the smell but not overly so. Lots of roasting malts, some licorice/anise, hints of dark chocolate. Quite a light, creamy body. Medium carbonation which feels like it's too much when paired with the thin body.

At 5% this is certainly an easy drinker and I would certainly engage in a night at the pub with it. As for those A grades... I think there may be some local bias there. This is a nice light stout but nothing that says "world class".

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Photo of Derek
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a tan head, very little retention, slight lacing.

S: Licorice, plenty roasty, molasses.

T: Quite roasty, coffee, dark bread & molasses with a good bitterness.

M: Light to moderate body is very smooth & creamy, with the carbonation pleasantly on the low side of moderate.

D: A good drinker.

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Photo of GrimmReaper
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man,i wasn't expecting this,what a great find,dark dark chocolate brown,more like black with a tinge of ruby red and nice mocha colored king size head and nice sticky lacing.Nose is deep roasted malts,strong coffee,licorice,and a smokey smell,all blended in quite nicely.My first sip,and i was taken back,wow,smooth and creamy,the roasted malts really firing at you,along with the coffee and finishing off with the smoked flavor and leaving a tobacco taste right at the very end,all going down not thin,but with a lite feel to it,as it warms,a chocolate flavor also blends in there. Very good brew and well worth trying.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap in Victoria. Dark brown/ruby with a nice head of light tan foam as a cap. Aromas of roasted malts, a bit of coffee, and maybe some chocolate candy bar as well. Taste follows up on the aroma profile. This is a very basic, albeit well made stout, that would make a fine daily drinker, especially as it is to be canned soon, I believe. Mouthfeel is light>medium, drinkability is a solid 4. Beats a guinness if you live on the island.

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Photo of Graham5161986
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours jet black with a huge mocha-tan head that has good retention and leaves a decent sticky lace.

S: intense coffee, chocolaty malts on the nose with hints of nuttiness in the background

T: gorgeous coffee and chocolate flavours intermingle up front with a nice nutty taste on the long finish and the slightest hint of bitter west coast hops

M: thick and chewy, nice tingling carbonation and a very smooth finish making it a dream to drink.

D: This is an excellent stout from a can. I must say that I have been quite impressed by this brewery so far - high quality beer in a can is certainly an excellent thing to come by. I highly recommend this beer to anyone who can get their hands on it. Totally worth the extra cash. Lookign forward to my next one

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Photo of Hornet2003
4.72/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Black with chocolate brown head

Smell: Cocoa and roasty malts. Mostly chocolate, however. Almost a rich hot chocolate aroma.

Taste: There is a definite chocolate flavour present. Bitter from the roast. lmost like a good bittersweet chocolate bar.

Mouthfeel: Mid-low carbonation. Perfect for the stout style. Bitterness on the sides and the back. A little sweetness as well.

Drinkability: Off the charts. I've had 3 of this 6 pack already. This is definitely the best stout made in BC and one of the finest made in Canada. I will continue to support Lighthouse by purchasing this because they make some great beers.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 355mL can to a standard pint glass, acquired on arecnt trip to Victoria, BC. 5.1% Alc/Vol listed on the label. One of the more boring, unappealing and generic-looking packages I've seen recently...white on black?

A: What is the deal with canned beers looking nice? I'll swear, there's something to that aluminum that makes the head extra fluffy and color extra rich...in this case, we have an intensely dark brown stout capped with over 3-fingers of the creamiest tan foam. Fades rather abruptly to a slim cap of still denseness. Slippery lace that really cannot stay suspended on the glass... too bad.

S: Wonderful smell of cocoa powder and a slightly sweet papery oxidation. Hints of lactose and sourness and a bit of coffee bean.

T: A modest amount of chocolate, definitely milky. Cocoa, really. Hops/bitterness in the background are a bit lemony and the finish is nicely dry, not quite chalky.

M: An about average stout in terms of mouthfeel; rather thin, low carbonation. Watery? Close to it, but with a cocoa, dry/powder finish that makes it better...

D: Sessionable and easily drinkable stout. Nothing complex but certainly worth a try. In fact, if this were available in the US, I'd definitely have the Keepers Stout again...

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Photo of JanM
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in an opaque black colour and with a lot of bubbles. Not much foam. The smell was dominated by chocolate and some coffee. The taste was of chocolate, espresso coffee, a citricness and a bitter bite at the end. It was actually a little salty. Maybe residue from cleaning the tanks at the brewery? I found the beer to be too carbonated for a stout and a little atery. Still it wasn't too bad and decent canned stouts are rare.

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Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz draft at a seafood restaurant on the Victoria, BC harbor...name escapes me but the neptune wrap and seafood chowder made a fantastic lunch

appearance: presentation is a bold chocolate amber with a lovely guinness-esque head that retains itself quite well

smell: sweet dark chocolate, cocoa powder, mocha kick, big bold and roasty aromas abundant

taste: a very nice stout indeed...roasted malt, cocoa powder, burnt coffee, touch of sweet dark fruit...bold and rich

mouthfeel: creamy and rich, velvety

drinkability: high

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Photo of elricorico
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out cola brown and is black in the glass. The head was thick and foamy, tan in colour and slow to recede. Lacing is left all around the glass. The head never fully fades, always coating the top of the brew with a thin layer.

Smell is full of roasted coffee beans. Smells relatively dry and a bit smoky. Deeper searching finds a bit of cream to the coffee, sweetening the smell slightly.

The taste is everything I want from a stout. Rich dark roasted malt flavour. Coffee bean, smokiness and just a hint of creamy chocolate. Not so dry or bitter as many stouts, more leaning towards an oatmeal stout in its overall effect.

Creamy with low carbonation, the mouthfeel is bang on for the style. I wouldn't change anything.

If you like stouts, you must give this one a try. Its only weakness is in the aroma, and that isn't much of a weakness in the end.

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Photo of Orrshow
3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Black and opaque. When held to light there is the slightest dark brown tinge around the edges of the glass. The head is somewhat bubbly and a very nice brown color.

Smell – First off somewhat metallic, probably from the can. I can sense bits of roasted malt, burnt coffee bean and that’s about it. That metallic smell comes back. Not offensive but not good.

Taste – Right off the back this one is dominated by roasted malt is a big way. Burnt bitter chocolate and some coffee are there as well. No metallic taste at all. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel – A bit thin for a stout in my opinion. Carbonation is about average as well. Almost a dry feeling is left afterwards.

Drinkability –I had no problems here. The beer tastes nice and there are no overpowering aspects.

Good…but it didn’t live up to the hype that I’ve been hearing.

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Photo of niz
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

this is, in my opinion B.C's best canned stout,
has a very opaque black colour with hints of ruby when held up to the light, the head pours about a finger width, but is not as fine as more traditional stouts, and fades quite quickly.
the aroma and taste are full of heavily roasted barley, followed by coffee and chocolate notes. The mouth feel is definately thinner than a traditional stout more like a black ale, yet roasty and tasty enough to satisfy everyone from the beginner to the conosiour

in my opinion this is the best brewed stout in BC, hands down.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great heavy beer from the Island.

Pours a deep, dark brown with a decent brown head. The foam clings to the side and leaves nice rings around the glass.

Smells of coffee, roasted malts and traces of chocolatde. A decent, dry stout scent. Tastes of malts, toffee and chocolate. This stout presents a great, taste, althought it is not quite exceptional.

Despite being from a can, there is not tinny taste to this stout. It is easy to drink, and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent stout, a keeper, thanks to JoeMcPhee. Can spritzed everywhere. No metallic taste from can. Rather basic, a bit of roast but drinkable, refreshing on summer day. Medium mouthfeel. Balanced malt and roast. Average at best for style yet well made.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This my friends is the best canned stout anywhere. The colour is nice and black with a sweet head . The nose is pure coffee and burnt malt. The taste is drinkable yet very complex. Dark roots of the coffee lands are on the flavour . The fact that this is in cans is fantastic.

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Photo of Garin
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Lighthouse beer... I had to specifically ask for it to -not- be served in a frozen mug, but that's not really the beer's fault, is it? Anyhow, despite the threat, it came to me with a nice creamy head that lasted a good long while, leaving thick and ropy lacing on my glass. Black as it should be, this was as stout as it gets.

The smell was malty, chocolatey, and bitter hops. Lots of sweet molasses in there as well.

The flavour was dominated by malt, with a bit of bitter hops in the end. A sweet molasses tone lingered throughout, and wasn't quite chased off by the bitter coffee and chocolate. Although it was a pleasant flavour, it could do with a touch more bitterness for balance.

In the mouth, it was creamy and delightful. It was fuller and richer than many, and left me quite satisfied. In fact, I call this a very drinkable beer, though without the balancing bitterness and/or dryness, it could be a bit cloying in large quantities. Still, nicely done, and a good intro to Lighthouse Brewing for me.

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