Stonewall Stout | Blue & Gray Brewing Co.

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Stonewall StoutStonewall Stout

Brewed by:
Blue & Gray Brewing Co.
Virginia, United States

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by oelergud on 01-15-2005

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Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 58
Photo of Rifugium
3.29/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

First had: on tap at B&G

Darker brown pour, with a small cap of tan head that mostly dissipated, spotty lacing. Basic roasty malt aroma, and not much else. In the taste, dark malts, coffee roastiness, yeasty esters, grains, earthy hops. Not too bad, but nothing really interesting going on. Body was medium, mouthfeel a bit thin, but English stouts can swing that way. Not undrinkable.

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a near black with a small foamy off-white head. The most noteworthy aspect of the smell of this beer is roasted barley, chocolate, and caramel. It's slightly bitter, but not overwhelmingly so. Otherwise, a pretty smooth stout to drink along with a burger or steak sandwich (which, both by the way are great at this brewpub.) Leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass. The only complaint is perhaps a slight watery taste to it -- just didn't leave me with that sense of "Wow, what a great fresh beer!" that you get at the best of breweries.

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Photo of garuda
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black, maybe some deep ruby highlights when held up to the light. Doesn't really have much of a head, so then it gets little lacing. Smell and taste are pretty good though. On the sweet side with toffee, but has a nice roast component. Medium body, low carbonation, smooth finish. Slightly bitter coffee/roast finish. Paired well with the pulled pork sandwich I got at the brewpub.

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Photo of welldigger888
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an opaque inky black with a 2 tiered head that had a layer of fine bubbles under lying a layer of larger (regular sized) bubbles that left a nice lace behind.

The ever popular roasty sourness that I favor fo sho, Roast toast hop yeasty goodness.

Creamy thick roasted grain goodness that gives way to a hint of sour mash that I find critical to a stout. Finishes with a nice dry hop bitterness that plays well with the style by staying low key yet crucial.

I like this creamy full mouthfeel that is highly quaffable, look forward to returning to n. virginia to procure more of this.

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

I picked up a growler of this from the brewery/brewpub (Lee's Retreat) today. My wife loves this stuff!

A: Nearly pitch black with somewhat of a brown-like quality to it. The head looked like sawdust on top of a dingy swamp.

S: Lots of coffee here as well as some dark chocolate notes.

T: Typically Blue & Gray over-the-top yeast bill, with more coffee than one can shake a stick at. One dimensional, but I've found myself over the year becoming more attached to this brew.

M: The low carbonation tendencies of the brewery works well here. There was a good bit of coffee bitterness on the back end and I definitely had coffee breath after a glass of this stuff. Splotchy lacing.

O: Come on haters.... give it up for Blue & Gray here! I've always dug this one: it's cheap, readily available, and done by a brewery that I have the utmost rest for.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Picked up a bomber of this at Rick's in Alexandria for $4.99.

a - Pours a very dark brown color, almost black, with one finger of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty nice.

s - Smells of roasted malts, coffee, and dark bitter chocolate. A nice smell; the roasted malts really dominate the nose.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, coffee, dark bitter chocolate, hops, milk chocolate, and light cream/vanilla. Pretty nice again, and a little bit of a step up from the nose. The hops leave a very slight bitterness in the taste.

m - Medium to full bodied stout and low carbonation. Smooth and creamy, with a tiny bit of bitterness from the bitter chocolate/coffee and hops.

o - Overall a pretty nice English style stout. Lots of roasted and coffee notes, with some hops coming through in the taste. Worth checking out.

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Photo of jale
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the brewery.

A: Pours dark brown with a finger of brown head.

S: Big coffee aroma and slight bitter chocolate.

T: Lots of coffee upfront moving to burnt coffee then a hint of chocolate.

M: Thin for a stout with decent carbonation.

O: Would like this if it had more body.

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Photo of biglite351
2.85/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Review #300

A - a good amount of red around the edge. Short creamy tan head.

S - strong roasted malts and barley. Fruit and something floral in the mix.

T - bitter malts, chocolate, mild licorice and fruit.

M - mild coating and heavy tingle on the tongue.

O - not bad, but bitter flavor would push me to pick something else.

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Photo of beer2day
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark black pour with 2-finger dark cream head. Moderate retention with relatively thin lace.

Nose is mostly anise, with milk chocolate underneath and light roast coffee under that. Big licorice component here.

Taste is anise, light chocolate malt and again that light roast coffee. Coffee really comes out in the finish. Slight hop bitterness in the finish, too, but coffee bitters are stronger.

Medium body, a little too light for the flavors present.

Fairly easy drinker on a cold night. Light body helps with that and the tastes combine for a pretty nice overall effect.

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Photo of jpmclaug
1.86/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into my New Belgium globe. Thanks to BigSexy410 for this one.

A - Black body with not much of a light brown head on top.

S - A light roast but honestly this reminds me a lot of salami. I closed my eyes and took a big whiff and it was like a mix of salami and some soy sauce. Not sure what is going on here.

T - a lot of dark fruit, a slight sourness and some roast.

M - Kind of thin, not much carbonation

D - I think this bottle has turned. If I had a chance to get another one of these I'd like to try it just so I would know whether or not what I have now is infected. Not what I want in a stout.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to HopeinHop for picking this one up for me...

poured from a growler as dark brown as possible without turning jet black with a relatively long lasting finger and a half foam head that left a fair amount of lacing.

strong aroma of espresso and dark chocolate.

smooth and almost creamy taste of coffee, with hints of licorice and dark toffee.

not something to jump up and down about in celebration, but a very drinkable stout nonetheless.

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Photo of nukem5
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black as night and sweet as day.

S: Licorice and chocolates dominate this one.

T: Very tasty with lots of licorice, chocolate, light hop, and light coffee flavors explode all over the tongue.

M: Lots of body to this and good carbonation.

D: Very drinkable and makes me wish I lived near Fredricksburg ,VA. Will definitly make the trip to refeul my fridge when supply runs out.

Thanks to Jeff and his wife for all the great beers, Hope to get back there soon and taste all the good vittles at the new resteraunt.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Pours an opaque jet black with about a finger of bubbly tan head that leaves a decent amount of lacing behind. The smell is of burnt and roasted dark malts, wheat, oatmeal, and biscuit. The taste favors the roasted malts, burns the biscuit, and adds in a small bite of hoppy bitterness. The body is on the heavy side of medium, has just the right amount of carbonation, and does not malignantly cover the tongue, instead smoothly (though somewhat chalkily) rolling through. Overall, a pretty average stout, but pretty drinkable nonetheless.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a black body with a one-finger tan head that died quickly and left no lacing. A good roasted/coffee malt smell that is mixed evenly with hints of sweetness like chocolate and caramel. A light-bodied, smooth and somewhat creamy stout that is mellow. Caramel, bitter/dark chocolate and some toffee (maybe even butterscotch b/c this beer is slightly buttery) that is complemented (but not balanced) with roasted and coffee malts. This gives the beer an easy to drink quality that passes sweetly and then finishes dry, although the dry malts/beer have this funky, sour fruit quality. It is almost like they used cherry flavored coffee beans or a french coffee. It is really odd and I am wondering if I got a really old/bad bottle. This little quirck makes the beer s little less enjoyable and the bomber I had is enough.

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Photo of csmiley
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours mostly black with some garnet highlights that pop on around the edges in the right light. The tan head is minimal (about a finger deep) and shows average retention. It settles to a barely there cap. Very little lacing remains in the glass. Not bad but not really that great either.

S - Milk chocolate and a light roasted aroma dominate the nose. Slightly metallic towards the middle. Aroma is mild overall but still pleasing. Could really use some more punch in this category though.

T - Starts out with with some light flavors of chocolate that quickly turn bittersweet. Very faint dark fruit comes through midway but not a good dark fruit - too sour maybe...funky cherry maybe? Finishes with a very nice roasted / smokey flavor. Unfortunately the finish comes in too mild and too late to save this one. Alcohol is nowhere to be found.

M - Lighter bodied with a light carbonation level. Finish is nice and dry. It's a typical stout dryness that works really well in this beer.

D - Drinkability is just about average. Every aspect of this brew comes together to make a mediocre to above average experience. The aroma could be bumped up a little. Flavor seems a tad off. Glad I got to try it but not something I would seek out again.

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Photo of prototypic
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to csmiley for sharing the bomber.

As far as light's concerned, it is officially stonewalled. There's barely any light getting through at all. Maybe a tad around the edges. Faint burgundy highlights are showing there. Otherwise, it's a very dark mahogany (nearly onyx) color. The head is light tan and stands a little over a finger tall. It was quick to recede and left very little lacing behind.

The nose is a little on the weak side. It features an interesting lactose aroma to kick it off. It's actually pretty nice and a welcome surprise. Roasted malts are very strong and take up the bulk of the nose. Chocolate malts are noted, but are much less pronounced. Barley and grain is easily noted. All in all, it's far from a standout here. It could use more strength. I suspect there's more to it, but the nose probably isn't painting an accurate picture of what's to come.

As I suspected, there's more to it. The flavor is easily better than the nose. Roasted malts are very strong and flavorful. I'm not picking up anything reminiscent of lactose. Must have been a facade. Chocolate malts are faint and have a cocoa flavor. That's pretty well buried in the avalanche of roasted malt though. Barley is prominent throughout and gives is a very grainy flavor. Coffee is very apparent in flavor and does much to carry the day here. I didn't pick that up at all on the nose. It has a slightly burnt taste to it that's not altogether bad. If anything, it's a little unique and gives it some character. It's a little acidic and sour on the tail. No alcohol is noted. I don't know what the abv is, but I suspect it's pretty low. Finishes sour. It's pretty good. The sour flavor knocks it down a peg, but it's still pretty solid. Above average is fitting.

It features a medium body that's damn close to full. Carbonation is light and it has a pretty smooth feel. Not bad at all. Drinkability is above average, but not much better. The flavor's not bad, but it's a little tiring toward the bottom of the glass. Perhaps it's that sour/acidic flavor that's wearing on me.

Stonewall Stout is my first experience with Blue & Gray Brewing Co. I'm not overly impressed, but this is far from a bad beer. If the sour/acidic aspect could be knocked out, it'd be better. How much is hard to say. But, it's a minor annoyance for me. All in all, it's above average. Definitely not a bad option, especially if you're looking for an English Stout to check off your list.

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Photo of erosier
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Swillbilly for this one.

L: Pours a nice black color with a short and medium bodied tan colored head that laces the glass a bit on the way down.
S: Smells of very sweet, deep roasted malt, roasted barley, chocolate, coffee, and a nice sweetness at the end.
T: Tastes of very sweet roasted barley, caramelized malts, chocolate, coffee, and a hint of brown sugar at the end.
M: Very smooth, rich, warming, not as heavy as it looks, and the perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, all the flavors blend well and it just feels good going down.

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Photo of jsp2
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Opaque dark brown with a brown creamy head that is retained well.

Smells of roasted barley with vanilla, earth and wood. Pleasant and not overwhelming.

As far as flavor, there is roasted malts with a slight sweetness and a bitter bite on the aftertaste. A taste of smoke seems present. The carbonation is a little bit more noticeable than I'd prefer.

Creamy feel with lots of body, very enjoyable. I think it could be less carbonated. Very quaffable despite the richness.

Overall, a fine Stout that is well balanced, delicious, and satisfying from every angle.

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Photo of hopdog
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared courtesy of weeare138.

Poured a dark black, with red at the edges, and a smaller sized off white head. Aromas and tastes of light chocolate and roasted malts. Thinner body for a stout. Light bitter coffee finish. Cool looking label.

Notes from 11/4/05

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Photo of BeerSox
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into nonic.

Pitch black with absolutely no light getting through. A one finger light brown head slowly settles to a bubbly rim, with swirls of fine bubbles in the middle.

Aromas of burnt malts, roasted coffee, and a little bit of chocolate.

Bitter and roasty malts make up most of the flavor. The hops are on the low side, maybe adding only a touch of leafy flavor in the middle. The chocolate repeats, this time as the dark and bitter variety. Full bodied. The carbonation is just at the right amount. The finish is the lingering burnt malts.

Plenty of bitter roated malts, great for the cold winter months. Recommended.

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Photo of dmamiano
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour looks like old motor oil with a bog, tan head. Man, I am just loving life now!
Char, burnt and smoke is what immediately come to mind in the nose. Coffee, chocolate and fruits come in the head.

Taste is smooth in the mouth. Chocolate laced with smoke if that makes any sense. Wow, a bitter twinge tickles the back of both sides aof the tongue in the end.

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Photo of blackie
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: nice little cocoa-creme colored head, average retention, black colored beer

s: solid backbone of smooth char roasts with a grainy bitter chocolate showing through, a little licorice, hops earthy, nothing outstanding but nice aromatics and good balance

m: carbonation on the low side and delicate, body a touch thin for the style

t: deep roasted barley dominates, dry on the tongue, bitter chocolate, backed by a moderate earthy hop flavor, the levels of hop bitterness and grain astringency are a little out of whack but it doesn't distract too much, a decent little stout if generally unimpressive

d: on the light and dry side, this one's an easy drinker

bomber from Rick's in Alexandria

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

Poured a very dark black color with basically no head and very little carnonation. I almost thought it was flat.

The smell was faint and had soft roasted malt and coffee aromas. The taste had a full roasted malt body with coffee tones and a little bit of chocolate taste. The bitterness was medium with a medium hop flavor as well. The aftertaste had a lingering hop bitterness and roasted presence that was mild. The consistency was thick and the carbonation was low.

A nice dark stout. The finish was a little dry and had some bitterness, but was enjoyable. This is a nice warmer and worth a try.

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Photo of hops4me
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - black down the middle and brown around the edges. Small head quickly falls into the beer. Very little lacing.

S - grape soda, licorice, chocolate

T - slight fruitiness. Coffee and chocolate. Bitterness and roastedness hangs on the tongue in the aftertaste.

M - medium body.

D - highly drinkable. Flavors are very balanced. Pretty good stout. Not as big as what I am used to but I can't think of too many English Stouts I have had.

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Photo of jwc215
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing back this bomber for me from Virginia!

Pours pitch black with a thick small-bubbled tan head that becomes a wide patch leaving some lacing on the glass.

The smell is of sour fruitines with coffee and chocolate-ish maltiness. There's a light touch of charcoal in the back.

The taste is of roasty coffee and chocolate-ish maltiness. The sour, grapey fruitiness is more subdued than in the nose. Dry with a hint of smoke in the finish.

Close enough to full-bodied to hit the mark for the style. Very smooth with a rather creamy texture.

Easy enough to drink. Enough dryness to make it refreshing and continue drinking it...
If the nose were a bit less of sour grape, allowing more smokiness and maltiness to come through, I think it would hit the style even better, but it still is a nice stout.

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Stonewall Stout from Blue & Gray Brewing Co.
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