Stonehenge Stout | Bull & Bush Brewery

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Brewed by:
Bull & Bush Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-10-2004

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by rsdaugherty:
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GilGarp
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served cold, in a pint glass, at the Bull & Bush.

The glass is filled to the brim so there was hardly any head when it was served. The color is very dark brown with light coming through only around the edges.

Aroma is robust and roasty with a hint of sweetness.

The flavor is much the same. The roasted malts bring bitterness with coffee and caramel to the table. Toffee and roasted nuts are more subtle but still contribute to a balanced flavor.

Mouthfeel is excellent. So smooth and creamy you would swear it was on nitro. The body is medium-plus and the carbonation is nice and low - just how I like my stouts to be.

Overall a really nice stout and definately one worth having if you're at the B&B. I can see now why it's a year-rounder.

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Photo of russpowell
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured mahogany with a bit of tan head. Good head retention & average lacing

S: Coffee, toasted grain, & some chocolate, mostly espresso notes

T: Coffee, toasty gain, a bit iron & nice chocolate notes. Nice dryness as this warms. Finishes with more dryness & touch of chocolate & roasted grains

MF: Medium-bodied, a bit of smoothness & low carbonation

Drinks easy enough, I'm guessing about 5.0% abv. A nice not great stout

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Photo of hiphopj5
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer appeared an opaque black, with a very slight red hue when held up to light, with a thick tan head that was well retained, including a small thin cap.

Aroma is a nice big roasted malt aroma, maybe some coffee hints and maybe a hint of sweetness from chocolate. That is really it, simple yet very well done.

The taste is the same, very well done.

The beer has a medium body to it. The beer is smooth, easy to drink, but seems slightly watered down. The beer has a nice, dry malt aftertaste. Overall, very well done.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pleasant, above average stout good for a session, sharing, or just about anything.

Pours placidly into a tulip glass, generating an inch or so of tan foam that the black stout trickles through, producing a slow cascade effect. Retention is ok, after a few minutes the foam settles into a sticky ring around the edge, producing spotty lacing. Later the foam breaks, exposing a glassy brownish black center.

Dry roasty aroma that comes across as mild, some subdued coffee elements, but otherwise mild and straightforward.

Flavor was equally dry and roasty, with a pleasant creaminess. Light bodied and easily sipped or quaffed. Very low level bitterness, virtually none. Roasty notes of coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and blackened malt. Easygoing and versatile.

Thanks Joe for hauling this one back from CO.

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Photo of Kirby
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of ChrisPro
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jokelahoma
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just as an FYI, Bull and Bush list this as an English stout, which to me implies a sweet (or milk) stout. However, it drinks just like a dry Irish, with a good deal of up-front bitterness, a lightish body and a dry finish.

This beer is quite light for a stout, with a reddish tinge to the glass when held up to the light. It had more of a porter appearance than what one would expect from a stout. Not a bad thing in and of itself, but might surprise some. The smell was unmistakely stout, though. Good aromas of roast grains make it through the stiff tan head, but little in the way of hop aroma, just as you'd expect from a stout. The head stays all the way down the glass, even though I don't believe it is poured through a nitro "sparkler" that seems to be a requirement for stouts in most pubs.

The taste definitely convinces me this is a dry stout, not a sweet version. Good bitterness without any hop taste that I can detect. Roast grains are definitely there, and add to the already dry aspect of the finish, almost begging you to take another drink before you even set your glass down. If Guinness is the standard bearer, then this beats the standard. Much more character to this beer than to most any other stout I've had. About time a stout showed off what actually makes it a stout, instead of trying to hide the roastiness.

The mouthfeel, while light in body, isn't watery. Again, it's thinner than one might expect, which is why I rated it lower. It's not a bad thing, just not at all what one might be anticipating. There is a lot more "there" there than the body would suggest. The body simply adds to the "c'mon, DRINK ME" attitude which the taste of the beer started.

I found this to be a imminently drinkable stout. Good balance of bitterness and malt, an adequate amount of roast barley flavors (which too many stouts dial way back on, in my opinion) without tasting like an ashtray. When I'm in Denver again, you can bet I'll be back for another of these.

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Photo of Tone
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of roasted malt, hint of coffee, slight sweet malt, hint of dry hop, and slight oatmeal. Fits the style of an English Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, slight sweet malt, hint of hops, and a hint of coffee. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and decent blend.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kojevergas
2.55/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Review from notes on a draught pour taken late 2012 at the Bull & Bush.

APPEARANCE: Half a finger worth of head. Tan in colour. Consistency is fairly creamy and thick, but head retention is downright bad (

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Photo of emmasdad
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this one on tap the other night at the brewery. Poured a medium black color with a little beige head on top. Aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate and light coffee. On the palate, medium bodied, with flavors of coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malt.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L: Pours a dark black with a small head that dissipates quickly and leaves several fingers of lacing.

S: Roasted malt, some cocoa, nice earthiness and a sweet caramel slightly beneath.

T: Roasted malt, some cocoa, a slight cola taste, and some earthiness.

F: Body is a ltitle light and carbonation slightly high.

O: This is an average stout a little too sweet and needs a heavier body.

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Photo of bickdalls
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Mebuzzard
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ordered the Oatmeal stout, but they were out so I got this instead. A nice pour; light black with tints of red. Tan head, uniform bubbles.
Place was smokey so the aroma was...smokey, caramel, nuts.
Taste wasn't as strong as I thought it would be. Chocolate, caramel, nuts, the usual. Hops were not as powerful as other stouts. Almost lager-smooth. Good subtle finish.

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Photo of funkel81
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GarrettB
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

July 3rd, 2015 - Last on the tasting tour of Bull and Bush is the Stonehenge Stout. Very dark - and made darker in the deep, pub style lighting - with a nice roasted aroma that also matches the interior. But the palate is far too thin to be like a stout. And the stout causes me to reel back a little bit. It comes across as a thin Irish stout, with an off-taste. A terrible finish.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler of this at Bull and Bush because I realized I had never tasted it before. The color was the obvious black with a great foamy, coffee-colored head. The smell was malty with a bit of roastiness in there. The flavor was smooth roasty, good stout. I killed the growler all by myself so it was definitely very easy to drink.

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Photo of WDJersey
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcscientist
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you want a prototype English stout, look no further. Dark, frothy, and a little bitter, just like they like it across the pond. Order one of these on Friday night with the unlimited fish and chips special and you'll be an honorary Brit.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this would go much better on a nitro tap. pours a thin looking red/brown color with a very small head. smells defiantly english malty, with a medium roast coffee aroma and that baked sort of sweetness in the middle, bready. taste is quite good, subtle and understated, which make it very drinkable. the roast is there but it isnt bitter at all, some chocolate character and a nuttiness, autumnal vibes. the mouthfeel threw me off a bit though, on the watery side for a stout, not just lighter bodied but actually thin feeling. very mild carbonation. i generally want my stouts to have a head, a beer mustache on each sip, but this did not get the job done in that regard, could use a little beefing up there. its still a good beer though, and went well with my rueben sandwich. its rarely the house beers that i like the most from bull and bush, so this is only a continuation of that, an approachable but largely unremarkable stout, its the weird and experimental ones that keep me coming back so frequently!

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Stonehenge Stout from Bull & Bush Brewery
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 31 ratings