Cobblestone Stout
Mill Street Brew Pub

Cobblestone StoutCobblestone Stout
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Style:
Stout - Irish Dry
Ranked #48
ABV:
4.2%
Score:
86
Ranked #25,441
Avg:
3.82 | pDev: 10.73%
Reviews:
97
Ratings:
272
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Mill Street Brew Pub
 
Ontario, Canada
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SCORE
86
Very Good
Cobblestone StoutCobblestone Stout
Notes: We produce a traditional styled Irish Stout that is served using beer gas to produce that familiar creamy pore. This is the same system that draft Guinness uses. Our black stout has a roasted malt flavour and a hint of toasted walnuts and chocolate in the finish. Select imported hops are used to dry out the finish of this ale.

30 IBU
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zolotarov from Canada (QC)

3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: very dark brown with a thick beige head
Smell: Malty roast aroma with hints of coffee
Taste: Light Robusta coffee flavour with sour notes
Mouthfeel: Quite smooth, low carbonation
Overall: An ok stout with flavour that dissipates quickly

From a nitro can

Nov 27, 2020
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Larryfunnell from Canada (ON)

3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much smell, The can sort of exploded on opening, had to hold sideways and fully open pouring it out. I managed without too much of a mess, but an interesting introduction to a beer. It had a good head, and the famous descending bubbles. Not much smell, but fairly smooth drinking with a moderate bitterness.

Jan 12, 2020
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nitro can
Nice nitro widget waterfall head, tan creamy rich head, good retention nice soapy lacing, very dark basically black color

Nose nitro, mostly just nitro gas, light chocolate, some dark fruits little fig like, bit of smokey roasty

Taste again nitro creamy flavor dominates, then mild roast and Smokey note, little dark fruity, and hint of chocolate, fair coffee and cream, mild bitterness

Mouth is med bod but super creamy nitro bubbles

Overall eh, it's not bad but nothing special, basically just a boring stout overpowered by nitro

Nov 10, 2019
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metter98 from New York

3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high dense off white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of dark, roasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has a lot of flavors of dark malts with a bit of roast and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and dry on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't really that creamy or smooth compared to other beers in the style that are served on nitro.

Serving type: nitro-can

Sep 14, 2019
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rapayn01 from Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this from a 440 ml can, purchased in Ottawa, Canada. It was average. Any bitterness is so subtle that it was almost unnoticeable. I found nothing particularly special about this beer. Well, it was very foamy.

Mar 15, 2019
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TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: On tap

A:
Pours an opaque black with tight creamy tan head. Nice nitro lacing. (4)

S:
Lightly roasty some sweet coffee hints. (3.5)

T:
Follows the nose, light milk chocolate, weak coffee. (3.75)

M:
Light and drinkable with a little malty oomph. (3.75)

O:
A nice, straightforward stout. Nothing spectacular but pretty on point as far as what I would expect from a beer like this. (3.75)

Dec 27, 2018
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polloenfuego from Canada (ON)

3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks good, a nice creamy head on a dark as night base. The head lasts and lasts.

Smell is a mild roast base, with some chocolate and not much else going on.

Taste is bitter roasts and sweet cocoa. Pretty much follows the nose. Nothing exciting to taste here.

Feel is very thin for a stout, almost watery. This really takes away from the enjoyment of this beer. Nitro is a nice touch.

Just a simple stout to me. Not much happening to make me want to go back to it. Hard pass is my recommendation.

Sep 15, 2018
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Organdrew from Canada (QC)

4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought 440 ml can from local Provigo for $3.50. Poured from a can at fridge temp into flute-like glass.


Appearance: Pours a night black, opaque, and fizzy bubbly drink with lots of foam. Foam recedes over time leaving a thin layer of coffee-white foam and some lacing. Can see the bubbles moving downwards in the glass.

Aroma: Chocolate, coffee, espresso.

Flavor: Coffee, Smoky, Oak, Vanilla, Chocolate. Leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste like black coffee.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, Medium-body, dry.

Overall: It pulls of a stout very well, probably the best I've had. It's medium strength but has all the flavors of a stout without being overwhelming. A great alternative to black coffee for those who don't drink caffeine (like myself. I can see this being a daily driver. Light on alcohol and easy to drink, it just goes down so smooth and easy. Props to Mill Street Brewery for making a new favorite.

Sep 12, 2018
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On nitro tap at the hotel bar in Corner Brook NL. Solid black color with a rich creamy tan head that persists. Earthy roasty with a hint of chocolate and dried fruit. Pretty stand up dry stout.

Jul 07, 2018
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown where no light passes. Beige head which lasts throughout the tasting. Some spots for lace.

More chocolate than coffee but the smell is very good. A touch of sweetness.

The flavor is very dry, however. There's a creaminess in both the body and flavor. The taste is closer to coffee than semisweet chocolate. A shorter aftertaste but it's still spot on flavor wise. I consider this one of the better dry stouts outside of Ireland.

Dec 25, 2017
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kevofficiel from Canada (QC)

4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mill Street Brewery Cobblestone Stout my 200th beer review !!!!

Look: Awesome cascade effect when you poured it.

Smell: Chocolate, coffee, malted barley, hops.

Taste: Very soft, very creamy, very sweet also, some chocolate, coffee, rosted malt,

Feel: Watery, the flavor goes away pretty fast which is a bummer. Definitely a session stout.

So overall would I recommend it? Yes, very good stout and beer overall !

May 30, 2017
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Alexc11 from Canada (QC)

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like most here, I bought this in a can. Rich, profoundly deep brown capped by a generous, handsome caramel colored cream. The contrast reminds me of a dark roast espresso. Scent gives off a hint and mix of molasses, malt, caramel, chocolate and nuts. The taste is not overly complex. It's very low in bitterness (if any) with 4.2% alcohol by volume so it's not going to pack a punch. Overall, balanced and very smooth.

Dec 24, 2016
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AndrewMorash from Canada (ON)

4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Toronto produced, traditionally style Stout. Smokelly. Notes of ground coffee, chocolate, and caramel. Label says Smooth and and it is! Nitrogenated, same device as Guiness.

Dec 03, 2016
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D-HopSupreme from Canada ()

4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark body with a very creamy head. The scent hits you with coffee, chocolate, smokiness, and vanilla sweetness, a really nice deeply malted beast. The taste is creamy, bitter, smoky, and coffee-like, but in a non-artificial way that really covers the whole palate. The feel is velvety soft, and works very well considering it is such a light stout. Overall another great show from Mill Street!

Jun 26, 2016
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

440 ml nitro can purchased and consumed in Nova Scotia.
Pours essentially black with a very durable tan head.
Smooth light body with ample but soft carbonation.
Aroma: dark roasted grains with char and a hint of dark fruits.
Flavor: dark roasted grains with light hops and hints of smoke, char, and coffee.

Overall: lots of dark roast flavor in a low ABV stout.

May 27, 2016
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Mlkluther from Canada (AB)

3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very solid and enjoyable "easy" drinking stout. It reminds me of Guinness but with more flavour and slightly more complexity. I was t expecting too much but I was pleasantly surprised. I'll buy it again!

Apr 24, 2016
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I am beginning to sound like a proselyte, I know, but I am a huge fan of the BCCA after attending the Spring Thaw 2016 show in Mechanicsburg last weekend! I really thought that it was just going to CANsist of looking at CANtiques, but I was elated to find out that people bring current micros for sale/trade/share, including this one & one other Mill Street from a couple who also sold me a belt & buckle. I am now BCCA # 34897.

From the CAN: "Our nitrogen-charged dry stout is an exercise in smooth. With deep-roasted smoky palate and a crisp, lingering hop note on the finish this is a stout-lover's stout. Traditionally lower in alcohol, our brewers have brought this classic pub ale directly to you."; "Draught"; "This beer has been pasteurized."

Wahoo! There is nothing like the Phhsshht! of an N2 CAN charging up! Even the lightest Glug caused a cascade, producing two fingers of dense, light-tan head with fantastic retention. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose was lightly smoky, lightly semi-sweet chocolate with a light sour tang. Hmm. Mouthfeel was big and creamy as you might expect. The taste was more akin to chocolate ice cream, especially given the mouthfeel. It was more sweet than I usually get from the style, but it was still tasty. Finish had a light smokiness, but I would characterize it as semi-sweet, overall. This was a worthwhile find & score, but I would have to agree that Guinness remains the flagbearer for the style.

Apr 17, 2016
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PorterPro125 from Canada (NB)

4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: 440 mL Nitro Can

A- Pours a Jet-Black Opaque liquid topped by a 3 finger Creamy off-white head. Insanely good retention. Tons of lacing.

S- Roasty Malt, Dark Roast Coffee, and a slight hint of Vanilla.

T- Same as the aroma but a more pronounced vanilla note.

M- Creamy Heavy Body and Low Carbonation.

O- An excellent Nitro Stout that has both a delicious aroma/taste but also a beautiful, creamy body. Top notch!

Feb 26, 2016
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beersareonme from Canada (ON)

3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thhis is a good stout. I was looking for an alternative to Guinness. However, Guinness remains the king of kings. Mill Street has a good one here. But my bias and love for Guinness keeps it a distant 2nd.

Feb 25, 2016
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JPNesker from Canada (ON)

4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly balanced session able stout. Not sure if unpasteurized locally -- it if it is, we have a "Guinness in Dublin" style bragging rite thing.

Dec 28, 2015
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imonhiatus from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

in mississauga for work and this is on tap at the hotel...when in rome...or canada...

what a pleasant surprise. super smooth and fairly light, great robust flavors.

Oct 21, 2015
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tomghiley from Canada (ON)

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been thoroughly disappointed with many Mill Street beers throughout the years, it is very rare that I've ever been impressed by one, well, Cobblestone Stout is a ridiculously good dry stout. Guinness will always be in my heart as the best, and my favorite beer (go ahead beer geeks, laugh away!), this is the next best thing though.

Oct 14, 2015
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shigg85 from Japan

3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A nitro stout served in a can -- got to love it! Fun to pour and holds its body well in the glass. Roasted notes are prominent with a light toffee scent. Overall, a decent dry stout that I would happily drink again.

Oct 13, 2015
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TheBeerMaster1 from New York

3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not quite a guinness by any means. Too much flake and a bit watered down. It also had a weird buttery taste that didnt suit my palate. Id drink again if given to me, but probably wouldnt buy again.

Sep 15, 2015
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headlessparrot from Canada (ON)

3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours from the tallboy can a pitch black colour, almost opaque, capped by quite a bit of cappuccino-coloured oatmeal-y looking foam. Decent lacing.

Smell is creamy, vanilla, coffee, faint dark chocolate. Slight bitter, vegetal hopping. Roasted malt, faint hints of copper. Taste is mild, light creamy coffee, faint chocolate and vanilla--but I'm actually a bit surprised by how much the hopping comes through here--just a nice touch of balancing bitter greens, pine, and ever-so-slight citrus.

Balanced sweet-then-dry profile. Typical nitro body--silky smooth, light carbonation, and a light, Guinness-like body.

It's not a particularly in-your-face beer--it's akin to a sort of fresh, domestic, less bogwatery kind of Guinness. But it is quite enjoyable, and is really helped the silkiness of the nitro carbonation. A tasty, sessionable stout that actually draws attention to its hopping more than you'd expect for the style.

Aug 23, 2015
Cobblestone Stout from Mill Street Brew Pub
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 272 ratings