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Mill Street Brewery Cobblestone StoutMill Street Brewery Cobblestone Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mill Street Brew Pub
Ontario, Canada
millstreetbrewpub.ca

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by TerryW on 04-25-2004

BEER STATS
Reviews:
86
Ratings:
237
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
16.84%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
41
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 86 | Ratings: 237
Photo of AndrewMorash
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

From a can the pour is highly foamy that slowly constructs into a 3 finger khaki head, that last more than 20 minutes, has a very fine definition, and making creamy lacing. Extremely thick and creamy, almost looks like marble stone! (no joke) The beer is dark brown, almost black, opaque with no visual activity. Dominant malty sugars, with soft leafy spices. Flavors of wood, oysters, roasted dark malts, faint coffee and chocolate, soft molasses and caramel, and some herbal spices. Oily medium body with soft carbonation. Medium strength finish, a little spicy and peppery, lingering smoked malts with a light earthy feel of walnuts. A little watery and flat, lacks body, carbonation, and intensity. Doesn't feel very fresh like a bad English porter. The flavors are okay, but nothing special. Overall mediocre quality craft.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
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, and vanilla sweetness, a really nice deeply malted beast. The taste is creamy, bitter, and coffee-like, but in a non-artificial way that really covers the whole palate. The feel i velvety soft, and works very well considering it is such a light stout. Overall another great show from Mill Street!

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Photo of chinchill
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of Mlkluther
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
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!

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Photo of woodychandler
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of PorterPro125
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
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!

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Photo of beersareonme
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of JPNesker
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of imonhiatus
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of tomghiley
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

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Photo of shigg85
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of Tilly
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black pour. Slight tan head, lacy.
Vanilla, chocolate with some hint of coffee aroma.
Tastes much the same with a bunch of smoke.
Mouth feel is pretty much expected of a stout. A little light for my palate.
Overall, a very nice stout.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of my favorite Guinness alternatives. It looks great in a glass and goes down smooth. I love the fact that I can pick up a 473 mL can of Cobblestone for a very reasonable price.

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Photo of RBryn
4.39/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I usually try to support local micros, but was glad to try this stout from YYZ (TO). The hint of toasted walnuts and chocolaty finish were superb. A great balance, and I'm surprised the BA sccore was not higher. Step aside Guiness ... oh, except that I can get Guiness almost anywhere.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Can states 15 US FL OZ. (440ML). Pours a dark brown color with a light khaki colored head. Dense foam that laces well, good clarity, no floaters.

SMELL: The smell is malty with a light intoxicating fruity alcohol note. Herbal hops and ample roasted malt summarize most of what is going on,

TASTE: Firm malty flavor, a hint of dark fruit, and crisp bitterness. Well rounded flavor delicate hops with faint herb and lemon citrus to go with cocoa presence from the malts. There is a mineral, almost iron like quality to the water in this brew. That just adds a bit more character to the dry roasted malt.I feel this is a slightly more robust dry stout then I've had elsewhere.

FEEL: Nitro can lightens up the feel to a smooth velvety softness. Carbonation holds to a light bodied, creamy stout.

OVERALL: A nice little endeavor drinking this beer. Pretty spot on for style, and would compliment fish & chips quite well.

OVERALL:

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Photo of superspak
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

15 ounce nitro can into imperial pint glass, canned on 6/13/2014. Pours clear nearly opaque dark brown color with a 2 finger dense and creamy tan head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, brown sugar, dark bread, light nuttiness, light herbal, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance of roast/bready malt and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, brown sugar, dark bread, light nuttiness, herbal, light char, and roasted earthiness. Light herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, light nuttiness, light char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and robustness of roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and slightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is a really excellent dry stout style. All around great balance and robustness of roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of FRANKIE65
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

A very good stout from close to home. Black, as it should be, one finger of head. Chocolate, and, almost a port smell to it.
Easy to drink, enjoyable stout.
Recommend.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

[Served on tap 12/1/14]
A: [4.25] Jet black with awesome nitro head. Great cascading on the glass. Beautiful retention and lacing.
S: [3.75] Coffee, chocolate, malts
T: [3.75] Follows the nose but with s nice hit of sweetness.
M: [3.50] A little watery, but to be expected for a 4.2% abv. Still has the creaminess of a nitro stout.
O: [3.75] Really nice stout. Smooth and creamy. Complex flavors.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.51/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Really like the Nitro charged can! Pours a midnight black with an incredible head that is very Guinness like. The head itself is eggshell colored....very dense like a mousse. I cant tell how the carbonation is as it's much too dark. The lacing is most excellent.....very thick and creamy foam that clings for it's life to the side of my pint glass and the retention is top notch....it ends up looking like snow capped mountains!

S- Very nice aromas of burnt malts immediately upfront! There is plenty to smell, including rich dark chocolate, espresso beans, dark molasses, almost burnt toast and slightly scorched Earth. There is notes of a slight bitter finish but nothing to get excited about.

T- Simply put, this is a very tasty stout! I would put this a little drier than Guinness by comparison, closer to Beamish. Flavors that follow the aromas include dark chocolate, burnt brown sugar, toffee/dark molasses and espresso beans. There is an Earthy finish that reminds me of what I think rich soils would taste like, not that I enjoy eating soil lol. Very nice stout indeed!

M/O- This is a full bodied brew with a very creamy texture, due to the nitro induced can! This is a very well rounded dry stout that can compete with the best of them....I think it would be great with a meal...stew perhaps, but does really well on it's own. I would most definitely go out of my way for this again when looking for a stout and highly recommend it!

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Photo of jpro
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%

A really nice, low abv stout. Pours black with a light khaki head - not much lace. Aroma of cocoa and roasted malt. Taste is pretty standard for the style, with maybe a touch more chocolate and smoked malt character. Nitrogen charge lends to a creamy feel, while not muting flavor / aroma. Right up there with Creemore Springs Lager and Detour IPA as my favorite Canadian craft brews so far -

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%

440 mL can at 40 degrees into standard pint
Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate
Head small (2 cm), light brown, creamy, lasting
Lacing none
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor mild, roasted malt, hint of chocolate, ending with a roasted malt bitterness; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation and nitrogenation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4, Overall 3.75. Final weighted score: 3.625
An easy drinking stout, nothing spectacular about the flavor, just solid.

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Photo of MayonakaStout
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mill Street Cobblestone Stout was my introduction to Irish dry stouts that aren't Guinness. Really good but not great, black on the pour with great lacing,kind of ruby at the base of the glass and a long lasting tan head. Lots of caramel, espresso and slight chocolate on the nose with a taste very similar to the smell. Sweet, dry on the finish, slight vanilla on the exhale. Smooth mouthfeel, lightly carbonated and in my opinion a good example of the style. This stout could pair with a variety foods, whether it be braised or grilled red meat to vanilla ice cream. This incredibly drinkable beer should not leave you disappointed.

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