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Mill Street Brewery Cobblestone Stout | Mill Street Brew Pub

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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:
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Reviews: 86 | Ratings: 237
Photo of cratez
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Chancey Smith's in London, ON.

A: dark black in colour with a creamy tan head and thick gobs of webbed lacing on the pint glass. Some faint red hues. An attractive stout.
S: light aromas of burnt grains and barley, coffee, and a bit of nut (almond?). Fairly tame but interesting nonetheless.
T: roasted malt, espresso, and oats. Nutty malt in the body with some milk flavours. A dry, burnt husk aftertaste to end.
M: creamy and medium bodied with a dryly parched finish. Smooth, silky, and refreshing. Very impressive.
D: this goes down like water. With the roasted malt/barley/coffee taste and creamy mouthfeel, it bears a striking resemblance to Guinness. But the bread, nut, and milk flavours add complexity. I also enjoy the ashy finish. A solid offering from Mill Street.

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Photo of biegaman
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the Mill Street Brewpub in Toronto.

The beer appears the same black colour as, what is depicted in all 19th century paintings of the old distillery building, the smoke rising out of the mill's 100 ft. chimney. It is unshakably opaque, refusing any highlighting. A nitro-faucet provides a cascading visual while the nitro-tap ensures a dense, hardening layer of head that results in the glass being entirely concealed behind shrouds of tapioca.

There is a perfect description for what I am smelling: mocha! It is a precise blend of dark, bitter cocoa solids combined with fresh percolated coffee beans. It's like a chocolate factory meets a cafe and it couldn't have any more character than what I'm used to finding in Irish Dry Stouts. There is debate on whether nitro-taps nullify aroma but this sample certainly wouldn't suggest anything of the sort.

Mocha is also a dead-ringer for what I'm tasting. Here too, flavours of gourmet, fresh from the press coffee and chocolate, this time a more sweet and milky variety, combine for what is by my definition: stout deliciousness. Unlike lesser offerings, there is never any taste of harsh, burnt cereal grains. It's tough trying to determine whether this should be savored or quaffed - this balance of bitter and sweet would impress even a tightrope walker!

I'd definitely be inclined to agree nitro-taps numb things in the mouthfeel department. The texture is essentially revoked; I can taste sweet and bitter flavours but I fail to truly sense their effects on my tongue. Apart from a tidbit of ashy, charred malts nothing - including bitterness - survives the onslaught of artificial creaminess. Sadly, each sip leaves the palate nothing to remember it by and all that wonderful flavour is neutralized, invalidated.

Downtown Toronto is a place of relatively few well preserved historic sites but the Distillery District is certainly one of them. If anyone should find themselves in the area then a trip to the Mill Street Brewpub is definitely advised. I know the tap list is fairly large but if the Cobblestone Stout happens to be available, I'd give it some consideration. If you're a stout fan, then ordering it would be a must.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice rich solid black with a thin creamy tan head that leaves tons of lacing.

Smells of caramel, butterscotch, and roasted malts.

Very tasty, almost like a cappucino milkshake at first then more malty/burnt grains come out. Very delicious, way better than guinness.

Creamy milkshake mouthfeel, very drinkable, I loved this beer.

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Photo of bobsy
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint at the brewpub.

The beer arrives an extremely dark black with a creamy mocha head that's there for the duration. Great lace left in sheets on the side of the glass. Pleasing dry grain smell, as well as some roasted coffee. The grains reveal themselves in the flavour with a strong roasted barley taste. Hints of coffee and chocolate round things out perfectly and mellow a slightly bitter finish. Smooth mouthfeel with a moderate carbonation.

This is a solid entry in a style that sometimes struggles to impress, and I've marked it up as it compares very favourably to its peers.

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Photo of pootz
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Castle

Tapped a deep black that defies light to pass through the glass. Great sticky mocha colored cap stays for the drink.

Aromas of French roast mocha and wet grass.

Taste is more like a rich Burton milk stout than dry Irish stout..which is good because I preffer rich stouts...cocoa, coffee, nuts light smoke against a creamy dark toffee-like malt backbone.

Rich mouthfeel, smooth, creamy without being sweet...I prefer this kind of malty stout...much like Murphy’s but better.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now this is a good stout.

Pours pure black with a robust rocky tan head. Lacing is expansive. Fresh roasted espresso beans and high cocoa dark chocolate explode in the aroma. The taste is equally rich with a deep roastyness and some smokey hints. Caramel and milk chocolate are noticeable in the middle. Astringent black malt flavors show in the finish. Hops are like throughout, providing some earthy flavors and a decent bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is thick and moderately carbonated.

This is a fantastic stout, it really puts mainstream stouts like Guiness and Beamish to shame. Thick and substantial stuff.

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Photo of Derek
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this at the Victory Cafe in Toronto.

A: Black with a creamy, off-white head; good retention, nice lace.

S: Dry roastyness & bread.

T: Bread, coffee & nut. Balanced bitterness. Pleasant, but a little plain (not surprising, considering the weight).

M: Dry, somewhat chalky but creamy; modest carbonation. Impressive for its weight.

D: Good drinkability.

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Photo of DrJay
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the new brewpub. Very dark yet clear, with ruby highlights and a dense, tan head from the nitro pour. Thick lacing through the first half of the pint. Roasty aroma with coffee and chocolate notes. It also smells a bit acidic. Mild bitterness with chocolate and roast. Some acidity towards the end. Light bodied with low carbonation and a dry finish. This is a very easy drinking stout, quite good for a session.

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Photo of Viggo
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish brown, thick and short tan head forms, nice spiral lacing, good retention. Smell is sweet, roasty, some chocolate and coffee, quite nice. Taste was sweet, some vanilla and chocolate, roast, nice sour finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, very creamy and smooth. Served much too cold, had to wait a while for the beer to improve, but definately a drinkable stout.

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Photo of Sammy
2.68/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

on-tap at the new brewpub. A bit of malt aroma, tad of roast. Some sweetness, roast barley. Late kick of coffee and chocolate in mild dose. Kind of a mild Guiness, and no where near the thickness or strength of taste of the American stout I am so used to and fond of. Watery.

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Photo of TerryW
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, dark mahognay brown. Solid, long-lived head that eventuallt settles to a heavy film and gives up curtains of lace.

Aroma is dry and full of chocolate and nutty grain. Great flavours of chocolate and coffee, though clearly dominated by chocolate. Full, smooth mouthfeel. Clear cousin to Mill Street's Coffee Porter but with more character and dimension.

Worth a trip to Toronto's Distillery District for a glassful of this one along with some of their other brews.

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