Cambridge House Three Steve Stout | The Cambridge House Brewpub

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Cambridge House Three Steve StoutCambridge House Three Steve Stout

Brewed by:
The Cambridge House Brewpub
Connecticut, United States

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-08-2005

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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 41
Photo of jeffthecheff
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is dark black with a thin, tan brown head from low carbonation. Aroma is a distinct, sharp malty black aroma with some coffee notes and bitter malt.

Taste is actually quite refreshing with a bitter, espresso like bite that makes it clear this is a stout. Some chocolate like sweetness and a little bit of acidic like flavor makes this taste like a good dessert.

Mouthfeel is perfect and it really impressed me enough to remember this as one of the best session stouts I've had. Very light carbonation, and it was served at a warmer temp that really accentuated the great body of this beer. This reminded me a lot of a cask ale, I wonder if they purposley serve it this warm, so I'll have to see if its the same temp next time I order it. Overall, this reminded me of a much better version of Guinness; it had a much more complex flavor but has the same drinkability. It's been a while since I've had an American made stout without being over 7% or having "imperial" in the name.

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Photo of BlueHammer
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a deep opaque brown, nearly black color. It smeels strongly of oats and coffee. It has a thick tan head that seemed to last forever and clung to the sides of the glass. It has a strong coffee flavor, well-balanced between bitter and sweet, almost like a very very dark chocolate candy. It starts bitter and ends malty and sweet, then as you end the sip it turns slightly bitter again. A delicious heavy-bodied beer -- a good choice if stouts are a favorite of yours like they are of mine! It made for a great dessert!

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Photo of predikit
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Pours a dark brown, settles in black, one finger head is a nice dark beige which slowly lightens as the head recedes, leaves plenty of lacing down the sides of glass.

Smells of malts, and chocolate. Smells like a stout, best I can say here.

This is one smooth brew. Malt forward which quickly slides into subtle chocolate for the rest of the finish. This has to be the best stout I've ever had. Granted that's not many, but I think I'll definitely start looking at more in the coming months.

Would rate this at medium body, leaning a bit toward thick. Sticks around for awhile after a swallow.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Just had this at the Cambridge House brewing release party in Torrington, CT.

They had the IPA, Kolsch, 3 Steve Stout, and cask-Pilsener available but this one had them all beat. Nose is full of nuttiness and toasted malts, perfect mouthfeel and body to it. A nice chewy, chocaolately type of taste to it. Goes down wicked smooth and you want to beg for more. Their IPA wasn't it's usual self today, so as of now this if the best beer going on at the CBH Torrington location.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - black hole black, with 1 1/2 finger of caramel colored head, no visible carbonation or sediment

S - strong and very rich coffee aroma, like that of fresh ground, with faint dark chocolate hints

T - tart for a split second, then BAM, great coffee bitters hit the palate and loudly announce their arrival, they persist straight thru to the sweet aftertaste

M - surprisingly smooth, very nice a high quality stout

D - equally as high, smooth and easy down

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Photo of DNICE555
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

4.7% this year. Poured into a pint glass. Started the big tasting on Saturday 10/24/09 with this one.

A - Small tan head, black thick body.

S - Coffee, toasted grains, chocolate.

T - This one has a bite. Malt bitterness notes of expresso, burnt oatmeal, and a minor hop presence.

M - Smokey, hearty, low carbonation.

D - Very sessionable stout. Love this traditional style. Full bodied stout without the big abv.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am pouring this from a growler filled the other day. Pouring into a pint glass the brew pours dark brown with a creamy tan head that foams up 2-3 cm even with a gentle pour. The head fades to a sturdy surface layer.
Aroma is roasted malt and coffee with some brown sugar mixed in and a bit of chocolate.
First sip reveals a creamy soft textured beer with fine rolling carbonation. Flavor starts with sweet brown sugar and chocolate and rolls to some roasted malt and coffee notes as well. The beer is very smooth from start to finish with no hint of ABV anywhere.
Quite a nice treat when you visit Granby!

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Photo of NEhophead
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic, this oatmeal stout appeared pitch black-coal in color, underneath a creamy,settled off-white head. Ringed lacing throughout the pint with remarkable strength.

Aromas of coffee, rolled oats, milk and dark chocolates. Mellow whaft of roasted malts.

The flavors begin with a mellow roasted malt profile giving off milk chocolate, toffee, and vanilla notes. Roasted oats and a lingering coffee taste last well into a mild, near creamy bitterness. The aftertaste is marked by vanilla, roasted oats, milk chocolate, and light oak.

Full in body; the roasted malt quality is barely grainy on the palate as I'd expect. Smooth and creamy.

A well crafted Oatmeal Stout. The flavors are dead-on for the style and well balanced.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

German-style refillable growler filled at the brewpub.

First pint glass pours with a 1/2" uneven dark brown head, which lasted reasonably well, over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Lacing was average, with a light coffee aroma. Taste is coffee upfront, mellowed with some sweetness, and closes with a slight hops bite. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth over the tongue, making for very nice drinkability. This presentation (few days old growler) has let a bit of the carbonation free, making it even smoother and more drinkable, in my mind. Quite enjoyable stout.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one in a sampler during a visit for a birthday lunch.

This was a very dark brown, clear beer, nearly opaque, with a thin film of head that lasted throughout the glass. There was a lot of lacing.

The aroma was of very strong roasted malts... quite good.

Flavor was of roasted malts with a big slug of coffee flavor. PDG (pretty damn good).

Mouthfeel was smooth, silky, and shewy... really really good.

Drinkability was good. With so many other beers available, it was just too difficult to choose what to follow it with.

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Photo of Boto
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Brewpub: Now that this is oficially on tap I can rate it. It was just as good as a week ago when I had a glass "under the table". This one pours a very dark brown, which was pretty much opaque. It had a tan head that left some lacing down the glass. The aroma was somewhat roasty, with some hints of coffee. There were also some indeterminite hops burried in there. The taste was quite good. It wasnÂ’t too heavy of a stout, but had a very nice balance and smooth taste. No real sweetness, with a touch of bitterness. The roastiness comes through well, as well as a touch of the coffee.

Re-rate: They have cut back just a bit on the roasted malts. The beer has a much better balance!!

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

Poured almost black with an initial pillowy head...maintained a good lacing. Nice strong malt nose with a smoky quality and slight hop notes. Taste also had smiliar qualities with a nice smoky quality . Mouthfeel was medium, witha slight bit of chewiness. Overall, it was smooth enough with a dry finish to warrant a good rating in drinkability.

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Photo of socon67
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Perfect beer for St. Patrick's Day!

A - Back pour with an active brown foam that settled fast. Looks very thin moving around the glass.

S - Dry malt and a bit of lactose in the aroma. Some notes of cocoa powder.

T - Taste is on point! Some roasted malt flavor, a bit of sweetness, and finishes with a dry bite.

M - Great sessional stout that has a dry finish and no carbonation. Easy to pair this with any pub fare.

O - Have this with your corned beef anytime during the year. I found this to be a great representation of the style, and one I'd happily go back to.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the older bottle, it pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a small head. Smells like a stout - roast malt and chocolate. Taste follows the nose - roasted malt and some dark chocolate. Yum!

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4.9% 1.048 OG

dark with a thin yet dense tan head. super sticky weblike lacing quickly coats my glass. beautiful hoppy nose with rich dark malts and a generous portion of boldly brewed coffee. extremely smooth without being buttery.. lives up to the best quality of the oatmeal stouts. light and very drinkable. my glass is half empty (half full, er) almost immediately... and its 20oz. no gross chalky aftertaste despite a nice, welcome bitterness. nutty finish and my glass is all sticky from this beer. i will surely be revisiting this as a session beer- leaps and bounds ahead of the mild in terms of low abv fall session.

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Photo of tayner
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thank you gpcollen1 for this growler.

This poured a black with a small, milk chocolate head. It didnt stay around to long but did rim the glass and leave nice lacing all the way down the pint glass.

It smelled of roasted malts, although the smell wasnt very bold.

It was very smooth and subtle roastiness with a slight hop finish to dry the palate. It wasnt all that complex, but at the same time very tasty. There were roasted grains and a hit of fig.

It was a little thin for a stout in my opinion, think the mouthfeel was more that of a porter than a stout.

I could have easily drank the 4 pint growler in one sitting, or even more, but i did share it. Very easy to drink. Wish i could go to my local pub and have a few pints of this again!

Again, thanks to gpcollen1 for the opportunity to try this nice brew.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer grew on me after a bit. At first it was harsh and very much akin to burnt coffee. But after this beer warmed up a bit other flavors started to come out more and provide a bit of a balance. Got some dark chocolate and just a little, little hint of vanilla. But the big difference was the rounded smoothness of the oats. Provided a hearty flavor that made the coffee taste less burnt. Mouthfeel was a bit thin for the style and with a dry finish. However, it only added to the drinkability by not filling me up all that quickly. Light carbonation, which I found nice.

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Photo of scotorum
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Victory Donnybrook Stout nonick

a; Opaque black with a hint of clear ruby highlight at the bottom when seen through light. Inch and a half thick tan head receded to thick surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Chocolate and coffee

t; Black coffee and bitter dark chocolate. Slightly bitter to dry finish smooths out later.

m: Light to medium, low to medium carbonation tingle.

o; An ok stout, although a bit light in the mouthfeel dept. lingering bitterness detracts somewhat at first, but it smooths out and is easy drinking enough otherwise.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Cambridge House Brewpub in Torrington, Conn.

A: Poured a total black with brown tinted highlights under thick, two-finger head of dense brown foam.

S: Smells a little like a deep roast coffee, with burnt cereal grains and some campfire smoke.

T: Taste is smooth and sweet at first, with a little milk chocolate and grainy flavor, followed by a deep roasted bitterness I can taste now, even 40 minutes later. Very smooth and deep roasted malt flavor with some light herbal hops for balance.

M: Mouthfeel is full bodied but not tough to geth through at all. Flavors balance the feel out well also.

D: A very sessionable American stout. Enough flavor and mouthfeel to keep it interesting, although good luck to those who go lighter after this brew.

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Photo of smcolw
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Small, beige head but leaves a combination of spots and ring lace. Near black color. No light passes through.

Dark chocolate cake and black coffee smell. Mild alcohol in the background.

Quite bland initially. The baker's chocolate flavor only shows up in the swallow. Compounding this effect is the the very thin body and elevated carbonation. The aftertaste is quite good and lingers a decent amount of time. The flavor is dry with a bit of burnt toast. Yep, burnt toast and baker's chocolate pretty much sums this beer up.

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Photo of Homebrew35
3.31/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass. One finger or kaki creamy head. Black body, quite a bit of lacing remains throughout. Smells faintly if roasted barley, some earthy hops and a touch of sweet malts. Tastes grainy, very roasty, some chocolate. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Overal it was a bit un balanced. I'd like a bit less roasted barley, some more sweet malts. $4.50 a pint. I did ask the black ipa and I'm pretty sure this is what I was served.

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Cambridge House Three Steve Stout from The Cambridge House Brewpub
3.98 out of 5 based on 41 ratings.
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