Brewed by Granite Brewery (Halifax)
Style: Dry Stout
Halifax, Canada


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RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
A black bitter stout with a buried hint of sweetness and a creamy head.

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jercraigs (11166) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2003
October 2000 - this may have been prior to nitrogen dispense as I didn't find it to have much body. Tasted a lot like Guinness with its roasty malt flavor, but lacked the smooth creamyness of Guinness. too thin for my liking, but I dislike stouts in general.

DuffMan (10936) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 10, 2011
On tap @ The Henry House in Halifax, enjoyed as part of a tasting tray. Very dark walnut, creamy compact beige head that looks nitro. Dominant coffee and roast aroma, same on the palate. Marred only by a thinnish mouthfeel.

MartinT (10239) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 11, 2003
A sovereign roasty smell leads on the burnt and lemony bitterness...Soulful pears and black grapes rise from the ashes like the stout phoenix...Straddling quality and riding it home...

JoeMcPhee (10189) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2006
Tap at Ginger’s Tavern. Ruby-tinted black beer, nice clarity with a thick tan head. Aroma is slightly sour, some Maris Otter and toasted UK malts. Slight roasty aroma, but less than I would have thought. Flavour is dry, malt dominated, toffee, slight fruitiness and a strong herbal hop character followed by a roasty/toasty flavour. Strong sourness on the finish and a fairly thin body. A bit more sour than most other dry stouts I’ve ever had, but still decent. Would like to see it with some fuller body.

mabel (10011) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 30, 2006
[054-20060921] Tap @ Granite (Toronto, ON). Dry malt, dark coffee aroma, like liquid leather. Black body with a very long-lasting light brown head. Tastes like sweet malted coffee, with hints of leather and vanilla. Full, stouty body. Very nice togetherness, nice sweetness.

solidfunk (9797) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Good sour stout with a properly creamy head. Has a faint taste of coffee and a little dark chocolate bitterness to it. ON tap at Toronto brewpub

blankboy (7928) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2006
Draught at the Granite brewpub in Toronto. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a large lasting creamy tan head -- looks great, were off to a good start. Nice mild roasty aroma of caramel malt, chocolate, coffee and fruit. Delicious flavour starts with roasted malt, mild chocolate and coffee followed by some fruit sweetness and ends with a dry bitter finish. Medium bodied with a nice creamy mouthfeel. Wow, I was really impressed, I honestly did not expect this Stout to be as good as it was, it’s right up there with some of Canada’s finest Stouts. It was so good I had to buy a growler of it before we left.

Radek Kliber (7501) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 20, 2002
Huge, thick body a la dark coffee. Despite is 'size' was easy to drink, nice aftertaste. Better than I was expecting.

HogTownHarry (7309) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - MAY 17, 2006
Draught. At the Granite brewpub, Toronto. Poured thick black with a lasting creamy tan head. Dry roasty malt aroma of light chocolate, a bit of fruit and coffee, detectable dry hops too. Taste - boy this is a fine stout! Starts sweet dark roast malt (light chocolate and coffee ), with some molasses too, the hops are dry and a bit funky, this is a real stout, it’s smooth and balanced, and as it warmed to perfect temperature the hop character intensified to a sweet crushed mint leaf pungency, at the same time the malt took on more fruit character; really, really good. Mouthfeel thick, creamy, sweet-yet-dry, with some nice light acidity developing in the finish. A terrific stout - easily their best beer (I think this was a freshly tapped keg from a recent batch), although the Peculiar is their most interesting.

Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 10, 2008
Objectively speaking: A fair example of this very dull style.
I like: Pleasantly roasty, which at least gives it some flavour. As advertised, a mostly dry beer with the mildest sour hint.
I dislike: Deceptively light-bodied. Creamy, ashes-infused texture leaving a thin and soft astringency impression. Little complexity at all, no trace of fruitiness.

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