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Shipyard Mint Chocolate Stout (Pugsley's Signature Series) - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Mint Chocolate Stout (Pugsley's Signature Series)Shipyard Mint Chocolate Stout (Pugsley's Signature Series)

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143 Ratings
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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3
pDev: 24%
Wants: 11
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Omnium on 10-28-2013

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Ratings: 143 | Reviews: 32
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Photo of oberon
3.42/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like the concept of a chocolate mint stout,this needs more chocolate and maybe less more mint.Pours jet black with a large billowing beige head that settles bery slowly leaving a few broken rings of lace behind.Aromas are dominated by spearmint and black licorice,although Iam not real fond of black licorice it goes well with the aromas of the sprearment.Everything started out so well for this beer but spearment overwhelms everything on the palate and there is also a sharp bitterness that just doesn't work here,it just seems to get a little harsh on the palate mainly in the finish.This beer is close to being something I would search out for but flavors are just to much of a jumbled mess for me to recommend it,again it's close.

Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, high carbonation, dark brown in color, opaque

Smell: mint chocolate ice cream

Taste: dark chocolate, char, solid mint presence throughout, especially at the end

Mouthfeel: heavy body, sweet, moderate carbonation

Overall: I think Shipyard excels in adding fruit and other ingrediants to base beers and making that flavor pop. While the mint is a bit restrained here compared to their other releases, it works really well. Some mint stouts approach the flavor of tooth paste yet this stout never reaches there. The mint enhances the stout and is never too sweet. I enjoyed this and would pick it up again.

Photo of far333
3.54/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark chaocolate brown and opaque wit a frothy head of light brown foam that settles out quickly. Aroma of cocoa and subtle mint, not much more complex than that.

Roch flavor of dark chocolate, expresso bitterness, subtle licorice, and a mint accent that comes in at just the right time in the right amount. Any more would be too much, and any less would make it barely noticeable and uninteresting. This must have taken some work to perfect the balance. I could not detect a hop flavor influence, which is probably a good thing, not sure how well that would have played. Full and even mouthfeel. Interesting take on a stout with two flavors that go well together. Decent beer overall, not gimmicky, but would like just a bit more depth of rich stout flavor to play with the mint.

Photo of Roguer
3.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful full dark brown head from a good pour. Great retention, especially for a stout, and fantastic lacing. Brew is the expected opaque black look.

Aroma is an odd mix of chewing-gum levels of fresh mint and a slightly boozy dark stout. Cocoa hides in the background, as does some slightly burnt coffee, but that mint overpowers all the rest.

Flavor follows the nose, to a fault: mint dominates. Ever had good mint, like in ice cream, or jelly? This isn't it. It really overpowers the otherwise tasty stout flavors behind: milk chocolate, smooth coffee, dark malts, and wheat. Great backbone to this beer, but the gimmick kills it.

Nice chewy, full-bodied feel, with awesome lingering residue. Sadly, the mint remains as well, giving my mouth a bright, fresh feeling, but not exactly what I want in a beer. The alcohol is incredibly well hidden.

Look, if this beer is priced reasonably in your area, and you like stouts, it's worth a try. Maybe the mint will work for you; it just doesn't for me. It's well-crafted, and I like the stout behind the gimmick.

Photo of Bierleichen
3.72/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I thought it was good... Different but, good.

Photo of thatdan
2.75/5  rDev -8.3%

This beer is sure pretty to look at as it sits in the snifter with its thick tan head and dark body (and once you get the twist-off bottle out of your sight).
The flavors disappoint though.
I struggle to find the chocolate. The other malts used offer a distinctly roasty flavor with cereal.
The mint is an odd contrast to the chosen malts and when played together.
The over-all flavor comes across almost like a slice of rye bread with caraway seeds.
I bought one bottle hoping someone finally nailed the imperial chocolate mint concept,
but alas, the elusive creature is still at large.

Next...

Photo of KTCamm
3.79/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap at Morris Tap and Grill in NJ. January

Pours full on black. Creamy head. Picturesque layer. Foam is tan. Minty nose. Spearmint. Light chocolate too. Anise flavor base, lots of chocolate, and a definite mint finish. The mint works but is a bit too much in the aftertaste. Interesting, and a clever stout variation for sure.

Photo of puboflyons
4.46/5  rDev +48.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle with the gold foiled cap. Sampled on November 9, 2013.

The pour is about as perfect as it can get in my opinion with a chocolate brown color, milky, and with a modest but long lasting tan head.

The aroma has a vibrant essence of roasted milk chocolate malts and spearmint along with other malt characters. It invites me to drink up.

The body is full but delicate on the tongue.

The taste is a luscious balance of chocolate malts and a lingering mint finish. Moderate bitterness and the alcohol is wholly integrated into the beer. Not a touch of it on the nose or taste. Well done.

Photo of plaid75
4.25/5  rDev +41.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a deep black hue with a two finger frothy off white head. There was good lacing and retention.

The smell featured a bright mint atop aromas of roasted malt and charcoal.

The taste offered an upfront clean mint that was soon overrun by a full roasted malt, bakers chocolate, anise and charcoal.

The mouthfeel was full and clean.

Overall a tasty double stout. Very nice use of mint.

Photo of lou50rp
4.08/5  rDev +36%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good color. Smelled of mint and licorice. Could taste the mint chocolate and licorice. Unusual combo but interesting.(I like mint chocolate and licorice). If not a licorice fan this brew is not for you.

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.27/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Smells like black licorice and mild black coffee, and maybe a hint of some kind of fruit(raspberry?). Has a good amount of sweetness, mild roastiness. The mint flavor is bordering on menthol. Not super strong or anything. Little hint of anise. Think it would be better if it was more of a peppermint than a spearmint. Would probably be a pretty good stout if they took out the mint, or made it peppermint and bumped up the intensity.

Photo of smcolw
3.71/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours at room temperature with small beige head. It does not leave any lace. The color is near black where no light shines through.

This beer smells medicinal with a burnt toasty malt and mint, lots of it. I like the smell but it lands a bit oddly.

Starts off mild with hardly any bitter, blackened malt. The swallow features a large dollop of spearmint. There's no mistaking the "spear" of the mint. It is not peppermint or any other style--think spearmint gum. The chocolate and coffee flavors are nearly missing because the mint is so dominant. The body is appropriate as is carbonation from a cask pour.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.08/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a mug, the beer is a very dark brown to black, and there's no real head present. Aromas of milk chocolate, anise, spearmint, and roast. Flavors are heavy licorice, with a cough syrup character, spicy spearmint, and a bitter roast backbone. This is a bit of a mess. Heavy, robust body with an oily feel. Minty and licorice aftertaste, with a roast and bitter linger on the slick finish.

Photo of Wizard346
2.25/5  rDev -25%

I am always on the lookout for chocolate beers, and had a lot of hope for this one since it looked so snazzy.
I wish I would have read the label first, I can't comprehend why licorice flavoring would be in a mint chocolate beer- a fail for me.
Otherwise the mint and chocolate were hard to find, I won't be buying another and won't recommend.

Photo of cvm4
3.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - For a non-RIS, pours pretty dark with a tan head. Alright lacing/retention.

S - To me, it's like Double Mint gum on the smell. The mint is really powerful, but is also balanced by some cocoa powder that hides in the background.

T - The mint really dominates and follows the nose. There's some semi-sweet chocolate on the backend. I like it, but the mint doesn't let the other flavors shine through.

M - Low body and carbonation. Really smooth and the mint gives that cooling effect.

O - I don't know why this is rated so low. It's a really good, unique beer.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Sample on tap at the British Beer company tonight.
Solid black color with a smallish off white head. The aroma is over the top with peppermint. Mild caramel butterscotch and chocolate round out the nose. The flavor is a chocolate and peppermint affair, although the mint does seem to get a bit harsh at times. That characteristic Shipyard burnt butterscotch popcorn flavor is there, but drowned out by the mint. Medium to thick body with a light to moderate level of carbonation, and a creamy smooth mouthfeel. Better than some other peppermint stouts I've had, but still falls short of that peppermint patty sensation that I'm hoping for.

Photo of dar482
3.72/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a dark brown/black color.

The aroma has tons of mint chocolate, almost like an Andes. Creaminess as well.

The flavor follows with a bit of mint, but mostly just milk chocolate with possibly a hint of that refreshing mint.

A decent beer that could be a lot more interesting.

Photo of Suds
2.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Interesting beers intrigue me. They're often good, sometimes great, and sometimes poorly conceived. Unfortunately, this is one that misses the mark. It has a great appearance...black, thick, and with a full tan head. I had a really hard time getting past Thea Rona, though...it remindes me of toothpaste with each sip. Wvemw hen I try to be purely objective, the mint and licorice scents are just too overwhelming and distracting. There is some burnt and roasted scents that seem nice, but they don't blend well with the mint. The flavor is similar....strong chocolate, and strong mint, some heat from the ABV, but it is all a jumble. Boozy finish. Okay, but not my kind of beer.

Photo of GreenEyes285
4.79/5  rDev +59.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer had a black as night body with a cream colored head. The chocolate was simple and not too sweet, the mint was tasted on the finish and was just a hint as to not over power the palate. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy not boozy at all. I can't wait to buy this again!!

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Oneinchaway for sharing this at his tasting.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and dried mint aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, char, and mint flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is definitely minty but not done all that well.

Photo of srhoadsy
3.14/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured slightly chilled into a snifter.

Pours a very dark brown to black with almost an inch of airy light brown head that quickly recedes leaving light surface layer and lacing.

Nice aromas of mint and chocolate with a hint of anise.

The taste follows through the aroma, but in a medicinal, herbal way which is somewhat off-putting. I did notice an improvement as it warmed.

Medium bodied with a sweet finish and moderate carbonation.

Overall the menthol quality ended up making this somewhat of a mess. If you try a bottle, I would suggest letting it warm up a bit before drinking.

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.96/5  rDev +32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured a snifter.

A - pours an inky black, with very minimal edge of light tan head.

S - licorice dominates, but there's a fair bit of spearmint in there too.

T - first sip I got no mint whatsoever, with a bit of chocolate followed by lots of lingering licorice. After that initial licorice shock though, it tends to smooth out and there's some cool mintyness up front followed by chocolate.

M - that said, the warming effect I expected to feel due to the 9% abv is replaced by the coolness from the mint. It's actually pretty cool. The mouthfeel is fairly thin, a bit carbonated, but not as creamy as I might have thought with the oats and wheat.

O - While Shipyard is a pretty run-of-the-mill brewing company in my opinion, making some garbage beers along the way, I commend them for taking a crack at making a mint beer work (not an easy feat). While I couldn't drink a whole lot of these in a night, and I happen to despise licorice, I think this beer was a Shipyard success. At 9% and with a whole range of different flavours, I'll give it a thumbs up.

Photo of Resuin
4.13/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. I believe this is relatively fresh as it came out pretty recently. Enjoyed at about 50 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a very deep brown/black with a finger of tan head which settles to a layer atop the beer.

Smell: Big spearmint out front, like I'm smelling a mint leaf. This is followed by big licorice. These two flavors are surprisingly dominant. Also some light chocolate, and malts.

Taste: Leads with the spearmint again, and the and then shifts to prominent licorice/anise. Plenty of licorice flavor throughout as well as some light fudge and lightly roasted malts. I actually don't mind the fact that it is not too complex, as it's pretty tasty. Drinkability is very high, and the alcohol is well hidden.

Mouth-feel: Lightly carbonated with a medium, creamy body. Finishes smooth.

Overall: This was a lot different than I expected. The profile was almost all mint & licorice, with everything else taking a backseat. Much different than other mint chocolate stouts I've had. As long as you like mint & licorice (I do), you should have no problem with this one.

Photo of scotorum
3.64/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From brewmaster Alan Pugsley's Signature series.

Bought a bomber of this early last winter to save for a special holiday occasion, which never happened. Now I need to clear out the remaining winter beers on hand.

Supposed to have a best by date on the label but I could not see one.

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Samuel Smith English tulip pint.

a: Black with the barest hint of clear ruby when seen through light. Inch tall tan head receded to even surface foam and patchy lacing.

s: Mild dark roasted malt with yes, what seems to be a hint of mint.

t: Smooth then sharply bitter over a seemingly mild dark malt base. Not especially chocolaty. A licoricy/fruity bitterness lingers in the mouth between sips. Throat burn from the high ABV builds somewhat. Later a roasty malt taste comes through to attempt to balance the bitter licorice and fruit as it warms.

m: Medium plus, very smooth.

o: Whatever the alleged mint flavor is supposed to come from (the unusual hops used?), - and it does taste more like cherries or prunes and licorice (a flavor I never favored) than mint, much less chocolate, - it overpowers the malt base or at best mixes with it to result in a familiar yet odd sort of licoricy-fruity flavor.

I'd recommend changing the name to Licorice Stout so folks like me who don't like that flavor can steer clear of it.. Mint Chocolate it ain't.

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.22/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Thin dark black color that resembles almost like a chocolate syrup look, with a vigorous pour creates a dark tan head maybe 1/3" off the body.

Smell: Mint scent, with a feel of coffee.

Taste: Now this is wear I conflict on the taste, a part of me really likes it but then the mint is a bit too much for me. I like how this brew has a little bit of everything to offer but the chocolate is lacking, and most stout have that coffee bitterness which this one lacks...it's probbaly there just slightly hidden because of the mint.

Mouth: Medium bodied carbonation, sticks pretty well but not the most wanted finish you would like in a beer.

Overall: Good brew probably best paired with a dessert, to drink this one alone I have to give it to you. Split it and you will be happy, Happy!

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Shipyard Mint Chocolate Stout (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
71 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.