Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist / Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist / Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial StoutKen Schmidt / Iron Fist / Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout

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720 Ratings

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Ratings: 720
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 111
Gots: 106 | FT: 2
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 09-22-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 720 | Reviews: 206
Reviews by GiantMidget:
Photo of GiantMidget
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was given to me by an employee of Bryn Mawr beverage in PA.

He said it was a legit stout worth trying and I was excited to crack into this one!

Poured into a pint glass to allow adequate breathing, pretty rapid pour as well.
The mint and chocolate emanate and remain. About 2 finger brownish head that stays as a sticky lacing throughout.

First sip gives me the full mint chocolate flavoring with a quite bitter aftertaste. Almost overpowering. However each subsequent sip this dissipates. I'm thinking maybe I got some residue that settled or just the sweetness of the mint took over after each mouthful.

This is VERY good. I was concerned it would be too sweet as some chocolate stouts tend to be. But it really isn't. The collaboration by Ken Schmidt is effective in the uniqueness as well as balanced and mixed well.
Well masked ABV as well.

If you are given a chance to try this, I recommend.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Opaque, black, impressive brown lacing

SMELL: Peppermint sticks, milk chocolate, mild roastiness, alcohol, bready

TASTE: Silky smooth, creamy, full-ish body, mild charcoal, very pepperminty, dark chocolate, mildly boozy, black currants, burnt sugar, balance hop bitterness, bitter-sweet finish

The brewer's intention seems to have been met in all aspects here, a lovely extreme beer we have here. Obviously mint and chocolate go, but to put both in a beer and have it this balanced is quite a feat.

Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, procured at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY - 2012 Stone Collaboration.

The pour is the expected near black, boldly dark tan head, that stays nicely. leaves a tight, thicker film, heavy collar, dense sheeting, more then ample webs of lacing. Solid looking imperial stout.

Suprise mint, chocolate and a hint of coffee grinds on the nose.

More mint on the tongue with chocolate in close formation. Flavorful and complex. Dense waves of mint in the midsection. Dark chocolate finish, with some more coffee bitterness shining through.

World class sipper, perfect christmas dessert beer/nighcapper.

Put a few bottles away and pair this with a decadent chocolate dessert....

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is as expected. I get a lot of wintergreen mint character as well as a lot of roasted malt and chocolate. The flavor is more of the same. The mint character melds well with the chocolate, tasting a bit like Thin Mints. The mint provides a cooling quality that I find interesting. There is also some roasted malt, but this is all about the chocolate and mint. The alcohol is very well hidden. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Dark black in color and light does not penetrate it. Minimal head on the pour, but the remaining foam does longer. Aroma is pretty weak. Maybe just a bit of mint. This one definitely more minty than it is chocolaty. The mint is more in the forefront and is almost a bit of a burn on the tastebuds on the way down. The chocolate flavor quickly follows and blends together well in the aftertaste. A pretty smooth mouthfeel.

Photo of ehammond1
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for the gift, VaTechHopHead!

Black throughout, moderately substantial and heavy-looking body, with a small though persistent dark brown head. This leaves dots of stick down the glass. Pretty and appropriate.

In both aroma and flavor, this one really shines as it nears room temperature. Inititally, this smells of mild roast and just a hint of mint. But as it warms, it really opens up nicely: Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookies, mild roast, some vanilla character, and chocolate. Very nice.

The flavor too is incredibly nice and is best at room temperature. At it's coldest temperature, there's a strange bitterness, but that quickly goes away after warming. Again, the Thin Mints and Andes Mints character shines, along with some chocoate, roast, vanilla, and graham cracker. Exceptional flavor.

Medium to near full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable.

Delicious, but let it come up to room temperature or you'll be sorry!

Photo of IndridCold
4.65/5  rDev +14%

Surprisingly more minty than I had imagined it would be, having aged it for two years. Very, very little head (less than a centimeter), but decent carbonation and a clean malty flavor which hides the alcohol content (9.6%) well. Nicely reminiscent of Andes mints... I honestly thought this would be a very gimmicky beer, but this turned out quite delicious.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Fry, er, I mean Tyrsis for hooking me up on this trade! Mint chocolate is my favorite ice cream, and I like stouts, and I liked pouring creme brulee from Southern tier on ice cream, so this sounded like it was up my alley.

Pours out very dark brown, thin beige head on the top of the beer, no more than 1/4". Didn't do a whole lot in terms of lace or retention. Aroma, nicely minty, not heavy handed with it, ample chocolate aroma as well, its dark and bitter chocolate in the aroma (and taste).

Taste, it was a little different, took a second to get used to, but ultimately my mouth got used to drinking a high alcohol chocolate stout with a definite wintergreen mint type of presence to it. Was actually kinda dry without a ton of sweetness, I was expecting ice cream type sweetness, but this was very dark chocolate I suspect that lends itself moreso to being dry and bitter moreso than sweet. The body of the beer was just a tad thinner than I think would be ideal for it. Very minor complaint, if you can even count it as being such a thing. Good roasted malt presence minimized slightly by the mint chocolate. Slightly more bitter than expected, who knows, maybe Stone still kills it with the hops even in this beer, or maybe its really a big contribution from the dark bitter chocolate and malt.

Totally wouldn't mind if they made this every year. They should. Hire Ken Schmidt already and make this year round. Same with that Kona one he did.

Photo of whoneeds8
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass deep black with a thick brown head. Great lacing all the way down the glass. Scent is strong of mints and chocolate malts. I almost also sense a marshmellow scent as well. The taste lives up to the name, it's mint and chocolate. There's a slight hint of hop bitterness. The body is thick as it should be, but alcohol burn is a little high. Overall: I really wish they'd make more of this.

Photo of jeonseh
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4


A - Dark chocolate brown with a one finger head that fades away

S - Like a Andes candy with mint chocolate and a slight sweet cream it as well as cream

T - Like drinking a Andes mint a there is roasted dark chocolate with a good, but not overpowering, mint presence

M - Light body with a slight astringent roasted malt that lingers on in the finish 3.75

O - This is a good and interested beer that tastes exactly like you would expect a mint chocolate beer to taste.

Photo of Blackwolf
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz into an oversized wineglass.

A- Poured a deep tar-black body, khaki brown head, lots of tight semi-sticky lacing with great retention.

S- RIch dark cocoa, earthy wood chips, heavy roasted malt, crisp mint, but the malts and dark chocolate my goodness. So bold and rich. I wish I poured this in a tulip, it just opened up so well.

T- Palate follows the nose. Lots of rich dark/bittersweet malt, dark chocolate/cocoa, some light dry hop, mint on the finish along with a subtle alcohol kick. This came off really "whole and earthy" on the taste.

MF- Medium-heavy sticky body, light-crisp carbonation, almost sharp on the tongue before it opens. The flavor sticks the more you sip. Lots of warming finish too.

O- Fantastic. This was everything I hoped for. Very original and bold. Just about sold out on the same day at my work, and I don't know how much distributors have to offer, so jump on this gem before it's gone.

Photo of Brenden
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown, as dark as any imperial stout would be proud to be, this big-looking brew develops a one finger tall cap of creamy brown head that stays almost a finger tall for the entirety of the session and leaves good lace in its wake.
A firm roast comes from a strong malt backbone, more than adequate, which also imparts notes of barley in the nose. The mint comes on nicely and sticks with it, a soft sort of peppermint but natural, not candied. A little more chocolate would do for the overall effect, but it's very good nonetheless.
This is a very strong stout with lots of goodness. Chocolate comes out a bit, but mint is just a flash up front before going roasty and a flash again into the finish. For this to work as well as it should, this beer has an excellent base but the secondaries here are too understated (not something I ever thought I'd say about Stone). That doesn't take away too much from a great stout, though.
Thick, chewy and creamy in a big, chunky body, the mouthfeel isn't holding back. The big malts provide plenty to work with and it goes silky with just a little edge into semi-dry as it goes to the finish.

Photo of tastybeer
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Looks great! Very very very dark brown, opaque, and nice large welcoming chocolate milk colored head piled on top. Aroma is packed with delicious chocolate, cookie dough, cream, caramel, and has very light mint that adds a refreshing cleanness to the aroma. Very nice on the nose. Taste is pretty awesome too. Sweet and packed with chocolaty goodness. The mint is worked in there nice and delicately. I was a little worried this beer was going to be overly spearminty but its not at all. I completely forgot this was an imperial stout too.... Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, soft, and finely carbonated. This is like eating a slightly minty, alcohol infused piece of chocolate cake. Excellent dessert. Overall, good stuff.

Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this one

A - oil thick, pitch black with a big, brown head that has good retention

S - mint leaves, chocolate, roasted malts

T - huge chocolate, mint leaves, roasted malts, mild bitter finish

M - full bodied, well carbonated, warming alcohol

This beer was awesome! The chocolate was incredible, indulgent, impressive, and rich. The mint was heavy on the nose, but added a nice compliment to the chocolate in the flavor. This has tremendous drinkability for the ABV. If you like a chocolate stout or if you like a little something different, this is most certainly a beer that is worth trying. I am very impressed!

Photo of zaphodchak
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown body and big fluffy orange-brown head. Good lace.

Smells mostly like roasty malt with just a trace of leafy mint and hops.

Tastes like bitter, dark cocoa, leafy hops and some peppermint. A tad bitter for my taste (which rarely include Stone beers at all, so take that with a grain of salt.) The mint used tastes to me like peppermint (where I would've preferred spearmint; that is, more mentholated, less bitter, and less spicy) and the chocolate is super dark. That, and I think the hops presence just gets in the way, but I'm just imagining this as a milk stout (which I think might also help it.)

Nice feeling-- not foamy, not watery, just right.

There's a chance that this will improve massively with six months or so. I've had Stone RIS fresh and while it's decent, I don't care for it nearly as much as several months later when the bitterness has calmed down and roasty, leathery richness becomes apparent. I probably won't find out, because I don't anticipate buying (possibly not even finding) another bottle. Again, I usually don't like bitter beer (and never bitter stouts), so take my opinion with a grain of salt.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bill for this one. 12oz. bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

.5 finger creamy dark mocha head with moderate retention. Beer is pitch black though a touch thin. Stringy lace with average stick and nice legs. Solid.

Mint is immediately apparent in the nose. Background of roasted malt, chocolate, fudge and cocoa. Nice. Tough just like the appearance, a bit thin.

Opens chocolate and fudge. Big mint notes from start to finish. Some cocoa makes this a touch coarse. Almost like an Andies mint but a bit more bitter. Finishes chocolate, mint and cocoa with a sweet, fudge aftertaste. The mint is a nice touch and definitely very different. But I'm not a huge fan of it.

Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Oily and smooth in the mouth and warm going down with the slightest touch of heat. Messy finish with a long, lingering, sticky aftertaste. Drinks nicely.

I was a bit skeptical of how much mint would show up in this brew initially but after trying it, I'd have to say I'm impressed. Mint is incredibly apparent and adds a dimension I've never tasted before. I'm not a huge fan of the flavor all things considered but this is a very well crafted beer that showcases its main flavor admirably.

Photo of dirtylou
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single

appearance: served in an elysian snifter - big ebony body, dense chocolate foam suggesting moderately high carbonation

smell: mint, fudge, dark roastiness

taste: i've always enjoyed the concept of a mint stout (South Shore Brewery in WI brewed a few interesting ones) but have found that the mint comes off a bit too medicinal/artificial for my taste. rich fudgey flavors, herbal mint notes, char, bitter roasty finish

mouthfeel: creamy and rich, charred and bitter

overall: good stuff, but one is plenty

Photo of prototypic
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout is a very dark chocolate fudge color. It looks onyx. I’m not seeing any light cut through. Not even at the edges. A darker, mocha colored cap sits on top. It rises to about a finger and a half tall in height. It recedes very slowly and leaves a very attractive, sticky web of lace trailing down the glass.

The nose is good. Smells like the malt base is a blend of chocolate and roasted varieties. Chocolate seems like the stronger of the two. There are hints of light sweet caramel that follow. Peppermint is noted and has a light to moderate presence. I like that a lot. Smells very promising. Secondary scents include a bit of roasted coffee, dark fruit, and maybe molasses. Alcohol is a little noticeable, but doesn’t smell overly strong. Nearly 10? I wouldn’t have guessed that.

The flavor is quite impressive. The malt base features nice bittersweet dark chocolate and light, sweet caramel flavors. There are some roasted notes in the background, but they’re not as strong. There is a lighter, subtle mint flavor that’s very tasty. It’s mild and complements the malt flavors extremely well. Definitely not overbearing. The roasted coffee or espresso flavor is rather strong. It’s good. There is a light dark fruit note and maybe some molasses on the tail. Alcohol is somewhat noticeable, but is blended well over all. Really good stuff.

It has a medium body. Carbonation seems lighter and soft. It does have a smooth feel, but it feels just a little thin. More body would probably be a good thing. For a bigger beer, it goes down really easy. The 12 oz. bottle serving size was the right call.

Mint Chocolate Stout is an excellent collaboration between Ken Schmidt, Iron Fist, and Stone. It’s actually better than I expected it to be. What really makes it work is its mild mint flavor. I feared it’d be too strong. Not the case. Really good stuff. Easy recommendation.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at blind tiger- pours a rich black color with two fingers if mocha colored head, decent retention and solid streaks of lacing.

Smell is like a mint mocha- mint, chocolate and coffee, maybe a little hint of booze but nothing substantial.

Taste is complex and exceptionally well balanced. Roasted malts up front followed by the "thin mint" taste, then some coffee and then a little hop bitterness to make this one not too sweet. Excellent.

Mouthfeel is very nice- smooth, rich, full bodied and yet surprisingly drinkable (for a stout that is). Moderately carbonated. I would recommend this first and foremost because it is a great beer but also for its novelty. Cheers!

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Kate the Great snifter.

Appearance - Jet black with a head that almost overflows my glass. Settles with nice lacing and a khaki collar.

Smell - Mint chocolate chip ice cream. Incredible. Stronger on the fudge than the ice cream would be, but it's spot on.

Taste - The mint is less dominant here and the chocolate aspects prevail. Bitter coffee malts balance it. The finish is strongly bitter and roasty. Develops into a dry bitter stout at the end.

Mouthfeel - Chewy, medium-high body. It's not a huge stout, but it drinks like some of the big guys. The bitter finish is a little harsh and detracts from the dessert aspects of this. Maybe that's the point.

Overall - Love the mint. I thought it would be gimmicky, but it's a great combination of flavors. Now, how would a barrel affect this?

Photo of beerhan
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Super thick black with a fluffy cocoa head.

S-Smells like a lemon pepper zest with some alcohol and milk chocolate.

T-A subtle mint taste lingers with some dark chocolate notes. Very roasty but more of a tootsie roll flavor with some nuttiness in the background than mint chocolate.

M-very nice creamy rich mouthfeel. Slightly more carbonation than I would have like but it works.

O-Very decent beer overall, I think a little more mint and less carbonation would be nice but for 3.99 I think it is a very nice experimental beer.

Photo of DonDirkA
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nose is dark chocolate, roasted malts, just a hint of coffee and slight notes of mint in the back. Taste is chocolate, dark malts, a hint of mint, coffee, a bit of anise and then more minty notes come in on the back. Its more of a minty coolness at the end. The ABV is well hidden except for the heat that rises up in the stomach. This is yet another awesome Stone collaboration.

The mint comes out a bit more as it warms up and you get that minty cool sensation in your throat on the swallow. Its a pretty awesome brew, I recommend enjoying it at a little higher than fridge temp. Maybe around 50-55.

Photo of HalfFull
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a globe glass. Pours an inky black with a two finger, did I just say that?, cap of foam. Retention until the cows come home kind of stuff going on here.

Aroma is candy like with dark bakers chocolate and green mint coming forward. And with lots of coffee notes to boot.

Flavor is solid and with mint notes galore. The finish does confound a bit but then the 9.6% is well masked by the delivery.

Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Taste like a liquid thin mint with alcohol solid stuff

Photo of Gmann
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with some brownish highlights along the edges. The head is huge and fluffy with good retention. Seems to be leaving tons of chunky lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of dark chocolate and cocoa nibs. The mint is subtle but noticable. Definitely has an Andes Candies thing going on. Very nice.

The taste is of Andes Candies as well and then some. Strong dark chocolate and cocoa presence. Has a cocoa powder taste. The mint is herbaceous and strong as well but fades in the end. The mint is a bit odd, not what you would find in a peppermint patty. Big roasted flavor in the back end that would rival a good RIS.

Moderate to well bodied with prickly carbonation. Starts off sweet and a tad sticky but ends with a strong roasted bitterness that lingers on the palate.

A good, interesting stout. Not sure I would want more than one of these in a sitting or more than 8ozs really.

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Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist / Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 720 ratings.