Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist / Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Ryan011235:
4.18/5 rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a Founders snifter on 1/3/12
The beer pours languidly; scorched brown in color. The head is slow to take off, but when it does, it reaches two and a half fingers. Thinner retention with ample amounts of lacing.
Chocolate and mint are, of course, the focal point of the aroma. They are so strong as to make the immediate area smell of mint chocolate candy; it makes me fondly remember the way Old Blue would fill the area it occupied with various and sundry internal combustion fumes. This seems really hoppy too, but I can't quite decide if I'm merely detecting the mint. Hints of dough.
One sip is all I need to reckon this is just really hoppy; it's the green, piney type of hoppy which seems to blend with the mint. The chocolate is fairly smooth all the way through the mid-section. From there, roast flavors are manifest in greater amount and the finish is burnt chocolate with hints of ash.
The medium-full body is viscous and rather inky. Moderately high carbonation keeps the feel on edge, which jives with the flavor profile. Boisterous yet balanced; I am impressed.
Wow, I'm floored by how good this is. I wish I had bought more of it.
Serving type: bottle
03-10-2013 07:26:31 | More by Ryan011235
More User Reviews:
4.46/5 rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Motor oil pour,soapy 3 finger head upon aggressive pour, head hung on for a good spell and left some spotty lacing, but a very nice looing Imperial Stout.
Aroma is roasty and chocolaty , no real menthol from the mint detected.
Velvety minty chocolate flavors. The dividing factor on the reviews I read are that the mint did not have enough presence, and I disagree: the mint is well centered in the mix, starting on the first sip with a slight cooling element from the mint that diminished into a nifty blending of the flavors.
Creamy mouthfeel, coats the palate well, 12 oz. is a perfect size to enjoy solo.
Delicious Stout that delivers what the label advertises: like drinking a rich stout brewed with Junior Mints. I really enjoyed this one and recommend it.
Serving type: bottle
04-01-2014 02:54:09 | More by Hendry
Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist / Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 681 ratings.