Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist / Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
3.88/5 rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This brew was served from the bottle at the Tap and Mallet Vertical Epic tasting event. It arrived in a tasting glass, showing a deep black coloring, with lighter browns around the edges. A brief half finger head of medium brown bubbles gave spots of lacing. Light haze was noted throughout, with flecks of sediment suspended about. Carbonation appeared average. The aroma gave chalky chocolate malts, thin mint spiciness, toffee bite, tootsie roll sweetness, light booze, faint coffees, and light medicinals with warmth. Our first impression was that there was nice mint to the flavoring, but it wasn’t enough to hold against the sweetness of malts and candy toffees. The beginning opened with tootsie roll sugars, chocolate roast, salt, honey, and coffee metallic malts. The peak came smoothly, with fresh mint leaf, milk chocolates, booze, and more depth of coffee malts. Those aromatic chalky chocolates were revived through the finish, with more of those same coffee malts, lactics, and dried yeastiness. The aftertaste breathed of mint like crazy, toffee and tootsie rolls, lighter milk chocolates, metallic yeast, and faint booze. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. The feel gave a wet, syrupy, and juicy start, followed by roasty dryness on the back. There was nice slurp, smack, and pop to each sip. The abv was fine, and the beer drank easily.
Overall, the best thing about this beer was the ingenuity of it. The mint was a nice refresher for the taste buds and very nice to that, but we do wish it was stronger to hold against the onslaught of chocolate and brown candy sugars through the flavoring. This was true in the nose as well, although the aromatics gave more robust spiciness than in the taste. This is an interesting beer to try if you can find it, but don’t expect it to be the amazing mint chocolate candy beer that you’re looking for.
Serving type: bottle
12-23-2012 14:29:08 | More by TheBrewo
More User Reviews:
4.03/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12oz bottle into a mini snifter.
pours a dark black with a slight head. smell is huge huge on mint chocolate...perfect! just as you'd expect. the taste is a big mouthful of mint chocolate at first but it ends very bitterly. drinkabilty is moderate...medium bodied with mild to low carbonation.
overall good niche beer. try it!
Serving type: bottle
02-02-2014 23:34:08 | More by Axnjxn
Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist / Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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