Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist / Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by dwilson01:
4.08/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Poured from a freshly bought 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Fairly aggressive pour leaves a thin dark tan almost coppery tan head, recedes quickly leaving no lacing on the glass. The body is black, no visibility at all through that thickness
The aroma gives a dark chocolate malt with subtle hints of fresh mint perking at the nostrils. Not too roasted though, a thick creamy chocolatey stout must await. As it warms up you get some of the alcohol esters on the nose as well giving it a sharper aroma giving away that 9.6abv
The flavor is perfect, I was worried about this one being too minty and it's not. Mostly dark chocolate malts and a slight roasty flavor hit me initially, this is followed by a thick chocolate creaminess in the middle and this gives way to a refreshing hint at mint in the aftertaste. I've never had such a refreshing stout. It's thick and heavy in the middle and just light enough in the end to make you immediately want some more. As it warms the flavors come out to play more and it takes on a more intense chocolate alcohol flavor which I like.
The mouthfeel, like a typical stout, almost imperial oatmeal stout like, very thick and creamy but this is also followed up by a curve ball in the end with the lighter fresh mint tingly feel.
Overall a solid collaboration beer I will definitely be trying again. Truthfully it's a lot like most imperial stouts but it's intense on the chocolate malt and has that little mint twist that set it apart.
Serving type: bottle
10-10-2012 02:55:20 | More by dwilson01
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4.81/5 rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
Pours jet black with decent brown lacing, strong mint chocolate aroma. Tastes just like it should, rich chocolate with lots of mint. Mouthfeel was the only thing even slightly lacking in this beer. Alcohol is almost not detectable against the overwhelming notes of mint chocolate. These guys had an idea and they executed. Well done. Ken Schmidt should start a brewery if he hasn't already. If only this beer was more widely available...
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2014 18:50:54 | More by beerjunky413
Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist / Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 687 ratings.