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
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 685 ratings.