Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist / Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by stephenjmoore:
4.15/5 rDev +1.7%
A- Pitch black pour with a thin mocha colored head. Head clings to the glass throughout.
S- Huge fresh mint aroma up front with chocolate malt coming through as well. Smells just like a thin mint cookie.
T- Chocolate makes much more of an appearance in the taste than the nose. Chocolate up front with the mint coming in towards the middle and the finish. Very good combination of flavors.
M- Pretty good carbonation, but somewhat of a murky body. Not necessarily smooth, but not bad either.
O- A great take on two flavors you would think you would see more of together.
11-19-2012 00:38:04 | More by stephenjmoore
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4.05/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
12-14-2012 04:25:27 | More by Jason
4.35/5 rDev +6.6%
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....
12-01-2012 13:44:16 | More by Billolick
4/5 rDev -2%
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.
11-24-2012 07:52:03 | More by Mora2000
3.49/5 rDev -14.5%
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.
07-20-2013 00:29:20 | More by Franziskaner
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
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!
10-17-2012 16:13:43 | More by ehammond1
4/5 rDev -2%
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.
12-27-2012 02:06:06 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.13/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
11-16-2012 01:17:02 | More by whoneeds8
4.03/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
03-09-2013 03:25:03 | More by jeonseh
4.5/5 rDev +10.3%
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.
10-09-2012 12:57:04 | More by Blackwolf
3.94/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
06-19-2013 12:03:22 | More by Brenden
4.28/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
08-26-2013 22:00:09 | More by tastybeer
Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist / Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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