Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist / Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.98/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Poured into pint glass from 12 oz bottle.
I love these Stone collaborations. Their Green Tea IPA was great, infusing two flavors for a unique, pleasant taste. I believe this beer is no exception: unique, pleasant, but maybe not as appealing to me as the Green Tea IPA.
It looks pitch black, with a very, very thin chocolatey head. I don't think a pint glass is the best presentation for this, but that's all I had, so here we are. Smells like mint chocolate chip cookies, ice cream, Girl Scout Thin Mints...listen, it's mint chocolate, okay? If you don't know what that smells like by now, good god, man!
The biggest factor in any beer is the taste...and this one nails what it is going for. I feel the "imperial" nature of the stout comes through more here than the chocolate or mint does. This thing has some serious kick; it's like minty, chocolatey sludge in a glass. Is that a bad thing? Not at all. However, I'd be intrigued to see how a Mint Chocolate Irish Dry Stout would fare in comparison. While I think they nailed what they were going for here, it's very, very heavy.
That's where the mouthfeel comes in: it lingers in your mouth for awhile. It makes your spit thick and your mouth dry; and boy does that mint come in at the end and linger. Is it bad? Not at all! Again, I knew what this would be like coming into it. But I still can't shake the feeling I might enjoy this more with a drier finish.
So is this the best mint chocolate stout I've ever tried? Yup. Is it the first one? Yup. But for the style, man, this is a dessert beer and a half. Maybe I'm tainted because I had two more slices of pizza than I should have for dinner. Or maybe it's a warm Fall night and if it had been a cold winter one, I'd be lapping this up like water. Still, this is a wonderful stout, and it nails the "mint chocolate" angle in spades.
I would definitely have this again, under different conditions (like a tulip glass, on an empty stomach, when it's raining out). But, as it stands, it's still very enjoyable and comes recommended for anyone the least bit interested in what it's going for.
Serving type: bottle
10-27-2012 04:46:05 | More by wrb357
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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.