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Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist / Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist / Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial StoutKen Schmidt / Iron Fist / Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

204 Reviews
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Reviews: 204
Hads: 721
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 111
Gots: 105 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 09-22-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of IndridCold
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%

Surprisingly more minty than I had imagined it would be, having aged it for two years. Very, very little head (less than a centimeter), but decent carbonation and a clean malty flavor which hides the alcohol content (9.6%) well. Nicely reminiscent of Andes mints... I honestly thought this would be a very gimmicky beer, but this turned out quite delicious. (359 characters)

Photo of Jonada
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle purchased in 2012 and cellared since. Poured into a Founders snifter.

Appearance: Pours black with about a finger of a tan head that dissipates to a thick ring and some wispy coating. Body is opaque.

Smell: Chocolate, roasted malt, mint, coffee. Mint intensifies as the beer warms.

Taste: Follows the aroma closely. Mint, roasted malt, and bitter dark chocolate. Like the aroma, the mint intensifies the more the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Light side of full bodied with a somewhat creamy mouthfeel and medium gentle carbonation.

Overall: As it was back in 2012, this is still a good beer. The mint, which I thought was a bit overpowering when this was fresh, has mellowed nicely, so I'd say overall this has benefited from some age. (748 characters)

Photo of Samp01
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased 2012. Pours a deep black with a razor thin tan head. Has a rich chocolate dark roasted caramel malt nose, with some dark fruity notes and slight licorice sweet bitter flavor on the end. The palate is a full rich creamy body with good carbonation, a bit of sticky mouth feel. The finish is sweet chocolate, roasted caramel malt, some mild mint flavor shows up as it warms up, has a lingering kind of sweet chocolate roasted bitterness on the end. Was expecting a bit more mint but could be the aging. Overall a good drinking tasty and full flavored brew. (563 characters)

Photo of beerjunky413
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
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... (437 characters)

Photo of Hendry
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. (767 characters)

Photo of Paincane
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Very dark brown body with thick khaki head. Nice lacing.
S: Minty, dark chocolate & roast malt aromas.
T: Bittersweet dark chocolate, mint flavors remind me of a hotel pillow mint.
M: Thick smooth chewy body with lightly bitter back end.
O: Excellent. (259 characters)

Photo of CaptCleveland
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into Huna snifter.

Jet black, opaque elixir, 3mm mocha head, resets as a thin rim. Wisps of lacing.

Nice combo of mint, baker's chocolate, malt biscuit. Mint really comes out as the brew warms.

The taste follows the nose and reminds me of a nice mint brownie with a nice dairy/milk chaser.

Full bodied, nicely thick and chewy.

Well done, nice after dinner brew. (385 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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! (329 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into Delirium tremens snifter. Thanks a ton Russell!

A: Pours black with a finger dark tan head that faded into a fuzzy collar and wispy film. Sheets of tight bubbled lace were left down the glass after each sip.
S: Dark roasted malts dominate but the next scent I get reminds me of peppermint patties. Light hints of sweet caramel and warming booze poke through as well.
T: Mint is leafy and green and almost has a burn to it similar to mouthwash. The base is full of dark chocolate, roast, caramel and faint coffee. I get notes of bitter dark chocolate and leafy hops in the finish.
M: Full body, slick and greasy mouthfeel with fairly smooth carbonation. Bitter finish, slight booze.
O: Decent but not as good as I was picturing from the description. The mint mixed with alcohol is slightly harsh and the bitter chocolate and hops of the base stout doesn’t help. Body could have been thicker too. I think a rich mint chocolate milk stout would be a better use of mint. Thanks again Rusel_G for hitting a want as an extra. (1,050 characters)

Photo of jeff1973
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Bruery tulip. Bottled 10/1/12? About a 1 yr old now. Bought at Korkers Liquor in Newport Beach CA for $2.99.

A - Pitch black, very rich looking. Mocha colored head leaves good lacing.

S - Mint, a little milk chocolate. But overwhelmingly, mint. The mint is very vibrant and fresh.

T - Mint up front, but goes into a nice milk chocolate, silky flavor. A little dried cherry and roast on the finish.

M - Very rich and silky. Carbonation is soft and silky.

O - Very minty, but not as harsh as fresh. This one mellowed out nicely. The mint, chocolate, and dried cherries blend nicely. (618 characters)

Photo of tut2528
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

massive thanks to Beachstrength49 for this one!

A: black as night body that creates a massive 3 fingers worth of head retention. the lacing is phenomenal and after 2 minutes there is still about 2 fingers worth of head remaining. the head is quite dense and dark tan in color.

S: the mint aroma is exploding out of the glass. getting in closer the mint dominates but its simply awesome because there is an awesome graham cracker and dark chocolate backbone. this is definitely a straightforward beer and lacks complexity but I really enjoy this. it reminds me of a Thin Mint

T: mint but not as strong as in the nose (slightly disappointed) there is more of bitter dark chocolate presence, slight touch of hops, pepper, slight licorice. the mint may have fallen off here in the taste???

M: thick, borderline chewy.. but not quite there. i was hoping for a minting aftertaste, but i am left with a bitter chocolate.

O: great brew, maybe the mint has fallen off, but its so prominent in the nose! (999 characters)

Photo of TruePerception
3.32/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Collaboration

Stone / Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout: 9.6% ABV;

Appearance: thick, pours a mid-dark brown, light head (brownish), solid black in glass;

Smell: fair amount of coffee, moderate cocoa, touch of licorice;

Taste/Mouthfeel: coffee, a bit of powdered cocoa, very very slight cooling essence;

Pretty Good.

Poured into a pint glass. (418 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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. (719 characters)

Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Strange aroma... Kinda has a cat pee thing going on.

Great mouthfeel and flavor... Dry, dark chocolate with a nice amount of herbal mint coming through. I imagine the mint was more upfront a year ago, but I'm still pleased with what comes through.

I honestly forgot I had this in my cellar, and I cannot remember who gave it to me as an extra. Whoever you are, thanks for the awesome extra. (392 characters)

Photo of brewtus
4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12oz into teku.
A- oil black with a dark tan single finger head
S- tons of dark chocolate, nutty, some faint mint, smells like sugar cookie
T- again tons of dark chocolate that never fades, plenty of lactose, slightly sweet, dark fruit, nice faint fresh minty finish
M- thick, almost grainy, very enjoyable.
O- amazing dark chocolate stout, texture is great, very well don't imperial stout. With that being said I wish there was more mint, it's definitely present but the chocolate is so great, you miss a lot of mint. I loved this brew (543 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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. (421 characters)

Photo of Resuin
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a hollow stemmed glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown and leaves a very attractive 2 fingers of tan head.

Smell: Dark chocolate, light mint, roasted malts, mild vanilla.

Taste: Wow, mint chocolate takes complete control, in a good way. Starts with, and finishes with it. In between there is some roasted malts, bitter coffee and cocoa, and vanilla. Alcohol is well masked.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a medium body, slight creaminess to it. Very smooth finish.

Overall: A really enjoyable beer: the mint chocolate is really delicious - it reminds me a lot of the mint chocolate wafer cookies that are so tasty. Very smooth and balanced, this is a very tasty desert beer. (716 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Stone glass. Appearance is a deep dark and opaque brown with cocoa colored head. Nice retention and heavy lacing is left behind. Nose is forward on the cocoa with a light creamy mint character. The mint is subtle on the nose, but works with the roast and the chocolate quite nicely. The taste is similar to the nose, bold and robust and very chocolatey. the mint comes through towards the finish and makes for a refreshing finish. There is less mint here than some of the other recent ones I have tried, but this is a good thing as it doesn't come off as tasting like mouthwash. Mouthfeel is heavy and smooth, moderate carbonation here. Overall, a nice and well rounded imperial stout with some nice delicate mint flavor. (733 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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. (1,142 characters)

Photo of vkv822
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

on-tap @ Belmont Station.
from notes.

Black, with a foamy, creamy light brown head.

Tons of chocolate and mint in both the nose and taste. Really awesome.

Full, creamy body with mild, foamy carbonation.

I was very pleasantly surprised with how prominent, and well done, the chocolate and mint are. Reminds me very much of the Andes thin mint chocolates. A real treat. (371 characters)

Photo of kemoarps
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep black, mid-brown billowy head that hangs out and laces the glass like a pair of sneakers.

In a blind smell test, I would be hard pressed to pick which was which between this beer and a pack of thin mints (disclosure: I absolutely LOVE thin mints. Like, more than is healthy. If I had to choose between giving up thin mints for the rest of my life or giving up beer for the rest of my life... well, ok I'd probably give up the cookies, but I'd have to at least think about it). sweet dark chocolate, peppermint, some roastiness...

The taste has much of the same. The mint is less pronounced, but leaves a nice clean finish on the back end. The chocolate becomes more bitter cocoa powder/baking chocolate, a little burnt malts. mildly bitter.

very smoothe. The alcohol is a little more apparent than I would prefer, but by no means is it 'boozy.'

I really like what this beer is. This is not going to be for everyone, and it's not one I would necessarily drink alll the time, but it is a very well crafted beer featuring a set of flavours that are very near and dear to me.
If it sounds even the slightest bit appetizing to you I'd look for it. (1,152 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this one

A - oil thick, pitch black with a big, brown head that has good retention

S - mint leaves, chocolate, roasted malts

T - huge chocolate, mint leaves, roasted malts, mild bitter finish

M - full bodied, well carbonated, warming alcohol

This beer was awesome! The chocolate was incredible, indulgent, impressive, and rich. The mint was heavy on the nose, but added a nice compliment to the chocolate in the flavor. This has tremendous drinkability for the ABV. If you like a chocolate stout or if you like a little something different, this is most certainly a beer that is worth trying. I am very impressed! (648 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle poured into tulip 26/4/13 cheers Rutager for sending me the bottle

A black liquid with an inch of cola edge, big loose mocha foam quickly ends up as a thick film that leaves lots of random lace

S peppermint girl guide cookies with some chocolate chip mint iced cream with just a little licorice and booze, not sure why but I'm loving it

T a little coffee and char from the dark roast but somehow takes away from what the nose was offering, what I could smells still there but the proportions are mixed up and I like the taste but the nose was great

M not as thick as the color would imply but far from water, bubbles almost cream it up and there's just a little heat, strange finish of minty char, reminds me of a chocolate mint Prime Time cigarillo with some coffee

O I could see this one getting a pretty wide range of ratings, interesting to say the least and if every aspect was as sexy as the nose this would be a world class beer

One of those beers where one sip its awesome and the next not so much, smells great and although its not lacking in any department there's room for improvement, strange but successful (1,142 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm just getting around to this one finally.

A: Pitch-black pour. Enormous and dense medium brown head. Head fades very slowly. Awesome head retention and surprisingly solid lacing too.

S: Huh, very interesting aroma. Lots of dark chocolate and mint. Kind of like a peppermint dark chocolate bark. Or a hot cocoa with peppermint in it. Quite unique and inviting if I'm honest.

T: Yup. Loaded with mint and dark chocolate. Bitter chocolate throughout the entire beer, the mint is mainly at the beginning and at the end. Lots of chocolate in the middle as it gets less sweet into the finish. Bitter mint lingers in the aftertaste, almost like a breath mint.

M: Medium bodied, smooth.

O: Really unique and delicious beer. The chocolate and mint is a perfect combination. Neither overpowers. Missing much roasted malt below it all but it's still excellent, if a bit one-dimensional. But hell, clearly it's intentional. It's a mint chocolate stout and it does what it says it is quite nicely. Like drinking alcoholic mint chocolate chip ice cream. It's tasty and a nice treat. (1,078 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from "Lifesource" Salem. $3.49 Pours elegant black with a small yet resilient bubbly tan coloured head. Minty,roasty,coffee aromas..nice. Typical roasty,deep dark coffee Imperial but with a fresh mont leaf taste running through it..always there..weaker at the start and stronger at the end..were also the chocolate ( milk) taste comes to the fore..like a good quality chocolate chip and mint ice cream! Luxurious palate creamy chocolaty minty smooth Great dessert beer (480 characters)

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Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist / Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.