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

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

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BA SCORE
91
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665 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 665
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.81%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 09-22-2012)
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vkv822

Oregon

4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2013 06:40:27 | More by vkv822
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Hopdaemon39

New York

4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at blind tiger- pours a rich black color with two fingers if mocha colored head, decent retention and solid streaks of lacing.

Smell is like a mint mocha- mint, chocolate and coffee, maybe a little hint of booze but nothing substantial.

Taste is complex and exceptionally well balanced. Roasted malts up front followed by the "thin mint" taste, then some coffee and then a little hop bitterness to make this one not too sweet. Excellent.

Mouthfeel is very nice- smooth, rich, full bodied and yet surprisingly drinkable (for a stout that is). Moderately carbonated. I would recommend this first and foremost because it is a great beer but also for its novelty. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2013 21:30:38 | More by Hopdaemon39
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Sierra Grille.

Poured into a snifter, pitch black body with a 1-finger tan head. It falls to a thick ring and a partial cap eventually.

Good, strong scent that is surprisingly well-balanced. Mint-chocolate candies come to mind, caramel, and molasses.

Taste follows well but not quite as nice as the scent. Definitely lots of milk+dark chocolates and caramel ruling here, mint is pretty obvious but it's not in the forefront, thankfully not overpowering at all, though after a while it gives off kind of a toothpaste vibe. Some bready notes there as well. Not much roast presence here at all, definitely a sweet beer.

Very slick feel with medium-low carbonation. A little hot on the tongue.

Very solid representation of a mint chocolate stout, it would be easy for a beer like this to be a disaster. Not something I'd want to drink often but quite good.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2013 16:34:58 | More by Chico1985
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black in color with not even a hint of light coming through. Beautiful web lacing on the glass but not a lot of head at pour. Smells malty - some chocolate and roasted malts. Flavor is very nice with mint and chocolate all clearly coming through on the front side with a pleasant lingering malt flavor on the back. Well done and perfect for the season!

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2012 18:39:15 | More by Oakenator
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: bottle from Capone's, Norristown, PA
This review: on tap at Capone's

I found this beer to be pretty lousy in the bottle, so I figured I'd give it a try on tap. It was better, but not by a whole lot.

Once again, a solid black pour, a small beige cap that receded to a tiny ringlet. Aroma of dark roasty malts and cocoa, definitely a bit of mint in there, which was not in the bottle at all. The taste was better, displaying a closer sensation to an Andes mint, though more on the chocolaty side, with the mint present but mostly subdued. But, like the bottle, there was still a heavy bitterness in this that was very uncomfortable and made drinking any more than a sampler size impossible for me. Very unbalanced. The mouthfeel was a bit better, standing at about medium, with the booze being better concealed and the chocolate coming out more. Decent overall, but not something I'd go for again, now that I've had both serving types.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2012 00:46:24 | More by Rifugium
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Capone's.

Stone Mint Chocolate Chip Beer is a black stout. The body is thick and very black, nothing coming through the edges. A beige head about an inch up above leaving minor notches on the way down. Scent is what you would expect, mint, it hits the nose on impact with some cocco scent and roasted character. A bit of alcohol seeps through, but not the whole 9%. Tis the season. Thinking this would be a overly sweet cloying mess, I was surprised I was able to get through the glass. The mint while the main flavor, does not overpower the malt base and chocolate. This also has a hoppy middle that's subtle, and helps the sweetness subside. Feel is smooth, this goes down easy with a small carb popping off, just a bit of alcohol flavor which I feel is needed in this type of beer. This is a step up from DFH's Black and Red, the mint flavor is big, but not as cloying as you would think it could be. Good in small doses.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2012 06:16:52 | More by BARFLYB
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axeman9182

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's for their Black Friday festivities and served in a Weyerbacher tulip.

Stone's collaboration Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout pours a solid black, with around a finger to a finger and a half of tan foam crowning the beer. Head retention is decent and lacing is left behind in thick rings. The nose has an intoxicating blend of aromas, with cocoa powder and fresh mint leaves swimming together, led by the former. Flavor wise, this is basically an Andes mint in a glass. Bittersweet dark chocolate is the highlight, witha supporting mint nite that's easily noticeable, but not overbearing. The mouthfeel us superbly dialed in. It's a little on the dry side for a stout, but that compliments the flavor profile wonderfully. The carbonation is spot on subtle, just barely there. This Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout is easily one of my favorite of the Stone collaboration brews.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2012 07:54:11 | More by axeman9182
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured out as a very deep black color with a creamy tan colored head on top. The retention and lacing we very good on this beer. Very sticky lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer has a great balance of natural mint and cocoa on the nose. There isn't much malt coming through though. The taste is very good too, it tastes how it smells. Lots of mint blended with a dark rich chocolate flavor. There is a hefty amount of bitterness in there also. The mouthfeel was smooth, oily and almost a little on the gritty side but perhaps that was just yeast from the bottom of the keg coming out of the line. Overall, it's a stunning beer... It's much more balanced than Red & Black from Dogfish Head. It tastes better from start to finish. This is a very good brew and deserves to be tried especially during the winter months.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2012 04:02:43 | More by Knapp85
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Haven Gastropub in Pasadena, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of chocolate, cocoa, mint cream, and Junior Mints. Taste is much the same with a really nice cocoa and minty finish. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is super tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2012 01:45:12 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Hendry

Vermont

4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
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
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Paincane

Georgia

4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 21:51:25 | More by Paincane
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CaptCleveland

Ohio

4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 23:01:14 | More by CaptCleveland
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 23:34:08 | More by Axnjxn
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scottfrie

California

3.23/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 21:12:01 | More by scottfrie
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jeff1973

California

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 06:09:41 | More by jeff1973
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tut2528

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 01:25:37 | More by tut2528
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TruePerception

California

3.31/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 19:03:50 | More by TruePerception
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tastybeer

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 22:00:09 | More by tastybeer
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ZombiesAteMyDog

Indiana

4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 20:37:46 | More by ZombiesAteMyDog
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brewtus

Ohio

4.71/5  rDev +16%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 04:45:36 | More by brewtus
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Franziskaner

Missouri

3.49/5  rDev -14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 00:29:20 | More by Franziskaner
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Resuin

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 00:24:43 | More by Resuin
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 06:43:28 | More by homebrew311
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Brenden

Ohio

3.94/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 12:03:22 | More by Brenden
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kemoarps

Missouri

4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 06:31:42 | More by kemoarps
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Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist / Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 665 ratings.