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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

716 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 716
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 110
Gots: 106 | FT: 3
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 09-22-2012)
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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of mint leaves in the nose along with not some notes of roasted chocolate malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has more prominent flavors of roasted malts and a moderate amount of bitterness. The bitterness and minty flavors linger through the finish, which also has some hints of citrus and pine resin hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very minty and has a nice blend of roasted malts but it seemed like it could have used a little more chocolate and sweetness in lieu of bitterness to make this taste like one of those chocolate mints that they leave on your pillow at a hotel when the bed is turned down for the night. It is quite drinkable because the alcohol is well masked from the taste. However, the balance improves as the beer warms up.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A very nice pour, starting with a 50/50 mix of tan foam and black liquid; in the time it took me to type this far, the balance shifted to 25.75 with the head leaving some clumps of lace behind

Smell: Unmistakable mint tones blend with the chocolate and black bread

Taste: BIttersweet chocolate and mint, up front, with black bread and bitter hops building in the middle; in a bottle that I tried shortly after it was bottled, the mint flavor got a little overpowering, after the swallow, or perhaps the chocolate just receded; letting it age another 18 months produced a much more balanced finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: A beer to let sit on your tongue a bit as it demonstrates the different taste bud receptors - the ones on the front and tip detecting the chocolate and the mint, and the ones on the sides, the bitter elements; mixing it all together too quickly does not allow the beers' better aspects to shine; I bumped up the scores by a couple of notches after tasting the bottle with some aging

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4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mint. Chocolate. Stout.
Yes please!

And like any fantasy of a chocolate mint stout should, the beer pours with a lush onyx-black (lack of) color that's beautiful and highly seductive. A creamy whipped head of mocha separates from the beer and both laces and retains brilliantly. To the eye, the beer does all that large stouts demand.

The succulent aromas melt the sense of smell and weaken the knees as the candy-ish scent of dark chocolate and mint wrap around deep toffee and espresso roast notes to perfection. Roasted nuts and slight smoky-sweet scents complement the balance ideally. The beer really does smell like a dessert, just with a backbone of stout.

Nearly as seductive to taste as it was to sniff, the flavors of roast projects first and foremost. It layers upon a quiet underpinning of burnt toffee, walnuts, and cocoa. But then the middle palate really opens up with bittersweet chocolate, spearmint, and peppermint for a winter-fresh taste that massages the sweet tooth. It's rich elegant taste is absolutely sublime.

Dense in texture, there's enough creamy and velvety malt to support the sharper roast edges and dampens the roast astringency. This keeps the focus on the spice and herb additions even as the malty textures recede and the alcohol dryness and warmth rise. The beer finishes long, roasty, and semi-dry as to meld into the next sip seamlessly.

The beer gives just enough of a dessert-like character to make me want more. But giving me more would disrupt the balance and push further away from its bold beer character. Yes, I would prefer a smoother, silkier, more velvety and milky taste and texture that's less rough- but then I'm asking for a culinary delight meant for a plate and not a glass. This constant yearning makes this beer great!

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4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Mundelein Craft Beer Festival shaker pint glass.

Thanks to johnyb for this bottle!

Now that the duck and goose are done, dessert can be had, complete with an appropriate beer pairing. This stuff pours a very dark black-brown topped by a finger of brown foam. The nose comprises darkly-roasted malts and dark chocolate. No mint in sight quite yet... The taste brings in more of the same, though the chocolate comes through a bit bitterer than before. Still no mint... The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a nearly chewy feel. Overall, this is a nice-enough stout, but with one glaring issue: There's no mint character whatsoever anywhere. I made sure to pass my glass around to the other party-goers, especially those who are fans of grasshoppers (the cookies, the drink, and possibly the insect), and no one got a hint of mint. Kinda disappointing. Without the mint, this is just a solid, chocolatey stout. Oh well...

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4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wow, never had anything quite like this. it pours really black, deep, intense. not a ray of light showing through. a two inch bubbly mocha head rests on top. the smells is great, tons of roasted malt, big oat profile, and that york peppermint patty smell. the mint is pretty forward, but its sweet mint, not too peppery, although i think peppermint must have been used. chocolate rounds everything out, and i think its milk rather than dark chocolate, as there is a nice sweetness. flavor is real complex, mint is up front right as you sip it, but then relaxes to a big oaty stout. cant believe this is close to 10% abv, it is super drinkable, smooth in the mouth, and not gimmicky at all. id gladly have another. i could also imagine a nitro tap doing wonders for this beer, although the mouthfeel was fine without it. impressive to pull off a beer this bizarre with such drinkability. a must must try.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darker creamy thick 1 finger head that fades slowly with decent lacing, over pretty much pitch black beer.

NOse wow mint, I didn't expect that much mint, a nice fresh peppermint, and with the dark cocoa it reminds me of the hot chocolate with a shot of peppermint schapps I like to do in the winter. Some dark cocoa, and hint of baker's chocolate, faint caramel and biscuit, touch of booze, seems like a creamy almost lactose chocolate. Just dominates with mint though.

Taste again brings mint and plenty of it, that fresh peppermint leaf, and again cocoa, dark chocolate blended with the mint, it really has a junior mint flavor nicely. Little caramel and biscuit malt again, as cocoa gets a little creamy and lactose like but not quite, then baker's chocolate and dark chocolate. Bitterness comes in, a light earthy and mint hop flavor, and bitterness from dark malts and the mint itself it seems. Creamy malts lead to a light powdered cocoa as it moves towards the finish, which is also creamy but slightly dry, plenty more cocoa, little caramel, mint is there strong as well still and lingers for a while, with a bit more earthy bitterness at this point.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, fluffy carbonation wtih tons of carb, just a faint hint of booze.

Overall interesting beer for sure, nice flavor of that mint cocoa, nice malts, nice hop addition too, drinkable as booze is hidden fairly well, and creamy, tasty, long lingering minty and hopy bitterness. Pretty tasty beer, but needs to be fresh.

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of oline73
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Pours almost black color with a nice layer of tan head. This beer has really nice chocolate/mint flavor to it. Mint scares me because it can make things taste like mouthwash, but that's not the case here. Reminds me of a thin mint. This is a really nice use of mint in a beer. Stone tends to be extreme, but they didn't overdo it here. There is a really nice sweet roast throughout that brings everything together.

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4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Tom. Served in a mini-pint glass.

A - Tan foam settles to a thick collar, wispy partial cap, and minimal lace. Dark brown body with some ruby-brown highlights at the edges of the glass.

S - Mint and chocolate, although the mint isn't overpowering like some of the other beers I've tried of this ilk. Fairly sweet, with hefty doses of chocolate, caramel, and molasses. Alcohol is well-hidden.

T - The taste is also heavy on the chocolate, with notes of dark bread and milled grains. The mint shows up at the back end and complements rather than overpowers. Not much alcohol presence.

M - Full bodied, with lower carbonation. Chewy texture, not much alcohol warmth, mildly sticky finish.

D - I liked this beer quite a bit. It's got good balance and well-integrated flavors, and never comes off as gimmicky or heavy-handed. A pleasant surprise, and I beer I'd happily drink again if it hadn't been recalled from the Chicago market. I'm curious who already had the local trademark registration, as I've never seen another bottled beer like this on the shelves here.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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