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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

686 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 686
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 108
Gots: 113 | FT: 5
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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UCLABrewN84

California

4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
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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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

11-08-2012 22:10:55 | More by djrn2
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metter98

New York

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 03:13:22 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -1%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 22:14:45 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

12-01-2012 01:19:06 | More by nmann08
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 19:27:44 | More by BEERchitect
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -14%

08-24-2013 16:58:59 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

11-17-2012 22:37:18 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-18-2012 20:30:25 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.7%

05-02-2013 04:57:32 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -1.7%

10-26-2013 06:26:23 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -12%
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...

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 21:44:15 | More by TMoney2591
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

02-02-2013 00:56:07 | More by JAHMUR
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-19-2013 10:45:01 | More by largadeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

06-04-2013 02:48:49 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 22:21:39 | More by MasterSki
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 04:25:27 | More by Jason
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle served in a Stone Guardian glass. Beer is black with a thin brown head, minimal head, minimal lacing, low carbonation. Looks good.

Beer smells like mint chocolate ice cream. Smells awesome.

Beer is medium in body, tastes like chocolate and mint. The finish is the downfall of this beer. It is thin and is very bitter on the back. I like everything about this beer but the finish. Makes it a little harsh. I'd consider having it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 14:59:47 | More by drabmuh
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 02:05:07 | More by jlindros
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 07:52:03 | More by Mora2000
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -23.1%
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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SocalKicks

California

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

10-12-2012 06:30:58 | More by SocalKicks
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 17:26:54 | More by StonedTrippin
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oline73

Maryland

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 23:14:30 | More by oline73
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Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist / Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 686 ratings.