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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
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Reviews: 204
Hads: 721
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 111
Gots: 105 | FT: 2
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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 movingtrain
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

There's something to these interestingly spiced, minty beers. They hold a certain, wild appeal to them. They are different, yet familiar...offsetting, but comfortable.

Pours a dark black color with a pretty decent, creamy tan head.

There are hints of mint and chocolate (of course) in the aroma, but also cherry, burnt sugar, wet wood, almond, candied figs, and a few alcoholic whiffs. Each sniff pulls an interesting mix of mint, dark chocolate, and alcohol.

The flavor is, again, of mint and chocolate up front. The imperial stout here really pulls in these flavors and creates a unique marriage. Chocolate is a flavor that comes up in many imperial stouts, but the addition of mint allows a very drinkable quality to this...refreshing, even. It's warming and dark. There are also some notes of raisins, dried dates, vanilla cream, and cinnamon.

Overall, this beer is great beer. The alcohol is up there, but lends a nice warming to a really comforting beer. The mint addition is not too overpowering...and, although it is one of the prominent elements here, seems to be in balance with the hefty style. This collaboration brew is worth trying out. (1,156 characters)

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Poured a viscos black with nice big frothy mocha colored head that left chunky glass coating lace.

S- Big rich dark chocolate and mint notes. Wow that smells like a chocolate mint.

T- Big dark chocolate, mint flavor,and some pine notes. This really tastes like a liquid Andes mint.

M- Medium to fuller bodied, slightly syrupy, some nice nice alcohol warming. Ridiculously drinkable for the ABV.

O- This is as advertised a mint chocolate stout. You even get that minty fresh after effect that stays with you, which is pretty impressive (585 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If I recall the description on the back of the bottle, I believe the style should be a Russian Imperial Stout.

Pours a black colour, with a rich mocha coloured head, dissipating to a foamy ring. Left nice lacing. The aroma was strong with a rich Belgian chocolate nose, with a subtle sweet mint note, roasted malts and a touch of espresso bean. The taste is perfect: Rich decadent tastes of chocolate, roast, slight coffee, sweetness, and a touch of sweet mint on the finish, causing an ever so hint of coldness on the finish. Has a nice rich feeling on the palate, creamy, full bodied but not overbearingly heavy.

Overall, this is like a phenomenal RIS, gracefully married with a Thin Mint cookie and a dollop of mint chocolate chip ice cream...emphasis on "subtle marriage", and that's the way it should be. I'll be seeking more trades for this and laying plenty bottles down. (882 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is pretty nice, it smells like mint chocolate (like those Andes mint chocolates), roasted malt, and a bit of coffee. It tastes like mint and bittersweet chocolate, roasted/burnt malt, coffee, and a bit of vanilla and licorice. I guess I was expecting this beer to be sweeter than it actually is, but I like the roasty bitter minty chocolate flavor a lot. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and coating with moderate carbonation. I thought this was a pretty good brew, might have to get another bottle of it soon! $3.99 a bottle. (671 characters)

Photo of wrb357
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. (2,101 characters)

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

Served from a 12 oz bottle.

Poured into a tulip glass. The beer pours really nice. It looks very thick and inviting with a pitch black color. The head is a nice amber brown color and settles nicely with some solid lacing. Nothing out of this world, but it pours and looks the way a high ABV stout should.

The smell isnt terribly forward but you definitely get the chocolate with a bit of mint in there as well. I'm wishing it smelled a tad more minty but it still is great in the nose. As for the taste, wow. Very balanced and clean yet roasted malts, dark earthy chocolate, some coffee/espresso, and then at the end it finishes with a really nice fresh mint taste. I'm actually surprised that this is so balanced as I thought it may end up being cloyingly minty, chocolaty and sweet. There isnt much sweetness in this beer which I applaud as the finished product we get is a really nice complex stout.

The mouthfeel is pretty thick and maybe even on the syrupy side but only just a little. Overall this is a really solid imperial stout. I'd get it again without hesitation. (1,077 characters)

Photo of ocelot2500
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cola color with a tight, mocha head that leaves decent sized chunks of lacing.

Smells of mint notes with some dark chocolate, pretty candy like.

Tastes of the full roasted notes with the mint over top. Dark chocolate, caramel, and a bit of espresso comes through. Decent roasted bitterness, but has a fairly sweet component. Mint definitely comes through and gives it a slight mint chocolate chip feel. Alcohol is well hidden and does not come through.

Mouthfeel is full with a creamy amount of carbonation.

Overall, a very good beer comes through, where I frankly was expecting a hot mess. (602 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown-black color with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of lightly roasted dark chocolate malts with mint, lactose, a touch of coffee, a touch of black licorice, and a bit of booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of dark chocolate malts, a bit of lactose sweetness, and some black licorice. Through the middle, the mint comes through with a bit of coffee and some more cocoa. The finish is a mix of roasted cocoa and coffee, mint, a bit of black licorice, and a bit of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, warming, and minty finish.

D - Very drinkable. The balance is really spot on with the mint and the base imperial stout. (787 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A solid aroma of malt, chocolate, mint, and a bit of coffee. Not as powerful as you would expect, but still pretty good.

T: Tasted of dark chocolate, roasted malt, a hint of coffee, light hops, a little burnt quality, and the advertised mint in the finish. Very well rounded and extremely flavorful.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a slightly harsh finish (the burnt quality is a little too prevalent here). Medium- to full-bodied.

O: A completely likeable and well made stout. Drinkable. (679 characters)

Photo of MagicJeff
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

!2 oz bottle into my pint glass

Appearance: Dark brown/almost black body. Creamy mocha head, which lasts pretty long. Looks great.

Smell: Mint is most prevalent. Then some coffee malt and slight chocolate.

Taste: I'd say the mint over powers the chocolate, but the sweetness of the chocolate is still there to balance out the the initial powerful mint. Slight burn on the back end from the alcohol. The chocolate is dark chocolate tasting, which I like.

Mouthfeel: Pretty syrupy and full bodied.

Overall: Very interesting stout. Just when this one seems to be going out of control mint-wise, it is reeled back in by a sweet chocolatey alcoholic burn. Would like to cellar one and see if it mellows out. This would be perfect to drink post-Thanksgiving dinner/Christmas Eve (777 characters)

Photo of jsanford
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an inky black with a dense mocha head that settles to a thick cap, leaving lots of lacing clinging to the glass. Definitely getting the cocoa nibs and a nice whiff of mint, similar to a Peppermint Patty or Thin Mint. Nice roasted malt and a bit of coffee as well. Whole lot more mint in the flavor then the nose, this screams of chocolate syrup, fresh mint, and dark roasted malt. Really impressive beer. Mouthfeel is velvet-smooth, with a nearly-full body and light carbonation. Really good beer, one of my favorites of the Stone Collaboration series. (558 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, pours black with a frothy milk chocolaty head, decent retention and good lacing is left one the glass. As for aromas, mint is there...smells like an Andes mint, milk chocolate, a little roastiness as well. Tastes have some nice chocolatey notes, with mint, anise, and a roasted barley finish while the mint lingers around for a bit. Nice viscous mouth-feel, nice carbonation as well. Overall, good utilization of the mint & I think they achieved their goal for the flavor profile, but does mint need to be in beer? Kind of weird. Definitely interesting and pushes the envelope. (590 characters)

Photo of Justin_Neff
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours thick and black, with very little head at all. Basically no head retention or lacing on glass due to there being virtually no head on the pour.

S: Dominate chocolate smell, with definite minty freshness and some roasted malt.

T: As the nose would suggest, there is a strong dark chocolate flavor at the start but minty goodness finishes. There's a decent amount of bitterness that actually combines with the sweet mint taste well. The taste lingers really well.

M: Decently full body with a good amount of carbonation without being too much.

O: I had pretty high hopes with this one, and I think it would be inaccurate to say that I was disappointed. Perhaps the best way of putting it - I think it could have been better. Still pretty good, but I was envisioning the taste of a melted Andes Mint - maybe that was too high of hopes? Biggest disappointment was the appearance with no head. Taste was pretty well balanced between the chocolate, mint, and bitterness. I'll be cellaring one of these. Curious how a year or so will do this one. (1,053 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at the Cap N Cork in Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California for $3.99 and served into a Uinta brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in Los Feliz. Expectations are fairly high given the good reviews I've heard, but Stone has a tendency to be over-hyped. I thought their "Imperial Russian Stout" was fairly pathetic, so I'm hoping this changes my mind and blows me away.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with hard pretzels.

A: Pours a two finger rich dark beautiful tan head of marvelous frothy cream, great thickness, and fantastic retention for the high ABV. Colour is a solid nontransparent black. Opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. A gorgeous beer. I'm hoping it tastes as good as it looks.

Sm: Light chocolate, a bit of cream, dominant spearmint, and underlying dark malts. A light aroma. I expect a beer in this style to have a lot more going on.

T: Mint definitely comes through, especially on the climax and in the third act. I don't know that I like it; it's a strange effect. It does pique my interest, though. Some chocolate complements it nicely. Chocolate malts and dark malts provide the unobtrusive foundation. Unfortunately, there's hardly any roasted barley character. It does drink very smooth; I like it more and more as I drink it. No alcohol is detectable. It's well built, with well executed layering and smart complexity. I don't know that I'd necessarily call it subtle, but the mint does have a creeping understated effect. No yeast comes through. Very pleasant and enjoyable.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and of good thickness. Moderate on the palate; not heavy like many beers in the style. Suits the flavour profile marvelously. A bit of cream up front and again in the climax. Very well executed, never getting too far into porter territory. As smooth as a good Stout can be. I know it sounds strange, but the mouthfeel of the beer evokes the texture of the surface of a mint. Smooth and comforting. I like it.

Dr: I'm impressed. Stone usually disappoints me, but this one is solid. I credit Ken Schmidt, not Stone. A solid innovative brew that really delivers on its strange concept. I'd love to try this on nitro someday. One of the few Stone beers I'd actually recommend to friends. Hides its ABV incredibly well. This is one tasty beer, but that said it doesn't satisfy the expectations (dare I say conventions) of the style. Those obsessed with the style might not like this one. I quite fancy it, however. Priced somewhat highly.

I think this may be the best beer from Stone that I've had.

Serve cold.

B+ (2,707 characters)

Photo of nataku00
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours very dark brown bordering on black with three fingers of creamy light brown head. A bit of sticky lacing as the head slowly receded. Not much visible through this beer.

Nose is very roasty, dark roasted malt, espresso, a light smokiness, milk chocolate. Not much mint that I can smell, possibly faint and overwhelmed by a nice imperial stout.

Taking a sip, a bit of mint comes through first, then milk chocolate and toasted bread, before the heavy roast rolls in, dark roasted malt, espresso and smoked malt. Finishes slightly astringent from the roastiness, balanced by some sweeter chocolate and mint at the back of the throat.

Full body, very creamy from ample soft but tight carbonation. An interesting beer. (761 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for the gift, VaTechHopHead!

Black throughout, moderately substantial and heavy-looking body, with a small though persistent dark brown head. This leaves dots of stick down the glass. Pretty and appropriate.

In both aroma and flavor, this one really shines as it nears room temperature. Inititally, this smells of mild roast and just a hint of mint. But as it warms, it really opens up nicely: Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookies, mild roast, some vanilla character, and chocolate. Very nice.

The flavor too is incredibly nice and is best at room temperature. At it's coldest temperature, there's a strange bitterness, but that quickly goes away after warming. Again, the Thin Mints and Andes Mints character shines, along with some chocoate, roast, vanilla, and graham cracker. Exceptional flavor.

Medium to near full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable.

Delicious, but let it come up to room temperature or you'll be sorry! (958 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a jet black with brown hints. A big 3 finger tan head erupts, but dies down pretty quickly. Some spotty lace is left.

S: Smells just like an Andes mint, pretty cool actually. I can feel it in my eyes if I get too close. Definite notes of dark chocolate as well.

T: Sweet chocolate and mint, cream, with a hint of coffee. Clear bitter cocoa to finish, with some roast.

M: Medium to full-bodied, very creamy and frothy, a soft carbonation obviously. Long minty aftertaste.

O: I've never been a fan of the much heralded Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream, but this is a damn good effort and fun to boot. Like drinking an Andes mint with some York Peppermint Patties in the finish. Bootlegger's does a Mint Chocolate Porter for their winter seasonal, but this is taking it to the next level. (811 characters)

Photo of AJacob81
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle to snifter.

A - The darkest possible brown, completely opaque, and an aggressive pour yields a luxurious, pillowy head of nearly two fingers, coffee-colored.

S - Fresh mint leaves, hefty notes of baker's chocolate and bittersweet cocoa up front, followed by a more traditional RIS nose featuring roasted grain, dark fruits, and the slightest hint of anise.

T - Slightly inverted from the nose, this hits like a big, roasty RIS ought, coffee and smoke and dark chocolate and here comes the mint. My fear going in was that this would be creme-de-menthey, sticky sweet mint, but it's absolutely not. A pretty hard peppermint bite is prominent, more Altoids than candy canes. The mint fades into creamy chocolate in the finish. A lot going on here, but it hangs together very well.

M - Full-bodied, coating creamy goodness.

Glad I picked up a couple. I like the idea of grabbing another to age as well, to see how the mint integrates over time. (958 characters)

Photo of ThePaleRider
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black with a nice tan head. Can't see any light through this imperial stout. Thick lacing on the side of the glass. I can't imagine a beer being much more beautiful.

S - Heavy chocolate, nice sweet malts, and just a nice amount of mint thrown. Resembles a light peppermint patty. Very nice.

T - Wow, I can't believe how awesome this beer tastes. The only other beer I've had with mint was the Dogfish Black and Blue, and in my opinion was not a good one. My expectations were very low of this beer and I'm very, very pleasantly surprised. Nice minty flavor up front that mellows into cocoa and a little bit of mocha chino. Very smooth.

M - Nice and thick with absolutely no alcohol bite. Light carbonation all the way to the bottom of the glass.

O - So impressed with this beer. Never imagined these flavors would blend well in a beer, but that's what I get for underestimating talented brewers. Hopefully this becomes at least a seasonal beer as I would buy it whenever available. (995 characters)

Photo of cxr1037
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased/opened 10/12/12. 12 oz bottle.

appearance: Very very dark brown, almost black. A few cm, espresso colored head.

smell: I get much more chocolate than mint at first. But the mint is definitely there. It smells like...

taste: ...mint chocolate ice cream! The mint and chocolate are almost all of the taste. And for a 9.6% beer, I don't get much of the alcohol at all. This beer is very sweet, but not disgustingly so.

mouthfeel: A little syrupy. Not a lot of carbonation.

finish: A chocolaty bitterness, like good dark chocolate. I'm wondering if I didn't actually eat a chocolate bar...

overall: I would opt for a glass of this over a bowl of ice cream after dinner. This is a great Imperial Stout, and definitely worth checking out if you love any of the following: mint chocolate ice cream, dark chocolate, sweet things, imperial stouts, Stone. (865 characters)

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out black with a decent inch of tan head. The lacing doesn't last long.

Bittersweet chocolate and mint combine for a light "Thin Mint" start. Roasted malt and earthy hops follow to round it out. Pretty impressive smell.

Roasted chocolate and earthy hops make for an almost mocha start, mint follows with a boozy chocolate finish. A little hot in the mouth, but it wasn't overwhelming.

Great collaboration. I have another one for the cellar and hope to hunt down a few more. Great price, $2.99 for a 12oz. (513 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Black beer, touch of brown on the edges. Beautiful tan head that foamed up two fingers and had great retention. Good deal of spots left on the sides, some nice sheeting during consumption. An attractive looking beer, can't really think how you could make this look better.

S - Some nice roast, this reminds me a lot of the Stone RIS and the Smoked Porter to an extent. There is a bit of chocolate, but the mint is the thing that really stands out here. It's a fairly refreshing mint smell, like something you would smell out in the wild. Not bad, but wish the aroma was a bit more full.

T - Taste is much better. Lots of mint with some very sweet chocolate on the end. This does taste considerably like an Andes mint in a beer, and it's got nice flavor that is appropriately sweet. Some decent roast with nice balance. It's mint forward, but not overpowering, you can still pick out this is a beer and get good chocolate in there as well. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

M - Smooth, full bodied, appropriate carbonation.

O - This beer is on point, and really what you would want from a mint chocolate beer. This is not something I thought I would like at all, as it seemed gimmicky and something likely headed for disaster. It was surprisingly enjoyable and a great take and unique take on the style. Well done. (1,318 characters)

Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
4.59/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter glass.

A: Thick and dark with minimal head.

S: Strong Coffee and Chocolate smell with a slight mint smell.

T: At first the taste reminds me an Old Rasputin that's smoother, and thicker. The chocolate really comes out after the first hit on the tongue and the finish is where the mint chocolate comes in. Wasn't just a strictly mint finish as I have expected, it really had a mint chocolate taste.

M: Thick and full bodied. Very smooth with minimal carbonation.

O: They hit it out of the park. Best Collab stone has done that I've tasted and that's saying something. Fantastic Imperial Stout that's unique and stands out. My only wish is that it continues so I don't have to search and horde bottles I find. (758 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a thickish black, with three fingers of beautiful looking, pillowy medium brown head. Very good retention and lots of intricate lacing.

S: Fresh herbal mint, a little spicy almost, and some roastiness and chocolate.

T: Mint and chocolate, definitely leaning towards the mint. A little spice too. More melted dark chocolate comes through, esp. on the extremely lengthy finish.

M: Full bodied and light carbonation.

O: Not bad, but not as good as I feel like it could be. I'm picturing something like Andes Candes in liquid form. The mint here isn't that good, and not enough chocolate comes through on the nose. (637 characters)

Photo of mikehblack
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very opaque black with a thin khaki head that recedes fairly quickly. Some lacing on the glass. Definitely getting some alcohol legs as well. Looks like a nice dark imperial stout.

S- Heavy on the dark chocolate. Roasty and sweet with a touch of vanilla. Getting a bit of mint tingling the nostrils. Very pleasing and inviting for a sip.

T- Tons of dark chocolate. Bitter then sweet, roasty. Nice touch of mint that is not too overpowering. It's a very balanced stout that could have been a mess. Imagine those chips you get in a mint chocolate ice cream, melted down into a thick stout. Luscious.

M- Very thick and viscous. Not cloying at all. Low carbonation fits the beer perfectly.

O- This would be wonderful poured over a scoop of mint chocolate ice cream. It is deep, dark, delicious. I love that the mint is only a feature and not overdone. Will purchase again. (883 characters)

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