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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

702 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 702
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 107
Gots: 111 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

2GOOFY, Jan 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

bbrown12, Jan 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

uturn, Jan 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

JeffNev, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of Ford
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%

Bottle poured into a pint glass

Wow.. the smell of this is off the charts... has me thinking of chocolate chip mint ice cream... mmmm

Taste isn't much different.... so dang good. WIsh I could have found some more of this. I have one bottle left and I want to save it for a special occasion.

Yeah. you can taste mint and chocolate all over... so delicious.

I need to get my friend to make ice cream with this.. or maybe I'll use the last in a shake... or I should probably just enjoy it the way it was meant to be enjoyed...

Ford, Jan 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

ThirdEyePA, Jan 01, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev -4.4%

12oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a deep black w/ a rich mocha head.

Aroma is roasty and strongly bitter. Smells more like a coffee stout. Picking up just a hint of mint and chocolate.

Taste is also roasty and bitter, supported by deep dark chocolate with a subtle cool mint twist. The mint is felt almost more than it's tasted.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, a little oily. Coats the palate.

Overall a unique beer, but probably not one I'd feel the need to drink again.

draheim, Jan 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

dtx00, Jan 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

JRod1969, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of zachary80
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

12oz into a Globe. No visible date; I believe it is only a few weeks since purchase.

Pours black with nice brown head, very good retention for an imperial stout. Good lacing.

Smells exactly as expected for a chocolate mint stout - chocolate roastiness quickly followed by a moderate mint and some sweetness. Reminiscent of how an Andes mint tastes.

This one is much more bitter and dry than expected. Bittersweet chocolate is strong up front, with the bitterness driven by high roast. Mint comes through at the end and lingers for awhile alongside the roast.

Very dry, hard to tell how that is related to the high bitterness - it does seem viscous, but dry. So not necessarily needing to be heavier, but smoother in some way. Carbonation seems perfect and alcohol is nowhere to be found, which is nice for the higher abv.

Overall this is a very manageable mint stout that could be greatly enhanced by some added sweetness and/or reduced bitterness.

Addendum: Let this sit out for a while, and the balance didn't seem to change too much, other than the body gaining some weight and maybe some sweetness...just a little less bitterness/roast and this would be all I would expect from a mint imperial stout. Taste/MF bumped up .5 but not enough to make it a 4.5 overall.

zachary80, Dec 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

Dtrain4, Dec 29, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +6.1%

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!

BEERchitect, Dec 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

MrRockstar, Dec 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Schwantz, Dec 28, 2012
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3.58/5  rDev -12.3%

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...

TMoney2591, Dec 28, 2012
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3.1/5  rDev -24%

Poured from the bottle into my over-sized HF wineglass.

Appeared a dark brown/black color with a nice looking 1 finger light brown head.

Smelled delicious, like a muted version of a peppermint patty. Some alcohol could be detected.

Taste...well...not very good. At first I thought I was drinking it too cold, so I let it sit for a bit....not much improvement. The mint is far too overpowering. Tastes like you are drinking mouthwash. The chocolate needs to be much more prevalent for this to taste remotely good. Yikes...

Mouthfeel was a bit thin.

Overall a major miss IMO. I am not sure what type of mint they used but it is far to astringent and offensive to make a good mixture. I love the combo of mint and chocolate and was hoping this would be delicious....

TWStandley, Dec 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

mjw1200, Dec 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout in a snifter glass. I'm pretty stoked.

Pours jet black with two fingers of light brown head. Deflates slowly and leaves thick lace along the way.

Dark chocolate, lightly charred roast, mint aromas, piney hops, buttercream, and hints of stone fruits. Oddly fresh in the aroma with the peppermint. Smells fascinating.

Peppermint and dusty cocoa upfront with cream and notes of char and roast. Softer notes of pine and pithy bitterness and light lactose. Tasty impy.

Creamy body with that melty ice cream kind of feel. Spot-on carbonation keeps you drinking. What an exquisite sipper!

Toned-down alcohol and unique flavor. One kickass stout. I love it when even Stone exceeds my expectations.

thecheapies, Dec 27, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

arash1000, Dec 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

Thanks to Fry, er, I mean Tyrsis for hooking me up on this trade! Mint chocolate is my favorite ice cream, and I like stouts, and I liked pouring creme brulee from Southern tier on ice cream, so this sounded like it was up my alley.

Pours out very dark brown, thin beige head on the top of the beer, no more than 1/4". Didn't do a whole lot in terms of lace or retention. Aroma, nicely minty, not heavy handed with it, ample chocolate aroma as well, its dark and bitter chocolate in the aroma (and taste).

Taste, it was a little different, took a second to get used to, but ultimately my mouth got used to drinking a high alcohol chocolate stout with a definite wintergreen mint type of presence to it. Was actually kinda dry without a ton of sweetness, I was expecting ice cream type sweetness, but this was very dark chocolate I suspect that lends itself moreso to being dry and bitter moreso than sweet. The body of the beer was just a tad thinner than I think would be ideal for it. Very minor complaint, if you can even count it as being such a thing. Good roasted malt presence minimized slightly by the mint chocolate. Slightly more bitter than expected, who knows, maybe Stone still kills it with the hops even in this beer, or maybe its really a big contribution from the dark bitter chocolate and malt.

Totally wouldn't mind if they made this every year. They should. Hire Ken Schmidt already and make this year round. Same with that Kona one he did.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 27, 2012
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3.63/5  rDev -11%

consumed 12/26/12

Appearance: Black, with a tan head - starts off somewhat dense, fades quickly to a small ring, not much of a cap - leaves a nice web of lacing

Smell: Thin mint cookies and alcohol - sweet mint with dark chocolate and semisweet chocolate chips - malts are somewhat one dimensional, if you could describe a cookie as one dimensional - light, sugary sweetness and cookies that were dumped in spiced rum, or maybe a spicy mint liqueur

Taste: Girl Scout thin mints and a shot of liquor, in other words, "breakfast of champions" - potent mint, like a stick of gum - sweet, lightly sugary - dark chocolate, lightly sweetened - somewhat rich malts, taste is seriously reminiscent of a thin mint cookie, with some chocolate cake - lacking any other depth - a strong, remarkable undercurrent of booze, tastes higher than 10% ABV - some bitterness, mostly in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, smooth, slick, oily, some alcohol burn in the aftertaste

Overall: A different kind of thin mint

This is both charming and somewhat unpleasant. The mint and the chocolate are nice, but there's way too much booze. I'm glad I had a chance to try this, but I don't think I could drink a ton of it. Maybe it will improve with age.

angrybabboon, Dec 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

hopswap1, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of Scotchboy
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%

Awesome 12oz bottle sent from Adam (thanks man!) poured into my Hair of the Dog snifter.

A: Very dark opaque pours with a dark head that is nearly brown and some good lacing.

S: Big cocoa and milk chocolate, mint and peppermint, a bit herbal with a moderate hop presence, lots of roast and hints of char.

T: Follows the nose, mint and chocolate intertwine, herbal notes and some hop character play well off of the peppermint; char, roast and a slight alcohol burn on the finish. Finish is bittersweet with peppermint and espresso.

MF: Creamy moderate body with a drying finish.

O: Pretty good stout that I believe does what it sets out to do. Pretty minty and full of chocolate and roast flavors. Flavors are relatively sharp and unique, definitely a nice sipper and nightcap beer.

Scotchboy, Dec 26, 2012
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3.45/5  rDev -15.4%

Thick pitch black pour with a quickly fading one finger tan head with no lacing. The mint really dominates the nose along with hints of dark chocolate, mocha, and booze. If they were going for mint chocolate chip ice cream, they definitely nailed it. The taste is much the same with the mint building as it warms. Some nice roasty chocolate notes along with some espresso and a touch of licorice. The taste is more like an After Eight mint. The mouthfeel is thick, syrupy, and oily with a bitter, slightly chalky finish. Overall, this is a really well conceived beer, but just not my cup of tea. I'm not a big fan of mint and chocolate paired together, and this is incredibly rich with both.

beerdrifter, Dec 26, 2012
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2.9/5  rDev -28.9%

poured into duvel tulip and Chouffe miniTulip

A: big and dark pretty head thick but dissipates quicker than you'd expect; still slower than a lager or pale ale but quicker than it's creaminess implies

S: not much: underwhelming; light

T: didn't notice any mint but my brother did, I'm the beer geek and I'm introducing him to craft but different people pick up on different tastes so i wanted to note that. Could be that the hops overwhelm because it was a lot hoppier than I would have expected and it was much more up front than most beers, and I mean "up front" physically on the tongue, front third and concentrated on the tip, the most dominant flavor overall for me was burnt coffee.

M: silky and smooth; would have matched my perceptions for this beer

O: I was underwhelmed by this beer. It was good but not worth $4 a bottle we sell it at and we are the cheapest. The price wasn't the problem for me. It was the lack of a stand out mint character. It had so many of the parts but didn't come together for me.

AilidoBrew, Dec 25, 2012
Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist / Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 702 ratings.