Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist / Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.03/5 rDev -1.2%
Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout is a very dark chocolate fudge color. It looks onyx. I’m not seeing any light cut through. Not even at the edges. A darker, mocha colored cap sits on top. It rises to about a finger and a half tall in height. It recedes very slowly and leaves a very attractive, sticky web of lace trailing down the glass.
The nose is good. Smells like the malt base is a blend of chocolate and roasted varieties. Chocolate seems like the stronger of the two. There are hints of light sweet caramel that follow. Peppermint is noted and has a light to moderate presence. I like that a lot. Smells very promising. Secondary scents include a bit of roasted coffee, dark fruit, and maybe molasses. Alcohol is a little noticeable, but doesn’t smell overly strong. Nearly 10? I wouldn’t have guessed that.
The flavor is quite impressive. The malt base features nice bittersweet dark chocolate and light, sweet caramel flavors. There are some roasted notes in the background, but they’re not as strong. There is a lighter, subtle mint flavor that’s very tasty. It’s mild and complements the malt flavors extremely well. Definitely not overbearing. The roasted coffee or espresso flavor is rather strong. It’s good. There is a light dark fruit note and maybe some molasses on the tail. Alcohol is somewhat noticeable, but is blended well over all. Really good stuff.
It has a medium body. Carbonation seems lighter and soft. It does have a smooth feel, but it feels just a little thin. More body would probably be a good thing. For a bigger beer, it goes down really easy. The 12 oz. bottle serving size was the right call.
Mint Chocolate Stout is an excellent collaboration between Ken Schmidt, Iron Fist, and Stone. It’s actually better than I expected it to be. What really makes it work is its mild mint flavor. I feared it’d be too strong. Not the case. Really good stuff. Easy recommendation.
12-16-2012 02:41:00 | More by prototypic
4.53/5 rDev +11%
Had to flirt with the girl at Total Wine in Winston Salem just to get two 12oz bottles. $3.99 per bottle. No dates. Limit one per customer. Pretty stoked. Poured medium into my levitation pint glass.
Appearance. 5. Gorgeous black thick beer with no light coming through at all. One finger medium brown head that fades quickly with hardly any lacing.
Smell. 4.5. Mint all up front. As is warms a bit and settles has a nice burnt chocolate smell. Some coffee. And those beautiful Stone hops.
Taste. 4.5. It really does taste like an Andes mint with coffee and hops. I really like it. Complex, delicious, and the hops on my tongue really makes the mint and sweetness all blend perfectly.
Mouthfeel. 4.5. It is not as thick as it looks. Not a whole lot of carbonation, which I prefer, and it drinks amazingly easy for what it is. The alcohol is there, but not in a bad way whatsoever.
Overall. 4.5. I really like this beer. If it was added to the Stone lineup, I would buy it regularly. I don't feel like it is a "dessert beer" as I could drink several as the large hop presence really makes it different from other chocolate stouts I've had that are over the top sweet. Cheers to the collaborators on this one. I don't know if I will have the will power to hold onto the second bottle for 3 years as the bottle suggests. Drink responsibly!
12-16-2012 00:02:52 | More by Ivegotmule
4.23/5 rDev +3.7%
A - pours a gooey, sticky dark liquid with a half inch coffee flake. Great retention on this one.
S - very malty and some hints of dark chocolate. Coffee sneaks in there along with a small cool mint breeze. Mint is very faint.
T - get a little cake and bread taste in there but not overpowering. The chocolate malt takes care of that aspect. Almost like have a chocolate cake of sorts with a small Andes mint on the aftertaste.
M - coats the tongue well but not too thick. Goes down easy with a little fizz backbone. Slightly on the dry side.
O - a tasty stout that is done very well. I was very pleased with this one.
12-15-2012 03:25:21 | More by brstls4drmrs
4.2/5 rDev +2.9%
Stone Collab Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout
A- pour produces a dark, viscous looking beer that is black in color with a mocha colored head. Good retention and lacing. Looks very enticing. 4
S- very chocolatey with some mocha and dark chocolate, coffee, really need to search for the mint but it is in the background and a very nice compliment. Smells excellent 4.5
T- tastes very similar to a york peppermint patty but with less mint and more chocolate. Excellent tasting beer. Masks the abv very well. 4
M- good mouthfeel Full bodied and good carbonation level 4
O- I'm not a fan of mint in my beer usually, but this was the best example I have had to date. Excellent beer that was a pleasure. 4.5
12-14-2012 22:46:42 | More by t420o
4.05/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
12-14-2012 04:25:27 | More by Jason
4.35/5 rDev +6.6%
used pint glass
will try a tulip or chalice too...
Dark black body, lighter brown head with a creamy body.
Dark cocoa, malts, earthy taste, mint bright feeling at the end.
Malt, dark bakers chocolate, earthy hop kick in the middle... mild but good, ending with a mint fresh taste at the end.
Thick body of chocolate milk, crisp, huge flavor, alchol warming, mint brightness.
Lived up to the label for me. I went and got five more, and found a dogfish bitches brew to sample as well. Will post that too.
12-14-2012 04:05:00 | More by BRadStudios
3.2/5 rDev -21.6%
Appearance: Poured from 12oz bottle into New Belgium Globe glass. Pours an inky black with about a finger and a half of dense mocha colored head from a hard pour. Leaves some very nice lacing throughout the session.
Smell: Mint right up front with some decent roasty chocolate and coffee tones as well. Though they seem to be overshadowed by the mint.
Taste: Mint everywhere! And not really in a good way. For me the mint seems to just overpower everything except from a slight bitterness from the roasted grain. Very, very subtle malt character buried in a mass of artifical tasting mint.
Mouthfeel: Very nice chewy mouthfeel, fairly standard for the style.
Overall: Not bad, but not great either. Just can't get over the overpowering mint flavor. Would probably be a bit better if that was toned down a bit.
12-13-2012 06:03:45 | More by RattleheadKV2
3.73/5 rDev -8.6%
Appearance: Dark black with a good head. A thin head covers the whole beer with some smaller bubbles popping up. The head stays put for a long while which is nice.
Smell: Base roasty malt with some great mint! I really wasn't sure what to expect but it's like a chocolate stout and then an andies mint pops up out of nowhere. Surprisingly pleasant.
Taste: First taste, I'm kind of confused. It seems kind of like flavor jamble jamble. First you get coffee and roasty malt, then as you try to explore that for complexity, the mint hops up and yells at you. All of the flavor notes are good, but it's just kind of discontinuous and the aftertaste isn't very great. The amount of mint is great and the base stout is nice but for some reason it's just not blending well.
Mouthfeel: NIce. Maybe a touch thin. The carbonation is pretty good. Nothing to write home or complain about.
Overall: I really like the experimental side of this and what they were going for. Unfortunately, it just seemed to lack a little focus. The stout and the mint were both really great, but, they just didn't blend well.
12-13-2012 02:11:04 | More by cradke
3.8/5 rDev -6.9%
A: pours a massive dark two finger mocha head with sticky lacing
S: Aroma of catmint, peppermint and dark bakers chocolate mixed with roasted malt. It smells refreshing and delicious.
T: Starts of with rich dark bakers chocolate, a robust stout with richness everywhere. I am reminded of Black and Red from Dogfish head which was decidedly completely overdone on the mint by everyone I talked to. This too has too much of a mint profile. Once the mint has completely killed your tastebuds, you get the black patent malt flavors and some ashy burnt flavors at the end.
M: Medium body, medium to high carbonation.
O: overall, too much mint. I was hoping for more of a creamy mint chocolate ice cream flavor but instead, this is just another over minted stout that is a good stout underneath, just overspiced. I was reminded of Catmint and spearmint flavors that I have growing in the backyard. Its not bad, just not one I would seek out or have more than one of.
12-12-2012 18:16:11 | More by alpinebryant
4.05/5 rDev -0.7%
12 oz. bottle poured into a Kate the Great snifter.
Appearance - Jet black with a head that almost overflows my glass. Settles with nice lacing and a khaki collar.
Smell - Mint chocolate chip ice cream. Incredible. Stronger on the fudge than the ice cream would be, but it's spot on.
Taste - The mint is less dominant here and the chocolate aspects prevail. Bitter coffee malts balance it. The finish is strongly bitter and roasty. Develops into a dry bitter stout at the end.
Mouthfeel - Chewy, medium-high body. It's not a huge stout, but it drinks like some of the big guys. The bitter finish is a little harsh and detracts from the dessert aspects of this. Maybe that's the point.
Overall - Love the mint. I thought it would be gimmicky, but it's a great combination of flavors. Now, how would a barrel affect this?
12-12-2012 02:32:58 | More by Alieniloquium
4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
A- Very dark brown pour. Two finger brown head. left a brown lacing
S- Very heavy on the mint and the chocolate. Not too much else there
T- Minty up front and all the way through. Can taste the chocolate and a little bit of the booze. Kind of a cold burn.
M- A little heavy and kind of thick.
O- Worth a try just because of how interesting it is. Pretty tasty.
12-11-2012 18:37:20 | More by dhbiker0889
3.5/5 rDev -14.2%
Poured in to a snifter. This beer is oil dark with a really light brown quarter inch foam head. It smells like a lighter version of mint chocolate ice cream, with darker chocolate notes present. The roasted and dark roasted melts are all over this beer, presenting some pretty significant bitter cocoa notes, a touch of coffee or espresso, and just a whimsy of mint. Mouth wise, this is a little chunky and chewy, with some advanced carbonation for the style: sweetness leaves quick with bitter lingering; overall, a pretty interesting beer that is pretty well-balanced; both primary flavors are present wo being overpowering; the bitter doesn't beg for craving more. It's hard to notice any heat.
12-11-2012 02:17:28 | More by SkeeterBoganski
3.73/5 rDev -8.6%
picked up locally, enjoyed from a spiegelau glass.
a - brew poured a deep shiny black with a finger or so of dark tan bubbly head that hung out a little bit and then left thick chunky lacing on the glass where it once resided.
s - wow. mint chocolate chip. spot on. just like that green ice cream. impressive.
t - the flavor is not as spot on with the mint chocolate chip as the nose is, but it's there. it is blended with some roasted and black malts. it is not bad, but this is definitely an odd combo for a beer.
m - good carb, but a bit on the fizzy side. the flavor is very interesting and leaves an odd aftertaste. a bit dry on the finish.
o - overall, smells incredible, but the flavor is weird for a beer. i can definitely see some people flipping out for this beer, and as a fan of the mint chocolate chip flavor as a whole i was definitely excited to give this a try. the mission is accomplished, but not in the fashion that it was accomplished by the bruery with white chocolate. i definitely support these kinds of experiments but this was a novelty for me that i won't be seeking out again.
12-10-2012 03:14:28 | More by cosmicevan
Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist / Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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