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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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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Photo of ToasterChef
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A chilly bottle is poured into a small goblet.

The beer us quite dark and has nice chocolate brown foam head on top.

The nose has aspects of mint of chocolate, but I don't think this beer smells like an Andes mint. It is more chocolate malt than milk chocolate.

The biggest flavor is creamy, bitter chocolate. Behind this is a some cooling mint. Flavors of milk chocolate linger after I swallow.

The beer is full-bodied and carbonation is average. It is a little sticky, but I don't find it distracting.

I've never had a mint chocolate stout before, and while I like this beer, I think I prefer a standard Imperial stout. I've never been a huge fan of mint though. For what it is, this is an impressive beer. If you don't like mint, you may not enjoy this one.

Photo of DonFrap
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of lndsy
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of unclejazz
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very large head. 3 fingers of tan head with good lacing. The mint in prevalent in the nose along with roasted malt notes. The taste leads with a bittersweet chocolate followed by the mint. Good effort, but this just does not work. Heavy viscous mouthfeel and a nice tang from the mint. I applaud the effort, but this is just not a great flavor combination in a beer.

Photo of ralphw56
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of krl2112
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of st9647v3
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of vcoggins
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Lantern
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of SanFranJake
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours an opaque near-black color with a massive cap of brown head. Retention is sick and the lacing even sicker! My glass looks like an ant farm…

The mint is hovering somewhere between mint and basil and the chocolate is dark leaning with a fairly low amount of sweetness. Bready, powdered cocoa with maybe a hint of licorice.

Taste throws down with a more 'leafy' mint flavor and the chocolate is dark as can be and very decadent, still maintains a low sweetness profile, which is ok with me for this beer. The hops don’t shy away from adding a bitter kick on the back end of this thing, do they? The mouthfeel is full-ish but not a part of the beer you tend to pay attention to. I can’t decide if some cellar time would improve this or not...the mint might fade, which would be a bummer. This is one of the best Stone collaboration beers I have had; I would pick up a couple more if I saw it, though the price tag is a tad steep.

Photo of bradfordjohnson
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of HalfFull
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a globe glass. Pours an inky black with a two finger, did I just say that?, cap of foam. Retention until the cows come home kind of stuff going on here.

Aroma is candy like with dark bakers chocolate and green mint coming forward. And with lots of coffee notes to boot.

Flavor is solid and with mint notes galore. The finish does confound a bit but then the 9.6% is well masked by the delivery.

Photo of irishgreensoda
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of MasterSki
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.

Photo of ant880
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of arfenhouse
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A Dark black. Didn't get much of a head maybe about 1/8th of an inch even with a semi-vigorous pour. Has a decent amount of retention.

S: Smells like a mint-chocolate brownie with some alcohol in the background.

T: Has the flavor of a typical imperial stout. Very sweet upfront with bitter end. Chocolate throughout. The mint flavor was much weaker than I was expecting.

M: Syrupy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Weird cooling sensation on the tongue.

O: Pretty tasty, sweet, strong brew. I'd grab one or two more.

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Zorro
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Motor oil thick pour yields a near light proof black beer with a medium sized brown colored head.

Smell is chocolate and charred malt and then the mint. Strong aroma of smoke here wonder if the used smoked malt.

Starts out mildly sweet with a strong mint chocolate flavor right from the start. Charred malt is a close second in the flavor department. Alcohol is completely hidden but the mint and chocolate are very much the main flavors. A very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is very full.

Overall this is one damn tasty beer and I want another but I only bought one and the shop is 1000 miles west, damn.

Photo of MarcWP
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Gmann
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with some brownish highlights along the edges. The head is huge and fluffy with good retention. Seems to be leaving tons of chunky lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of dark chocolate and cocoa nibs. The mint is subtle but noticable. Definitely has an Andes Candies thing going on. Very nice.

The taste is of Andes Candies as well and then some. Strong dark chocolate and cocoa presence. Has a cocoa powder taste. The mint is herbaceous and strong as well but fades in the end. The mint is a bit odd, not what you would find in a peppermint patty. Big roasted flavor in the back end that would rival a good RIS.

Moderate to well bodied with prickly carbonation. Starts off sweet and a tad sticky but ends with a strong roasted bitterness that lingers on the palate.

A good, interesting stout. Not sure I would want more than one of these in a sitting or more than 8ozs really.

Photo of dkw0063
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

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