Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist / Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.3/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
12-02-2012 09:40:30 | More by arfenhouse
4.4/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
12-02-2012 02:49:07 | More by Zorro
3.98/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
12-01-2012 19:28:56 | More by Gmann
4.35/5 rDev +6.6%
12 ounce bottle, procured at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY - 2012 Stone Collaboration.
The pour is the expected near black, boldly dark tan head, that stays nicely. leaves a tight, thicker film, heavy collar, dense sheeting, more then ample webs of lacing. Solid looking imperial stout.
Suprise mint, chocolate and a hint of coffee grinds on the nose.
More mint on the tongue with chocolate in close formation. Flavorful and complex. Dense waves of mint in the midsection. Dark chocolate finish, with some more coffee bitterness shining through.
World class sipper, perfect christmas dessert beer/nighcapper.
Put a few bottles away and pair this with a decadent chocolate dessert....
12-01-2012 13:44:16 | More by Billolick
3.3/5 rDev -19.1%
Poured into a snifter. Bottle says 2012.
A- Pours an opaque black color with a 1/4 inch dark tan head that retains slightly before winding down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and plentiful wisps of surface foam. Strange column formations of lacing like I've never seen before that adhere slightly to the glass.
S- Yep, just like a York peppermint patty. The mint is sweet and not overpowering. The chocolate is certainly more emphasized which is a plus for me.
T- Oof. The mint makes the beer seem more boozy than it should. Way more mint in the flavor than the aroma. The flavors clash harshly making it difficult to drink. Tastes like a York peppermint patty with a hot, astringent overtone. There's also a capsaicin burn that adds a layer of flavor but is also unwelcome. It's like pepper and mint instead of peppermint if you catch my drift.
M- Stinging and hot with a slight creaminess and medium carbonation. Full body.
O- Well, shit. Started out promising but, once it hit my tongue, I knew it wasn't for me. I'm not a fan of mint chocolate and the only reason I bought it was because my girlfriend wanted to try it. So glad she's here to finish off the bottle cuz, otherwise, I might've drainpoured it. Not necessarily bad, just not my thing. Maybe some age would make this beer more manageable. Definitely not spending another five bucks to find out.
12-01-2012 00:38:12 | More by Immortale25
3.23/5 rDev -20.8%
This is a beer devoid of color. I don't even get anything against the light. Head looks silky and and dense, but dissipates quickly. A good amount hugs the glass, but leaves the beer bald. Very little roasted malt aroma, mostly sweet milk chocolate and a healthy amount of sweet mint. All the roastiness is in the flavor. Bitter bakers chocolate and dark coffee fades to milk chocolate and confectioner's sugar. The bitterness and sweetness mix, yielding an Andes mint and espresso mix on the tongue. I wouldn't think of hops if not for the bitterness. I'm thinking they just used American hops for bitterness, ad I can't taste it and it's not in the aroma. The feel is slightly viscous, but hides the ABV and amount of malt put into this well. Finish is balanced. While an intriguing idea, I wish there was mint in the flavor. As an imperial stir it's just ok. I like more leather and darker complexities, less sweetness.
11-30-2012 21:20:56 | More by Philousa
4.35/5 rDev +6.6%
Pours a black in color with not even a hint of light coming through. Beautiful web lacing on the glass but not a lot of head at pour. Smells malty - some chocolate and roasted malts. Flavor is very nice with mint and chocolate all clearly coming through on the front side with a pleasant lingering malt flavor on the back. Well done and perfect for the season!
11-30-2012 18:39:15 | More by Oakenator
District of Columbia
3.38/5 rDev -17.2%
Beer pours black with a medium tan head. Smell is not particularly appealing, the mint smells a bit like soap/cleaning products and really overwhelms whatever roasted malt there is beneath. The flavor is better, but still not great. It tastes a bit like an Andes mint, but less sweet and with a slightly-off, artificial mint flavor. The finish is nice and roasty, but it doesn't make up for the sketchy opening flavor. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, I was excited for this beer and it really failed to live up to expectations. The mint just did not work as well as I had hoped and came off a little too artificial tasting. The smell especially threw me off.
11-30-2012 04:41:32 | More by starrdogg
4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
Poured from bottle purchased at freshcraft in lodo.
Poured into snifter a deep black with tan head gone quick. Crazy chocolate aroma with loys of mint a roasted coffee malts.
Taste is nice bitter roasted chocolate malts but followed by mint and some residual sweetness. Really perfect balance...this could have gone soutb quick but its really great. Perfect winter desert...
11-30-2012 03:19:16 | More by DrinkSlurm
4.28/5 rDev +4.9%
12oz bottle, poured into a tulip
Pours an ink black with a creamy khaki cap that rose about a finger. A steady retreat to form a thin collar of foam. Light spider web lacing inside the glass.
The nose is full of rich chocolate. A mix of milk chocolate and fudge with mint leaves and roast underneath. The chocolate is front and center.
MInt comes through more on the palate. Rich chocolate flavors throughout with lingering mint. Similar to an Andes candy. A pretty damn good mix of flavors. A little bit of ash/char comes out as it warms up a bit.
Smooth, lush, and creamy. Medium to full body. The finish is some lingering fudge with prominent mint.
They pretty much nailed the flavor profile. Solid mix of chocolate and mint. Very enjoyable. Great as a dessert beer but fine on its own.
11-30-2012 02:04:40 | More by ColForbinBC
4.05/5 rDev -0.7%
Pours a rich looking pure black...slight brown head that stays put longer than expected.
Smell is dark chocolate, some sweetness, and hints of mint. A solid IS smell.
Taste is lots of chocolate upfront. No real sense of alcohol. Mint works its way in towards the end but is pretty subtle. Overall taste like a real solid chocolate stout with a hint of mint thrown in on the back end.
Mouthfeel is very smooth. Slightly thin, but very easy to drink.
Overall this is a solid beer and not as gimmicky as I was afraid it was going to be. Worth trying out if you get a chance.
11-30-2012 01:34:37 | More by mechamifune
4.03/5 rDev -1.2%
pour is jet black with a dark caramel head. Nose is deep roast with lots of mint and chocolate behind. Taste is more balanced and decadent, rich chocolate and mint akin to mint chocolate chip ice cream, with light roasted more balanced in the taste. Body is huge, thick and creamy, strong carbonation and very heavy.
11-29-2012 18:29:03 | More by cpetrone84
Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist / Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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