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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

717 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 717
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 112
Gots: 104 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 09-22-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of dkw0063
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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....

Photo of nmann08
2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of Immortale25
3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of GTB
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Philousa
3.27/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of manutdfan
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Oakenator
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of brealbg
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of twelveinches
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of HKUSPC40
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of starrdogg
3.34/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of mechamifune
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Shakerman
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of jrfehon33
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of cpetrone84
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Grant35
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Spaceangler
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of Rifugium
3.15/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: bottle from Capone's, Norristown, PA
This review: on tap at Capone's

I found this beer to be pretty lousy in the bottle, so I figured I'd give it a try on tap. It was better, but not by a whole lot.

Once again, a solid black pour, a small beige cap that receded to a tiny ringlet. Aroma of dark roasty malts and cocoa, definitely a bit of mint in there, which was not in the bottle at all. The taste was better, displaying a closer sensation to an Andes mint, though more on the chocolaty side, with the mint present but mostly subdued. But, like the bottle, there was still a heavy bitterness in this that was very uncomfortable and made drinking any more than a sampler size impossible for me. Very unbalanced. The mouthfeel was a bit better, standing at about medium, with the booze being better concealed and the chocolate coming out more. Decent overall, but not something I'd go for again, now that I've had both serving types.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of SteeleWright
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist / Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 717 ratings.