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

Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist / Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial StoutKen Schmidt / Iron Fist / Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout

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665 Ratings

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Ratings: 665
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.81%

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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3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout
Pours deep black with a nicely tanned caramel head, not a thick one. Settles fairly quick.
Smells like mint chocolate chip, with a nice bitter cocoa presence. Still, very minty fresh smelling!
Chocolate malts up, with a healthy balance of that mint i might add, up front here in the taste... then gives way to the bitter cocoa in the finish. There's a heat in the end, a drying aspect, alcohol. I think the mint use is great, but as a stout I just wish it didn't end so dry and earth-hoppy/ chalkish. Would like a sweeter brew.
Mouthfeel is thick enough and smooth, ample carbonation and lacing coating the pint glass I'm using for this collaborative specialty stout. Overall this one is a winner. Seek it out even if just for a holiday treat.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 02:16:11 | More by TBoneJones
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North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A very nice pour, starting with a 50/50 mix of tan foam and black liquid; in the time it took me to type this far, the balance shifted to 25.75 with the head leaving some clumps of lace behind

Smell: Unmistakable mint tones blend with the chocolate and black bread

Taste: BIttersweet chocolate and mint, up front, with black bread and bitter hops building in the middle; the mint flavor gets a little overpowering, after the swallow, or perhaps the chocolate just recedes, but I am not a huge fan of the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: A beer to let sit on your tongue a bit as it demonstrates the different taste bud receptors - the ones on the front and tip detecting the chocolate and the mint, and the ones on the sides, the bitter elements; mixing it all together too quickly does not allow the beers' better aspects to shine

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 22:14:45 | More by brentk56
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4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is definitely an after dinner beer. Its strong flavors and aroma go great with similar flavors of this brew, or perhaps an old fashioned doughnut.

The second time around having this beer, first time was three months ago, the strong (almost too strong) mint flavor overpowering the beer has mellowed to a nice balance with the roasty, chocolate, coffee flavors which contribute to an overall complex yet decipherable taste.

Again, six months after the initial review and the stout sitting in my appropriated refrigerator, the flavors mellow down and blend into a decipherable symphony of wonderful sensations. The mint no longer overpowers the coffee and roasty notes and is a very good beer. Would go excellent with vanilla ice-cream.

Black mahogany color, leather colored head with a lacy feel, and a unique silky mouth feel make this a wonderful stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 03:37:27 | More by cmak316
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Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Steve, 12oz into a tulip.

Dark brown body with brownish head. Nose of cocoa, some roast and dark chocolate. Leafy and mild mint character, sorta like fresh spearmint gum. Taste has loads of dark chocolate and leafy mint flavours in the mid palate. Roast and more chocolate into the finish. Fairly bitter finish, medium body and alcohol is well hidden. A unique offering, well executed mint flavour, any more would've been too much.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 16:47:37 | More by liamt07
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North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some dark amber highlights and moderate amounts of visible carbonation near the surface. The beer has a finger tall creamy dark mocha head that slowly reduces to a very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a couple of small thin patches of medium sized bubbles and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed,

S: Moderate to strong aromas of mint and chocolate (almost the exact same smell as thin mint girl scout cookies) with some lighter notes of roasted malts. There are some very very light notes of alcohol.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of dark roasted malts that then leads into some strong rich dark chocolate and peppermint. Very light notes of roasted coffee and caramel sweetness with a little bit of pine hoppiness int he finish. Moderate amounts of bitterness in the finish which lingers.

M: Full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy, almost velvety with some light notes of dryness and alcohol heat in the finish.

O: I'm surprised at how well balanced this mint chocolate stout is... it sounded really delicious and delivered which is really great. I think the mint really complemented the nice rich chocolaty flavors of the stout. Definitely enjoyable and worth getting.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 01:31:54 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of Ford


4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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...

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 21:23:14 | More by Ford
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3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 08:20:28 | More by draheim
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4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 00:14:03 | More by zachary80
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4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 19:27:44 | More by BEERchitect
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3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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...

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 21:44:15 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of TWStandley


3.1/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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....

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 03:28:46 | More by TWStandley
Photo of thecheapies


4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 18:44:27 | More by thecheapies
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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 02:06:06 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Rhode Island

3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 01:46:44 | More by angrybabboon
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3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 18:07:33 | More by Scotchboy
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3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 03:46:36 | More by beerdrifter
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2.9/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 06:34:09 | More by AilidoBrew
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3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was served from the bottle at the Tap and Mallet Vertical Epic tasting event. It arrived in a tasting glass, showing a deep black coloring, with lighter browns around the edges. A brief half finger head of medium brown bubbles gave spots of lacing. Light haze was noted throughout, with flecks of sediment suspended about. Carbonation appeared average. The aroma gave chalky chocolate malts, thin mint spiciness, toffee bite, tootsie roll sweetness, light booze, faint coffees, and light medicinals with warmth. Our first impression was that there was nice mint to the flavoring, but it wasn’t enough to hold against the sweetness of malts and candy toffees. The beginning opened with tootsie roll sugars, chocolate roast, salt, honey, and coffee metallic malts. The peak came smoothly, with fresh mint leaf, milk chocolates, booze, and more depth of coffee malts. Those aromatic chalky chocolates were revived through the finish, with more of those same coffee malts, lactics, and dried yeastiness. The aftertaste breathed of mint like crazy, toffee and tootsie rolls, lighter milk chocolates, metallic yeast, and faint booze. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. The feel gave a wet, syrupy, and juicy start, followed by roasty dryness on the back. There was nice slurp, smack, and pop to each sip. The abv was fine, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, the best thing about this beer was the ingenuity of it. The mint was a nice refresher for the taste buds and very nice to that, but we do wish it was stronger to hold against the onslaught of chocolate and brown candy sugars through the flavoring. This was true in the nose as well, although the aromatics gave more robust spiciness than in the taste. This is an interesting beer to try if you can find it, but don’t expect it to be the amazing mint chocolate candy beer that you’re looking for.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 14:29:08 | More by TheBrewo
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pairs nicely with Milky Way minis. A nice one-bottle beer but a six pack would be too much

Dark brown in color. Brown head that never quite dissolves. Legs coat inside of the glass. Mint chocolate chip is my go-to sundae. And that is the beer version with a bit more mocha and the malty accompaniment. Heavy mouthfeel that coats the mouth. Nose is minty and mocha.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 02:13:26 | More by MuddyFeet
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New York

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 12/18/12 notes. Order a bottle of this at Beer Authority in NYC; 12 oz. bottle into a glass. Been wanting to try this one since I heard about it.

a - Pours a pitch black color with one inch of dark tan head that quickly leaves and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of mint, candy, roasted malts, chocolate, peppermint, pine, toasted malts, bitter chocolate, and light coffee. Pretty nice and interesting; smells like mint chocolate, as expected and hoped.

t - Tastes of bitter chocolate, roasted malts, mint, peppermint, milk chocolate, pine, burnt malts, toasted malts, coffee. Follows the nose pretty closely; pretty nice overall.

m - Light, thin body and moderate carbonation. Some bitterness as well due to the bitter chocolate taste I think.

o - Overall an interesting beer that I would guess hit what they were going for. Nice mint chocolate smells and tastes which work well together, though the body is a bit thin. I would have liked it to be a little sweeter rather than bitter, but still nice. Cool to try, bet this would go well as dessert with some iced cream.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 21:51:51 | More by mdfb79
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3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle into a jester king glass

A it looks pitch black with a light brown head. Small bubbles
S strong mint and chocolate smell
T the taste is similar to a Girl Scout peppermint party stout I had in colorado. It has a strong mint chocolate taste. Not nearly as strong as a typical imperial. Not overly malty, which is nice.
M not as thick as most imperials. Nice stout feel, very smooth.
O great desert beer. I like it a lot, I wouldn't drink gallons of this but I would certainly have it again and would love to brew a clone!

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 04:40:32 | More by cfrobrew
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3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a matching Stone pint. Big thanks go to BA anotherjoe who sent this one my way as a much appreciated extra in our recent trade. The brew pours black in color with a finger of brown head resting atop. The cap is composed of rather large bubbles and as it fades, it leaves a webbing of lace sticking tot he glass.

The aroma has hints of ande's chocolate mints along with a familiar tangy alcohol component and dark roasted grain. There is a little bit of a black licorice candy character present blending into some earth and tobacco. I cant help but be reminded of that one brew stone did for their 12th anniversary (i think?) the chocolate oatmeal stout. Towards the back, as the brew warms up, it has a bit of peppermint quality.

The taste is a bit unexpected. It displays a pretty big pine-like hop bitterness that transitions into a flavor of burnt, ashy and bitter grain. There is a bit of peppermint inclusion that mixes with the alcohol and it really gets exaggerated and warms up across the back of the throat. Some hints of roasted coffee and bitter cacao blend into some earthiness and trace amounts of black licorice towards the finish. The combination of peppermint and pine-like hops is a bit much.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. This is an interesting brew that I am sure will be a big hit with some people. I just couldnt get into it. The pine-like hops, the bitter roastiness of the grain and the mint inclusion just make for an experience I just didnt enjoy all that much. I wanted to like this, I really did but I guess mint in beer just isnt my thing. Regardless, I am super appreciative of the chance to try this. Thanks again Joe!

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 03:35:21 | More by stakem
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New York

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to a Cigar City snifter. No bottling or freshness dating on the bottle, but I bought this a few weeks ago not all that long after it came out, so it’s reasonably fresh, especially for an imperial stout. Yummo, freshness.

Appearance (4.5): Ooh, very nice pour on this—a nice, fat finger of chocolate milk-colored foam capping a predictably black-black-black body. Modest retention with better lacing, with a few wide, fat splotches of suds on the sides as the beer goes down. Y’know what? This looks great.

Smell (4.0): Immediately, the nose is dominated by a pretty even mix of that sweet, almost seafoam-green mint filling in mint brownies and that sort of thing, with nice, very dark, bittersweet cocoa powder. Some mildly smoky, well-roasted grain character fills it out a bit, and a little booziness in the back gives the impression of some expensive shot that college girls love and I’d never pay to drink. Makes for a nice beer smell, though.

Taste (4.0): Surprisingly boozy, surprisingly minty, and surprisingly dry at first, but it’s not a bad thing. There more of that intensely dark cocoa powder that comes across, along with that sweet mint dimension—and it’s actually really well-balanced, in terms of chocolate and mint. There’s actually a bit of pithy bitterness in the finish, which flies under the radar. A radar composed of moderately sweet mint and intense, dark cocoa powder. The mint adds to a bitterness in the finish, too, which is nice—well-balanced.

Mouthfeel (4.5): This has a nice, creamy-thick feel to it, balanced with a surprisingly aggressive (for the style) carbonation that’s fine-grained and prickly, but personally I enjoy it. Full-bodied but not heavy in terms of feel, this drinks like its size but not uncomfortably heavy.

Overall (4.0): I reaaally like the idea behind this beer, and it’s executed well. Thankfully, it’s not nearly as sweet as it might’ve been, and I was anticipating the mint to dominate the palate, but that’s not the case. Instead, it’s surprisingly dry for the style, and well-balanced. Good job dudes, this was a collaboration worth the experiment.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 03:07:47 | More by fmccormi
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District of Columbia

4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It has been quite some time since I reviewed a beer. This one was so taste-bud twisting good I had to get back on beer advocate.
Pours opaque black with a creamy tan head and leaves a fine lacing.

Aromas of toasty dark malts accompanied by dark chocolate. Just a hint of mint here, a chocolate mint tease.

It started off with expected malt and chocolate notes and then the mint flows across the back of your tongue. It's a poor metaphor but I felt as if the liquid flavor were melting and infusing into my face. Fantastic! The mint is not overwhelming like an after dinner mint, it is a pleasant Andes mint feeling. (Stole the Andes bit from another review. Good one.)

I thought it had a good mouthfeel, not too thin and not thick and chewy either.

To be honest I am generally pretty hard pressed to shell out $10 for a 12oz bottle but man am I glad I did. For my taste this is one of the best specialty brews I have had in quite some time. Well done and well worth the money. Was able to track one down at a local bottle shop and still paid nearly $6. Keeping that one for a special occasion.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 16:38:05 | More by hungryghost
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4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First review, but a long-time BA reader.

I only discovered this beer at an Austin Spec's because I was looking for some new beers to try. A great guy there saw my buggy full of stouts, and came back with this gem.

A - The pour resembles a viscous, heavy and mighty stream. It's amazingly opaque and offers no hint of light through the body. The head rises a darker caramel and trickles down the sides of the glass.

S - It smells sweet and (obviously) minty, but not overbearing. It was my first time smelling this from a glass of beer. For me, the aromas are unique and immediately have me guessing at what she'll taste like.

T - Is cookies a taste? It's delicious. Coffee is probably the closest I could come to describing it, but with a surge of mint as you swallow. I expected this to be quite sweet, but it's very drinkable and a shame I only have one. It really beckons you for another drink.

M - Considering how it appears during the pour and what you see in the glass, I was expecting something with a bit more presence. It feels very thin.

O - Wow. This beer impressed me more than I really expected. I had been warned that many mint beers were poor because of how the mint masks everything, but this beer really is delicious. Based on other comments, and the fact that the gentlemen "went in the back" to bring me this beer, I fear that I won't be able to return for a 6-pack of these, but for any uninitiated it's definitely worth it.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 02:43:07 | More by trepidjesse
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91 out of 100 based on 665 ratings.