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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

687 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 687
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 108
Gots: 112 | FT: 5
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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ikantspel

California

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a triple karmeliet tulip. where is my snifter?

pours a oily black color with a small tan head, lacing all around

chocolate, cocoa, and some oak tones in there

bold chocolate taste almost too overpowering but not quite. roasty and oak in there but the mint creeps up from the backround in the aftertaste.

definitely full-bodied. overall i like how the mint didnt come in too strong but rather complimented the chocolate overtones

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 03:03:36 | More by ikantspel
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DocJitsu

California

4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque, nearly black color with faint cola colored glints around the bottom edge when held to the light. It showcases a thick, rich mocha colored head that retains well. Some light notes of milk chocolate with sorghum in a soup can emerging more boldly. The nose, however, is quite mild, given the style. The mouthfeel is very pleasant. Creamy and thick, balanced by a hop heat and mild carbonation bite. The hop is, once again in a Stone product, overrepresented in this beer. However, to a much less degree than so many of their other offerings. I guess they have their cult following for just that reasons. Hop gluttons. Aside from that, the mint chocolate presents very cleverly. I'm impressed with how well they engineered this beer for the mint chocolate to emerge the way it does. I'm giving it an extra half point on taste just for that reason.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 01:00:22 | More by DocJitsu
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into Founders snifter.

A- Pours a jet black with a half finger of creamy slightly foamy mocha brown head that recedes fairly slowly and leaves some spotty layered lacing. Decent carbonation of consistently rising carbonation bubbles.

S- Dark chocolate, roasted malts, some mint that balances with the chocolate and almost gives a bourbon characteristic to the aroma due to the sweetness and high abv. Smells good and is a little bit above average aroma strength.

T- Dark chocolate, some very light hops, a faint roast, finishes with some leafy almost medicinal mint (which comes out more as it warms) with a light bitterness. Mint lingers as a light aftertaste. Flavors blend nicely together however the mint is a little bit too leafy and prevalent for my taste and in my opinion takes away a little bit too much from the chocolate stout qualities.

M- Medium bodied, nice carbonation, easy to drink.

O- This was a nice brew, however it was just a little bit too minty for my taste especially as it warmed up in the glass. It was a nice concept and very interesting to try, but probably not something that I would like to drink all the time. I'd recommend trying it out especially if you like mint, but I wouldn't recommend buying a ton of bottles.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 22:27:42 | More by jaasen64
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marshmeli

New York

4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-23-2012 21:56:19 | More by marshmeli
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dfecteau

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-23-2012 20:36:00 | More by dfecteau
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CB_Crowe

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

11-23-2012 17:54:50 | More by CB_Crowe
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a brown head. In the aroma, a big roast, sweet chocolate and just a note of mint. In the taste, a sweet chocolate roast, with a burst of mint in the end. A minty bite and a medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a dry sweet chocolate and a small minty burn in the aftertaste. Like drinking a peppermint patty, a small alcohol presence, but mellow.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 17:50:56 | More by OWSLEY069
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muchloveforhops3

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

11-22-2012 09:39:05 | More by muchloveforhops3
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IPAs4lyfe

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Looks like an average stout, one finger espresso colored head.

S: Smells like roasty mint chocolate ice cream with a hint of fresh cream.

T: Sooo good. The perfect balance of mint chocolate and vanilla with roasted notes and a slight alcoholic bite and hop bitterness towards the end that balances wonderfully.

M: Medium bodied, subdued carbonation, very drinkable for an imperial stout. Alcohol is hidden well.

O: One of the better stouts I have had in some time. Great balance and perfect blend of flavors, I was impressed! A very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 07:13:59 | More by IPAs4lyfe
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jmccraney

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

11-22-2012 06:43:18 | More by jmccraney
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Maudite snifter. Pours pitch black with a half finger light brown head with good retention and nice lacing. Aroma of mint and chocolate with only a hint of malt. This smells exactly like a mint chocolate girl scout cookie. Uncanny. Flavor is a great combination of dark toasted malt, chocolate and menthol mint. Finishes with toasted malt, chocolate, mint and light hop bitterness. Very nicely integrated and the mint is at a nice level not to be dominant. Medium creamy bodied. This is a really nicely made and unique beer. I'm almost surprised they pulled this off so well but these are all great brewers/breweries and they did it. A great holiday dessert stout. It was on the market for only a nanosecond so I hope there are a few more shipments; I'd like to buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 04:41:19 | More by LiquidAmber
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SalukiAlum

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

11-22-2012 02:30:50 | More by SalukiAlum
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hitter114

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a stella egg glass

A: very dark burnt brown minimal tan head
S: Smells like an RIS at first with roasty malt tastes and some booze, then you can most defiantly smell the mint or menthol smell
T: Very unique at first its very minty then finishes with roast and chocoalte, the mint doesn't overly stay on the palate, kinda strange though a little hard to get used to but unique non the less. Starts pretyy drinkable warms up a bit after a few sips
M: Really interesting. Crisp but then a hoppy bite on the tongue, the mint playing a huge role as well.

Overall I think this beer is a good unique beer, it is unlike anything ive ever tried. I think they executed it pretty well judging on the fact that it is a very specific taste to nail without overdoing it. at over 9%abv I'd say a good buy.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 00:58:16 | More by hitter114
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle served in a Stone Guardian glass. Beer is black with a thin brown head, minimal head, minimal lacing, low carbonation. Looks good.

Beer smells like mint chocolate ice cream. Smells awesome.

Beer is medium in body, tastes like chocolate and mint. The finish is the downfall of this beer. It is thin and is very bitter on the back. I like everything about this beer but the finish. Makes it a little harsh. I'd consider having it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 14:59:47 | More by drabmuh
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strongaf

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

11-21-2012 09:08:10 | More by strongaf
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AdamP

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

11-21-2012 04:56:50 | More by AdamP
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creez

California

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

11-20-2012 19:28:02 | More by creez
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MacQ32

South Carolina

4.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours damn near black into my oversized DFH signature glass. Aggressively poured resulting in 3 fingers of caramel/mocha cream head. Retention is great, still a dense half finger more than five minutes later. Lacing is fantastic and covers the glass.

S - Smells like delicious minty rocky road ice cream. Lots and lots of delicious sweet chocolate and maybe a hint of vanilla, mint is present after a few good whiffs.

T - Sooo good. Initially lots of chocolate and vanilla sweetness with fresh minty flavors making a noticeable appearance. Then it gets surprisingly very toasty and bitter (which I love). The roasts bitterness lingers all the way through the finish and carries a lasting aftertaste. Hoppy bitterness more so than roasts malts but it seems that a combination of both give the brew its bitter deliciousness.

M - Medium to full bodied, very very smooth. Minimal carbonation, an excellent drinking experience.

O - I was looking forward to this but really had no idea this would be as enjoyable as it is. One of my favorite stouts.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 04:33:27 | More by MacQ32
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joecast

Australia

4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Whiskey barrel aged stout for lunch. Mint chocolate stout for dinner. Damn I'm spoiled.

Seriously dark tanned head. Pours like chocolate syrup over ice cream. Slow and smooth. Pitch black with no perceivable lightness at he edges. Ominous.

Mint takes a minute to come through, but when it does its unmistakeable. Starts to come across as a chocolate covered peppermint candy. Hard to believe this is actually a beer.

Wow. Nearly a match in the taste. Somehow it still has quite a distinctive mint flavor. The chocolate is a bit less surprising, but just as, well, delicious. It also has some kind of cleansing bitterness but I find it hard to describe as hops. Maybe from the copious amount of dark/roasted malt or dark chocolate but it manages to restrain some of that sweetness from the residual sugar and alcohol.

Big, heavy, slick mouthfeel. Only knocking it down a bit cause I'd struggle to have more than one. Though I would certainly enjoy having another in six months or a years time. What a winner.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 03:49:00 | More by joecast
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thegerm87

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

11-19-2012 22:54:02 | More by thegerm87
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Maseitz

Delaware

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

11-19-2012 21:31:15 | More by Maseitz
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poppyjohn

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

11-19-2012 03:43:11 | More by poppyjohn
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Danobold

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

11-19-2012 03:04:18 | More by Danobold
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pitch black pour with a thin mocha colored head. Head clings to the glass throughout.

S- Huge fresh mint aroma up front with chocolate malt coming through as well. Smells just like a thin mint cookie.

T- Chocolate makes much more of an appearance in the taste than the nose. Chocolate up front with the mint coming in towards the middle and the finish. Very good combination of flavors.

M- Pretty good carbonation, but somewhat of a murky body. Not necessarily smooth, but not bad either.

O- A great take on two flavors you would think you would see more of together.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 00:38:04 | More by stephenjmoore
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz.

Pours jet black with two inches of coffee-and-cream head that dissipates at a snail's pace. Fine carbonation in the head and clings to the glass as it goes down.

Smells like hershey chocolate and mild piney hops.

Tastes super-chocolatey with a glimmer of mint followed by a whisper of hop bitterness.

Full, creamy body with a mild texture of carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

This is decadent. Dessert in a bottle. A real treat, I would love to have this again and again.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 21:31:18 | More by Cylinsier
Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist / Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 687 ratings.