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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

714 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 714
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 107
Gots: 110 | FT: 4
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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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

CheapBeerBuzz, Nov 28, 2012
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4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thick, black, motor oil pours from the bottle. A thick, foamy, brown head rises from the brew. Lacing is near perfect, small and circular.

Very minty, like an Andes Mint.. Light milk chocolate, bready, and roasty.

It's like mint chocolate milk. Amazing. Carbonation appears to be high, but feel perfect and low. Bitterness is near nonexistent, but a slight rubbing alcohol feel comes out at the end. Sweetness is perfect and should not be altered. Flavors of mint are nowhere near over powering, very relaxed and well thought out. The chocolate is also very light and well done.

A brilliant brew! Amazing recipe, well thought out and blended very nicely. It's almost a good as it could possibly get, only minor tweaks could improve it's mouthfeel. I'm also torn if I appreciate it's (lighter) aroma or if I wish it was slightly less minty. This has got to be one of Stone's best Collaborations. Highly Recommended!!!

chugalug06, Nov 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

bsuedekum, Nov 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Pinche_Oso, Nov 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

Peyton5410, Nov 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

orangesol, Nov 26, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

HavasuDG, Nov 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

marqoid, Nov 26, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

bigfnjoe, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of dirtylou
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single

appearance: served in an elysian snifter - big ebony body, dense chocolate foam suggesting moderately high carbonation

smell: mint, fudge, dark roastiness

taste: i've always enjoyed the concept of a mint stout (South Shore Brewery in WI brewed a few interesting ones) but have found that the mint comes off a bit too medicinal/artificial for my taste. rich fudgey flavors, herbal mint notes, char, bitter roasty finish

mouthfeel: creamy and rich, charred and bitter

overall: good stuff, but one is plenty

dirtylou, Nov 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

dmorgan310, Nov 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Pando, Nov 26, 2012
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1/5  rDev -75.5%

Monnie, Nov 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

JALIEN, Nov 26, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an Old Guardian glass.

A - Pours a deep black color, almost totally opaque, with a 2 finger cap of fluffy cappuccino colored foam. Head shows good staying power, managing to hang around for a couple of minutes before dissipating and leaving behind foamy lacing on the glass.

S - Lots of chocolate up front with a combination of dark chocolate and cocoa powder. Mint is there, but takes a bit of a back seat to the chocolate aromas. Also can find some dark roastiness, perhaps a bit of molasses and some licorice.

T - Mint really comes out in the flavor...cool, clean, a bit sweet. A burnt, black malt acrid bitterness plays off the mint up front. This is followed by a smoother, chocolate rich backing of cocoa and 70% cacao. Hops are not noticeable on the palette, nor are they necessary to enhance what is already there. Finish returns to a bit of a charcoaly acrid acidity which could be a bit smoother.

M - Medium full body...carbonation is light, hardly noticeable and just about perfect for this beer. Sharply bitter, acrid, burnt, charcoaly but layered with chocolate and softly minty. Smooth and a bit oily on the tongue...rich and worthy of dessert.

O - Quite interesting beer. Solid as an ashy imperial stout at the base with the additional complexity and dessert-like aspects of chocolate and mint that pair together so well. Personally, I would think mint would go better with a standard strength stout with an even heavier body, a bit less char, and more sweetness to play off of the mint more. Very good, but having brewed my own mint stout a couple of times, I have some built in biases and preferences coming into it.

portia99, Nov 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

NickyDee21, Nov 25, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz silk screened bottle into standard pint.

A: agressive pour got a finger of frothy rich milk chocolate colored head that took a good 15sec to appear. As it falls it is leaving sheets of sticky gooey lacing. A thick cap is left of the pillowy head. Completley opaque jet black. Even when pouring I couldn't see through this stuff.

S:mint first and foremost. Then hints of chocolate and roasted grain. Hardly smells like beer. the mint is too strong and sweet to get much else on the nose.

T: a burst of mint and dark chocolate up front hits hard and delicious. Then a wash of roasted grains screams "i am a stout". Finishes up the first sip with big coffee bean notes like biting into a chocolate covered espresso bean. The coffee bean flavor lingers FOREVER on the palate even as the alcohol burn comes and goes. this is a happy beer, dangerously delicious at 9.6% you just drink and drink and drink.

M: chewy, this beer requires a knife to cut it, it is so thick. The rich smooth mouthfeel makes the rich chocolate and coffee notes in this one extra good.

O: I love this! Picked up a few imperial stouts at a bottle shop in town and have really enjpyed them all, but this is a dessert stout like none other. Stone doesn't always impress me but this does. So good!

N3rdM3t4l, Nov 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Capone's.

Stone Mint Chocolate Chip Beer is a black stout. The body is thick and very black, nothing coming through the edges. A beige head about an inch up above leaving minor notches on the way down. Scent is what you would expect, mint, it hits the nose on impact with some cocco scent and roasted character. A bit of alcohol seeps through, but not the whole 9%. Tis the season. Thinking this would be a overly sweet cloying mess, I was surprised I was able to get through the glass. The mint while the main flavor, does not overpower the malt base and chocolate. This also has a hoppy middle that's subtle, and helps the sweetness subside. Feel is smooth, this goes down easy with a small carb popping off, just a bit of alcohol flavor which I feel is needed in this type of beer. This is a step up from DFH's Black and Red, the mint flavor is big, but not as cloying as you would think it could be. Good in small doses.

BARFLYB, Nov 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

ferrettman687, Nov 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

cfh64, Nov 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

IPAFrankieH, Nov 24, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's for their Black Friday festivities and served in a Weyerbacher tulip.

Stone's collaboration Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout pours a solid black, with around a finger to a finger and a half of tan foam crowning the beer. Head retention is decent and lacing is left behind in thick rings. The nose has an intoxicating blend of aromas, with cocoa powder and fresh mint leaves swimming together, led by the former. Flavor wise, this is basically an Andes mint in a glass. Bittersweet dark chocolate is the highlight, witha supporting mint nite that's easily noticeable, but not overbearing. The mouthfeel us superbly dialed in. It's a little on the dry side for a stout, but that compliments the flavor profile wonderfully. The carbonation is spot on subtle, just barely there. This Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout is easily one of my favorite of the Stone collaboration brews.

axeman9182, Nov 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is as expected. I get a lot of wintergreen mint character as well as a lot of roasted malt and chocolate. The flavor is more of the same. The mint character melds well with the chocolate, tasting a bit like Thin Mints. The mint provides a cooling quality that I find interesting. There is also some roasted malt, but this is all about the chocolate and mint. The alcohol is very well hidden. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Nov 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

bkrbdan, Nov 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

JeffTheJuice, Nov 24, 2012
Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist / Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 714 ratings.