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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

716 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 716
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 110
Gots: 106 | FT: 3
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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4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone bottle into a pint glass

A:black as night almost completely throughout like really dark chocolate with thin tan head that despates quickly

S: it totally smells like mint chocolate maybe with a little spice that could be hops, but the mint really stands out I could smell this all day.

T:okay so wow it hits you with mint dark chocolate but then the mint takes better near menothol but not overpowering (i think it is the alc in there but it is well intigrated) at all the you can actually taste the hops as the mint fades and it goes from mint liquior to actually taste like a stout.

Edit (4/6/2013): So the minty flavor is still there, but this being one of my earlier reviews I think I may have exaggerated the quality of the taste because its there but it is sort of muddled together either that or it has not held up well over time because there are quality stout characteristics there but they don't mix well withe the minty flavors.

M: it is very thick almost chewy witch reminds me of chocolate so I count that as a good thing for this, but there is a little too much carbonation it's almost fizzy but it's still pretty good

O: okay so this isn't your typical IS so its more of its own style it's really be compared. That being said it tastes as advertised and like a beer and I really love it so in my opinion it perfect stone ken and iron fist nailed it. Going to celler my other in hopes the alc calms down and chocolate flavor increases

Edit (4/6/2013): The chocolate did come out more so far but not as much as I had hoped as well as other stout aspects the mint still adds to the alc burn that still seems strong esp for 9.7%. Having a better knowledge of the style I have lowered the score

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of B33R501
2.68/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

who doesnt like mint chocolate? well, i guess when added to my beer that would be me.

looked good, smelled ok, went downhill quickly after. not enough chocolate, too much mint. got a little better as it warmed but in the end the bad aftertaste never went away. it was strong, and pretty thick. but that aftertaste. blah. good thing i only got the one. and its done.

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of MadeInOregon
1.98/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Nonsense.

Doesn't taste or smell like mint...even artificial, candy mint. What a joke and a waste of money.

This is just an over-alcohol'ed stout--and not even that great of one--with cocoa added. If you like cocoa-powder stouts, Sam Adams makes a decent one for much cheaper...but, even then, adding Nestle Quik to beer is not very difficult or impressive. Always tastes cheap and chalky. This one is no exception.

Sorry Stone-devotees, this beer is lame.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a DFH signature glass. 2012 Collaboration.

A - Pitch black body with a two finger light mocha head. Crazy amount of lacing and retention. Really gorgeous beer.

S - A combination of dry and sweet milk chocolate and peppermint leaves. Just a hint of vanilla on the end. Its subtle yet intense at the same time. Perhaps its the quality of the ingredients, but the aroma is just incredible. Smells precisely like a York patty.

T - Cocoa powder and peppermint initially. The finish is met with a slight malty mineral bitterness and lingering mint and chocolate sweetness. Very tasty and it never becomes "too much" mint or chocolate. Only improves as it warms up, but not nearly as impressive as the nose.

M - Medium bodied and silky. Drinkability is dangerously high as the abv is not even noticable.

O - I could smell this beer all day. I'm not exactly a "mint person" but I can rock a York patty from time to time. This was spot on with that candy. Rich and decadent yet sweet chocolate perfectly balanced with fresh and herbal peppermint. The only flaw of this beer is a slight malt bitterness that comes up in the aftertaste. A surprise hit for me!

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Treebs
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BA Funkel81 for the extra! 12 oz. bottle served in a Deschute tulip.

A: Pours a dark black color with a nice and thick tan head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a thin ring that leaves some sticky sheets of lace.

S: Pure mint leaf up front with a nice roasted malt presence. There is a nice chocolate subtly as well.

T: The mint and chocolate combo really works without the mint being overpowering. The roasted malts give a nice change from the sweetness. A little espresso bean even peaks its head around as well.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with a smooth, medium-low carbonation level.

O: This beer definitely worked and it was nice. More mint came in as the beer warmed and it was nice to have this mint be a mint leaf/Junior Mint type of flavor as opposed to Colgate. Would recommend if you can find it.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Viciousknishs
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours ebony with two fingers of dark tan head. Solid head retention with a fair amount of lacing.

S- substantial milk chocolate and cocoa powder aromas with fresh aromatic mint blended in. Creamy note in the middle with soft roasted malt characteristics on the finish.

T- creamy chocolate flavors dominate this brew. Candy like mint and cocoa powder hit mid-palate. Finishes with a whisper of roasted malt bitterness and a dry chocolate cake note.

MF- creamy velvity mouthfeel with a heavy medium body. Fine bubbled medium carbonation.

D- good drinkability.

Overall a good stout. It does call to mind the likes of Andes and York peppermint patties. I think hotels should start leaving bottles of this on my pillow.

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4.52/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1597th Review on BA
Bottle to Woodshop Snifter
12oz

2012 Release
Purchased at Total Wine for $2.99

App- Its a very rich and lush looking dark brown, almost black pour. Wont call it inky black but pretty close when it sits for a minute. A small 1 finger tan/brown head sits for a minute to reveal a good cling. Nice sticky lines down the glass.

Smell- Its got a good nose on it, I think its a bit grainular like a crumbled cookie and needs to be a bit smoother and a bit layered. It does bring a ton of chocolate and the mint is pleasant versus being overbearing on this one. I like the idea but the nose needs bit more to it.

Taste- I completely get what they were going for on this one. I enjoyed it a lot and with the ABV it really added a great depth to it. The mint was just right and so was the chocolate, but the grainular notes carry over to the taste and needs to be just a bit smoother on this one.

Mouth- Its a full medium body with a medium creamy carbonation. A nice bit of all the flavors meld together on the feel on this. Like melted liquid chocolate with some mint or a thin mint.

Drink- A nice stout. I'm glad I landed a couple to sit on to see how it changes in a year or two. Good flavors and a good collab between some good breweries.

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4.78/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my delirium snifter

A- pours a pitch black color, thick tan colored head that sticks to the glass for a couple of minutes. Dissolves to a thin layer over the beer leaving behind a very nice sticky lacing down the glass

S- smells of chocolatey mint... like a junior mint. More chocolate pronounced with the mint as a highlight to the overall smell....

T- very close to the smell... very sweet chocolate, that highlight of mint in the back... very well balanced

M- sweet and creamy with a balance of hop bite in the back

O- very interesting take on a RIS by stone... my first colab from them and I'm not the slight bit disappointed... the chocolate and mint are at a perfect harmony for balance and taste.... very delightful

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist / Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 716 ratings.