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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
89
very good

709 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 709
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 107
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 09-22-2012)
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Photo of davey101
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!

davey101, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of Shnanign
4/5  rDev -2%

Shnanign, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of alamode
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

alamode, Nov 04, 2012
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.

Treebs, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of Gatordaddy
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Gatordaddy, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of matthageman
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

matthageman, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev -2%

MarkyMOD, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of rab53
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

rab53, Nov 03, 2012
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.

Viciousknishs, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of tbone1384
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%

tbone1384, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of TheRuss9585
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

TheRuss9585, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of ChanChan
4/5  rDev -2%

ChanChan, Nov 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

M1A2, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
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.

FosterJM, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of warrenout330
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

warrenout330, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of Focusf111
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Focusf111, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of marct
4/5  rDev -2%

marct, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of AlexChillton
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

AlexChillton, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Momar42 for the bottle! 6 oz. poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a close-to-pitch black color. The head is a half fingerlight khaki color with average retention. However, it leaves a nice, thick collar around the glass.

S: This could have been either awesome or medicinal - and thankfully it's awesome. It really does smell like Andes. Yeah, it's a one note aroma, but who cares?! It smells incredible!

T: Perhaps it's not quite as incredible as the aroma, but this is still an enjoyable drink. Chocolate helps open the flavor profile, before the mint makes its presence known in the mid-taste. The finish is quite herbal, and thankfully not medicinal. Roasted malts and subtle vanilla helps keep the mint and chocolate under control. Another thing I enjoy is how it isn't particularly 'sweet' (Choklat, I love you, but you're just too sweet at times!) This takes the 'dry' route, and by God, it's all the better for it. Some dark fruit notes would have really sent this over the top, but it's still very, very good.

M: It's a thick, smooth imperial stout, and quite dry on the finish, although the herbal mint notes linger nicely. Easier to drink than a nearly 10% RIS should be. I can't really complain here.

O: Finally, one of Stone's gimmicky experiments pulls through! This makes me forget about the abomination that was Stone's 16th anniversary IPA. Like I summarized in the aroma, this could have been either awesome or medicinal, so thank the makers this is awesome.

ThisWangsChung, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of movingtrain
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

There's something to these interestingly spiced, minty beers. They hold a certain, wild appeal to them. They are different, yet familiar...offsetting, but comfortable.

Pours a dark black color with a pretty decent, creamy tan head.

There are hints of mint and chocolate (of course) in the aroma, but also cherry, burnt sugar, wet wood, almond, candied figs, and a few alcoholic whiffs. Each sniff pulls an interesting mix of mint, dark chocolate, and alcohol.

The flavor is, again, of mint and chocolate up front. The imperial stout here really pulls in these flavors and creates a unique marriage. Chocolate is a flavor that comes up in many imperial stouts, but the addition of mint allows a very drinkable quality to this...refreshing, even. It's warming and dark. There are also some notes of raisins, dried dates, vanilla cream, and cinnamon.

Overall, this beer is great beer. The alcohol is up there, but lends a nice warming to a really comforting beer. The mint addition is not too overpowering...and, although it is one of the prominent elements here, seems to be in balance with the hefty style. This collaboration brew is worth trying out.

movingtrain, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of Hoptometrist
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Poured a viscos black with nice big frothy mocha colored head that left chunky glass coating lace.

S- Big rich dark chocolate and mint notes. Wow that smells like a chocolate mint.

T- Big dark chocolate, mint flavor,and some pine notes. This really tastes like a liquid Andes mint.

M- Medium to fuller bodied, slightly syrupy, some nice nice alcohol warming. Ridiculously drinkable for the ABV.

O- This is as advertised a mint chocolate stout. You even get that minty fresh after effect that stays with you, which is pretty impressive

Hoptometrist, Oct 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

jsurfs82, Oct 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Envelopes, Oct 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

tobelerone, Oct 28, 2012
Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist / Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 709 ratings.