Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist / Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.08/5 rDev 0%
1597th Review on BA
Bottle to Woodshop Snifter
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.
11-01-2012 18:29:22 | More by FosterJM
4.78/5 rDev +17.2%
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
10-31-2012 23:20:01 | More by warrenout330
4.08/5 rDev 0%
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.
10-30-2012 22:32:15 | More by ThisWangsChung
4.55/5 rDev +11.5%
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.
10-29-2012 22:46:08 | More by movingtrain
4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
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
10-29-2012 03:25:07 | More by Hoptometrist
4.63/5 rDev +13.5%
If I recall the description on the back of the bottle, I believe the style should be a Russian Imperial Stout.
Pours a black colour, with a rich mocha coloured head, dissipating to a foamy ring. Left nice lacing. The aroma was strong with a rich Belgian chocolate nose, with a subtle sweet mint note, roasted malts and a touch of espresso bean. The taste is perfect: Rich decadent tastes of chocolate, roast, slight coffee, sweetness, and a touch of sweet mint on the finish, causing an ever so hint of coldness on the finish. Has a nice rich feeling on the palate, creamy, full bodied but not overbearingly heavy.
Overall, this is like a phenomenal RIS, gracefully married with a Thin Mint cookie and a dollop of mint chocolate chip ice cream...emphasis on "subtle marriage", and that's the way it should be. I'll be seeking more trades for this and laying plenty bottles down.
10-27-2012 22:58:47 | More by EgadBananas
4.43/5 rDev +8.6%
12 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is pretty nice, it smells like mint chocolate (like those Andes mint chocolates), roasted malt, and a bit of coffee. It tastes like mint and bittersweet chocolate, roasted/burnt malt, coffee, and a bit of vanilla and licorice. I guess I was expecting this beer to be sweeter than it actually is, but I like the roasty bitter minty chocolate flavor a lot. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and coating with moderate carbonation. I thought this was a pretty good brew, might have to get another bottle of it soon! $3.99 a bottle.
10-27-2012 21:27:09 | More by bluejacket74
3.98/5 rDev -2.5%
Poured into pint glass from 12 oz bottle.
I love these Stone collaborations. Their Green Tea IPA was great, infusing two flavors for a unique, pleasant taste. I believe this beer is no exception: unique, pleasant, but maybe not as appealing to me as the Green Tea IPA.
It looks pitch black, with a very, very thin chocolatey head. I don't think a pint glass is the best presentation for this, but that's all I had, so here we are. Smells like mint chocolate chip cookies, ice cream, Girl Scout Thin Mints...listen, it's mint chocolate, okay? If you don't know what that smells like by now, good god, man!
The biggest factor in any beer is the taste...and this one nails what it is going for. I feel the "imperial" nature of the stout comes through more here than the chocolate or mint does. This thing has some serious kick; it's like minty, chocolatey sludge in a glass. Is that a bad thing? Not at all. However, I'd be intrigued to see how a Mint Chocolate Irish Dry Stout would fare in comparison. While I think they nailed what they were going for here, it's very, very heavy.
That's where the mouthfeel comes in: it lingers in your mouth for awhile. It makes your spit thick and your mouth dry; and boy does that mint come in at the end and linger. Is it bad? Not at all! Again, I knew what this would be like coming into it. But I still can't shake the feeling I might enjoy this more with a drier finish.
So is this the best mint chocolate stout I've ever tried? Yup. Is it the first one? Yup. But for the style, man, this is a dessert beer and a half. Maybe I'm tainted because I had two more slices of pizza than I should have for dinner. Or maybe it's a warm Fall night and if it had been a cold winter one, I'd be lapping this up like water. Still, this is a wonderful stout, and it nails the "mint chocolate" angle in spades.
I would definitely have this again, under different conditions (like a tulip glass, on an empty stomach, when it's raining out). But, as it stands, it's still very enjoyable and comes recommended for anyone the least bit interested in what it's going for.
10-27-2012 04:46:05 | More by wrb357
4.23/5 rDev +3.7%
Served from a 12 oz bottle.
Poured into a tulip glass. The beer pours really nice. It looks very thick and inviting with a pitch black color. The head is a nice amber brown color and settles nicely with some solid lacing. Nothing out of this world, but it pours and looks the way a high ABV stout should.
The smell isnt terribly forward but you definitely get the chocolate with a bit of mint in there as well. I'm wishing it smelled a tad more minty but it still is great in the nose. As for the taste, wow. Very balanced and clean yet roasted malts, dark earthy chocolate, some coffee/espresso, and then at the end it finishes with a really nice fresh mint taste. I'm actually surprised that this is so balanced as I thought it may end up being cloyingly minty, chocolaty and sweet. There isnt much sweetness in this beer which I applaud as the finished product we get is a really nice complex stout.
The mouthfeel is pretty thick and maybe even on the syrupy side but only just a little. Overall this is a really solid imperial stout. I'd get it again without hesitation.
10-25-2012 15:39:00 | More by lovelyallen
4.28/5 rDev +4.9%
Pours a cola color with a tight, mocha head that leaves decent sized chunks of lacing.
Smells of mint notes with some dark chocolate, pretty candy like.
Tastes of the full roasted notes with the mint over top. Dark chocolate, caramel, and a bit of espresso comes through. Decent roasted bitterness, but has a fairly sweet component. Mint definitely comes through and gives it a slight mint chocolate chip feel. Alcohol is well hidden and does not come through.
Mouthfeel is full with a creamy amount of carbonation.
Overall, a very good beer comes through, where I frankly was expecting a hot mess.
10-25-2012 03:42:57 | More by ocelot2500
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
A - Pours a dark brown-black color with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of lightly roasted dark chocolate malts with mint, lactose, a touch of coffee, a touch of black licorice, and a bit of booze.
T - Starts off with a mix of dark chocolate malts, a bit of lactose sweetness, and some black licorice. Through the middle, the mint comes through with a bit of coffee and some more cocoa. The finish is a mix of roasted cocoa and coffee, mint, a bit of black licorice, and a bit of booze.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, warming, and minty finish.
D - Very drinkable. The balance is really spot on with the mint and the base imperial stout.
10-25-2012 01:46:58 | More by ngeunit1
Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist / Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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