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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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Ratings: 718
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 112
Gots: 105 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 09-22-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 718 | Reviews: 204
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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of AlexChillton
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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.

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
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

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Envelopes
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of EgadBananas
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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3.85/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of wrb357
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of FullObs
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of lovelyallen
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of ocelot2500
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of archey
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A solid aroma of malt, chocolate, mint, and a bit of coffee. Not as powerful as you would expect, but still pretty good.

T: Tasted of dark chocolate, roasted malt, a hint of coffee, light hops, a little burnt quality, and the advertised mint in the finish. Very well rounded and extremely flavorful.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a slightly harsh finish (the burnt quality is a little too prevalent here). Medium- to full-bodied.

O: A completely likeable and well made stout. Drinkable.

Photo of Nightrain87
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of MagicJeff
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

!2 oz bottle into my pint glass

Appearance: Dark brown/almost black body. Creamy mocha head, which lasts pretty long. Looks great.

Smell: Mint is most prevalent. Then some coffee malt and slight chocolate.

Taste: I'd say the mint over powers the chocolate, but the sweetness of the chocolate is still there to balance out the the initial powerful mint. Slight burn on the back end from the alcohol. The chocolate is dark chocolate tasting, which I like.

Mouthfeel: Pretty syrupy and full bodied.

Overall: Very interesting stout. Just when this one seems to be going out of control mint-wise, it is reeled back in by a sweet chocolatey alcoholic burn. Would like to cellar one and see if it mellows out. This would be perfect to drink post-Thanksgiving dinner/Christmas Eve

Photo of jsanford
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an inky black with a dense mocha head that settles to a thick cap, leaving lots of lacing clinging to the glass. Definitely getting the cocoa nibs and a nice whiff of mint, similar to a Peppermint Patty or Thin Mint. Nice roasted malt and a bit of coffee as well. Whole lot more mint in the flavor then the nose, this screams of chocolate syrup, fresh mint, and dark roasted malt. Really impressive beer. Mouthfeel is velvet-smooth, with a nearly-full body and light carbonation. Really good beer, one of my favorites of the Stone Collaboration series.

Photo of barnzy78
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, pours black with a frothy milk chocolaty head, decent retention and good lacing is left one the glass. As for aromas, mint is there...smells like an Andes mint, milk chocolate, a little roastiness as well. Tastes have some nice chocolatey notes, with mint, anise, and a roasted barley finish while the mint lingers around for a bit. Nice viscous mouth-feel, nice carbonation as well. Overall, good utilization of the mint & I think they achieved their goal for the flavor profile, but does mint need to be in beer? Kind of weird. Definitely interesting and pushes the envelope.

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Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist / Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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