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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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695 Ratings

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Ratings: 695
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 107
Gots: 113 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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


4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

10-23-2012 02:11:02 | More by jsanford
Photo of barnzy78


3.55/5  rDev -12.8%

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.

10-22-2012 23:48:36 | More by barnzy78
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

10-22-2012 16:47:38 | More by beerpadawan
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

10-21-2012 23:49:21 | More by WesM63
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

10-21-2012 23:42:06 | More by Wildhorseisland
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

10-21-2012 23:41:12 | More by CelticAleMan
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3.8/5  rDev -6.6%

A: Pours thick and black, with very little head at all. Basically no head retention or lacing on glass due to there being virtually no head on the pour.

S: Dominate chocolate smell, with definite minty freshness and some roasted malt.

T: As the nose would suggest, there is a strong dark chocolate flavor at the start but minty goodness finishes. There's a decent amount of bitterness that actually combines with the sweet mint taste well. The taste lingers really well.

M: Decently full body with a good amount of carbonation without being too much.

O: I had pretty high hopes with this one, and I think it would be inaccurate to say that I was disappointed. Perhaps the best way of putting it - I think it could have been better. Still pretty good, but I was envisioning the taste of a melted Andes Mint - maybe that was too high of hopes? Biggest disappointment was the appearance with no head. Taste was pretty well balanced between the chocolate, mint, and bitterness. I'll be cellaring one of these. Curious how a year or so will do this one.

10-21-2012 22:05:07 | More by Justin_Neff
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

10-21-2012 12:26:20 | More by JCaweinstein
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

10-21-2012 02:03:18 | More by jrohrbacher
Photo of kojevergas


3.85/5  rDev -5.4%

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at the Cap N Cork in Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California for $3.99 and served into a Uinta brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in Los Feliz. Expectations are fairly high given the good reviews I've heard, but Stone has a tendency to be over-hyped. I thought their "Imperial Russian Stout" was fairly pathetic, so I'm hoping this changes my mind and blows me away.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with hard pretzels.

A: Pours a two finger rich dark beautiful tan head of marvelous frothy cream, great thickness, and fantastic retention for the high ABV. Colour is a solid nontransparent black. Opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. A gorgeous beer. I'm hoping it tastes as good as it looks.

Sm: Light chocolate, a bit of cream, dominant spearmint, and underlying dark malts. A light aroma. I expect a beer in this style to have a lot more going on.

T: Mint definitely comes through, especially on the climax and in the third act. I don't know that I like it; it's a strange effect. It does pique my interest, though. Some chocolate complements it nicely. Chocolate malts and dark malts provide the unobtrusive foundation. Unfortunately, there's hardly any roasted barley character. It does drink very smooth; I like it more and more as I drink it. No alcohol is detectable. It's well built, with well executed layering and smart complexity. I don't know that I'd necessarily call it subtle, but the mint does have a creeping understated effect. No yeast comes through. Very pleasant and enjoyable.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and of good thickness. Moderate on the palate; not heavy like many beers in the style. Suits the flavour profile marvelously. A bit of cream up front and again in the climax. Very well executed, never getting too far into porter territory. As smooth as a good Stout can be. I know it sounds strange, but the mouthfeel of the beer evokes the texture of the surface of a mint. Smooth and comforting. I like it.

Dr: I'm impressed. Stone usually disappoints me, but this one is solid. I credit Ken Schmidt, not Stone. A solid innovative brew that really delivers on its strange concept. I'd love to try this on nitro someday. One of the few Stone beers I'd actually recommend to friends. Hides its ABV incredibly well. This is one tasty beer, but that said it doesn't satisfy the expectations (dare I say conventions) of the style. Those obsessed with the style might not like this one. I quite fancy it, however. Priced somewhat highly.

I think this may be the best beer from Stone that I've had.

Serve cold.


10-21-2012 01:16:02 | More by kojevergas
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

10-20-2012 06:11:16 | More by ThinkRedEsq
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4.08/5  rDev +0.2%

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours very dark brown bordering on black with three fingers of creamy light brown head. A bit of sticky lacing as the head slowly receded. Not much visible through this beer.

Nose is very roasty, dark roasted malt, espresso, a light smokiness, milk chocolate. Not much mint that I can smell, possibly faint and overwhelmed by a nice imperial stout.

Taking a sip, a bit of mint comes through first, then milk chocolate and toasted bread, before the heavy roast rolls in, dark roasted malt, espresso and smoked malt. Finishes slightly astringent from the roastiness, balanced by some sweeter chocolate and mint at the back of the throat.

Full body, very creamy from ample soft but tight carbonation. An interesting beer.

10-20-2012 02:56:54 | More by nataku00
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

10-19-2012 16:19:05 | More by queens1130
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

10-18-2012 19:51:24 | More by ezperkins2
Photo of ehammond1

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for the gift, VaTechHopHead!

Black throughout, moderately substantial and heavy-looking body, with a small though persistent dark brown head. This leaves dots of stick down the glass. Pretty and appropriate.

In both aroma and flavor, this one really shines as it nears room temperature. Inititally, this smells of mild roast and just a hint of mint. But as it warms, it really opens up nicely: Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookies, mild roast, some vanilla character, and chocolate. Very nice.

The flavor too is incredibly nice and is best at room temperature. At it's coldest temperature, there's a strange bitterness, but that quickly goes away after warming. Again, the Thin Mints and Andes Mints character shines, along with some chocoate, roast, vanilla, and graham cracker. Exceptional flavor.

Medium to near full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable.

Delicious, but let it come up to room temperature or you'll be sorry!

10-17-2012 16:13:43 | More by ehammond1
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

10-16-2012 04:57:44 | More by agaloco9
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

10-15-2012 21:39:17 | More by Hellyeahimdrinking
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

10-15-2012 04:40:22 | More by fox227
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4.53/5  rDev +11.3%

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a jet black with brown hints. A big 3 finger tan head erupts, but dies down pretty quickly. Some spotty lace is left.

S: Smells just like an Andes mint, pretty cool actually. I can feel it in my eyes if I get too close. Definite notes of dark chocolate as well.

T: Sweet chocolate and mint, cream, with a hint of coffee. Clear bitter cocoa to finish, with some roast.

M: Medium to full-bodied, very creamy and frothy, a soft carbonation obviously. Long minty aftertaste.

O: I've never been a fan of the much heralded Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream, but this is a damn good effort and fun to boot. Like drinking an Andes mint with some York Peppermint Patties in the finish. Bootlegger's does a Mint Chocolate Porter for their winter seasonal, but this is taking it to the next level.

10-14-2012 03:43:45 | More by Halcyondays
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

10-14-2012 03:15:40 | More by brotherloco
Photo of AJacob81


4.4/5  rDev +8.1%

12 oz bottle to snifter.

A - The darkest possible brown, completely opaque, and an aggressive pour yields a luxurious, pillowy head of nearly two fingers, coffee-colored.

S - Fresh mint leaves, hefty notes of baker's chocolate and bittersweet cocoa up front, followed by a more traditional RIS nose featuring roasted grain, dark fruits, and the slightest hint of anise.

T - Slightly inverted from the nose, this hits like a big, roasty RIS ought, coffee and smoke and dark chocolate and here comes the mint. My fear going in was that this would be creme-de-menthey, sticky sweet mint, but it's absolutely not. A pretty hard peppermint bite is prominent, more Altoids than candy canes. The mint fades into creamy chocolate in the finish. A lot going on here, but it hangs together very well.

M - Full-bodied, coating creamy goodness.

Glad I picked up a couple. I like the idea of grabbing another to age as well, to see how the mint integrates over time.

10-13-2012 17:40:56 | More by AJacob81
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

10-13-2012 17:03:28 | More by SageO
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

10-13-2012 08:16:50 | More by CEDAMA
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

10-13-2012 06:48:55 | More by Rollzroyce21
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4.48/5  rDev +10.1%

A - Pitch black with a nice tan head. Can't see any light through this imperial stout. Thick lacing on the side of the glass. I can't imagine a beer being much more beautiful.

S - Heavy chocolate, nice sweet malts, and just a nice amount of mint thrown. Resembles a light peppermint patty. Very nice.

T - Wow, I can't believe how awesome this beer tastes. The only other beer I've had with mint was the Dogfish Black and Blue, and in my opinion was not a good one. My expectations were very low of this beer and I'm very, very pleasantly surprised. Nice minty flavor up front that mellows into cocoa and a little bit of mocha chino. Very smooth.

M - Nice and thick with absolutely no alcohol bite. Light carbonation all the way to the bottom of the glass.

O - So impressed with this beer. Never imagined these flavors would blend well in a beer, but that's what I get for underestimating talented brewers. Hopefully this becomes at least a seasonal beer as I would buy it whenever available.

10-13-2012 05:58:07 | More by ThePaleRider
Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist / Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
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