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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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702 Ratings

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Ratings: 702
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 107
Gots: 111 | 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 Halcyondays
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Halcyondays, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of brotherloco
4/5  rDev -2%

brotherloco, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of AJacob81
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

AJacob81, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of SageO
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

SageO, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +22.5%

CEDAMA, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Rollzroyce21, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of ThePaleRider
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

ThePaleRider, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of cxr1037
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased/opened 10/12/12. 12 oz bottle.

appearance: Very very dark brown, almost black. A few cm, espresso colored head.

smell: I get much more chocolate than mint at first. But the mint is definitely there. It smells like...

taste: ...mint chocolate ice cream! The mint and chocolate are almost all of the taste. And for a 9.6% beer, I don't get much of the alcohol at all. This beer is very sweet, but not disgustingly so.

mouthfeel: A little syrupy. Not a lot of carbonation.

finish: A chocolaty bitterness, like good dark chocolate. I'm wondering if I didn't actually eat a chocolate bar...

overall: I would opt for a glass of this over a bowl of ice cream after dinner. This is a great Imperial Stout, and definitely worth checking out if you love any of the following: mint chocolate ice cream, dark chocolate, sweet things, imperial stouts, Stone.

cxr1037, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of TheBronze
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

TheBronze, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of jlieber17
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

jlieber17, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of JazzIPA55
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

JazzIPA55, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of SocalKicks
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

SocalKicks, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out black with a decent inch of tan head. The lacing doesn't last long.

Bittersweet chocolate and mint combine for a light "Thin Mint" start. Roasted malt and earthy hops follow to round it out. Pretty impressive smell.

Roasted chocolate and earthy hops make for an almost mocha start, mint follows with a boozy chocolate finish. A little hot in the mouth, but it wasn't overwhelming.

Great collaboration. I have another one for the cellar and hope to hunt down a few more. Great price, $2.99 for a 12oz.

OBeerMeGreatOne, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of AgentZero
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Black beer, touch of brown on the edges. Beautiful tan head that foamed up two fingers and had great retention. Good deal of spots left on the sides, some nice sheeting during consumption. An attractive looking beer, can't really think how you could make this look better.

S - Some nice roast, this reminds me a lot of the Stone RIS and the Smoked Porter to an extent. There is a bit of chocolate, but the mint is the thing that really stands out here. It's a fairly refreshing mint smell, like something you would smell out in the wild. Not bad, but wish the aroma was a bit more full.

T - Taste is much better. Lots of mint with some very sweet chocolate on the end. This does taste considerably like an Andes mint in a beer, and it's got nice flavor that is appropriately sweet. Some decent roast with nice balance. It's mint forward, but not overpowering, you can still pick out this is a beer and get good chocolate in there as well. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

M - Smooth, full bodied, appropriate carbonation.

O - This beer is on point, and really what you would want from a mint chocolate beer. This is not something I thought I would like at all, as it seemed gimmicky and something likely headed for disaster. It was surprisingly enjoyable and a great take and unique take on the style. Well done.

AgentZero, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter glass.

A: Thick and dark with minimal head.

S: Strong Coffee and Chocolate smell with a slight mint smell.

T: At first the taste reminds me an Old Rasputin that's smoother, and thicker. The chocolate really comes out after the first hit on the tongue and the finish is where the mint chocolate comes in. Wasn't just a strictly mint finish as I have expected, it really had a mint chocolate taste.

M: Thick and full bodied. Very smooth with minimal carbonation.

O: They hit it out of the park. Best Collab stone has done that I've tasted and that's saying something. Fantastic Imperial Stout that's unique and stands out. My only wish is that it continues so I don't have to search and horde bottles I find.

CommanderOfAwesome, Oct 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

leodarko, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of 604growler
4/5  rDev -2%

604growler, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of pmarlowe
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a thickish black, with three fingers of beautiful looking, pillowy medium brown head. Very good retention and lots of intricate lacing.

S: Fresh herbal mint, a little spicy almost, and some roastiness and chocolate.

T: Mint and chocolate, definitely leaning towards the mint. A little spice too. More melted dark chocolate comes through, esp. on the extremely lengthy finish.

M: Full bodied and light carbonation.

O: Not bad, but not as good as I feel like it could be. I'm picturing something like Andes Candes in liquid form. The mint here isn't that good, and not enough chocolate comes through on the nose.

pmarlowe, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of ambruns1979
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

ambruns1979, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of HopsintheSack
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

HopsintheSack, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of mikehblack
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very opaque black with a thin khaki head that recedes fairly quickly. Some lacing on the glass. Definitely getting some alcohol legs as well. Looks like a nice dark imperial stout.

S- Heavy on the dark chocolate. Roasty and sweet with a touch of vanilla. Getting a bit of mint tingling the nostrils. Very pleasing and inviting for a sip.

T- Tons of dark chocolate. Bitter then sweet, roasty. Nice touch of mint that is not too overpowering. It's a very balanced stout that could have been a mess. Imagine those chips you get in a mint chocolate ice cream, melted down into a thick stout. Luscious.

M- Very thick and viscous. Not cloying at all. Low carbonation fits the beer perfectly.

O- This would be wonderful poured over a scoop of mint chocolate ice cream. It is deep, dark, delicious. I love that the mint is only a feature and not overdone. Will purchase again.

mikehblack, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of dwilson01
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a freshly bought 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Fairly aggressive pour leaves a thin dark tan almost coppery tan head, recedes quickly leaving no lacing on the glass. The body is black, no visibility at all through that thickness

The aroma gives a dark chocolate malt with subtle hints of fresh mint perking at the nostrils. Not too roasted though, a thick creamy chocolatey stout must await. As it warms up you get some of the alcohol esters on the nose as well giving it a sharper aroma giving away that 9.6abv

The flavor is perfect, I was worried about this one being too minty and it's not. Mostly dark chocolate malts and a slight roasty flavor hit me initially, this is followed by a thick chocolate creaminess in the middle and this gives way to a refreshing hint at mint in the aftertaste. I've never had such a refreshing stout. It's thick and heavy in the middle and just light enough in the end to make you immediately want some more. As it warms the flavors come out to play more and it takes on a more intense chocolate alcohol flavor which I like.

The mouthfeel, like a typical stout, almost imperial oatmeal stout like, very thick and creamy but this is also followed up by a curve ball in the end with the lighter fresh mint tingly feel.

Overall a solid collaboration beer I will definitely be trying again. Truthfully it's a lot like most imperial stouts but it's intense on the chocolate malt and has that little mint twist that set it apart.

dwilson01, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of funkel81
4/5  rDev -2%

funkel81, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of rrobello
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle at Cool Hand Lukes, San Marcos CA

Pours a dark black with a thick khaki head, nice long lasting lacing.

Nice, crisp mint aroma noticed instantly but not overpowering; accompanied by a creamy chocolate smell. Smelled amazing placing my nose just at the edge of the glass near end of drinking as the aroma lingers, trapped and somewhat magnified as what is left to drink has warmed to enjoy.

The taste was well balanced between the mint, chocolate/cocoa and roasted malts with a light hint of bitterness. Just like with the smell the mint hangs around on your taste buds.

Low carbonation, even for an Imperial Stout IMO which made it very drinkable.

I let the 2nd sit out and warm a bit before drinking, which just made it that much better to drink.

rrobello, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of Blackwolf
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz into an oversized wineglass.

A- Poured a deep tar-black body, khaki brown head, lots of tight semi-sticky lacing with great retention.

S- RIch dark cocoa, earthy wood chips, heavy roasted malt, crisp mint, but the malts and dark chocolate my goodness. So bold and rich. I wish I poured this in a tulip, it just opened up so well.

T- Palate follows the nose. Lots of rich dark/bittersweet malt, dark chocolate/cocoa, some light dry hop, mint on the finish along with a subtle alcohol kick. This came off really "whole and earthy" on the taste.

MF- Medium-heavy sticky body, light-crisp carbonation, almost sharp on the tongue before it opens. The flavor sticks the more you sip. Lots of warming finish too.

O- Fantastic. This was everything I hoped for. Very original and bold. Just about sold out on the same day at my work, and I don't know how much distributors have to offer, so jump on this gem before it's gone.

Blackwolf, Oct 09, 2012
Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist / Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 702 ratings.