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Satan's Bake Sale Mint Chocolate Chip Stout - Spring House Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

209 Ratings
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Ratings: 209
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 42
Gots: 38 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Spring House Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: thain709 on 10-05-2011

This stout is smooth, dark, full-bodied, and satisfyingly rich. This brew is aged on fresh peppermint leaves and dark Wilbur Chocolate, giving this stout a powerful aroma and pronounced mint chocolate chip flavor.
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Ratings: 209 | Reviews: 35
Reviews by cps98:
Photo of cps98
4.62/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first beer from Spring House and and all I can say is WOW!

A - Beautiful dark body with a nice brown 2 finger head. Head retention was great and lasted to the end.

S - Absolutely amazing chocolate peppermint patty smell. Reminds me of winter. I couldn't keep my nose out of the glass.

T - Peppermint is at the front and pretty powerful. It is not one of those stouts that advertise x ingredient then you spend the whole glass trying to taste it. The Chocolate is a little more relaxed and follows nicely.

M - The peppermint is up front and melds nicely with the chocolate notes, very smooth beer. Even at 9% everything compliments each other.

O - Great winter brew, I would definitely recommend to anyone who likes a good stout. Got a growler at the local 6-pack shop. Now I really wish I was able to try the PB stout before they kicked the keg.

More User Reviews:
Photo of fourstringer
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderately aggressive hand. No identifiable date on the label. There is a cartoon momma-demon servin' up skull cookies.

A: Essentially black with dark brown at the edges. 1/4 finger dark tan head that quickly fades to a thin film. Nice lacing.

S: Dark chocolate with a mint flare. Some peppermint and some eucalyptus. Lightly nutty.

T: Roasted malt with tangy undertones kicks it off. Develops into a somewhat peculiar bitter-eucalyptus flavor. Semi-dry finish. Dark chocolate. Peppermint. Piney hop notes on the back end. No significant alcohol presence to speak of. A bit hollow overall.

M: Moderate to light carbonation with a relatively light body. Feels a bit thin.

O: I was hoping for a thick, stick-to-your-ribs stout-cum-York peppermint patty, but I don't think it quite delivered. Looks good and smells nice, but falls a bit flat on the palate. The bitterness seems out of place with the chocolate/mint. And the chocolate/mint seems out of place without any sweetness/malt/body. Had potential though.

Prost!

Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Having this as an after-meal brew/ treat... got to wash my mouth out for a fresh taste.

Was pleasantly surprised at the overall depth in flavor. The odor is overwhelmingly minty-chocolaty and you would think it would taste like a liquid York peppermint patty... quite the contrary.

Upon sipping, I experienced a forward flavor of mint-chocolate, followed by flavors of burnt vanilla and chocolate/ cocoa, in that order. I was quite impressed that this was evident with each sip and even more impressed by the overall drinkability and lack of booziness. Each sip and swallow was more refreshing than the previous.

I can't express how pleasant this beer was to drink, in an unsuspecting way. When you have tried Du Claw's Sweet Baby Jesus, you know it is like drinking a liquid Reese's cup.

Satan's Bake Sale is what you would expect when visiting Lucifer at his yearly fund-raiser... a beautiful selection of different flavor's and goodies- all in the same place!

Only gave it a 4.75 because let's face it, nothing in this world is perfect ;)

Photo of akorsak
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At the taproom.

A: Black as night, the same deep hue as Planet Bean, Big Gruesome, Kerplunk and every other Spring House stout. An off-white head laced in a few spots.

S: Peppermint patty, liquified, with alcohol thrown in for good measure. This one'll clear up your sinuses. Chocolate, deep roasted stout scents, are present too. But the peppermint is really, really tough to overlook.

T: The stout body, well-roasted and thick, makes an initial appearance up front, a reminder of what lurks. The stout, though, is no match for the peppermint that quickly follows. This is in-your-face peppermint, a York peppermint patty pureed into liquid form. It lasts, providing interesting hiccups the whole way home. I'll throw my vote behind Braaaiins! over this one.

M: Imagine a pepper mated with a mint in some type of forbidding Dr. Moreau island lab. Drink it up, feel the burn.

Photo of philbe311
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Close to three fingers worth of rich creamy dark khaki colored froth... Solid retention gives way to to a full moderately thick veil of lacing... Both the head and lacing are equally inviting... Mostly still with just a couple of stray carbonation bubbles towards the very top of the glass... The color is a flat black... A good bit of lacing clings to the sides of the glass... Not a bad looking brew by any means...

S - No joke - This one smells like a 50/50 blend of freshly opened pack of thin mint girl scout cookies and freshly churned mint chocolate chip ice cream... The fresh mint adds wonderful depth and complexity... The rich dark chocolate notes truly accentuate the overall aroma... Very unique and very pleasing...

T - As expected the mint and chocolate notes are at the forefront... The mint takes one a fresh and earthy character... The cocoa chocolate nibs are secondary and nicely round out the flavor profile... However the two flavors seem to conflict a tad bit and don"t quite compliment one another as I would expect... There is also a hint of roasted malt beneath the surface...

M - Dense and medium bodied... Starts with a bit of sharpness and finishes a touch on the thin side... Limited carbonation... Kind of chalky... A bit off...

D - This one is a bit less then the sum of is parts... The solid appearance and outstanding aroma aren't quite enough to overcome a muddled flavor profile and slightly off mouthfeel... The end result is an average at best offering... I love the boundaries that Spring House pushes and challenges with most of their beers... Some are hits and some are misses... While I love the idea, this one is a bit of a miss in my opinion...

Photo of ShanePB
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-tap at Spring House Taproom. My girlfriend and I were both really looking forward to trying this one, as part of an awesome line-up they had last night. Poured into a 10 ounce miniature pint glass.

A: Black body with some dark brown hues at the top of the glass. A dark tan head topped the beer but it faded almost instantly. Really no lace or retention, other than a thin ring that eventually died out.

S: Wow, loads of pure peppermint and dark, roasted chocolate malts. There's also a very pure chocolate flavor, like a bakers chocolate coming through with some little notes of vanilla and pine. Very sweet smelling, in a way, but really intoxicating. That's simply awesome.

T: Well it's like the nose but the translation isn't as great. It's still good don't get me wrong. My first impression was that this tasted like a liquid form of a Girl Scout Thin Mint cookie. Tons of peppermint and chocolate combined together, with a slight sweet vanilla and coffee element towards the back end. The lingering finish is just mint leaves through and through. Not bad, but the peppermint is overwhelming to the point where it gets sickening after a while.

M: Carbonation is on the lower end, giving this one a nice body. As it warmed it did seem like it thinned out a bit, but nothing detrimental. Slick and oily on the palate.

This was interesting. I couldn't enjoy more than a 10 ounce pour of this at any given time, simply due to the over-the-top peppermint aspect of it. But, that's what the beer is! I mean really, if you're a mint and chocolate fan, obviously check this one out.

Photo of oline73
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at the brewpub in Lancaster. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours almost black with a layer of smooth tan head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Smells a lot like a thin mint. Wintergreen and dark chocolate with a pleasant sweetness.

Taste: Not as much mint as there is in the smell. Roasty dark chocolate is quite apparent. The mint lingers through the finish along with the roast.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Several beers from this brewery have smelled fantastic and then tasted ok. The flavor of this one was a bit weird. I'd probably pass in the future, but really glad I tried it.

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Victory tulip

A- black with a one finger dark brown head. Nice.

S- nice smash of peppermint in the nose. Lil bit of chocolate. Nice.

T- bitter chocolate, finishes with some mint. Not bad, but I'd like it to be more minty

M- medium bodied

O- I expected more, and prefer the Stone collab mint chocolate stout - but this isn't bad at all.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler courtesy of yourefragile.

Served in an Alvinne mini snifter. Pours near black with a in light tan head and a collar throughout. The nose is loaded with mint. A touch of chocolate. Reminds me of the green Girl Scout cookies. More chocolate comes through in the flavor. Medium body with a spicy peppermint finish. Pretty good.

Photo of Rifugium
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Solid black pour with a small tan head. Obvious aroma of mint, along with some dark chocolaty malts. More of this in the taste, chocolaty malts and mint, reminiscent of a peppermint patty or Andes candy. And that's it, pretty much...delivered what was promised. Body was about medium, not quite as full or robust as an ideal stout should be, slight alcohol presence. Overall, a tasty treat that I don't mind indulging in when I get the chance.

Mint seems to be a love/hate beer ingredient with most people. Personally I don't mind it if it's done right, and I think Spring House does a pretty good job with it.

Photo of 57md
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is black with a finger of tan head that enjoyed some lengthy retention before receding. The nose is reminiscent of an Andes mint. The roast profile is not particularly strong, but this offering is certainly dry and bitter on the finish. The mint flavors simply do not blend well with the stout qualities of this beer. I’d say that it was an interesting effort, but not something that I’d likely sample again.

Photo of apw5508
1.34/5  rDev -65.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This is absolutely disgusting,, tastes like toothpaste

Photo of FosterJM
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1445th Review on BA
Growler to CBS Snifter
64oz

Thanks to Troy2352 for this one

App- Inky black pour which I can say was a VERY dark brown. Big highlights make this look very dense in the middle. 1st pour was a good 1-1/2 finger head that was light brown. No dotted cling, but 1st pour impression was good.

Smell- Well I liken it more to a creamy mint ice cream. A little sweet, a little thin, a little chocolate and a bit cloying. I dig the shit out of the aroma with a good malty backbone from the stout profile. A little boozy which is good. Brings it all together.

Taste- Well for what it is, its pretty tasty. It has the mint going for it, but its a bit thin. The overall flavors of the beer meld well together with the mint, chocolate, malts and booze, but its got a weird twinge to it from I think a grainular feel that makes it a bit semi-cohesive.

Mouth- A bit of a thin light medium body with a thin medium carbonation. Needs a bit more behind it with a bit more of a thin mint flavor, minus the grain cookie feel.

Drink- Pretty damn tasty, The growler leaked a bit in transit but really didnt see a lot of suffering on my side with it. Tasty beer, just needs more behind it to tie it all together.

Photo of cmq103
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Different, but very enjoyable Imperial Stout.

Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

God, I hate these stupid, gimmicky names! But once you get past the ridiculous moniker, this is actually a pretty decent, decadent Imperial Stout. I admired the blend of flavors and the mint aftertaste. I wouldn't drink it everyday, but as a dessert beer, it's pretty good.

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a BIF from JNForsyth. 22 ounce bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but is a recent seasonal release. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, mint, light coffee, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and mint/dark chocolate notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, mint, light coffee, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, mint, light coffee, dark bread, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malt and mint/dark chocolate flavors; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and no cloying flavor after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. A nice light cooling sensation from the mint shows up after the finish as well. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice mint chocolate imperial stout. All around great complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roasted malt and mint/dark chocolate flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

notes from 6/18/2014 visit to the tasting room...
black with a greyish head.
nose is as advertised, mint chocolate chip...actually pretty wild.
prickly carbonation but pulls off the flavor quite well...liquid beer version of the green ice cream...wild, simply wild!

Photo of taylor714914
3.13/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On Tap at Black and Bleu Resturant.

I was rather surprised when I saw this come out, and there was little head and it appeared to be more of a porter than a stout. Nose is of sweet peppermint followed by a hint of chocolate.

Taste is right there with it, the initial wash of chocolate and sweet roasted malts followed by the sweet peppermint finish. The peppermint in this is more candy peppermint, not the actual plant peppermint or a Starlight peppermint. It is much sweeter.

Mouthfeel is what really could have pulled this beer together, but it doesn’t. Thin and watery, its almost too thin to drink with the flavors going on. A rich body or even milk stout body would have done this wonders, but instead the watery body and little carbonation left a lot to be desired.

Certainly an interesting idea, and I think with some work and a heavier body, this would be an exceptional dessert beer.

Photo of orangesol
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Tasting room.

A - Pours jet black with a light cascade of two finger tall off-white head leaving light lace down the glass.

S - Smells of, you guessed it, peppermint, and lots of it. There are other flavors like chocolate and dark roasted malts but the peppermint is extreamly strong and overpowers most of the other flavors.

T - Starts off with a HUGE dose of peppermint and never really goes away throughout the entire glass. As the peppermint dies down a bit you get hints of chocolate and the dark roasted malt core but then the peppermint comes back and pushes them back into the shadows. The finish is a mix of spicy peppermint and even more peppermint. It is really that much peppermint.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Roasty, minty, feel that lingers LONG after consumption. Peppermint burbs over an hour later? Yup.

O - This one is spot on. It has a little too much peppermint in the taste but it isn't really a big deal. It really does taste like they just took a box of thin mints, crushed them, and threw them into the keg.

Photo of stakem
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I believe this brew has been officially named "Satan's Bake Sale" since this is now bottled and labeled and not just a draft/growler only offering. From a bomber into a tumbler, the brew appears a dark brown to black color. A big frothy brown head surges atop with thick patchy lace sticking on the glass. The head maintains throughout the duration with a light swirl reviving.

The smell of mint jumps right out the gate with roast and bitter chocolate. A touch of herbal to veggie aspect of hops is present overtop almost a nutty grain element at times. This brew smells almost cooling at times like menthol. As it warms up, it gets a sweet cocoa to brownie batter elemet about it that was hidden before.

The taste is minty with a bitter chocolate grain backing. This is very similar to a york peopermint patty candy but in liquid form. A mild fruity alcohol ester is present that breaks up the mint and chocolate. Focusing on the mint aspect, this gets cooling like menthol. The roast is somewhat nutty and earthy towards the finish.

This is a surprisingly light bodied brew with a high level of carbonation. My only gripe here is just how light this feels. Not a gusher but its lively and very frothy, pour carefully. Overall a nice arrangement and worth a try. I'm not crazy about mint but people who are will probably love this. It is very accurate to relate this beer to york peopermint patties, chocolate mint ice cream or andes mints...but in beer form.

Photo of thain709
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Made with real peppermint and added throughout the brewing process.

A - Served with a pitch black body and a one finger, brown head...the head fell to a wispy cap that held itself until the last sip...lacing was scattered down the sides of the glass

S - Unbelievable...you can smell the peppermint from an arms length away...at first whiff I was reminded of a Peppermint Patty/Andes Mint/Thin Mint...it's just the perfect combination of peppermint and chocolate

T - There is gobs of peppermint right from the get-go...you can tell that it's very fresh and, of course, very minty...the chocolate flavors roll in and balance out some of the intense-ness that the peppermint is providing...the chocolate shows some sweetness and makes you think milk, but it also had a slightly bitter side that makes you think dark...the peppermint does come back right at the end to provide a minty blast

M - Medium bodied...it's not quite full enough...the peppermint adds a brightness and the chocolate takes the edge off of the peppermint so it doesn't become too much

O - Wow, this give Big Gruesome a run for it's money...I could drink more of Big Gruesome because I like chocolate and peanut butter but the peppermint and chocolate are ridiculous in this beer...the nose is spot on Peppermint Patty and the flavors reminded me of an Andes Mint...well done Matt!

Photo of Beerisheaven
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is certainly not for everyone. Poured from a growler obtained at the taproom.

A - Pours a nice deep brown with a small tan head that pulls back after some time. Swirly and oily looking as you drink from the glass.

S - Wow, have obviously never smelt something like this before. The roast and chocolate is overpowered by the peppermint. This reminded me of an Andes mint.

T - Again, the peppermint overpowers. Really tastes like an Andes mint reduced to a glass. This will certainly turn a lot of people off as you have to remind yourself that you are drinking a beer at times. I really enjoyed the first experience but this is a beer that you can't drink much of before it gets a little one-dimensional. The chocolate is there but sits behind the peppermint.

M - Whereas some of the reviews of Planet Bean pointed to its thin character, I really found this one to much more rich and certainly thicker. Very nice.

A really fun beer and something that would make a nice dessert beer with some chocolate cake. I liked it even though some may find it a bit over the top minty.

Bravo to S-house for another cool offering. Good job Matt, keep it up.

Photo of Stevedore
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, generously extra'd by FleetwoodMatt. Poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 2/6/2014.

App- Typical imperial stout- dark black body, opaque, one finger white head with good retention. No lacing.

Smell- Very strong on the mint chocolate. Smells like liquid Andes chocolates. Unique, but not a ton of interesting smell here.

Flavour- Very minty, like an Andes chocolate bar. There's some dark chocolates and roast malts, but this is dominated by the mint. It's decent, interesting but not particularly amazing.

Mouthfeel- Thick bodied, creamy, good carbonation. Solid dry finish, nothing special.. just a ton of mint chocolate.

Overall- This beer delivers what is advertised. Not sure I like this, but this is at least an interesting extra to try should you get one in the mail.

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nonic pint glass at the restaurant in Lancaster

Short head over opaque black body. Tons of lacing

Aromas are full of peppermint candy, dark chocolate, and a slight roastiness

Wow, unique and completely awesome. Full on peppermint, roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a faint coffee grind. This is like drinking a York peppermint patty. Amazing.

Well carbonated but not over the top. Really easy drinking for the ABV... goes down like a 6 % stout. Just wish they would serve it a little warmer.

A must try - especially this time of year.

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a nearly pitch black color with a bit of tan foam on the surface of the brew. The head fades quite fast, leaving a trace level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer was big of chocolate smells with a good deal of roasted malt. Along with these aromas are some sweet vanilla and caramel smells as well as a bit of a raisin and cherry smell. A very heavy amount of mint is there as well giving it an overall minty dark sweet chocolate smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweet chocolate flavor mixed with lots of roasted malt. A good level of vanilla and caramel sweetness are present from the start, with just some lighter amount of mint. While the mint is lighter at the start, it really grows quite intense as the flavor advances, melding very well with the sweet chocolate flavors of the brew. The roasted flavors of the taste dwindle a bit at the end, but are replaced by more sweet chocolate. With the transitions of flavors that occur throughout the taste, one is left with a nice sweet mint chocolate flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel-The body of the beer is medium in its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the lighter side. A slightly thicker and creamier body may have been a bit better for the mint chocolate flavors of the brew, but even with that said the lower carbonation was quite nice, and overall the mouthfeel of the brew was good.

Overall – This is a fantastic dessert beer. It tastes just like a mint chocolate bar. While not one I would want every day, for a sweeter dessert style beer, this one is fantastic.

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Satan's Bake Sale Mint Chocolate Chip Stout from Spring House Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.