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17 Mint Chocolate Stout - Perennial Artisan Ales

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17 Mint Chocolate Stout17 Mint Chocolate Stout

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very good

77 Reviews
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Reviews: 77
Hads: 578
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 29.32%
Wants: 94
Gots: 139 | FT: 24
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: birchstick on 03-24-2012

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Reviews: 77 | Hads: 578
Photo of Beezee
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

You can really smell the mint and chocolate like junior mints. It's jet black and smooth. The taste is like the nose and you are really not let down between the nose and the taste. It is easy to drink a lot of this. A very balanced flavor profile. Many people we shared a growler with on Dark Lord Day also commented that the mint was very balanced. This is an excellent beer that I hope is brewed often.

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Photo of mozif
4.9/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer will clear your congestion with only a smell. Only for the mint lovers. Perfect mouth feel. Chocolate balances the strong mint. Phenomenal beer.

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Photo of HellBell66
4.85/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Perennial during SP Pulling Nails release Sat.
Thick and minty just as I heard and it did not disappoint at all!
Amazing but would ensure I had a friend or friends to share as it is a big one if cracking the 750mL.

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Photo of krl2112
4.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this at Mikkeller bar in San Fran. Great nose if you like mint, mouthfeel is silky smooth and great taste. Not sure why this is not rated higher. I really enjoyed it!

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Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.74/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smells of mint and a little chocolatey.. Silky smooth.. Up front it does taste very much like the aforementioned Andes candies.. Some charred taste at the end but extremely enjoyable.. I like mint and really enjoyed this beer.. If you're not a mint fan be cool and leave it on the shelf for the rest of us.. Otherwise this is highly recommended for what it says on the label

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.68/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer smells and tastes like Thin Mints. The mouthfeel is so rich. You get loads of chocolate maltiness matched by a sweet mint character that tastes fresh and not medicinal or artificial. It pours thick and jet black. This is the best mint stout that I have had and would be a perfect dessert with or on top of vanilla ice cream.

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Photo of shand
4.58/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to redbird!

Perennial 17 pours black with a large mocha head. The aroma is nice, it's got the usual imperial stout roastiness and chocolate flavors, but with a very nice mint note on top. I'm a mint and chocolate kind of guy, so I'm very much enjoying this. The taste is very nice - it offers a herbal mint that sits over strong roast malts and coffee flavors. As I sip more, i become more accustomed to the mint flavor, which melds very well with the stout base. I can't say I've had another mint chocolate stout to compare this to, but it's tasty as hell. The mouthfeel is on the full side of medium, and the drinkability is exceptional. Overall, Perennial 17 is a tasty as hell stout. I'm really happy with the mint flavor, it makes drinking the whole bottle a much easier task than it would have been.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.51/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours black, thin light tan head forms and lingers.

Nose is a bit sweet, mint comes through and chocolate and coffee too.

Flavor is absolutely on point - tastes like a thin mint cookie. Mint is light and fresh and a great balance with the chocolate which is a touch on the sweet side but not cloying.

Lighter carbonation works well here. It's one of the most refreshing stouts I've had - not at all boozy for a 9.3%. Very nice, will definitely have again.

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Photo of tclipse
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If you like chocolate and mint, you'll absolutely love this beer... it seems like Perennial used the same base stout as Sump and Abraxas, which has an amazing mouthfeel. Tastes like an Andes mint chocolate.

If you don't like mint, don't bother going for this beer. It is what it says it is.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick and chunky. One of the most tar-esque beers I've ever seen. Jet oil black. Head is minimal and lacing is also, but damn it's thick.

Tons of *fresh* mint buried in milky chocolate. Bready and nicely spiced.

A bit green and overly mint, but it sure is fresh and nice for a 75 degree day; rare for a stout this dark. Loads of heavy chocolate. Dry, earthy, fluid, easy drinker. Carbonation is mild and nice. Bitter bite is not found and sweetness is relaxed. Nothing too over done.

Definitely one of the best Mint Stouts I've ever had. Highly recommended. Style is nearly perfect.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm going against the grain I guess here; I loved the non-ba version

A- Nice black thick molasses, coffee head in color, medium lacing with low legs

S- Nice mint leaf>chocolate>great malt backbone. Can't complain

T- Everything is in the right proportions IMO here. Mint, chocolate and malty backbone. Love it

M- Nice and thick and smooth, just the way I like non-ba stouts. Perennial nails another one.

O- Maybe some people don't like this extreme amount of flavor with their stouts, but this one was great for me. I loved it. I should get more of it!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The first thing that struck me, as I was pouring, was the viscosity of this beer. Wicked dark and somewhat thick. Nice thick brown head. Nose is very apparent mint. Flavor brings a good deal of it too. Though after time, it is washed out for the most part by the cacao and other typical impy stout characteristics. Chocolate, mild molasses, smoothly sweet wads of malts. Great beer. My first mint stout and I love it. More please.

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Photo of birchstick
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours dark in color with a chocolaty head on top

S - nose is lots of cocoa chocolate with a cooling mint

- starts off really chocolaty - think a hybrid between milk and dark chocolate. More dry cocoa flavors push through the middle but are overtaken by a really nice cooling mint flavor. Ends with a mint chocolate combo, akin to an Andes mint.

M - full bodies and smooth as it goes down.

D - another winner from Perennial's stout line up. It's name describes exactly what it is. Well executed stout, looking forward to trying again.

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Photo of Stout3434
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured dark black like oil had a sharp dry coco note off the top and then the mint hits you its strong tastes like thin mints isnt as thick as i like its a little on the thin side but has lots of flavor

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Photo of Gfunk720
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Joe for the hook up on the 32oz growler.

A- Pours pitch black with a very slight tannish head. This stuff is thick and a bit oily.

S- Smells of sweet chocolate with some slight hints of mint. Nice dark malt profile.

T- The chocolate is quite prevalent, with little hints of mint coming through. Beautiful chocolate malt profile, with a touch of hoppiness. I would have expected a bit more mint coming through, but the base beer is delicious.

M- Nice full body with just the right touch of carbonation. Could have used a little more bubbles, but that could be as a result of the growler.

O- Overall, this was the best Mint Chocolate stout that I've had. While it could use a bit more mint, the base beer was very very good. The chocolate and malt profile work very well together, and make this beer very drinkable. Curious to see if it is any different out of the bottle, but I might need to swing back for another growler.


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Photo of Treyliff
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a snifter, bottled 2/15

A- pours a thick and heavy jet black color with a small creamy tan head that reduces completely, leaving only a ring around the glass. Poors thick like motor oil

S- fresh mint leaf aroma up front with underlying aromas of chocolate malt, cocoa nibs, and mint ice cream

T- that fresh mint flavor follows the aroma up front, quickly followed by sweet cocoa nibs and a creamy vanilla that resembles the flavor of mint chocolate chip ice cream, the finish is sweet with a refreshing linger of mint

M- thick and viscous body with low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a heavy creamy finish, hides the alcohol well

O- the most mint forward stout that I've had and it plays nicely with the cocoa and dark malt

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Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Matt for sharing, the BA version was awesome, this should be pretty good.

Nice creamy dark colored 1/2 finger head fades slowly with nice lacing, pitch black beer, decent legs.

Nose is just pure chocolate and mint, great mint and not overpowering, dark chocolate, little caramel, mocha.

Taste brings nice mint, fairly nice mint not overpowering bit not as much as the nose at first, nice cocoa and mocha, little dark choc, caramel, creamy vanilla somehow, mild cookie to make it a thin mint. Booze is hidden well with nice creamy sweetness. Finish is fairly dry but little sticky, long lingering mint that gets really minty.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, fairly thick and little creamy, bit rich too, decent carb.

Overall quite nice. Not as amazing as the BA version, but still a great beer. Mint is done well and not overpowering, and the good mint flavors, also nice chocolate and malt characters, and blended well, with well hidden booze.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Dexter's for Mad Craft Beer Week.

Though I'm not loving it, the execution is astonishing. It tastes like a mint chocolate confection of the highest order. (I don't like mint chocolate candies.) My mistake : I didn't see the "mint" in the description.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle from Binny's (Chicago, IL). 17.99. Bottled 03/2013. Served in a Terrapin snifter.

Pours oil black with a finger and a half of thick mocha head. The head fades to a thin cap and leaves small patches of lace.

Invitingly strong aroma of mint with sweet cocoa.

A really nice blend of flavors. Rich dark chocolate, mint, chili pepper, French roast coffee, leather

Creamy, thick, full, tongue coating. Mild effervescence. Rich, roasty, bitter sweet minty aftertaste.

Another excellent beer from Perennial. By far the best and most authentic mint chocolate stout that I've experienced.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

very rarely is mint used well in beer, and this may be the best example i have seen of it. apparently the same base beer as sump and abraxas, but it doesnt feel quite as smooth as abraxas, and definitely isnt as insanely yeasty as sump. however, its a big black thick beer, obsidian shine, and a tall two inches of mocha brown head. the nose is mint first, like chocolate chip ice cream, its got that soft green smell too, fresh and yummy. the stout is second to the mint, but i dont know how much the chocolate adds to a base beer thats already very chocolaty. bitter bakers chocolate, cocoa powder, and sweet dark malt start the taste, and unlike the nose, the mint comes on later. its again like a mint cream, something youd find on top of a chocolate brownie, and the combination is really quite nice. even a whole bottle of this isnt too much as far as mint or sweetness, but the alcohol, although its well hidden, can certainly be felt after a glass or two. love the texture, all satin and sheen and long lasting. all the elements, even the mint, are in balance with one another, and i think its expertly dialed in. i wonder how many test batches of this it took to get the levels right, it cant be easy!

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Photo of richj1970
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750 ml bottle dated 3/2014 into snifter.

A: Pours motor oil black with small one finger mocha colored head that settled quickly to a thin ring. Some minimal lacing.

S: Sweet dark chocolate, charred toast, rich espresso. Just the slightest hint of peppermint leaves lingering in the background.

T: Follows the nose fairly closely with the biggest notes of rich dark chocolate and espresso. A little mint aftertaste but barely noticeable. Reminds me a good quality chocolate fudge.

M: Full bodied and average carbonation. There is a little oily texture to the finish.

O: Very nice stout. I was worried that the mint would be overpowering, but it compliments the other flavors nicely.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Apperance is dark cocoa brown with tan head. Aroma features strong roasted malts countered by refreshing minty notes with an undercurrent of cacao. Taste is like mint chocolate ice cream with heavy roast and moderate bitterness. The mint works well in this brew... the other mint beer I have had are either toothpaste flavored or the mint takes on an herbal vegetal tone... this mint is bright and pairs nicely with the chocolate. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Overall very nice-- look forward to trying the barrel aged version.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 4 once tasting glass at the Perennial tasting room.

Pours a pure black color with a 0.5 inch head that is tan and nice and dense. Very very dark.

Coca notes come up with a refreshing mint background. Very refreshing, like mint chocolates left on my pillow. Notes of coffee and roasted malts with some slight sweetness.

Espresso coffee notes with some good coca notes intermingled within the two flavors play perfectly together. There are some good minty fresh notes that appear in there but are not too overwhelming or off putting in fact they bring a nice light and refreshing feel to an otherwise robust brew. Roasty and burnt malt notes mixed with a bitter dark chocolate. Very nice slight sweetness from the cocoa and the malts. Mouth feel is a bit on the lighter side but still solid; a bit creamy.

Overall this is a great take on stouts. The mint is very interesting and adds a nice dimension. Very delicious brew with good coffee and chocolate notes.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had for the 1st time at DLD 2012 and then a few other times on multiple occasions at the brewery. This is a combo of these samples.

A - Pours black, light cream-colored head, thin collar.

S - This is a very well-executed beer...mint, chocolate, and roast all combing into a delicious dessert beer. Peppermint Pattie in liquid form is exactly how to describe this beer.

T - Exactly like the nose, Peppermint Pattie in a stout. The alcohol is hidden very well, and I would have guessed 6% or so but nowhere near 10%! Finish is roasty milk chocolate and peppermint.

M - Full body, rich and smooth, creamy finish.

O - Phil, you killed it with this beer. It's exactly what I would have imagined in a perfect "Mint Chocolate Stout World". If you like the chocolate candy, you will love this beer. Great job!

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Photo of Suds_Suds
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This years release is delicious. Its like drinking a not-so-sweet mint chocolate chip ice-cream. The mint and chocolate balance is spot on; definitely one of the best mint chocolate stouts I've had that's not BA.

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