17 Mint Chocolate Stout | Perennial Artisan Ales

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89
very good
90 Reviews
BEER STATS
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90
Ratings:
641
Avg:
4
pDev:
28.5%
 
 
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17 Mint Chocolate Stout17 Mint Chocolate Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by birchstick on 03-24-2012

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 02/2016 served chilled in a snifter

This beer is outrageously good! Poured thick as oil, black with a bit of brown around the corners, small brown head, oily top. Smells like roasted coffee, chocolate, fresh mint leaves, vanilla. Taste follows the nose but with an amazing sweetness that sets this beer apart as a winner. Chocolate, coffee, mint, roasty, ultra smooth and no alcohol heat. Just a little warming in the finish. This is a must try for any Stout lover. Well done Perennial!

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Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Brown lacing forms after a hefty pour, black liquid lets no light through. Smells of ice mint hot cocoa, molasses, & floral alcohol. Creamy, silky, with a very full body. Mint is prevalent throughout but never takes over, chocolate comes from the nibs but also a bit from the roasted grains. Sweetness is there but the alcohol, roastiness, and even mint even things out. For a big flavored stout this is a winner.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Perennial stemmed wine glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a pitch black, inky body with a small one finger dark brown head that reduces pretty quickly to leave a ring of retention. Not much lacing.

Mint is very apparent in the aromas - very mint-forward, some milk chocolate. I can compare the smell to an Andes bar. Peppermint and chocolate. Never smelled a beer like this before. One ding I have here is that it smells a little artificial, like peppermint schnapps.

Taste is just as described on the label.. lots of peppermint and chocolate, some vanilla and caramel on the follow through, with a very roasty, toasty finish that redeems the somewhat one-dimensional character of the first impression. Medium-heavy body with low carbonation. On the heavy side.

A very interesting beer, mint is an adjunct that not many brewers use, but I think perennial did well crafting a mint stout. Mint has such a heavy, distinct flavor that it's tough to create "subtle" mint flavors, which may have been a slight downfall of this beer, as the mint is almost overpowering and artificial. Was happy to try it nonetheless.

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Photo of floyd_pugman
3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours very dark (almost motor oil) with almost no head. Nose of chocolate and peppermint schnapps. Rich mouth feel. Palate is chocolate and marshmallow that are soon to be overwhelmed by mint. Imagine an Andes mint bar infused with Peppermint Schnapps. The mint isn't subtle at all; artificial tasting; too much for me. Maybe workable with (or even on top of) a bowl of mint chocolate chip ice cream.

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Photo of Buck89
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured jet black with motor oil consistency. Nice roasty minty aroma. Tastes like a stellar RIS with just the right amount of peppermint in the taste and in the nose. Really well balanced. Thick and viscous. Great after dinner beer

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Photo of russpowell
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent pitch black with a sliver of mocha colored head. Near zero head retention & lacing

S: A little chocolate & some mint

T: Chocolate, vanilla, mint & dryness up front. More dryness, cocoa, mint & a little mocha & dark chocolate as this warms, a little charred grain. Finishes a little dry, a little charred with mint & Chocolate

MF: Medium body, light carbonation

Wish I had some Girl Scout cookies to go with this! Drinks pretty easy for the heft & complexity, pretty tasty

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from 3/13

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a spieglau stout glass.

Look is opaque pitch black with a tan inch thick head.

For a 3 year old bottle still a lot of mint on the nose. Similar to a york peppermint patty with a little bit of chocolate mixed in there.

Definitely a lot more creamy roast chocolate with just a hint of mint. The age on this definitely helps as it isn't so much a mint bomb, but a delicious imperial stout with a touch of mint.

Excellent.

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Photo of Svyturys30
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extremely thick beer. There is almost no way I could solo this beer unless that was all that I was having for an evening. Bring a couple friends to share this beer with, you won't be disappointed. I wonder how the BA version stacks up to the non-BA version?

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours out black and brown, lighter brown head, 1/3" on the top. Aroma wasn't heavy on the mint. It was there, some chocolate malt.

Taste had the mint. Noticeable, maybe not as much as Ballast Point or Stone, but it was there. More chocolate, marshmallow like flavors. A little bit of subdued roasting. Carbonation and viscosity on point.

Decent, but not a repeat, as the format and pricing is excessively expensive. One bottle costs what some good 6 packs of stout do.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - look is un-knockable, deep dark brown/black opaque beer has a huge mocha head that sticks and leave since lacing
S - mint, chocolate, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malts, vanilla, burnt marshmallow
T - dark chocolate, cocoa, burnt marshmallow, roasted malts, mint, vanilla, smoke, char
M - heavy, heavier than you'd expect for what it is, which makes it better, alcohol covered, aftertaste roasted malts, dark chocolate, char
O - better than I expected. Heavily bodied beer. The mint gives you a little heartburn I think. But otherwise great.

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Photo of FBarber
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft in St. Louis.

Poured nice dark black with a thick tan head.

Smelled minty, very minty, like a tin of breath mints minty. Taste was *very* minty. It overpowered any chocolate flavors so rather than a thin mint it tasted like a stout brewed with breath mints. Given its advertised as a mint chocolate stout, I was disappointed by the lack of chocolate notes in the beer. Its just completely off balance.

Feel had mild carbonation and was smooth - no complaints.

I love Perennial, but this isn't their best work, and I know they are capable of better.

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

Now this was a great mint stout. I have tasted so many that fell flat and this one delivered in every way. Very chocolate heavy and lots of mint upfront and on the finish. Literally tasted just like a liquid Thin Mint.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 02/15...cellared for a year

L: pours pitch black, black in the glass with the darkest, thickest, frothiest head.
S: strong mint mixed with rich dark chocolate
T: big and bittering mint to start, then chocolate comes in to sweeten it up a bit, but then finishes minty fresh. I wish it was sweeter and less bitter.
F: thick and coating.
O: I wish it was a liquid Andes mint, but it's more like chocolate breath mint.

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Photo of corby112
3.12/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pitch black and opaque with a one finger light beige had that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Sporadic spotty lacing left behind.

Robust dark malt aroma with a fresh mint leaf presence along with lighter malt sweetness. Mint smells organic/real yet doesn't overpower the stout notes. Nicely integrated into hints of coffee bean, burnt toast and oatmeal. As it warms, sweeter desert-like notes come though with bakers chocolate, fudge, etc. decent but could use a bit more of a sweeter malt presence.

Lighter end of medium body wih strong charred oak and acrid/burnt malt notes followed by subtle minty sweetness. The mint comes through the most in the finish which is somewhat refreshing but the oak and burnt malts nearly overpower everything. Heavy roast with burnt coffee grinds, oatmeal, charred toast, ash and bitter dark chocolate. Sweeter notes found in the aroma are overpowered and barely noticeable. After it warms and the palate adjust, they start to show up a bit but this beer is severely lacking in balance. Event the fresh mint flavor is kind of weak. Disappointing.

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Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a silky deep dark brown with a very thin layer of light brown foam.

Very prominent mint aroma gives way to pleasant bitter dark chocolate notes, smells like a thin mint cookie.

Perfect balance of sweet and bitter light and dark chocolate that is washed away by a rather refreshing and not overpowering earthy mint bitterness.

Medium-heavy bodied, low carbonation, subtle sweetness, silky smooth, actually rather refreshing.

Overall, while I tend to be skeptical when it comes to mint stouts, this was done so very well. It's really a perfect balance of sweet and bitter, which is washed away with refreshing mint to prep you for another sip. Well done.

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Photo of 303beer
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours like cloudy black syrup with very little head that dissipated rapidly leaving a thin ring of mocha colored foam. The nose is a thin mint girl scout cookie with a hint if booze. Has a super thick texture. The taste is sweet and chocolaty turning twards the mint then slightly bittering at the end. Very interesting

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Photo of EdwardAbbey
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful and decadent in appearance--I'm not sure I've ever seen a consumable liquid this opaque--it fell considerably short of greatness after that. In the end, I found the mint to be overpowering. It was a good beer, don't get me wrong, but drinking it was a bit of a chore. As a consolation, my breath probably smelled fantastic for the following week.

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Photo of benzalman
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

holy crap that's a lot of mint. Not as much chocolate as I would have liked, but all in all a great beer. Was hoping for Andes Candy, and this was even mintier. Somewhat of a novelty, can't drink a ton of this one.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's like the Christmas version of Abraxas. Spices and a hint of mint round it out. Inky black, medium bodied. Going into it, I thought it was going to taste like a peppermint patty. It does not.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
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 Stout3434
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
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 oldn00b
4.51/5  rDev +12.8%
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 SpeedwayJim
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml capped bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a luscious, .25 finger dark fudge colored head with low retention. Beer is slick, oily, thick and pitch black. Lacing is thick, spotty and layered with good stick. Solid.

Nose is Andes mint chocolate coated with fudge and a bit of roast. Sweet and syrupy, just like you'd imagine. Awesome.

Opens unmistakable mint chocolate. Hints of fudge, cocoa powder, roasted malt and more sweet milk chocolate. Mint is present throughout, complementing every flavor. Ends sweet and a bit coarse. Sweet mint chocolate finish. Pretty simple.

Full bodied with low carbonation. Slick and oily in the mouth and goes down warm and rich. Finishes messy and sticky with a long, lingering, coated aftertaste. Really rich.

A novelty imperial stout for sure. This is very well made... I just don't know if I like mint as part of the imperial stout experience. Certainly worth trying though.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter; thanks, Biggs!

A: Chocolate brown with a thick light brown head that stayed. Full lacing.

S: Such a nice blend of dark chocolate with a hint of mint.

T: Like drinking a Girl Scout Thin Mint cookie. Smooth and robust with a great chocolate base followed by a minty sensation. The 9.3% is definitely evident.

M: Slick and thick; medium mouthfeel with thick, chewy carbonation.

O: Glad I got to try this little surprise. A great bottle share. Wish I could've downed the whole thing myself. Recommended.

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Photo of maximum12
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BlackElixir for this extra in a May-time in person trade. Big 750ML bottle that looks quite somber in this light. Split with my wife.

The pour is decidedly dark, carbonation is not notable, except that I’ve now noted it, so I suppose it is noted, if not notable. It smells like Peppermint Patties, which I keep a bag of in my house at all times - hidden from my voracious, velociraptor children. I’m a big fan. Can’t wait any longer to get this in my face.

17 Chocolate Mint Stout is basically molten Peppermint Patties – yes! Sprig after sprig of peppermint assails the tongue, with a backing force of liquefied brownie batter, heavy on the chocolate. The peppermint actually rises (like heat, or a risen diety) into the sinuses & gives them a good whoopin’, too. I could go on about the subtleties underneath these two monsters, but that would just be false advertising – there ain’t any. Zero apparent alcohol. Really thick & smooth as marble countertops. It’s a beer I can’t sip, but feel compelled to gulp, despite my intent to tipple delicately.

Exactly what I was hoping for & didn’t think I would get; this could have gone wrong in so many directions. Instead, the compass swung due north (I use a GPS because compasses confuse me) & this beer lived up to unrealistic expectations. Excellent brew.

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