17 Mint Chocolate Stout - Perennial Artisan Ales

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17 Mint Chocolate Stout17 Mint Chocolate Stout

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89
very good

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Ratings: 526
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 88
Gots: 120 | FT: 19
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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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Photo of DefenCorps
1.87/5  rDev -52.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Good lord, who thought this was a good idea? Smells like someone dumped some peppermint extract into the beer prior to bottling. Overpowering everything - I can barely smell any chocolate or anything else - this smells way overdone. This is confirmed on the palate. Incredibly intense, grossly so, the mint is overpowering. I had to spit this out. Awful.

Photo of Moose90
2.49/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Served On-Tap

A – Pours a deep, thick, and rich dark black. Dark coffee colored head appears, but disappears quite quickly. Moderate and spotty lacing is left behind.

S – Huge notes of mint, sweet peppermint, spearmint, chocolate syrup and sugar.

T – Strong, artificial, sweet, cloying mint notes, tastes a lot like mouthwash and chocolate syrup. Off putting and dominated by obscenely artificial mint notes.

M – Syrupy, thick, sticky, bitter aftertaste.

O – Quite a disappointment as it really lacks any semblance of balance, extremely sweet and artificially minty, you could use this as mouthwash and hardly tell a difference if it wasn't for the color and opacity.

Photo of tourdot
2.94/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

The in-your-face peppermint was too much for me.

Photo of Wajohnst
3.07/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A brave effort but the mint is overpowering making this beer almost undrinkable.

Photo of Rutager
3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A huge thank you to Jeffo, always surprising me with interesting things like this. Cheers bud!!

Appearance. Pours pretty thick and black with a big 3+ fingers of rich creamy brown head.

Smell. Dark chocolate and scope mouthwash. I wish my brain didn't associate that, but it did. I blame my buddy for saying earlier that he bough 4 bottle of mouthwash on the weekend. Who the fuck buys that much mouthwash, is he drinking the stuff?? Anyways, There's a touch of dark roasty malt coming through as well but the minty chocolate is cromulent

Taste. Mint and some light woody/grassy herbs. Dark chocolate and dry dark super-roasty malts, bitter finish

Mouthfeel. On the lower side of full bodied, low carbonation.

Overall. I was really excited to try this one but it just didn't play out as well as it could have. Always fun to try something different and this is no exception.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Thick black body. Nice mocha head. Thick collar.

Smell - Tons of mint. Overpowering mint. Chocolate.

Taste - Chocolate. The mint takes over. Really too strong of a mint flavor that comes off as very sharp in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Thick and heavy. Overcarbonated.

Overall - I thought I'd like this more, but the mint is too much.

Photo of Siggy125
3.44/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ksodemann for hooking me up with this along with other Perennial gems.

Poured from 750 bottle to a mini snifter taster glass. Very dark cola brown in color with light tan carbonation that slowly subsided.

Very evident smells of spearmint chewing gum with light notes of roasted malts. I had trouble detecting any the cacoa nibs or chocolate to speak of. Aroma did not change with temp increase.

Similar tastes as aroma. The mint presents itself quite strongly. The mint leaves used in the brewing give it more of a menthol like herbal mintiness which I didn't care much for. Malt and hop balance seems to be done very well though. Chocolate or cacoa nibs very difficult to detect on the palate. The smooth roasted malt profile saved the overall taste for me.

Mouthfeel was average for a stout but smooth and not astringent like other mint stouts I've tried.

Overall, this beer was okay for me. I was hoping to detect more chocolate. I've yet to try the BA version. Anxious to see how the flavors profiles evolved.

Photo of Rifugium
3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a black liquid with a half inch or so of tan foam that settled to a ringlet. Nice aroma of roasty malts and chocolate, with the mint hiding in the background. The taste was about the same as the aroma, with the mint coming out a bit more, giving a sensation of Andes chocolate mints, or Thin Mints. Body was about medium, with a decent mouthfeel short on smoothness. Okay overall, but the bourbon barrel version was a surprising improvement.

Photo of Tone
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/2 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong mint, strong roasted malt, slight sweet malt, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong mint, strong roasted malt, slight sweet malt, and a hint of grass. Overall, great appearance, good aroma, and a very strongly mint body. The mint was not overly sweet, but instead much more pungent. I would have preferred either less mint, or a less pungent mint.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.54/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Local Option cervoise.

Let's see if Perennial can do the near-impossible by making a mint stout that isn't terrible: It pours a dark black-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose is a blast of York peppermint patties, with a strong current of mint being enveloped by a weaker contingent of chocolate. It's pleasant. The taste begins with some roasted malts, but then goes right into some spearmint, the two never really combining completely or genially. It's not a bad flavor, really, just one that isn't great. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a generally solid mint stout, but I feel the chocolate is far too underplayed and the mint and roast never properly co-habitate and cooperate. Still, not bad, but it shows that a true mint stout success is still unknown to us (or, at least, to me).

Photo of mothman
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Menthol. So much mint and chocolate. Too much mint. Roasted malts. Not a big fan.

Photo of KillerJigger
3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A couple tweaks and this could be great. Like drinking perfume. The smell was great but it tastes bad if it gets in your mouth. Close to being a good Andes mint but overpowering in a strange way.

Photo of John_M
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Fairfax WF's the other day.


The beer pours a blackish brown color with pretty good head retention and decent lacing. On the nose, the beer smells quite promising, showcasing considerable chocolate and mint. There's some light vanilla and coffee as well, but the chocolate and mint clearly dominate. On the palate, the mint comes across as too much of a good thing and really overpowers the flavor profile. I like a little mint with my chocolate, not the other way around, and this beer is far too heavy on the mint. For me, it made the beer nearly undrinkable, the mint flavor is THAT intense. Mouthfeel is fairly full, but again, even here, the mint flavor hurts the beer. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile (it's not at all hot or heavy on the palate), but I'm just not digging the level of mint I'm picking up in this beer.

Interesting beer, but definitely not my cup of tea.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottled 3/2014.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, mint, herbal toothpaste, and mint mouthwash aromas. Taste is much the same with mint chocolate candy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with slight toothpaste and mouthwash aromas, but the flavors are more candy like.

Photo of woosterbill
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Bridge Tap House in St. Louis.

A: Black body with brown highlights and a dense tan head. Tremendous retention and gorgeous lacing. Perfect.

S: Overpowering mint. Smells more like mouthwash than beer, albeit in a very authentically minty way. I admire the intensity.

T: Follows the nose: more Scope than Thin Mint at first, although a touch of smooth chocolate does show up as it warms. Ok, but unbalanced.

M: Smooth, well carbonated, full body. Great.

O: Interesting but a bit disappointing.

Cheers!

Photo of Treebs
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by pmoney. 750 ml bottle served in a FFF teku.

A: Pours a dark black color with a dark tan head forming on the pour. It recedes to a frothy ring leaving behind some soapy looking lace.

S: Dark chocolate and mint leaves on the nose. Slight roasted malts, but this is all mint and chocolate.

T: Dark chocolate and fresh mint leaves up front. Unsweetened bakers chocolate and some light roasted malts in the mid-palate. The finish takes on an artificial mint flavor, reminiscent of Colgate.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with a medium carbonation level. Slightly minty and drying finish.

O: The finish was a little too artificial for me and took the beer down a few pegs. Overall it was a well crafted beer, I just wasn't that big of a fan.

Photo of Greywulfken
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: into a stout flute glass, center-pour created a dense dark foam over the pitch black body - lace slid all down the sides, and foamy film persisted throughout

S: mint and chocolate malts, some hint of espresso

T: exactly as expected - the mint flavor was right thwere all the way through, nestled securely among the dark roasted malt flavors that suggested cocoa, espresso, and maybe a slight medicinal tone - no doubt due to the mint

M: medium-full body, bitter but somewhat astringent/medicinal sensation, due, again, to the mint; smooth; definitely had a minty-fresh aftertaste

O: I think the tough sell here is minty beer - even in a stout format. I don't know who wants it, but there seem to be a few brewers trying it out, so there must be a market for it. I, for one, am probably not a fan of the concept, but I also can't ignore the curiosity - I'd think if it were done exceptionally well, there'd be something to be said for it. Unfortunately, I don't think this beer does the trick - and it was pricey, too! In sum, not a bad drink by any means, but is it what I'm looking for in a stout?

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at Whole Foods in Alexandria, VA.

The beer is black with a thin beige collar. The aroma offers a huge helping of chocolate mints, dominating the scent. The flavor follows suit. Think Girl Scout thin mints or Andes candies in beer form. True to the name. It's certainly well executed. that said, it becomes cloying rather quickly. A fun beer to sample or enjoy a small pour, but a bottle could easily be split many ways.

Photo of icehawk
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Appearance: Oily, pitch black Aroma: Chocolate and mint Taste: Bittersweet chocolate, with a fairly bitter mint finish. Palate: Heavy body, mouth coating, flat, mint provides a bit on sensation on the tongue Overall: Good beer; I like the fact that it ends up being more bitter than sweet... avoids coming across as artificial.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 12.12.13
Bottled 3/2013

A - Pours a very dark brown with a fine dark tan head that just sits there.

S - Lots of mint and some chocolate.

T - Mint, bitter chocolate, gritty grain.

D - Good carbonation with a lighter then expected body.

O - Mint, but bitter and a bit thin. Ok.

Photo of weonfire
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Black, opaque, light brown-pinky width head, lacing up to top o beer mark, light carbonation rising

S - mint chocolate chip, mint leaves, carmel, dark chocolate

T - Mint chip, dark chocolate, vanilla. finish: real bitter dark chocolate, smallest touch of booze

M - needs a warming. Carbonation is very nice, medium body, froth level is good, bitter dark chocolate lingers....for minutes

O - Lots of mint initially - dark bitter chocolate takes over. not real complex. just like the names says. mint. chocolate. mouth has great carbonation. If dark chocolate is your thing...you will love this beer, love it. if you were expecting sweet milk chocolate....haha- this is not the ride you were expecting.

Photo of Stevedore
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Bridge Tap House and Wine Bar in St. Louis, MO. 12oz served in a snifter glass today, 4/5/2014.

App- similar to it's BA cousin- dark brown, nearly black body with a one finger dark brown head. Good retention, drops into a thin film and then nothing. No lacing. Stains the glass a bit, a little bit of leg too.

Smell- served chilled out of the keg. Hints of mint and milk chocolate, some dark chocolate and faint coffee. I have to look for these, but as it warms, the mint becomes quite apparent. It doesn't take over completely, but it does receive a complement from the chocolate flavours that come out a bit more slowly.

Flavour- mint all around, like an Andes chocolate. Some chocolate flavours come out from both the dark malt and the cocoa nibs. More of the dark chocolate bitter variety that sweetens up a bit on the backend. Good, not complex but unique and tasty.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, not thick and chewy. Perhaps a bit too thin in character. A bit sticky and dry on the backend as expected from a mint chocolate beer. It's packed full of mint and is a sipper. Slight ABV shows up as it warms.

Overall- solid, well-designed stout that has quite an unique flavour component. I can see mint adjuncts as coming out either really good or really bad. This comes out quite well and is an enjoyable treat if you enjoy Andes chocolates. The barrel-aged version adds a nice sweet bourbon flavour and a nice oaky vanilla complement that makes you feel like it's mint chocolate vanilla ice cream.

Photo of Devman171
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tons of mint, great stout body!

Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours just about as black and oil-like as I have ever seen a beer pour. Thick and viscous in the glass, with a small, rich chocolate colored head. Retention and lacing are pretty freaking awesome.

S- Right off the bat the mint is strong and dominant. The chocolate mixes in quickly to create an overall scent that is nearly identical to Girl Scouts' Thin Mint cookies. The mint and chocolate are both very strong and pretty much the only scents that can be detected in the beer.

T- Starts off with the same strong mint flavor that the scent has and also quickly transitions into a chocolate flavor. The chocolate and mint mix to give the impression of an Andes mint. Chocolate and mint combo lasts as the dominant flavor throughout, but towards the end of the drink a somewhat bitter hop profile forms. Bitterness is very much like a RIS in flavor.

M- Thick and smooth with low to mid level of carbonation. Alcohol is not detectable in scent or taste, but evident fairly quickly in its effects. This beer is somewhat limited in its drinkability due to it strong minty flavor.

Overall, a very unique and interesting beer. I can't decide if this beer is awesome or delicious, or just a little peculiar. If you're a Thin Mint or Andes mint fan, I would definitely recommend it.

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a 750mL brown bottle with a bottling date of 3/2014 marked on the side of the label. Though a bit off-topic, I have to say that for as small an operation as Perennial is, they sure do a great job of using sturdy, well-affixed labels and a clearly printed bottling date on their beers. Though minor details compared to the taste and quality of the beer, it shows that they exercise great care with every step of the beer making and selling process. But I digress--served in an oversized 33oz snifter.

Appearance (4.25) - Pours a viscous-looking motor oil black that requires a fairly aggressive pour to yield a finger of mocha colored head, consisting of predominantly fine bubbles with just a few larger bubbles from the pour. The foam shrinks to a film covering the entire body after a minute or so, and leaves zero lacing on the sides of the glass. Even after I begin drinking it, while the legs are pronounced, they don't leave anything but just an isolated dot or two of lace residue on the sides of the glass.

Smell (3.75) - The aroma is dominated by rich bittersweet chocolate characteristics and cocoa nibs alongside the roasty notes of burnt toast and medium char. However, as you smell it more and more, you get the herbal, minty characteristics from the dried peppermint leaves. Unlike the mint that one might typically associate with mint-flavored candy or chewing gum, this mint has a far more organic feel to it, which I suppose is to be expected from the use of dried peppermint leaves instead of anything like extract.

Taste (4.0) - Picks up right where the aroma left off, with the primary flavors being comprised of the semisweet chocolate and flavors of roasted malt and bitter roasted notes. At first blush, you might not even realize that this is infused with mint if you weren't paying attention. Though that's likely a good thing, since you don't want the mint to overpower the flavor. Once again, the peppermint come through in more of an herbal, even earthy vein than the kind of artificial profile in mint candy. In fact, the mint imparts zero sweetness whatsoever, relying on the chocolate malt and cacao to counteract the bitterness from the roasted flavor profiles.

Mouthfeel (4.0) - Full-bodied and low carbonation, with a slightly lingering viscous feel on the tongue that allows the bitterness and herbal characteristics to linger.

Overall (4.0), a nicely done beer that forms a good balance between the rich, roasted stout characteristics and the more herbal peppermint in a way that doesn't taste artificial. I will say this--in spite of being done well, it's just one of those styles that you have to be in the right mood to enjoy. It's more of a dessert beer than anything else, in the sense that it's probably best as a nightcap as well as the fact that it doesn't really pair well with savory food.

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17 Mint Chocolate Stout from Perennial Artisan Ales
89 out of 100 based on 526 ratings.