17 Mint Chocolate Stout - Perennial Artisan Ales
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3.69/5 rDev -5.4%
Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.
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.
05-16-2014 03:57:26 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.1/5 rDev +5.1%
Though an experiment that's much more common in homebrew circles and lesser so on the commercial beer market, the infusion of mint and chocolate usually falls short with a glimmer of a hint here or a "use your imagine" taste there and leaving the curiosity unfulfilled. That doesn't happen here.
But before then, the Stout opens much like any well-made other. Its dark brown body might even be black, especially when considering its medium density haze. A large, loosely-knit head builds a mocha-stained lather on top the beer and recedes quickly until a stern swirl re-energizes it. Its light lace is spotty and pocketed as the beer starts to prefer a stiller appearance late.
And then the nose fills with both chocolate and mind, and for a moment makes you forget that you are drinking beer. But a quick rise of dark-roast coffee, light campfire, burnt toffee and a hint of sorghum brings the malty back. Light wood notes pull from the mint and introduce a more earthen hop character. Whisky-like alcohol scents seem lightly fruity and spicy to the nose.
And to taste, its the malty components that introduce to the taste buds first- roasted espresso-like maltiness with burnt toffee, caramel and molasses; and then a savory smoky chocolate taste seems cocoa-heavy at middle palate. An overlay of fresh-chopped spearmint is grassy, herbal and cool tasting. The marriage of the mint and chocolate is effortless as the taste of desserts come to mind much more easily than beer. But as the beer closes, I'm surprised at the amount of both hop and cocoa bitterness that weave together for an extended, robust aftertaste. Alcohol spices are woody, bourbony and a little of cherry and is the only interference with the hop and mint dominance.
Full bodied but not obsurdly so. Its medium-high carbonation gives the malts a lift as the alcohol and mint dry the middle and late palate. Even the hop and cocoa notes assist in keeping the beer semi-dry well into the next sip. A more savory texture would have really transformed this Stout into a dessert replacer.
Even though the Stout tries to hang onto its beery roots, it also offers up a sense of drinkability with its dryish tone and is sure to please the beer purists. But as hard as the mint and chocolate are pushed, I'd be happier to simply see the beer abandon anything beer-like and prefer a sweeter, more succulent and more savory taste and feel.
09-18-2013 18:10:28 | More by BEERchitect
3.51/5 rDev -10%
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).
05-20-2013 22:00:08 | More by TMoney2591
4.26/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
06-20-2013 17:09:43 | More by jlindros
4.24/5 rDev +8.7%
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!
04-28-2014 21:36:12 | More by StonedTrippin
3.51/5 rDev -10%
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.
11-17-2013 02:59:59 | More by Rifugium
17 Mint Chocolate Stout from Perennial Artisan Ales
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