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17 Mint Chocolate Stout - Perennial Artisan Ales

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89
very good

73 Reviews
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Reviews: 73
Hads: 556
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 13.15%
Wants: 92
Gots: 133 | FT: 22
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Missouri, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
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. (698 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
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! (1,210 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (2,405 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.54/5  rDev -12.2%
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). (872 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev +6%
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. (954 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
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. (430 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
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. (448 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (429 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
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. (388 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (920 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
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. (569 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black, appearing opaque black in the glass with a half finger, rich brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is dominated by mint chocolate, smelling quite remarkably like a mint wafer chocolate, with just hints of dark toasted malt. Flavor is chocolate, light mint and sweet dark toasted malt, with the mint developing a nice fresh mint flavor into a long minty chocolate finish. Excellent heavy, creamy body enhances the experience of a dessert beer. Very nicely done, although the mint is dominating. Although it seems to have been well handled in intensity, mint does have a lot of flavor power and tends to take over the flavor profile. The malt is rich, but seems to be in the background to support the chocolatey flavors to match the mint. Although the malt is a definite background flavor, it is quite rich enough to support the chocolate and mint flavors as well as to cover the ABV very well. A very nicely done, rich mint stout that kept my interest throughout the glass. Not for the mint averse, but great if a chocolate mint dessert sounds appealing. I really liked this one, although I'm not sure more than a glass would be feasible. This 2015 bottle appears to be higher ABV at 10%, but as mentioned, the alcohol is barely noticeable as a flavor. (1,319 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (297 characters)

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

Shared with JLindros and Kyle.

A - Poured into a tulip a nice dark brown almost black hue with a a thin mocha head that left s thin blanket.

S - Aromas of nice dark chocolate and mint leaves. Not coy but lots of leaves and little alcohol. Very mellow and inviting.

T - Taste is nice dark chocolate, light roast, mint leaves, faint booze, lightly acrid bitter roast. Alcohol hidden nicely. Similar to a melted Andes mint in a glass.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and lightly creamy with enough carbonation to keep things lighter.

O - Overall this was a solid beer, I like the barrel aged one much more. This is pleasantly minty. (624 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with one finger tan head that leaves some lace patches down the glass. Aroma is pretty much chocolate with some mint presence in the back and touches of roasted malt. Smooth, light, easy to drink, I can see why some people might not consider this a true beer as for a split second it seemed like I was drinking a dairy based drink. Nonetheless, I quite enjoyed this beer. The chocolate and mint offer up a good sweetness and are balanced and there is a touch of roasted malt presence in this beer along with a dry finish. Maybe b/c I like sweet beers and sweet things in general I liked this beer more than others but it was simple yet oh so good. (667 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
1.87/5  rDev -53.6%
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. (355 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on tap at bainbridge barrel house

Inky black pour with a voluminous toasted graham colored head. Thick retention which takes a spell to settle down, leaving patchy coats of lacing on the glass.

Mint chocolate chip ice cream - seriously. Touches of milk sugar, cream, semisweet chocolates and a dash of boozy warmth.

Minty, sweet and warm right up front. As if someone just did a fresh chiffonade of mint leaves right into the brew, tempered by heavy roasted malts, dark sweetness, cream and chocolates. Warm in the finish with lingering mint.

Heavier body, decent carbonation, chewy and sticky on the tongue. This one is pretty simple - if you enjoy mint chocolate chip ice cream (which happens to be my fiancees favorite), you will most likely love this beer. If not, I can easily see the mint overpowering your senses in a not so pleasant sort of way. (860 characters)

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (198 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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. (1,341 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up the bottle locally, enjoyed from a savor tulip. Brew poured a gorgeous silk black that settled into the glass with a generous creamy milk tan head that hung out forever. As soon as i opened the bottle the smell of.mint chocolate chip ice cream filled the air. Upon closer inspection, that is the perfect analogy. Really nice nose. Flavor is more beery with a nice chocolate malt with mint glazed over the top. Not quite a good as the nose would suggest, but tasty none the less. It is an interesting mix for a beer, but this one is as good as any other i have tried, but i don't think mint chocolate beer I'd ever something that i will flip out for...but certainly an curious about the barrel aged version if this one. (728 characters)

Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delicious, though not quite the Girl Scout Cookie in a Glass I was hoping it would be. That’s because they use actual mint, not sorbitol. Mint, it turns out, isn’t a strangely cooling chemical compound like the folks at Certs told us. It’s actually a plant. When you add it to a beer, it winds up tasting like a strong, sweet stout with a weedy, lightly minty back end, like a blend of hot cocoa and herbal tea. A- good stuff would drink again. (450 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
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! (516 characters)

Photo of Gmann
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black color with a big puffy toasted khaki colored head that slowly settles into a very solid cap

The aroma is of mint chocolate. Some bark notes but all mint chocolate. A bit unnatural.

A good shot of RIS roasted bitterness. This mixes well with some bitter chocolate and mint. Some wood and scorched caramel and the slightest of a dark fruit hint. Not gimmicky at all. Very RIS driven with chocolate malt and the addition of mint.

Moderate to full feel with soft carbonation. A dark fruit twang followed by a RIS bitterness. Lightly chalky.

A very good mint stout. Well balance between the RIS base, the chocolate, and the mint. Bravo (652 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
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. (878 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (1,522 characters)

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17 Mint Chocolate Stout from Perennial Artisan Ales
89 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.