17 Mint Chocolate Stout - Perennial Artisan Ales

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17 Mint Chocolate Stout17 Mint Chocolate Stout

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 537
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 91
Gots: 123 | FT: 19
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Missouri, United States

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

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Beer added by: birchstick on 03-24-2012

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Photo of richj1970
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (708 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (2,855 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle of this at the Swamp Head Batch 600 release. Pours pitch black and thick with a small brown head on top. Looks very rich and chocolate. Smells very rich and chocolatey, with notes of roast and mint mixed in nicely. The mint is present but not overpowering. The flavor is surprisingly good. Thick and rich chocolate, just a hint of roasty stout goodness, and an accent of light pepper mint that cleans out the palate. The mint is very slight and not overpowering and integrated very nicely. I’m told the bottles vary in terms of their mint level, but this seemed right on. Nice body on this with medium plus carbonation for the style. Really nice actually. (673 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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 shangwang
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very unique beer. Thick and viscous, it pours opaque black with a thick foamy milk chocolate head. Loads of mint and cocoa in the smell. Tastes sweet and minty like a chocolate candy cane or an Andes mint in beer from. Pretty boozy; actually tasted like more than 10% and wasn't hiding anything. Heavy like cream in mouthfeel. Couldn't drink it frequently but a fun change of pace if you know what you're getting into. (418 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
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 +4.4%
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 chugalug06
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (588 characters)

Photo of gueuzedreg
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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! (563 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
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 woosterbill
3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
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 Stevedore
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
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)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (1,282 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
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 Rifugium
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
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 rudzud
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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 BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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 Alieniloquium
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
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 EgadBananas
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: black, finger of brown head, some lace.

Aroma: faint mint, chocolate , roast, sweetness.

Taste: light mint, chocolate, roast, dark fruit.

Mouthfeel: thick, fill body.

Overall: while not wowing, it does give off a mint chocolate chip ice cream vibe. (264 characters)

Photo of icehawk
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (389 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Black as night in appearance. Light does night penetrate this one. Good head retention. Very much so like a thin mint Girl Scout cookie on the nose. Very rich in flavor and this is like dessert in a glass. The mint flavor is barely held in check by the luscious chocolate flavoring and roasted barley. The mint also does a great job of masking the alcohol. (356 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
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. (334 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
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 Gfunk720
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

-Gfunk (945 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a jet black with a thin, wispy tan head that laces. The nose is cool mint and a touch of sweet chocolate. It drinks with chocolate and malt sweetness forward followed by non-artificial mint leaves that sooth and cleanse the palate. A hint of alcohol and mint leave a quickly fading bite in the finish. The mouthfeel is a rich, full-bodied sweetness followed by a biting minty finish. This is an elegant thin mint in a glass. I'm definitely grabbing a bottle while it's still available. (500 characters)

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17 Mint Chocolate Stout from Perennial Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.