17 Mint Chocolate Stout - Perennial Artisan Ales
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4.24/5 rDev +8.7%
750mL bottle from Binny's (Chicago, IL). 17.99. Bottled 03/2013. Served in a Terrapin snifter.
Pours oil black with a finger and a half of thick mocha head. The head fades to a thin cap and leaves small patches of lace.
Invitingly strong aroma of mint with sweet cocoa.
A really nice blend of flavors. Rich dark chocolate, mint, chili pepper, French roast coffee, leather
Creamy, thick, full, tongue coating. Mild effervescence. Rich, roasty, bitter sweet minty aftertaste.
Another excellent beer from Perennial. By far the best and most authentic mint chocolate stout that I've experienced.
06-02-2013 04:31:17 | More by ThickNStout
3.74/5 rDev -4.1%
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?
05-29-2013 00:06:57 | More by Greywulfken
3.69/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
05-27-2013 13:01:47 | More by Treebs
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
17 Mint Chocolate Stout from Perennial Artisan Ales
87 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.