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17 Mint Chocolate Stout - Perennial Artisan Ales

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17 Mint Chocolate Stout17 Mint Chocolate Stout

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very good

77 Reviews
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Reviews: 77
Hads: 577
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 94
Gots: 137 | FT: 24
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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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Reviews: 77 | Hads: 577
Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.43/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of icehawk
3.79/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.68/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of Gfunk720
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
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.


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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of Siggy125
3.44/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of weonfire
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Gmann
4.11/5  rDev +3%
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

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
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?

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Photo of Treebs
3.71/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.54/5  rDev -11.3%
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).

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Photo of homebrew311
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Apperance is dark cocoa brown with tan head. Aroma features strong roasted malts countered by refreshing minty notes with an undercurrent of cacao. Taste is like mint chocolate ice cream with heavy roast and moderate bitterness. The mint works well in this brew... the other mint beer I have had are either toothpaste flavored or the mint takes on an herbal vegetal tone... this mint is bright and pairs nicely with the chocolate. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Overall very nice-- look forward to trying the barrel aged version.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a dark brown that lightens up quite a bit on the surface and edges. The head is dense and cinnamon colored.

Ha. It smells just like mint chocolate chip. The mint is a green fresh leaf smell. There's not a lot of depth, but let's call it for what it is.

The mint is a little overpowering in the flavor, but its still a damn good beer even if it is a little gimmicky. Mint and chocolate flavors with a light roast.

Mouthfeel is smooth, heavy, light carbonation.

I can see this as a highly polarizing beer. If you like mint and chocolate then give it a try. If not, pass.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of shand
4.58/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to redbird!

Perennial 17 pours black with a large mocha head. The aroma is nice, it's got the usual imperial stout roastiness and chocolate flavors, but with a very nice mint note on top. I'm a mint and chocolate kind of guy, so I'm very much enjoying this. The taste is very nice - it offers a herbal mint that sits over strong roast malts and coffee flavors. As I sip more, i become more accustomed to the mint flavor, which melds very well with the stout base. I can't say I've had another mint chocolate stout to compare this to, but it's tasty as hell. The mouthfeel is on the full side of medium, and the drinkability is exceptional. Overall, Perennial 17 is a tasty as hell stout. I'm really happy with the mint flavor, it makes drinking the whole bottle a much easier task than it would have been.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 4 once tasting glass at the Perennial tasting room.

Pours a pure black color with a 0.5 inch head that is tan and nice and dense. Very very dark.

Coca notes come up with a refreshing mint background. Very refreshing, like mint chocolates left on my pillow. Notes of coffee and roasted malts with some slight sweetness.

Espresso coffee notes with some good coca notes intermingled within the two flavors play perfectly together. There are some good minty fresh notes that appear in there but are not too overwhelming or off putting in fact they bring a nice light and refreshing feel to an otherwise robust brew. Roasty and burnt malt notes mixed with a bitter dark chocolate. Very nice slight sweetness from the cocoa and the malts. Mouth feel is a bit on the lighter side but still solid; a bit creamy.

Overall this is a great take on stouts. The mint is very interesting and adds a nice dimension. Very delicious brew with good coffee and chocolate notes.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had for the 1st time at DLD 2012 and then a few other times on multiple occasions at the brewery. This is a combo of these samples.

A - Pours black, light cream-colored head, thin collar.

S - This is a very well-executed beer...mint, chocolate, and roast all combing into a delicious dessert beer. Peppermint Pattie in liquid form is exactly how to describe this beer.

T - Exactly like the nose, Peppermint Pattie in a stout. The alcohol is hidden very well, and I would have guessed 6% or so but nowhere near 10%! Finish is roasty milk chocolate and peppermint.

M - Full body, rich and smooth, creamy finish.

O - Phil, you killed it with this beer. It's exactly what I would have imagined in a perfect "Mint Chocolate Stout World". If you like the chocolate candy, you will love this beer. Great job!

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Photo of Tone
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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17 Mint Chocolate Stout from Perennial Artisan Ales
89 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.