Barrel-Aged 17 Mint Chocolate Stout - Perennial Artisan Ales
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Reviews by ThePorterSorter:
4.24/5 rDev -1.4%
The base beer this year is the same as abraxas (which is different from previous years)
The beer pours a dark, but not inky/oily black with no head or visible carbonation. The nose is fresh chopped mint followed by milk chocolate - muted compared to the regular version- with a hint of barrel notes. The taste bring forward a piney and biting mintiness, some chocolatey sweetness, and a subtle oaky vanilla that lingers along with the alcoholic after-burn. The mouthfeel is smooth, rich, and full bodied with little carbonation, but is still slightly bitter and biting to cut the through the sweetness. There are minimal overt barrel characteristics, but the beer feels more balanced compared to the regular version. As the beer warms, the bitterness and booze become more pronounced hurting the overall drinkability. I definitely prefer this beer to the liquid-thin-mint regular version, but will let it continue to mellow for a few months before revisiting.
02-21-2014 04:01:05 | More by ThePorterSorter
More User Reviews:
4.48/5 rDev +4.2%
The nightcap of an evening of amazing beers. Once again, my deepest thanks must go out to Cfan67. Dan, you truly are the man. Opened with Joe and Colleen, with a pour saved for my dear friend, Eddy. Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Voodoo Barrel Room tasting snifter.
A- The beer pours black as a moonless night and forms a thin, mocha head. No light getting through, whatsoever. As with the BA Sump, this beer has great legs... I love legs.
S- Lord, have mercy... This smells like a York patty with a splash of bourbon. Perennial delivers with the mint, as dark chocolate and bourbon play the background. This is an outstanding aroma.
T- I didn't think the aroma could be outdone, but splendid dark chocolate flavors prove me wrong. There is a minty coolness on the flavor, though the delightful, fudgy, chocolate flavors are on display here. Quite understated bourbon and roast keep this beer from being too sweet. However, this is definitely a dessert beer, and one of which I am now quite fond.
O- This was the perfect nightcap. My friends and I did not have high expectations for this beer, and that allowed it to over-deliver. I'm not a huge "mint-chocolate" guy, but I can't get over how surprisingly delicious this was. I would jump at any opportunity to have another shot at this beer. Bravo, Perennial.
05-21-2014 03:19:39 | More by jbwimer
3.96/5 rDev -7.9%
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Jet black with a nice mocha head. Thick collar.
Smell - Mint and chocolate. Still strong mint, but the whiskey cuts it well. Whiskey and vanilla. Mild oak. Smells good.
Taste - Mint. Chocolate. Mild whiskey. Chocolate comes back and the whiskey lingers in the finish. Vanilla rounds it out, but it's a mild barrel character.
Mouthfeel - Thick. Medium carbonation. Slightly boozy.
Overall - The whiskey cuts the mint enough to improve on the base beer.
08-20-2013 03:05:19 | More by Alieniloquium
Barrel-Aged 17 Mint Chocolate Stout from Perennial Artisan Ales
95 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.