Barrel-Aged 17 Mint Chocolate Stout - Perennial Artisan Ales
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4.58/5 rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
I was a huge fan of non ba, so obviously I loved this. '14 batch. I have been known for killing 750s of high ABV brews solo, but this is one for a bottle share!! A bit much for one person
A- Smooth as hell looking, dark brown/black with dark coffee medium lacing. No legs. Peeerty looking brew!
S- Mint>chocolate> whiskey barrel that you get from BA Abraxas> nice malt backbone
T- Perfect symmetry throughout this beer. Just the right amount of mint to chocolate to whiskey barrel. Nice sting at the end.
M- Not crazy thick, but this one pulls it off very nicely. Very smooth, and the right amount of carb. Nice whiskey sting.
O- Perennial pulls off another one. BA 17 is incredible IMO. Now I just need a BA Sump
Serving type: bottle
04-18-2014 21:52:54 | More by gueuzedreg
4.66/5 rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Open and shared with 2 others on a random Friday night.
I missed the release so my brother picked up my allotment
2014 Batch 2 release
A - Dark as night pour with a half finger mocha foam head. As the head dissipates a small ring remains around the glass.
S - Smell is of rich dark chocolates hints of mint vanilla and bourbon
T - Taste follows the nose as you get a lot of rich dark chocolates and cocoa through the front with a minty boozy vanilla oak finish. The barrel character really has mellowed out the mint nicely.
M - Medium to full bodied here with a creamy smooth mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. The minty finish adds nicely to this beer
O - Not sure about last years batch, but this batch is refreshing and delicious. Can't wait to try BA Sump and BA Abrax this year.
Serving type: bottle
04-16-2014 15:56:55 | More by drmcleod10
4.48/5 rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Second batch (2014) available on tap at the Perennial Tap Room in St. Louis, MO. 11oz poured into a snifter today, 4/5/2014.
App- pitch black, hint of brown with an absolutely beautiful one finger dark brown head with a lot of retention. It drops slowly into a thick collar that stays for a long while. There is no lacing but this beer has a lot of legs.
Smell- even cold, there is a ton of mint and dark chocolate, cocoa. There is a lovely sweet bourbon complement that really adds a lot of complexity to the base mint and chocolate nose. Some oak, some charred malt, even a bit of nuttiness. It smells like a spiked mint chocolate shake.
Flavour- exceptionally complex beer that delivers a lot of mint from the time it hits the glass to the final sip. Sweet milk chocolate and bitter cocoa compliment the mint such that it is nowhere near overwhelming despite it's intensity. The bourbon barrel does a masterful job of contributing sweet bourbon, barrel notes of vanilla and oak to add complexity. I really enjoy the vanilla on top of the mint. The bourbon barrel contribution grows as the beer warms, which is a nice evolution. Delightful.
Mouthfeel- medium bodied, not particularly chewy or viscous but does have a clean, minty finish. A small bit of heat comes out as it warms which actually complements the mint well. This is not difficult to drink at all. Carbonation is low but sufficient.
Overall- very tasty, unique and fairly complex barrel-aged stout that could only come from a brewery like Perennial. They know exactly what they're doing with their barrel-aged stouts. I enjoyed this almost as much as I did the Barrel-Aged Abraxas and that is saying a lot. This beer is perfect fresh; not sure that it needs any aging at all.
Serving type: on-tap
04-05-2014 22:18:14 | More by Stevedore
4.24/5 rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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.
Serving type: on-tap
02-21-2014 04:01:05 | More by ThePorterSorter
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Sampled at a recent tasting, reviewed from notes.
Pours a thick and viscous black with dark head that leaves little lacing. The nose is reminiscent of a thin mint cookie with delicate and creamy notes of mint, dark chocolate, and vanilla. Some whiskey character comes through and brings on a nice vanilla character. The taste is strong with chocolate and mint which are balanced nicely with each other. The bourbon is present and really seems to be more like a supporting cast to meld and mellow the aggressive flavors present in the beer. Delicate notes of vanilla and oak come through at the finish. The body is thick but not motor oil heavy with mellow carbonation. Overall, this is the best mint beer I have tried. The mint has just enough character to pair nicely with the chocolate notes, but never become toothpaste like. Delicious and much better than the base beer!
Serving type: bottle
12-30-2013 04:49:03 | More by homebrew311
Barrel-Aged 17 Mint Chocolate Stout from Perennial Artisan Ales
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