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Mint Chocolate Stout - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
78
okay

160 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 16.08%
Wants: 11
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: illeagle05 on 04-01-2014

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Ratings: 160 | Reviews: 30
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of Jason
3.51/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Now this is a trend I love to see, an “extreme beer” that is not pushing the limits of alcohol or hops but a handful of ingredients to take it clearly outside of the box. Smell and nearly tastes like a box of Junior Mints, thankfully there is enough Stout flavor to remind us this is truly a beer.

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Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
3.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First of all... I find it hard reviewing many beers as many do not stand out in any way that would even warrant a review. I have had a whopping 3 mint-chocolate style beers, this being the third. I have, since the first one I tried (Spring House Satan's Bake Sale), been very intrigued by this style of beer and have since been on the lookout for this type of beer.

That being said, this is an impressive beer. I do not understand all the hate for this brew. Is it one of the best beers I have had? No. But it is unique and exciting to drink. I have read reviews that express disinterest by virtue of it being labeled a "stout." Some people complain that there is no chocolate flavor in this beer. If you cannot taste the chocolate, maybe there is something wrong with your taste buds. Maybe you are some crazy craft brew nut job who will compare this to something like Samuel Smith's Chocolate Stout or Southern Tier Choklat, which are basically just liquid chocolate beers.

This is a solid ale with abundantly roasted malts and moderate chocolate and mint undertones. The aroma is distinctly minty and accurately eludes to its distinct mint-chocolate flavor. I do not know how to characterize it aside from exactly how it tastes. Perhaps the disappointment is in it not tasting like a glass of melted mint chocolate ice-cream? I don't know. It is a beer flavored with mint and chocolate. It is very obviously not syrupy and very fresh.

I would recommend this beer to anyone who can appreciate a maltier style ale and the taste of mint and chocolate.

I do not worship this brewery and would not consider any of their beers a favorite of mine, except maybe this one.

Good job, Flying Dog.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.62/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with an eighth of a finger of caramel-colored head that completely dissolved away into an incredibly thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Wow! Really, aromatic! Great aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate and tons of mint! The beer smells like Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies! Awesome!

Taste: Exactly like the aroma. Tons of roasted malt up front, imparting flavors of freshly baked dark bread, immediately followed by lots of dark chocolate and mint! It is Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies, but in a beer! Delicious!

Mouthfeel: A little thin, unfortunately. I was expecting and left desiring a much chewier and/or creamier mouthfeel, but alas, it’s on the thin side. With an ABV of 5.7%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is an extremely good beer! Tons of great flavors of malt, mint and dark chocolate. The only thing keeping this from being an exceptional or world-class beer is the thin mouthfeel. If it was chewier or creamy it would be so much better! Oh, that an a higher ABV would be nice too, like maybe another three percentage points!

Photo of Mongrel
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%

Smells minty with a little chocolate, like an Andes mint.

Body is a little light and too sharply carbonated for a stout. Taste-wise, the mint is there but tastes a little artificial. It is indeed balanced by some sweet chocolate with a little lactose. There's not much in the way of roasty flavors.

Overall, I like my stouts a little more "stout." This one seems to be missing some body and depth of flavor. A decent dark beer for the warmer months though.

Photo of gillagorilla
2/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: Dark, dark brown that is quite opaque. Minimal lacing with no head. Slight head on the pour that diminished rapidly.

S: Roasted malts and that is about it. There is some coolness that is almost minty in the smell. Not sure if I would notice if this wasn't called a mint chocolate stout.

T: Such a let down. Even let it warm all the way up, but nothing at all along the way. Just dry roasted malts and that's it. Sickly tasting and not good.

M: Extremely smooth and that is it.

O: I swear I had some 17 Mint Chocolate Stout from Perennial and that was quite good. I'd heard bad things about this, but then I saw a thread on it and opinions were all over the place. But this is not good. For some reason their stouts just don't do it for me, which is surprising because their Gonzo porter is great, especially the BA version. Their Green Tea Imperial Stout was not good and I don't like their Oyster Stout, but it is probably just the style.

Photo of beersdmf17
3.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Draft poured into a tulip glass. Pours a nice dark body with a tan head, smell is overwhelmingly of mint and hints of chocolate and roasted malts. The taste is predominately that of the mint, with plenty of bitterness and roasted malt. Little to no taste of chocolate. Decent mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Overall interesting attempt at a well known and well loved flavor combination. Could have worked out better, would have liked more chocolate forwardness and maybe some lactose to mimic ice cream better. Kinda one note.

Photo of smakawhat
2.87/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

Virtually no head made what was grown was barely half a finger tall. Tin tan bubbled collar left. Body color is a deep mahogany brown and slightly wet out of the bottle. Not too bad.

Nose delivers. This smells like a package of Andes mints straight from the grocery store. Chocolate mint in spades. Nice and simple, not particularly sweet, a bit milky and simple chocolate sensing. Pretty good.

After all that it goes downhill fast. What happened to the flavor here? Even for a simple American Stout this is incredibly thin and watery, thinner than Guinness even. Very tight fizz which then comes out like drinking flat Perrier water. Aftertaste is virtually non existent. Where the roast and malt coating? Chocolate and mint virtually disappear into a watered down finish. Strangely there's a cheap black pepper taste to this after awhile.

Overall, it seems from the nose there's some great things coming, but it falls incredibly flat on the palate.

Photo of ThickNStout
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from BeerMeDuffMan (thanks man!). Bottled 2/18/14. Served in a goblet.

Pours a mahogany tinted, deep soda brown with a little over two fingers of pale sand hued head. Not much foam lingers but it leaves a fair bit of lace.

Smells of thin mints, roasted grains and burnt sugar.

Flavor is in the vein of mint chocolate cookies but comes across a little more like extract. Cocoa, mint, strange metallic note, semi-burnt malt and some caramel. The taste kind of falls apart as bitter metallic notes overtake the mint and chocolate.

Thin body with relatively high carbonation. Metallic finish with distinctly bitter traces of dark cocoa and mint.

A nice attempt at mint chocolate but for my tastes it almost seems as if they gave up half way through it's creation. Thin, weak and a tad abrasive with it's metallic bitterness without. Not bad but nothing I care to repeat.

Photo of axxe
3.44/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE
Color: Dark (seal) brown color.
Head: Little-to-no head
Viscosity: very light

AROMA
Mint: Distinct and overpowering
Cocoa: very subtle (almost lost amidst the mint)

PALATE
Taste: Disappointingly almost no cocoa. Lasting mint aftertaste, which may be the only achievement of this brew. Slight hops.
Body: too light for a stout
Carbonation: seems hurried and forced halfheartedly. It's lost substantially if poured turbulently.

PRICE:
Mid-range. Doesn't live up to it's price tag.

Photo of woodychandler
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

My backlog keeps reducing, almost to the point that I CAN resume The CANQuest (TM), which is what really matters.

From the bottle: "Disconnected from the world below, the entire brewery team congregates atop a historic overlook each year to develop beers that shatter the confines of traditional styles. The only criteria lies in a few simple words from the Good Doctor: 'Too weird to live, too rare to die.' - Hunter S. Thompson"; "Drink local beer".

This, too, may seem an unlikely choice for me, unless you are a Girl Scout or the parent of one. My cookie Achilles heel are those Thin Mints, which are better than sex (at times) and I hope that this comes close in terms of taste. I have long copped to using a heavy hand when pouring my beers and although The Old Lady and some random chick at Garage have taken me to task for it, I like the visual of the pseudo-cascade, the creating of some head and especially, the release of the inherent esters. In this case, the mint was prevalent. I could smell it immediately upon beginning the pour, which created just over a finger of soapy, light-tan head which fell pretty quickly, leaving just a skim in its wake. Color was a deep, dark-brown (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose smelled like mint chocolate chip ice cream. I know that I have been alluding to ice cream in a lot of my reviews of late, but the combination of cool/cold and aroma/taste just puts me in that frame of mind. The mint, combined with the alcohol, put me in mind of Creme de Menthe or a Grasshopper. Mouthfeel was thin and watery, not what I would expect in a stout. I was kind of surprised by its taste, which seemed to be dominated by the mint. What happened to the chocolate?!? How much mint did they employ to be able to overcome both chocolate and dark malts? This was okay, but with some tweaking, it could be much better. Finish was entirely minty, which rendered it a little too mouthwash-like. Yeah, I was minty fresh, but the chocolate just took too much of a backseat for me to really get behind this one.

Photo of Rifugium
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Capone's.

Typical stout-like appearance, dark brown-black, with a small tan head that sank to a ringlet, leaving some minor lacing on the glass. Dark malt aroma, roasty, mint was very subtle. Taste was pretty average, dark roasty malts, some coffee bitterness, the mint was subdued and very vegetal. It wasn't bad for a basic stout, but I don't feel the mint really contributed to the brew in any meaningful way. Body was medium at best, mouthfeel was slick, carbonation was moderate/appropriate. Decent overall, but too messy/unbalanced for me to want to go back for more.

Photo of Neorebel
3.21/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This stout pours a deep brown color, not unlike Coca-Cola, with a thin tan cap of antique white foam. The aroma instantly brings forth the idea of Junior Mints or Andes confections, with companions of roasted malt and dark fruit esters in tow. Unfortunately, the flavor itself is a major letdown. It is very thin and watery. Some level of decent points were awarded here because there are traces of a decent stout here, it just could be so much more. There's also some sort of oxidized off flavor present. The mouthfeel is not what one would be looking for, it is not creamy or velvety in the slightest. The finish leaves a ghost of the mint leaf on the palate. Unless I received a bad bottle, this is not recommended.

Photo of themind
2.1/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

I am not a fan period! the brew is thin with a weak stout backbone. The aroma was minty but nothing to write home about. All in all this beer was disappointing. Poured in a glass it showed promise but pouring it into the drain would have been more appropriate.

Bottom Line: Back to the drawling board.

Photo of justintcoons
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip pint.

appearance
Near black with a short tan head that dissipates quickly. Some light penetration along the edges.

Nose
Peppermint with hints of fudge and dark chocolate.

Taste
Mostly peppermint again. Thin veils of caramel and dark chocolate. There's really not too much going on here.

Mouthfeel
Medium-light bodied and crisp with a slick mouthfeel.

Overall
It tastes like mint and goes down pretty easy.

Photo of wac9
3.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

what a wonderful beer i dont like minty things but when i saw this i had to try it , with a pure black in my glass and minty taste of a girl scout cookie which i hadnt had in years if your looking for something diffrent then you should enjoy it drink up

Photo of HannahMarieGrey
4.96/5  rDev +45%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Love it. Dark, thick, rich and deserty with a fair amount of boozy. The flavor isn't overpowering to the stout character and it's addicting

Photo of wonothesane42
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip. Appearance is dark brown with a tan head that dissipates fairly quickly, but not as quickly as many other stouts. The smell is very nice, very minty with a hint of chocolate behind it, almost smells like mint chocolate chip ice cream. Tastes is much in line with smell with some other herbal notes in there as well. Feels slightly thin but being under 6% alcohol that is understandable, carbonation is fine. Overall this is a nice beer, very easy to drink with good flavors. It is also a nice experience, reminding me of childhood days eating mint chocolate chip ice cream on a nice sunny day. I would to have this again if I saw it.

Photo of Suds
3.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer is an utterly dark, nearly black beverage. The smell is reminiscent of the thin mint Girl Scout cookies. I didn't think that I would enjoy the combination, and I am still not sure that it is suited to beer, but the smell of this brew is really engaging. The taste is Druids hand not quite as good as the smell. Alkylated chocolate and some roasted grain notes, along with the mint are all present in the taste. The body is full, but doesn't have an outstanding depth. This one is a very interesting brew, but sot one I would have a lot of.

Photo of wiscokid920
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Like drinking a junior mint. Definitely different but I wouldn't go out of my way to get this offering. Flavorful but just not my thing. Kudos to trying something unique flavor wise without drowning if in booze.

Photo of chefhatt
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

You must let this one warm up first
I poured this into a tulip glass, it has a black color body with a small tan head. ithe aroma has a very strong mint to it with some chocolate. The taste has a mint flavor upfront then the chocolate come to play. I also get a little roastyness. The mouthfeel is good and over all a good stout
Taste like choc mint ice cream.

Photo of ColdWaffles
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

From 12 oz bottle into Samuel Smith tulip pint.

Poured nice initially, with about 3/4ths inch tan head. Quickly dissipated. Less black than most stouts, opacity is actually somewhat visible. 2.5/5

Smells on point. Like a York peppermint pattie. 4.5/5

Taste is mostly on point, with a dry end that actually reminds me of the dark chocolate in a peppermint pattie. Mint is just strong enough. Malt flavor is weaker though. 3.75/5

The body on this is just way too thin and it is a bit too carbonated. I bet it's better on draft. 2/5

I give this extra points for its flavor hits. Mouthfeel is just way too off. Worth trying a single. Overall adjuster 3.25/5

Photo of TheLittleMrs
1.36/5  rDev -60.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Felt like this had NO taste/flavor! No mint, no chocolate and really thing for a stout! Tried it out of the bottle and in a glass. Never tried Flying Dog OR any Mint Chocolate Stouts prior. Not worth the money. Why does my comment length have to be 250-5000?

Photo of BradStokley
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A - Pretty dark stout w/ small head that disappears quickly.

S - Can definitely smell the mint, which is what I was hoping for. Didn't detect any chocolate.

T - Strong mint forward flavor. Maybe a little too strong. No chocolate at all.

M - I was really hoping this would be more full but this had a very light body.

O - I really think this would've been much better if the mint was more subtle and it had more body to it. It was just too thin and a bit over carbonated. Glad I got to try it as I was really looking forward to it.

Photo of Jonada
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with no obvious freshness date. Served in a Founders snifter.

Appearance: Pours black with less than a finger of a tan head that dissipates to a light wispy coating and thin collar. Body is opaque.

Smell: Peppermint, milk and dark chocolate, slight roast character. Pretty straight forward, but that's not a bad thing. Smells a lot like an Andes mint.

Taste: Similar profile, but more muted than in the nose. Peppermint, followed by chocolate are the most prominent flavors, but they seem almost watered down. Light sweetness lingers on the palate through to a finish that leads to a mild (very mild) minty, roasty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but thin mouthfeel. Medium/high, somewhat rough carbonation. Not terrible, but doesn't really work for the style.

Overall: Starts promising but falls apart a little bit in the taste and mouthfeel. Not that there's anything wrong with the beer per se, as the flavors that are there are nice and are blended together well. I just wish there was more of it. Worth picking up a single to try, but I wouldn't spring for a 6-pack.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.8/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a borderline pitch black color. The head is about a finger high - khaki in shade - with poor retention. Neither does the head have a particularly creamy texture. A tiny amount of lacing is left on the glass.

S: Whoa, I can tell immediately there's too much mint. On the plus side, the mint isn't entirely one-note - it seemingly smells like it has notes of cinnamon and ginger, as well. I'm also getting some wisps of dark chocolate. Actually, it becomes less minty and more chocolaty as it warms up. It never quite impresses me, but it definitely grows on me.

T: Like I feared, there's a bit too much mint flavor. After the minty opening, it becomes more stout-like, ending with a roasted coffee flavor. The big problem is simple: aside from the mint notes being overdone, they simply clash with the stout notes. I'd even suggest it's rather medicinal-tasting. Another problem: almost no chocolate. :(

M: Wow, this is dry. Dry and biting, with intense carbonation. Light, too. Even if I'm less than enthusiastic about the flavor profile, at least it goes down easy.

O: For the record, I think - if done right - a mint chocolate stout can be really good. After all, who doesn't love liquefied Andes? Unfortunately, Flying Dog overdid the mint, and ergo the end result is really lacking. But it's not completely worthless - the base stout is decent, and it's easy to drink. It could even become good with a few tweaks (read: less mint).

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Mint Chocolate Stout from Flying Dog Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.