Bourbon Barrel Coffee Mint Stout - South Shore Brewery

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Bourbon Barrel Coffee Mint StoutBourbon Barrel Coffee Mint Stout

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70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 24.5%
Wants: 22
Gots: 11 | FT: 2
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: battlekow on 02-26-2006)
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Reviews by battlekow:
Photo of battlekow
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Mid-Winter Brewfest opened at 1. The Mint Coffee Stout, a new take on the Rhoades Scholar Stout, was first on tap at 2:30. I loved it, and thus understandably counldn't wait to taste the bourbon barrel-aged version, scheduled to go on tap at 4.

At five minutes 'til, myself and a woman from another brewery joined forces in petitioning the South Shore guys to put this on tap ASAP. Finally poured into my greedy little pint glass, I held it up to my nose and prepared to be dazzled.

Not. Given the outstanding mint character of the non barrel-aged version, I was very curious how the aging would affect the mint, and I got my answer quickly: not well. The mint is still there, but not nearly as prominent. It's overwhelmed by a sea of bourbon/tequila flavors, sweet vanilla and maltiness running rampant over the subtle genius of the Mint Coffee Stout.

I've got to give South Shore credit; how many mint stouts are out there? Not many, and thus who knows what bourbon barrel-aging would do to one? Well, I do now, and I counsel you to stick with the regular offering and its sublime greatness.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Too much mint for most folks but interesting enough to warrant a taste or two. This does not compare to South Shore’s chocolate mint stout but it’s not bad. The mint levels are intense. Bourbon flavors are mellow. Coffee and chocolate flavors are mild. Mint and menthol are the dominant attributes. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and oily with a burning mint finish. Worth a taste but not drinkable in any quantity and frequency. Many thanks to Maduro for tapping a barrel of this unique treat.

Photo of tectactoe
3.11/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks, Jeff! The body is extremely black, pretty much no hint of color to be found anywhere along the way. A dark beige head, not quite dark enough to be tan, piles up good and then quickly shells away where it sits still at about three or four millimeters nearly the rest of the way. No lacing, really, though I can't say I'm surprised by that.

The heaviest aroma right out of the gate is definitely mint. Mint freshness, all up in this bitch. Mixed with a significant amount of cocoa malt, the nose brings about nice reminders of a York Peppermint Patty. There's a touch of coffee grounds buried in the background with an even milder hint of bourbon and oak. Is this 100% barrel-aged? Because it sure doesn't smell like it.

Just like the aroma, mint is the first thing to come piling onto my senses with the first sip, like licking the backside of a mint leaf with some wintergreen gum in my mouth. There's a moderate tobacco flavor backing up the mint that I'm not so sure I love just yet. Bourbon hits quick up front, slightly more potent than in the aroma, but fades quickly into an abyss before it even has time to be appreciated.

A touch of roasted malt here, a dash of coffee grounds there, and a mild plum sweetness that carries into the finish. A little warmth brings out heavier coffee grind flavors, as well as a raw whiskey tone that kind of makes this harder to drink. Thin bodied for what it is, though it's probably more like medium-heavy overall. Low-moderate carbonation with a wet, silky mouth feel.

Eh, this is one that sounds okay on paper, but was executed poorly. Not a good integration of bourbon or oak, really - too light at first, then when it comes alive, it's far too unabashed and not well meshed. Flavors present are alright, but this probably isn't something I'd consider purchasing again. With some adjustments, it could be alright, but it's a little too messy to be enjoyable now.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Corey – much obliged!

Pours one shade from black with a 1.5-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted malts with moderate amounts of dark chocolate, all joined by solid amounts of mint lurking in the background. Also present are slight vanilla aromas from the oak.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by equal amounts of dark chocolate and oak. Midway through the sip the mint becomes more pronounced, but not as much as in the aroma. The oak and roasted malt flavors carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I found this to be an interesting beer, not one over which I would clamor to have again, but nice nonetheless. Worth a shot.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Thanks for sharing Jay, never heard of it before, but definitely intrigued.

A: Pours a deep black color with a small mocha colored head on top, decent retention and lacing.

S: Lots of mint right away. Underneath the mint there is a little bit of chocolate and to a much lesser extent some coffee. It smells just like an Andes Mint, and I like it.

T: I was hoping for a copy of the aroma in flavor profile, but it was a bit muddled. I think there was a little too much going on in this beer between the mint, coffee, and bourbon. There is mint and chocolate, and then some dark fruit and a bit of oak and vanilla.

M: Thin to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth with a slightly dry finish.

O: The best part about this beer was the aroma with a slight let down when I tasted it. Its a pretty interesting beer though that I am glad to have tried out.

Photo of cokes
4.63/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark mahogany brown bodied with a mocha-tan head that fades quickly but laces well.
Fudgy, chocolate mint aroma backed with mild roast coffee. Vanilla creeps in as the primary barrelled note, but later (especially with warmth) charred oak and toasted coconut materialize.
The aroma hints that it brings loads of unbridled sweetness, and though sweet-leaning, that's not that case.
Powdered cocoa, light roast coffee beans, and macadamia nuts stroll through the mouth first. Mint seems to levitate above it all, adding fresh peppery notes from start to swallow. It's an assertive flavor, but it never gets obnoxious. It deepens and sweetens midway, as it congeals towards fudge and vanilla-mint ice cream. Some flashes of berries and dark fruit pass through. Bourbon barrel traits are on the low side, but better for it. Toasted coconut, vanilla, and oak. There's just enough woody, tannic dryness to balance.
It's not a monster stout, but it's sturdy enough. Glossy and sleek in feel, with a low, almost hard to detect level of CO2, but it's there when one pays attention. It's never sticky or cloying.
A sweetish, chocolatey stout base, perked up with coffee and mint, and given the Bourbon barrel treatment seems like an enticing recipe that has a likelihood for confusion and chaos. The fact that everything seems cohesive and sensible here is a compliment of the highest order.
This is an experiment that is greater than the sum of its parts...and there are a lot of parts here.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.6/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Maduro cigar bar here in Madison. A lucky treat as the brewery is a mere 6 or 7 hours north of Madison.

Pours a stoutly black with a skim of cream atop. Served a little too cold as brews often are, the nose and taste were dulled at first to subtle notes of bitter burnt malts, espresso bean and cooling mint. As it begins to warm this stuff really blooms into its full potential. Rich roasted espresso, dark chocolate and peppermint schnapps. This is a wintery stout, but the cooling mint makes it palatable anytime. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. I really wish they would bottle this stuff. A really unique and delicious desert stout that's miles above their standard Rhodes Scholar. Grab it if you're lucky enough to see it.

edit: I had mis-reviewed this as their regular Coffee Mint Stout a few months ago, so don't you all rush out to Maduro to get some, it's long gone.

Photo of dirtylou
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber - maybe a year or so old

appearance:served in an unbranded chalice... nice looking brew, rich dark chocolatey body, sticky mocha lace

smell: mint chocolate, dry roast, cocoa powder

taste: an old festival favorite...the bottled version is unfortunately overcarbonated which kind of fouls up the flavor profile...dry, mint-chocolate notes permeate throughout, the bourbon barrel notes are quite minimal, cocoa and dry espresso roast are abundant. I happen to think the mint is pretty brilliant, but this is obviously pretty rough around the edges

mouthfeel: dry, light bitterness, roasty

overall: obviously interesting, and worth a go

Photo of CharlesDarwin
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed on September 7, 2005. On tap at the Big Lake Brewfest. BLBF. Pours a deep murky black, with a fringe of ruby. Topped with a sparse bubbly tan head. Aroma is astounding. Like all the best mint flavors that I’ve ever enjoyed. A mint truffle, laced with coffee liquer or fresh bouquet of fresh cut mint leaves. All backed with a flash of herbed mint clean chocolate. Flavor continues on this deliciousness, with a fresh burst of Andes mint candies on the fron tend, moving into an acidic fresh roasted Coffee in my mouth, like fresh group drip Italian. Fades into a sugar mint kissed roasted deep chocolate. All of this carried on a swirling sweet clear water, that makes the beer as swillable as it is intricate. Palate is bubbly and fresh, not overly hot with any alcohol. Hops need not apply to this beer, but they may exist. Sugary and bright on the way out. Could not possibly be improved, except for a little more density. Thinness keeps it from excelling. But, overall, an excellent example of a well used Bourbon Barrel.

Photo of pjkelley82
1.46/5  rDev -57.9%

Infected.... my god such a good mint chocolate smell.. sout taste, slight mint and chocolate but clearly soured from infection. Thin. A few sips and down it went.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.3/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip.
No date or info on the bottle.

A - Black as they come, the midnight-colored brew is topped by a dense tan head. Great lace clings to the glass but the head has fairly low retention.

S - Peppermint flourishes in this well-balanced stout nose! Chocolate, cocoa, black coffee, and complimentary mild bourbon barrel notes. Awesome nuanced of vanilla and oak.

T - Milk chocolate and black coffee blend nicely with the bourbon barrel and vanilla notes. Peppermint is potent but very good in retention.

M - A little too thin for the name's sake and flavor profile but smooth regardless. Medium-bodied and minty, of course! This one could stand to be much fuller-bodied and rich. Mild solvent alcohol finish.

O - One might not think the mouthfeel is so important in a brew, but it plays a big part and, in this beer, it could stand to be much thicker and warming. That would do big things. I'm always a fan of subtly but more time in the barrels to bring those nuances up would also be good. Otherwise, for $6, this is a fantastic brew.

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of CWhite
2/5  rDev -42.4%

Photo of GeezLynn
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Black body shows hints of dark brown. Light tan head with decent retention.

S: Very heavy on the mint, with some alcohol and roasted malt. Smells like a peppermint patty.

T: Initial punch of mint followed by chocolate malt. Unlike the aroma, the flavor is more restrained and I’d describe it as a cocoa/mint leaf combination. Fruity bourbon jumps in midway and lingers through the finish, contributing a little tangyness. Coffee is wasn't all that apparent to me.

M: Medium bodied, with rough carbonation. Rather choppy for the style.

Overall, this isn’t bad, but I’d prefer it heavier with a bigger malt base. Also, the mint and bourbon didn’t really work well together in my opinion. Worth a try if you're looking for something unusual (especially at $5/22oz), but probably a one and done for me.

Photo of Ri0
1.25/5  rDev -64%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Free bottle. poured into snifter.

A - Coffee brown to black with a thin 1 finger head. I could tell it has a very thin body.

S - Ugh, Listerine and medicinal. Where the hell is the rest of the beer? No coffee or stout present in the aroma.

T - Goodbye, this stuff is a drainpour. May as well be Listerine with ground up peppermint candies (the circular red and white ones). No other flavors in this beer.

M - Thin, very thin and over carbonated.

O - What a mess of a beer. At least I didn't pay for it. No clue how this has a "good" rating on here.

Photo of atone315
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of will1256
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of MSR129
5/5  rDev +44.1%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

split with a friend; bomber poured into 2 pint glasses.

Appearance: Dark brown body with a dark tan brown head. Some lacing klings to glass.

Smell: Malts, coffee, chocolate, and boat loads of mint that has a nice spicy and peppery smell to it.

Taste: Coffee and Chocolate that is roasty and not overly sweet. Quickly interupted by a mint explosion that overpowers all other flavors initially. The mint tastes artificial and almost like an extract or a syrupy flavor. Mint flavor continues through to the aftertaste. Some hints of vanilla and oak try to cut through the mint, but don't ever really punch through the mint dominant flavor. I think if this beer was really bourbon forward it would be horrible, but the brewer barrel aged this one about right. The mint flavor also finishes with a very mild bitterness that i could not really place.

Mouthfeel: This was the dissapointment. I was thinking this beer would be thick and chewy and it is just plain.... thin.

Overall: Less mint flavor, more and a thick full body would make this beer amazing. It was still a tasty and rare treat. I happened to stumble on the bottle at a beer store i had never beer to before and wanted to give it a shot because it had a lot of potential.

Photo of Wisconsinality
4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into Delerium tulip.

A- Pours a deep cola brown with a nice finger and a half worth of head. The head dies down slowly and leaves some good lacing on the side of the glass. On the initial pour it looks a little lighter than expected.

S- Big roasty malts upfront with a nice smooth, vanilla coming in afterward. As it warms up a little, the mint really starts to come through. The bourbon is barely present which is a little disappointing.

T- This is an interesting combination. There is some nice malt with the coffee and mint all evenly balanced. The bourbon barrel again, is nowhere to be found but with the other flavors melding so well, it doesn't really matter.

M- Medium to lighter bodied for the style. Pretty good carbonation with a little creaminess to it as well.

O- This is a very balanced beer and all the flavors are very good. And for a barrel aged stout to only be $5 a bomber is a downright steal. I will be sure to pick more of these up.

Photo of aliving1
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Big thanks to the Central PA group of the Gang Bang BIF for this bottle!

Hell, I knew I had to try this beer the first time my eyes read its name. Yes. It pours a very dark ruby-tinted black-brown topped by a finger of light brown foam. The nose reminds me of a Mint Meltaway from Fannie May (chocolate and mint dancing together in near-sublime harmony), along with some light char and very light whiskey. The taste brings in more of the same, though the char is more pronounced, the mint is toned-down ever so slightly, and the coffee finally makes itself known. Honestly, I don't get all that much of the barrel myself, but for once that doesn't seem to hurt the experience too much. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a sorta watery finish. Overall, a very nice stout, one that showcases the advertised components pretty well. If it weren't for the very lackluster-ly thin and watery body, this would have been close to exceptional in my book.

Photo of doucmehu
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of Strix
4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Deepwater in Ashland. Even served in a snifter.

Pitch black, some head, little lacing.

As it warms, smells of Andes mint, coffee, and vanilla show up.

When cold, tastes almost exactly like the regular Coffee Mint Stout, with coffee, Andes mint, dark chocolate, and charred wood. As it warms, bourbon shows up. Unfortunately the mint sort of fades away as it warms. It's replaced by woody vanilla bourbon notes, which are nice in themselves, but I think I prefer the non-bourbon version.

Mouthfeel slightly thin for a big stout, but very smooth.

The sweetness and presumably high abv limit the drinkability on this, but it's pretty tasty in small amounts.

I think I might actually like the non-bourbon version better (as I am often prone to feeling), but if you have a chance to try either Coffee Mint Stout from South Shore, they are nicely done.

Photo of warmstorage
1.83/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

22 ounce bottle from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee (separate review hopefully on its way), around $6.

I love stout. And bourbon barrel aging is my favorite thing you can do to beer. And I love coffee, including in beer. And I love mint, though I rarely have had it in beer. I grow both peppermint and spearmint, cook with mint, eat mint straight, make mojitos with mint. So the stars looked aligned here.

Unfortunately, this beer is like a cross between a dark ale mouthwash and a menthol cigarette.

Appearance: this is fine. Deep, opaque brown to black. Light, middle brown head, leaves a little lacing. Everything goes downhill from here.

Smell: sharp, harsh medicinal. That's the mint. Little to nothing else. No coffee evident.

Taste: phew, this stuff is almost a drainpour. Like I said, it's like drinking a menthol cigarette. Ummm, sharp, strong, astrigent.

Mouthfeel: the astringent, sharp, biting mint is so strong that it overwhelms the mouthfeel. Leaves a slightly slick coating in my mouth -- not sure what that's about.

Overall: I don't even know if I would cook with this stuff. I'm struggling right now with drainpouring it. And I hate drainpouring stuff.

I love experimental beers, and brewers that are willing to take a chance. Unfortunately this one just didn't pan out. I dunno: less mint? more coffee? A little more residual sweetness to balance the sharp astringency of the mint?

BTW, South Shore Brewery's website lists this beer as 6.1% ABV. I'll try to submit an update.

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Bourbon Barrel Coffee Mint Stout from South Shore Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.