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Bourbon Barrel Coffee Mint Stout - South Shore Brewery

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 75
Avg: 3.52
pDev: 30.4%
Wants: 25
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of Lemke10
4.6/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a single 1PT., 6FL. OZ bottle at Star Liquor in Ashland Wisconsin for $4.49 in Spring 2011.

Pours a smooth dark brown color with a slight bit of carbonation. Proclaims on it's bottle to be a "Bourbon Barrel Coffee Mint Stout." From the scent I can definetly pick out the peppermint and coffee along with some robust malts. There is an explosion of flavors in it's taste. Mainly sweet carmel malts stand out with the taste of coffee and a dash of sweet peppermint. Perhaps what makes this beer the best is it's bourbon barrel process in combination with the ingredients used. Fairly robust and delicious. Granted I'm drinking this in the summer but this would make a great Christmas present as a stocking stuffer.

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Photo of cokes
4.59/5  rDev +30.4%
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.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.57/5  rDev +29.8%
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.

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Photo of Strix
4.32/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

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Photo of Ungertaker
4.27/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

A- jet black with a one and one-half finger tan head that dissipates to 1/16" and leaves very little lacing in its path.

S- just like an Andes mint with a hint of coffee and bourbon

T- just like the name of the beer!

M- a little thinner than expected, but good carbonation level. It did thicken as it warmed.

O- For the price ($5 or so), I don't think a better bbs is out there. Granted, the drinker has to like mint. This is the first beer I have had that actually contained mint and I really liked it. I hope there is more of this around the next time I make it to Wisconsin.

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Photo of burnheartsMKE
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a fantastic surprise!

Pours a beautiful deep chocolate brown with a dramatic ascending carbonated head.

Even cold, this thing smells magical; fresh peppermint is off-set by a just brewed pot of coffee melding perfectly with some quality roasted malts and an oh, so subtle hint of bourbon.

When this hit my tongue my whole being sang! No one flavor outweighs the other. It’s balanced impeccably with cooling mint, a deep roast and round-stout mouthfeel. Initially I was quite leery of this flavor combo, but I cannot emphasize the well-crafted balancing act that this stout demonstrates.

While the heaviness of stouts might start to weigh you down (especially after a couple big IPAs) the mint and coffee in this guy perked me right back up; it opened my senses rather than dulled them.

If you can find this I highly recommend giving it a try. It’s a great spring-time stout that will wake you from your deep winter slumber.

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Photo of joe1510
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bottle
Hayward Co-op

The pour is silky black, even velvety, with a touch of viscosity. Without the chestnut highlights at the very edges of the glass, and only when backlit, this beer is black. An immensely creamy mocha head forms easily on the pour, rising to a respectable finger in height. The foam subsides to a skimming and thick ring while leaving sheet lacing down the glass that eventually slides back into the body. A very handsome beer indeed.

Straight from the bottle comes peppermint and chocolate. After the pour and some warming the peppermint falls back to a component of the stout instead of the dominant aspect. Oh, the peppermint is still there, vivid actually, and playscnicely with the roasty dark chocolate from the base stout. Coffee is mild but what's there is softly sweet and reminiscent of a cup o' joe with a splash of cream. THe barrel shows up deep in the back, vanilla, damp oak, and caramel take some work to pull out. Very nicely done!

The taste naturally follows the nose. First thing that comes to mind is mint chocolate chip ice cream but that quickly fades into dark chocolate and moderately roasted barley. Coffee comes hrough mid-palate with another infusion of roast, softer this time. The barrel adds a touch of sweetness. Vanilla acts as the cream to the coffee. Caramel is rich toward the finish and mild oak, bourbon soaked, finishes things off. The characteristics change greatly on this beer as it warms from the aforementioned ice cream to a coffee stout with subtle barrel notes. I'm a fan.

The body runs along the lines of moderate, which makes sense for a stout around 5%. Carbonation is soft which translates over to the body and leaves a velvety feel. A touch of alcoholic heat and barrel dries out the finish nicely making me want another drink pretty quickly after the last. This is a highly drinkable stout, especially when taking the adjuncts and barrel into consideration.

The first couple times I've tried this beer was at fests and I was a big fan. Then South Shore started bottling. I was excited, picked up bottles a few years in a row. There was always a problem; infection, crazy in-your-face artificial mint, whatever. This bottling is different, it's how the draft version tastes. It's well rounded and delicious, unique. Give this unique beverine a shot when you get a chance.

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Photo of nsmartell
4.13/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 22oz bottle to my SNC imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours very black with a thick, billowy, light chocolate brown head that sticks around for a little bit.

Smell: Mint smacks you in the nose, from the first sniff after the bottle is opened and then again after the first pour. However, after it’s in the glass, the coffee comes through followed by a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Not much of the mint comes through at all, as now chocolate malts dominate along with the coffee. Interesting taste.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium-bodied. This was thinner than I anticipated. Smooth and nicely carbonated.

Drinkability: I seemed to like the idea of a mint stout more than I actually liked drinking a mint stout. However, I will certainly try again.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.12/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my guy Crotteau for the badass bottle.

Pours a dark hazelnut brown and settles very dark. Less than an inch of head colored light tan. Decent retention. The nose is minty at first, followed by some chocolate and light coffee aromas. The taste resembles a thin mint cookie from the girl scouts. Light mint that isnt too overpowering, sweet milk chocolate and coffee. Very tasty, even more so as it warms. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sticks to my lips and palate for a while. Overall, great drinkable bourbon barrel stout that incorporates great flavors.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
4.06/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.02/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of Mdog
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black, good head.

Smell: Peppermint, woody, vanilla, hint of coffee.

Taste: The coffee comes through a lot more in the taste. Still quite a bit of vanilla and bourbon flavor. On the sweet side, which I like.

Drinkability: The bomber went down pretty easy, I don't think this is too high of ABV.

Picked this one up over in Wiscoland. A very interesting smell for a beer, I've never gotten peppermint from a beer before. Nice bourbon taste without being too strong. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to burnheartsMKE for sending me this one!

Pours a pitch black color with a 3 inch khaki head that fades to a small cap. A nice latticework of lacing forms on the glass on the drink down. Smells of peppermint and bourbon mainly with a slight coffee aroma. A very interesting smell for a beer with the mint. Taste is of a mug of coffee stirred with peppermint sticks and a dash of bourbon poured in. Aftertaste is of mint and coffee bitterness. This is a somewhat thin and watery feeling beer. A mild carbonation with a smooth quality. Overall, this is an interesting peppermint beer from a brewery I had never heard of. I am glad I got to try such a brew.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.86/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This... Is weird!

Good but just... Odd

Pours a fairly clear but dark brown. A nice bit of light tan head. The beer has a nice golden halo around it. Really pretty. Smells a bit minty. Sme nice coffee. A bit odd. Tastes sweet and malty. Coffee is subtle but definitely present. Not much bourbon. The mint is nice just floating on top. Not strong. Just present enough to be noticeable. The mouthfeel is decent but nothing special. Overall mad props to shoreline for pulling this weird weird beer off

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to the Central PA crew for this one. This is one of the most intriguing combination of flavors I have taken on with craft beer. Here it goes..

A: pours a dark brown with some light passage, coffee colored head, some retention. Somewhat light colored for a stout.

S: the first thing that comes to mind on the nose is Thin Mint cookies, and that is a good thing. Notes of mint and chocolate are immediately present followed by a nice firm coffee roast in the middle and some vanilla at the end.

T: well the nose pulled off the chocolate mint thing pretty well, but unfortunately, this beer loses momentum on first sip. I get chocolate and mint along with oak and coffee, but the mint seems to be clashing with the bourbon and the result is a muddled flavor. I'm wishing the base beer had a bigger specialty grain bill as I think this beer would benefit from more body and more malt backbone.

MF: light body, somewhat thin, a little high on the carbonation

O: an interesting and unique brew for sure. The nose promises good things, but the taste falls just short of this being something amazing.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
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

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Photo of battlekow
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is very unique, never had a mint infused stout...

The look is blackish with a bubbly tan head, ok lacing. The aroma is crazy,cut literally smells like a grasshopper pie or a candy cane covered in milk chocolate. Some very herbal notes in the nose as well.

The taste is sort of sour, what? An infection? Some more herbal mint with a little sweet too in the taste, bizarre. Tart candy cane, with a bit of mint m and m. Very strange. The feel is very weird for a stout, it's like a wild ale in the feel, not stout like in feel.

Overall this is quite unique, interesting.

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Photo of jera1350
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this in Duluth as it was a mere $5 for a bomber. Sure sounded good.

Pours a thinner black body with a huge over-carbonated cap of cocoa colored foam. Leaves gobs of lace clinging to the glass though.

Mint and chocolate dominate the nose. Like an Andes mint or the brownies made with a layer of green mint in them.

Greeted by a slight sour taste up front. Slight infection maybe? Chocolate, coffee and huge mint extract flavor. Not all that sweet and no signs of bourbon anywhere. Warm mint lingers into the aftertaste. Really different and I can't decide if it's good or bad. Maybe somewhere in between.

Very thin and watery mouthfeel. This would benefit from a rich thick body so much.

An interesting beer for sure, but I can't decide if I really like it. Tantalizing mint, but the rest is not up to standard. If it had more sweetness and body with less mint, I think it could be a really strong beer. As it sits, it's definitely worth trying, but don't get hopes up too high.

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Photo of Chaz
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear (brilliant?) brown/black ("Burnt Sienna" for you Crayola fans) in color and topped with a medium-tan head. Head drops fairly quickly and there's minimal lacing throughout.

Edit: Due to the "unique" combination of distinct flavors, this one is a little difficult to pin on a scale of Poor to Excellent as far as the nose is concerned, so I'll pencil it in as "Average".

There's definitely mint on the nose (mint and bourbon to be more exact), but this is no Cool Colt! There's also a light note of espresso here, but it blends-in so well with the base, malty aspect of this stout that I almost can't notice it, especially with the other aromas going all over the place. Worth noting here is the fact that mint isn't something I actually -like- in beer, so I'm not expecting too much from this one...

On first sip it's lightly-sweet, with a rather gentle underlying bitterness, just to the point where I want to call it 'bittersweet' overall. The bourbon/barrel aspect kicks in mid-palate and holds on a bit, but mint is what carries through to the finish. Lighter bodied (medium body, but for a stout it seems thin) and really covers the palate in a sweetish, bitterish base stout profile -- or perhaps more of a brown ale? Come to think of it, I do get a little of the same basic malt profile that I do from South Shore's Nut Brown, but there's more booze-y heat here as well as good amount of bitterness, and some roast. Worth noting that there's a roasted malt aspect that's distinct from the lighter, coffee (espresso) character lingering just in the background, which disappoints me a little (as I love coffee).

More than anything I'm enjoying the effect of the bourbon barrel treatment here, and the subtle alcoholic kick with which it imbues this beer. It's both potent and present enough that the mint really doesn't bother me in the slightest. Still, I can see how this attempt at merging some very distinct flavors simply won't work for everyone.

While drinking (and particularly as it warms) I got to thinking of an "Andy's" or perhaps a "York's Peppermint Patty", and how they might pair with a stronger American stout. Mint and chocolate work together, and while there's hardly any chocolate notes in this beer, in this case the beer "works". The contribution of coffee is minimal at best, so I hope nobody goes to recommend it to friends who enjoy 'Coffee Stout' as a variation on the style.

Overall, there's an excellent balance of the individual flavors, and the bourbon is what ends up going the extra mile (for me) and brings this brand into the realm of repeat purchase.

[Edit: reviewed from notes -- sampled June, 2011]

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Bourbon Barrel Coffee Mint Stout from South Shore Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.