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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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BA SCORE
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68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 23.71%
Wants: 22
Gots: 10 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
South Shore Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: battlekow on 02-26-2006)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

UCLABrewN84, May 30, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

TMoney2591, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'd never heard of this one before Jason pulled it out of the fridge. Served in a tulip glass.

A - A finger of tan foam that has excellent retention settles to a thin partial cap but minimal lace. The body is dark brown in color without any obvious transparency.

S - Mint and dark chocolate. Some oak, but not much overt bourbon flavor. I didn't even realize there was coffee in this until I looked it up on Beer Advocate.

T - Roasted malts, dark chocolate, and mint. Again, minimal barrel and bourbon, and no coffee.

M - Somewhat gritty and grainy, with medium-high carbonation, and no obvious alcohol.

D - Not the most drinkable beer, although I'd imagine that if you really like thin mints this might be a big hit. Not much bourbon barrel or coffee makes me wonder how fresh this is, as well as the alcohol content and length of times in the barrels. I much preferred Goose Island's Derby.

MasterSki, May 29, 2011
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev 0%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of mothman
2.25/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to kbutler1 for sharing this one.

Pours 1/2 finger of tan head. Fades to a thin layer. Color is a deep brown, basically black.

Aroma: Chocolate chip mint ice cream flavored. Some chocolate syrup flavors. I don't pick up the bourbon or barrel flavors.

Taste: Has a sour flavor to it, but that might just be the mint. The taste follows the nose nearly identically. Chocolate chip mint ice cream. Some roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Sweet and sour. Very odd. Medium bodied with a bit higher amount of carbonation. Ends with a very roasted aftertaste.

Overall, I wasn't a big fan of this one. It was just roasted and tasted a bit sour (maybe it was the mint). No barrel aging flavors to it. I couldn't drink too much of this one.

mothman, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

mdaschaf, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

glid02, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of dirtylou
3.85/5  rDev +10%
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

dirtylou, May 29, 2012
Photo of drummermattie02
2/5  rDev -42.9%

drummermattie02, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.3/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

BeerFMAndy, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of tectactoe
3.11/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

tectactoe, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of DmanGTR
4.75/5  rDev +35.7%

DmanGTR, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of cokes
4.63/5  rDev +32.3%
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.

cokes, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a bomber across the river in Wisconsin because, well, it said barrel on the label. And it sounds ginormously weird. Who could resist? Not I. Split with my wifey.

Pour is dark brown I suppose, there is light shining through, barely. Smell is certainly minty fresh, with a healthy shot of coffee. No hint of barrel or malts. Or beer.

South Shore's Bourbon Barrel Coffee Mint Stout, tired just from typing that out. Thousands of mint leaves crushed up & slipped into an indistinct base beer. Cheap coffee that leads into sharp bitterness. Bitterness & mint stick around like the drunk on the bar stool next to you. Barrel? None in evidence. Really limited in the drinkability category, not sure I'm willing to even finish half the bomber.

Points for originality, but the execution just isn't there. Subtlety & the presence of the barrel might have gone a long way to making this a winner. It certainly took the long way around to being mediocre, though.

maximum12, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of BMart
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

BMart, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of Florida9
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown, but light is still capable of showing through on the edges. Forms a nice sized tan head. Good retention.

S: At first this smells of mouthwash: basically a lot of mint with some alcohol. As it warms some coffee begins to show up in the background.

T: Coffee, chocolate, and mint. The mint hangs around with an unwanted persistentness.

M: On the thinner side for a stout. Decent carbonation.

O: I can't say I cared for this beer very much. Really too much mint for it to be enjoyable and with a thin body for such bold flavors. Barrel aging is virtually non-existent, though I'm not sure that is really a flaw with this beer.

Florida9, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of Exiled
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Exiled, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of jera1350
3.55/5  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.

jera1350, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of homebrew311
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

homebrew311, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of emmasdad
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Schmittymack for sharing this one at a recent tasting. Poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting brown head. Aromas of bourbon, mint, milk chocolate, light roastiness and a hint of coffee. On the palate this one was light bodied and smooth, with flavors of mint, milk chocolate and coffee.

emmasdad, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of mcallister
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Deep brown bordering on black with a tall light tan head that is whispy and foamy. Poured with excessive carbonation which hurts the overall look otherwise looks good.

Very reminiscent of a girl scout thin mint cookie. Mint and dark chocolate stand out at the forefront with light black fruits, hints of oak and vanilla, and the slightest hint of bourbon.

I like where they are trying to go with this but things are somewhat of a mess. Very minty all the way through with light chocolate in the middle and on the finish. Coffee is really nowhere to be found except for maybe in the way of tannins on the finish. More chocolate comes through with light oak and bourbon flavors. Some black currant and earth reside deep as well. Unfortunately the carbonation level on this is a bit whacked. Over carbonated and hurting everything from it.

mcallister, May 07, 2011
Photo of mrebeka
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

mrebeka, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of seeswo
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a small tan head. Nose is big mint, roast, and a touch of bourbon. Hmmm...not sure what I would otherwise expect. Not awesome, but probably what it needs to be for this beer. The taste is really odd. Mint, bourbon, roast, hop? bitterness in the finish. Not much coffee. Almost from the moment I tasted it, I though, why put this in bourbon barrels? Make a super chocolatey, rich, roasty (imperial) stout and toss that mint in. Anyway, in no way is the taste offensive, it just doesn't come together like I would want. Mouthfeel is medium, decidedly not creamy with good carbonation. Overall, I give this a bump for the experiment and because it is cheap. I think it also would work better with a scoop of ice cream floated in it. This idea could be better executed with some more focus and less of a kitchen sink approach.

seeswo, May 28, 2011
Photo of atone315
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

atone315, Apr 07, 2013
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Bourbon Barrel Coffee Mint Stout from South Shore Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.