Vernal Minthe Stout - Ska Brewing Co.
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 153 | Reviews: 41 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by StoneTSR:
3.76/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
APPEARANCE: Dark as night, there is no light getting through this beer at all. It pours more like an Imperial Stout except that there is a nice, foamy, coffee-colored head resting on top. The head is about two full fingers in my Funkwerks globe. The lacing is exceptional and covers most of the back side of the glass.
SMELL: Wow. There is a lot of coffee on the nose here, not what I expected at all. Hints of dark chocolate linger underneath the coffee and only a very faint scent of mint is detectable, and you really have to look for it.
TASTE: There’s the mint! It really comes through in the flavor big time, at least once it has warmed to 55 degrees. That said, each sip begins with only a hint of mint while coffee dominates. Chocolate takes the middle portion as the mint flavor builds and then the finish is strong on spearmint with a slight toasty flavor. This is a fun and complex beer.
MOUTHFEEL: Light, tickling carbonation. The Minthe Stout is smooth, easy-drinking and creamy. One drawback is that it is not quite as big bodied as I expected it to be. It’s a little thin.
OVERALL: About halfway through the glass I remembered that I had some Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies in the kitchen so I broke them out. Good call on my part. The pairing only seems to heighten the experience of both. Anyhow, back to the straight beer – if this beer were not following the Hibernal Vinifera I would be a lot more impressed. It is a really good stout, but it doesn’t quite live up to the standard set by the previous seasonal stout from Ska.
Serving type: can
04-13-2013 00:48:07 | More by StoneTSR
More User Reviews:
4.04/5 rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Dark mahogany color in the globe glass with a surprisingly dark foam. Pleasantly sudsy in the mouth. Malty body. Tantalizing powerful aroma of mint, slightly alarming at first, but there is a hoppy edge that provides the right balance.
Really minty flavor, with the chocolate not far behind. It starts out sweet but reverts to a dark and beery flavor. It's an engaging transformation. There is a lot of rough and blackened flavor here, but it's all mellowed by the sweet malt. The flavorings seem just right for the rambunctious stout base.
Highly drinkable and surprisingly silly flavor, but a real treat for an oddball experience. From the 12 oz can purchased at Wilbur's Total Beverage in Fort Collins.
Serving type: can
07-24-2014 06:28:59 | More by mactrail
4.33/5 rDev +20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Opaque ebony body with a thin brown head; lots of sticky lacing on the glass. Prominent mint and chocolate aromas (like a Girl Scout chocolate mint cookie). Flavor mirrors the aroma -- sweet and minty; a smooth vanilla line running through it all. Medium-heavy body; silky smooth mouthfeel.
Now here is a treat of a stout! The can label mentions spearmint and peppermint in the ingredients, and they very much make their presence known, yet everything really gels and mixes together nicely. It's a grand mixture of chocolate and mint flavors with great balance overall. Nothing hammers you at the expense of other flavor components. Rich, deeply complex and very much a slow-drinking stout to savor and swoon over. Unique and deeply enjoyable.
Serving type: can
06-12-2014 02:36:57 | More by beergoot
Vernal Minthe Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.