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Vernal Minthe Stout - Ska Brewing Co.

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Vernal Minthe StoutVernal Minthe Stout

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81
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183 Ratings
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Ratings: 183
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 17.42%
Wants: 7
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brentk56 on 03-23-2013)
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4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

Photo of polktheimpressionist
4.74/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this at a Snyder's in my home town on a "build your own" rack. The can craze has me intrigued right now so any chance I get to try a new brew in a can, I take it. The name caught my interest and when I saw the list of ingredients it peaked! I chilled it, as I do most stouts, to about 40 degrees. It has a beautiful dark brow to almost back color. A mild froth for a head with little to no lace. This is the first beer I have ever had that has any type of mint and I must say, it is amazing! You can smell both the vanilla and mint upon pouring and the cool, refreshing mint undertones pairs fantastically with the bold, robust stout contrast. I recommend this to ANY stout lover.

Photo of atomic
4.63/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

From a can poured into a Firestone Walker Teku

One seriously under appreciated beer right here. This definitely caught me by surprise.

Looks like a stout. Pitch black, minimal head that doesn't stick around and leaves no lacing.

Smells amazing. Tons of mint and some vanilla dominate everything else.

Never had a mint stout before this, I can't imagine they're all this good because it doesn't seem to be a common style. The mint is forward but very mellow. Also some subtle vanilla notes but too sweet.

The only thing about this that isn't perfect is the carbonation. Not especially bad, just I feel this beer could be better from a nitro carbonation. It would be more fitting for the mellow flavors of the mint and vanilla.

Overall, a knockout beer that deserves a better score than it has.

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of facundoCNB
4.43/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a beautiful brown/black pour turns solid black in the glass with 2 fingers of light creme head which slowly dissipated. smells of spearmint, mint gum, chocolate. tastes like those girlscout cookies (thin mints).. sweet light chocolate, and minty chocolate flavors. not really much else there, but what the hell else do you really need? oh wait, just when you think the flavor blast is over here comes spearmint! it's like mint gum meets girlscout cookies meets sweet milk hershey's chocolate bar. holy fuck!

medium body, sticky on the lips, medium carbonation.

this is a perfectly executed mint stout. the stone one was nice and all, introduced the whole flavor to me.. but holy fuck of all fuckers, this is probably the best thing i've ever put in my mouth.

Photo of beergoot
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Moose90
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Best By JUL 06 13

12oz can poured into Snifter.

A – Pours a dark translucent brown. In the glass it is black and rich. Head is a thin, light brown layer. Lacing left behind is uniform and light.

S – Woah, complex. Sweet cocoa, light mint, powdered sugar. Bitter dark espresso, and a light caramel note. Reminiscent of a thin mint cookie.

T – Minty fresh. Light mint notes, peppermint, spearmint. Chocolate and vanilla notes try to come through, but this is abundantly strong on the mint forefront.

M – Surprisingly light. Aeration is high, leading to the light and somewhat thin feel. Wish this was thicker and more substantial to help play up the abundance of rich aromas.

O – What a wicked beer. Minty goodness, not another one out there like it that I have had. I do wish this had a bit more substance to it, it comes across a bit thin. This on a nitro tap would be downright ridiculous.

Photo of Baustin_beer
4.16/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of bens0n
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice jet black with tons of creamy, dark tan head. Looks awesome for a regular stout, TONS of lacing.

On the nose it smells like super sweet mint chocolate, thin mints, all kinds of sweet candied stuff. Tiny bit of coffee/chocolate but the sweet minty smell completely dominates the nose. VERY very aromatic beer, would definitely say its got one of the strongest initial smells that I've encountered, In part from the really unique mint smell.

Flavor wise its a little more toned down, I feel like this is the same stout backbone that Ska uses for their mole stout. Tastes pretty similar, more of a smokey flavor than anything. The mint is definitely the main thing going on though.

Mouthfeel is interesting, really low carbonation levels, kind of thin, but really creamy on the initial pour, once it flattens out its on the medium viscosity side, not a milk stout, but decently thick for a regular stout.

Can't say this is world class or anything, but as a stout lover, I definitely dig this. Something fun, fresh, unique to try. Mint was a nice touch, beer is moderately sessionable.

If I give you any advice on consuming this, I'd say give it a really rough pour and just whiff up the tasty mint aroma you get from a pour like that. Definitely a fun beer to pour that way and just enjoy the smell as the head settles down and the beer warms up.

Photo of Trifecta1
4.14/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a can into a Guinness pint glass.

A - Very dark brown, but can see through peripheries with light, and while pouring. Really frothy, foamy head, much like a Guinness. Leaves some cool lacing.

S - Man, mint, cocoa, sweetness, and malt. Heavy on the peppermint. Smells incredible.

T - Lovely, refreshing, unique. Sweet, minty, and malty, in order of prominence. Not much smoke to speak of, but it does make an appearance near the end. Milk chocolate with peppermint in the beginning, melting into a vanilla and spearmint finish. Makes your breath feel cold like a real peppermint candy.

M - Creamy, smooth, quaffable. Slightly sticky, because it's so sweet, and it works. Really nice cooling feeling on your throat and mouth.

Why the hell is this rated like this? I'd expect no less than 90 from this offering. It's great, and will definitely be picking up more soon.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a Nonic)
A- This beer pours a jet black body with a bubbly tan head that last a good bit.

S- The minty herbal aroma reminds me of old time aftershave with some vanilla notes in the finish. Some woody herbal qualities come through as it warms. Some brewer’s licorice comes through in the finish aswell.

T- The spearmint flavor is fresh but mild with a roasted black malt finish that is stronger. The blend of cocoa nibs and slight fresh mint hint linger in the finish.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle fizz in the finish.

O- This beer is really well built and all the flavors blend and balances but they are not muttled. This is very interesting and the mellow stout is really needed to show the mint.

Photo of secondtooth
4.09/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours black, just black. Not even a hint of ruby highlights, lowlights, or any light, for that matter. A luxurious head of deep tan bubbles, and spectacular lacing.

Aroma: A different kind of stout for sure! There’s the requisite roasty chocolate, sure, but the mint is subtle and appealing.

Taste: Sweet, smooth, and unique. The mint (and vanilla) blends seamlessly with the dark roasted stout and it’s prominent chocolate overtones. This one practically defines “dessert beer”, and it’s a damned tasty treat. Kudos to Ska for branching out and experimenting, as this is one yummy and unique brew.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.09/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Oil black with dark brown coming through edges in the light. Cream colored head recedes to a film, lots of foamy lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Mint, mint chocolate, cocoa powder.

Taste: Very prominent peppermint and spearmint notes up front. A more roasted malt body, dark mint chocolate and cocoa.

Mouthfeel: Medium body.

Overall: Really delicious as the mint and chocolate notes blend well. Great dessert beer.

Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stout brewed with peppermint, spearmint, cocoa and vanilla beans

Appearance: Has the classic stout look, with a very nice head that sticks and leaves plenty of lace behind

Smell: Minty and chocolatey

Taste: Minty, with chocolate flavors buttressing through the middle; after the swallow, the vanilla and lactose add another angle

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall: After having had a few disappointments with chocolate mint beers (the Stone collaboration being one), this one finally does the trick; tastes like Thin Mints in a bottle (or should I say, a can)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is really a great beer, and easily the best of the rotating stout series so far. it is even better than the stone collaboration as far as a mint chocolate stout goes. it pours a luxurious milk chocolate color with a thick and creamy rich tan head, only a half inch or so high, but really dense and persistent. the nose is definitely minty, but I appreciate the blend of peppermint and spearmint, sometimes each can be overly intense, but I think the blend is just right. its balanced with the cocoa and the medium to dark roasted barley. the flavor is also quite balanced, soft and drinkable, not shocking or bizarre. rich sweeter chocolate blends with the fresh mint perfectly, and the bitter burnt malt and cocoa powder is a nice contrast in the finish. the can says vanilla was added, but I cant pick up much of that, maybe just a touch in the finish too, but its way back. the mouthfeel is awesome. its very smooth and easy down, but its extremely full bodied as well. the carbonation is light and hard to describe, its almost like a nitro beer with its thickness and tickly little bubbles, but its a little less charged up. overall I liked this beer a lot, definitely skas best stout, and a lot like those junior mint candies I remember from being a kid. not sure id want to drink a whole six pack though.

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Vernal Minthe Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.