Vernal Minthe Stout - Ska Brewing Co.

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Vernal Minthe StoutVernal Minthe Stout

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 193
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 9
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
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Ska Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: brentk56 on 03-23-2013

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Photo of polktheimpressionist
4.73/5  rDev +26.5%
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. (689 characters)

Photo of atomic
4.65/5  rDev +24.3%
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. (802 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
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. (761 characters)

Photo of beergoot
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
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. (744 characters)

Photo of Moose90
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (907 characters)

Photo of bens0n
4.19/5  rDev +12%
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. (1,371 characters)

Photo of Trifecta1
4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
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. (882 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (725 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
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) (587 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (455 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (1,315 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (622 characters)

Photo of mactrail
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (707 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Local Option cervoise.

Well, she didn't hate it, so that bodes well... Anyway, this stuff pours a straight obsidian topped by a finger or so of khaki foam. The nose comprises an evenly-matched showdown between mild roasted malts, cocoa, and light coffee on one side and the minty aspects on the other. Somehow, the mints don't o'erpower things or get in the way like a fussy child, but rather compete on equal footing with the usual stout-y bits. The taste brings in more of the same, with the same balance holding court, making all sorts of people happy. The body is a heavy-set medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a nigh-chewy feel. Overall, a very nice stout, one that shows you can indeed make a mint stout without fucking the whole idea up: hope for the future following on the heels of today's pleasure... (834 characters)

Photo of busternuggz
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a snifter.

Opaque black with a 1/4" coffee colored head. Recedes to a thick ring, leaves spotty lacing.

Lots of assertive mint and chocolate on the nose, some subtle earthy/herbal undertones, a little roastiness and sweetness. Very nice.

Similarly on the taste, strong, planty mint followed by cocoa, then some earthy vanilla. Long finish full of roasted malt, semisweet creamy chocolate, and a consistent bite of mint all the way through. Just the right amount of sweetness, very well balanced.

Light bodied, smooth, creamy. Maybe a little thin for a stout but it works with this beer. Ends clean. Very nice.

Good stout overall. Mostly dominated by the adjuncts, but they work and it is nicely balanced and well made. Made a great after dinner beer. (784 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A final big, big thanks to StonedTrippin for sharing this beer with us, and hosting such an amazing tasting. We cracked the can and poured a brew of oily jet black. The color remained through the tasting, but did let up some lighter deep browns around the edges when held to the sky. It held a one and a half finger tall head of soapy, creamy light brown bubbles, showing nice retention. Rings of lacing were left around the glass as it went. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be slow. The aroma was pure mint. This component actually showed a great deal of authenticity, with only a little wild sweetness bordering on York’s Peppermint Patties with warmth, and when in combination with the big chocolate, sugary sweet malts. The grain bill was otherwise big and roasty, with coffees, and raw cocoa. Baker’s yeast added dryness, while white sugar, and light milkiness added smoothness, and faint lactic pucker. Our first impression was that, as in the nose, the mint was bright up front, but the sip muddled towards the back. As we sipped, raw mint leaf, dirty earthiness, mineral, light booze, faint vanilla bean, and big roasty chocolate malts started things off. The middle came to a sweet peak, with white sugar, gummy spearmint, milk chocolate, and faint diacetyls. The finishing wash crashed through, with mineral, big continued mint, plastic phenolic rumbles, overly charred coffee malts, and a bizarre white sugar syrupiness. The aftertaste breathed of char, raw coffee beans, roasted chocolate malts, faint vanilla, metallics, and dry yeasty pucker. The body was thick and syrupy at first, but thinned as the tasting went on, while carbonation was medium. The mouth was coated with smooth, oily slickness, with only light dryness on the final smack. Each sip gave slow froth and cream, with nice finishing slurp and pop. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we liked best about this beer was how robustly present the mint was. From the second it was open you could catch bright whiffs of easy, clean mintiness wafting across the room. This blended well with the hearty malt base, making for a curiously refreshing aroma. The flavor followed nicely, but by the end of the sip the charred coffee and overly represented white sugar sweetness clashed, never quite finding that perfect balance. Either way this is a great representation of the style, and much more palatable than Stone’s mint stout at first glance, but it still seems there are some bugs to be worked out before this becomes a mainstream flavor. (2,577 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer courtesy of the creator of the canquest, Woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is minty, a touch of chocolate. Taste is good. Kind of like the thin mint girl scout cookies. Unique and tasty. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a beer worth checking out. (323 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Medium sized light brown head dies to a quarter inch or less of frothy head above a clear dark brown to black colored beer.

Dark roasted malts, black licorice, and vanilla aroma.

Black licorice and dark roasted malts with a hint of vanilla in the taste of this stout.

Dryish aftertaste with a bit of the black licorice hanging around with this full bodied beer.

A little different than your standard stout, this might serve better as a dessert beer or something along those lines. (484 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz aluminum can with the distinctive Ska label art. Poured into a 16 oz tumbler glass.

Appearance - Strong pour yields a towering head of two and a half fingers. The color is light walnut creamy brown and is made of small bubbles with an occasional larger bubble sprinkled throughout. Retention is excellent and leaves sticky mottled lacing around the glass. Body is opaque and black, with hues of cola at the edges.

Smell - Herbal, spearmint and some medicinal qualities layered in with smooth, rich chocolatey characteristics and vanilla-like sweetness and hints of roasted walnuts.

Taste - Not quite as sweet as the smell, as here the minty notes mellow out the flavor so that it's sweet without being cloying. The chocolate characteristics are smoother, with almost no roasty characteristics.

Mouthfeel - Clean and smooth, but a little bit viscous and syrupy. Lingers in the mouth after swallowing, with a sweet finish. Medium body and carbonation.

Overall, a strange, but rather tasty beer for the right situation. I know medicinal qualities bother some people, but I suppose they aren't as problematic for me. Either way, that element is faint in this beer. I imagine it would taste pretty awesome in float form, given the sweetness and the mint flavors. (1,286 characters)

Photo of Rope
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance-
Thick, dark, rich, but the head is thin and surprisingly white. This contrast lays in the flavors to come.

Smell-
Thin mint.

Taste-
Thin mint.

Mouthfeel-
Thick and oily, like a good stout. The novelty flavor sticks around a little too long though.

Overall-
I have to say I enjoyed this one, but as stated it is more novel than anything. Something to give to people to try, but I would not go out seeking it to retry. (432 characters)

Photo of awakeavast
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up based on the reviews I've read claiming it was liquid thin mints, and that description is pretty accurate.

Appearance: I poured it into a generic pint glass to scope it out. It's a pretty standard looking stout. Very dark brown, and still lets a little light through. Darker tan head that leaves some lacing.

Smell: It has a pretty strong menthol mint smell to it, with some slight notes of chocolate in the background.

Taste: It tastes just like it smells. A solid burst of menthol up front that finishes with a milk chocolate flavor.

Mouthfeel: It has a pretty medium mouthfeel, maybe a little bit on the thinner side of medium. Not overly carbonated either.

Overall: I enjoyed it. It's more of a novelty stout to me than anything, so I don't think I'd buy a 6 pack of it again, but I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes thin-mints or just odd-flavored stouts. It was worth trying. (921 characters)

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Black coffee. Not a whole lot of foam, but there is a thin layer of lacing. Fairly thin overall.

Smell: Mint and cocoa. Very fresh. Would like it a bit stronger.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Strong dark chocolate. A bit liquer-like. Mint in the finish. Very clean. Seems a bit thin at first, but there's a nice minty freshness in the finish.

Overall: I would have liked this with a bit more umph in the presentation, but I did enjoy this. (441 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a dense foamy dark mocha head that slowly reduces to a finger thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of chocolate and roasted malts with light to moderate amounts of mint. Lighter notes of cocoa are present as the beer warms up.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of roasted and chocolate malts with a moderate amount of cocoa and milk chocolate. That is followed by a light to moderate flavor of mint which builds through the drinking of it. Hints of vanilla in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly creamy.

O: A very well balanced and enjoyable mint chocolate stout and one that I am glad that I decided to grab when I was at the bottle shop this weekend. Really well balanced and a great substitute for dessert after dinner. (1,112 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Really digging these unique stout offerings from Ska. This one pours dark brown with no clarity, loose brown head settles quickly. The nose smells just like Thin Mint cookies. Mint and spearimint team up with a heavy dose of cocoa character along with a noticeable presence of vanilla and makes for a rather decadent nose. The taste is a sweet up front with mild cream and chocolate with heavy mint towards the finish. The taste doesn't quite deliver the deliciousness of the nose as the stout base seems a little weak. The finish is all mint and vanilla. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin with moderate carbonation. Overall, I like what Ska went for here, and I think the nose is amazing. I think the flavor could use some tweaking, perhaps a thicker body and a more roasted base. (774 characters)

Photo of StoneTSR
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (1,555 characters)

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Vernal Minthe Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.