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Vernal Minthe Stout - Ska Brewing Co.

Vernal Minthe StoutVernal Minthe Stout

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BA SCORE
82
good

103 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 16.9%


Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brentk56 on 03-23-2013)
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steamboatbrewer

Colorado

1.35/5  rDev -62.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I picked up this purely on faith hoping the mint would be subtle...

A-Black as the day is long

Smell-Overpowering mint sticks in your nose for a while

Taste- again overpowering mint, akin to toothpaste or a stick of gum, MINT BOMB

Mouthfeel- This beer was smooth and gave you a just brushed teeth kind of feel maybe a good breakfast beer?

Overall- Personally I hated this beer. the only reason i picked this up was because of the 2 previous seasonal stouts that were quite good. again i was hoping for a very played back mint with more chocolate and vanilla but all that was there was a mint bomb, not for me

Serving type: can

08-10-2013 22:04:06 | More by steamboatbrewer
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JEdmund

Kansas

2.96/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Good tan head formation over a nearly black body (some brown color is visible).

Smell is minty! There’s also some molasses sweetness in there, which isn’t pleasant. The peppermint becomes a bit too Vicks vapor-like for me.

Taste kicks off minty, and it’s supported by light roasty notes, and ample malt sweetness. Finish is fairly strong on the mint. Body is low on carbonation and thin—not good. After five or six sips, I’m already feeling done with this one. It’s just not doing it for me. There’s not enough bready and roasty malts to balance the mint and sweetness. The finish really keeps me at an arm’s length.

I’m surprised by how much I don’t like this! I thought I’d love it. I thought their last Vernal stout was pretty good and expected this to be even better. Glad I got to try it, but I wouldn’t recommend it.

Serving type: can

05-24-2013 01:22:46 | More by JEdmund
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IPAdams

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours black with a two finger foamy tan head that lingers for a while and leaves moderate lacing.

Smell- Strong smell of spearmint and menthol, a slight background of coffee and licorice but it is definitely overpowered by the mint.

Taste-Chocolate and spearmint that were soaked in water. The mint is not as pleasant as in the smell and tastes out of place. There is not much else going on besides those two flavors.

Mouthfeel- Very creamy, a bit light for a stout but I like the feel of it overall.

Overall- As someone who like mint and chocolate, this was not very good. Very little stout presence at all. Both taste and nose were overpowered by the mint and neither were great.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 20:27:41 | More by IPAdams
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DelMontiac

Oklahoma

3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I picked up Vernal Minthe Stout at Wilbur's Total Wine and Spirits in Fort Collins, CO as part of a mixed 6pk. Perfect opportunity to try something of which I was pretty sure I ould not want more than one. Besides, the can art was cool.

It produced a rather thin layer of khaki foam that fizzled out quickly perched atop a nice looking thick black mass of darkness. A fine ring remained leaving a wispy ring of lace with each sip.

Aroma is exactly what I thought it would be - mint and chocolate. Just makes me think of those Andes candies, but at the same time I've been know to enjoy mint chocolate chip ice cream on rare occasion. Not all that appealing in a pint glass of stout to me.

I've always been particular with the placement of minty flavors and I've had by doubts about it's place in beer. The mint was very up front...at first. After getting over the shock of it, the mint faded into the background and allowed the milk and dark chocolate to take over. With the mild earthy hops and some sweet smokey malts...not so bad. The highlight of flavors here for me is the creeper vanilla that shows up in the aftertaste. The mint is interesting, but not my thing. Much more mint and it would make this beer a complete disaster and a likely drain pour.

Feel is pretty thin for a stout, but still silky at the same time. Carbonation is about right.

Overall - happy I tried it. Now I know.

Serving type: can

10-13-2013 18:16:38 | More by DelMontiac
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Fcolle2

Illinois

3.31/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark black with half finger tan head. nearly no light passes through and it appear thick.

Nose is dominated by mint. Some dark malt pulls through but it is hard to detect through all the mint.

Not sure how I feel about the taste. It starts with a heafty amount of roasted malt but quickly gets overshadowed by mint that overlays every aspect of what could otherwise be a complex beer.

Mouthfeel is good for a stout, thick and creamy with a fair amount of carbonation.

Serving type: can

06-28-2013 00:25:06 | More by Fcolle2
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can. Pours brown black with a medium creamy tan head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is roasted malts, mint, vanilla and a little coffee and leather.

The flavor is sweet chocolate and vanilla malts, some roast and a lot of mint. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a little odd with the sweet chocolate and vanilla, roast and mint, but I think I like it.

Serving type: can

05-25-2013 00:56:30 | More by Beaver13
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denver10

Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark brown with a nice mocha head. Aroma smells like some After 8 mints, sweet and minty with some chocolate. Not getting much of the vanilla bean that is supposedly here. Taste is super duper minty, starting with the spearmint, closing out with the peppermint. Underneath there is the vanilla that is very much needed to balance things out, but this still leans a little too heavily on the mint side of the spectrum. Closes out with a touch of some roastiness. A thinner, crisper mouthfeel. Overall, decent beer here but one can was probably all I really needed of this one.

Serving type: can

06-07-2013 01:15:43 | More by denver10
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Tone

Missouri

3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of mint (not peppermint, but probably spearmint), sweet malt, roasted malt, and hint of pale malt. Fits the style of an American Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of spearmint, roasted malt, sweet malt, hint of hop, and hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance, the spearmint is easily discernible in aroma and body, but not complex in body or aroma.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2014 16:13:13 | More by Tone
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 355ml can with no visible BB date. Picked up a while back from Trembling Madness in York. The label states that it contains peppermint, spearmint, milk, cocoa and vanilla - what a combination!

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A very dark brown hue that appears pitch black in the glass. Yields a large head of creamy beige foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of intensely minty chocolate - the initial impression is a mint chocolate bar. Underneath this are subtle hints of vanilla, lactose and faint roasted malt. Sweet and decidedly minty.

Tastes of mint and chocolate malt, with a mild finish. Notes of mint, chocolate, sugar, lactose, vanilla, mild roasted malt and faint yeast. No hops to speak of, but a faint herbal harshness. Pretty sweet, followed by a lingering minty character upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with pleasant carbonation but a rather thin, insubstantial body for the style. Aftertaste of sweet minty chocolate.

Unusual - first mint beer that I've tried and it's pretty good. I suppose that chocolate and mint are bound to be a winning combination. Looks alright, while the aroma is amazing; just like mint-infused chocolate. Taste is OK, but less intense and with a slight harshness in the background. Weak body - too thin for the style. Overall, it's definitely an original take on a milk stout. One for mint fans; worth sampling if you come across it.

Serving type: can

03-03-2014 01:21:13 | More by jazzyjeff13
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Billolick

New York

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Stout brewed with peppermint, spearmint, cocoa and vanilla beans

12 ounce can - Best before dating towards the bottom of the can - 11-05-13

Pours dark cola, under an initially quite large and looser and then departing dark tan head, leaves a fine bubble film and some slight low sheeting.

Light chocolate and more then a hint of mint on the nose.

Flavorful with a slightly off putting minty overload pushing the milk chocolate character towards the rear.

Carbonation slightly elevated, but not to the prickly level.

Ehh, this one is not really doing it for me, probably would be more enjoyabe with some sort of chocolate dessert in front of me

Serving type: can

07-24-2013 13:16:54 | More by Billolick
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Misanthropy_Sipping

Nebraska

3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Vernal Minthe... peppermint, spearmint, cocoa, and vanilla bean. Not my first encounter with mint in beer but certainly the most robust to date.

Appearance is great, pours from the can a very stark black with a small, light tan head. Not a heavy stout noticeably by the pour, but the coloration is greatly promising.

The smell is odd. Noticeably a chocolate mint smell. Kind of like the dark brown and green hard candy mints you find once in a while at restaurants. It isn't bad, but there is a roasty smell that comes off the malt which blends a bit oddly with the mint. But fresh, the freshness is pretty nice. Almost like a small patch of mint after a gentle shower or after being watered. A hint of vanilla can be detected.

The chocolate and vanilla are forward and front in the beginning but the mint quickly asserts itself and last throughout the entire journey. You can pick up the spearmint and peppermint distinctively and the peppermint gives it a bit of a bit with some of the hop that comes in at the end... which is almost drown out. The same chocolate mint hard candy comes through in the taste with a bit of coffee roast. Lacks the sweetness of candy though... but is just sweet enough to aid the mint and chocolate in somewhat of a dry dessert way. Definitely earthy as well.

The mouthfeel is lush and splashy. A good summery stout by mouthful if there ever was. But a tad thin on the carbonation.

Overall, as it warms it gets more delicate and more balanced. Right off the back and cold it is a bit weird. But this is a strange beer anyway. I've never had anything like this yet and I certainly will not forget it. But this is a good. It will be remembered mostly for good reasons.

Serving type: can

08-01-2013 01:53:14 | More by Misanthropy_Sipping
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can (from June 2013 notes).

Pours deep, dark cola color; clear; huge, foamy, durable tan head with globs of sticky lacing.

Aroma: Smoky dark roast + vanilla + mint; wierd, but got more appealing with exposure.

Flavor: same components as the smell, but Ska has gone too far with the mint. Both spearment and peppermint are obvious and dominant from start to finish. Some roasted malt and cocoa powder in the aftertaste. A bit sweet.

Feel: Medium carbonation; creamy smooth; medium body.

O: too minty.

Serving type: can

08-17-2013 02:52:54 | More by chinchill
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From: Binny's, Bloomingdale, IL
Date: Best by 2013-05-13
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

I was afraid this would taste like a peppermint chocolate, but fortunately it does not. The overall effect is appetizing, though a bit thin in both roasted flavor and weight for a stout. One I'm glad to have tried, and think the style has promise, but not sure I'd check out this particular beer again.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of khaki-colored foam, made up of small-sized bubbles. Retention is average, the foam lasting about one minute as it declines to a thin ring around the glass. Lacing is modest, a few lines and spots cling to the sides of the glass. Beer is a dark brown to black in color, opaque, carbonation visibly rising from the bottom and sides of the glass, with light bringing out dark brown-orange-red colorings in the body.

Aroma of mint and roasted malt, highly sweetened chocolate and coffee with a bit of subtle astringency. Smells somewhat candy-like, more like a Frango mint than a peppermint patty, the roasted malts and barley increasing in prominence slightly as the beer warms.

Front of palate detects sweetness, roasted malt, cocoa, and fairly strong spearmint and peppermint flavors. Mid-palate is of murky roasted malt, sweetened chocolate, and spearmint flavoring; good, but not as exciting as the aroma as the stout base seems a bit thin. Back of palate picks up continued mint with increased sharpness, largely overpowering the roasted malt and sugary chocolate flavors. Aftertaste of continued spearmint with light roasted malt, chocolate, and watery coffee.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with medium-low levels of carbonation, leading to a smooth, slightly foamy, slightly creamy mouthfeel that's generally appropriate for the style; perhaps a bit thin. Closes semi-dry, with light residual stickiness on the palate.

Serving type: can

06-25-2013 06:45:29 | More by falloutsnow
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ISmith87

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - 3.75 - Nice dark brown black beer with a mocha head that's huge at first but then dissipates to nothing. No lacing.
S - 3.75 - Mint, chocolate, roasty malts. Like a peppermint patty.
T - 3.75 - Roasty malts, mint, chocolate, coffee, nothing too complex.
M - 3.75 - Medium mouthfeel, dry, alc covered, aftertaste is peppermint patties.
O - 3.75 - It's a great idea, and does exactly what it's supposed to do. I feel like it could be a bit better though. It might be better as a bigger beer, with a nice heavy, creamy mouthfeel, but maybe that's just me.

Serving type: can

03-29-2014 18:06:52 | More by ISmith87
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StoneTSR

Colorado

3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
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
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.79/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: can

06-10-2013 01:36:47 | More by homebrew311
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awakeavast

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: can

04-11-2013 22:49:18 | More by awakeavast
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: can

06-10-2013 00:54:07 | More by tjsdomer2
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Rope

Illinois

3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: can

05-21-2013 16:19:24 | More by Rope
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: can

10-01-2013 23:13:25 | More by LXIXME
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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: can

04-17-2013 20:43:47 | More by TheBrewo
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: can

06-19-2013 07:15:38 | More by LambicPentameter
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: can

08-17-2013 13:41:21 | More by tone77
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.8%
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...

Serving type: can

04-16-2013 03:38:06 | More by TMoney2591
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busternuggz

California

4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: can

06-03-2013 03:58:24 | More by busternuggz
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Vernal Minthe Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.