Vernal Minthe Stout - Ska Brewing Co.
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4.08/5 rDev +14%
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)
03-23-2013 17:59:19 | More by brentk56
4/5 rDev +11.7%
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...
04-16-2013 03:38:06 | More by TMoney2591
3.51/5 rDev -2%
BBD of 24 JUL 14
Pours mahogany with 2+ fingers of mocha colored head. Pretty good lacing & head retention
S: Chocolate & mint
T: Follows the nose with mint dominating & faint woody & grassy hops as well up front. Medicinal & minty flavors with a little bit of carob as this warms. Finishes with mintyness, & a little bit of dryness
MF: Light bodied with moderate carbonation, thins out as it warms
This is probably my least favorite of their canned stouts. Thought I would love it, pretty refreshing none the less
04-24-2014 03:15:10 | More by russpowell
4.08/5 rDev +14%
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.
04-14-2013 19:26:59 | More by StonedTrippin
4.04/5 rDev +12.8%
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.
07-24-2014 06:28:59 | More by mactrail
3.58/5 rDev 0%
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
07-24-2013 13:16:54 | More by Billolick
3.84/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
05-07-2014 01:12:03 | More by dbrauneis
4.1/5 rDev +14.5%
(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.
09-11-2013 15:56:50 | More by rhoadsrage
3.91/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
10-01-2013 23:13:25 | More by LXIXME
3.63/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
08-17-2013 02:52:54 | More by chinchill
3.54/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
04-14-2014 16:13:13 | More by Tone
3.95/5 rDev +10.3%
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.
08-17-2013 13:41:21 | More by tone77
Vernal Minthe Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.