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Vernal Minthe Stout - Ska Brewing Co.

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Vernal Minthe StoutVernal Minthe Stout

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170 Ratings
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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 16.48%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brentk56 on 03-23-2013)
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

JMBSH, Jun 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

crobinso, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of denver10
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

denver10, Jun 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Ispeakforthetrees, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of busternuggz
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

busternuggz, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of Beaver13
3.4/5  rDev -5%
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.

Beaver13, May 25, 2013
Photo of JEdmund
2.96/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

JEdmund, May 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Troville1990, May 22, 2013
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3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Thin mint.

Thin mint.

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

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.

Rope, May 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

AlexChillton, May 19, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Moose90, May 17, 2013
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

SkeeterBoganski, May 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Jasonrm72, May 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

4amepiphany, May 14, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

EROCK75, May 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

ystazi, May 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

blindpiggie, May 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

egrace84, Apr 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Izzybone, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.09/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

JuicesFlowing, Apr 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

lakesider1818, Apr 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Jeremy6566, Apr 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

hermit990, Apr 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

chinesebeatle, Apr 22, 2013
Vernal Minthe Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.