Vernal Minthe Stout - Ska Brewing Co.
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3.91/5 rDev +9.2%
Thick, dark, rich, but the head is thin and surprisingly white. This contrast lays in the flavors to come.
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.
05-21-2013 16:19:24 | More by Rope
4.18/5 rDev +16.8%
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.
05-17-2013 04:37:50 | More by Moose90
4.09/5 rDev +14.2%
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.
04-27-2013 17:25:32 | More by JuicesFlowing
4.43/5 rDev +23.7%
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.
04-18-2013 01:48:45 | More by facundoCNB
3.94/5 rDev +10.1%
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.
04-17-2013 20:43:47 | More by TheBrewo
Vernal Minthe Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.