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Vernal Minthe Stout - Ska Brewing Co.

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Vernal Minthe StoutVernal Minthe Stout

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82
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152 Ratings
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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 16.43%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | FT: 2
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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egrace84

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

04-29-2013 01:30:35 | More by egrace84
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Izzybone

Indiana

4/5  rDev +11.4%

04-29-2013 00:17:40 | More by Izzybone
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Serving type: can

04-27-2013 17:25:32 | More by JuicesFlowing
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lakesider1818

Illinois

4/5  rDev +11.4%

04-27-2013 02:42:11 | More by lakesider1818
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Jeremy6566

Arizona

4/5  rDev +11.4%

04-27-2013 00:27:46 | More by Jeremy6566
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hermit990

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

04-22-2013 00:27:30 | More by hermit990
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chinesebeatle

Illinois

4/5  rDev +11.4%

04-21-2013 23:23:26 | More by chinesebeatle
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smartassboiler

Illinois

4/5  rDev +11.4%

04-21-2013 15:30:14 | More by smartassboiler
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Stevie_Janowski

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +32.3%

04-20-2013 00:42:09 | More by Stevie_Janowski
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MinorThreat

Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

04-19-2013 02:02:17 | More by MinorThreat
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

Serving type: can

04-18-2013 01:48:45 | More by facundoCNB
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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
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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StubFaceJoe

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

04-17-2013 02:22:18 | More by StubFaceJoe
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ChicagoNick

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

04-16-2013 13:10:51 | More by ChicagoNick
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4/5  rDev +11.4%
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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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: can

04-14-2013 19:26:59 | More by StonedTrippin
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Ricelikesbeer

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

04-13-2013 23:23:16 | More by Ricelikesbeer
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

04-13-2013 16:45:18 | More by MarkyMOD
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StoneTSR

Colorado

3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Beezee

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

04-12-2013 04:04:06 | More by Beezee
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hilgart1

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

04-12-2013 02:34:40 | More by hilgart1
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ryanpj

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

04-12-2013 01:59:38 | More by ryanpj
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enelson

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

04-12-2013 00:25:51 | More by enelson
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awakeavast

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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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dachp

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

04-08-2013 15:49:47 | More by dachp
Vernal Minthe Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.