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Vernal Minthe Stout - Ska Brewing Co.

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Vernal Minthe StoutVernal Minthe Stout

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BA SCORE
81
good

183 Ratings
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Ratings: 183
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 17.42%
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:
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(Beer added by: brentk56 on 03-23-2013)
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Photo of ajtorres311
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of Kirk
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of atomic
4.63/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

From a can poured into a Firestone Walker Teku

One seriously under appreciated beer right here. This definitely caught me by surprise.

Looks like a stout. Pitch black, minimal head that doesn't stick around and leaves no lacing.

Smells amazing. Tons of mint and some vanilla dominate everything else.

Never had a mint stout before this, I can't imagine they're all this good because it doesn't seem to be a common style. The mint is forward but very mellow. Also some subtle vanilla notes but too sweet.

The only thing about this that isn't perfect is the carbonation. Not especially bad, just I feel this beer could be better from a nitro carbonation. It would be more fitting for the mellow flavors of the mint and vanilla.

Overall, a knockout beer that deserves a better score than it has.

Photo of StoutItOutLoud
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of polktheimpressionist
4.74/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this at a Snyder's in my home town on a "build your own" rack. The can craze has me intrigued right now so any chance I get to try a new brew in a can, I take it. The name caught my interest and when I saw the list of ingredients it peaked! I chilled it, as I do most stouts, to about 40 degrees. It has a beautiful dark brow to almost back color. A mild froth for a head with little to no lace. This is the first beer I have ever had that has any type of mint and I must say, it is amazing! You can smell both the vanilla and mint upon pouring and the cool, refreshing mint undertones pairs fantastically with the bold, robust stout contrast. I recommend this to ANY stout lover.

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of Perducci
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of gueuzedreg
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of homebrew311
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.88/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of AnotherImperial
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of JMBSH
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of crobinso
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of denver10
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of Ispeakforthetrees
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of busternuggz
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of Beaver13
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of JEdmund
2.96/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Photo of Troville1990
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Rope
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of AlexChillton
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Moose90
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Photo of IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Vernal Minthe Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.