Vernal Minthe Stout - Ska Brewing Co.
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4.33/5 rDev +20.9%
Opaque ebony body with a thin brown head; lots of sticky lacing on the glass. Prominent mint and chocolate aromas (like a Girl Scout chocolate mint cookie). Flavor mirrors the aroma -- sweet and minty; a smooth vanilla line running through it all. Medium-heavy body; silky smooth mouthfeel.
Now here is a treat of a stout! The can label mentions spearmint and peppermint in the ingredients, and they very much make their presence known, yet everything really gels and mixes together nicely. It's a grand mixture of chocolate and mint flavors with great balance overall. Nothing hammers you at the expense of other flavor components. Rich, deeply complex and very much a slow-drinking stout to savor and swoon over. Unique and deeply enjoyable.
06-12-2014 02:36:57 | More by beergoot
4.15/5 rDev +15.9%
This beer pours a nice jet black with tons of creamy, dark tan head. Looks awesome for a regular stout, TONS of lacing.
On the nose it smells like super sweet mint chocolate, thin mints, all kinds of sweet candied stuff. Tiny bit of coffee/chocolate but the sweet minty smell completely dominates the nose. VERY very aromatic beer, would definitely say its got one of the strongest initial smells that I've encountered, In part from the really unique mint smell.
Flavor wise its a little more toned down, I feel like this is the same stout backbone that Ska uses for their mole stout. Tastes pretty similar, more of a smokey flavor than anything. The mint is definitely the main thing going on though.
Mouthfeel is interesting, really low carbonation levels, kind of thin, but really creamy on the initial pour, once it flattens out its on the medium viscosity side, not a milk stout, but decently thick for a regular stout.
Can't say this is world class or anything, but as a stout lover, I definitely dig this. Something fun, fresh, unique to try. Mint was a nice touch, beer is moderately sessionable.
If I give you any advice on consuming this, I'd say give it a really rough pour and just whiff up the tasty mint aroma you get from a pour like that. Definitely a fun beer to pour that way and just enjoy the smell as the head settles down and the beer warms up.
05-18-2014 18:32:19 | More by bens0n
3/5 rDev -16.2%
Vernal Minthe Stout - Ska Brewing
APPEARANCE: Poured a dark coca-cola brown, when it hits the glass darkens up to a nice opaque black. Rough pour produces a towering mocha head that dissipates rather quickly into a nice 1 finger loose froth.
AROMA: Very aggressive mint, herbal aroma hits you off the bat. Sweet chocolate, and light earthy undertones. Almost smells like a week glass of fernet branca. Some slight malts start to reach out towards the end.
TASTE: It follows the nose pretty well but a muted watered down version of the aroma. No hops at all, sweet after dinner chocolate mints, and peppermint hard candy. It overpowers and of the malts I picked up on the nose.
MOUTHFEEL: I feel this is where it really lacks, very light bodied for a stout and almost no roasted malts. Light and thin carbonation. If this beer was on nitro I think it would make all the difference bringing together the flavor profile with a creaminess from the nitro.
OVERALL: I think the idea of a mint stout is a solid one, not sure if it translated to this beer. Not an awful beer just not a great beer in my opinion. I am a sucker for good beer label art and this can is for sure cool looking!
RATING: 3/5 Zombie Heads!
05-17-2014 21:48:41 | More by BeerZombies1
Vernal Minthe Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.