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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
82
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178 Ratings
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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 16.48%
Wants: 8
Gots: 9 | 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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4/5  rDev +11.7%

archero, May 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

GTB, May 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

strohme2, May 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Texasfan549, May 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

timothybarney, May 19, 2014
Photo of bens0n
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

bens0n, May 18, 2014
Photo of BeerZombies1
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Vernal Minthe Stout - Ska Brewing
American Stout
5.8% ABV
15 IBU

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!

BeerZombies1, May 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

jgunther71, May 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

krome, May 13, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

ThurmondTX, May 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Williaar, May 12, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

zeff80, May 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

TaylorBrake, May 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

alex_hart, May 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

zbooks, May 09, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a dense foamy dark mocha head that slowly reduces to a finger thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of chocolate and roasted malts with light to moderate amounts of mint. Lighter notes of cocoa are present as the beer warms up.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of roasted and chocolate malts with a moderate amount of cocoa and milk chocolate. That is followed by a light to moderate flavor of mint which builds through the drinking of it. Hints of vanilla in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly creamy.

O: A very well balanced and enjoyable mint chocolate stout and one that I am glad that I decided to grab when I was at the bottle shop this weekend. Really well balanced and a great substitute for dessert after dinner.

dbrauneis, May 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

msanborn, Apr 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Persuaded to pick up a sixer of this by the beer shop attendant who said it was "Thin Mints in beer form." Close, but no cigar. Beautiful dark pour, but very little aroma- warning sign number one. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. And not nearly enough mint. Just a hint of the mint in the aftertaste, but overwhelmed by the watered-down roastiness. I was hoping this would be a lot bolder. I was wrong.

QueerBeer, Apr 30, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Boski, Apr 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

prock180, Apr 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

bennetj17, Apr 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

abex44, Apr 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Karibourgeois, Apr 24, 2014
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3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

BBD of 24 JUL 14

Pours mahogany with 2+ fingers of mocha colored head. Pretty good lacing & head retention

S: Chocolate & mint

T: Follows the nose with mint dominating & faint woody & grassy hops as well up front. Medicinal & minty flavors with a little bit of carob as this warms. Finishes with mintyness, & a little bit of dryness

MF: Light bodied with moderate carbonation, thins out as it warms

This is probably my least favorite of their canned stouts. Thought I would love it, pretty refreshing none the less

russpowell, Apr 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Bosoxfan20, Apr 19, 2014
Vernal Minthe Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.