Vernal Minthe Stout - Ska Brewing Co.
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3.84/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
05-07-2014 01:12:03 | More by dbrauneis
3/5 rDev -16.2%
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.
04-30-2014 15:09:33 | More by QueerBeer
3.51/5 rDev -2%
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
04-24-2014 03:15:10 | More by russpowell
3.54/5 rDev -1.1%
Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of mint (not peppermint, but probably spearmint), sweet malt, roasted malt, and hint of pale malt. Fits the style of an American Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of spearmint, roasted malt, sweet malt, hint of hop, and hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance, the spearmint is easily discernible in aroma and body, but not complex in body or aroma.
04-14-2014 16:13:13 | More by Tone
3.75/5 rDev +4.7%
A - 3.75 - Nice dark brown black beer with a mocha head that's huge at first but then dissipates to nothing. No lacing.
S - 3.75 - Mint, chocolate, roasty malts. Like a peppermint patty.
T - 3.75 - Roasty malts, mint, chocolate, coffee, nothing too complex.
M - 3.75 - Medium mouthfeel, dry, alc covered, aftertaste is peppermint patties.
O - 3.75 - It's a great idea, and does exactly what it's supposed to do. I feel like it could be a bit better though. It might be better as a bigger beer, with a nice heavy, creamy mouthfeel, but maybe that's just me.
03-29-2014 18:06:52 | More by ISmith87
United Kingdom (England)
3.55/5 rDev -0.8%
A 355ml can with no visible BB date. Picked up a while back from Trembling Madness in York. The label states that it contains peppermint, spearmint, milk, cocoa and vanilla - what a combination!
Poured into a Duvel tulip. A very dark brown hue that appears pitch black in the glass. Yields a large head of creamy beige foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of intensely minty chocolate - the initial impression is a mint chocolate bar. Underneath this are subtle hints of vanilla, lactose and faint roasted malt. Sweet and decidedly minty.
Tastes of mint and chocolate malt, with a mild finish. Notes of mint, chocolate, sugar, lactose, vanilla, mild roasted malt and faint yeast. No hops to speak of, but a faint herbal harshness. Pretty sweet, followed by a lingering minty character upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with pleasant carbonation but a rather thin, insubstantial body for the style. Aftertaste of sweet minty chocolate.
Unusual - first mint beer that I've tried and it's pretty good. I suppose that chocolate and mint are bound to be a winning combination. Looks alright, while the aroma is amazing; just like mint-infused chocolate. Taste is OK, but less intense and with a slight harshness in the background. Weak body - too thin for the style. Overall, it's definitely an original take on a milk stout. One for mint fans; worth sampling if you come across it.
03-03-2014 01:21:13 | More by jazzyjeff13
Vernal Minthe Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
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