Vernal Minthe Stout - Ska Brewing Co.
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3.54/5 rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
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.
Serving type: on-tap
04-14-2014 16:13:13 | More by Tone
3.75/5 rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
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.
Serving type: can
03-29-2014 18:06:52 | More by ISmith87
United Kingdom (England)
3.55/5 rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
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.
Serving type: can
03-03-2014 01:21:13 | More by jazzyjeff13
3.11/5 rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
I picked up Vernal Minthe Stout at Wilbur's Total Wine and Spirits in Fort Collins, CO as part of a mixed 6pk. Perfect opportunity to try something of which I was pretty sure I ould not want more than one. Besides, the can art was cool.
It produced a rather thin layer of khaki foam that fizzled out quickly perched atop a nice looking thick black mass of darkness. A fine ring remained leaving a wispy ring of lace with each sip.
Aroma is exactly what I thought it would be - mint and chocolate. Just makes me think of those Andes candies, but at the same time I've been know to enjoy mint chocolate chip ice cream on rare occasion. Not all that appealing in a pint glass of stout to me.
I've always been particular with the placement of minty flavors and I've had by doubts about it's place in beer. The mint was very up front...at first. After getting over the shock of it, the mint faded into the background and allowed the milk and dark chocolate to take over. With the mild earthy hops and some sweet smokey malts...not so bad. The highlight of flavors here for me is the creeper vanilla that shows up in the aftertaste. The mint is interesting, but not my thing. Much more mint and it would make this beer a complete disaster and a likely drain pour.
Feel is pretty thin for a stout, but still silky at the same time. Carbonation is about right.
Overall - happy I tried it. Now I know.
Serving type: can
10-13-2013 18:16:38 | More by DelMontiac
3.1/5 rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
Appearance- Pours black with a two finger foamy tan head that lingers for a while and leaves moderate lacing.
Smell- Strong smell of spearmint and menthol, a slight background of coffee and licorice but it is definitely overpowered by the mint.
Taste-Chocolate and spearmint that were soaked in water. The mint is not as pleasant as in the smell and tastes out of place. There is not much else going on besides those two flavors.
Mouthfeel- Very creamy, a bit light for a stout but I like the feel of it overall.
Overall- As someone who like mint and chocolate, this was not very good. Very little stout presence at all. Both taste and nose were overpowered by the mint and neither were great.
Serving type: bottle
10-06-2013 20:27:41 | More by IPAdams
3.91/5 rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Medium sized light brown head dies to a quarter inch or less of frothy head above a clear dark brown to black colored beer.
Dark roasted malts, black licorice, and vanilla aroma.
Black licorice and dark roasted malts with a hint of vanilla in the taste of this stout.
Dryish aftertaste with a bit of the black licorice hanging around with this full bodied beer.
A little different than your standard stout, this might serve better as a dessert beer or something along those lines.
Serving type: can
10-01-2013 23:13:25 | More by LXIXME
4.1/5 rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
(Served in a Nonic)
A- This beer pours a jet black body with a bubbly tan head that last a good bit.
S- The minty herbal aroma reminds me of old time aftershave with some vanilla notes in the finish. Some woody herbal qualities come through as it warms. Some brewer’s licorice comes through in the finish aswell.
T- The spearmint flavor is fresh but mild with a roasted black malt finish that is stronger. The blend of cocoa nibs and slight fresh mint hint linger in the finish.
M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle fizz in the finish.
O- This beer is really well built and all the flavors blend and balances but they are not muttled. This is very interesting and the mellow stout is really needed to show the mint.
Serving type: can
09-11-2013 15:56:50 | More by rhoadsrage
Vernal Minthe Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
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