Pugsley's Signature Series: Mint Chocolate Stout
Shipyard Brewing Company

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #2,043
Ranked #47,236
3.03 | pDev: 24.42%
Shipyard Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Pugsley's Signature Series:  Mint Chocolate StoutPugsley's Signature Series:  Mint Chocolate Stout
Notes: Mint Chocolate Stout is a dark, silky beer with aromas of chocolate and licorice. Smooth chocolate and coffee flavors upfront lead to a subtle spearmint finish. To fully enjoy all the flavors of this ale it is best drunk at 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 149
Photo of ScaryEd
1.5/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

I saw a bottle of this and decided to pick it up for kicks and giggles, as it sounded like it would be worth at least giving a try.

There's really nothing to say here. It clearly says "Chocolate" on the label, but I don't taste much chocolate. It's like someone asked a person what they'd do for a York Peppermint Patty and they said "I'll brew a beer out of it!" and here we are.

The smell is pretty weak too. Reminds me of a tic-tac covered in chocolate residue.

This is not a good beer.

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Photo of lou50rp
4.08/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good color. Smelled of mint and licorice. Could taste the mint chocolate and licorice. Unusual combo but interesting.(I like mint chocolate and licorice). If not a licorice fan this brew is not for you.

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Photo of Ego
3.25/5  rDev +7.3%

some audible sizzle my nizzle, about one finger of slightly brown foam, lacing is nice as this settles and really coats the glass well, head retention is quite good - this thing is hanging out, nearly pitch black hue with streams of lazy bubbles just escaping gravity to travel to the frothy heavens, nicely done here

I might not have a world class honker but man this seems weak, faint andes candies... some faint cocoa

taste etc...
almost velvet smooth (the carbonation bites just a hitch), solid medium mouth feel, coats well, kind of like the nose I am thinking "where's the beef?", the alcohol is well hidden and only talks to you once inside your gullet, everything here is killing you softly... or mildly, the mint definitely kicks in at the end but it should be more like a book end than a dominator, Homer might say "need more chocolate" and I would tend to agree even if I haven't watched the Simpsons in a dog's age, this isn't bad it is just bland.

verdict ?
if you have high hopes curb your enthusiasm, this is a promise and not a delivery

and GET TO THE CHOPPER ! I don't know why I wrote that...

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Photo of Wizard346
2.25/5  rDev -25.7%

I am always on the lookout for chocolate beers, and had a lot of hope for this one since it looked so snazzy.
I wish I would have read the label first, I can't comprehend why licorice flavoring would be in a mint chocolate beer- a fail for me.
Otherwise the mint and chocolate were hard to find, I won't be buying another and won't recommend.

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Photo of thatdan
2.75/5  rDev -9.2%

This beer is sure pretty to look at as it sits in the snifter with its thick tan head and dark body (and once you get the twist-off bottle out of your sight).
The flavors disappoint though.
I struggle to find the chocolate. The other malts used offer a distinctly roasty flavor with cereal.
The mint is an odd contrast to the chosen malts and when played together.
The over-all flavor comes across almost like a slice of rye bread with caraway seeds.
I bought one bottle hoping someone finally nailed the imperial chocolate mint concept,
but alas, the elusive creature is still at large.


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Photo of smcolw
3.71/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours at room temperature with small beige head. It does not leave any lace. The color is near black where no light shines through.

This beer smells medicinal with a burnt toasty malt and mint, lots of it. I like the smell but it lands a bit oddly.

Starts off mild with hardly any bitter, blackened malt. The swallow features a large dollop of spearmint. There's no mistaking the "spear" of the mint. It is not peppermint or any other style--think spearmint gum. The chocolate and coffee flavors are nearly missing because the mint is so dominant. The body is appropriate as is carbonation from a cask pour.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.79/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap at Morris Tap and Grill in NJ. January

Pours full on black. Creamy head. Picturesque layer. Foam is tan. Minty nose. Spearmint. Light chocolate too. Anise flavor base, lots of chocolate, and a definite mint finish. The mint works but is a bit too much in the aftertaste. Interesting, and a clever stout variation for sure.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.49/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A huge head from a relatively normal pour into a standard pint glass, 2/3 foam, at least. Well, at least it settles down in just a few minutes to a more respectable finger of foam over the half pint of black liquid. Doesn't leave much lace, though, just a scattering.
Smell is mint with toasted malt and a hint of bittersweet chocolate behind. Balance is decent.
Taste is heavily toasted, almost burnt, malts, dark, bittersweet chocolate, with just a little mint and a whiff of floral hops. Nice balance, though.
Smooth, medium full body, light effervescence. Finish is somewhat drying. Definitely improves with warming, in fact, near room temperature is best. The body improves, and the warming aspect really comes to the fore. Let it set for 30 minutes and this is a 4+ in the last three categories.

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Photo of scotorum
3.64/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From brewmaster Alan Pugsley's Signature series.

Bought a bomber of this early last winter to save for a special holiday occasion, which never happened. Now I need to clear out the remaining winter beers on hand.

Supposed to have a best by date on the label but I could not see one.

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Samuel Smith English tulip pint.

a: Black with the barest hint of clear ruby when seen through light. Inch tall tan head receded to even surface foam and patchy lacing.

s: Mild dark roasted malt with yes, what seems to be a hint of mint.

t: Smooth then sharply bitter over a seemingly mild dark malt base. Not especially chocolaty. A licoricy/fruity bitterness lingers in the mouth between sips. Throat burn from the high ABV builds somewhat. Later a roasty malt taste comes through to attempt to balance the bitter licorice and fruit as it warms.

m: Medium plus, very smooth.

o: Whatever the alleged mint flavor is supposed to come from (the unusual hops used?), - and it does taste more like cherries or prunes and licorice (a flavor I never favored) than mint, much less chocolate, - it overpowers the malt base or at best mixes with it to result in a familiar yet odd sort of licoricy-fruity flavor.

I'd recommend changing the name to Licorice Stout so folks like me who don't like that flavor can steer clear of it.. Mint Chocolate it ain't.

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Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.27/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Smells like black licorice and mild black coffee, and maybe a hint of some kind of fruit(raspberry?). Has a good amount of sweetness, mild roastiness. The mint flavor is bordering on menthol. Not super strong or anything. Little hint of anise. Think it would be better if it was more of a peppermint than a spearmint. Would probably be a pretty good stout if they took out the mint, or made it peppermint and bumped up the intensity.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown (SRM 30-33). A slight head dissipates quickly leaving fine, sparse lace. Pours viscous, but oddly very little film clings to the glass.

An Offero glass brings out the faint aroma of fuel. Licorice is present after warming, as is chocolate, but all is less than had been hoped.

Flavors include chocolate and mint, though both are quite subdued. The powerful flavor combination is almost absent amidst nuts and cherry flavors. Mint does make an appearance with warmth and in the finish.

Light to medium body and effervescent. Slight warming alcohol adds to a dry texture of satin.

One expects a bold punch from a Mint Chocolate Stout. Perhaps if this beer is paired with chocolate cake it could deliver on that promise.

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Photo of GreenEyes285
4.79/5  rDev +58.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer had a black as night body with a cream colored head. The chocolate was simple and not too sweet, the mint was tasted on the finish and was just a hint as to not over power the palate. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy not boozy at all. I can't wait to buy this again!!

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Photo of srhoadsy
3.14/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured slightly chilled into a snifter.

Pours a very dark brown to black with almost an inch of airy light brown head that quickly recedes leaving light surface layer and lacing.

Nice aromas of mint and chocolate with a hint of anise.

The taste follows through the aroma, but in a medicinal, herbal way which is somewhat off-putting. I did notice an improvement as it warmed.

Medium bodied with a sweet finish and moderate carbonation.

Overall the menthol quality ended up making this somewhat of a mess. If you try a bottle, I would suggest letting it warm up a bit before drinking.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Sample on tap at the British Beer company tonight.
Solid black color with a smallish off white head. The aroma is over the top with peppermint. Mild caramel butterscotch and chocolate round out the nose. The flavor is a chocolate and peppermint affair, although the mint does seem to get a bit harsh at times. That characteristic Shipyard burnt butterscotch popcorn flavor is there, but drowned out by the mint. Medium to thick body with a light to moderate level of carbonation, and a creamy smooth mouthfeel. Better than some other peppermint stouts I've had, but still falls short of that peppermint patty sensation that I'm hoping for.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.07/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Oneinchaway for sharing this at his tasting.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and dried mint aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, char, and mint flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is definitely minty but not done all that well.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Thin dark black color that resembles almost like a chocolate syrup look, with a vigorous pour creates a dark tan head maybe 1/3" off the body.

Smell: Mint scent, with a feel of coffee.

Taste: Now this is wear I conflict on the taste, a part of me really likes it but then the mint is a bit too much for me. I like how this brew has a little bit of everything to offer but the chocolate is lacking, and most stout have that coffee bitterness which this one lacks...it's probbaly there just slightly hidden because of the mint.

Mouth: Medium bodied carbonation, sticks pretty well but not the most wanted finish you would like in a beer.

Overall: Good brew probably best paired with a dessert, to drink this one alone I have to give it to you. Split it and you will be happy, Happy!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a mug, the beer is a very dark brown to black, and there's no real head present. Aromas of milk chocolate, anise, spearmint, and roast. Flavors are heavy licorice, with a cough syrup character, spicy spearmint, and a bitter roast backbone. This is a bit of a mess. Heavy, robust body with an oily feel. Minty and licorice aftertaste, with a roast and bitter linger on the slick finish.

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Photo of seand
3.6/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a nearly opaque dark brown, with a fair amount of tan head. Some film retains along with a ring around the edge of the glass, leaving decent lacing.

S: Sweet and rounded with a touch of mint.

T: Primarily sweet roast stout, but there's a noticeable touch of mint. The mint is subtle and the balance is pretty good.

M: Medium to full body, medium carbonation.

Overall, interesting, and fairly tasty. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Suds
2.88/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Interesting beers intrigue me. They're often good, sometimes great, and sometimes poorly conceived. Unfortunately, this is one that misses the mark. It has a great appearance...black, thick, and with a full tan head. I had a really hard time getting past the aroma, though...it reminds me of toothpaste with each sip. However when I try to be purely objective, the mint and licorice scents are just too overwhelming and distracting. There is some burnt and roasted scents that seem nice, but they don't blend well with the mint. The flavor is similar....strong chocolate, and strong mint, some heat from the ABV, but it is all a jumble. Boozy finish. Okay, but not my kind of beer.

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Photo of moosejaw7
2.08/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dark chocolate brown, with a mildly frothy head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of chocolate and mint. The chocolate flavor is pleasant, but the mint flavor is like one of those gummy spearmint candies. It renders the beer practically undrinkable. I had to pour half the bottle down the drain because I couldn't finish it. Mint and chocolate are a classic combination but in this beer it's gone horribly wrong. The beer needs much more coherence, and probably some kind of mildly noticeable hop character so that the spearmint flavor doesn't dominate.

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Photo of oberon
3.42/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like the concept of a chocolate mint stout,this needs more chocolate and maybe less more mint.Pours jet black with a large billowing beige head that settles bery slowly leaving a few broken rings of lace behind.Aromas are dominated by spearmint and black licorice,although Iam not real fond of black licorice it goes well with the aromas of the sprearment.Everything started out so well for this beer but spearment overwhelms everything on the palate and there is also a sharp bitterness that just doesn't work here,it just seems to get a little harsh on the palate mainly in the finish.This beer is close to being something I would search out for but flavors are just to much of a jumbled mess for me to recommend it,again it's close.

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Photo of far333
3.54/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark chaocolate brown and opaque wit a frothy head of light brown foam that settles out quickly. Aroma of cocoa and subtle mint, not much more complex than that.

Roch flavor of dark chocolate, expresso bitterness, subtle licorice, and a mint accent that comes in at just the right time in the right amount. Any more would be too much, and any less would make it barely noticeable and uninteresting. This must have taken some work to perfect the balance. I could not detect a hop flavor influence, which is probably a good thing, not sure how well that would have played. Full and even mouthfeel. Interesting take on a stout with two flavors that go well together. Decent beer overall, not gimmicky, but would like just a bit more depth of rich stout flavor to play with the mint.

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Photo of rawfish
2.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Elegant label and flimsy gold foil cap, it's a fashionable label so that has to account for something right? Otherwise pours very dark brown with a thin mocha cap, half a finger would be a very generous estimate. Head fades really quick and makes a slight attempt at getting some lacing on the glass.

Artificial peppermint is the strongest aroma hovering above a roasted malt background, some sweet chocolate but I also smell some chalky and very porous grainy malt, uh oh.

Toothpaste in my Guinness? The Horror. In all honesty the artificial mint in this is horrid, I could have chewed a pack of gum and then drank an average stout to get the same effect. Roasted malt is mild adding a nice chocolate sweetness that is hard to discern. A bit of herbal hops provide balance as does some unpleasant but complex notes of licorice and charcoal.

Thin as stouts go, average carbonation, hidden alcohol. Malt presence is thin yet is obscenely sticky and saturates the palate with chocolate sweetener.

Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love mint but this beer shattered my expectations. Like toothpaste and gum before indulging in a decent piece of dark chocolate, why would you do this? I guess you can't judge a book by it's cover because the label is so elegant. Not the most horrid beer or a drainpour but a black mark for dropkicking my hopes for a decent mint stout.

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Photo of cvm4
3.65/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - For a non-RIS, pours pretty dark with a tan head. Alright lacing/retention.

S - To me, it's like Double Mint gum on the smell. The mint is really powerful, but is also balanced by some cocoa powder that hides in the background.

T - The mint really dominates and follows the nose. There's some semi-sweet chocolate on the backend. I like it, but the mint doesn't let the other flavors shine through.

M - Low body and carbonation. Really smooth and the mint gives that cooling effect.

O - I don't know why this is rated so low. It's a really good, unique beer.

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Photo of Roguer
3.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful full dark brown head from a good pour. Great retention, especially for a stout, and fantastic lacing. Brew is the expected opaque black look.

Aroma is an odd mix of chewing-gum levels of fresh mint and a slightly boozy dark stout. Cocoa hides in the background, as does some slightly burnt coffee, but that mint overpowers all the rest.

Flavor follows the nose, to a fault: mint dominates. Ever had good mint, like in ice cream, or jelly? This isn't it. It really overpowers the otherwise tasty stout flavors behind: milk chocolate, smooth coffee, dark malts, and wheat. Great backbone to this beer, but the gimmick kills it.

Nice chewy, full-bodied feel, with awesome lingering residue. Sadly, the mint remains as well, giving my mouth a bright, fresh feeling, but not exactly what I want in a beer. The alcohol is incredibly well hidden.

Look, if this beer is priced reasonably in your area, and you like stouts, it's worth a try. Maybe the mint will work for you; it just doesn't for me. It's well-crafted, and I like the stout behind the gimmick.

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