Mint Coffee Milk Stout | Stone Brewing

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BA SCORE
3.85/5
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112 Ratings
Mint Coffee Milk StoutMint Coffee Milk Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: English Sweet / Milk Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
As if our seasonally released Stone Coffee Milk Stout wasn’t special enough, we decided to take our classic brewhouse blend and make our own riff by adding fresh chocolate mint and peppermint. The bright, intoxicating aromatics of the chocolate and mint emanating from this smooth-drinking, caffeinated libation are palpable. However, they are simply just a refreshing accent to this still predominately coffee brew. From the creamy, frothy head on top to the semisweet, slightly dry finish, we don’t think our brewing team could have whipped up a better recipe for this extra-special time of year.

Added by StoneBrewing on 08-22-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
112
pDev:
10.13%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
25
Trade:
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Ratings: 112 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of wvsabbath
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ego
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

spring tease and now back to the cold... so plucking through my cellar I spotted this stout

eyes...
jet black with a nice finger of head, good lacing with nice consistent size bubbles, not much else, pretty much a stout looking stout...

nose...
minty coffee... I know, shocking... the mint hits upfront followed by a billow of chocolate, this is as close to an andes mint as a beer can be sans the lovely green wrapper (some brewer is going to steal that if they haven't already)

taste...
my first thought it the exceptional mouth feel, incredibly smooth stuff (a witty metaphor escapes me at the moment), The flavors are a touch subdued but there is a real balance here. Everything you want in a stout is here but with little nods here and there... like you are at a party and your buds are just giving you that little man nod as you raise drinks in a mock toast from across the way while their girl is not looking, just enough roast, just enough sweetness to remind you of milk stout.. and then a slightly bitter finish with that mint blanket accompanying it... the more I drink forward the more I am savoring this... and so damn light... you can breeze through this but man you will be missing out, savor this puppy.

verdict?
I imagine if this was a Keurig flavor we would break the coffee machine at work (again...), delicious, not a perfect beer but totally exemplary of what is on the label, and nice not to be hit in the head with ABV once in a while.. make it again sam! I mean stone....

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Photo of LeftyMike
4.77/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jakecattleco
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dzu
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 0,65 l bottle into teku.
L: pitch black with a massive tan foam.
S: mint, cocoa beans.
T: dry, milky.
F: medium body and carbonation.
O: unusual minty stout. Like it.

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Photo of NightINgale
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OzmanBey
4.99/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of igl
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color, two fingers brown head, good retention and lacing. Smell and taste are mint, coffee, milk chocolate. Really mint aroma and mint taste. Light body. Nice.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

- Duvel chalice. Laced with fresh peppermint and chocolate mint.

A: Dark khaki capping is milky froth sitting atop a shiny black colored pour. Head retention is outstanding, with tiny golden micro-beads building on the head.

S: Upon first uncapping a big burst of mint-chocolate can be had. The alcohol and lactose like scents gives off an almost bourbon like flair, despite not being barrel aged to my knowledge. Creamer and fresh whole mint leaves with a background of earthy roast malt and coffee. Final mention of minty-pine hops. Really love the fresh wet factor of the chocolate mint and creamer/lactose like flair. Solid strength.

T: Minty alcohol is the first impression. Dark roasty coffee quickly follows. Roasty bitterness shows big minty moments, while the chocolate is more restrained then was on the nose. Nice light campfire minerality, silty, with fine coffee grounds. Very nice minty leave on the swallow.

M: Silky coffee ground texture on the tongue, while the body is on the lighter side. Gentle massage of carbonation with a dry, chalky, irish stout like finish.

O: A strong, fresh wet aromatic start, full of mint and lactose. The flavor is bold, smooth, and silty roast with a finish of minty flair. Not as generally sweet as a milk stout, more bitter, roasty as a big stout. You can easily sense the mint-chocolate, with a finish similar to those little mint-chocolate candies. Good drink-ability, the full flavor and minty chocolate give this a much bigger impression.

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Photo of philbe311
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of faatcase
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kevintaraross
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zorro
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Light proof black colored beer with a brown colored head. It sure as hell is dark colored.

Smells strongly of coffee and patent malt. Smells slightly metallic. Mint is in there but well hidden. Chocolate is even fainter than the mint.

Starts out Mildly sweet and tasting mostly of patent malt. Coffee is of the Charbucks variety. Not getting much coffee or mint. What I am tasting is a STRONGLY patent malt forward stout.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Overall this is OK, but I expected more mint and coffee.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Stone Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours very nearly black with a frothy cocoa brown head that settles to a firm layer and leaves a little nice lacing.

S: No mistaking the mint's presence, though not overbearing or unpleasant, roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee, and a little lactose sweetness.

T: Roasted malt, coffee and super dark chocolate, slowly gives way to very pleasant mint flavor, some mild earthy herbal tones, a hint of vanilla, and a bit of lactose sweetness.

M: A bit on the fuller side of medium body, moderate carbonation, mildly creamy, not what you'd expect from a 5% beer.

O: I remember feeling that the original version of this beer needed a little something extra and it turns out that something is mint. Really nice balance with the coffee, mint, and lactose all keeping each other in check. I'll be on the lookout for another bottle.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is minimal. Lacing is mild. Peppermint and coffee aroma with very mild chocolate in the background. A lot of coffee up front with some strong mint flavor. Ends with more of a medicinal taste. Medium bodied. Mildly silky. Medium to heavy carbonation.

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Photo of Jsalz21
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Treyliff
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a deep black color with a two finger thick and creamy khaki colored head that has great retention long after the pour, looks like a creamy espresso

S- smells of muddled mint leaves up front, complimented by earthy and herbal coffee, milk chocolate, milk sugars, vanilla whipping cream & Andes Mints

T- creamy milk chocolate and coffee intermingle together, providing some herbal roasted notes. Mid-palate brings out some fresh mint notes that compliment the chocolate and coffee. The finish is slightly sweet with more chocolate, as well as vanilla cream and lactose. Lingers of more mint and coffee

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a silky and velvety finish, high drinkability

O- many mint stouts tend to taste like toothpaste, but that isn't the case with this one. The mint works well and the mouthfeel makes it incredibly drinkable

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Photo of GoHabsGo
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone Brewing "Mint Coffee Milk Stout"
22 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED RVA 12/16/16" and sampled on 06/10/16
$5.79 @ Weis Market #233, Norristown, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: I have to admit that I'm a little apprehensive about this because of the mint, but I'm also optimistic. I poured it heavily which brought up a big head that's taking a while to settle down. Wow, it's opaque, a complete black. The head is a pillowy dark tan. I can smell the mint in the aroma but it's just a component, it doesn't scream mint, which is good. It's chocolatey and minty. OK, flavor... pretty much the same. The mint is a component but the milks stout is the main event. Even the coffee is restrained, and thus disaster is averted! I'm not sure how bitter it is, it's a little hard to tell, but it's not that bitter although there is some lingering in the dry finish. I guess the roastiness helps to dry it, and I should also mention that the roastiness isn't too strong either. This is good. It does seem a little gimmicky, and I'm not sure I'd want to drink it too often, but I like it and I think it would go great with a salty pretzel or some scrambled eggs. Sorry, those are just the first things that came to mind, there are probably other great food combinations. What I don't really see it as is a dessert beer, it's not sweet enough on its own. It could work in combination with something else though, maybe drizzled over some kind of cake. Nice. Medium bodied with a moderate, smooth carbonation.

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Photo of brentk56
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours the color of fudge, with ruby highlights on the edge; the beige head fluffs up to two fingers and then fades away, leaving a few shards behind

Smell: Milk chocolate and peppermint; a hint of coffee that I might not pick up but for the name

Taste: Milk chocolate and peppermint forward, with the peppermint dominant; the coffee doesn't appear until after the swallow, and there is not much of it, other than a slight lingering in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Mint chocolate chip ice cream in a glass; my all time favorite flavor so I do like this beer; I would prefer it to have a bigger mouthfeel and a bit more coffee, however

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jrfehon33
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MMOSNN
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Mint Coffee Milk Stout from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 112 ratings