Mint Coffee Milk Stout
Stone Brewing

Mint Coffee Milk StoutMint Coffee Milk Stout
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Style:
English Sweet / Milk Stout
ABV:
5%
Score:
87
Avg:
3.85 | pDev: 10.13%
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
112
From:
Stone Brewing
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
87
Very Good
Mint Coffee Milk StoutMint Coffee Milk Stout
Notes: 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.
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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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Ego from New Jersey, Apr 15, 2018
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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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Dzu from Russian Federation, Dec 24, 2017
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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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igl from Russian Federation, Oct 18, 2017
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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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beerthulhu from New Jersey, Sep 22, 2017
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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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Zorro from California, Aug 06, 2017
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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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RyanK252 from California, Aug 03, 2017
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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 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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Treyliff from West Virginia, Jul 03, 2017
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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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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania, Jun 10, 2017
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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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brentk56 from North Carolina, May 23, 2017
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3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

For my fellow bottle cap collectors: fine art on Stone's true independent craft.
Poured from a bomber to a pint glass.
Enjoyed with a chocolate muffin, as usual.

Motor oil black, dark tan head which eventually disappears, almost,

Smells of malty chocolate, and much mint.

Quite a contrast, love coffee in my beer (after giving up cups of joe, this keeps me on my toes, and with the mint shock, forget about it ...), dances well with the mid-taste sugar-milk. Silky chocolate wrestling for attention with the creamy Mint aftertaste.

My first Milk Stout. I certainly must research this style more, especially after such a busy flavor mash as this.

When selecting this brew, I was not wearing my glasses, and failed to notice it was only 5%, silver lining: Mixing moderate or strong booze and Mint can lead to a piercing hangover, Grasshopper.

Major Sweet Tooth here, ice cream fanatic in particular, my long-time favorite being Mint Chocolate Chip. Savoring this Strange Brew.

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Stoutmaster9 from California, May 04, 2017
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4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and an opaque consistency. There was a small amount of foamy, tan-colored head, fairly long-lasting head. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: A nice, subtle aroma of mint, coffee, chocolate, malt, and a creamy quality.

T: Tasted of a hint of coffee (not as much as you might think), lots of peppermint, a light malt presence, the aforementioned creaminess, and some chocolate notes. The flavor is dominated by the peppermint and chocolate, but this isn't a bad thing. Pretty darn tasty,

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a super smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This isn't a perfect beer by any stretch, but it is incredibly enjoyable. Drinkable.

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avalon07 from South Carolina, Apr 24, 2017
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4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Black, with a tan head
Smell: coffee, roasted barley a hint of mint
Taste: coffee, chocolate, a hint of mint
Feel: thick, like a proper stout
Overall, was expecting more mint in this one, which isn't a bad thing since this is a coffee milk stout. A mint chocolate stout is worth trying though. Would I buy again? Yes

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Ob512316 from Pennsylvania, Apr 04, 2017
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4.62/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Exceptionally smooth smilk stout brewed with an unusual yet appropriately low ABV of 5%. Perfectly balanced, this milk stout delivers a huge flavor of sweet roasted malt, mint and a tantalizing bitter chocolate finish. Kudos to Stone Brewing for making a delicious, sessionable, sweet stout.

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wattoclone from California, Apr 01, 2017
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4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours jet black with a thick dark creamy head, looks much better than i expected. looks bigger than a milk stout

smell is sweet yet malty and big like an imperial stout. some coffee and chocolate as well as some mint, not heavy mint though

this is actually really good, starts off like a regular big stout but finishes subtly sweet. finishes like a mild peppermint patty. MUCH bigger flavor and body than a regular 5% stout. one of the BEST 5% stouts or 5% beers i've ever had.

definitely worth a buy. best milk stout i've ever had. most milk stouts leave me with a weird lactose thin feeling (and i love milk by itself) but most milk stouts gross me out. this is completely different and it's amazing

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Wiffler27 from New Jersey, Mar 31, 2017
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Sampling a cellar temp 22 oz bottle that was a gift from my brother Brian. I pour the beer into my snifter and get a jet black brew with a creamy tan head of 3 cm even with a very gentle pour. NO light passes through my glass.
The aroma is dark roasted malt and some sweet chocolate notes. I do get mint leaves but they are subdued in the background of this malty brew, mint chocolate chip ice cream does come to mind, with less sweetness on the nose.
First sip reveals a smooth textured beer with average body and fine gentle carbonation that rolls across my palate.
Flavor is malty as expected with some dark chocolate and roasted malt and a bit of coffee grounds mixed in for good measure. I also get some hits of sweet chocolate milk and mint leaf, but these flavors are less intense and the lingering note is dark chocolate and roast malt. The mint does return on burps and leaves me with a freshness across my palate.
I dont get any hops nor booze, although at 5% Im not surprised at the hidden alcohol. I find this beer enjoyable and am glad the mint is subdued as I was a little hesitant of that flavor. the body could be bumped up a bit to improve this beer but otherwise it is pretty solid but not mindblowing stout.

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sulldaddy from Connecticut, Mar 19, 2017
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3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: Dark brown almost black color with a tan head that fades quickly.
Smell: Coffee and chocolate with a hint of mint
Taste: coffee, mint is barely noticeable
Feel: medium carbonation, fits well with the style
Overall: The mint is not anywhere near as noticeable as I expected but it's still a good beer.

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srw from Virginia, Mar 11, 2017
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3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown color with a finger of tan head. The nose has a "lacing" of mint with a trace of roast. A hint of cooling mint can also be found in the flavor.

Stone rarely does things subtly so I am surprised to find that the flavors in this offering are pleasant but muted.

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57md from Pennsylvania, Mar 06, 2017
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3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours black with an off white head with good retention and lacing
S-chocolate, mint, coffee, roasted malt
T-lots of unsweetened cocoa, roasted coffee, mint, bitter coffee in the finish
M-medium bodied with average carbonation
O-a bit on the roasty side, but a really solid stout with nice mint flavor that isn't overwhelming

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atr2605 from New York, Feb 25, 2017
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4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - deep black with a creamy/frothy medium tan head that leaves behind a large amount of lacing.
S - coffee, mocha, malt, with slight undertones of mint
T - follows the nose - coffee, mocha, malt, with slight mint on the back end of the palate. There's also a sweetness to it from the lactose.
F - full body with a mild amount of carbonation - very smooth and creamy
O - A nicely updated version of their coffee milk stout. The mint is a very nice addition - not overpowering but present enough to enhance the flavor of the beer. Nice coffee notes along with mocha and malt.

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Photo of Riff
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep black with about two fingers of light brown head. Smells of coffee, mint, roasted malts. Interesting flavor, a pretty solid coffee flavor, hint of mint, and a little dark chocolate. The mint flavor lingers for a while on the palette. A little thin for a stout. Overall fairly pleasant and interesting, the mint has a little bite to it.

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Riff from Virginia, Feb 04, 2017
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3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours opaque, totally black. An initial four finger brown head recedes leaving attractive, thick sticky lacing.

The aroma is predominantly coffee with peppermint and light chocolate.

Taste is roast coffee with hints of bitter dark chocolate. Mint rises in the middle. Rather sweet for a stout, but I like it.

Decent prickle of carbonation up front, but this dissipates quickly, and becomes smooth and slick on the tongue. Just a hint of astringency and drying in the end.

Quite quaffable, very easy drinking. Smooth and creamy as you'd expect from a milk stout. The ABV is on the light side for a milk stout. Probably not enough to be sessionable, though.

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obywan59 from Virginia, Jan 23, 2017
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3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Grabbed a bottle during a rainy day. Stouts are good for colder weathers.

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance:
Nice dark, black coffee. Head is a thin dark brown. Not too much of a head unless you give it a decent hard pour.

Smell:
Light Ande's Chocolate with dark roast coffee.

Taste:
Smokey coffee up front. Leather, rich maduro tobacco at the mid point. (Yes, a nice maduro cigar. Padilla Reserva Maduro if you're into it) Light peppermint finish.

Texture:
Nice refreshingly amount of carbonation. Not too heavy.

Overall:
First impression that came to mind was "Maduro Cigar" with a light smoke and a cup of iced black coffee. I was expecting it'll be a bit more minty with a lot more lactose. Didn't get any of the "Milk" aspects as labeled. It's a decent stout.

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GreasyBuddha from California, Jan 15, 2017
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4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Clear 14.75-oz. porter/stout glass
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $4.49
Purchased: Oct. 26, 2016
Consumed: Nov. 4, 2016
Reviewed as: Milk / Sweet Stout
Misc.: Bottled Oct. 18, 2016

Picked this up on a recent trip to Trader Joe’s. Had never heard of this variant and apparently it was only released in SoCal. Looking back after the fact, was not a huge fan of the regular Coffee Milk Stout, giving it a 3.62 (82/B). Hopefully this one will be better.

Poured a pitch black color with two fingers of frothy tan head. Just a few bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Very good spotty and foamy lacing. Good retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled almost a pleasant mix of peppermint and chocolate, with hints of coffee. Also chocolate mint that you find on a hotel pillow or as a dessert at restaurants, wintermint, smooth dark chocolate and faint char wood late. Lovely really. (Smell - 4.25)

Taste wasn’t quite as good, but still follows the nose nicely. Getting that peppermint and wintermint up front, ending with dark chocolate and bitter coffee malts. Chocolate mint candy still. Also some hints of black licorice, char wood, smoky fire, roasted malts and minty leaves. (Taste - 4.00)

Full body. Creamy-to-slick texture. Average carbonation. Minty finish. (Feel - 4.00)

I liked this much more than the regular Coffee Milk Stout. Great for the time of year. (Overall - 4.00)

4.05 | 91 | A-

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BucannonXC5 from California, Dec 01, 2016
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3.24/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very dark brown color. This feels unsubstantial and thin in the mouthfill. The taste was unfulfilling and watery woody taste with no trace of coffee and very mild mint taste. Maybe the low abv prohibits the rich luxurious taste that I was anticipating.
Ultimately this was an unsatisfying offering.

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vince4953529 from California, Nov 16, 2016
Mint Coffee Milk Stout from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 112 ratings