Stone / Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout
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American Imperial Stout
4.12 | pDev: 12.14%
Stone Brewing
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Stone / Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist  Mint Chocolate Imperial StoutStone / Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist  Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout
Notes: A zing of fresh peppermint on a foundation of cocoa on the front of the palate, followed by dark roasted coffee/cocoa malt flavors and those wonderful esters we so lovingly associated with beer. The mint and cocoa retain their presence throughout the palate, which finishes nicely with pleasing bitterness and a slight dryness. The balance of chocolate, mint and Imperial Stout flavors is amazing…the flavors meld together fantastically!

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Photo of Msp004
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of two bottles left. Has quite a bit of age on it. Black pour with a four finger head that disappears quickly. Not an overwhelming mint or chocolate nose but subtle. Very refreshing mouth. Drinks like a much lighter beer. Higher AC is not noticeable. Very enjoyable. Great job Ken.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I received this in a locally conducted trade with Lee Marren, a Stone rep, a few years back and set it aside as part of the Chez Woody Bottle Backlog until now. The dominoes are beginning to fall ...

From the bottle: "Stone Collaborations 2012"; "Collaboration n ([phonetic pronunciation]) A celebration of the community and culture of craft brewing."; "If you're like me, you probably can't count the number of times you've found yourself, beer in one hand with your other hand busy high fiving, thinking, 'Man, I could really go for some awesome mint chocolate right now, but lack the third hand to do so!' Fear not! A confluence of awesomeness has been drawn together to solve your confectionary conundrum!"; "The Ken Schmidt/Iron Fist/Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout is here! No longer will anyone have to choose between the sweet frothiness of beer, the sexiness of mint chocolate, or the excitement of an activity that requires a free hand. Wait, that sounded better in my head ..."; "Moving swiftly on, the divine nectar you're currently holding is truly one-of-a-kind. The aromas and flavors are unmistakably evocative of a pillow mint you would find carefully placed on your pillow upon returning to your room after a strenuous day of relaxation at a fancy hotel. I was very excited when I received the news that I had been chosen to collaborate with the distinguished company of Ken Schmidt and Stone Brewing to bring Ken's amazing homebrew to the thirsty masses. If you're in the mood for a truly unique and delicious experience, grab a bottle and some friends and let the good times roll! [undersigned] Brandon Sieminski, Brewmaster, Iron Fist Brewing May 2012".

I Pop!ped the cap and positioned the awaiting glass for one of the gentlest pours that I have conducted in recent memory. I could not see any lees, but I was not taking any chances, either. It poured with a viscosity that would have made any of the old heavy, winter-weight motor oils proud. Once I had decanted a sufficient amount from the bottle into the glass, I employed the Server's Trick of using a stirrer to raise a finger of dense, deep-brown head with decent retention. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44) with garnet highlights at the edges. The mintiness was quite evident on the nose. I do not know how it was initially/originally, but the beer evidenced a minty, dark chocolate smell, not unlike the York Peppermint Patties that I dispensed on Monday & which inspired me to finally pull this one out. Mouthfeel was big, thick & creamy, like a dollop of ice cream had been laid on my tongue. The taste was utterly decadent! I am not always/usually/generally a fan of AD/ISs because I find them too roasty and resultingly bitter to go along with their already high ABV. Here, the chocolate taste was not as bitter as dark chocolate, nor was it as sweet as milk chocolate, somehow finding a medium that I found highly palatable. In the midst of this semi-sweetness was a frosty coolness
born(e) of/by the mint. Out of curiosity, I pulled out one of the York Peppermint Patties that I had held in abeyance for this occasion and bit in, just to see how one measured against the other. The peppermint flavor of the candy was sharper than in the beer, so either the brewers employed something other than peppermint or a blend of mints or time had aged away some of the inherent mintiness. Still, returning to the beer, there was no way of missing that blast of cool in the midst of the chocolate and alcohol. I was put in mind of the Bessemer Process, in which a blast of cold air into a cauldron of molten iron ore would cause the impurities to wick away in the production of steel. I was really enjoying this beer, but I think that my enjoyment would have been diminished if it were not for the inclusion and presence of mint. Now, to attempt to quantify the finish - it was not sweet at all, nor was it truly dry. The chocolate of the malt had a light bitterness, negating "sweet", but the mint was not so prevalent as to make it "dry". I am going to say semi-dry, especially with the cool aftertaste of mint. I got the sensation!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour, fractional beige head on the top. A little more than a hint of mint, but far from being anywhere near the 'big' label.

Taste was minty, but without adding sweetness. The dark chocolate and mint are not sweet. They did a good job keeping this dry, fermenting out sugars. Still delivers bitterness, drinks way lighter than almost 10%.

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Photo of chinchill
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into St. Bernardus snifter.

Appearance: Pours nearly black with a short, dark tan head that soon faded into a thin collar and few, bubbly ’islands’.

Aroma: Dark roasted malts, mint (mainly peppermint) and chocolate dominate. Some black licorice and alcohol esters too.

Flavor: The mint is there at a nice level: fairly obvious but not overpowering the rich, dark roasted malts or even the notes of dark chocolate and hints of dark, dried fruits. Bitter dark chocolate, light spearmint and faint coffee in the mildly bitter finish. Given the mint and other flavor components, this has excellent bitter/sweet balance.

Feel: Full, smooth body with light carbonation and light warming. A faint bite from the mint and alcohol.

Overall: Perhaps not as good as I was hoping for from Stone, but given that this is a chocolate mint RIS it is certainly well done and roughly as expected. The high ABV is well hidden. Although the mint treatment was conservative, I’d probably like even less in an ale as good as the base Stone RIS.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like a bitter, semi sweet chocolate thin mint. Medium to thin mouthfeel. Dry finish. I would say it's a step below Perennials 17. It's still pretty good. Holding up well.

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Photo of IndridCold
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%

Surprisingly more minty than I had imagined it would be, having aged it for two years. Very, very little head (less than a centimeter), but decent carbonation and a clean malty flavor which hides the alcohol content (9.6%) well. Nicely reminiscent of Andes mints... I honestly thought this would be a very gimmicky beer, but this turned out quite delicious.

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Photo of Jonada
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle purchased in 2012 and cellared since. Poured into a Founders snifter.

Appearance: Pours black with about a finger of a tan head that dissipates to a thick ring and some wispy coating. Body is opaque.

Smell: Chocolate, roasted malt, mint, coffee. Mint intensifies as the beer warms.

Taste: Follows the aroma closely. Mint, roasted malt, and bitter dark chocolate. Like the aroma, the mint intensifies the more the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Light side of full bodied with a somewhat creamy mouthfeel and medium gentle carbonation.

Overall: As it was back in 2012, this is still a good beer. The mint, which I thought was a bit overpowering when this was fresh, has mellowed nicely, so I'd say overall this has benefited from some age.

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Photo of Samp01
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased 2012. Pours a deep black with a razor thin tan head. Has a rich chocolate dark roasted caramel malt nose, with some dark fruity notes and slight licorice sweet bitter flavor on the end. The palate is a full rich creamy body with good carbonation, a bit of sticky mouth feel. The finish is sweet chocolate, roasted caramel malt, some mild mint flavor shows up as it warms up, has a lingering kind of sweet chocolate roasted bitterness on the end. Was expecting a bit more mint but could be the aging. Overall a good drinking tasty and full flavored brew.

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Photo of beerjunky413
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours jet black with decent brown lacing, strong mint chocolate aroma. Tastes just like it should, rich chocolate with lots of mint. Mouthfeel was the only thing even slightly lacking in this beer. Alcohol is almost not detectable against the overwhelming notes of mint chocolate. These guys had an idea and they executed. Well done. Ken Schmidt should start a brewery if he hasn't already. If only this beer was more widely available...

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Photo of Hendry
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Motor oil pour,soapy 3 finger head upon aggressive pour, head hung on for a good spell and left some spotty lacing, but a very nice looing Imperial Stout.

Aroma is roasty and chocolaty , no real menthol from the mint detected.

Velvety minty chocolate flavors. The dividing factor on the reviews I read are that the mint did not have enough presence, and I disagree: the mint is well centered in the mix, starting on the first sip with a slight cooling element from the mint that diminished into a nifty blending of the flavors.

Creamy mouthfeel, coats the palate well, 12 oz. is a perfect size to enjoy solo.

Delicious Stout that delivers what the label advertises: like drinking a rich stout brewed with Junior Mints. I really enjoyed this one and recommend it.

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Photo of Paincane
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Very dark brown body with thick khaki head. Nice lacing.
S: Minty, dark chocolate & roast malt aromas.
T: Bittersweet dark chocolate, mint flavors remind me of a hotel pillow mint.
M: Thick smooth chewy body with lightly bitter back end.
O: Excellent.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into Huna snifter.

Jet black, opaque elixir, 3mm mocha head, resets as a thin rim. Wisps of lacing.

Nice combo of mint, baker's chocolate, malt biscuit. Mint really comes out as the brew warms.

The taste follows the nose and reminds me of a nice mint brownie with a nice dairy/milk chaser.

Full bodied, nicely thick and chewy.

Well done, nice after dinner brew.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a mini snifter.

pours a dark black with a slight head. smell is huge huge on mint chocolate...perfect! just as you'd expect. the taste is a big mouthful of mint chocolate at first but it ends very bitterly. drinkabilty is moderate...medium bodied with mild to low carbonation.

overall good niche beer. try it!

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Photo of scottfrie
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into Delirium tremens snifter. Thanks a ton Russell!

A: Pours black with a finger dark tan head that faded into a fuzzy collar and wispy film. Sheets of tight bubbled lace were left down the glass after each sip.
S: Dark roasted malts dominate but the next scent I get reminds me of peppermint patties. Light hints of sweet caramel and warming booze poke through as well.
T: Mint is leafy and green and almost has a burn to it similar to mouthwash. The base is full of dark chocolate, roast, caramel and faint coffee. I get notes of bitter dark chocolate and leafy hops in the finish.
M: Full body, slick and greasy mouthfeel with fairly smooth carbonation. Bitter finish, slight booze.
O: Decent but not as good as I was picturing from the description. The mint mixed with alcohol is slightly harsh and the bitter chocolate and hops of the base stout doesn’t help. Body could have been thicker too. I think a rich mint chocolate milk stout would be a better use of mint. Thanks again Rusel_G for hitting a want as an extra.

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Photo of jeff1973
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Bruery tulip. Bottled 10/1/12? About a 1 yr old now. Bought at Korkers Liquor in Newport Beach CA for $2.99.

A - Pitch black, very rich looking. Mocha colored head leaves good lacing.

S - Mint, a little milk chocolate. But overwhelmingly, mint. The mint is very vibrant and fresh.

T - Mint up front, but goes into a nice milk chocolate, silky flavor. A little dried cherry and roast on the finish.

M - Very rich and silky. Carbonation is soft and silky.

O - Very minty, but not as harsh as fresh. This one mellowed out nicely. The mint, chocolate, and dried cherries blend nicely.

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Photo of tut2528
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

massive thanks to Beachstrength49 for this one!

A: black as night body that creates a massive 3 fingers worth of head retention. the lacing is phenomenal and after 2 minutes there is still about 2 fingers worth of head remaining. the head is quite dense and dark tan in color.

S: the mint aroma is exploding out of the glass. getting in closer the mint dominates but its simply awesome because there is an awesome graham cracker and dark chocolate backbone. this is definitely a straightforward beer and lacks complexity but I really enjoy this. it reminds me of a Thin Mint

T: mint but not as strong as in the nose (slightly disappointed) there is more of bitter dark chocolate presence, slight touch of hops, pepper, slight licorice. the mint may have fallen off here in the taste???

M: thick, borderline chewy.. but not quite there. i was hoping for a minting aftertaste, but i am left with a bitter chocolate.

O: great brew, maybe the mint has fallen off, but its so prominent in the nose!

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Photo of TruePerception
3.32/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)


Stone / Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout: 9.6% ABV;

Appearance: thick, pours a mid-dark brown, light head (brownish), solid black in glass;

Smell: fair amount of coffee, moderate cocoa, touch of licorice;

Taste/Mouthfeel: coffee, a bit of powdered cocoa, very very slight cooling essence;

Pretty Good.

Poured into a pint glass.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Looks great! Very very very dark brown, opaque, and nice large welcoming chocolate milk colored head piled on top. Aroma is packed with delicious chocolate, cookie dough, cream, caramel, and has very light mint that adds a refreshing cleanness to the aroma. Very nice on the nose. Taste is pretty awesome too. Sweet and packed with chocolaty goodness. The mint is worked in there nice and delicately. I was a little worried this beer was going to be overly spearminty but its not at all. I completely forgot this was an imperial stout too.... Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, soft, and finely carbonated. This is like eating a slightly minty, alcohol infused piece of chocolate cake. Excellent dessert. Overall, good stuff.

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Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Strange aroma... Kinda has a cat pee thing going on.

Great mouthfeel and flavor... Dry, dark chocolate with a nice amount of herbal mint coming through. I imagine the mint was more upfront a year ago, but I'm still pleased with what comes through.

I honestly forgot I had this in my cellar, and I cannot remember who gave it to me as an extra. Whoever you are, thanks for the awesome extra.

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Photo of brewtus
4.71/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12oz into teku.
A- oil black with a dark tan single finger head
S- tons of dark chocolate, nutty, some faint mint, smells like sugar cookie
T- again tons of dark chocolate that never fades, plenty of lactose, slightly sweet, dark fruit, nice faint fresh minty finish
M- thick, almost grainy, very enjoyable.
O- amazing dark chocolate stout, texture is great, very well don't imperial stout. With that being said I wish there was more mint, it's definitely present but the chocolate is so great, you miss a lot of mint. I loved this brew

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.45/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Dark black in color and light does not penetrate it. Minimal head on the pour, but the remaining foam does longer. Aroma is pretty weak. Maybe just a bit of mint. This one definitely more minty than it is chocolaty. The mint is more in the forefront and is almost a bit of a burn on the tastebuds on the way down. The chocolate flavor quickly follows and blends together well in the aftertaste. A pretty smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of Resuin
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a hollow stemmed glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown and leaves a very attractive 2 fingers of tan head.

Smell: Dark chocolate, light mint, roasted malts, mild vanilla.

Taste: Wow, mint chocolate takes complete control, in a good way. Starts with, and finishes with it. In between there is some roasted malts, bitter coffee and cocoa, and vanilla. Alcohol is well masked.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a medium body, slight creaminess to it. Very smooth finish.

Overall: A really enjoyable beer: the mint chocolate is really delicious - it reminds me a lot of the mint chocolate wafer cookies that are so tasty. Very smooth and balanced, this is a very tasty desert beer.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Stone glass. Appearance is a deep dark and opaque brown with cocoa colored head. Nice retention and heavy lacing is left behind. Nose is forward on the cocoa with a light creamy mint character. The mint is subtle on the nose, but works with the roast and the chocolate quite nicely. The taste is similar to the nose, bold and robust and very chocolatey. the mint comes through towards the finish and makes for a refreshing finish. There is less mint here than some of the other recent ones I have tried, but this is a good thing as it doesn't come off as tasting like mouthwash. Mouthfeel is heavy and smooth, moderate carbonation here. Overall, a nice and well rounded imperial stout with some nice delicate mint flavor.

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Photo of Brenden
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown, as dark as any imperial stout would be proud to be, this big-looking brew develops a one finger tall cap of creamy brown head that stays almost a finger tall for the entirety of the session and leaves good lace in its wake.
A firm roast comes from a strong malt backbone, more than adequate, which also imparts notes of barley in the nose. The mint comes on nicely and sticks with it, a soft sort of peppermint but natural, not candied. A little more chocolate would do for the overall effect, but it's very good nonetheless.
This is a very strong stout with lots of goodness. Chocolate comes out a bit, but mint is just a flash up front before going roasty and a flash again into the finish. For this to work as well as it should, this beer has an excellent base but the secondaries here are too understated (not something I ever thought I'd say about Stone). That doesn't take away too much from a great stout, though.
Thick, chewy and creamy in a big, chunky body, the mouthfeel isn't holding back. The big malts provide plenty to work with and it goes silky with just a little edge into semi-dry as it goes to the finish.

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Photo of vkv822
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

on-tap @ Belmont Station.
from notes.

Black, with a foamy, creamy light brown head.

Tons of chocolate and mint in both the nose and taste. Really awesome.

Full, creamy body with mild, foamy carbonation.

I was very pleasantly surprised with how prominent, and well done, the chocolate and mint are. Reminds me very much of the Andes thin mint chocolates. A real treat.

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Stone / Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 735 ratings