Stone / Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout
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Stone / Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist  Mint Chocolate Imperial StoutStone / Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist  Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
ABV:
9.6%
Score:
92
Avg:
4.12 | pDev: 11.89%
Reviews:
209
Ratings:
736
From:
Stone Brewing
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  108
Gots
  100
SCORE
92
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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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JohnnyK from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.9%

Aug 01, 2013
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Hendry from Vermont

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.

Apr 01, 2014
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Mundelein Craft Beer Festival shaker pint glass.

Thanks to johnyb for this bottle!

Now that the duck and goose are done, dessert can be had, complete with an appropriate beer pairing. This stuff pours a very dark black-brown topped by a finger of brown foam. The nose comprises darkly-roasted malts and dark chocolate. No mint in sight quite yet... The taste brings in more of the same, though the chocolate comes through a bit bitterer than before. Still no mint... The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a nearly chewy feel. Overall, this is a nice-enough stout, but with one glaring issue: There's no mint character whatsoever anywhere. I made sure to pass my glass around to the other party-goers, especially those who are fans of grasshoppers (the cookies, the drink, and possibly the insect), and no one got a hint of mint. Kinda disappointing. Without the mint, this is just a solid, chocolatey stout. Oh well...

Dec 28, 2012
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Feb 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -27.2%

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Paid almost 5 bucks to try this ($4.29) so seeing the high reviews makes it worth it!

A - Very nice looking stout. Deep, dense, thick and pitch black. Head is well over an inch and sticks around for a bit. Lovely.

S - Well the cocoa nibs really do make themselves known in the glass. The only actual peppermint I got was sniffing the neck when I first opened it. Not disappointing since too much would be off-putting but I guess I expected more mint.

T - Damn this is a crap load of head. First sip is roasty and chalk full of dark chocolate notes. No real peppermint ice cream or york peppermint patty taste so I guess it could use more mint. Regardless it's a balanced stout similar to Stones Imperial except really roasty and bittering.

M - Heavy in both body and roasty flavor. Heavy.

Overall I guess like the overbearing dark chocolate/roasty flavors killed this for me. That and it totally could have use more mint.

Interesting concept but maybe would have made a better regular stout with heavier mint flavors.

edit: It does get better once you let it warm up. The bittering and roast do take a backseat, but completely drown out any chance for the mint to appear. Damn...

Nov 11, 2012
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Nightrain87 from California

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Oct 23, 2012
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Nickqb7 from California

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Apr 03, 2013
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xnicknj from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.9%

May 02, 2013
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Goobastic from New York

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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BAsbill from California

3.75/5  rDev -9%

Mar 30, 2013
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

Appearance
Opaque black with 3 fingers of brown head. Excellent head retention. Leaves behind nice ringlets of lacing.

Nose
Cocoa nibs, charcoal, smoke, dark chocolate, vanilla and mint leaves.

Taste
Cocoa nibs, roasted barley, charcoal and light notes of smoke. Bitter dark baker’s chocolate and scorched sugars. Finishes with cooling mint leaves as well as touches of vanilla.

Mouthfeel
Medium-full bodied, smooth and silky.

Overall
The malts are very bitter, roasted and dry. The mint has a nice cooling effect to counteract that. It works very well. This is not overly minted as I had feared. Not exactly the Andes Candies flavor that everyone is boasting about. Tastes more like Turkey Hill Choco Mint Chip Icecream that been slathered on a campfire log. Definitely one of the better Stone Collaborations.

Nov 12, 2012
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schnarr84 from Canada (AB)

4/5  rDev -2.9%

May 12, 2013
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Oct 26, 2013
Stone / Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 736 ratings