Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist / Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout | Stone Brewing

208 Reviews
Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist / Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial StoutKen Schmidt / Iron Fist / Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by UCLABrewN84 on 09-22-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 208 | Ratings: 732
Photo of CaptCleveland
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

 385 characters

Photo of Axnjxn
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

 329 characters

Photo of scottfrie
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

 1,050 characters

Photo of jeff1973
4.03/5  rDev -1%
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.

 618 characters

Photo of tut2528
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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!

 999 characters

Photo of TruePerception
3.32/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

 418 characters

Photo of tastybeer
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

 719 characters

Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

 392 characters

Photo of brewtus
4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
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

 543 characters

Photo of Franziskaner
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

 421 characters

Photo of Resuin
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

 716 characters

Photo of homebrew311
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

 733 characters

Photo of Brenden
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

 1,142 characters

Photo of vkv822
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

 371 characters

Photo of kemoarps
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep black, mid-brown billowy head that hangs out and laces the glass like a pair of sneakers.

In a blind smell test, I would be hard pressed to pick which was which between this beer and a pack of thin mints (disclosure: I absolutely LOVE thin mints. Like, more than is healthy. If I had to choose between giving up thin mints for the rest of my life or giving up beer for the rest of my life... well, ok I'd probably give up the cookies, but I'd have to at least think about it). sweet dark chocolate, peppermint, some roastiness...

The taste has much of the same. The mint is less pronounced, but leaves a nice clean finish on the back end. The chocolate becomes more bitter cocoa powder/baking chocolate, a little burnt malts. mildly bitter.

very smoothe. The alcohol is a little more apparent than I would prefer, but by no means is it 'boozy.'

I really like what this beer is. This is not going to be for everyone, and it's not one I would necessarily drink alll the time, but it is a very well crafted beer featuring a set of flavours that are very near and dear to me.
If it sounds even the slightest bit appetizing to you I'd look for it.

 1,152 characters

Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this one

A - oil thick, pitch black with a big, brown head that has good retention

S - mint leaves, chocolate, roasted malts

T - huge chocolate, mint leaves, roasted malts, mild bitter finish

M - full bodied, well carbonated, warming alcohol

This beer was awesome! The chocolate was incredible, indulgent, impressive, and rich. The mint was heavy on the nose, but added a nice compliment to the chocolate in the flavor. This has tremendous drinkability for the ABV. If you like a chocolate stout or if you like a little something different, this is most certainly a beer that is worth trying. I am very impressed!

 648 characters

Photo of wordemupg
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle poured into tulip 26/4/13 cheers Rutager for sending me the bottle

A black liquid with an inch of cola edge, big loose mocha foam quickly ends up as a thick film that leaves lots of random lace

S peppermint girl guide cookies with some chocolate chip mint iced cream with just a little licorice and booze, not sure why but I'm loving it

T a little coffee and char from the dark roast but somehow takes away from what the nose was offering, what I could smells still there but the proportions are mixed up and I like the taste but the nose was great

M not as thick as the color would imply but far from water, bubbles almost cream it up and there's just a little heat, strange finish of minty char, reminds me of a chocolate mint Prime Time cigarillo with some coffee

O I could see this one getting a pretty wide range of ratings, interesting to say the least and if every aspect was as sexy as the nose this would be a world class beer

One of those beers where one sip its awesome and the next not so much, smells great and although its not lacking in any department there's room for improvement, strange but successful

 1,142 characters

Photo of Dope
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm just getting around to this one finally.

A: Pitch-black pour. Enormous and dense medium brown head. Head fades very slowly. Awesome head retention and surprisingly solid lacing too.

S: Huh, very interesting aroma. Lots of dark chocolate and mint. Kind of like a peppermint dark chocolate bark. Or a hot cocoa with peppermint in it. Quite unique and inviting if I'm honest.

T: Yup. Loaded with mint and dark chocolate. Bitter chocolate throughout the entire beer, the mint is mainly at the beginning and at the end. Lots of chocolate in the middle as it gets less sweet into the finish. Bitter mint lingers in the aftertaste, almost like a breath mint.

M: Medium bodied, smooth.

O: Really unique and delicious beer. The chocolate and mint is a perfect combination. Neither overpowers. Missing much roasted malt below it all but it's still excellent, if a bit one-dimensional. But hell, clearly it's intentional. It's a mint chocolate stout and it does what it says it is quite nicely. Like drinking alcoholic mint chocolate chip ice cream. It's tasty and a nice treat.

 1,078 characters

Photo of Reidrover
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from "Lifesource" Salem. $3.49 Pours elegant black with a small yet resilient bubbly tan coloured head. Minty,roasty,coffee aromas..nice. Typical roasty,deep dark coffee Imperial but with a fresh mont leaf taste running through it..always there..weaker at the start and stronger at the end..were also the chocolate ( milk) taste comes to the a good quality chocolate chip and mint ice cream! Luxurious palate creamy chocolaty minty smooth Great dessert beer

 480 characters

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip style glass. Liquid portion comes out pretty close to black in color. For all intents and purposes it's black, but realistically it's really dark brown, you can tell by the highlights. Dark tan colored head that provides some really good lacing to it.

Smell is really good, totally has both chocolate and mint smells. Pretty straight to the point, literally smells like a melted your peppermint patty. Smells really good, just doesn't smell like a normal beer, it's ok there's nothing normal about it.

Taste is good, a bit stronger than the smell. A bit more roasty than in the smell, you can actually detect some nice dark roasted malts. Plenty of chocolaty flavors, but more like coco than dark chocolate (though there is a slight bitterness from it too) then there's a nice minty flavor. Sort of a beers take on a cold mint hot chocolate, it really tastes good, just meant to be a dessert type beer.

Mouthfeel is good, full bodied without being too overwhelming. A beer like this you'd almost expect it to be like a melted chocolate bar, but it's not. It's still smooth with a good carbonation level. Starts sweet with a slight bitterness, then a nice warming effect from the mint. Very good, still very drinkable overall. In my opinion it's more of a sipper that you can split with someone (even if it's a 12 oz. bottle), but it's something a sweet beer lover can polish off on their own. Huge props to John for the hookup on this bottle. *Review'd this one from previous notes.*

 1,520 characters

Photo of neenerzig
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my snifter, this beer pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a nice tan head that is about 2/3 inches thick when poured. After a few minutes the head starts to settle down to a nice thick ring that lines the inside of the glass along with some swirls of foam here and thee on the surface of the beer. Decent lacing. Aromas of milk chocolate and mint, a hint of licorice, and some roasted malt notes. The taste is pretty much the same, milk chocolate and malt upfront followed with a bit of vanilla, roasted malts, perhaps a hint of coffee, a slight touch of licorice, and it is all rounded out with a nice citrus hop flavor with just a bit of bitterness on the back end. The flavors blend perfectly as the beer sits and warms up a bit. Absolutely fantastic! Has a crisp, yet smooth, somewhat chewy and sticky, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. The flavors like to linger on the palate for awhile after each sip. Awesome drinkability as the 9.6% ABV is well hidden. Drink this one while you can still find it!


 1,082 characters

Photo of facundoCNB
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a black pour with 2 fingers of fluffy tan head, excellent retention and excellent amount of lacing. smells of licorice, chocolate, mint, toasted grains. the mint is slightly subtle on the first sniff, but once you start sipping it comes out fully. the flavor up front is minty and chocolatey, hints of dark roasted grains and licorice ignite in the finish. a very robust stout. full body with moderate amount of carbonation. this would be an ideal dessert beer. a delight of a drink, this is not to be passed up if you can still get your hands on it.

 550 characters

Photo of farrago
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An aggressive pour yields a slow building finger plus of super dark brown foam, mix of all bubble sizes, the larger ones contribute to above average dimpling, the retention is fairly good and, although thin, there’s more lacing than one might normally expect from the beer type. Jet black liquid, fully impenetrable, very smooth in appearance though, as if highly polished stone. The nose is as advertised, bodacious mint and milk chocolate, smells straight out of a candy shop, if you focus hard you might also get orange peel, black tea leaf and some scone notes but this is mainly supposition. The palate is slightly more developed, full-bodied, the carbonation is a little lower than it needs to be to keep the pacing brisk. Oats, granola cereal, coffee bean, orange citrus and vanillin drift in and out, has more general stiffness, this evidenced by more bitter dark chocolate than milk chocolate presence. The mint remains close to overpowering, especially retronasally. Overall, has good balance and handles the ABV fine. If you really like mint chocolate you will really like this beer. I really like mint chocolate.

 1,126 characters

Photo of Rutager
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance. Pours thick and dark brown, pretty close to black in the glass and topped with a finger of thick tan head.

Smell. After 8 mints, some metallic hops and a bit of dark malt.

Taste. Dark chocolate and some kinda fake tasting mint flavour. There's some bitter grassy hops and a bit of dark malt as well. Some sweetness, but certainly not sweet.

Mouthfeel. Full body with below medium, smooth carbonation.

Overall. This was a nice experiment but to me, the sweetness should have been upped making this more of a desert beer than it is. Still not bad, but once was enough.

 585 characters

Photo of ummswimmin
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this bottle into a snifter glass and got two fingers of initial foam that died down really quickly. The coloring is very appropriate for "stout" (where no light is coming through).

You can really pick up the mint from this beer. I also get a healthy amount of chocolate and coffee in the nose. It plays pretty well together.

The flavor doesn't have quite the same amount of balance. You can definitely get the mint up front, and on the back end the coffee really comes out. I don't get as much chocolate in this beer. It is a little unusual, but a new/different opportunity.

I recommend buying a single bottle for a new experience.

 644 characters

Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist / Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout from Stone Brewing
4.07 out of 5 based on 732 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.