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

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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)

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Added by UCLABrewN84 on 09-22-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured out as a very deep black color with a creamy tan colored head on top. The retention and lacing we very good on this beer. Very sticky lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer has a great balance of natural mint and cocoa on the nose. There isn't much malt coming through though. The taste is very good too, it tastes how it smells. Lots of mint blended with a dark rich chocolate flavor. There is a hefty amount of bitterness in there also. The mouthfeel was smooth, oily and almost a little on the gritty side but perhaps that was just yeast from the bottom of the keg coming out of the line. Overall, it's a stunning beer... It's much more balanced than Red & Black from Dogfish Head. It tastes better from start to finish. This is a very good brew and deserves to be tried especially during the winter months.

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Photo of ikantspel
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a triple karmeliet tulip. where is my snifter?

pours a oily black color with a small tan head, lacing all around

chocolate, cocoa, and some oak tones in there

bold chocolate taste almost too overpowering but not quite. roasty and oak in there but the mint creeps up from the backround in the aftertaste.

definitely full-bodied. overall i like how the mint didnt come in too strong but rather complimented the chocolate overtones

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Photo of DocJitsu
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque, nearly black color with faint cola colored glints around the bottom edge when held to the light. It showcases a thick, rich mocha colored head that retains well. Some light notes of milk chocolate with sorghum in a soup can emerging more boldly. The nose, however, is quite mild, given the style. The mouthfeel is very pleasant. Creamy and thick, balanced by a hop heat and mild carbonation bite. The hop is, once again in a Stone product, overrepresented in this beer. However, to a much less degree than so many of their other offerings. I guess they have their cult following for just that reasons. Hop gluttons. Aside from that, the mint chocolate presents very cleverly. I'm impressed with how well they engineered this beer for the mint chocolate to emerge the way it does. I'm giving it an extra half point on taste just for that reason.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into Founders snifter.

A- Pours a jet black with a half finger of creamy slightly foamy mocha brown head that recedes fairly slowly and leaves some spotty layered lacing. Decent carbonation of consistently rising carbonation bubbles.

S- Dark chocolate, roasted malts, some mint that balances with the chocolate and almost gives a bourbon characteristic to the aroma due to the sweetness and high abv. Smells good and is a little bit above average aroma strength.

T- Dark chocolate, some very light hops, a faint roast, finishes with some leafy almost medicinal mint (which comes out more as it warms) with a light bitterness. Mint lingers as a light aftertaste. Flavors blend nicely together however the mint is a little bit too leafy and prevalent for my taste and in my opinion takes away a little bit too much from the chocolate stout qualities.

M- Medium bodied, nice carbonation, easy to drink.

O- This was a nice brew, however it was just a little bit too minty for my taste especially as it warmed up in the glass. It was a nice concept and very interesting to try, but probably not something that I would like to drink all the time. I'd recommend trying it out especially if you like mint, but I wouldn't recommend buying a ton of bottles.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a brown head. In the aroma, a big roast, sweet chocolate and just a note of mint. In the taste, a sweet chocolate roast, with a burst of mint in the end. A minty bite and a medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a dry sweet chocolate and a small minty burn in the aftertaste. Like drinking a peppermint patty, a small alcohol presence, but mellow.

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Photo of IPAs4lyfe
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Looks like an average stout, one finger espresso colored head.

S: Smells like roasty mint chocolate ice cream with a hint of fresh cream.

T: Sooo good. The perfect balance of mint chocolate and vanilla with roasted notes and a slight alcoholic bite and hop bitterness towards the end that balances wonderfully.

M: Medium bodied, subdued carbonation, very drinkable for an imperial stout. Alcohol is hidden well.

O: One of the better stouts I have had in some time. Great balance and perfect blend of flavors, I was impressed! A very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Maudite snifter. Pours pitch black with a half finger light brown head with good retention and nice lacing. Aroma of mint and chocolate with only a hint of malt. This smells exactly like a mint chocolate girl scout cookie. Uncanny. Flavor is a great combination of dark toasted malt, chocolate and menthol mint. Finishes with toasted malt, chocolate, mint and light hop bitterness. Very nicely integrated and the mint is at a nice level not to be dominant. Medium creamy bodied. This is a really nicely made and unique beer. I'm almost surprised they pulled this off so well but these are all great brewers/breweries and they did it. A great holiday dessert stout. It was on the market for only a nanosecond so I hope there are a few more shipments; I'd like to buy this again.

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Photo of hitter114
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a stella egg glass

A: very dark burnt brown minimal tan head
S: Smells like an RIS at first with roasty malt tastes and some booze, then you can most defiantly smell the mint or menthol smell
T: Very unique at first its very minty then finishes with roast and chocoalte, the mint doesn't overly stay on the palate, kinda strange though a little hard to get used to but unique non the less. Starts pretyy drinkable warms up a bit after a few sips
M: Really interesting. Crisp but then a hoppy bite on the tongue, the mint playing a huge role as well.

Overall I think this beer is a good unique beer, it is unlike anything ive ever tried. I think they executed it pretty well judging on the fact that it is a very specific taste to nail without overdoing it. at over 9%abv I'd say a good buy.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle served in a Stone Guardian glass. Beer is black with a thin brown head, minimal head, minimal lacing, low carbonation. Looks good.

Beer smells like mint chocolate ice cream. Smells awesome.

Beer is medium in body, tastes like chocolate and mint. The finish is the downfall of this beer. It is thin and is very bitter on the back. I like everything about this beer but the finish. Makes it a little harsh. I'd consider having it again.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours damn near black into my oversized DFH signature glass. Aggressively poured resulting in 3 fingers of caramel/mocha cream head. Retention is great, still a dense half finger more than five minutes later. Lacing is fantastic and covers the glass.

S - Smells like delicious minty rocky road ice cream. Lots and lots of delicious sweet chocolate and maybe a hint of vanilla, mint is present after a few good whiffs.

T - Sooo good. Initially lots of chocolate and vanilla sweetness with fresh minty flavors making a noticeable appearance. Then it gets surprisingly very toasty and bitter (which I love). The roasts bitterness lingers all the way through the finish and carries a lasting aftertaste. Hoppy bitterness more so than roasts malts but it seems that a combination of both give the brew its bitter deliciousness.

M - Medium to full bodied, very very smooth. Minimal carbonation, an excellent drinking experience.

O - I was looking forward to this but really had no idea this would be as enjoyable as it is. One of my favorite stouts.

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Photo of joecast
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Whiskey barrel aged stout for lunch. Mint chocolate stout for dinner. Damn I'm spoiled.

Seriously dark tanned head. Pours like chocolate syrup over ice cream. Slow and smooth. Pitch black with no perceivable lightness at he edges. Ominous.

Mint takes a minute to come through, but when it does its unmistakeable. Starts to come across as a chocolate covered peppermint candy. Hard to believe this is actually a beer.

Wow. Nearly a match in the taste. Somehow it still has quite a distinctive mint flavor. The chocolate is a bit less surprising, but just as, well, delicious. It also has some kind of cleansing bitterness but I find it hard to describe as hops. Maybe from the copious amount of dark/roasted malt or dark chocolate but it manages to restrain some of that sweetness from the residual sugar and alcohol.

Big, heavy, slick mouthfeel. Only knocking it down a bit cause I'd struggle to have more than one. Though I would certainly enjoy having another in six months or a years time. What a winner.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pitch black pour with a thin mocha colored head. Head clings to the glass throughout.

S- Huge fresh mint aroma up front with chocolate malt coming through as well. Smells just like a thin mint cookie.

T- Chocolate makes much more of an appearance in the taste than the nose. Chocolate up front with the mint coming in towards the middle and the finish. Very good combination of flavors.

M- Pretty good carbonation, but somewhat of a murky body. Not necessarily smooth, but not bad either.

O- A great take on two flavors you would think you would see more of together.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz.

Pours jet black with two inches of coffee-and-cream head that dissipates at a snail's pace. Fine carbonation in the head and clings to the glass as it goes down.

Smells like hershey chocolate and mild piney hops.

Tastes super-chocolatey with a glimmer of mint followed by a whisper of hop bitterness.

Full, creamy body with a mild texture of carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

This is decadent. Dessert in a bottle. A real treat, I would love to have this again and again.

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Photo of BigBarley
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Jet black, creamy tan head that recedes quickly, pretty basic stout look.

S - Sweet mint profile dominates, with an equally sweet chocolate note coming just below the readt. They come together in a way more reminiscent of Andes chocolate mints, then the ice cream smell I was expecting.

T - Mint up front, stout chocolate underneath, followed by the dry stout bitterness. Minimal alcohol presence, Hops come through every couple sips, giving the general bitterness of the beer a different note. Dark coffee notes come through as well, moreso when the beer warms to room temperature. Bitterness lingers on the palate. The effort to put out a mint chocolate stout flavor was successful.

M - Creamy, smooth, milky. Stout mouthfeel, about as smooth as any other imperial stout. Thick, enjoyable drinking, full of character.

O - Not a beer I'd drink daily. Not a beer I'd drink 6 of. But they really brought out a unique, accurate, mint chocolate beer. It tastes like what it's supposed to, while still maintaining loads of subtle character.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass.

A nice cocoa and espresso like colored head. Coffee like looking brown crema top with about two fingers of bubbles. Body is a dark walnut brown/black quite dark and fairly standard opaque.

Nose is advertised. Mint comes across as vanilla menthol, sort of those Andes like candy chocolates, sort of silky. A nice menthol warmth too, I really like this it's just that the chocolate angle seems kind of ordinary. No major complaints that's for sure.

Palate though is a bit acrid and sour. A slight sour, and real big bitter tinge on this of hinting burnt grain. Mint action lingers on the finish mixing with some type of hop bitter angle, possibly grapefruit. Interesting, but it feels a little off kilter. Warmth brings a much more controlled palate as subsequent sips bring out less bitter, allowing the chocolate and mint to dominate. Mouthfeel seems slightly thin but it's a minor thing.

Overall I wasn't getting that impressed on first sip, but it got considerably better the more of it I had over time.

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.27/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

After the pour the head just kept growing to well over two fingers. Foam is a stout standard cappuccino color. It sticks around a while and leaves decent lacing when it leaves. Aroma is of Andes mints, chocolate, and some nuts. Really just what you would expect. Flavor is way too burnt for me. Roasted chocolate, coffee, and not a lot of mint. I am not digging this. Mouth is too drying but nice carbonation.

Overall it started off well but fell downhill quick. Bitter and burnt.

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Photo of Keffa
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Live review.

Bottle purchased at Winerak, poured into my 18oz snifter.

A: Pours a pitch black, 4 finger dark tan head tinged with a pinkish/red at the bottom, settles in about 2 minutes, but leaves lacing everywhere from very micro sized bubbles. Legs on the glass when tilted. Nice retention to the head. Very nice looking beer.

S: Wooo buddy, I bet this is hoppy. Herbal hop is up front, along with roast and a little chocolate, though not to the extent that you'd expect from the name. Mint is buried in the background with a little alcohol heat.

T: Yep, hoppy. Super bitter, herbal and resinous hop mixes with a little chocolate, a lot of roast, a little ash, and hidden in the back is that elusive mint. It's almost like they added the mint as a cooling effect to try and balance the amount of hops. A little alcohol heat detectable, but doesn't detract from the flavor. This one could use some time to mellow, but then that mint would probably disappear completely.

M: Oily, coating, but thin for an imperial stout. Nice carbonation though. Finishes bitter and long.

O: Pretty solid for what it is. A little less hops (did I really just say that?!?) might make this one better.

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Photo of bifrost17
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a brandy snifter

A: Just as you would expect, pitch black, not quite opaque, but very dark. Really nice looking light brown head. Tiny hints of red at the bottom of the glass. Leaves some really awesome web lacing on the glass.

S: Wow!!! Andes mints!!! This beer smells incredible! Up front it smells like taking a handful of fresh mint leaves and rubbing them around in your hands, followed by a rich milk chocolate scent, almost like a Hersheys milk chocolate bar. I get a slight whiff of the alcohol at the end, but I like that smell in imperial stouts, and at 9.6% I'd expect to detect hints of the booze.

T: The taste doesn't quite match up to the smell. I get the mint up front, then a little bit of the chocolate in the middle and then it all kind of dies out at the end. Seems to be that the taste is a little more muted than the nose. I like that the mint is kind of subtle, and really enjoy the mint aftertaste it leaves in my mouth. Alcohol is very well hidden, only a slight warming on the way down.

M: So damn nice. Silky smooth, velvety, almost chocolate mouse like character. Not overly carbonated, yet not flat. Perfect balance.

O: I've been dying to try this beer, and it did not disappoint. I picked up 2 bottles today, one to drink now, and one to save for another time, but I think I'm going to have to track down some more bottles because I'm going to be too tempted to drink the other bottle that I have. Big thanks to Ken Schmidt for coming up with such a beautifully balanced, and well crafted beer, and also thank you to Stone, and Iron fist for being able to re-create it on a commercial level so we could all try it.

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Photo of bonkers
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter, jet black with a thin white head. Big hint of mint on the nose, some chocolate. It taste a little like mint chocolate chip ice cream, but with a pleasant bitterness. The mint lingers for a bit. IMO the body is a bit thin, light carbonation, no detectable alcohol. I liked it but did not love it.

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Photo of whoneeds8
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass deep black with a thick brown head. Great lacing all the way down the glass. Scent is strong of mints and chocolate malts. I almost also sense a marshmellow scent as well. The taste lives up to the name, it's mint and chocolate. There's a slight hint of hop bitterness. The body is thick as it should be, but alcohol burn is a little high. Overall: I really wish they'd make more of this.

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

A: Poured a tame black liquid as it should with a small off-white head that dissipates quickly leaving a small dirty white cap, minimal lacing

S: Big roastiness and cocoa upfront with a good dose of mint playing backup.

T: A great tasting, dark chocolate, light coffee and roastiness with a good healthy amount of mint to keep it nice and drinkable. The finish is rather clean, tasty while the body is full.

M: Nearing full bodied, well carbonated, cocoa, mint and coffee dance on the palate

O: A good beer that good have gone wrong. The taste is good, no major flaws and the ABV was pretty well hidden.

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Photo of sukwonee
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok, this beer is amazing. Let me just start there.

12oz bottle poured into my brandy snifter

A: Black as in... black body with about a half a finger light brown head that lasts a long long time. Good amount of lacing.

S: Straight forward. Dark chocolate and mint. Some hops. Smells like chocolate mint ice cream.

T: Wow... chocolate, mint, roasty malt, bitter hops towards the end, perfect amount of minty-ness and sweetness... amazing. Some folks may be put off by the mint taste (because it's definitely there) but I think it really adds to the flavour without being artificial.

M: It's thick, chewy, nice. Relatively god amount of carbonation for the style.

O: wow. I am so glad I picked up multiple bottles. I may try to go get more. I am not a big mint chocolate flavour person, but this beer is just awesome. I actually think that over time, this beer will even be better as the mint flavour mellows out (as... again, I am not a fan of mint flavoured.. anything).

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Photo of AdamBear
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark brown, almost black with a thin tan head

S-fresh chalky cocoa, with a hint of mint, but just a hint. mostly a pretty decent milk chocolate scent. medium strength

T-comes in with a deep roasted taste of cocoa, almost like really thick chocolate milk. this taste lasts well in to the after-taste. there's a certain freshness in the after-taste that might be considered minty. if i wasn't looking for mint, i wouldn't taste it at all. it has a good chalky thickness though that really sticks to the inside of the mouth. there's just a small bitterness in it. its awesome.

M-really thick and chalky. heavy carbonation with a semi-dry finish

O-this is actually a really good stout. the part of me hoping to try something odd and exciting was let down, as the mint didn't quite make it to the field. the part of me hoping for a decent beer was quite pleased. this is awesome, i wouldn't even attach the mint title to it. just called in the awesome chocolate stout. really though, it tastes like a carbonated chocolate milk shake. easy drinking, i'd love to share this with some one.

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Photo of gtermi
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a nice dark black blody with a barely existent tan head that quickly fades to nothing.

S: I am getting a strong amount of chocolate and mint. It smells a lot like mint chocolate chip ice cream. I freaking love the smell of this beer. Now I will be freaking out till I get some ice cream.

T: Wow this is freaking delicious. The mint is perfect in this beer. The beer has a strong chocolate flavor too with a strong amount of bitterness. The mint doesn't last as long as I would want though because the chocolate starts to overpower the flavor. I also feel the bitterness mixes well with the sweetness.

M: There is a strong amount of carbonation and crispness on the back of the throat and all over the tonuge. It feels pretty thin, but pretty drinkable.

O: This is one of the best Colabs Stone has ever done. The flavors are exactly what I wanted out of this beer. Good job Stone, Ken Schmidt and Iron Fist... This is a world class beer IMO

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Photo of Danny1217
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a finger of brown head. Decent retention and lacing.
Smells of chocolate, coffee, mint. A bit of a roasted character to the smell.
Surprisingly bitter for a mint chocolate stout. Nice roasted character. The mint isn't too overpowering, which is what I feared. The flavors are nicely balanced. The chocolate is done very well too, being strong but not overbearing. Very nice taste. Heavy body and medium carbonation.

Definitely worth a try, but not necessarily worth going out of your way to get again at the price, unless you're a big mint chocolate fan.

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