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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by UCLABrewN84 on 09-22-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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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.

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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

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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.*

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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!


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Grey Sail pint.

Appearance- Black with thin mocha head that didnt last long, but left great lacing.

Smell- Chocolate mint up front, boozieness, dark roasted malts, possibly some light hop presence.

Taste- Wow. Chocolate and lights hops first, but quickly turns to mint. Gets mildly boozy and malty, then finishes with hops and mint.

Mouthfeel- Super smooth. Mild heat, but finishes with a mouth-cooling affect from the mint. Finishes super crisp!

Overall- I'm pretty surprised by this one. It's a real cool beer that tastes great as well.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Founders snifter on 1/3/12

The beer pours languidly; scorched brown in color. The head is slow to take off, but when it does, it reaches two and a half fingers. Thinner retention with ample amounts of lacing.

Chocolate and mint are, of course, the focal point of the aroma. They are so strong as to make the immediate area smell of mint chocolate candy; it makes me fondly remember the way Old Blue would fill the area it occupied with various and sundry internal combustion fumes. This seems really hoppy too, but I can't quite decide if I'm merely detecting the mint. Hints of dough.

One sip is all I need to reckon this is just really hoppy; it's the green, piney type of hoppy which seems to blend with the mint. The chocolate is fairly smooth all the way through the mid-section. From there, roast flavors are manifest in greater amount and the finish is burnt chocolate with hints of ash.

The medium-full body is viscous and rather inky. Moderately high carbonation keeps the feel on edge, which jives with the flavor profile. Boisterous yet balanced; I am impressed.

Wow, I'm floored by how good this is. I wish I had bought more of it.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4


A - Dark chocolate brown with a one finger head that fades away

S - Like a Andes candy with mint chocolate and a slight sweet cream it as well as cream

T - Like drinking a Andes mint a there is roasted dark chocolate with a good, but not overpowering, mint presence

M - Light body with a slight astringent roasted malt that lingers on in the finish 3.75

O - This is a good and interested beer that tastes exactly like you would expect a mint chocolate beer to taste.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at blind tiger- pours a rich black color with two fingers if mocha colored head, decent retention and solid streaks of lacing.

Smell is like a mint mocha- mint, chocolate and coffee, maybe a little hint of booze but nothing substantial.

Taste is complex and exceptionally well balanced. Roasted malts up front followed by the "thin mint" taste, then some coffee and then a little hop bitterness to make this one not too sweet. Excellent.

Mouthfeel is very nice- smooth, rich, full bodied and yet surprisingly drinkable (for a stout that is). Moderately carbonated. I would recommend this first and foremost because it is a great beer but also for its novelty. Cheers!

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Photo of oline73
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Pours almost black color with a nice layer of tan head. This beer has really nice chocolate/mint flavor to it. Mint scares me because it can make things taste like mouthwash, but that's not the case here. Reminds me of a thin mint. This is a really nice use of mint in a beer. Stone tends to be extreme, but they didn't overdo it here. There is a really nice sweet roast throughout that brings everything together.

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Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of mint leaves in the nose along with not some notes of roasted chocolate malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has more prominent flavors of roasted malts and a moderate amount of bitterness. The bitterness and minty flavors linger through the finish, which also has some hints of citrus and pine resin hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very minty and has a nice blend of roasted malts but it seemed like it could have used a little more chocolate and sweetness in lieu of bitterness to make this taste like one of those chocolate mints that they leave on your pillow at a hotel when the bed is turned down for the night. It is quite drinkable because the alcohol is well masked from the taste. However, the balance improves as the beer warms up.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Sierra Grille.

Poured into a snifter, pitch black body with a 1-finger tan head. It falls to a thick ring and a partial cap eventually.

Good, strong scent that is surprisingly well-balanced. Mint-chocolate candies come to mind, caramel, and molasses.

Taste follows well but not quite as nice as the scent. Definitely lots of milk+dark chocolates and caramel ruling here, mint is pretty obvious but it's not in the forefront, thankfully not overpowering at all, though after a while it gives off kind of a toothpaste vibe. Some bready notes there as well. Not much roast presence here at all, definitely a sweet beer.

Very slick feel with medium-low carbonation. A little hot on the tongue.

Very solid representation of a mint chocolate stout, it would be easy for a beer like this to be a disaster. Not something I'd want to drink often but quite good.

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Photo of corby112
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a thin, half finger mocha head that immediately settles into a thin ring.  Sporadic spots of lace left behind.

Sweet chocolate malt aroma with subtle roast but not much mint character.  Sweet baker's chocolate dominates the nose with cocoa, fudge and chocolate cake along with lactic sugars, toast and coffee bean.  After it warms, there's a very faint mint presence but it's overpowered by the chocolate, malt and lactic notes.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a stronger roast presence than the nose suggests.  Still, it has lots of sweet chocolate but there's also burnt toast, espresso bean and oatmeal.  Dessert-like chocolate cake and sweet malt flavors with lactic creaminess and sweet sugars.  Some burnt malt and earthy hop bitterness.  The mint comes in faintly towards the end of the palate but lingers well after with a cool, refreshing  finish.  Could use more mint but it's well balanced and the high abv is excellently  masked.  One of the better stone collaborations.

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Photo of jlindros
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darker creamy thick 1 finger head that fades slowly with decent lacing, over pretty much pitch black beer.

NOse wow mint, I didn't expect that much mint, a nice fresh peppermint, and with the dark cocoa it reminds me of the hot chocolate with a shot of peppermint schapps I like to do in the winter. Some dark cocoa, and hint of baker's chocolate, faint caramel and biscuit, touch of booze, seems like a creamy almost lactose chocolate. Just dominates with mint though.

Taste again brings mint and plenty of it, that fresh peppermint leaf, and again cocoa, dark chocolate blended with the mint, it really has a junior mint flavor nicely. Little caramel and biscuit malt again, as cocoa gets a little creamy and lactose like but not quite, then baker's chocolate and dark chocolate. Bitterness comes in, a light earthy and mint hop flavor, and bitterness from dark malts and the mint itself it seems. Creamy malts lead to a light powdered cocoa as it moves towards the finish, which is also creamy but slightly dry, plenty more cocoa, little caramel, mint is there strong as well still and lingers for a while, with a bit more earthy bitterness at this point.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, fluffy carbonation wtih tons of carb, just a faint hint of booze.

Overall interesting beer for sure, nice flavor of that mint cocoa, nice malts, nice hop addition too, drinkable as booze is hidden fairly well, and creamy, tasty, long lingering minty and hopy bitterness. Pretty tasty beer, but needs to be fresh.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Inky black on the pour with an inch and a half of brown head. Retention is good, thought the head does settle down after a bit. Thin but stubborn rings and spots of lacing attach themselves to the glass.

S: Fudge, chocolate syrup, brownie batter, coffee beans and a touch of woody roast. Fresh, broken mint leaves in the background. Very subtle and vague hint of darkfruit.

T: Chocolate syrup and brownie batter are all over the palate at the outset. Fudge and moist German chocolate cake. Very rich and desserty. Hints of roasted coffee beans, wood, and a touch of smoke begin to come out from behind the chocolate bomb. Plum and currant darkfuit timidly peek out as well. Well-hidden spike of spicy alcohol. Fresh mint comes around toward the back end and builds in intensity, providing a perfect counterpoint to the strong chocolate notes. Long, drawn out finish of rich chocolate, hints of wood and smoke, and delicate mint.

M: Rich, thick, and very well rounded in the mouth. A touch chewy, but not sludgy or weighty. Velvety, silky, creamy, and decadent. Low carbonation. Slight warming sensation in the swallow, but this certainly doesn't drink like a 9.6% abv beer. This is a hell of a mouthfeel.

O: This is an impressive beer. A rich, decadent dessert beer that reins in a hefty chocolate bomb with a pleasant contrasting mint flavor. I wish they'd put it into regular production. This has been my favorite Stone collaboration beer to date, and by a mile.

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