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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
732
Reviews:
208
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
12.53%
 
 
Wants:
112
Gots:
100
For Trade:
2
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Ford
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

Wow.. the smell of this is off the charts... has me thinking of chocolate chip mint ice cream... mmmm

Taste isn't much different.... so dang good. WIsh I could have found some more of this. I have one bottle left and I want to save it for a special occasion.

Yeah. you can taste mint and chocolate all over... so delicious.

I need to get my friend to make ice cream with this.. or maybe I'll use the last in a shake... or I should probably just enjoy it the way it was meant to be enjoyed...

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a deep black w/ a rich mocha head.

Aroma is roasty and strongly bitter. Smells more like a coffee stout. Picking up just a hint of mint and chocolate.

Taste is also roasty and bitter, supported by deep dark chocolate with a subtle cool mint twist. The mint is felt almost more than it's tasted.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, a little oily. Coats the palate.

Overall a unique beer, but probably not one I'd feel the need to drink again.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of zachary80
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz into a Globe. No visible date; I believe it is only a few weeks since purchase.

Pours black with nice brown head, very good retention for an imperial stout. Good lacing.

Smells exactly as expected for a chocolate mint stout - chocolate roastiness quickly followed by a moderate mint and some sweetness. Reminiscent of how an Andes mint tastes.

This one is much more bitter and dry than expected. Bittersweet chocolate is strong up front, with the bitterness driven by high roast. Mint comes through at the end and lingers for awhile alongside the roast.

Very dry, hard to tell how that is related to the high bitterness - it does seem viscous, but dry. So not necessarily needing to be heavier, but smoother in some way. Carbonation seems perfect and alcohol is nowhere to be found, which is nice for the higher abv.

Overall this is a very manageable mint stout that could be greatly enhanced by some added sweetness and/or reduced bitterness.

Addendum: Let this sit out for a while, and the balance didn't seem to change too much, other than the body gaining some weight and maybe some sweetness...just a little less bitterness/roast and this would be all I would expect from a mint imperial stout. Taste/MF bumped up .5 but not enough to make it a 4.5 overall.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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

Mint. Chocolate. Stout.
Yes please!

And like any fantasy of a chocolate mint stout should, the beer pours with a lush onyx-black (lack of) color that's beautiful and highly seductive. A creamy whipped head of mocha separates from the beer and both laces and retains brilliantly. To the eye, the beer does all that large stouts demand.

The succulent aromas melt the sense of smell and weaken the knees as the candy-ish scent of dark chocolate and mint wrap around deep toffee and espresso roast notes to perfection. Roasted nuts and slight smoky-sweet scents complement the balance ideally. The beer really does smell like a dessert, just with a backbone of stout.

Nearly as seductive to taste as it was to sniff, the flavors of roast projects first and foremost. It layers upon a quiet underpinning of burnt toffee, walnuts, and cocoa. But then the middle palate really opens up with bittersweet chocolate, spearmint, and peppermint for a winter-fresh taste that massages the sweet tooth. It's rich elegant taste is absolutely sublime.

Dense in texture, there's enough creamy and velvety malt to support the sharper roast edges and dampens the roast astringency. This keeps the focus on the spice and herb additions even as the malty textures recede and the alcohol dryness and warmth rise. The beer finishes long, roasty, and semi-dry as to meld into the next sip seamlessly.

The beer gives just enough of a dessert-like character to make me want more. But giving me more would disrupt the balance and push further away from its bold beer character. Yes, I would prefer a smoother, silkier, more velvety and milky taste and texture that's less rough- but then I'm asking for a culinary delight meant for a plate and not a glass. This constant yearning makes this beer great!

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.58/5  rDev -12%
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...

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3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into my over-sized HF wineglass.

Appeared a dark brown/black color with a nice looking 1 finger light brown head.

Smelled delicious, like a muted version of a peppermint patty. Some alcohol could be detected.

Taste...well...not very good. At first I thought I was drinking it too cold, so I let it sit for a bit....not much improvement. The mint is far too overpowering. Tastes like you are drinking mouthwash. The chocolate needs to be much more prevalent for this to taste remotely good. Yikes...

Mouthfeel was a bit thin.

Overall a major miss IMO. I am not sure what type of mint they used but it is far to astringent and offensive to make a good mixture. I love the combo of mint and chocolate and was hoping this would be delicious....

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout in a snifter glass. I'm pretty stoked.

Pours jet black with two fingers of light brown head. Deflates slowly and leaves thick lace along the way.

Dark chocolate, lightly charred roast, mint aromas, piney hops, buttercream, and hints of stone fruits. Oddly fresh in the aroma with the peppermint. Smells fascinating.

Peppermint and dusty cocoa upfront with cream and notes of char and roast. Softer notes of pine and pithy bitterness and light lactose. Tasty impy.

Creamy body with that melty ice cream kind of feel. Spot-on carbonation keeps you drinking. What an exquisite sipper!

Toned-down alcohol and unique flavor. One kickass stout. I love it when even Stone exceeds my expectations.

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2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

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