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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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Stone / Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist  Mint Chocolate Imperial StoutStone / Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist  Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout

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Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

Collaboration with Iron Fist Brewing

Added by UCLABrewN84 on 09-22-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 735 |  Reviews: 209
Photo of mjw1200
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of thecheapies
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Photo of arash1000
2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Fry, er, I mean Tyrsis for hooking me up on this trade! Mint chocolate is my favorite ice cream, and I like stouts, and I liked pouring creme brulee from Southern tier on ice cream, so this sounded like it was up my alley.

Pours out very dark brown, thin beige head on the top of the beer, no more than 1/4". Didn't do a whole lot in terms of lace or retention. Aroma, nicely minty, not heavy handed with it, ample chocolate aroma as well, its dark and bitter chocolate in the aroma (and taste).

Taste, it was a little different, took a second to get used to, but ultimately my mouth got used to drinking a high alcohol chocolate stout with a definite wintergreen mint type of presence to it. Was actually kinda dry without a ton of sweetness, I was expecting ice cream type sweetness, but this was very dark chocolate I suspect that lends itself moreso to being dry and bitter moreso than sweet. The body of the beer was just a tad thinner than I think would be ideal for it. Very minor complaint, if you can even count it as being such a thing. Good roasted malt presence minimized slightly by the mint chocolate. Slightly more bitter than expected, who knows, maybe Stone still kills it with the hops even in this beer, or maybe its really a big contribution from the dark bitter chocolate and malt.

Totally wouldn't mind if they made this every year. They should. Hire Ken Schmidt already and make this year round. Same with that Kona one he did.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

consumed 12/26/12

Appearance: Black, with a tan head - starts off somewhat dense, fades quickly to a small ring, not much of a cap - leaves a nice web of lacing

Smell: Thin mint cookies and alcohol - sweet mint with dark chocolate and semisweet chocolate chips - malts are somewhat one dimensional, if you could describe a cookie as one dimensional - light, sugary sweetness and cookies that were dumped in spiced rum, or maybe a spicy mint liqueur

Taste: Girl Scout thin mints and a shot of liquor, in other words, "breakfast of champions" - potent mint, like a stick of gum - sweet, lightly sugary - dark chocolate, lightly sweetened - somewhat rich malts, taste is seriously reminiscent of a thin mint cookie, with some chocolate cake - lacking any other depth - a strong, remarkable undercurrent of booze, tastes higher than 10% ABV - some bitterness, mostly in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, smooth, slick, oily, some alcohol burn in the aftertaste

Overall: A different kind of thin mint

This is both charming and somewhat unpleasant. The mint and the chocolate are nice, but there's way too much booze. I'm glad I had a chance to try this, but I don't think I could drink a ton of it. Maybe it will improve with age.

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Photo of hopswap1
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Scotchboy
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Awesome 12oz bottle sent from Adam (thanks man!) poured into my Hair of the Dog snifter.

A: Very dark opaque pours with a dark head that is nearly brown and some good lacing.

S: Big cocoa and milk chocolate, mint and peppermint, a bit herbal with a moderate hop presence, lots of roast and hints of char.

T: Follows the nose, mint and chocolate intertwine, herbal notes and some hop character play well off of the peppermint; char, roast and a slight alcohol burn on the finish. Finish is bittersweet with peppermint and espresso.

MF: Creamy moderate body with a drying finish.

O: Pretty good stout that I believe does what it sets out to do. Pretty minty and full of chocolate and roast flavors. Flavors are relatively sharp and unique, definitely a nice sipper and nightcap beer.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thick pitch black pour with a quickly fading one finger tan head with no lacing. The mint really dominates the nose along with hints of dark chocolate, mocha, and booze. If they were going for mint chocolate chip ice cream, they definitely nailed it. The taste is much the same with the mint building as it warms. Some nice roasty chocolate notes along with some espresso and a touch of licorice. The taste is more like an After Eight mint. The mouthfeel is thick, syrupy, and oily with a bitter, slightly chalky finish. Overall, this is a really well conceived beer, but just not my cup of tea. I'm not a big fan of mint and chocolate paired together, and this is incredibly rich with both.

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Photo of AilidoBrew
2.89/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

poured into duvel tulip and Chouffe miniTulip

A: big and dark pretty head thick but dissipates quicker than you'd expect; still slower than a lager or pale ale but quicker than it's creaminess implies

S: not much: underwhelming; light

T: didn't notice any mint but my brother did, I'm the beer geek and I'm introducing him to craft but different people pick up on different tastes so i wanted to note that. Could be that the hops overwhelm because it was a lot hoppier than I would have expected and it was much more up front than most beers, and I mean "up front" physically on the tongue, front third and concentrated on the tip, the most dominant flavor overall for me was burnt coffee.

M: silky and smooth; would have matched my perceptions for this beer

O: I was underwhelmed by this beer. It was good but not worth $4 a bottle we sell it at and we are the cheapest. The price wasn't the problem for me. It was the lack of a stand out mint character. It had so many of the parts but didn't come together for me.

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Photo of 3SH33TS
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of kylemckinnis
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of TrickkyGangsta
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of blindpiggie
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of TheBrewo
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was served from the bottle at the Tap and Mallet Vertical Epic tasting event. It arrived in a tasting glass, showing a deep black coloring, with lighter browns around the edges. A brief half finger head of medium brown bubbles gave spots of lacing. Light haze was noted throughout, with flecks of sediment suspended about. Carbonation appeared average. The aroma gave chalky chocolate malts, thin mint spiciness, toffee bite, tootsie roll sweetness, light booze, faint coffees, and light medicinals with warmth. Our first impression was that there was nice mint to the flavoring, but it wasn’t enough to hold against the sweetness of malts and candy toffees. The beginning opened with tootsie roll sugars, chocolate roast, salt, honey, and coffee metallic malts. The peak came smoothly, with fresh mint leaf, milk chocolates, booze, and more depth of coffee malts. Those aromatic chalky chocolates were revived through the finish, with more of those same coffee malts, lactics, and dried yeastiness. The aftertaste breathed of mint like crazy, toffee and tootsie rolls, lighter milk chocolates, metallic yeast, and faint booze. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. The feel gave a wet, syrupy, and juicy start, followed by roasty dryness on the back. There was nice slurp, smack, and pop to each sip. The abv was fine, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, the best thing about this beer was the ingenuity of it. The mint was a nice refresher for the taste buds and very nice to that, but we do wish it was stronger to hold against the onslaught of chocolate and brown candy sugars through the flavoring. This was true in the nose as well, although the aromatics gave more robust spiciness than in the taste. This is an interesting beer to try if you can find it, but don’t expect it to be the amazing mint chocolate candy beer that you’re looking for.

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Photo of fehrminator
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of whodeyvols
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of archero
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of chippo33
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of MuddyFeet
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pairs nicely with Milky Way minis. A nice one-bottle beer but a six pack would be too much

Dark brown in color. Brown head that never quite dissolves. Legs coat inside of the glass. Mint chocolate chip is my go-to sundae. And that is the beer version with a bit more mocha and the malty accompaniment. Heavy mouthfeel that coats the mouth. Nose is minty and mocha.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 12/18/12 notes. Order a bottle of this at Beer Authority in NYC; 12 oz. bottle into a glass. Been wanting to try this one since I heard about it.

a - Pours a pitch black color with one inch of dark tan head that quickly leaves and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of mint, candy, roasted malts, chocolate, peppermint, pine, toasted malts, bitter chocolate, and light coffee. Pretty nice and interesting; smells like mint chocolate, as expected and hoped.

t - Tastes of bitter chocolate, roasted malts, mint, peppermint, milk chocolate, pine, burnt malts, toasted malts, coffee. Follows the nose pretty closely; pretty nice overall.

m - Light, thin body and moderate carbonation. Some bitterness as well due to the bitter chocolate taste I think.

o - Overall an interesting beer that I would guess hit what they were going for. Nice mint chocolate smells and tastes which work well together, though the body is a bit thin. I would have liked it to be a little sweeter rather than bitter, but still nice. Cool to try, bet this would go well as dessert with some iced cream.

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Photo of Pecan
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of cfrobrew
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle into a jester king glass

A it looks pitch black with a light brown head. Small bubbles
S strong mint and chocolate smell
T the taste is similar to a Girl Scout peppermint party stout I had in colorado. It has a strong mint chocolate taste. Not nearly as strong as a typical imperial. Not overly malty, which is nice.
M not as thick as most imperials. Nice stout feel, very smooth.
O great desert beer. I like it a lot, I wouldn't drink gallons of this but I would certainly have it again and would love to brew a clone!

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Photo of tln13
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of cheribom
2.25/5  rDev -44.9%

Photo of stakem
3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a matching Stone pint. Big thanks go to BA anotherjoe who sent this one my way as a much appreciated extra in our recent trade. The brew pours black in color with a finger of brown head resting atop. The cap is composed of rather large bubbles and as it fades, it leaves a webbing of lace sticking tot he glass.

The aroma has hints of ande's chocolate mints along with a familiar tangy alcohol component and dark roasted grain. There is a little bit of a black licorice candy character present blending into some earth and tobacco. I cant help but be reminded of that one brew stone did for their 12th anniversary (i think?) the chocolate oatmeal stout. Towards the back, as the brew warms up, it has a bit of peppermint quality.

The taste is a bit unexpected. It displays a pretty big pine-like hop bitterness that transitions into a flavor of burnt, ashy and bitter grain. There is a bit of peppermint inclusion that mixes with the alcohol and it really gets exaggerated and warms up across the back of the throat. Some hints of roasted coffee and bitter cacao blend into some earthiness and trace amounts of black licorice towards the finish. The combination of peppermint and pine-like hops is a bit much.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. This is an interesting brew that I am sure will be a big hit with some people. I just couldnt get into it. The pine-like hops, the bitter roastiness of the grain and the mint inclusion just make for an experience I just didnt enjoy all that much. I wanted to like this, I really did but I guess mint in beer just isnt my thing. Regardless, I am super appreciative of the chance to try this. Thanks again Joe!

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Stone / Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 735 ratings