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

Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist / Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial StoutKen Schmidt / Iron Fist / Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout
732 Ratings
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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Ratings: 732 |  Reviews: 208
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Kate the Great snifter.

Appearance - Jet black with a head that almost overflows my glass. Settles with nice lacing and a khaki collar.

Smell - Mint chocolate chip ice cream. Incredible. Stronger on the fudge than the ice cream would be, but it's spot on.

Taste - The mint is less dominant here and the chocolate aspects prevail. Bitter coffee malts balance it. The finish is strongly bitter and roasty. Develops into a dry bitter stout at the end.

Mouthfeel - Chewy, medium-high body. It's not a huge stout, but it drinks like some of the big guys. The bitter finish is a little harsh and detracts from the dessert aspects of this. Maybe that's the point.

Overall - Love the mint. I thought it would be gimmicky, but it's a great combination of flavors. Now, how would a barrel affect this?

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Photo of dhbiker0889
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark brown pour. Two finger brown head. left a brown lacing

S- Very heavy on the mint and the chocolate. Not too much else there

T- Minty up front and all the way through. Can taste the chocolate and a little bit of the booze. Kind of a cold burn.

M- A little heavy and kind of thick.

O- Worth a try just because of how interesting it is. Pretty tasty.

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of SkeeterBoganski
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to a snifter. This beer is oil dark with a really light brown quarter inch foam head. It smells like a lighter version of mint chocolate ice cream, with darker chocolate notes present. The roasted and dark roasted melts are all over this beer, presenting some pretty significant bitter cocoa notes, a touch of coffee or espresso, and just a whimsy of mint. Mouth wise, this is a little chunky and chewy, with some advanced carbonation for the style: sweetness leaves quick with bitter lingering; overall, a pretty interesting beer that is pretty well-balanced; both primary flavors are present wo being overpowering; the bitter doesn't beg for craving more. It's hard to notice any heat.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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1/5  rDev -75.5%

Photo of cosmicevan
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

picked up locally, enjoyed from a spiegelau glass.

a - brew poured a deep shiny black with a finger or so of dark tan bubbly head that hung out a little bit and then left thick chunky lacing on the glass where it once resided.

s - wow. mint chocolate chip. spot on. just like that green ice cream. impressive.

t - the flavor is not as spot on with the mint chocolate chip as the nose is, but it's there. it is blended with some roasted and black malts. it is not bad, but this is definitely an odd combo for a beer.

m - good carb, but a bit on the fizzy side. the flavor is very interesting and leaves an odd aftertaste. a bit dry on the finish.

o - overall, smells incredible, but the flavor is weird for a beer. i can definitely see some people flipping out for this beer, and as a fan of the mint chocolate chip flavor as a whole i was definitely excited to give this a try. the mission is accomplished, but not in the fashion that it was accomplished by the bruery with white chocolate. i definitely support these kinds of experiments but this was a novelty for me that i won't be seeking out again.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of beerhan
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Super thick black with a fluffy cocoa head.

S-Smells like a lemon pepper zest with some alcohol and milk chocolate.

T-A subtle mint taste lingers with some dark chocolate notes. Very roasty but more of a tootsie roll flavor with some nuttiness in the background than mint chocolate.

M-very nice creamy rich mouthfeel. Slightly more carbonation than I would have like but it works.

O-Very decent beer overall, I think a little more mint and less carbonation would be nice but for 3.99 I think it is a very nice experimental beer.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bill for this one. 12oz. bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

.5 finger creamy dark mocha head with moderate retention. Beer is pitch black though a touch thin. Stringy lace with average stick and nice legs. Solid.

Mint is immediately apparent in the nose. Background of roasted malt, chocolate, fudge and cocoa. Nice. Tough just like the appearance, a bit thin.

Opens chocolate and fudge. Big mint notes from start to finish. Some cocoa makes this a touch coarse. Almost like an Andies mint but a bit more bitter. Finishes chocolate, mint and cocoa with a sweet, fudge aftertaste. The mint is a nice touch and definitely very different. But I'm not a huge fan of it.

Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Oily and smooth in the mouth and warm going down with the slightest touch of heat. Messy finish with a long, lingering, sticky aftertaste. Drinks nicely.

I was a bit skeptical of how much mint would show up in this brew initially but after trying it, I'd have to say I'm impressed. Mint is incredibly apparent and adds a dimension I've never tasted before. I'm not a huge fan of the flavor all things considered but this is a very well crafted beer that showcases its main flavor admirably.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: jet black ink with a firm head of dark foam; nice persistence and lacing

S: cocoa and black espresso, but there is a lightness and brightness of mint that lifts the nose

T: the mint is light in touch, and it is suitable for the beer - typical flavors of dark and roasty chocolate malts and bitter espresso are accnted with a light, dry mint finish; starts sweeter, finishes drier

M: medium feeling body, minimal carbonation, nice finishing aftertastes of bitter dark malt and fresh mint

O: a very nicely done beer. Wasn't sure how I'd feel about the mint, but it was handled well and it pays off. Mayeb not a beer that blew me away, but a well-crafted and crisp-tasting stout - recommended.

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

A chilly bottle is poured into a small goblet.

The beer us quite dark and has nice chocolate brown foam head on top.

The nose has aspects of mint of chocolate, but I don't think this beer smells like an Andes mint. It is more chocolate malt than milk chocolate.

The biggest flavor is creamy, bitter chocolate. Behind this is a some cooling mint. Flavors of milk chocolate linger after I swallow.

The beer is full-bodied and carbonation is average. It is a little sticky, but I don't find it distracting.

I've never had a mint chocolate stout before, and while I like this beer, I think I prefer a standard Imperial stout. I've never been a huge fan of mint though. For what it is, this is an impressive beer. If you don't like mint, you may not enjoy this one.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of unclejazz
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very large head. 3 fingers of tan head with good lacing. The mint in prevalent in the nose along with roasted malt notes. The taste leads with a bittersweet chocolate followed by the mint. Good effort, but this just does not work. Heavy viscous mouthfeel and a nice tang from the mint. I applaud the effort, but this is just not a great flavor combination in a beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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