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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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours an opaque near-black color with a massive cap of brown head. Retention is sick and the lacing even sicker! My glass looks like an ant farm…

The mint is hovering somewhere between mint and basil and the chocolate is dark leaning with a fairly low amount of sweetness. Bready, powdered cocoa with maybe a hint of licorice.

Taste throws down with a more 'leafy' mint flavor and the chocolate is dark as can be and very decadent, still maintains a low sweetness profile, which is ok with me for this beer. The hops don’t shy away from adding a bitter kick on the back end of this thing, do they? The mouthfeel is full-ish but not a part of the beer you tend to pay attention to. I can’t decide if some cellar time would improve this or not...the mint might fade, which would be a bummer. This is one of the best Stone collaboration beers I have had; I would pick up a couple more if I saw it, though the price tag is a tad steep.

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Photo of bradfordjohnson
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of HalfFull
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a globe glass. Pours an inky black with a two finger, did I just say that?, cap of foam. Retention until the cows come home kind of stuff going on here.

Aroma is candy like with dark bakers chocolate and green mint coming forward. And with lots of coffee notes to boot.

Flavor is solid and with mint notes galore. The finish does confound a bit but then the 9.6% is well masked by the delivery.

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Photo of MagillaGriller
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of irishgreensoda
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of brentusaurus
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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

Bottle shared by Tom. Served in a mini-pint glass.

A - Tan foam settles to a thick collar, wispy partial cap, and minimal lace. Dark brown body with some ruby-brown highlights at the edges of the glass.

S - Mint and chocolate, although the mint isn't overpowering like some of the other beers I've tried of this ilk. Fairly sweet, with hefty doses of chocolate, caramel, and molasses. Alcohol is well-hidden.

T - The taste is also heavy on the chocolate, with notes of dark bread and milled grains. The mint shows up at the back end and complements rather than overpowers. Not much alcohol presence.

M - Full bodied, with lower carbonation. Chewy texture, not much alcohol warmth, mildly sticky finish.

D - I liked this beer quite a bit. It's got good balance and well-integrated flavors, and never comes off as gimmicky or heavy-handed. A pleasant surprise, and I beer I'd happily drink again if it hadn't been recalled from the Chicago market. I'm curious who already had the local trademark registration, as I've never seen another bottled beer like this on the shelves here.

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Photo of ant880
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of DNICE555
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of arfenhouse
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A Dark black. Didn't get much of a head maybe about 1/8th of an inch even with a semi-vigorous pour. Has a decent amount of retention.

S: Smells like a mint-chocolate brownie with some alcohol in the background.

T: Has the flavor of a typical imperial stout. Very sweet upfront with bitter end. Chocolate throughout. The mint flavor was much weaker than I was expecting.

M: Syrupy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Weird cooling sensation on the tongue.

O: Pretty tasty, sweet, strong brew. I'd grab one or two more.

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Photo of HopJack
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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

Motor oil thick pour yields a near light proof black beer with a medium sized brown colored head.

Smell is chocolate and charred malt and then the mint. Strong aroma of smoke here wonder if the used smoked malt.

Starts out mildly sweet with a strong mint chocolate flavor right from the start. Charred malt is a close second in the flavor department. Alcohol is completely hidden but the mint and chocolate are very much the main flavors. A very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is very full.

Overall this is one damn tasty beer and I want another but I only bought one and the shop is 1000 miles west, damn.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Gmann
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with some brownish highlights along the edges. The head is huge and fluffy with good retention. Seems to be leaving tons of chunky lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of dark chocolate and cocoa nibs. The mint is subtle but noticable. Definitely has an Andes Candies thing going on. Very nice.

The taste is of Andes Candies as well and then some. Strong dark chocolate and cocoa presence. Has a cocoa powder taste. The mint is herbaceous and strong as well but fades in the end. The mint is a bit odd, not what you would find in a peppermint patty. Big roasted flavor in the back end that would rival a good RIS.

Moderate to well bodied with prickly carbonation. Starts off sweet and a tad sticky but ends with a strong roasted bitterness that lingers on the palate.

A good, interesting stout. Not sure I would want more than one of these in a sitting or more than 8ozs really.

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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

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

12 ounce bottle, procured at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY - 2012 Stone Collaboration.

The pour is the expected near black, boldly dark tan head, that stays nicely. leaves a tight, thicker film, heavy collar, dense sheeting, more then ample webs of lacing. Solid looking imperial stout.

Suprise mint, chocolate and a hint of coffee grinds on the nose.

More mint on the tongue with chocolate in close formation. Flavorful and complex. Dense waves of mint in the midsection. Dark chocolate finish, with some more coffee bitterness shining through.

World class sipper, perfect christmas dessert beer/nighcapper.

Put a few bottles away and pair this with a decadent chocolate dessert....

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2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of Immortale25
3.35/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a snifter. Bottle says 2012.

A- Pours an opaque black color with a 1/4 inch dark tan head that retains slightly before winding down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and plentiful wisps of surface foam. Strange column formations of lacing like I've never seen before that adhere slightly to the glass.

S- Yep, just like a York peppermint patty. The mint is sweet and not overpowering. The chocolate is certainly more emphasized which is a plus for me.

T- Oof. The mint makes the beer seem more boozy than it should. Way more mint in the flavor than the aroma. The flavors clash harshly making it difficult to drink. Tastes like a York peppermint patty with a hot, astringent overtone. There's also a capsaicin burn that adds a layer of flavor but is also unwelcome. It's like pepper and mint instead of peppermint if you catch my drift.

M- Stinging and hot with a slight creaminess and medium carbonation. Full body.

O- Well, shit. Started out promising but, once it hit my tongue, I knew it wasn't for me. I'm not a fan of mint chocolate and the only reason I bought it was because my girlfriend wanted to try it. So glad she's here to finish off the bottle cuz, otherwise, I might've drainpoured it. Not necessarily bad, just not my thing. Maybe some age would make this beer more manageable. Definitely not spending another five bucks to find out.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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

This is a beer devoid of color. I don't even get anything against the light. Head looks silky and and dense, but dissipates quickly. A good amount hugs the glass, but leaves the beer bald. Very little roasted malt aroma, mostly sweet milk chocolate and a healthy amount of sweet mint. All the roastiness is in the flavor. Bitter bakers chocolate and dark coffee fades to milk chocolate and confectioner's sugar. The bitterness and sweetness mix, yielding an Andes mint and espresso mix on the tongue. I wouldn't think of hops if not for the bitterness. I'm thinking they just used American hops for bitterness, ad I can't taste it and it's not in the aroma. The feel is slightly viscous, but hides the ABV and amount of malt put into this well. Finish is balanced. While an intriguing idea, I wish there was mint in the flavor. As an imperial stir it's just ok. I like more leather and darker complexities, less sweetness.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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

Pours a black in color with not even a hint of light coming through. Beautiful web lacing on the glass but not a lot of head at pour. Smells malty - some chocolate and roasted malts. Flavor is very nice with mint and chocolate all clearly coming through on the front side with a pleasant lingering malt flavor on the back. Well done and perfect for the season!

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of twelveinches
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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