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 woosterbill
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a 3F wine-style glass. Thanks Tony!

A: Black with brown highlights, thin light-brown head; nice spotty lace.

S: Dark chocolate, herbal mint, and faint fruitiness. Interesting but not terribly appealing.

T: Follows the nose, but perhaps a bit richer with the chocolate. Mint midway through and a dry, bitter finish. Ok, not the best.

M: Creamy carbonation in a medium body. Solid.

O: A little disappointing, but still quite drinkable.


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Photo of BS-
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pitch frickin’ black with a modest but bubbly tan head that fizzled to a thin ring around the glass. It actually looks a lot like the Dog A, if I remember right.

Sweet, candy-like mint chocolate with hints of bitter burnt malts and loads of melted sweet milk chocolate. The alcohol starts to get noticeable as the beer warms.

Deep, rich, sugary burnt malt notes with sweet chocolate overtones. Mint comes in soon after with hints of roasted bitterness and some bitter hop notes. Some smattering of tanginess and melted chocolate along the way. Finishes with sweet velvety chocolate, a bittersweet presence and a minty, mentholated coolness at the back of the throat. Some alcohol presence but not reflective of the staggering 9.6%.

Rich, syrupy and smooth, but almost too carbonated. Just almost.

I really like this beer. Sweet without getting cloying; rich while eschewing being nauseating. A real class act. A damn good beer.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Thick, syrupy, black. Head is a tannish brown. An aggressive pour yields a monstrous creamy head. Drops to a small cap and fluffy collar in short order. Super sticky. Lacing galore. Some deep browns when held to light.

Smell: Sweet mint. Deeply roasted and slightly burnt. Creamy, like an Andes Mint or York Peppermint Pattie. Backing alcohol. Legit smells like a booze soaked Thin Mint. Pretty sure this is candy. Dark chocolate. Semisweet chocolate chips. Slightly roasted.

Taste: Roasted malt. Slightly burnt. Chocolate and lots of it. Milk chocolate coupled with a building dark chocolate/cocoa edge. Peppermint sticks. Thin Mint cookies. Lingering alcohol. Some dark fruitiness in the back, but it's minor and not distinct. Some backing char. Mildly sweet mint, not overbearing. Burnt sugar, overcaramelized.

Mouthfeel: Coats the mouth. Thick and syrupy. Minimal carbonation. Smooth and creamy. Lingering roasty dryness.

Overall: If the Girl Scouts sold this, we'd all be wasted.

A solid showing, but not the best collaboration to date. A boozy Thin Mint, and that's ok. I can work with that.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours black as night, with a thick tan head that is slow to settle. Great head retention and beautiful lacing.

S: Mint up front, with dark chocolate following close behind. Also has notes of coffee and some dark fruit character.

T: Much like the smell, but much more intense. Rich dark chocolate, mint, and espresso notes dominate. Finish is very clean with a pleasant mint character.

Notes: This full-bodied stout is rich in flavor, and a very pleasant surprise. One of the best flavored stouts I have had to date! Wishing I had more.

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Photo of Drunk_And_Sarcastic
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

S - Initial smell is dark chocolate with some bitter coffee notes. Next comes a subtle wave of mint and vanilla notes. Smells like a mint chocolate candy.

T - This stout is packed with flavor! You immediately get lots of dark chocolate followed by very bitter coffee and dark roasted malts. The finish has a hint of vanilla and mint. As the beer continues to warm and reach appropriate temperature, the mint becomes more and more noticeable.

M - Full bodied but I find it a tad over-carbed initially for my liking. The finish is silky smooth.

O - I loved all things mint chocolate chip as a kid so this is a personal favorite for me. Stone really packed a lot of flavor into this imperial stout. The bitter notes may be off putting for some but I find it adds some complexity to it. Overall, if you like any combination of mint and chocolate I highly recommends this as an amazing desert pour.

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Photo of GiantMidget
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was given to me by an employee of Bryn Mawr beverage in PA.

He said it was a legit stout worth trying and I was excited to crack into this one!

Poured into a pint glass to allow adequate breathing, pretty rapid pour as well.
The mint and chocolate emanate and remain. About 2 finger brownish head that stays as a sticky lacing throughout.

First sip gives me the full mint chocolate flavoring with a quite bitter aftertaste. Almost overpowering. However each subsequent sip this dissipates. I'm thinking maybe I got some residue that settled or just the sweetness of the mint took over after each mouthful.

This is VERY good. I was concerned it would be too sweet as some chocolate stouts tend to be. But it really isn't. The collaboration by Ken Schmidt is effective in the uniqueness as well as balanced and mixed well.
Well masked ABV as well.

If you are given a chance to try this, I recommend.

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Photo of wedge
3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Impenetrable black body under a solid, creamy caramel colored head that fades to a milky cap and deposits some lovely rings of lacing on the glass. The aroma is pure, clean mint chocolate...exactly as advertised. Lots of icy-sweet aromas along with nougat and a whiff of vanilla. Taste is bigger with a load of rich chocolate malts spiked with peppermint and booze. Pretty damn tasty to start, but then an astringency comes into play and, mixing with the alcohol, makes the finish far less pleasant that it should. I think, surprisingly (or maybe not so surprisingly), the hops are a little too prominent, adding too much bitterness and contributing to the long, lingering aftertaste. I'm happy it doesn't seem to be over the top with sweetness, but the finish is killing me. Pretty full bodied and dry. Shit, it's just not as good as it should have been.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

L – Black color with a big 3.5-finger frothy, very creamy, tan head. Fantastic retention and some awesome sheet-like lacing.

S – It smells like exactly what’s on the bottle: mint chocolate. There’s a hint of molasses and some roasted barley but this is mostly mint and chocolate.

T – It starts off sweet and spicy with mint chocolate, followed closely by a nice bitter blast of roasted malts. The roasted character is much more prominent than it was in the nose.

F – Full-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky and velvety smooth mouthfeel, and a mildly bitter and very cool minty finish. Cool mint lingers nicely.

O – This is a nice imperial stout. The mint is much more prominent than I thought it would be, making this a unique take on a chocolate imperial stout. It’s not very complex but it’s definitely a well-crafted and drinkable beer, especially considering the ABV.

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Photo of TBoneJones
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout
Pours deep black with a nicely tanned caramel head, not a thick one. Settles fairly quick.
Smells like mint chocolate chip, with a nice bitter cocoa presence. Still, very minty fresh smelling!
Chocolate malts up, with a healthy balance of that mint i might add, up front here in the taste... then gives way to the bitter cocoa in the finish. There's a heat in the end, a drying aspect, alcohol. I think the mint use is great, but as a stout I just wish it didn't end so dry and earth-hoppy/ chalkish. Would like a sweeter brew.
Mouthfeel is thick enough and smooth, ample carbonation and lacing coating the pint glass I'm using for this collaborative specialty stout. Overall this one is a winner. Seek it out even if just for a holiday treat.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A very nice pour, starting with a 50/50 mix of tan foam and black liquid; in the time it took me to type this far, the balance shifted to 25.75 with the head leaving some clumps of lace behind

Smell: Unmistakable mint tones blend with the chocolate and black bread

Taste: BIttersweet chocolate and mint, up front, with black bread and bitter hops building in the middle; in a bottle that I tried shortly after it was bottled, the mint flavor got a little overpowering, after the swallow, or perhaps the chocolate just receded; letting it age another 18 months produced a much more balanced finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: A beer to let sit on your tongue a bit as it demonstrates the different taste bud receptors - the ones on the front and tip detecting the chocolate and the mint, and the ones on the sides, the bitter elements; mixing it all together too quickly does not allow the beers' better aspects to shine; I bumped up the scores by a couple of notches after tasting the bottle with some aging

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Photo of cmak316
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is definitely an after dinner beer. Its strong flavors and aroma go great with similar flavors of this brew, or perhaps an old fashioned doughnut.

The second time around having this beer, first time was three months ago, the strong (almost too strong) mint flavor overpowering the beer has mellowed to a nice balance with the roasty, chocolate, coffee flavors which contribute to an overall complex yet decipherable taste.

Again, six months after the initial review and the stout sitting in my appropriated refrigerator, the flavors mellow down and blend into a decipherable symphony of wonderful sensations. The mint no longer overpowers the coffee and roasty notes and is a very good beer. Would go excellent with vanilla ice-cream.

Black mahogany color, leather colored head with a lacy feel, and a unique silky mouth feel make this a wonderful stout.

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Photo of liamt07
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Steve, 12oz into a tulip.

Dark brown body with brownish head. Nose of cocoa, some roast and dark chocolate. Leafy and mild mint character, sorta like fresh spearmint gum. Taste has loads of dark chocolate and leafy mint flavours in the mid palate. Roast and more chocolate into the finish. Fairly bitter finish, medium body and alcohol is well hidden. A unique offering, well executed mint flavour, any more would've been too much.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some dark amber highlights and moderate amounts of visible carbonation near the surface. The beer has a finger tall creamy dark mocha head that slowly reduces to a very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a couple of small thin patches of medium sized bubbles and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed,

S: Moderate to strong aromas of mint and chocolate (almost the exact same smell as thin mint girl scout cookies) with some lighter notes of roasted malts. There are some very very light notes of alcohol.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of dark roasted malts that then leads into some strong rich dark chocolate and peppermint. Very light notes of roasted coffee and caramel sweetness with a little bit of pine hoppiness int he finish. Moderate amounts of bitterness in the finish which lingers.

M: Full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy, almost velvety with some light notes of dryness and alcohol heat in the finish.

O: I'm surprised at how well balanced this mint chocolate stout is... it sounded really delicious and delivered which is really great. I think the mint really complemented the nice rich chocolaty flavors of the stout. Definitely enjoyable and worth getting.

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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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Photo of draheim
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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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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Photo of BEERchitect
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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Photo of TMoney2591
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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Photo of TWStandley
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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Photo of thecheapies
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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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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 -10.3%
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 Scotchboy
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
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 -15.2%
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%
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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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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