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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Ratings: 732 |  Reviews: 208
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.34/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours black with a medium tan head. Smell is not particularly appealing, the mint smells a bit like soap/cleaning products and really overwhelms whatever roasted malt there is beneath. The flavor is better, but still not great. It tastes a bit like an Andes mint, but less sweet and with a slightly-off, artificial mint flavor. The finish is nice and roasty, but it doesn't make up for the sketchy opening flavor. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, I was excited for this beer and it really failed to live up to expectations. The mint just did not work as well as I had hoped and came off a little too artificial tasting. The smell especially threw me off.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle purchased at freshcraft in lodo.
Poured into snifter a deep black with tan head gone quick. Crazy chocolate aroma with loys of mint a roasted coffee malts.
Taste is nice bitter roasted chocolate malts but followed by mint and some residual sweetness. Really perfect balance...this could have gone soutb quick but its really great. Perfect winter desert...

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, poured into a tulip

Pours an ink black with a creamy khaki cap that rose about a finger. A steady retreat to form a thin collar of foam. Light spider web lacing inside the glass.

The nose is full of rich chocolate. A mix of milk chocolate and fudge with mint leaves and roast underneath. The chocolate is front and center.

MInt comes through more on the palate. Rich chocolate flavors throughout with lingering mint. Similar to an Andes candy. A pretty damn good mix of flavors. A little bit of ash/char comes out as it warms up a bit.

Smooth, lush, and creamy. Medium to full body. The finish is some lingering fudge with prominent mint.

They pretty much nailed the flavor profile. Solid mix of chocolate and mint. Very enjoyable. Great as a dessert beer but fine on its own.

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

Pours a rich looking pure black...slight brown head that stays put longer than expected.

Smell is dark chocolate, some sweetness, and hints of mint. A solid IS smell.

Taste is lots of chocolate upfront. No real sense of alcohol. Mint works its way in towards the end but is pretty subtle. Overall taste like a real solid chocolate stout with a hint of mint thrown in on the back end.

Mouthfeel is very smooth. Slightly thin, but very easy to drink.

Overall this is a solid beer and not as gimmicky as I was afraid it was going to be. Worth trying out if you get a chance.

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of cpetrone84
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pour is jet black with a dark caramel head. Nose is deep roast with lots of mint and chocolate behind. Taste is more balanced and decadent, rich chocolate and mint akin to mint chocolate chip ice cream, with light roasted more balanced in the taste. Body is huge, thick and creamy, strong carbonation and very heavy.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of Rifugium
3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: bottle from Capone's, Norristown, PA
This review: on tap at Capone's

I found this beer to be pretty lousy in the bottle, so I figured I'd give it a try on tap. It was better, but not by a whole lot.

Once again, a solid black pour, a small beige cap that receded to a tiny ringlet. Aroma of dark roasty malts and cocoa, definitely a bit of mint in there, which was not in the bottle at all. The taste was better, displaying a closer sensation to an Andes mint, though more on the chocolaty side, with the mint present but mostly subdued. But, like the bottle, there was still a heavy bitterness in this that was very uncomfortable and made drinking any more than a sampler size impossible for me. Very unbalanced. The mouthfeel was a bit better, standing at about medium, with the booze being better concealed and the chocolate coming out more. Decent overall, but not something I'd go for again, now that I've had both serving types.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 11.19.12

A - Pours a very dark brown with a very dark foamy brown head with good acton and retention.

S - Lots of chocolate, some roasted malt and slight mint.

T - Chocolate and mint, tastes like a jr mint.

D - Good carbonation and a heavier body.

O - As described, but somehow not as tasty.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of chugalug06
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thick, black, motor oil pours from the bottle. A thick, foamy, brown head rises from the brew. Lacing is near perfect, small and circular.

Very minty, like an Andes Mint.. Light milk chocolate, bready, and roasty.

It's like mint chocolate milk. Amazing. Carbonation appears to be high, but feel perfect and low. Bitterness is near nonexistent, but a slight rubbing alcohol feel comes out at the end. Sweetness is perfect and should not be altered. Flavors of mint are nowhere near over powering, very relaxed and well thought out. The chocolate is also very light and well done.

A brilliant brew! Amazing recipe, well thought out and blended very nicely. It's almost a good as it could possibly get, only minor tweaks could improve it's mouthfeel. I'm also torn if I appreciate it's (lighter) aroma or if I wish it was slightly less minty. This has got to be one of Stone's best Collaborations. Highly Recommended!!!

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

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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