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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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
208
Ratings:
732
pDev:
12.5%
Bros Score:
4.05
 
 
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Ratings: 732 |  Reviews: 208
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of dirtylou
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single

appearance: served in an elysian snifter - big ebony body, dense chocolate foam suggesting moderately high carbonation

smell: mint, fudge, dark roastiness

taste: i've always enjoyed the concept of a mint stout (South Shore Brewery in WI brewed a few interesting ones) but have found that the mint comes off a bit too medicinal/artificial for my taste. rich fudgey flavors, herbal mint notes, char, bitter roasty finish

mouthfeel: creamy and rich, charred and bitter

overall: good stuff, but one is plenty

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Photo of dmorgan310
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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1/5  rDev -75.5%

Photo of JALIEN
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of portia99
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an Old Guardian glass.

A - Pours a deep black color, almost totally opaque, with a 2 finger cap of fluffy cappuccino colored foam. Head shows good staying power, managing to hang around for a couple of minutes before dissipating and leaving behind foamy lacing on the glass.

S - Lots of chocolate up front with a combination of dark chocolate and cocoa powder. Mint is there, but takes a bit of a back seat to the chocolate aromas. Also can find some dark roastiness, perhaps a bit of molasses and some licorice.

T - Mint really comes out in the flavor...cool, clean, a bit sweet. A burnt, black malt acrid bitterness plays off the mint up front. This is followed by a smoother, chocolate rich backing of cocoa and 70% cacao. Hops are not noticeable on the palette, nor are they necessary to enhance what is already there. Finish returns to a bit of a charcoaly acrid acidity which could be a bit smoother.

M - Medium full body...carbonation is light, hardly noticeable and just about perfect for this beer. Sharply bitter, acrid, burnt, charcoaly but layered with chocolate and softly minty. Smooth and a bit oily on the tongue...rich and worthy of dessert.

O - Quite interesting beer. Solid as an ashy imperial stout at the base with the additional complexity and dessert-like aspects of chocolate and mint that pair together so well. Personally, I would think mint would go better with a standard strength stout with an even heavier body, a bit less char, and more sweetness to play off of the mint more. Very good, but having brewed my own mint stout a couple of times, I have some built in biases and preferences coming into it.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.71/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz silk screened bottle into standard pint.

A: agressive pour got a finger of frothy rich milk chocolate colored head that took a good 15sec to appear. As it falls it is leaving sheets of sticky gooey lacing. A thick cap is left of the pillowy head. Completley opaque jet black. Even when pouring I couldn't see through this stuff.

S:mint first and foremost. Then hints of chocolate and roasted grain. Hardly smells like beer. the mint is too strong and sweet to get much else on the nose.

T: a burst of mint and dark chocolate up front hits hard and delicious. Then a wash of roasted grains screams "i am a stout". Finishes up the first sip with big coffee bean notes like biting into a chocolate covered espresso bean. The coffee bean flavor lingers FOREVER on the palate even as the alcohol burn comes and goes. this is a happy beer, dangerously delicious at 9.6% you just drink and drink and drink.

M: chewy, this beer requires a knife to cut it, it is so thick. The rich smooth mouthfeel makes the rich chocolate and coffee notes in this one extra good.

O: I love this! Picked up a few imperial stouts at a bottle shop in town and have really enjpyed them all, but this is a dessert stout like none other. Stone doesn't always impress me but this does. So good!

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

On Tap at Capone's.

Stone Mint Chocolate Chip Beer is a black stout. The body is thick and very black, nothing coming through the edges. A beige head about an inch up above leaving minor notches on the way down. Scent is what you would expect, mint, it hits the nose on impact with some cocco scent and roasted character. A bit of alcohol seeps through, but not the whole 9%. Tis the season. Thinking this would be a overly sweet cloying mess, I was surprised I was able to get through the glass. The mint while the main flavor, does not overpower the malt base and chocolate. This also has a hoppy middle that's subtle, and helps the sweetness subside. Feel is smooth, this goes down easy with a small carb popping off, just a bit of alcohol flavor which I feel is needed in this type of beer. This is a step up from DFH's Black and Red, the mint flavor is big, but not as cloying as you would think it could be. Good in small doses.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's for their Black Friday festivities and served in a Weyerbacher tulip.

Stone's collaboration Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout pours a solid black, with around a finger to a finger and a half of tan foam crowning the beer. Head retention is decent and lacing is left behind in thick rings. The nose has an intoxicating blend of aromas, with cocoa powder and fresh mint leaves swimming together, led by the former. Flavor wise, this is basically an Andes mint in a glass. Bittersweet dark chocolate is the highlight, witha supporting mint nite that's easily noticeable, but not overbearing. The mouthfeel us superbly dialed in. It's a little on the dry side for a stout, but that compliments the flavor profile wonderfully. The carbonation is spot on subtle, just barely there. This Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout is easily one of my favorite of the Stone collaboration brews.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is as expected. I get a lot of wintergreen mint character as well as a lot of roasted malt and chocolate. The flavor is more of the same. The mint character melds well with the chocolate, tasting a bit like Thin Mints. The mint provides a cooling quality that I find interesting. There is also some roasted malt, but this is all about the chocolate and mint. The alcohol is very well hidden. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Knapp85
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured out as a very deep black color with a creamy tan colored head on top. The retention and lacing we very good on this beer. Very sticky lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer has a great balance of natural mint and cocoa on the nose. There isn't much malt coming through though. The taste is very good too, it tastes how it smells. Lots of mint blended with a dark rich chocolate flavor. There is a hefty amount of bitterness in there also. The mouthfeel was smooth, oily and almost a little on the gritty side but perhaps that was just yeast from the bottom of the keg coming out of the line. Overall, it's a stunning beer... It's much more balanced than Red & Black from Dogfish Head. It tastes better from start to finish. This is a very good brew and deserves to be tried especially during the winter months.

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of ikantspel
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a triple karmeliet tulip. where is my snifter?

pours a oily black color with a small tan head, lacing all around

chocolate, cocoa, and some oak tones in there

bold chocolate taste almost too overpowering but not quite. roasty and oak in there but the mint creeps up from the backround in the aftertaste.

definitely full-bodied. overall i like how the mint didnt come in too strong but rather complimented the chocolate overtones

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4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque, nearly black color with faint cola colored glints around the bottom edge when held to the light. It showcases a thick, rich mocha colored head that retains well. Some light notes of milk chocolate with sorghum in a soup can emerging more boldly. The nose, however, is quite mild, given the style. The mouthfeel is very pleasant. Creamy and thick, balanced by a hop heat and mild carbonation bite. The hop is, once again in a Stone product, overrepresented in this beer. However, to a much less degree than so many of their other offerings. I guess they have their cult following for just that reasons. Hop gluttons. Aside from that, the mint chocolate presents very cleverly. I'm impressed with how well they engineered this beer for the mint chocolate to emerge the way it does. I'm giving it an extra half point on taste just for that reason.

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3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into Founders snifter.

A- Pours a jet black with a half finger of creamy slightly foamy mocha brown head that recedes fairly slowly and leaves some spotty layered lacing. Decent carbonation of consistently rising carbonation bubbles.

S- Dark chocolate, roasted malts, some mint that balances with the chocolate and almost gives a bourbon characteristic to the aroma due to the sweetness and high abv. Smells good and is a little bit above average aroma strength.

T- Dark chocolate, some very light hops, a faint roast, finishes with some leafy almost medicinal mint (which comes out more as it warms) with a light bitterness. Mint lingers as a light aftertaste. Flavors blend nicely together however the mint is a little bit too leafy and prevalent for my taste and in my opinion takes away a little bit too much from the chocolate stout qualities.

M- Medium bodied, nice carbonation, easy to drink.

O- This was a nice brew, however it was just a little bit too minty for my taste especially as it warmed up in the glass. It was a nice concept and very interesting to try, but probably not something that I would like to drink all the time. I'd recommend trying it out especially if you like mint, but I wouldn't recommend buying a ton of bottles.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist / Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 732 ratings
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