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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
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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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Ratings: 733 |  Reviews: 208
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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a brown head. In the aroma, a big roast, sweet chocolate and just a note of mint. In the taste, a sweet chocolate roast, with a burst of mint in the end. A minty bite and a medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a dry sweet chocolate and a small minty burn in the aftertaste. Like drinking a peppermint patty, a small alcohol presence, but mellow.

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Photo of muchloveforhops3
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of IPAs4lyfe
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Looks like an average stout, one finger espresso colored head.

S: Smells like roasty mint chocolate ice cream with a hint of fresh cream.

T: Sooo good. The perfect balance of mint chocolate and vanilla with roasted notes and a slight alcoholic bite and hop bitterness towards the end that balances wonderfully.

M: Medium bodied, subdued carbonation, very drinkable for an imperial stout. Alcohol is hidden well.

O: One of the better stouts I have had in some time. Great balance and perfect blend of flavors, I was impressed! A very enjoyable beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Maudite snifter. Pours pitch black with a half finger light brown head with good retention and nice lacing. Aroma of mint and chocolate with only a hint of malt. This smells exactly like a mint chocolate girl scout cookie. Uncanny. Flavor is a great combination of dark toasted malt, chocolate and menthol mint. Finishes with toasted malt, chocolate, mint and light hop bitterness. Very nicely integrated and the mint is at a nice level not to be dominant. Medium creamy bodied. This is a really nicely made and unique beer. I'm almost surprised they pulled this off so well but these are all great brewers/breweries and they did it. A great holiday dessert stout. It was on the market for only a nanosecond so I hope there are a few more shipments; I'd like to buy this again.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of hitter114
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a stella egg glass

A: very dark burnt brown minimal tan head
S: Smells like an RIS at first with roasty malt tastes and some booze, then you can most defiantly smell the mint or menthol smell
T: Very unique at first its very minty then finishes with roast and chocoalte, the mint doesn't overly stay on the palate, kinda strange though a little hard to get used to but unique non the less. Starts pretyy drinkable warms up a bit after a few sips
M: Really interesting. Crisp but then a hoppy bite on the tongue, the mint playing a huge role as well.

Overall I think this beer is a good unique beer, it is unlike anything ive ever tried. I think they executed it pretty well judging on the fact that it is a very specific taste to nail without overdoing it. at over 9%abv I'd say a good buy.

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

Bottle served in a Stone Guardian glass. Beer is black with a thin brown head, minimal head, minimal lacing, low carbonation. Looks good.

Beer smells like mint chocolate ice cream. Smells awesome.

Beer is medium in body, tastes like chocolate and mint. The finish is the downfall of this beer. It is thin and is very bitter on the back. I like everything about this beer but the finish. Makes it a little harsh. I'd consider having it again.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of MacQ32
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours damn near black into my oversized DFH signature glass. Aggressively poured resulting in 3 fingers of caramel/mocha cream head. Retention is great, still a dense half finger more than five minutes later. Lacing is fantastic and covers the glass.

S - Smells like delicious minty rocky road ice cream. Lots and lots of delicious sweet chocolate and maybe a hint of vanilla, mint is present after a few good whiffs.

T - Sooo good. Initially lots of chocolate and vanilla sweetness with fresh minty flavors making a noticeable appearance. Then it gets surprisingly very toasty and bitter (which I love). The roasts bitterness lingers all the way through the finish and carries a lasting aftertaste. Hoppy bitterness more so than roasts malts but it seems that a combination of both give the brew its bitter deliciousness.

M - Medium to full bodied, very very smooth. Minimal carbonation, an excellent drinking experience.

O - I was looking forward to this but really had no idea this would be as enjoyable as it is. One of my favorite stouts.

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4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Whiskey barrel aged stout for lunch. Mint chocolate stout for dinner. Damn I'm spoiled.

Seriously dark tanned head. Pours like chocolate syrup over ice cream. Slow and smooth. Pitch black with no perceivable lightness at he edges. Ominous.

Mint takes a minute to come through, but when it does its unmistakeable. Starts to come across as a chocolate covered peppermint candy. Hard to believe this is actually a beer.

Wow. Nearly a match in the taste. Somehow it still has quite a distinctive mint flavor. The chocolate is a bit less surprising, but just as, well, delicious. It also has some kind of cleansing bitterness but I find it hard to describe as hops. Maybe from the copious amount of dark/roasted malt or dark chocolate but it manages to restrain some of that sweetness from the residual sugar and alcohol.

Big, heavy, slick mouthfeel. Only knocking it down a bit cause I'd struggle to have more than one. Though I would certainly enjoy having another in six months or a years time. What a winner.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pitch black pour with a thin mocha colored head. Head clings to the glass throughout.

S- Huge fresh mint aroma up front with chocolate malt coming through as well. Smells just like a thin mint cookie.

T- Chocolate makes much more of an appearance in the taste than the nose. Chocolate up front with the mint coming in towards the middle and the finish. Very good combination of flavors.

M- Pretty good carbonation, but somewhat of a murky body. Not necessarily smooth, but not bad either.

O- A great take on two flavors you would think you would see more of together.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz.

Pours jet black with two inches of coffee-and-cream head that dissipates at a snail's pace. Fine carbonation in the head and clings to the glass as it goes down.

Smells like hershey chocolate and mild piney hops.

Tastes super-chocolatey with a glimmer of mint followed by a whisper of hop bitterness.

Full, creamy body with a mild texture of carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

This is decadent. Dessert in a bottle. A real treat, I would love to have this again and again.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of BigBarley
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Jet black, creamy tan head that recedes quickly, pretty basic stout look.

S - Sweet mint profile dominates, with an equally sweet chocolate note coming just below the readt. They come together in a way more reminiscent of Andes chocolate mints, then the ice cream smell I was expecting.

T - Mint up front, stout chocolate underneath, followed by the dry stout bitterness. Minimal alcohol presence, Hops come through every couple sips, giving the general bitterness of the beer a different note. Dark coffee notes come through as well, moreso when the beer warms to room temperature. Bitterness lingers on the palate. The effort to put out a mint chocolate stout flavor was successful.

M - Creamy, smooth, milky. Stout mouthfeel, about as smooth as any other imperial stout. Thick, enjoyable drinking, full of character.

O - Not a beer I'd drink daily. Not a beer I'd drink 6 of. But they really brought out a unique, accurate, mint chocolate beer. It tastes like what it's supposed to, while still maintaining loads of subtle character.

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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 733 ratings
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