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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
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:
733
pDev:
12.25%
Bros Score:
4.05
 
 
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of imbibehour
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass.

A nice cocoa and espresso like colored head. Coffee like looking brown crema top with about two fingers of bubbles. Body is a dark walnut brown/black quite dark and fairly standard opaque.

Nose is advertised. Mint comes across as vanilla menthol, sort of those Andes like candy chocolates, sort of silky. A nice menthol warmth too, I really like this it's just that the chocolate angle seems kind of ordinary. No major complaints that's for sure.

Palate though is a bit acrid and sour. A slight sour, and real big bitter tinge on this of hinting burnt grain. Mint action lingers on the finish mixing with some type of hop bitter angle, possibly grapefruit. Interesting, but it feels a little off kilter. Warmth brings a much more controlled palate as subsequent sips bring out less bitter, allowing the chocolate and mint to dominate. Mouthfeel seems slightly thin but it's a minor thing.

Overall I wasn't getting that impressed on first sip, but it got considerably better the more of it I had over time.

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of RuckusDu
3.27/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

After the pour the head just kept growing to well over two fingers. Foam is a stout standard cappuccino color. It sticks around a while and leaves decent lacing when it leaves. Aroma is of Andes mints, chocolate, and some nuts. Really just what you would expect. Flavor is way too burnt for me. Roasted chocolate, coffee, and not a lot of mint. I am not digging this. Mouth is too drying but nice carbonation.

Overall it started off well but fell downhill quick. Bitter and burnt.

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Photo of Keffa
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Live review.

Bottle purchased at Winerak, poured into my 18oz snifter.

A: Pours a pitch black, 4 finger dark tan head tinged with a pinkish/red at the bottom, settles in about 2 minutes, but leaves lacing everywhere from very micro sized bubbles. Legs on the glass when tilted. Nice retention to the head. Very nice looking beer.

S: Wooo buddy, I bet this is hoppy. Herbal hop is up front, along with roast and a little chocolate, though not to the extent that you'd expect from the name. Mint is buried in the background with a little alcohol heat.

T: Yep, hoppy. Super bitter, herbal and resinous hop mixes with a little chocolate, a lot of roast, a little ash, and hidden in the back is that elusive mint. It's almost like they added the mint as a cooling effect to try and balance the amount of hops. A little alcohol heat detectable, but doesn't detract from the flavor. This one could use some time to mellow, but then that mint would probably disappear completely.

M: Oily, coating, but thin for an imperial stout. Nice carbonation though. Finishes bitter and long.

O: Pretty solid for what it is. A little less hops (did I really just say that?!?) might make this one better.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of bifrost17
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a brandy snifter

A: Just as you would expect, pitch black, not quite opaque, but very dark. Really nice looking light brown head. Tiny hints of red at the bottom of the glass. Leaves some really awesome web lacing on the glass.

S: Wow!!! Andes mints!!! This beer smells incredible! Up front it smells like taking a handful of fresh mint leaves and rubbing them around in your hands, followed by a rich milk chocolate scent, almost like a Hersheys milk chocolate bar. I get a slight whiff of the alcohol at the end, but I like that smell in imperial stouts, and at 9.6% I'd expect to detect hints of the booze.

T: The taste doesn't quite match up to the smell. I get the mint up front, then a little bit of the chocolate in the middle and then it all kind of dies out at the end. Seems to be that the taste is a little more muted than the nose. I like that the mint is kind of subtle, and really enjoy the mint aftertaste it leaves in my mouth. Alcohol is very well hidden, only a slight warming on the way down.

M: So damn nice. Silky smooth, velvety, almost chocolate mouse like character. Not overly carbonated, yet not flat. Perfect balance.

O: I've been dying to try this beer, and it did not disappoint. I picked up 2 bottles today, one to drink now, and one to save for another time, but I think I'm going to have to track down some more bottles because I'm going to be too tempted to drink the other bottle that I have. Big thanks to Ken Schmidt for coming up with such a beautifully balanced, and well crafted beer, and also thank you to Stone, and Iron fist for being able to re-create it on a commercial level so we could all try it.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter, jet black with a thin white head. Big hint of mint on the nose, some chocolate. It taste a little like mint chocolate chip ice cream, but with a pleasant bitterness. The mint lingers for a bit. IMO the body is a bit thin, light carbonation, no detectable alcohol. I liked it but did not love it.

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Photo of whoneeds8
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass deep black with a thick brown head. Great lacing all the way down the glass. Scent is strong of mints and chocolate malts. I almost also sense a marshmellow scent as well. The taste lives up to the name, it's mint and chocolate. There's a slight hint of hop bitterness. The body is thick as it should be, but alcohol burn is a little high. Overall: I really wish they'd make more of this.

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4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a tame black liquid as it should with a small off-white head that dissipates quickly leaving a small dirty white cap, minimal lacing

S: Big roastiness and cocoa upfront with a good dose of mint playing backup.

T: A great tasting, dark chocolate, light coffee and roastiness with a good healthy amount of mint to keep it nice and drinkable. The finish is rather clean, tasty while the body is full.

M: Nearing full bodied, well carbonated, cocoa, mint and coffee dance on the palate

O: A good beer that good have gone wrong. The taste is good, no major flaws and the ABV was pretty well hidden.

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of sukwonee
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok, this beer is amazing. Let me just start there.

12oz bottle poured into my brandy snifter

A: Black as in... black body with about a half a finger light brown head that lasts a long long time. Good amount of lacing.

S: Straight forward. Dark chocolate and mint. Some hops. Smells like chocolate mint ice cream.

T: Wow... chocolate, mint, roasty malt, bitter hops towards the end, perfect amount of minty-ness and sweetness... amazing. Some folks may be put off by the mint taste (because it's definitely there) but I think it really adds to the flavour without being artificial.

M: It's thick, chewy, nice. Relatively god amount of carbonation for the style.

O: wow. I am so glad I picked up multiple bottles. I may try to go get more. I am not a big mint chocolate flavour person, but this beer is just awesome. I actually think that over time, this beer will even be better as the mint flavour mellows out (as... again, I am not a fan of mint flavoured.. anything).

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of AdamBear
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark brown, almost black with a thin tan head

S-fresh chalky cocoa, with a hint of mint, but just a hint. mostly a pretty decent milk chocolate scent. medium strength

T-comes in with a deep roasted taste of cocoa, almost like really thick chocolate milk. this taste lasts well in to the after-taste. there's a certain freshness in the after-taste that might be considered minty. if i wasn't looking for mint, i wouldn't taste it at all. it has a good chalky thickness though that really sticks to the inside of the mouth. there's just a small bitterness in it. its awesome.

M-really thick and chalky. heavy carbonation with a semi-dry finish

O-this is actually a really good stout. the part of me hoping to try something odd and exciting was let down, as the mint didn't quite make it to the field. the part of me hoping for a decent beer was quite pleased. this is awesome, i wouldn't even attach the mint title to it. just called in the awesome chocolate stout. really though, it tastes like a carbonated chocolate milk shake. easy drinking, i'd love to share this with some one.

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Photo of gtermi
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a nice dark black blody with a barely existent tan head that quickly fades to nothing.

S: I am getting a strong amount of chocolate and mint. It smells a lot like mint chocolate chip ice cream. I freaking love the smell of this beer. Now I will be freaking out till I get some ice cream.

T: Wow this is freaking delicious. The mint is perfect in this beer. The beer has a strong chocolate flavor too with a strong amount of bitterness. The mint doesn't last as long as I would want though because the chocolate starts to overpower the flavor. I also feel the bitterness mixes well with the sweetness.

M: There is a strong amount of carbonation and crispness on the back of the throat and all over the tonuge. It feels pretty thin, but pretty drinkable.

O: This is one of the best Colabs Stone has ever done. The flavors are exactly what I wanted out of this beer. Good job Stone, Ken Schmidt and Iron Fist... This is a world class beer IMO

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Danny1217
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a finger of brown head. Decent retention and lacing.
Smells of chocolate, coffee, mint. A bit of a roasted character to the smell.
Surprisingly bitter for a mint chocolate stout. Nice roasted character. The mint isn't too overpowering, which is what I feared. The flavors are nicely balanced. The chocolate is done very well too, being strong but not overbearing. Very nice taste. Heavy body and medium carbonation.

Definitely worth a try, but not necessarily worth going out of your way to get again at the price, unless you're a big mint chocolate fan.

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Photo of DavidST
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter glass, 2012 edition. This pours a semit thick pitch black liquit with a decent tight bubbled mocha colored head which has better than expected retention and leaves a lacing and the beer leaves legs. The smell is quite nice, you get the mint and chocolate, a much sweeter scent than a normal imperial stout, and not as much dark roasted malts. The feel is thick. The taste is pretty good, there is the load of bitterness, dark roasted malts and a hop bite, different than the smell, under that you do get the mint and chocolate. Overall this is a suburb collaboration.

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

A-Beautiful. Can't help but give it a 5. Pitch black. No light penetration. Even more impressive is the pillowy thick mocha head. The beer's head refuses to die away. Swirling leaves consistent, thick lacing deposits along my glass.

S-Mint chocolate? Yeah they nailed it. Very minty. But hey, it's very chocolatey too. Melted Junior Mints. It has a few subtle nuances, but for all intensive purposes, this beer is 1 part mint and 1 part chocolate.

T-The flavor is long and exact. All that York Peppermint Patty and Junior Mint fun. Peppermint Schnapps and Hershey's Syrup. Definite milk chocolate. They just really hit their mark with surgical precision. Also a flick of coffee and eucalyptus. Cool.

M-Full but not sludgy. Mint lingers and lingers. The mint also masks the booze quite well.

O/D-Some of Stone's 12 oz. collaborations have been awful (Cherry Chocolate Stout) and some have been delectable (More Brown Than Black). This is definitely one of their best. I like mint and chocolate but I don't love it. I don't think they could have done a better job with this beer. Pretty awesome.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle $3.99. When I saw Ken Schmidt's name on this I got excited thinking about that nice coffee macadamia beer from years back but this was not as tasty. Standard stout blackness with a coffee colored head that leaves a good lace and hangs on through the entirety of the glass. Initial aromas are dark chocolate and then later the slightest whiff of mint. The flavor seems mostly chocolate and malt to me with only the slightest touch of mint. It does have a fleeting reminder of that chalkiness you get when you bite into a thin mint but overall it is not quite a girl scout thin mint cookie (shoutout to Mountain Sun) nor an andes chocolate mint. Not bad but I won't revisit it.

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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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