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

Poured into a tulip.

Appearance
Opaque black with 3 fingers of brown head. Excellent head retention. Leaves behind nice ringlets of lacing.

Nose
Cocoa nibs, charcoal, smoke, dark chocolate, vanilla and mint leaves.

Taste
Cocoa nibs, roasted barley, charcoal and light notes of smoke. Bitter dark baker’s chocolate and scorched sugars. Finishes with cooling mint leaves as well as touches of vanilla.

Mouthfeel
Medium-full bodied, smooth and silky.

Overall
The malts are very bitter, roasted and dry. The mint has a nice cooling effect to counteract that. It works very well. This is not overly minted as I had feared. Not exactly the Andes Candies flavor that everyone is boasting about. Tastes more like Turkey Hill Choco Mint Chip Icecream that been slathered on a campfire log. Definitely one of the better Stone Collaborations.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mint Chocolate Imp. Stout
12oz bottle, Fall 2012 release
The Bruery tulip

A: Pours pretty much pitch black. Some dark reddish colors in the brew when pouring. Nearly two fingers of bottle conditioned fluffy pillow like medium tan color. Leaves some lacing. Some alcohol feet.

S: Pulling the mint and dark chocolate in the nose. Some light roast. Nothing is as aggressive as I thought. It is like an Andes mint, but even milder.

T: Tip of the tongue you actually get more of the roasted malt character. Then you start to get all that chocolate. That fresh natural mint leaves mildness. Really a lot of the flavor comes up from the back end of the palate. Lots of deep dark cocoa and faint mint. Linger there for a while. Really bitter chocolate.

M: It's full bodied. But the high bottle carbonation makes it really easy to drink.

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3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a blackish hue with two finger tan head that left lace patches and stuck around for a long time. The roasted malts come through heavy in the aroma, but the chocolate and mint seem subdued in my opinion. Taste and mouthfeel follow pat for me - the stoutish qualities of the beer, heavy barley and malt usage, seem to overpower the mint chocolate notes (which are very present, mind you) and it's a more of a bittersweet stout. Sturdy and full-bodied, a nice sipper with a dry finish and the alcohol hits you in a good way. I enjoyed this beer but on a personal note just wish it was a tad sweeter.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.95/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. I can't stress how much I appreciate it.

A: Deep Black with a beautiful off white head.

S: Mint Aero Chocolate bar (for Canadians) for everyone else Chocolaty with the perfect amount of mint to taste but not overwhelm the chocolate.

T: Once again a Mint Aero bar

M: Full bodied with a nice level of carbonation.

O: I would drink this beer on a regular basis. It is among the top chocolate beers that I've tasted but it adds in the perfect amount of mint to enhance without overwhelming. I very glad I got to try this and will work on tracking down some more. This beer is probably not perfect for everyone but it definitely hits the spot for me.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Paid almost 5 bucks to try this ($4.29) so seeing the high reviews makes it worth it!

A - Very nice looking stout. Deep, dense, thick and pitch black. Head is well over an inch and sticks around for a bit. Lovely.

S - Well the cocoa nibs really do make themselves known in the glass. The only actual peppermint I got was sniffing the neck when I first opened it. Not disappointing since too much would be off-putting but I guess I expected more mint.

T - Damn this is a crap load of head. First sip is roasty and chalk full of dark chocolate notes. No real peppermint ice cream or york peppermint patty taste so I guess it could use more mint. Regardless it's a balanced stout similar to Stones Imperial except really roasty and bittering.

M - Heavy in both body and roasty flavor. Heavy.

Overall I guess like the overbearing dark chocolate/roasty flavors killed this for me. That and it totally could have use more mint.

Interesting concept but maybe would have made a better regular stout with heavier mint flavors.

edit: It does get better once you let it warm up. The bittering and roast do take a backseat, but completely drown out any chance for the mint to appear. Damn...

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2.98/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first review!:

A: Pours a dark, thick chocolate brown with a medium brown head. Looks amazing.

S: I don't detect the mint much at all when first poured. Curious. Mint comes out much more as the beer warms, but still not quite what I expected.

T: A little bit of a let down, unfortunately. I barely detect the mint at all in the taste, even when warming, and the chocolate is VERY heavy on the dark chocolate notes. Almost bordering on inedible cacao.

M: Definitely coats the tongue and back of the throat. Smooth, but the taste and feel linger for a good bit.

O: A bit disappointing, I hate to say. I searched high and low in my area for this brew and definitely walked away wishing for something different.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes from 11/8/12.

A- Pours a luscious pitch black with a thick light brown head that thins to half a finger and retains well. Thick lacing is left behind.

S- Light but distinct aroma of mint and dark chocolate. Some roasted coffee and malt notes also present. Upon further examination some sweet citrus and pine from hops are detected. VERY complex nose!

T- Taste opens with roasted notes, giving way to a sweet middle of mint and chocolate (big surprise! haha!). A nice bitter bite of pine, mint, and bitter chocolate give this a delightful finish!

M- The body is full, but that is slightly mitigated by good carbonation.

O- I might have expected/preferred a bit more in-your-face sweetness from a chocolate stout, but in true Stone fashion this is excellently balanced and features a good hop character. A delicious, well executed brew.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wow, never had anything quite like this. it pours really black, deep, intense. not a ray of light showing through. a two inch bubbly mocha head rests on top. the smells is great, tons of roasted malt, big oat profile, and that york peppermint patty smell. the mint is pretty forward, but its sweet mint, not too peppery, although i think peppermint must have been used. chocolate rounds everything out, and i think its milk rather than dark chocolate, as there is a nice sweetness. flavor is real complex, mint is up front right as you sip it, but then relaxes to a big oaty stout. cant believe this is close to 10% abv, it is super drinkable, smooth in the mouth, and not gimmicky at all. id gladly have another. i could also imagine a nitro tap doing wonders for this beer, although the mouthfeel was fine without it. impressive to pull off a beer this bizarre with such drinkability. a must must try.

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4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A - black as night, beautiful 3-finger brown head. Good retention and patchy lacing. Pretty much what you expect from a good stout.

S - chocolate and malts first, then the mint. Which is fine with me. Sweetness, a little vanilla. Reminds me of the Stone Porter with Vanilla that I recently reviewed (a rave), so this pleases me. Not the most complex aroma in the world, but it smells wonderful. A little boozy though.

T - chocolate, cocoa powder, roasted malts, again followed by the mint. Pretty much follows the smell - lovely. Seriously, exactly as advertised, and I love it.

M - lovely and velvety. Could have been a bit thicker - again, reminding me of the porter I just reviewed. Medium carbonation was perfect, booze well-hidden for the ABV.

D/O - dangerously drinkable. I know the mint was hit or miss with some, but personally, I loved it. Anyone who tries this and dislikes it can't be horribly surprised with what they got; the beer tastes just like the name.

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1/5  rDev -75.4%

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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