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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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Treebs
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BA Funkel81 for the extra! 12 oz. bottle served in a Deschute tulip.

A: Pours a dark black color with a nice and thick tan head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a thin ring that leaves some sticky sheets of lace.

S: Pure mint leaf up front with a nice roasted malt presence. There is a nice chocolate subtly as well.

T: The mint and chocolate combo really works without the mint being overpowering. The roasted malts give a nice change from the sweetness. A little espresso bean even peaks its head around as well.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with a smooth, medium-low carbonation level.

O: This beer definitely worked and it was nice. More mint came in as the beer warmed and it was nice to have this mint be a mint leaf/Junior Mint type of flavor as opposed to Colgate. Would recommend if you can find it.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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

A- pours ebony with two fingers of dark tan head. Solid head retention with a fair amount of lacing.

S- substantial milk chocolate and cocoa powder aromas with fresh aromatic mint blended in. Creamy note in the middle with soft roasted malt characteristics on the finish.

T- creamy chocolate flavors dominate this brew. Candy like mint and cocoa powder hit mid-palate. Finishes with a whisper of roasted malt bitterness and a dry chocolate cake note.

MF- creamy velvity mouthfeel with a heavy medium body. Fine bubbled medium carbonation.

D- good drinkability.

Overall a good stout. It does call to mind the likes of Andes and York peppermint patties. I think hotels should start leaving bottles of this on my pillow.

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4.52/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of FosterJM
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1597th Review on BA
Bottle to Woodshop Snifter
12oz

2012 Release
Purchased at Total Wine for $2.99

App- Its a very rich and lush looking dark brown, almost black pour. Wont call it inky black but pretty close when it sits for a minute. A small 1 finger tan/brown head sits for a minute to reveal a good cling. Nice sticky lines down the glass.

Smell- Its got a good nose on it, I think its a bit grainular like a crumbled cookie and needs to be a bit smoother and a bit layered. It does bring a ton of chocolate and the mint is pleasant versus being overbearing on this one. I like the idea but the nose needs bit more to it.

Taste- I completely get what they were going for on this one. I enjoyed it a lot and with the ABV it really added a great depth to it. The mint was just right and so was the chocolate, but the grainular notes carry over to the taste and needs to be just a bit smoother on this one.

Mouth- Its a full medium body with a medium creamy carbonation. A nice bit of all the flavors meld together on the feel on this. Like melted liquid chocolate with some mint or a thin mint.

Drink- A nice stout. I'm glad I landed a couple to sit on to see how it changes in a year or two. Good flavors and a good collab between some good breweries.

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4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my delirium snifter

A- pours a pitch black color, thick tan colored head that sticks to the glass for a couple of minutes. Dissolves to a thin layer over the beer leaving behind a very nice sticky lacing down the glass

S- smells of chocolatey mint... like a junior mint. More chocolate pronounced with the mint as a highlight to the overall smell....

T- very close to the smell... very sweet chocolate, that highlight of mint in the back... very well balanced

M- sweet and creamy with a balance of hop bite in the back

O- very interesting take on a RIS by stone... my first colab from them and I'm not the slight bit disappointed... the chocolate and mint are at a perfect harmony for balance and taste.... very delightful

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Momar42 for the bottle! 6 oz. poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a close-to-pitch black color. The head is a half fingerlight khaki color with average retention. However, it leaves a nice, thick collar around the glass.

S: This could have been either awesome or medicinal - and thankfully it's awesome. It really does smell like Andes. Yeah, it's a one note aroma, but who cares?! It smells incredible!

T: Perhaps it's not quite as incredible as the aroma, but this is still an enjoyable drink. Chocolate helps open the flavor profile, before the mint makes its presence known in the mid-taste. The finish is quite herbal, and thankfully not medicinal. Roasted malts and subtle vanilla helps keep the mint and chocolate under control. Another thing I enjoy is how it isn't particularly 'sweet' (Choklat, I love you, but you're just too sweet at times!) This takes the 'dry' route, and by God, it's all the better for it. Some dark fruit notes would have really sent this over the top, but it's still very, very good.

M: It's a thick, smooth imperial stout, and quite dry on the finish, although the herbal mint notes linger nicely. Easier to drink than a nearly 10% RIS should be. I can't really complain here.

O: Finally, one of Stone's gimmicky experiments pulls through! This makes me forget about the abomination that was Stone's 16th anniversary IPA. Like I summarized in the aroma, this could have been either awesome or medicinal, so thank the makers this is awesome.

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4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

There's something to these interestingly spiced, minty beers. They hold a certain, wild appeal to them. They are different, yet familiar...offsetting, but comfortable.

Pours a dark black color with a pretty decent, creamy tan head.

There are hints of mint and chocolate (of course) in the aroma, but also cherry, burnt sugar, wet wood, almond, candied figs, and a few alcoholic whiffs. Each sniff pulls an interesting mix of mint, dark chocolate, and alcohol.

The flavor is, again, of mint and chocolate up front. The imperial stout here really pulls in these flavors and creates a unique marriage. Chocolate is a flavor that comes up in many imperial stouts, but the addition of mint allows a very drinkable quality to this...refreshing, even. It's warming and dark. There are also some notes of raisins, dried dates, vanilla cream, and cinnamon.

Overall, this beer is great beer. The alcohol is up there, but lends a nice warming to a really comforting beer. The mint addition is not too overpowering...and, although it is one of the prominent elements here, seems to be in balance with the hefty style. This collaboration brew is worth trying out.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Poured a viscos black with nice big frothy mocha colored head that left chunky glass coating lace.

S- Big rich dark chocolate and mint notes. Wow that smells like a chocolate mint.

T- Big dark chocolate, mint flavor,and some pine notes. This really tastes like a liquid Andes mint.

M- Medium to fuller bodied, slightly syrupy, some nice nice alcohol warming. Ridiculously drinkable for the ABV.

O- This is as advertised a mint chocolate stout. You even get that minty fresh after effect that stays with you, which is pretty impressive

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of EgadBananas
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If I recall the description on the back of the bottle, I believe the style should be a Russian Imperial Stout.

Pours a black colour, with a rich mocha coloured head, dissipating to a foamy ring. Left nice lacing. The aroma was strong with a rich Belgian chocolate nose, with a subtle sweet mint note, roasted malts and a touch of espresso bean. The taste is perfect: Rich decadent tastes of chocolate, roast, slight coffee, sweetness, and a touch of sweet mint on the finish, causing an ever so hint of coldness on the finish. Has a nice rich feeling on the palate, creamy, full bodied but not overbearingly heavy.

Overall, this is like a phenomenal RIS, gracefully married with a Thin Mint cookie and a dollop of mint chocolate chip ice cream...emphasis on "subtle marriage", and that's the way it should be. I'll be seeking more trades for this and laying plenty bottles down.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is pretty nice, it smells like mint chocolate (like those Andes mint chocolates), roasted malt, and a bit of coffee. It tastes like mint and bittersweet chocolate, roasted/burnt malt, coffee, and a bit of vanilla and licorice. I guess I was expecting this beer to be sweeter than it actually is, but I like the roasty bitter minty chocolate flavor a lot. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and coating with moderate carbonation. I thought this was a pretty good brew, might have to get another bottle of it soon! $3.99 a bottle.

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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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