Satan's Bake Sale
Spring House Brewing Company

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #2,070
ABV:
8.4%
Score:
88
Ranked #15,216
Avg:
3.9 | pDev: 11.79%
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
243
From:
Spring House Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
88
Very Good
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Notes: This stout is smooth, dark, full-bodied, and satisfyingly rich. This brew is aged on fresh peppermint leaves and dark Wilbur Chocolate, giving this stout a powerful aroma and pronounced mint chocolate chip flavor.
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npolachek from New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smooth, dark, full-bodied, and satisfyingly rich beer. Aged on fresh peppermint leaves and dark Wilbur Chocolate. Solid taste palate and enjoyable at the brewery.

Aug 27, 2019
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Brew_42 from Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I have had 3 mint chocolate stouts (Manayunk, Spring House, and Southern Tier) in the past couple weeks. They seem to be a new thing or I just noticed them.

Pours jet black with almost no head.

Smells like baker's chocolate and peppermint. Hints of coffee. Aftertaste isn't super pleasant. Almost a hint of cough syrup.

Mouthfeel-Thick and oily.

This beer is good until the cough syrup after taste. I think if you hear "Mint Chocolate stout", and you are intrigued, you should try to get your hands on Southern Tier Thick Mint. This is better than Manayunk's take, but still not great.

Mar 26, 2018
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ajilllau from Florida

3.36/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I had already made an assumption of what this beer would taste like so when I finally tried it it tasted very different from my expectations so I was a bit disappointed. The mint is very noticeable in the smell and the taste. The chocolate not so much. I expected a thin mint girl scout cookie so I was disappointed when there wasn't a huge flavor of chocolate. It's still a good beer, just not one that is good for my bar.

May 19, 2016
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RobAM from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I like a good Stout but I'm not a fan of mint. If you like mint and Stout you will love this beer because it is what it says... This is my unbiased review

Feb 26, 2016
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jhartley from Florida

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Popped the top on this 22 oz. bomber and there was nothing but mist coming out with a beautiful spearmint aroma.

Poured a deep dark brown to black body with a 1/2 finger's worth of head, which dissipated to a thing layer of khaki tan bubbles on the top.

Aromas, seriously? Mint, chocolate, roasted malts. Smells like melted mint chocolate chip ice cream with a little bit of coffee. Spearmint dominates though. There's definitely some nuttiness in there as well.

Taste...? Well not what I was expecting, I mean that mint is there, but just in the middle. Chocolate and coffee up front right away, then the mint comes through and finally the malt roastiness.

Medium mouth feel, was thinking it would be fuller, the finish is very clean.

Overall, this beer comes through on it's promise and intent; it's got chocolate and mint! Very enjoyable beer to have in the winter months, glad I picked this one up while I was in PA last month; because it's been a cold and dreary day here in Florida. Not something I would want to drink every day, but definitely worth the try.

Jan 04, 2016
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AlarmClock314 from Wisconsin

3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, no date. Pours black with a medium sized brown head. Smells of earthy hops, roasted malt, and cocoa. The taste follows closely with rich cocoa, roasted malt, hops, and lots of mint in the aftertaste. The intensity is moderate. Very thin mouthfeel and high carbonation. Overall, the fresh cocoa and mint are unique adjuncts, but the base stout is thin and somewhat weak.

Dec 15, 2015
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Omnium from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into a tulip glass.
A. Pitch black with a finger of fizzy tan head little lacing
S. Lots of dark chocolate and mint, light smoke and roasted malt.
T. Awesome flavor great balance of malt with chocolate and mint, light bitterness
M. Medium feel wish it was a tad thicker.
O. Best of any version of this kind of beer that I've had

Nov 09, 2015
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

had on draft. read the description and had to try it.

black, with thick off-white colored head. aroma is of bitter dark chocolate, and a touch of mint. the taste definitely hits the mark. on the drier side, not sweet. the mint is subtle, so it works. thicker bodied.

Nov 02, 2015
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Doctor_Bogenbroom from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

God, I hate these stupid, gimmicky names! But once you get past the ridiculous moniker, this is actually a pretty decent, decadent Imperial Stout. I admired the blend of flavors and the mint aftertaste. I wouldn't drink it everyday, but as a dessert beer, it's pretty good.

Feb 06, 2015
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superspak from Michigan

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a BIF from JNForsyth. 22 ounce bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but is a recent seasonal release. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, mint, light coffee, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and mint/dark chocolate notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, mint, light coffee, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, mint, light coffee, dark bread, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malt and mint/dark chocolate flavors; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and no cloying flavor after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. A nice light cooling sensation from the mint shows up after the finish as well. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice mint chocolate imperial stout. All around great complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roasted malt and mint/dark chocolate flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Jan 31, 2015
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Satan's Bake Sale has a very nice creamy flavors, good chocolate flavors, and just a great hint of mint. Great feel, nice body. A very good tasty beer, and easy to drink too.

Dec 29, 2014
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DMXLOX22 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9%

Picked up a single of this brew at my local establishment, Civera's in Drexel Hill, PA. Kinda of a interesting concept in beer flavors. Looking forward to this adventure.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, very murky and no see through body at all. Leaves behind a nice tan foam head about an inch thick, however it dissipates pretty quickly. Not a bad collar.

Smell: Upon first sniffs of the aroma, it's a great combination of roasted malts and mint leaves. Really good and it balances out quite nicely. Dark chocolate comes into play the second and third time around.

Taste: Upon the first sips, I get an overwhelming feeling that I'm drinking girl scout mint chocolate chip cookies as a beer. Roasty dark chocolate is very apparent in this brew. The mint does tend to linger in the aftertaste. Not overwhelming at all. Again, a lot of chocolate, malty goodness. Not bad.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a spicy peppermint aftertaste. Goes down quite smooth. Can be dangerous if put into the hands of the wrong person who doesn't know about their craft beer scene. No dry aftertaste at all.

Overall: Coming into this brew, I was pretty excited to try something new and different. I was satisfied. Perfect after dinner brew that can compliment any evening. Would totally recommend to a friend and will definitely try again. Cheers!

Nov 27, 2014
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cosmicevan from New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

notes from 6/18/2014 visit to the tasting room...
black with a greyish head.
nose is as advertised, mint chocolate chip...actually pretty wild.
prickly carbonation but pulls off the flavor quite well...liquid beer version of the green ice cream...wild, simply wild!

Oct 10, 2014
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, generously extra'd by FleetwoodMatt. Poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 2/6/2014.

App- Typical imperial stout- dark black body, opaque, one finger white head with good retention. No lacing.

Smell- Very strong on the mint chocolate. Smells like liquid Andes chocolates. Unique, but not a ton of interesting smell here.

Flavour- Very minty, like an Andes chocolate bar. There's some dark chocolates and roast malts, but this is dominated by the mint. It's decent, interesting but not particularly amazing.

Mouthfeel- Thick bodied, creamy, good carbonation. Solid dry finish, nothing special.. just a ton of mint chocolate.

Overall- This beer delivers what is advertised. Not sure I like this, but this is at least an interesting extra to try should you get one in the mail.

Feb 07, 2014
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ImFlyerThanYou from New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Having this as an after-meal brew/ treat... got to wash my mouth out for a fresh taste.

Was pleasantly surprised at the overall depth in flavor. The odor is overwhelmingly minty-chocolaty and you would think it would taste like a liquid York peppermint patty... quite the contrary.

Upon sipping, I experienced a forward flavor of mint-chocolate, followed by flavors of burnt vanilla and chocolate/ cocoa, in that order. I was quite impressed that this was evident with each sip and even more impressed by the overall drinkability and lack of booziness. Each sip and swallow was more refreshing than the previous.

I can't express how pleasant this beer was to drink, in an unsuspecting way. When you have tried Du Claw's Sweet Baby Jesus, you know it is like drinking a liquid Reese's cup.

Satan's Bake Sale is what you would expect when visiting Lucifer at his yearly fund-raiser... a beautiful selection of different flavor's and goodies- all in the same place!

Only gave it a 4.75 because let's face it, nothing in this world is perfect ;)

Feb 04, 2014
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a nearly pitch black color with a bit of tan foam on the surface of the brew. The head fades quite fast, leaving a trace level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer was big of chocolate smells with a good deal of roasted malt. Along with these aromas are some sweet vanilla and caramel smells as well as a bit of a raisin and cherry smell. A very heavy amount of mint is there as well giving it an overall minty dark sweet chocolate smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweet chocolate flavor mixed with lots of roasted malt. A good level of vanilla and caramel sweetness are present from the start, with just some lighter amount of mint. While the mint is lighter at the start, it really grows quite intense as the flavor advances, melding very well with the sweet chocolate flavors of the brew. The roasted flavors of the taste dwindle a bit at the end, but are replaced by more sweet chocolate. With the transitions of flavors that occur throughout the taste, one is left with a nice sweet mint chocolate flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel-The body of the beer is medium in its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the lighter side. A slightly thicker and creamier body may have been a bit better for the mint chocolate flavors of the brew, but even with that said the lower carbonation was quite nice, and overall the mouthfeel of the brew was good.

Overall – This is a fantastic dessert beer. It tastes just like a mint chocolate bar. While not one I would want every day, for a sweeter dessert style beer, this one is fantastic.

Feb 03, 2014
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fourstringer from Maryland

3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderately aggressive hand. No identifiable date on the label. There is a cartoon momma-demon servin' up skull cookies.

A: Essentially black with dark brown at the edges. 1/4 finger dark tan head that quickly fades to a thin film. Nice lacing.

S: Dark chocolate with a mint flare. Some peppermint and some eucalyptus. Lightly nutty.

T: Roasted malt with tangy undertones kicks it off. Develops into a somewhat peculiar bitter-eucalyptus flavor. Semi-dry finish. Dark chocolate. Peppermint. Piney hop notes on the back end. No significant alcohol presence to speak of. A bit hollow overall.

M: Moderate to light carbonation with a relatively light body. Feels a bit thin.

O: I was hoping for a thick, stick-to-your-ribs stout-cum-York peppermint patty, but I don't think it quite delivered. Looks good and smells nice, but falls a bit flat on the palate. The bitterness seems out of place with the chocolate/mint. And the chocolate/mint seems out of place without any sweetness/malt/body. Had potential though.

Prost!

Jan 05, 2014
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philbe311 from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Close to three fingers worth of rich creamy dark khaki colored froth... Solid retention gives way to to a full moderately thick veil of lacing... Both the head and lacing are equally inviting... Mostly still with just a couple of stray carbonation bubbles towards the very top of the glass... The color is a flat black... A good bit of lacing clings to the sides of the glass... Not a bad looking brew by any means...

S - No joke - This one smells like a 50/50 blend of freshly opened pack of thin mint girl scout cookies and freshly churned mint chocolate chip ice cream... The fresh mint adds wonderful depth and complexity... The rich dark chocolate notes truly accentuate the overall aroma... Very unique and very pleasing...

T - As expected the mint and chocolate notes are at the forefront... The mint takes one a fresh and earthy character... The cocoa chocolate nibs are secondary and nicely round out the flavor profile... However the two flavors seem to conflict a tad bit and don"t quite compliment one another as I would expect... There is also a hint of roasted malt beneath the surface...

M - Dense and medium bodied... Starts with a bit of sharpness and finishes a touch on the thin side... Limited carbonation... Kind of chalky... A bit off...

D - This one is a bit less then the sum of is parts... The solid appearance and outstanding aroma aren't quite enough to overcome a muddled flavor profile and slightly off mouthfeel... The end result is an average at best offering... I love the boundaries that Spring House pushes and challenges with most of their beers... Some are hits and some are misses... While I love the idea, this one is a bit of a miss in my opinion...

Dec 28, 2013
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MDDMD from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-dark brown black color with a nice tan head and good lacing

S-dark malt, chocolate, mint, hint of coffee

T- dark roasted malt, chocolate, mint, light coffee, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-interesting stout, a little light in body for a stout, but delivered on the chocolate mint

Dec 21, 2013
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is black with a finger of tan head that enjoyed some lengthy retention before receding. The nose is reminiscent of an Andes mint. The roast profile is not particularly strong, but this offering is certainly dry and bitter on the finish. The mint flavors simply do not blend well with the stout qualities of this beer. I’d say that it was an interesting effort, but not something that I’d likely sample again.

Dec 18, 2013
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Jamey61 from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Spring House Taproom in Lancaster Pa.

The smell is minty and reminded me of a patty candy with the slight chocolate being overshadowed by the mint.

Appears very dark with light head.

Mouthfeel was lighter than expected. A previous review recommended a milk stoudt for this beer and I agree it would make it better.

Overall a little disappointed because it was not all I expected but still decent. My girlfriend really liked this beer. I would recommend at least arty if you think this might be a beer for you.

Dec 01, 2013
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured our as a deep black color with a tan head on top. The nose has a lot of mint coming off of it with a bit of roasted chocolate notes in the distance. The taste is minty upfront with a chocolaty finish. The feel of the beer is creamy, smooth carbonation. Overall it's a pretty nice beer for the winter months.

Nov 22, 2013
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Thesoundandthefury from Washington

3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On Tap at Black and Bleu Resturant.

I was rather surprised when I saw this come out, and there was little head and it appeared to be more of a porter than a stout. Nose is of sweet peppermint followed by a hint of chocolate.

Taste is right there with it, the initial wash of chocolate and sweet roasted malts followed by the sweet peppermint finish. The peppermint in this is more candy peppermint, not the actual plant peppermint or a Starlight peppermint. It is much sweeter.

Mouthfeel is what really could have pulled this beer together, but it doesn’t. Thin and watery, its almost too thin to drink with the flavors going on. A rich body or even milk stout body would have done this wonders, but instead the watery body and little carbonation left a lot to be desired.

Certainly an interesting idea, and I think with some work and a heavier body, this would be an exceptional dessert beer.

Nov 05, 2013
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bigfnjoe from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Victory tulip

A- black with a one finger dark brown head. Nice.

S- nice smash of peppermint in the nose. Lil bit of chocolate. Nice.

T- bitter chocolate, finishes with some mint. Not bad, but I'd like it to be more minty

M- medium bodied

O- I expected more, and prefer the Stone collab mint chocolate stout - but this isn't bad at all.

Nov 02, 2013
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Solid black pour with a small tan head. Obvious aroma of mint, along with some dark chocolaty malts. More of this in the taste, chocolaty malts and mint, reminiscent of a peppermint patty or Andes candy. And that's it, pretty much...delivered what was promised. Body was about medium, not quite as full or robust as an ideal stout should be, slight alcohol presence. Overall, a tasty treat that I don't mind indulging in when I get the chance.

Mint seems to be a love/hate beer ingredient with most people. Personally I don't mind it if it's done right, and I think Spring House does a pretty good job with it.

Apr 25, 2013
Satan's Bake Sale from Spring House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 243 ratings