17 Mint Chocolate Stout | Perennial Artisan Ales

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17 Mint Chocolate Stout17 Mint Chocolate Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by birchstick on 03-24-2012

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Reviews:
99
Ratings:
695
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
10.45%
 
 
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Photo of DefenCorps
1.87/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Good lord, who thought this was a good idea? Smells like someone dumped some peppermint extract into the beer prior to bottling. Overpowering everything - I can barely smell any chocolate or anything else - this smells way overdone. This is confirmed on the palate. Incredibly intense, grossly so, the mint is overpowering. I had to spit this out. Awful.

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Photo of Moose90
2.49/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Served On-Tap

A – Pours a deep, thick, and rich dark black. Dark coffee colored head appears, but disappears quite quickly. Moderate and spotty lacing is left behind.

S – Huge notes of mint, sweet peppermint, spearmint, chocolate syrup and sugar.

T – Strong, artificial, sweet, cloying mint notes, tastes a lot like mouthwash and chocolate syrup. Off putting and dominated by obscenely artificial mint notes.

M – Syrupy, thick, sticky, bitter aftertaste.

O – Quite a disappointment as it really lacks any semblance of balance, extremely sweet and artificially minty, you could use this as mouthwash and hardly tell a difference if it wasn't for the color and opacity.

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Photo of corby112
3.12/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pitch black and opaque with a one finger light beige had that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Sporadic spotty lacing left behind.

Robust dark malt aroma with a fresh mint leaf presence along with lighter malt sweetness. Mint smells organic/real yet doesn't overpower the stout notes. Nicely integrated into hints of coffee bean, burnt toast and oatmeal. As it warms, sweeter desert-like notes come though with bakers chocolate, fudge, etc. decent but could use a bit more of a sweeter malt presence.

Lighter end of medium body wih strong charred oak and acrid/burnt malt notes followed by subtle minty sweetness. The mint comes through the most in the finish which is somewhat refreshing but the oak and burnt malts nearly overpower everything. Heavy roast with burnt coffee grinds, oatmeal, charred toast, ash and bitter dark chocolate. Sweeter notes found in the aroma are overpowered and barely noticeable. After it warms and the palate adjust, they start to show up a bit but this beer is severely lacking in balance. Event the fresh mint flavor is kind of weak. Disappointing.

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Photo of Rutager
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A huge thank you to Jeffo, always surprising me with interesting things like this. Cheers bud!!

Appearance. Pours pretty thick and black with a big 3+ fingers of rich creamy brown head.

Smell. Dark chocolate and scope mouthwash. I wish my brain didn't associate that, but it did. I blame my buddy for saying earlier that he bough 4 bottle of mouthwash on the weekend. Who the fuck buys that much mouthwash, is he drinking the stuff?? Anyways, There's a touch of dark roasty malt coming through as well but the minty chocolate is cromulent

Taste. Mint and some light woody/grassy herbs. Dark chocolate and dry dark super-roasty malts, bitter finish

Mouthfeel. On the lower side of full bodied, low carbonation.

Overall. I was really excited to try this one but it just didn't play out as well as it could have. Always fun to try something different and this is no exception.

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Photo of floyd_pugman
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours very dark (almost motor oil) with almost no head. Nose of chocolate and peppermint schnapps. Rich mouth feel. Palate is chocolate and marshmallow that are soon to be overwhelmed by mint. Imagine an Andes mint bar infused with Peppermint Schnapps. The mint isn't subtle at all; artificial tasting; too much for me. Maybe workable with (or even on top of) a bowl of mint chocolate chip ice cream.

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
3.37/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Be in the mood for mint on this one because it tastes like 17 mint leaves went into each glass. Mint on nose and at first sip followed by roasted malt and bitter chocolate. Coffee rounds the flavor and I'm left with to much bitterness. Cocoa, burnt malt, and black coffee leave to much bitterness on this beer. Mint needs a bit of sweetness to make it enjoyable and this beer has none. I was left chewing mint leaves and washing them down with bittersweet chocolate chips. I was hoping for mint hot cocoa, but finished disappointed.

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Photo of FBarber
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft in St. Louis.

Poured nice dark black with a thick tan head.

Smelled minty, very minty, like a tin of breath mints minty. Taste was *very* minty. It overpowered any chocolate flavors so rather than a thin mint it tasted like a stout brewed with breath mints. Given its advertised as a mint chocolate stout, I was disappointed by the lack of chocolate notes in the beer. Its just completely off balance.

Feel had mild carbonation and was smooth - no complaints.

I love Perennial, but this isn't their best work, and I know they are capable of better.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Thick black body. Nice mocha head. Thick collar.

Smell - Tons of mint. Overpowering mint. Chocolate.

Taste - Chocolate. The mint takes over. Really too strong of a mint flavor that comes off as very sharp in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Thick and heavy. Overcarbonated.

Overall - I thought I'd like this more, but the mint is too much.

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Photo of Siggy125
3.44/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ksodemann for hooking me up with this along with other Perennial gems.

Poured from 750 bottle to a mini snifter taster glass. Very dark cola brown in color with light tan carbonation that slowly subsided.

Very evident smells of spearmint chewing gum with light notes of roasted malts. I had trouble detecting any the cacoa nibs or chocolate to speak of. Aroma did not change with temp increase.

Similar tastes as aroma. The mint presents itself quite strongly. The mint leaves used in the brewing give it more of a menthol like herbal mintiness which I didn't care much for. Malt and hop balance seems to be done very well though. Chocolate or cacoa nibs very difficult to detect on the palate. The smooth roasted malt profile saved the overall taste for me.

Mouthfeel was average for a stout but smooth and not astringent like other mint stouts I've tried.

Overall, this beer was okay for me. I was hoping to detect more chocolate. I've yet to try the BA version. Anxious to see how the flavors profiles evolved.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a black liquid with a half inch or so of tan foam that settled to a ringlet. Nice aroma of roasty malts and chocolate, with the mint hiding in the background. The taste was about the same as the aroma, with the mint coming out a bit more, giving a sensation of Andes chocolate mints, or Thin Mints. Body was about medium, with a decent mouthfeel short on smoothness. Okay overall, but the bourbon barrel version was a surprising improvement.

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Photo of Tone
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/2 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong mint, strong roasted malt, slight sweet malt, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong mint, strong roasted malt, slight sweet malt, and a hint of grass. Overall, great appearance, good aroma, and a very strongly mint body. The mint was not overly sweet, but instead much more pungent. I would have preferred either less mint, or a less pungent mint.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.54/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Local Option cervoise.

Let's see if Perennial can do the near-impossible by making a mint stout that isn't terrible: It pours a dark black-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose is a blast of York peppermint patties, with a strong current of mint being enveloped by a weaker contingent of chocolate. It's pleasant. The taste begins with some roasted malts, but then goes right into some spearmint, the two never really combining completely or genially. It's not a bad flavor, really, just one that isn't great. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a generally solid mint stout, but I feel the chocolate is far too underplayed and the mint and roast never properly co-habitate and cooperate. Still, not bad, but it shows that a true mint stout success is still unknown to us (or, at least, to me).

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Photo of KillerJigger
3.64/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A couple tweaks and this could be great. Like drinking perfume. The smell was great but it tastes bad if it gets in your mouth. Close to being a good Andes mint but overpowering in a strange way.

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Photo of John_M
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Fairfax WF's the other day.


The beer pours a blackish brown color with pretty good head retention and decent lacing. On the nose, the beer smells quite promising, showcasing considerable chocolate and mint. There's some light vanilla and coffee as well, but the chocolate and mint clearly dominate. On the palate, the mint comes across as too much of a good thing and really overpowers the flavor profile. I like a little mint with my chocolate, not the other way around, and this beer is far too heavy on the mint. For me, it made the beer nearly undrinkable, the mint flavor is THAT intense. Mouthfeel is fairly full, but again, even here, the mint flavor hurts the beer. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile (it's not at all hot or heavy on the palate), but I'm just not digging the level of mint I'm picking up in this beer.

Interesting beer, but definitely not my cup of tea.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottled 3/2014.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, mint, herbal toothpaste, and mint mouthwash aromas. Taste is much the same with mint chocolate candy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with slight toothpaste and mouthwash aromas, but the flavors are more candy like.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Bridge Tap House in St. Louis.

A: Black body with brown highlights and a dense tan head. Tremendous retention and gorgeous lacing. Perfect.

S: Overpowering mint. Smells more like mouthwash than beer, albeit in a very authentically minty way. I admire the intensity.

T: Follows the nose: more Scope than Thin Mint at first, although a touch of smooth chocolate does show up as it warms. Ok, but unbalanced.

M: Smooth, well carbonated, full body. Great.

O: Interesting but a bit disappointing.

Cheers!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours out black and brown, lighter brown head, 1/3" on the top. Aroma wasn't heavy on the mint. It was there, some chocolate malt.

Taste had the mint. Noticeable, maybe not as much as Ballast Point or Stone, but it was there. More chocolate, marshmallow like flavors. A little bit of subdued roasting. Carbonation and viscosity on point.

Decent, but not a repeat, as the format and pricing is excessively expensive. One bottle costs what some good 6 packs of stout do.

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Photo of Treebs
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by pmoney. 750 ml bottle served in a FFF teku.

A: Pours a dark black color with a dark tan head forming on the pour. It recedes to a frothy ring leaving behind some soapy looking lace.

S: Dark chocolate and mint leaves on the nose. Slight roasted malts, but this is all mint and chocolate.

T: Dark chocolate and fresh mint leaves up front. Unsweetened bakers chocolate and some light roasted malts in the mid-palate. The finish takes on an artificial mint flavor, reminiscent of Colgate.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with a medium carbonation level. Slightly minty and drying finish.

O: The finish was a little too artificial for me and took the beer down a few pegs. Overall it was a well crafted beer, I just wasn't that big of a fan.

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Photo of EdwardAbbey
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful and decadent in appearance--I'm not sure I've ever seen a consumable liquid this opaque--it fell considerably short of greatness after that. In the end, I found the mint to be overpowering. It was a good beer, don't get me wrong, but drinking it was a bit of a chore. As a consolation, my breath probably smelled fantastic for the following week.

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Photo of russpowell
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent pitch black with a sliver of mocha colored head. Near zero head retention & lacing

S: A little chocolate & some mint

T: Chocolate, vanilla, mint & dryness up front. More dryness, cocoa, mint & a little mocha & dark chocolate as this warms, a little charred grain. Finishes a little dry, a little charred with mint & Chocolate

MF: Medium body, light carbonation

Wish I had some Girl Scout cookies to go with this! Drinks pretty easy for the heft & complexity, pretty tasty

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: into a stout flute glass, center-pour created a dense dark foam over the pitch black body - lace slid all down the sides, and foamy film persisted throughout

S: mint and chocolate malts, some hint of espresso

T: exactly as expected - the mint flavor was right thwere all the way through, nestled securely among the dark roasted malt flavors that suggested cocoa, espresso, and maybe a slight medicinal tone - no doubt due to the mint

M: medium-full body, bitter but somewhat astringent/medicinal sensation, due, again, to the mint; smooth; definitely had a minty-fresh aftertaste

O: I think the tough sell here is minty beer - even in a stout format. I don't know who wants it, but there seem to be a few brewers trying it out, so there must be a market for it. I, for one, am probably not a fan of the concept, but I also can't ignore the curiosity - I'd think if it were done exceptionally well, there'd be something to be said for it. Unfortunately, I don't think this beer does the trick - and it was pricey, too! In sum, not a bad drink by any means, but is it what I'm looking for in a stout?

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at Whole Foods in Alexandria, VA.

The beer is black with a thin beige collar. The aroma offers a huge helping of chocolate mints, dominating the scent. The flavor follows suit. Think Girl Scout thin mints or Andes candies in beer form. True to the name. It's certainly well executed. that said, it becomes cloying rather quickly. A fun beer to sample or enjoy a small pour, but a bottle could easily be split many ways.

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Photo of icehawk
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle 

 Appearance: Oily, pitch black 

 Aroma: Chocolate and mint 

 Taste: Bittersweet chocolate, with a fairly bitter mint finish. 

 Palate: Heavy body, mouth coating, flat, mint provides a bit on sensation on the tongue 

 Overall: Good beer; I like the fact that it ends up being more bitter than sweet... avoids coming across as artificial.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 12.12.13
Bottled 3/2013

A - Pours a very dark brown with a fine dark tan head that just sits there.

S - Lots of mint and some chocolate.

T - Mint, bitter chocolate, gritty grain.

D - Good carbonation with a lighter then expected body.

O - Mint, but bitter and a bit thin. Ok.

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Photo of weonfire
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Black, opaque, light brown-pinky width head, lacing up to top o beer mark, light carbonation rising

S - mint chocolate chip, mint leaves, carmel, dark chocolate

T - Mint chip, dark chocolate, vanilla. finish: real bitter dark chocolate, smallest touch of booze

M - needs a warming. Carbonation is very nice, medium body, froth level is good, bitter dark chocolate lingers....for minutes

O - Lots of mint initially - dark bitter chocolate takes over. not real complex. just like the names says. mint. chocolate. mouth has great carbonation. If dark chocolate is your thing...you will love this beer, love it. if you were expecting sweet milk chocolate....haha- this is not the ride you were expecting.

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