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17 Mint Chocolate Stout | Perennial Artisan Ales

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17 Mint Chocolate Stout17 Mint Chocolate Stout

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Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of kojevergas
2.93/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

$17.99 USD for a 750ml brown glass bottle at a beer store in Brooklyn. Bottled 02/2016. Has a green and yellow label and a green and black pry-off crown cap.

10.0% ABV. "Mint chocolate stout" per the label. "Ale brewed wtih cacao nibs and mint leaves."

HEAD: None whatsoever. Just a decadent dark-as-hell sinful brown floater. Creamy and soft in appearance as they come, suggesting rich fudge. This is shaping up to be an interesting dessert beer.

BODY: Opaque solid jet black. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible within.

Appears aptly carbonated. Not a unique appearance for an imperial stout, but certainly a good one.

AROMA: I definitely get the mint, and would easily detect it in a blind tasting. Authentic mint leaves were the right call here; this is lovely. Chocolate specialty malt, cacoa nibs, dark malt sweetness, schwarz malts, and dessert-like notes of caramel, cream, and cocoa.

Promises a rich dessert beer, but I do have concerns it may be too sweet.

Aromatic intensity is mild. I detect no overt hop notes, overt yeast, roasted barley, or off-notes.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Syrupy and thick, tanking drinkability. I've had dessert beers that had presence and weight on the palate without being so syrupy. It's certainly full-bodied, but the chewiness is off-putting.

Notes of hershey's syrup, rich chocolate malt, heavy dark malt sweetness, and the eponymous mint combine to form a build that is both saccharine and enjoyable dessert-like. Many will find this too sweet, and that's evident in just the first sip; finishing this bottle solo will be trying. Aside from the one-two punch of chocolate/cacao nibs and mint leaves, there's very little to the beer in terms of intricacy; it's a detrimentally simple build for an imperial stout as a result, and though it lacks complexity it also somehow lacks balance.

Some roasted barley or bitter black coffee might help take the edge off the sweetness.

No overt hoppy or yeasty notes come through, nor do any off-flavours.

Flavour duration is above average. Flavour intensity is mild. Depth of flavour is somewhat shallow; this lacks really vivid expressive notes.

Aptly carbonated, to its credit.

OVERALL: I do like that the mint is genuine; my fear going into a mint chocolate stout is always that the mint will taste artificial (or like toothpaste). But compared to the best mint chocolate stouts (e.g. Stone's expression), this is pretty mediocre fare - and that doesn't bode well when it runs $17.99 per bottle. Were it half the price, I still wouldn't want another bottle, and in spite of the variety of tastes in the craft beer world, I struggle to imagine any drinker who would want to take down a full bottle of this stuff. I'd like to see Perennial tweak this and put it out in a smaller fairer priced format. Decent but disappointing work from Perennial.

As a side note, why is a mint chocolate stout beer intended for a winter release bottled in February?

C (2.93) / AVERAGE

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours as dark as used motor oil -- even sunlight doesn't penetrate the liquid. The head is a finger of toffee-coloured foam, that lasts nicely and leaves just a trace of lacing.

S: A fairly even balance of mint, cocoa, orange, molasses, and dark bread.

T: Sweet malt, but not quite cloying. Lots of rich, toasty malt flavor. A little tart, dark fruit flavors, as well as some coffee and dark chocolate. The mint is there, but just enough for balance, not enough to distract.

M: Nicely carbonated. Alcohol is warming, but not overpowering booziness.

O: I bought this with some trepidation, worried that the mint would ruin it, but the brewers were restrained, and it adds just enough character to be interesting -- it certainly doesn't detract from the experience. This is not an every day beer, but it is a tasty treat to be had on rare occasions.

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Photo of johnnybgood1999
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first perennial beer. I am not expecting much because of the mint and pretty much let my beer guy talk me into a mint beer. Let's see how it goes!

A: Dark. As in dark like a nice big stout.

S: Mint hits first, lightly followed by some char and dark bakers chocolate. Mint is nice enough, not overpowering.

T: Mint.....it is the most prominent flavor, but not overwhelming. The beer is bigger than I expected. There is a pretty massive backbone of dark chocolate and some char propping the mint up.

M: She's a thick one and that's how I like my women and my stouts. Very viscous. Not quite Ten Fiddy or Even More Jesus thick. Nevertheless, this is a tongue coater.

O: We've got a shocker here. I did not expect to dig the mint flavor. I can't picture liking mint in a lesser beer. This beer has the backbone to prop the mint up and make a very tasty and complex beer. The mint and chocolate create nuanced layers that result in a great beer. ISO: more Perennial beers! To think, I passed on asump a few months ago!

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Photo of pezhead_79
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth stout. The mint aroma is strong but the flavor is very balanced. I'd like to try the BA version as some heat would help further develop the flavors.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black color with brown head. Aroma has intense mint and dark chocolate. Taste is the same, like After Eight chocolate. Heavy body, smooth carbonation. Really good one, fresh and easy to drink.

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Photo of Ctb6582
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Pours as black as my boss' soul. Initially, there was no head whatsoever. I thought there was no carbonation. I look away to set the bottle down and suddenly there's one about 3/8" thick. Basically no lacing, but some residual dots left after tipping the glass for a sip.

Smell? Yeah, you can't miss the mint. Or the chocolate.

Mouthfeel? I think I have a new favorite cough syrup. The chocolate and mint linger. The 10% ABV is hidden pretty well. The stout base even without the chocolate and mint would be a good beer.

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Photo of bnes09
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Super dark, dense appearing ale does not let the smallest trace of light penetrate. Deep, shiny, almost reflective copper head swirls as you drink and forms solid lace patches.

Dark chocolate and mint aroma. Not much else to say.

Semi-sweet chocolate on the palate with subtle peppermint. Sweet, roasty flavor of burnt molasses. Finishes mostly sweet with hints of burnt.

Dense, syrupy mouthfeel. Light, smooth, velvety carbonation from the tiny bubbles. Finish is dry and sticky.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours very little chocolate brown head that dissipates quickly if any even occur. The reason mine has head is because of the nucleation point in the glass. The beer itself is a nice chocolate black with a chocolate syrup like texture that looks nice but a bit off-putting because of how the style is not this slick looking.

The smell is wonderful. The beer has a nice chocolate syrup smell with a hint of cocoa nibs that easily get lost in the chocolate notes. The mint is very good and works well with the chocolate. While the mint can sometimes be overpowering, it adds a nice refreshing note to the smell.

The taste is also wonderful. The taste, like the smell, is nothing overly complex or fancy but still interesting enough to keep someone's attention. The chocolate and cocoa nibs mix very well with each other to the point where the cocoa nibs are sometimes hidden. The mint adds a nice minty cold flavor that enhances the chocolate a little bit without diminishing its own intensity.

The feel is pretty good and very interesting. It's a heavy bodied beer with very little carbonation and a nice silky feel to it. The mint also seems to add a nice refreshing and cold feel to the beer.

Overall, this is a very good beer and worth getting. The feel and look might be a bit off from the style but the smell and taste more than make up for it and makes for a great after dinner desert beer. If you see it on the shelves, grab one.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black as night, viscous like motor oil, with the barest of chocolate-colored head rings. No lace. Sexy, crisp bottle art- not score-boosting art (more impressive for the actual beer alone to garner a 4.5)- but great nevertheless. Smells like a grasshopper (the Christmastime drink, not the animal)- chocolate, powerful cool mint, and a touch of alcohol. Taste is similar; chocolate bar, cooling mint leaf/spearmint, faint roast malt, even some dark fruits like blackberry, which, unfortunately, are out of place here. Semi-sweet, although the strength of this beer (in alcohol and general flavor/sweetness) plus the intense cooling mint could make this overpowering very quickly for some people. Also moderately bitter, and a touch of acidity. Thick, viscous, sticky, somewhat oily body.
Indulgent, ridiculous, extravagant... spot-on. Even though the added chocolate and mint put this over the top, it somehow stayed within reason as far as adjuncts go. On the fringes of the beer universe, yet also an important landmark within it.

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Photo of CoreyC
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - dark black, nice tan head
S - awesome mint dominated with chocolate - think Girl Scout Thin Mint
T - very good - mint, chocolate, roasted sweet smooth
M - nice thickness
O - very good, I was worried it might be too much mint, but so not at all

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Photo of Sir_Whats-his-face
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer tastes like Thin Mints; I don't know what else I can say about it that might be useful. Do you like Thin Mints? Specifically, do you like alcoholic Thin Mints? Then buy the shit out of this beer; it's everything you could want out of a beer that tastes like Thin Mints. Don't like Thin Mints? Go fuck yourself, but also this beer probably isn't for you.

As heretical as it sounds, I think I prefer this to Abraxas. I can buy a lot of better Mexican Chocolate stouts for much less than $25 a bottle. $17 a bottle is still a lot for a non-BA stout, but I'd be much more willing to buy it again. It is what it is, and it does what it does better than other mint flavored stouts I've tried, and I can't say the same for what Abraxas is trying to do.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque black with a tan head that quickly disappears completely. A huge amount of mint and dark chocolate flavor and aroma. Thick creamy texture. Tastes like a York Peppermint Patty candy.

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
3.37/5  rDev -16%
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 ClavisAurea
4.63/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 02/2016 served chilled in a snifter

This beer is outrageously good! Poured thick as oil, black with a bit of brown around the corners, small brown head, oily top. Smells like roasted coffee, chocolate, fresh mint leaves, vanilla. Taste follows the nose but with an amazing sweetness that sets this beer apart as a winner. Chocolate, coffee, mint, roasty, ultra smooth and no alcohol heat. Just a little warming in the finish. This is a must try for any Stout lover. Well done Perennial!

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Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Brown lacing forms after a hefty pour, black liquid lets no light through. Smells of ice mint hot cocoa, molasses, & floral alcohol. Creamy, silky, with a very full body. Mint is prevalent throughout but never takes over, chocolate comes from the nibs but also a bit from the roasted grains. Sweetness is there but the alcohol, roastiness, and even mint even things out. For a big flavored stout this is a winner.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Perennial stemmed wine glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a pitch black, inky body with a small one finger dark brown head that reduces pretty quickly to leave a ring of retention. Not much lacing.

Mint is very apparent in the aromas - very mint-forward, some milk chocolate. I can compare the smell to an Andes bar. Peppermint and chocolate. Never smelled a beer like this before. One ding I have here is that it smells a little artificial, like peppermint schnapps.

Taste is just as described on the label.. lots of peppermint and chocolate, some vanilla and caramel on the follow through, with a very roasty, toasty finish that redeems the somewhat one-dimensional character of the first impression. Medium-heavy body with low carbonation. On the heavy side.

A very interesting beer, mint is an adjunct that not many brewers use, but I think perennial did well crafting a mint stout. Mint has such a heavy, distinct flavor that it's tough to create "subtle" mint flavors, which may have been a slight downfall of this beer, as the mint is almost overpowering and artificial. Was happy to try it nonetheless.

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Photo of floyd_pugman
3.33/5  rDev -17%
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 Buck89
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured jet black with motor oil consistency. Nice roasty minty aroma. Tastes like a stellar RIS with just the right amount of peppermint in the taste and in the nose. Really well balanced. Thick and viscous. Great after dinner beer

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Photo of russpowell
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
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 Eamonn-Cummings3
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from 3/13

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a spieglau stout glass.

Look is opaque pitch black with a tan inch thick head.

For a 3 year old bottle still a lot of mint on the nose. Similar to a york peppermint patty with a little bit of chocolate mixed in there.

Definitely a lot more creamy roast chocolate with just a hint of mint. The age on this definitely helps as it isn't so much a mint bomb, but a delicious imperial stout with a touch of mint.


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Photo of Svyturys30
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extremely thick beer. There is almost no way I could solo this beer unless that was all that I was having for an evening. Bring a couple friends to share this beer with, you won't be disappointed. I wonder how the BA version stacks up to the non-BA version?

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
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 HopHunter19
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - look is un-knockable, deep dark brown/black opaque beer has a huge mocha head that sticks and leave since lacing
S - mint, chocolate, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malts, vanilla, burnt marshmallow
T - dark chocolate, cocoa, burnt marshmallow, roasted malts, mint, vanilla, smoke, char
M - heavy, heavier than you'd expect for what it is, which makes it better, alcohol covered, aftertaste roasted malts, dark chocolate, char
O - better than I expected. Heavily bodied beer. The mint gives you a little heartburn I think. But otherwise great.

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Photo of FBarber
3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
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 BeerSamurai34
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Now this was a great mint stout. I have tasted so many that fell flat and this one delivered in every way. Very chocolate heavy and lots of mint upfront and on the finish. Literally tasted just like a liquid Thin Mint.

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