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17 Mint Chocolate Stout | Perennial Artisan Ales

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17 Mint Chocolate Stout17 Mint Chocolate Stout

Brewed by:
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 UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
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 StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

very rarely is mint used well in beer, and this may be the best example i have seen of it. apparently the same base beer as sump and abraxas, but it doesnt feel quite as smooth as abraxas, and definitely isnt as insanely yeasty as sump. however, its a big black thick beer, obsidian shine, and a tall two inches of mocha brown head. the nose is mint first, like chocolate chip ice cream, its got that soft green smell too, fresh and yummy. the stout is second to the mint, but i dont know how much the chocolate adds to a base beer thats already very chocolaty. bitter bakers chocolate, cocoa powder, and sweet dark malt start the taste, and unlike the nose, the mint comes on later. its again like a mint cream, something youd find on top of a chocolate brownie, and the combination is really quite nice. even a whole bottle of this isnt too much as far as mint or sweetness, but the alcohol, although its well hidden, can certainly be felt after a glass or two. love the texture, all satin and sheen and long lasting. all the elements, even the mint, are in balance with one another, and i think its expertly dialed in. i wonder how many test batches of this it took to get the levels right, it cant be easy!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Though an experiment that's much more common in homebrew circles and lesser so on the commercial beer market, the infusion of mint and chocolate usually falls short with a glimmer of a hint here or a "use your imagine" taste there and leaving the curiosity unfulfilled. That doesn't happen here.

But before then, the Stout opens much like any well-made other. Its dark brown body might even be black, especially when considering its medium density haze. A large, loosely-knit head builds a mocha-stained lather on top the beer and recedes quickly until a stern swirl re-energizes it. Its light lace is spotty and pocketed as the beer starts to prefer a stiller appearance late.

And then the nose fills with both chocolate and mind, and for a moment makes you forget that you are drinking beer. But a quick rise of dark-roast coffee, light campfire, burnt toffee and a hint of sorghum brings the malty back. Light wood notes pull from the mint and introduce a more earthen hop character. Whisky-like alcohol scents seem lightly fruity and spicy to the nose.

And to taste, its the malty components that introduce to the taste buds first- roasted espresso-like maltiness with burnt toffee, caramel and molasses; and then a savory smoky chocolate taste seems cocoa-heavy at middle palate. An overlay of fresh-chopped spearmint is grassy, herbal and cool tasting. The marriage of the mint and chocolate is effortless as the taste of desserts come to mind much more easily than beer. But as the beer closes, I'm surprised at the amount of both hop and cocoa bitterness that weave together for an extended, robust aftertaste. Alcohol spices are woody, bourbony and a little of cherry and is the only interference with the hop and mint dominance.

Full bodied but not obsurdly so. Its medium-high carbonation gives the malts a lift as the alcohol and mint dry the middle and late palate. Even the hop and cocoa notes assist in keeping the beer semi-dry well into the next sip. A more savory texture would have really transformed this Stout into a dessert replacer.

Even though the Stout tries to hang onto its beery roots, it also offers up a sense of drinkability with its dryish tone and is sure to please the beer purists. But as hard as the mint and chocolate are pushed, I'd be happier to simply see the beer abandon anything beer-like and prefer a sweeter, more succulent and more savory taste and feel.

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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 jlindros
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Matt for sharing, the BA version was awesome, this should be pretty good.

Nice creamy dark colored 1/2 finger head fades slowly with nice lacing, pitch black beer, decent legs.

Nose is just pure chocolate and mint, great mint and not overpowering, dark chocolate, little caramel, mocha.

Taste brings nice mint, fairly nice mint not overpowering bit not as much as the nose at first, nice cocoa and mocha, little dark choc, caramel, creamy vanilla somehow, mild cookie to make it a thin mint. Booze is hidden well with nice creamy sweetness. Finish is fairly dry but little sticky, long lingering mint that gets really minty.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, fairly thick and little creamy, bit rich too, decent carb.

Overall quite nice. Not as amazing as the BA version, but still a great beer. Mint is done well and not overpowering, and the good mint flavors, also nice chocolate and malt characters, and blended well, with well hidden booze.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
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 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 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 TMoney2591
3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
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 Huhzubendah
3.77/5  rDev -6%
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 RblWthACoz
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The first thing that struck me, as I was pouring, was the viscosity of this beer. Wicked dark and somewhat thick. Nice thick brown head. Nose is very apparent mint. Flavor brings a good deal of it too. Though after time, it is washed out for the most part by the cacao and other typical impy stout characteristics. Chocolate, mild molasses, smoothly sweet wads of malts. Great beer. My first mint stout and I love it. More please.

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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 Alieniloquium
3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
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 Tone
3.53/5  rDev -12%
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 LiquidAmber
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black, appearing opaque black in the glass with a half finger, rich brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is dominated by mint chocolate, smelling quite remarkably like a mint wafer chocolate, with just hints of dark toasted malt. Flavor is chocolate, light mint and sweet dark toasted malt, with the mint developing a nice fresh mint flavor into a long minty chocolate finish. Excellent heavy, creamy body enhances the experience of a dessert beer. Very nicely done, although the mint is dominating. Although it seems to have been well handled in intensity, mint does have a lot of flavor power and tends to take over the flavor profile. The malt is rich, but seems to be in the background to support the chocolatey flavors to match the mint. Although the malt is a definite background flavor, it is quite rich enough to support the chocolate and mint flavors as well as to cover the ABV very well. A very nicely done, rich mint stout that kept my interest throughout the glass. Not for the mint averse, but great if a chocolate mint dessert sounds appealing. I really liked this one, although I'm not sure more than a glass would be feasible. This 2015 bottle appears to be higher ABV at 10%, but as mentioned, the alcohol is barely noticeable as a flavor.

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Photo of John_M
3.65/5  rDev -9%
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 corby112
3.12/5  rDev -22.2%
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 rudzud
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared with JLindros and Kyle.

A - Poured into a tulip a nice dark brown almost black hue with a a thin mocha head that left s thin blanket.

S - Aromas of nice dark chocolate and mint leaves. Not coy but lots of leaves and little alcohol. Very mellow and inviting.

T - Taste is nice dark chocolate, light roast, mint leaves, faint booze, lightly acrid bitter roast. Alcohol hidden nicely. Similar to a melted Andes mint in a glass.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and lightly creamy with enough carbonation to keep things lighter.

O - Overall this was a solid beer, I like the barrel aged one much more. This is pleasantly minty.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with one finger tan head that leaves some lace patches down the glass. Aroma is pretty much chocolate with some mint presence in the back and touches of roasted malt. Smooth, light, easy to drink, I can see why some people might not consider this a true beer as for a split second it seemed like I was drinking a dairy based drink. Nonetheless, I quite enjoyed this beer. The chocolate and mint offer up a good sweetness and are balanced and there is a touch of roasted malt presence in this beer along with a dry finish. Maybe b/c I like sweet beers and sweet things in general I liked this beer more than others but it was simple yet oh so good.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's like the Christmas version of Abraxas. Spices and a hint of mint round it out. Inky black, medium bodied. Going into it, I thought it was going to taste like a peppermint patty. It does not.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Bridge Tap House and Wine Bar in St. Louis, MO. 12oz served in a snifter glass today, 4/5/2014.

App- similar to it's BA cousin- dark brown, nearly black body with a one finger dark brown head. Good retention, drops into a thin film and then nothing. No lacing. Stains the glass a bit, a little bit of leg too.

Smell- served chilled out of the keg. Hints of mint and milk chocolate, some dark chocolate and faint coffee. I have to look for these, but as it warms, the mint becomes quite apparent. It doesn't take over completely, but it does receive a complement from the chocolate flavours that come out a bit more slowly.

Flavour- mint all around, like an Andes chocolate. Some chocolate flavours come out from both the dark malt and the cocoa nibs. More of the dark chocolate bitter variety that sweetens up a bit on the backend. Good, not complex but unique and tasty.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, not thick and chewy. Perhaps a bit too thin in character. A bit sticky and dry on the backend as expected from a mint chocolate beer. It's packed full of mint and is a sipper. Slight ABV shows up as it warms.

Overall- solid, well-designed stout that has quite an unique flavour component. I can see mint adjuncts as coming out either really good or really bad. This comes out quite well and is an enjoyable treat if you enjoy Andes chocolates. The barrel-aged version adds a nice sweet bourbon flavour and a nice oaky vanilla complement that makes you feel like it's mint chocolate vanilla ice cream.

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1.87/5  rDev -53.4%
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 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 HuskyinPDX
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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 maximum12
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BlackElixir for this extra in a May-time in person trade. Big 750ML bottle that looks quite somber in this light. Split with my wife.

The pour is decidedly dark, carbonation is not notable, except that I’ve now noted it, so I suppose it is noted, if not notable. It smells like Peppermint Patties, which I keep a bag of in my house at all times - hidden from my voracious, velociraptor children. I’m a big fan. Can’t wait any longer to get this in my face.

17 Chocolate Mint Stout is basically molten Peppermint Patties – yes! Sprig after sprig of peppermint assails the tongue, with a backing force of liquefied brownie batter, heavy on the chocolate. The peppermint actually rises (like heat, or a risen diety) into the sinuses & gives them a good whoopin’, too. I could go on about the subtleties underneath these two monsters, but that would just be false advertising – there ain’t any. Zero apparent alcohol. Really thick & smooth as marble countertops. It’s a beer I can’t sip, but feel compelled to gulp, despite my intent to tipple delicately.

Exactly what I was hoping for & didn’t think I would get; this could have gone wrong in so many directions. Instead, the compass swung due north (I use a GPS because compasses confuse me) & this beer lived up to unrealistic expectations. Excellent brew.

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