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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Reviews: 105 | Ratings: 720
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 BeerSamurai34
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 02/15...cellared for a year

L: pours pitch black, black in the glass with the darkest, thickest, frothiest head.
S: strong mint mixed with rich dark chocolate
T: big and bittering mint to start, then chocolate comes in to sweeten it up a bit, but then finishes minty fresh. I wish it was sweeter and less bitter.
F: thick and coating.
O: I wish it was a liquid Andes mint, but it's more like chocolate breath mint.

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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 larryarms847
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a silky deep dark brown with a very thin layer of light brown foam.

Very prominent mint aroma gives way to pleasant bitter dark chocolate notes, smells like a thin mint cookie.

Perfect balance of sweet and bitter light and dark chocolate that is washed away by a rather refreshing and not overpowering earthy mint bitterness.

Medium-heavy bodied, low carbonation, subtle sweetness, silky smooth, actually rather refreshing.

Overall, while I tend to be skeptical when it comes to mint stouts, this was done so very well. It's really a perfect balance of sweet and bitter, which is washed away with refreshing mint to prep you for another sip. Well done.

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Photo of 303beer
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours like cloudy black syrup with very little head that dissipated rapidly leaving a thin ring of mocha colored foam. The nose is a thin mint girl scout cookie with a hint if booze. Has a super thick texture. The taste is sweet and chocolaty turning twards the mint then slightly bittering at the end. Very interesting

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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 benzalman
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

holy crap that's a lot of mint. Not as much chocolate as I would have liked, but all in all a great beer. Was hoping for Andes Candy, and this was even mintier. Somewhat of a novelty, can't drink a ton of this one.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
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 Treyliff
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a snifter, bottled 2/15

A- pours a thick and heavy jet black color with a small creamy tan head that reduces completely, leaving only a ring around the glass. Poors thick like motor oil

S- fresh mint leaf aroma up front with underlying aromas of chocolate malt, cocoa nibs, and mint ice cream

T- that fresh mint flavor follows the aroma up front, quickly followed by sweet cocoa nibs and a creamy vanilla that resembles the flavor of mint chocolate chip ice cream, the finish is sweet with a refreshing linger of mint

M- thick and viscous body with low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a heavy creamy finish, hides the alcohol well

O- the most mint forward stout that I've had and it plays nicely with the cocoa and dark malt

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Photo of Stout3434
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured dark black like oil had a sharp dry coco note off the top and then the mint hits you its strong tastes like thin mints isnt as thick as i like its a little on the thin side but has lots of flavor

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Photo of oldn00b
4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours black, thin light tan head forms and lingers.

Nose is a bit sweet, mint comes through and chocolate and coffee too.

Flavor is absolutely on point - tastes like a thin mint cookie. Mint is light and fresh and a great balance with the chocolate which is a touch on the sweet side but not cloying.

Lighter carbonation works well here. It's one of the most refreshing stouts I've had - not at all boozy for a 9.3%. Very nice, will definitely have again.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml capped bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a luscious, .25 finger dark fudge colored head with low retention. Beer is slick, oily, thick and pitch black. Lacing is thick, spotty and layered with good stick. Solid.

Nose is Andes mint chocolate coated with fudge and a bit of roast. Sweet and syrupy, just like you'd imagine. Awesome.

Opens unmistakable mint chocolate. Hints of fudge, cocoa powder, roasted malt and more sweet milk chocolate. Mint is present throughout, complementing every flavor. Ends sweet and a bit coarse. Sweet mint chocolate finish. Pretty simple.

Full bodied with low carbonation. Slick and oily in the mouth and goes down warm and rich. Finishes messy and sticky with a long, lingering, coated aftertaste. Really rich.

A novelty imperial stout for sure. This is very well made... I just don't know if I like mint as part of the imperial stout experience. Certainly worth trying though.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter; thanks, Biggs!

A: Chocolate brown with a thick light brown head that stayed. Full lacing.

S: Such a nice blend of dark chocolate with a hint of mint.

T: Like drinking a Girl Scout Thin Mint cookie. Smooth and robust with a great chocolate base followed by a minty sensation. The 9.3% is definitely evident.

M: Slick and thick; medium mouthfeel with thick, chewy carbonation.

O: Glad I got to try this little surprise. A great bottle share. Wish I could've downed the whole thing myself. Recommended.

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Photo of maximum12
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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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Photo of HoppyBastard1
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle
Mint flavor and aroma had both faded significantly. I actually really liked this. Thick, creamy mouthfeel with some nice roast to it. Curious to try a fresh bottle to compare.

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Photo of ARoman
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap, poured into a tulip. The aroma is that of minty fudge cookies. It's dark, oily looking, and black with a brown, dense soap head that has okay retain and decent lace. The taste is highly sweet with a medium bitter note. The texture is slick and syrupy with a light zip of carbonation and a full body that's mint fudge cookies from front to back. It's fairly clean with an aftertaste that's a bit bready, but mostly chocolate and mint.

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Photo of HellBell66
4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Perennial during SP Pulling Nails release Sat.
Thick and minty just as I heard and it did not disappoint at all!
Amazing but would ensure I had a friend or friends to share as it is a big one if cracking the 750mL.

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Photo of don1481
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a beer that if you're not a fan of mint chocolate chip ice cream... you'll not be a fan of this.

That said, I'm a fan of mint chocolate chip ice cream, so this is delicious. Surprisingly light in the mouth too.

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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 martyl1000
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Dexter's for Mad Craft Beer Week.

Though I'm not loving it, the execution is astonishing. It tastes like a mint chocolate confection of the highest order. (I don't like mint chocolate candies.) My mistake : I didn't see the "mint" in the description.

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Photo of pgrenvicz
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Rich and velvety on the palate but a bit heavy on the mint. This beer has so much potential but misses the balance a little. I'd love to see them dial back the mint and let the chocolate and roast notes shine a little more. Overall, very enjoyable mouthfeel.

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Photo of jhawkvol
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love Thin Mints and Andes mints, but this is a little too much mint for me. Seems like the mint becomes more prominent as it warms also, so I would serve very cold. Look and mouthfeel are great though. And the chocolate is there, just overpowered. Still a very good stout.

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Photo of krl2112
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this at Mikkeller bar in San Fran. Great nose if you like mint, mouthfeel is silky smooth and great taste. Not sure why this is not rated higher. I really enjoyed it!

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Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.74/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smells of mint and a little chocolatey.. Silky smooth.. Up front it does taste very much like the aforementioned Andes candies.. Some charred taste at the end but extremely enjoyable.. I like mint and really enjoyed this beer.. If you're not a mint fan be cool and leave it on the shelf for the rest of us.. Otherwise this is highly recommended for what it says on the label

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17 Mint Chocolate Stout from Perennial Artisan Ales
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