17 Mint Chocolate Stout | Perennial Artisan Ales

17 Mint Chocolate Stout17 Mint Chocolate Stout
BA SCORE
81.8%
Liked This Beer
3.99 w/ 758 ratings
17 Mint Chocolate Stout17 Mint Chocolate Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States
perennialbeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by birchstick on 03-24-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,942
Reviews:
114
Ratings:
758
Liked:
620
Avg:
3.99/5
pDev:
10.53%
Alströms:
4.12
 
 
Wants:
94
Gots:
201
Trade:
36
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 758 |  Reviews: 114
Photo of CoryR
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of user785335
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of travolta
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kojevergas
2.93/5  rDev -26.6%
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 +4.8%
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 +12.8%
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 LeftHanded666
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MickeyHops
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pezhead_79
4.43/5  rDev +11%
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 Beernoobie
4.61/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dcmchew
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of YvesB
3.26/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mmoriarty
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
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 waddellc2
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Hophead717
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mattboyer182
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of skaboom420
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lemmy187
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of djgustafson
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ctb6582
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
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 +0.5%
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 +5.5%
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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17 Mint Chocolate Stout from Perennial Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 81.8% out of 100 with 758 ratings
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