Barrel-Aged 17 Mint Chocolate Stout | Perennial Artisan Ales

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Barrel-Aged 17 Mint Chocolate StoutBarrel-Aged 17 Mint Chocolate Stout
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ale brewed with cacao nibs and mint leaves and aged in whiskey barrels.

Added by JoEBoBpr on 04-01-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
222
Reviews:
22
Avg:
4.39
pDev:
8.66%
 
 
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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

A vigorous pour yields a pretty viscous oily liquid that yields a very thin dark tan almost brown head. The head is nice and dense like an espressos foam. A nice swirl of the glass kicks up a thin head once again that recedes pretty quickly but is very attractive.

Aroma is quite impressive. I really didn't know what to expect with the addition of the barrel-aging. Starts off with the mint chocolate chip type of aroma. Nice fresh mint with some dark cocoa notes. Some sweetness from the nibs is perceived. The mint and the cocoa nibs play very well together. The aroma is pretty amazing. I can't get my nose out of this brew. Now comes the barrel aging notes. It is not overwhelming or overly sweet in the nose but the barrels add a nice molasses and caramel sweetness that sort of wraps itself around the cocoa and mint notes in the nose.

Flavor is pretty impressive as well. I have to say. Im from St. Louis so maybe I'm biassed but the Perennial crew is really killing it with these BA releases. First off all the mouthfeel on this thing is ridiculous. Silky and smooth and quite oily. It coats the mouth completely with great complex flavors and the barrel plus the high ABV adds a nice warming boozy heat to the beer overall. Now in terms of flavor the brew starts off with nice minty freshness that lasts all through the flavor profile of the brew. The mint notes are perceived immediately mixed in with the nice dark cocoa notes that add some slight bitterness and some sweetness. These two notes of mint and cocoa play very well with each other and neither is too overwhelming. Now, the whiskey notes add a dimension and flavor profile to the brew that I wasn't sure what to expect. Turns out the whiskey notes are not overwhelming like some other barrel-aged beers can be. The whiskey adds some nice vanilla sweetness and woody oak notes with some mild caramel sweetness to it that sort of envelops the notes of cocoa and mint and play together so well. The more the beer warms there is some slight roasty notes that can be perceived from the darker malts. There is also a nice heat from the brew. I can see how some might not like how the mint sort of freshens this brew the whole way through but I like how it keeps a balance between the cocoa and whiskey notes.

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4.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: pours pitch black with no head
S: sweet chocolate mint and smooth whiskey
T: Just like the nose, so so good! Wow
F: thick and sticky. Coats very well.
O: The time in the barrel was done wonders to this beer. The regular is like a chocolate covered breath mint, but this like a chocolate andy's mint / Girl Scout thin mint cookie. A great beer for sure.

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4.81/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Where to begin.... poured this into a Hunahpu's Snifter...
Very dark black stout... very minimal head with almost no retention.
Smell was cocoa and very good strong mint. Smelled like a Junior Mint tastes.

I was a bit nervous for the taste, not ever having had mint in a stout.
Shouldn't have been worried. Stellar taste. Reminded me of eating a bowl of Mint Choc chip ice cream as a kid. Only with a shot of whiskey poured over the top.

The feel on the mouth is very velvety. Don't get a lot of alcohol for a whiskey barrel aged imperial stout, but it is there. low to medium carbonation.

Oh that mint! Still mind blown how good a combination this is in a beer.

Overall, i'd say this is a must try. It might not be for everyone, but I love it. I could drink this regularly as a change of pace nightcap.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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