Barrel-Aged 17 Mint Chocolate Stout | Perennial Artisan Ales

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

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Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States

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.

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Photo of bennyman12
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wow. What a beer. Had a bottle of this after ba abraxas on tap. Must have been a bad keg of baa, as the flavors were muted and there was no bourbon present. Some oxidation too. Def. not as good as other time I've had it.

This, on the other hand, had so many flavors. The chocolate, alcohol, mint, and bourbon are all strong but play well together. Think chocolate mint julep milkshake. And of course, perennial stouts are as thick as we all want them to be. Glorious!

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.83/5  rDev +10%
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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Photo of mothman
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Motor oil thick black. Pretty sure the base beer is maman. Light tan head.

Massive mint flavors but lots of chocolate as well. Big bourbon and oak. Rich and velvety.

Full bodied and thick.

The reason this beer is awesome is how thick it is and the barrel treatment. I hate regular 17, but this is glorious.

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Photo of corby112
3.91/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black and complete opaque without a trace of lighter color when held to a light source. Half finger beige head that immediately settles. Not much in the way of lacing. Nice color but could've use better retention/lace.

Inviting aroma with organic mint and freh herbs. Real mint leaf and fresh sage dominate the nose but underneath there's subtle roast and lighter malt sweetness. Some burnt toast, coffee bean and bitter dark chocolate along with caramel and toffee but the aroma is really dominated by herbs and mint.

Medium to full body wih a really strong herbal/minty flavor. Fresh garden salad with organic mint leaf, sage and peppery arugula. Even though it's barrel aged, the mint still dominates the palate. There's a subtle barrel presnce wih faint oak, vanilla bean and and delicate spicy bourbon. Underneath, there's some faint roast and heavy malt sweetness. Booziness from the bourbon is complimented by bakers chocolate, licorice, oatmeal and caramel. Much more complex and flavorful than the regular version. Not as acrid/dry with a pleasant and well integrated barrel character and very refreshing mint flavor.

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Photo of jbwimer
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The nightcap of an evening of amazing beers. Once again, my deepest thanks must go out to Cfan67. Dan, you truly are the man. Opened with Joe and Colleen, with a pour saved for my dear friend, Eddy. Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Voodoo Barrel Room tasting snifter.

A- The beer pours black as a moonless night and forms a thin, mocha head. No light getting through, whatsoever. As with the BA Sump, this beer has great legs... I love legs.

S- Lord, have mercy... This smells like a York patty with a splash of bourbon. Perennial delivers with the mint, as dark chocolate and bourbon play the background. This is an outstanding aroma.

T- I didn't think the aroma could be outdone, but splendid dark chocolate flavors prove me wrong. There is a minty coolness on the flavor, though the delightful, fudgy, chocolate flavors are on display here. Quite understated bourbon and roast keep this beer from being too sweet. However, this is definitely a dessert beer, and one of which I am now quite fond.

O- This was the perfect nightcap. My friends and I did not have high expectations for this beer, and that allowed it to over-deliver. I'm not a huge "mint-chocolate" guy, but I can't get over how surprisingly delicious this was. I would jump at any opportunity to have another shot at this beer. Bravo, Perennial.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I was a huge fan of non ba, so obviously I loved this. '14 batch. I have been known for killing 750s of high ABV brews solo, but this is one for a bottle share!! A bit much for one person

A- Smooth as hell looking, dark brown/black with dark coffee medium lacing. No legs. Peeerty looking brew!

S- Mint>chocolate> whiskey barrel that you get from BA Abraxas> nice malt backbone

T- Perfect symmetry throughout this beer. Just the right amount of mint to chocolate to whiskey barrel. Nice sting at the end.

M- Not crazy thick, but this one pulls it off very nicely. Very smooth, and the right amount of carb. Nice whiskey sting.

O- Perennial pulls off another one. BA 17 is incredible IMO. Now I just need a BA Sump

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Photo of drmcleod10
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Open and shared with 2 others on a random Friday night.
I missed the release so my brother picked up my allotment
2014 Batch 2 release

A - Dark as night pour with a half finger mocha foam head. As the head dissipates a small ring remains around the glass.

S - Smell is of rich dark chocolates hints of mint vanilla and bourbon

T - Taste follows the nose as you get a lot of rich dark chocolates and cocoa through the front with a minty boozy vanilla oak finish. The barrel character really has mellowed out the mint nicely.

M - Medium to full bodied here with a creamy smooth mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. The minty finish adds nicely to this beer

O - Not sure about last years batch, but this batch is refreshing and delicious. Can't wait to try BA Sump and BA Abrax this year.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Second batch (2014) available on tap at the Perennial Tap Room in St. Louis, MO. 11oz poured into a snifter today, 4/5/2014.

App- pitch black, hint of brown with an absolutely beautiful one finger dark brown head with a lot of retention. It drops slowly into a thick collar that stays for a long while. There is no lacing but this beer has a lot of legs.

Smell- even cold, there is a ton of mint and dark chocolate, cocoa. There is a lovely sweet bourbon complement that really adds a lot of complexity to the base mint and chocolate nose. Some oak, some charred malt, even a bit of nuttiness. It smells like a spiked mint chocolate shake.

Flavour- exceptionally complex beer that delivers a lot of mint from the time it hits the glass to the final sip. Sweet milk chocolate and bitter cocoa compliment the mint such that it is nowhere near overwhelming despite it's intensity. The bourbon barrel does a masterful job of contributing sweet bourbon, barrel notes of vanilla and oak to add complexity. I really enjoy the vanilla on top of the mint. The bourbon barrel contribution grows as the beer warms, which is a nice evolution. Delightful.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, not particularly chewy or viscous but does have a clean, minty finish. A small bit of heat comes out as it warms which actually complements the mint well. This is not difficult to drink at all. Carbonation is low but sufficient.

Overall- very tasty, unique and fairly complex barrel-aged stout that could only come from a brewery like Perennial. They know exactly what they're doing with their barrel-aged stouts. I enjoyed this almost as much as I did the Barrel-Aged Abraxas and that is saying a lot. This beer is perfect fresh; not sure that it needs any aging at all.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The base beer this year is the same as abraxas (which is different from previous years)

The beer pours a dark, but not inky/oily black with no head or visible carbonation. The nose is fresh chopped mint followed by milk chocolate - muted compared to the regular version- with a hint of barrel notes. The taste bring forward a piney and biting mintiness, some chocolatey sweetness, and a subtle oaky vanilla that lingers along with the alcoholic after-burn. The mouthfeel is smooth, rich, and full bodied with little carbonation, but is still slightly bitter and biting to cut the through the sweetness. There are minimal overt barrel characteristics, but the beer feels more balanced compared to the regular version. As the beer warms, the bitterness and booze become more pronounced hurting the overall drinkability. I definitely prefer this beer to the liquid-thin-mint regular version, but will let it continue to mellow for a few months before revisiting.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.51/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at a recent tasting, reviewed from notes.
Pours a thick and viscous black with dark head that leaves little lacing. The nose is reminiscent of a thin mint cookie with delicate and creamy notes of mint, dark chocolate, and vanilla. Some whiskey character comes through and brings on a nice vanilla character. The taste is strong with chocolate and mint which are balanced nicely with each other. The bourbon is present and really seems to be more like a supporting cast to meld and mellow the aggressive flavors present in the beer. Delicate notes of vanilla and oak come through at the finish. The body is thick but not motor oil heavy with mellow carbonation. Overall, this is the best mint beer I have tried. The mint has just enough character to pair nicely with the chocolate notes, but never become toothpaste like. Delicious and much better than the base beer!

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Photo of Rifugium
3.85/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A definite improvement over the non-BA version. Pour looked about the same, solid black body topped with a finger of tan head that receded to a ringlet; minimal lacing. Roasty malts and dark chocolate in the nose, light minty aroma that was overpowered by bourbon and vanilla, which was not a bad thing. Nice smooth bourbon profile in the taste, not too strong or hot, with an underlying Andes chocolate mint flavor, cooling and mildly sweet, and again, not too strong. The bourbon barrel fleshed out the mouthfeel of the base beer, giving a smoother, more full body, and an easier finish, without lending too much booziness overall.

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Photo of velcrogrip
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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Photo of jlindros
4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Pours a very dark cocoa colored thick creamy frothy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, nice lacing too.

Nose is awesome, fudge brownie, fudgesicle, lots of milk and dark choc, then a nice mint, almost peppermint patty like but not overpowering, nice caramel and hint of nougat. Then under all that is a nice whisky, on the lighter side but a def nice whisky aroma and faint barrel vanilla notes. So much choc and so many layers too.

Taste brings all of the same, dark choc, powdered cocoa, pure baking choc with a bitterness to it. So much fudge, again fudge brownie. Then peppermint in the background but light, again peppermint patty flavor. It gets fairly hot with booze, mostly clean booze but not too much, added to the whisky which brings a nice whisky flavor with the booze, and some vanilla barrel. Super dark choc with a light barrel char and vanilla comes through more add it goes. The booze flavor even comes through a bit and gets a little too strong, maybe it's only downfall. Creamy thick and rich. Finish is long with mouth coating dark bakers choc and fudge, light mint lingering too, but more whisky, not to much booze but some. Burp brings tons of mint that's no longer saturated with brownie and whisky.

Mouth is full bodied, thick and lush, but creamy, heavy, decent carb, some warning tingly boozy booze.

Overall awesome, great choc and fudge brownie, thick and lush, nice whisky notes and barrel, mint is nice that it's more subdued but def there. Great beer, very tasty, it's just the boozy booze that keeps this from being stellar.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.97/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Jet black with a nice mocha head. Thick collar.

Smell - Mint and chocolate. Still strong mint, but the whiskey cuts it well. Whiskey and vanilla. Mild oak. Smells good.

Taste - Mint. Chocolate. Mild whiskey. Chocolate comes back and the whiskey lingers in the finish. Vanilla rounds it out, but it's a mild barrel character.

Mouthfeel - Thick. Medium carbonation. Slightly boozy.

Overall - The whiskey cuts the mint enough to improve on the base beer.

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Photo of birchstick
4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Between the Barrels event during StL CBW

Pours black with a nice chocolates head on it. Nose is minty bourbony chocolate goodness. Taste is sweet minty chocolate up front. This is then followed by Andes mint flavors with bakers chocolate and mint. Finally, a bourbon splash in the end mixed with minty chocolate flavors rounds off the profile. This has a somewhat thin body, but it's still pretty good. Overall, killer BA beer - it takes the regular version and adds a nice bourbon layering to it; who would have guessed that?

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Photo of xnicknj
4.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into Perennial tulip - big thanks to hooliganlife

Opaque darkness in the glass, erupting with a frothy, darkly tanned head resting on top. Retention is long and sturdy, leaving spotty hints of lacing along the glass while drinking.

Ah, yes - just what I was hoping for...A pleasant blast of chilly mint dunked in syrupy chocolate and oaky whiskey. Decent amount of booze heat in the nose, but tempered by the heavier malt scents and bright herbal quality from the mint.

Rich and sweet right up front with flavors of swirled dark chocolate, cacao, cream and syrup. Residual vanilla from the whiskey barrels, toasted oak and a lovely wave of refreshing mintyness. Layered dark malts with roasted warmth, more boozy warmth on the back end with chocolate syrup and mint in the finish.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, smooth and pillowy on the tongue. I've been searching for a great mint chocolate stout (partially at my fiancee's behest) and this one really did it for me. The base beer is delicious on its own, but the well balanced barrel-aging really brought this one to new heights. Nicely done.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.55/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Got this from bsuedekum. Cheers man!

From a 750 into a snifter
Bottled March 2013
Stout in whisky barrels with caco nibs and mint leaves

APPEARANCE: Pretty black and think out of the bottle. Pour yields a one finger, slightly looser, mocha colored hed with decent retention. Head fades to a splotchy wisp and ring. Black body with higher levels of carbonation. Dots of wisp remain leaving touches of lacing down the glass. Head needs to be creamier and thicker, but this is nice and black for sure.

SMELL: Whisky and oak are there, with sweet cream and vanilla notes. Roasted aromas are nice, with good chocolate on the nose as well. Bold enough. No real mint here, which is actually a bit of a relief. Not quite as big and impressive as SUMP, but still nice.

TASTE: Whisky, oak, vanilla and touch of mint up front, but relatively mild. Lots of barrel and alcohol in the swallow, with boozy whisky, oak and sweet cream at the finish. Bold and lingering finish with lots of barrel, a hint of mint, some nice chocolate flavors and some roasted notes as well. The bitter dark chocolate works well with the sweet cream and oak flavors from the whisky barrel. A touch boozier than hoped, but the flavors are nice and the mint leaves make only a minor impression up front, which is appreciated.

PALATE: Thinner body and higher levels of carbonation. Very light and not all that creamy, goes down fine with a burn at the swallow and finishes rather sticky. Head lingers on the palate. A little too light and harsh perhaps, which doesn't really help the flavors.

OVERALL: This was really good. The flavors are well balanced and the mint well measured, though the carbonation a little too much and the feel a touch too light to really support the flavors. While I would take BA SUMP over this every time, I wouldn't kick this one out of bed for eating crackers. Thanks again bsuedekum. Been really impressed with these guys so far.

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Photo of rudzud
4.66/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Received in a trade, shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a very nice thick deep dark brown nearly black hue with a thin one finger head that fades to leave a light wisps and lacing.

S - Aromas are just exploding with chocolate fudge brownies, they are front and center, mint is behind it, soft and subtle like a junior mint, light whiskey notes in the background. Super balanced.

T - Taste is a bit hot, lots of whiskey notes here, tons of that chocolate here, fudge brownies galore, light mint here nice and subtle. This has rarer dos level fudge here. Delicious, thick, awesome.

M - Mouthfeel is very thick, chewy, nice carbonation, wonderful.

O - Overall I really enjoyed this beer, thick, tons of much fudge brownies, subtle mint, boozy but not overly so. Very well executed.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty damn good beer. On tap at Local 44 during PBW. Pours black with creamy mocha head with great lacing. Smells of floral mint. Almost reminds me of opening up a mint chocolate chip ice cream carton. Some barrel notes add to the aroma as well. Tastes chocolate mint-like with oaky wood and a nice subtle bourbon whisky flavor at the tail end. Vinous bourbon lingers. Appropriately bitter that balances the sweet malt flavors.

An excellent beer overall. Glad to have the chance to try it.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Acre. Served in a 8oz taster glass.

A - Mocha foam settles to a partial cap, collar, and splotchy lacing. Near-black body that is opaque and solid throughout.

S - Loads of mint and chocolate, just like the base, but with a light whiskey spice and oak mixed in. Mellower than the base beer, with well-integrated barrel-aging; I like that Perennial doesn't overwhelm their base stouts, as there is already a lot of good stuff happening.

T - Taste is less minty, and heavier on chocolate, vanilla, and roasted malts, with some whiskey and oak adding depth. Charred wood and espresso bitterness in the finish. Managers to be sweet without being cloying.

M - Medium-full body, with a dry, roasty and tannic texture to it. Some mild alcohol warming, and a pleasant medium-low carbonation level.

D - Quite drinkable for an 11.5% beer with mint. Mellower than expected, with well-hidden alcohol and a sort of understated barrel influence; I'm curious if this was 100% barrel-aged or blended back with fresh 17. I had two glasses and considering going back to Acre the next day for more.

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Photo of rodkin
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5


Pours silky black with a medium-light beige head, minimal lacing.

Smell is waves of chocolate upfront, followed by the mint, a bit of rye spice, some dark roasted malts, bit of coffee. Really just lots of chocolate and mint though, which is nice.

The smell was more emphasis on chocolate and less on mint, but the taste balances the two more. The roasted malts fall to the side a bit. The whisky is more prevalent than it was in sump and ba abraxas, and has some nice spice. It actually complements the mint and chocolate quite well. Still, I wish the chocolate was as prominent as it was in the nose, and that the barrel character was just slightly less.

Medium mouthfeel, low carbonation. Slightly thinner than ba abraxas and sump (though by no means thin).

This is a very good ba stout. Didn't quite live up to how incredible sump and ba abraxas were, but it's no lightweight. Definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.99/5  rDev +13.7%
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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Barrel-Aged 17 Mint Chocolate Stout from Perennial Artisan Ales
4.39 out of 5 based on 221 ratings.
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