Thick Mint Imperial Stout (Blackwater Series)
Southern Tier Brewing Company

Thick Mint Imperial Stout (Blackwater Series)Thick Mint Imperial Stout (Blackwater Series)
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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,054
Ranked #2,812
4.17 | pDev: 9.35%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Thick Mint Imperial Stout (Blackwater Series)Thick Mint Imperial Stout (Blackwater Series)
Notes: Inspired by the legendary Girl Scout cookie, Thick Mint joins our world-class rated Blackwater Series of dessert beers alongside Creme Brûlée, Choklat Oranj, Salted Caramel & Choklat in 2017. This imperial stout is a mouthful of perfectly balanced mint & chocolate. Roasty malts coalesce with notes of Belgian dark chocolate, sweet mint & just a touch of sweet caramel. So decadently delicious, you’ll wish you’d bought another box... er, bottle.
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid black color with medium light carbonation. Has an above average body with a thick,creamy feel
Aroma is roasted malt,mint, dark chocolate, espresso, black coffee alcohol
Taste is mint ,chocolate, espresso and roasted malt.
Overall it's an above average dessert beer with a high abv that is fairly well hidden. Totally worth a try

Mar 17, 2019
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Year : 2017. Bottled 12/21 at 12:21 AM. This must be a sign. Poured into Crane snifter. $4.49 a bottle from Total Wine in Daytona Beach, FL. Was a $21.99 4 pack but they split it up for me (2 bottles) and gave me a discount.

If there's a beer any more shiny, I'd like to see it. Absolute polished black leather shine, I can see everything in the room in it - like a mirror. Head is a thin half finger of beige.

Aroma is dead-on Girl Scout's Thin'd they do it? I'd bet you couldn't tell a difference if you had them side by side (maybe a touch more chocolate from the real thing, but it would take a discerning and critical nose).

Flavor hits with a rush of chocolate, then wafer cookie, then a strong soapy hop bitterness, and then a fresh leaf of mint. Forget about brushing (no, don't) because this brings the mint big time. Alcohol heat builds and then settles on the tongue, and grows more intense the more it is sipped.

Feel is slick, oily almost, with a moderate to heavy carbonation level, and alcohol heat with some real nice burning freshness at the end.

Overall, I think impressive is the word. It's not as tasty as it is impressive, mostly because of that nose. The soapy hop bitterness as usual (it plagues all of Southern Tier's dessert beers) is its downfall, but I notice it less here than I have in other beers. Overall, while in Florida it was a $21.99 4 pack, I think if you can get it on sale for $5 bucks or more cheaper, it's a good deal.

Nov 12, 2018
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erk0607 from Colorado

4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Nearly black, opaque body with dark tank carbonation that consists of small, individual bubbles, lingers nicely, slighlty soapy appearance.
Smell: Minty, chocolatey, sugary, maybe a bit of coconut. Cookie.
Taste: Peppermint patty mintyness and sugar on the front, followed by by roasty chocolate on the back.
Feel: Thick, syrupy, creamy, smooth going down. Dessert like.
Overall: Excellent beer, would not hesitate to get another one. Powerful though.

Nov 04, 2018
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southern Tier Brewing Company "Thick Mint"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "DOB 11/13/17 09:43AM"
$4.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: It pours a very dark brown/black body beneath a short head of dark tan foam. Mild mint and chocolate greet you in the nose. The mint dominates the chocolate. The same is true in the flavor, and it really tastes like a Girl Scout "Thin Mint". I wasn't expecting it to be so close and I'm impressed. It has that very dark, intense, bitter dark chocolate flavor while still being sweet and cookie-like; and the more I drink the more of the chocolate I get, perhaps it's building on my palate, but it's not sticky or cloying. Wow! That's an impressive dessert beer. And it's strong. I'm getting some of the alcohol now, it shows up in the finish. It's not bad though, I think you should get some alcohol in a 10% abv beer. In the mouth it's medium-full in body, and a fine-bubbled median carbonation leaves it crisp but then smooth and creamy once it warms in the mouth a bit. So, conclusion, I've liked or loved all of the Southern Tier dessert beers but there's something special about this one. On the other hand, it is very focused in what it is and therefore lacks in complexity - but so do Thin Mints! I guess the richness is a good trade-off though. I have no doubt that I'll find myself enjoying more of these at night with a good book, or on the porch on cool fall evening, or when the weather forces me to stay indoors.
Review# 6,206

Aug 21, 2018
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jjamadorphd from Florida

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black water, indeed!

Right out of the bottle this thing pours what I now believe is the blackest and most light absorbing colored liquid I have ever put my eyes upon. What stops this short from being world class is the lack of foam and lacing. Otherwise, this is a beer to behold in person. The smell is everything it touts to be - chocolaty, minty, a touch of booze, all of which perfectly translates to the taste making it the best dessert beer I've ever had. Its mouthfeel is creamy and almost velvety, with only a touch of carbonation and a tingle of heat from the 10% ABV, another wonderful experience. Overall, this was more than exceptional to me, it was absolutely outstanding...I need to find another one so I can age for a year and see what I find at the end of that waiting period.

Jun 11, 2018
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black in color with no light penetration. There's a quarter inch of beige resting on top. It smells and tastes exactly like a thin mint cookie. The milk chocolate is decadent and then the mint flavor shows itself on the back of the palate. The mouth is silky smooth, decadent, and there's a cooling sensation to the mouth from the mint. Outstanding!

Jun 02, 2018
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Dark black pour with thin brownish head. Falls fast with minimal lacing.

S: Chocolate and mint... roasted sugars. Smells like the 'thin mint' girlscout cookies.

T/F: Sweet and roasty... strong mint presence. Dark chocolate... mild espresso. Very mild bitterness but more of a dessert beer. Much better as it warms... the ABV is only partially hidden. Thick and sticky on the mouth.

O: A solid minty chocolate stout. If you like the girlscout cookies you'll enjoy this beer. Let it warm!

May 04, 2018
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Gajo74 from New York

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an ink black color, perhaps a hint of ruby, with a billowing foam head. The head quickly dissipates, leaving a thin ring of lace.
The aroma is dominated by mint, along with chocolate and vanilla. The malt has an almond and cookie quality as well.
As with the aroma, the taste is quite minty, with a York Peppermint Patty flavor. Other flavors include chocolate malt and sticky cookie dough. Pleasantly surprised to see this beer is not overly sweet, as there is significant bitterness in the mid palate, which is reflected by roasty malts and grassy herbal hops.
Creamy, smooth, and full bodied, yet, easy to drink. The finish has a roasty and hoppy bitterness. However, the finish, with its minty/menthol like qualities is also quite refreshing. The alcohol is well hidden but certainly there.
Pleasantly surprised and pleased by this brew. Not just a dessert beer, I feel like it stands out on its own.

Apr 26, 2018
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jhasler0 from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer literally looks, tastes, and smells like a liquified Thin Mint. Definitely not what I would typically enjoy, but I see why others might. I got a taster at a beer fest. The first sip was amazing but every one after that felt unnecessary and not that enjoyable. Suggest getting it in a small quantity to share with others.

Apr 21, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.49/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Slick, gloppy black with a thin tan blanket.

Having this side by side with Thirsty Dog's Old Choco, this has a stronger mint presence and a thicker body. The mint is quite spicy actually, and dark chocolate is in the background.

While it actually does taste like the cookie that inspired its name, it's also a bit boozy. The finish is dry. Thirsty Dog's has more roast and malt beer flavor, and is more drinkable.

Apr 19, 2018
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NextBestThing from New York

3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drank this a couple of times when Southern Tier was still cranking out bombers, this particular bottle was a 12-ounce bottle that I had laying around for a couple of months. Poured to a snifter. It's an excellent looking beer in the glass, very dark with a light layer of fairly tight head which dissipates into a ring of bubbles around the perimeter within 150 seconds or so. It's an outstanding appearance. The nose is surprisingly weak. Almost odorless. Odd.

Tastes like what it's supposed to taste like based upon the name of the beer. I'm getting chocolate with a detectable mint presence. I like the mint in this about equally as much as the mint in a Peppermint Victory at Sea, which I have always thought was the best VoS variant. Low bitterness, not offensively sweet. Above average.

A little thin in the mouth. I would describe it as a medium mouth feel. Carbonation is not noticeable. Expected a little thicker, neither a particular strength or a particular weakness.

I drank this along with 3 thin mint girl scout cookies. I'm not sure if this influenced how I experienced the beer (probably did) but the beer is true to it's name and it's description on the bottle. Reserved recommendation. Good.

Apr 08, 2018
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I hope I'm not the only one who experiences this beer as a tad too sweet. While Thin Mints are famous, they too are too sweet and an injection of sugar. I prefer my chocolate 70% or more cacao and with only contrasting (salt, nut, pretzel, pepper) additives. Same way with beer. So, as much as I love this brewer...
a) The beer pours a thin head that fades fast and laces little over a black body. The additives / sugar kill the stickage.
s) Smells of the open thin mint (not the g-scout cookie) box, with its dark brown waxed paper and the mint inhale. (Authentic, but not much else I'm sad to say - too 1 dimensional.)
t) The flavor breaks out but mostly in sugary directions. I agree it's a great last half or shared beer of the evening. One whole one is too much. There's vanilla, chocolate, mint notes, with a slight mineral and medicine cabinet / shellac kick, along w dark creamy malts, but not much else, and none of the roast, char, wood, or hops of other stouts.
f) Good viscous body, low carbonation, sambuca-like liquore body.
o) Shared night cap - a 4+. As stout beer < 4. also too expensive. A novelty.

Mar 26, 2018
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VABA from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-A very dark opaque color with a very slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has resounding coffee, dark chocolate and mint hints
T-The taste follows the nose with abundant coffee, dark chocolate and mint flavors
M-A medium bodied robust stout with a complex character
O-Another solid stout from Southern Tier

Mar 25, 2018
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TH28 from Florida

4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. 11/14/17 bottle date. Appearance: Black, opaque, with low lying dark khaki head that dissipates. Aroma: Creamed coffee, dark chocolate, and a touch of sweet mint. Taste: Rich malt sweetness, cocoa, molasses, and light roast that quickly transitions toa sweet mintthat leaves a cooling sensation on the tongue. Light perceived bitterness. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a low carbonation. Finish: Cool mint sensation lingers over a light roasted maltiness and cocoa Overall: A true dessert beer that is intensely rich and sweet with a decadent chocolate and roast countered by a sweet mint that leaves a cool sensation on the tongue. A unique beer for sure, but a bit of a challenge to finish because of the rich complexity

Mar 17, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i have to say that on paper this really doesnt appeal to me at all, i dont want mint in my beer, certainly not in my stout, but after spending a little time with this, i think its about as well done as such a thing possibly could be, its incredibly true to the cookie itself, and its another dessert stout from southern tier that sets the standard, man they were on these long before they were all the rage! this looks like a nitro beer from the tap, frothy tan headed, creamy and impossibly dense and rich looking foam on top of a muted black base, also quite viscous. lathery and lacy, this is beautiful beer. i get fresh spearmint coming through all of the dark roast, coffee, and bitter chocolate in here, its fresh and natural and not medicinal to me at all, which i was worried about. somehow its awesome with the chocolate, which is earthy cocoa, baking chocolate, not as sweet as i thought it might be, at least in the smell, very attractive, not overly complex, but definitely smells like the cookies! the flavor is like the cookies too, with a little more sweetness in the chocolate profile but still really dark and high quality tasting to me. the dark grain is robust here, ashy and near burnt, lots of bitterness from it helps balance the inherent sugar, while the mint gives the whole thing a light and fresh element so rarely found in big huge stouts like this, i actually really like it. it finishes like brownie batter and junior mints candies, sweet but awesome, and there is such a rich and decadent heavy feel to this, its perfect really. not the kind of beer i find myself wanting to drink on very often, but this was really a pleasant surprise. far less gimmicky and over the top sugary than say that cinnamon roll one they did recently, i dare say i could drink a whole one of these...

Mar 09, 2018
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5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This one gets perfect scores across the board because it serves up everything that is designed to from the the taste to the nose and feel. Mint is a perfect flavor for a stout and Southern Tier balances a bevy of flavors for one solid imperial stout! The beer reminds me of a good old fashioned mint chocolate chip ice cream shake in a glass. It is also reminiscent of girl scout cookies. Those flavors bring up some serious nostalgia. Southen Tier just keeps killing it!
Look: pitch black with a light brown head, 1/2 " of head that dissapates to nothing, lacing going on
Smell: mint chocolate chip ice cream
Taste: mint chocolate chip ice cream, girl scout cookies
Feel: nice and thick like a wonderful alcoholic milk shake(how do they get it to feel thick like that?), not much carbonation

Mar 06, 2018
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SLeffler27 from New York

3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours velvety black walnut. Syrupy with a dark beige mousse that leaves a thin ring of lace and a viscous film with each sip.

The aroma is remarkably similar to a cookie with a not so coincidentally similar name. Mint and chocolate dominate over dark roasted cocoa nibs. Once identified, the cocoa nibs are unmistakable. Mint evolves to more closely resemble Crème de Minthe as it warms.

This is well balanced with sweetness against the roasted bitterness and follows the nose. Bitterness spikes late in each sip. The base style is clearly evident with lots of dark roasted character. Unfortunately the mint masks other characteristics. Warmth accentuates the bitterness while the finish is long and strong with mint.

While a touch metallic and astringent, the dense, slick body holds down carbonation to a fine prickle. Generally the beer is smooth.

Thick mint is a fun, distracting beer, more a novelty than a staple. It is enjoyable and demonstrates the potential a mint chocolate stout can develop.

Feb 25, 2018
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nearly black pour, dark mahogany on the edges, and a creamy tan head. Nose is dark chocolate and rich mint. Mouth is now officially watering.

Taste is dark chocolate and bright peppermint - this is like Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookies in a beer. Simply delicious, IMHO.

Feb 21, 2018
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luvabrew from New York

4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Smells and tastes just like a liquified Girl Scout cookie. Rich dark color, nice head, great on the nose, and definitely a dessert beer....sweet and yum. 10%...sip it!

Feb 10, 2018
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Tcull123 from New York

3.03/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Definitely artificial flavors in here. All extract. Seems to be the exact profile of choklat with fake mint flavor. Poured with no head retention. Definitely not a thin mint. Alcohol warmth is prominent. 8 bucks for a 22. I'll

Feb 10, 2018
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Nass from Florida

4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a really taste stout although I don't think it deserves a world class rating. Maybe I am wrong and it does deserve a world class rating. Who the heck knows. This is not stout that I would drink regularly considering that too much chocolate can lead to pimples as well as diabetes but once in a while a bottle won't do too much damage to you. Furthermore, the 10% abv is perfectly hidden. The mint is not overpowering the beer and making it undrinkable. I'm a quite a fan of chocolate chip mint chip ice cream btw. I'm glad that I can say that I was able to drink a chocolate stout with mint added to it. Cheers! A-

Feb 09, 2018
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Lucular from Maryland

4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nearly pitch black. Smells and tastes like a thin mint cookie. 10% abv is well hidden. Bitter chocolate and mint are the predominant flavors and if anything are too strong.

Feb 08, 2018
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L - Pitch black with a medium, silky tan head that sticks around and leaves some lacing behind.
S - Smells like an Andes mint or any mint chocolate candy really; tons of chocolate up front with a slight hint of sweet mint. A hint of roasted, toasted malt as well.
T - Tons of semi sweet chocolate up front with roasted, toasted malt throughout followed by sweet mint.
F - Fuller bodied with a mild amount of carbonation. Smooth and creamy.
O - Southern Tier's Blackwater series is one of my favorites in terms of stouts and this example does not disappoint. Tastes exactly like mint chocolate chip. A perfect dessert beer and a fantastic stout.

Jan 28, 2018
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eespo93 from New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

When you're in the mood for a dessert, and you're not too hungry, this is my favorite way to cap off a meal, or kick off a night of a few drinks. The aroma is intoxicating. I'm a sucker for mint, and this is the first Mint Beer I've ever tried, but it did not disappoint! The smell is the highlight for me, but the taste is also very good. It is surprisingly heavy, at 10%, but it does not taste like a 10 percenter. The feel is similar to a generic stout, but if you're in the mood for something sweet, it has a very chocolatey taste, and a hint of mint. Eat this before some mint choco ice cream and you'll have found yourself in Willy Wonka's dreams. I would never be able to drink more than one of these in a sitting, because it is just too darn heavy, and it really feels like a dessert. Drinking one is a treat, drinking two would be a chore. Not to mention a 4-pack cost me 18 bucks... so I think I'll make these last and drink one per sitting!

Jan 23, 2018
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ThrewRedButter from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

L - Pitch black with ruby red edges and less than a finger of light brown head

S - Well, yeah, chocolate and mint with minor alcohol

T - Well, yeah, chocolate and mint. Liquid Andes candies. No real Imperial Stout characteristics and is simplistic.

F - Thick enough. No alcohol. Finishes kind of clean with no cloying aftertaste.

O - One-dimensional, but it delivered what it promised.

Jan 22, 2018
Thick Mint Imperial Stout (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 331 ratings