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

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Thick Mint Imperial Stout (Blackwater Series)Thick Mint Imperial Stout (Blackwater Series)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
stbcbeer.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by superspak on 01-31-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,393
Reviews:
94
Ratings:
316
pDev:
9.66%
 
 
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4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
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.
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Photo of archero
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of epterina
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of APH
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SkeletonBitch
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of golf4collet
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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2.75/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of jjamadorphd
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
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!

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Photo of LisaEisMe
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of vrbulldog22
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of trainradio77
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beerwarlock
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zaktcc
4.71/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of EMV
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
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!

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Photo of Dougwillhike
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gajo74
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of WOLFGANG
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Draught Coffee and dark chocolate covered thin mint girl scout cookies. Needs to be a little heavier in the mouthfeel.

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Photo of RickyBfromCT
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jhasler0
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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Photo of pm0719
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Thick Mint Imperial Stout (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 316 ratings