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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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #849
Ranked #2,437
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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Reviews by StonedTrippin:
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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...

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black pour with a thick, creamy burnt toffee colored head.

S - Dominant mint, creme, and chocolate on the nose.

T - Chocolate, mint, creme, and some alcohol presence as the beer warms.

M - Finish is slightly chalky, a little bit of stickiness on the lips

O - One of the better mint stouts that I've had. Worth a try.

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Photo of Irishman_Scott
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured black and thick. Perfect mouthfeel for a stout like this. Very dark, and smells of the chocolate and mint come through. The flavor is the catch though. Definitely very distinct Mint and chocolate comes through. This is flavorful and excellent. Most would consider it a desert beer. Me, I could drink it about any time.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glass full of Andes mints or I guess thin mints if you prefer. The aroma is tons of chocolate and mint. The taste is tons of chocolate and mint. It isn't as sweet as the nose would lead you to believe but it is sweet. The finish is surprisingly bitter though it is more like bitter dark chocolate and less like hops. Interesting and delicious dessert beer.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into snifter glass (as recommended on the bottle) in December 2017. There was a bottled-on date of 3/3/2017 on the bottle. I drank this within 1 month of purchase.

Appearance: Very dark black with a thick tan/brown head. Head is creamy and remains thick for a while. It leaves a little lacing on the glass.

Smell: Strong aroma of mint and chocolate and caramel. There is not much hop aroma.

Taste: There is an interesting combination of flavors. There is strong mint and chocolate flavors with some smoky roasted malt flavors, and a little vanilla and caramel flavor. There is little bitterness from hops, but the flavor is dominated by the mint and chocolate flavors. There is a strong alcohol presence as with other Imperial Stouts.

Mouth-feel: Thick, but with a heavy and extremely smooth and creamy body.

This is a very good dessert style Imperial Stout, and it has a variety of flavors that adds a nice complexity to the beer. It is very smooth and enjoyable to drink. I would buy this again.

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Photo of durlta
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zach136
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ri0
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into small snifter. It is black with a 1 finger light tan head. Fades slowly and leaves behind a good amount lacing on my glass. Pleasant aroma that is creme de mint with cocoa and milk chocolate. Flavor resembles a peppermint york patty more than a thin mint cookie. It is very enjoyable with a bit more mint that chocolate that doesn't become too sweet. Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth carbonated finish. It is definitely enjoyable if you like mint and chocolate.

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Photo of tubeyes
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jjamadorphd
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.

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

Photo of ThrewRedButter
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.

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Photo of dsshuck
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of skorze
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerBeast
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheNakedStiletto
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nmgreen
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cp45
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bshiban
3.41/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JohnTurano
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nunya
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Hockey_Fan
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LisaEisMe
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fusion7777
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RacerX5k
3.54/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

As advertised. Did I expect anything different? No. Smells and tastes exactly Girl Scout Thin Mints. Who doesn't like the iconic cookie? Did I like this? Yes but like any novelty beer never need to have again. If anything, I'd suggest dialing the mint back a little bit. Serving size 12 oz $2 I would also suggest not paying the $10 I've seen the bomber list for.

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Thick Mint Imperial Stout (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 328 ratings