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Bourbon Barrel Coffee Mint StoutBourbon Barrel Coffee Mint Stout

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South Shore Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 46 | Ratings: 77
Photo of Florida9
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown, but light is still capable of showing through on the edges. Forms a nice sized tan head. Good retention.

S: At first this smells of mouthwash: basically a lot of mint with some alcohol. As it warms some coffee begins to show up in the background.

T: Coffee, chocolate, and mint. The mint hangs around with an unwanted persistentness.

M: On the thinner side for a stout. Decent carbonation.

O: I can't say I cared for this beer very much. Really too much mint for it to be enjoyable and with a thin body for such bold flavors. Barrel aging is virtually non-existent, though I'm not sure that is really a flaw with this beer.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.6/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a single 1PT., 6FL. OZ bottle at Star Liquor in Ashland Wisconsin for $4.49 in Spring 2011.

Pours a smooth dark brown color with a slight bit of carbonation. Proclaims on it's bottle to be a "Bourbon Barrel Coffee Mint Stout." From the scent I can definetly pick out the peppermint and coffee along with some robust malts. There is an explosion of flavors in it's taste. Mainly sweet carmel malts stand out with the taste of coffee and a dash of sweet peppermint. Perhaps what makes this beer the best is it's bourbon barrel process in combination with the ingredients used. Fairly robust and delicious. Granted I'm drinking this in the summer but this would make a great Christmas present as a stocking stuffer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.02/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Big thanks to the Central PA group of the Gang Bang BIF for this bottle!

Hell, I knew I had to try this beer the first time my eyes read its name. Yes. It pours a very dark ruby-tinted black-brown topped by a finger of light brown foam. The nose reminds me of a Mint Meltaway from Fannie May (chocolate and mint dancing together in near-sublime harmony), along with some light char and very light whiskey. The taste brings in more of the same, though the char is more pronounced, the mint is toned-down ever so slightly, and the coffee finally makes itself known. Honestly, I don't get all that much of the barrel myself, but for once that doesn't seem to hurt the experience too much. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a sorta watery finish. Overall, a very nice stout, one that showcases the advertised components pretty well. If it weren't for the very lackluster-ly thin and watery body, this would have been close to exceptional in my book.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip.
No date or info on the bottle.

A - Black as they come, the midnight-colored brew is topped by a dense tan head. Great lace clings to the glass but the head has fairly low retention.

S - Peppermint flourishes in this well-balanced stout nose! Chocolate, cocoa, black coffee, and complimentary mild bourbon barrel notes. Awesome nuanced of vanilla and oak.

T - Milk chocolate and black coffee blend nicely with the bourbon barrel and vanilla notes. Peppermint is potent but very good in retention.

M - A little too thin for the name's sake and flavor profile but smooth regardless. Medium-bodied and minty, of course! This one could stand to be much fuller-bodied and rich. Mild solvent alcohol finish.

O - One might not think the mouthfeel is so important in a brew, but it plays a big part and, in this beer, it could stand to be much thicker and warming. That would do big things. I'm always a fan of subtly but more time in the barrels to bring those nuances up would also be good. Otherwise, for $6, this is a fantastic brew.

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Photo of burnheartsMKE
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a fantastic surprise!

Pours a beautiful deep chocolate brown with a dramatic ascending carbonated head.

Even cold, this thing smells magical; fresh peppermint is off-set by a just brewed pot of coffee melding perfectly with some quality roasted malts and an oh, so subtle hint of bourbon.

When this hit my tongue my whole being sang! No one flavor outweighs the other. It’s balanced impeccably with cooling mint, a deep roast and round-stout mouthfeel. Initially I was quite leery of this flavor combo, but I cannot emphasize the well-crafted balancing act that this stout demonstrates.

While the heaviness of stouts might start to weigh you down (especially after a couple big IPAs) the mint and coffee in this guy perked me right back up; it opened my senses rather than dulled them.

If you can find this I highly recommend giving it a try. It’s a great spring-time stout that will wake you from your deep winter slumber.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Corey – much obliged!

Pours one shade from black with a 1.5-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted malts with moderate amounts of dark chocolate, all joined by solid amounts of mint lurking in the background. Also present are slight vanilla aromas from the oak.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by equal amounts of dark chocolate and oak. Midway through the sip the mint becomes more pronounced, but not as much as in the aroma. The oak and roasted malt flavors carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I found this to be an interesting beer, not one over which I would clamor to have again, but nice nonetheless. Worth a shot.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to burnheartsMKE for sending me this one!

Pours a pitch black color with a 3 inch khaki head that fades to a small cap. A nice latticework of lacing forms on the glass on the drink down. Smells of peppermint and bourbon mainly with a slight coffee aroma. A very interesting smell for a beer with the mint. Taste is of a mug of coffee stirred with peppermint sticks and a dash of bourbon poured in. Aftertaste is of mint and coffee bitterness. This is a somewhat thin and watery feeling beer. A mild carbonation with a smooth quality. Overall, this is an interesting peppermint beer from a brewery I had never heard of. I am glad I got to try such a brew.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'd never heard of this one before Jason pulled it out of the fridge. Served in a tulip glass.

A - A finger of tan foam that has excellent retention settles to a thin partial cap but minimal lace. The body is dark brown in color without any obvious transparency.

S - Mint and dark chocolate. Some oak, but not much overt bourbon flavor. I didn't even realize there was coffee in this until I looked it up on Beer Advocate.

T - Roasted malts, dark chocolate, and mint. Again, minimal barrel and bourbon, and no coffee.

M - Somewhat gritty and grainy, with medium-high carbonation, and no obvious alcohol.

D - Not the most drinkable beer, although I'd imagine that if you really like thin mints this might be a big hit. Not much bourbon barrel or coffee makes me wonder how fresh this is, as well as the alcohol content and length of times in the barrels. I much preferred Goose Island's Derby.

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Photo of seeswo
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a small tan head. Nose is big mint, roast, and a touch of bourbon. Hmmm...not sure what I would otherwise expect. Not awesome, but probably what it needs to be for this beer. The taste is really odd. Mint, bourbon, roast, hop? bitterness in the finish. Not much coffee. Almost from the moment I tasted it, I though, why put this in bourbon barrels? Make a super chocolatey, rich, roasty (imperial) stout and toss that mint in. Anyway, in no way is the taste offensive, it just doesn't come together like I would want. Mouthfeel is medium, decidedly not creamy with good carbonation. Overall, I give this a bump for the experiment and because it is cheap. I think it also would work better with a scoop of ice cream floated in it. This idea could be better executed with some more focus and less of a kitchen sink approach.

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Photo of landhoney
2.74/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Well, you need to like mint to like this beer, and not just kind of like need to really like it. Overall a well made beer that just did not do it for me. I like mint in certain things, this beer was not one of them. All other taste/smell/mouth-feel characteristics were overwhelmed (to my palate) by the mint. The aroma is medicinal, not just "fresh mint", and so is the flavor although I imagine they actually used fresh mint in this. Anyway, did not even finish my small taste of this beer, tried a few sips and had enough. Just not my cuppa'

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Photo of mcallister
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Deep brown bordering on black with a tall light tan head that is whispy and foamy. Poured with excessive carbonation which hurts the overall look otherwise looks good.

Very reminiscent of a girl scout thin mint cookie. Mint and dark chocolate stand out at the forefront with light black fruits, hints of oak and vanilla, and the slightest hint of bourbon.

I like where they are trying to go with this but things are somewhat of a mess. Very minty all the way through with light chocolate in the middle and on the finish. Coffee is really nowhere to be found except for maybe in the way of tannins on the finish. More chocolate comes through with light oak and bourbon flavors. Some black currant and earth reside deep as well. Unfortunately the carbonation level on this is a bit whacked. Over carbonated and hurting everything from it.

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Photo of benpopper
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Stolzle Beer Glass from a bottle. Couldn't pass this up regardless at 4.99! And even though not rated high, I would recommend anyone who sees a bottle get one to share at a tasting or something, just because of its originality.

Pours pretty black into the glass, a little brown in the light. Chocolate colored head that hangs out for a little while and slowly fades leaving behind a little lace. Not very oily like some bourbon beers.

The smell really kind of makes this something I don't want to revisit although it isn't bad... Very very minty followed by alcohol. The snifter styled glass might have been enhancing the smell a bit, but it really turned me off.

The taste upfront is all mint, but not as much as I expected from the smell. The the chocolate flavors start to pull through. The warmer it got the more chocolate there was. The bourbon is less prevalent, but there in the same way as the chocolate. More of a boozy backing though. Not a whole lot of coffee.

It doesn't feel as dark as it looks. Maybe a bit more bourbon barrel time would make it smoother as the carbonation is really there still...I did enjoy drinking it though.

Overall, it isn't a bad beer, but maybe a bit more malt or time in the barrel would even things out a bit. Not something I'd age as it seems like the stuff you really want to come out more would fade away.

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.39/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Black body shows hints of dark brown. Light tan head with decent retention.

S: Very heavy on the mint, with some alcohol and roasted malt. Smells like a peppermint patty.

T: Initial punch of mint followed by chocolate malt. Unlike the aroma, the flavor is more restrained and I’d describe it as a cocoa/mint leaf combination. Fruity bourbon jumps in midway and lingers through the finish, contributing a little tangyness. Coffee is wasn't all that apparent to me.

M: Medium bodied, with rough carbonation. Rather choppy for the style.

Overall, this isn’t bad, but I’d prefer it heavier with a bigger malt base. Also, the mint and bourbon didn’t really work well together in my opinion. Worth a try if you're looking for something unusual (especially at $5/22oz), but probably a one and done for me.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

split with a friend; bomber poured into 2 pint glasses.

Appearance: Dark brown body with a dark tan brown head. Some lacing klings to glass.

Smell: Malts, coffee, chocolate, and boat loads of mint that has a nice spicy and peppery smell to it.

Taste: Coffee and Chocolate that is roasty and not overly sweet. Quickly interupted by a mint explosion that overpowers all other flavors initially. The mint tastes artificial and almost like an extract or a syrupy flavor. Mint flavor continues through to the aftertaste. Some hints of vanilla and oak try to cut through the mint, but don't ever really punch through the mint dominant flavor. I think if this beer was really bourbon forward it would be horrible, but the brewer barrel aged this one about right. The mint flavor also finishes with a very mild bitterness that i could not really place.

Mouthfeel: This was the dissapointment. I was thinking this beer would be thick and chewy and it is just plain.... thin.

Overall: Less mint flavor, more and a thick full body would make this beer amazing. It was still a tasty and rare treat. I happened to stumble on the bottle at a beer store i had never beer to before and wanted to give it a shot because it had a lot of potential.

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Photo of cokes
4.59/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark mahogany brown bodied with a mocha-tan head that fades quickly but laces well.
Fudgy, chocolate mint aroma backed with mild roast coffee. Vanilla creeps in as the primary barrelled note, but later (especially with warmth) charred oak and toasted coconut materialize.
The aroma hints that it brings loads of unbridled sweetness, and though sweet-leaning, that's not that case.
Powdered cocoa, light roast coffee beans, and macadamia nuts stroll through the mouth first. Mint seems to levitate above it all, adding fresh peppery notes from start to swallow. It's an assertive flavor, but it never gets obnoxious. It deepens and sweetens midway, as it congeals towards fudge and vanilla-mint ice cream. Some flashes of berries and dark fruit pass through. Bourbon barrel traits are on the low side, but better for it. Toasted coconut, vanilla, and oak. There's just enough woody, tannic dryness to balance.
It's not a monster stout, but it's sturdy enough. Glossy and sleek in feel, with a low, almost hard to detect level of CO2, but it's there when one pays attention. It's never sticky or cloying.
A sweetish, chocolatey stout base, perked up with coffee and mint, and given the Bourbon barrel treatment seems like an enticing recipe that has a likelihood for confusion and chaos. The fact that everything seems cohesive and sensible here is a compliment of the highest order.
This is an experiment that is greater than the sum of its parts...and there are a lot of parts here.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into Delerium tulip.

A- Pours a deep cola brown with a nice finger and a half worth of head. The head dies down slowly and leaves some good lacing on the side of the glass. On the initial pour it looks a little lighter than expected.

S- Big roasty malts upfront with a nice smooth, vanilla coming in afterward. As it warms up a little, the mint really starts to come through. The bourbon is barely present which is a little disappointing.

T- This is an interesting combination. There is some nice malt with the coffee and mint all evenly balanced. The bourbon barrel again, is nowhere to be found but with the other flavors melding so well, it doesn't really matter.

M- Medium to lighter bodied for the style. Pretty good carbonation with a little creaminess to it as well.

O- This is a very balanced beer and all the flavors are very good. And for a barrel aged stout to only be $5 a bomber is a downright steal. I will be sure to pick more of these up.

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Photo of Strix
4.32/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Deepwater in Ashland. Even served in a snifter.

Pitch black, some head, little lacing.

As it warms, smells of Andes mint, coffee, and vanilla show up.

When cold, tastes almost exactly like the regular Coffee Mint Stout, with coffee, Andes mint, dark chocolate, and charred wood. As it warms, bourbon shows up. Unfortunately the mint sort of fades away as it warms. It's replaced by woody vanilla bourbon notes, which are nice in themselves, but I think I prefer the non-bourbon version.

Mouthfeel slightly thin for a big stout, but very smooth.

The sweetness and presumably high abv limit the drinkability on this, but it's pretty tasty in small amounts.

I think I might actually like the non-bourbon version better (as I am often prone to feeling), but if you have a chance to try either Coffee Mint Stout from South Shore, they are nicely done.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
4.06/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed on September 7, 2005. On tap at the Big Lake Brewfest. BLBF. Pours a deep murky black, with a fringe of ruby. Topped with a sparse bubbly tan head. Aroma is astounding. Like all the best mint flavors that I’ve ever enjoyed. A mint truffle, laced with coffee liquer or fresh bouquet of fresh cut mint leaves. All backed with a flash of herbed mint clean chocolate. Flavor continues on this deliciousness, with a fresh burst of Andes mint candies on the fron tend, moving into an acidic fresh roasted Coffee in my mouth, like fresh group drip Italian. Fades into a sugar mint kissed roasted deep chocolate. All of this carried on a swirling sweet clear water, that makes the beer as swillable as it is intricate. Palate is bubbly and fresh, not overly hot with any alcohol. Hops need not apply to this beer, but they may exist. Sugary and bright on the way out. Could not possibly be improved, except for a little more density. Thinness keeps it from excelling. But, overall, an excellent example of a well used Bourbon Barrel.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.57/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Maduro cigar bar here in Madison. A lucky treat as the brewery is a mere 6 or 7 hours north of Madison.

Pours a stoutly black with a skim of cream atop. Served a little too cold as brews often are, the nose and taste were dulled at first to subtle notes of bitter burnt malts, espresso bean and cooling mint. As it begins to warm this stuff really blooms into its full potential. Rich roasted espresso, dark chocolate and peppermint schnapps. This is a wintery stout, but the cooling mint makes it palatable anytime. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. I really wish they would bottle this stuff. A really unique and delicious desert stout that's miles above their standard Rhodes Scholar. Grab it if you're lucky enough to see it.

edit: I had mis-reviewed this as their regular Coffee Mint Stout a few months ago, so don't you all rush out to Maduro to get some, it's long gone.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Too much mint for most folks but interesting enough to warrant a taste or two. This does not compare to South Shore’s chocolate mint stout but it’s not bad. The mint levels are intense. Bourbon flavors are mellow. Coffee and chocolate flavors are mild. Mint and menthol are the dominant attributes. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and oily with a burning mint finish. Worth a taste but not drinkable in any quantity and frequency. Many thanks to Maduro for tapping a barrel of this unique treat.

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Photo of battlekow
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Mid-Winter Brewfest opened at 1. The Mint Coffee Stout, a new take on the Rhoades Scholar Stout, was first on tap at 2:30. I loved it, and thus understandably counldn't wait to taste the bourbon barrel-aged version, scheduled to go on tap at 4.

At five minutes 'til, myself and a woman from another brewery joined forces in petitioning the South Shore guys to put this on tap ASAP. Finally poured into my greedy little pint glass, I held it up to my nose and prepared to be dazzled.

Not. Given the outstanding mint character of the non barrel-aged version, I was very curious how the aging would affect the mint, and I got my answer quickly: not well. The mint is still there, but not nearly as prominent. It's overwhelmed by a sea of bourbon/tequila flavors, sweet vanilla and maltiness running rampant over the subtle genius of the Mint Coffee Stout.

I've got to give South Shore credit; how many mint stouts are out there? Not many, and thus who knows what bourbon barrel-aging would do to one? Well, I do now, and I counsel you to stick with the regular offering and its sublime greatness.

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