Vernal Minthe Stout
Ska Brewing Co.

Vernal Minthe StoutVernal Minthe Stout
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American Stout
Ranked #890
Ranked #40,957
3.61 | pDev: 16.9%
Ska Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States
Vernal Minthe StoutVernal Minthe Stout
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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 198
Photo of creepinjeeper
3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look - Dark, with a khaki colored head. Head dissipates quickly, leaving nothing. No lacing to be found, either pooling on top or down the sides of the glass.
Smell - Hints of chocolate, vanilla and spearmint.
Taste - Roasted chocolate, vanilla, and at the very end a hint of mint.
Feel - Nice mouthfeel and finish ... a bit creamy.
Overall - I only had one, so I really took my time with this beer. Quite enjoyable. I was expecting an almost "Andes mint" style. Not quite there, but I would mind picking this up again if the mood strikes.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a snifter, best by 8/15/15

A- pours a pitch black color with a small fizzy khaki colored head that disappears quickly, leaving nothing behind

S- aromas of cocoa powder, dark roasted malt, spearmint gum, mint toothpaste & a hint of vanilla. The mint becomes more prevelent as it warms

T- chocolaty cocoa powder base with some slight charred malt, a hint of vanilla sweetness mid-palate, the mint kicks in near the finish, but is pretty subtle

M- medium body with medium carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and finish

O- the mint adds an interesting aspect, although I wish it were a bit stronger. I'd like to see an imperial version of this

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by 8/15/15.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, mint chocolate, and mint toothpaste aromas. Taste is much the same with mint chocolate, mint toothpaste, and slight char flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a somewhat overpowering mint presence that integrates better with the other aromas and flavors as the beer warms up.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours black, just black. Not even a hint of ruby highlights, lowlights, or any light, for that matter. A luxurious head of deep tan bubbles, and spectacular lacing.

Aroma: A different kind of stout for sure! There’s the requisite roasty chocolate, sure, but the mint is subtle and appealing.

Taste: Sweet, smooth, and unique. The mint (and vanilla) blends seamlessly with the dark roasted stout and it’s prominent chocolate overtones. This one practically defines “dessert beer”, and it’s a damned tasty treat. Kudos to Ska for branching out and experimenting, as this is one yummy and unique brew.

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Photo of cbutova
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Certainly one of the more intriguing offerings I picked up from Ska in Durango, CO over the summer.

A- Can pours into a snifter with a pitch black body and a fairly dark tan head building up to around a finger with a foamy texture but lackluster retention. A medium ring leaves spotty lace.

S- Certainly notice some herbal mint leaves from both the peppermint and the spearmint which combines with cocoa and the dark roasted malts to remind me of a mint chocolate bar immediately, well the non-artificial ones. Like a Thin Mint in aroma form.

T- Changes somewhat here as vanilla becomes slightly apparent and there is a fruity twang to it all. Still a nice base of dark roasted grain with chocolate notes complimented by the herbal, authentic mint flavors.

MF- Silky and slightly creamy light-medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Finishes with a minor roast bitterness.

Authentic feeling mint flavors atop a nice cocoa profile and slight vanilla. There is some fruity twang that seems to intensify with time that throws it off a bit.

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Photo of zander4dawin
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%

Black beer with a thick creamy head that dissipates. Smells of chocolate and light mint notes. Taste is milk chocolate, vanilla, andis mints, cream. Silky cream body.

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Photo of mactrail
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany color in the globe glass with a surprisingly dark foam. Pleasantly sudsy in the mouth. Malty body. Tantalizing powerful aroma of mint, slightly alarming at first, but there is a hoppy edge that provides the right balance.

Really minty flavor, with the chocolate not far behind. It starts out sweet but reverts to a dark and beery flavor. It's an engaging transformation. There is a lot of rough and blackened flavor here, but it's all mellowed by the sweet malt. The flavorings seem just right for the rambunctious stout base.

Highly drinkable and surprisingly silly flavor, but a real treat for an oddball experience. From the 12 oz can purchased at Wilbur's Total Beverage in Fort Collins.

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Photo of beergoot
4.32/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Opaque ebony body with a thin brown head; lots of sticky lacing on the glass. Prominent mint and chocolate aromas (like a Girl Scout chocolate mint cookie). Flavor mirrors the aroma -- sweet and minty; a smooth vanilla line running through it all. Medium-heavy body; silky smooth mouthfeel.

Now here is a treat of a stout! The can label mentions spearmint and peppermint in the ingredients, and they very much make their presence known, yet everything really gels and mixes together nicely. It's a grand mixture of chocolate and mint flavors with great balance overall. Nothing hammers you at the expense of other flavor components. Rich, deeply complex and very much a slow-drinking stout to savor and swoon over. Unique and deeply enjoyable.

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Photo of beerdrinker123
4.19/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice jet black with tons of creamy, dark tan head. Looks awesome for a regular stout, TONS of lacing.

On the nose it smells like super sweet mint chocolate, thin mints, all kinds of sweet candied stuff. Tiny bit of coffee/chocolate but the sweet minty smell completely dominates the nose. VERY very aromatic beer, would definitely say its got one of the strongest initial smells that I've encountered, In part from the really unique mint smell.

Flavor wise its a little more toned down, I feel like this is the same stout backbone that Ska uses for their mole stout. Tastes pretty similar, more of a smokey flavor than anything. The mint is definitely the main thing going on though.

Mouthfeel is interesting, really low carbonation levels, kind of thin, but really creamy on the initial pour, once it flattens out its on the medium viscosity side, not a milk stout, but decently thick for a regular stout.

Can't say this is world class or anything, but as a stout lover, I definitely dig this. Something fun, fresh, unique to try. Mint was a nice touch, beer is moderately sessionable.

If I give you any advice on consuming this, I'd say give it a really rough pour and just whiff up the tasty mint aroma you get from a pour like that. Definitely a fun beer to pour that way and just enjoy the smell as the head settles down and the beer warms up.

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Photo of BeerZombies1
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Vernal Minthe Stout - Ska Brewing
American Stout
5.8% ABV
15 IBU

APPEARANCE: Poured a dark coca-cola brown, when it hits the glass darkens up to a nice opaque black. Rough pour produces a towering mocha head that dissipates rather quickly into a nice 1 finger loose froth.

AROMA: Very aggressive mint, herbal aroma hits you off the bat. Sweet chocolate, and light earthy undertones. Almost smells like a week glass of fernet branca. Some slight malts start to reach out towards the end.

TASTE: It follows the nose pretty well but a muted watered down version of the aroma. No hops at all, sweet after dinner chocolate mints, and peppermint hard candy. It overpowers and of the malts I picked up on the nose.

MOUTHFEEL: I feel this is where it really lacks, very light bodied for a stout and almost no roasted malts. Light and thin carbonation. If this beer was on nitro I think it would make all the difference bringing together the flavor profile with a creaminess from the nitro.

OVERALL: I think the idea of a mint stout is a solid one, not sure if it translated to this beer. Not an awful beer just not a great beer in my opinion. I am a sucker for good beer label art and this can is for sure cool looking!

RATING: 3/5 Zombie Heads!

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a dense foamy dark mocha head that slowly reduces to a finger thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of chocolate and roasted malts with light to moderate amounts of mint. Lighter notes of cocoa are present as the beer warms up.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of roasted and chocolate malts with a moderate amount of cocoa and milk chocolate. That is followed by a light to moderate flavor of mint which builds through the drinking of it. Hints of vanilla in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly creamy.

O: A very well balanced and enjoyable mint chocolate stout and one that I am glad that I decided to grab when I was at the bottle shop this weekend. Really well balanced and a great substitute for dessert after dinner.

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Photo of QueerBeer
3.01/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Persuaded to pick up a sixer of this by the beer shop attendant who said it was "Thin Mints in beer form." Close, but no cigar. Beautiful dark pour, but very little aroma- warning sign number one. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. And not nearly enough mint. Just a hint of the mint in the aftertaste, but overwhelmed by the watered-down roastiness. I was hoping this would be a lot bolder. I was wrong.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black pour with a dark beige one-finger head. Very smooth flavor with a smooth mint taste upfront. Medium body also has an undercurrent of roasted malt and light hops. Smooth and minty finish. Really good and the mint flavor really ads to the typical stout flavor.

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Photo of russpowell
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

BBD of 24 JUL 14

Pours mahogany with 2+ fingers of mocha colored head. Pretty good lacing & head retention

S: Chocolate & mint

T: Follows the nose with mint dominating & faint woody & grassy hops as well up front. Medicinal & minty flavors with a little bit of carob as this warms. Finishes with mintyness, & a little bit of dryness

MF: Light bodied with moderate carbonation, thins out as it warms

This is probably my least favorite of their canned stouts. Thought I would love it, pretty refreshing none the less

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Photo of Tone
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of mint (not peppermint, but probably spearmint), sweet malt, roasted malt, and hint of pale malt. Fits the style of an American Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of spearmint, roasted malt, sweet malt, hint of hop, and hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance, the spearmint is easily discernible in aroma and body, but not complex in body or aroma.

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Photo of ISmith87
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - 3.75 - Nice dark brown black beer with a mocha head that's huge at first but then dissipates to nothing. No lacing.
S - 3.75 - Mint, chocolate, roasty malts. Like a peppermint patty.
T - 3.75 - Roasty malts, mint, chocolate, coffee, nothing too complex.
M - 3.75 - Medium mouthfeel, dry, alc covered, aftertaste is peppermint patties.
O - 3.75 - It's a great idea, and does exactly what it's supposed to do. I feel like it could be a bit better though. It might be better as a bigger beer, with a nice heavy, creamy mouthfeel, but maybe that's just me.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 355ml can with no visible BB date. Picked up a while back from Trembling Madness in York. The label states that it contains peppermint, spearmint, milk, cocoa and vanilla - what a combination!

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A very dark brown hue that appears pitch black in the glass. Yields a large head of creamy beige foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of intensely minty chocolate - the initial impression is a mint chocolate bar. Underneath this are subtle hints of vanilla, lactose and faint roasted malt. Sweet and decidedly minty.

Tastes of mint and chocolate malt, with a mild finish. Notes of mint, chocolate, sugar, lactose, vanilla, mild roasted malt and faint yeast. No hops to speak of, but a faint herbal harshness. Pretty sweet, followed by a lingering minty character upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with pleasant carbonation but a rather thin, insubstantial body for the style. Aftertaste of sweet minty chocolate.

Unusual - first mint beer that I've tried and it's pretty good. I suppose that chocolate and mint are bound to be a winning combination. Looks alright, while the aroma is amazing; just like mint-infused chocolate. Taste is OK, but less intense and with a slight harshness in the background. Weak body - too thin for the style. Overall, it's definitely an original take on a milk stout. One for mint fans; worth sampling if you come across it.

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Photo of DelMontiac
3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I picked up Vernal Minthe Stout at Wilbur's Total Wine and Spirits in Fort Collins, CO as part of a mixed 6pk. Perfect opportunity to try something of which I was pretty sure I ould not want more than one. Besides, the can art was cool.

It produced a rather thin layer of khaki foam that fizzled out quickly perched atop a nice looking thick black mass of darkness. A fine ring remained leaving a wispy ring of lace with each sip.

Aroma is exactly what I thought it would be - mint and chocolate. Just makes me think of those Andes candies, but at the same time I've been know to enjoy mint chocolate chip ice cream on rare occasion. Not all that appealing in a pint glass of stout to me.

I've always been particular with the placement of minty flavors and I've had by doubts about it's place in beer. The mint was very up first. After getting over the shock of it, the mint faded into the background and allowed the milk and dark chocolate to take over. With the mild earthy hops and some sweet smokey malts...not so bad. The highlight of flavors here for me is the creeper vanilla that shows up in the aftertaste. The mint is interesting, but not my thing. Much more mint and it would make this beer a complete disaster and a likely drain pour.

Feel is pretty thin for a stout, but still silky at the same time. Carbonation is about right.

Overall - happy I tried it. Now I know.

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Photo of IPAdams
3.14/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours black with a two finger foamy tan head that lingers for a while and leaves moderate lacing.

Smell- Strong smell of spearmint and menthol, a slight background of coffee and licorice but it is definitely overpowered by the mint.

Taste-Chocolate and spearmint that were soaked in water. The mint is not as pleasant as in the smell and tastes out of place. There is not much else going on besides those two flavors.

Mouthfeel- Very creamy, a bit light for a stout but I like the feel of it overall.

Overall- As someone who like mint and chocolate, this was not very good. Very little stout presence at all. Both taste and nose were overpowered by the mint and neither were great.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Medium sized light brown head dies to a quarter inch or less of frothy head above a clear dark brown to black colored beer.

Dark roasted malts, black licorice, and vanilla aroma.

Black licorice and dark roasted malts with a hint of vanilla in the taste of this stout.

Dryish aftertaste with a bit of the black licorice hanging around with this full bodied beer.

A little different than your standard stout, this might serve better as a dessert beer or something along those lines.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a Nonic)
A- This beer pours a jet black body with a bubbly tan head that last a good bit.

S- The minty herbal aroma reminds me of old time aftershave with some vanilla notes in the finish. Some woody herbal qualities come through as it warms. Some brewer’s licorice comes through in the finish aswell.

T- The spearmint flavor is fresh but mild with a roasted black malt finish that is stronger. The blend of cocoa nibs and slight fresh mint hint linger in the finish.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle fizz in the finish.

O- This beer is really well built and all the flavors blend and balances but they are not muttled. This is very interesting and the mellow stout is really needed to show the mint.

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Photo of tone77
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer courtesy of the creator of the canquest, Woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is minty, a touch of chocolate. Taste is good. Kind of like the thin mint girl scout cookies. Unique and tasty. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a beer worth checking out.

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Photo of chinchill
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can (from June 2013 notes).

Pours deep, dark cola color; clear; huge, foamy, durable tan head with globs of sticky lacing.

Aroma: Smoky dark roast + vanilla + mint; wierd, but got more appealing with exposure.

Flavor: same components as the smell, but Ska has gone too far with the mint. Both spearment and peppermint are obvious and dominant from start to finish. Some roasted malt and cocoa powder in the aftertaste. A bit sweet.

Feel: Medium carbonation; creamy smooth; medium body.

O: too minty.

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Photo of steamboatbrewer
1.38/5  rDev -61.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I picked up this purely on faith hoping the mint would be subtle...

A-Black as the day is long

Smell-Overpowering mint sticks in your nose for a while

Taste- again overpowering mint, akin to toothpaste or a stick of gum, MINT BOMB

Mouthfeel- This beer was smooth and gave you a just brushed teeth kind of feel maybe a good breakfast beer?

Overall- Personally I hated this beer. the only reason i picked this up was because of the 2 previous seasonal stouts that were quite good. again i was hoping for a very played back mint with more chocolate and vanilla but all that was there was a mint bomb, not for me

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Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Vernal Minthe... peppermint, spearmint, cocoa, and vanilla bean. Not my first encounter with mint in beer but certainly the most robust to date.

Appearance is great, pours from the can a very stark black with a small, light tan head. Not a heavy stout noticeably by the pour, but the coloration is greatly promising.

The smell is odd. Noticeably a chocolate mint smell. Kind of like the dark brown and green hard candy mints you find once in a while at restaurants. It isn't bad, but there is a roasty smell that comes off the malt which blends a bit oddly with the mint. But fresh, the freshness is pretty nice. Almost like a small patch of mint after a gentle shower or after being watered. A hint of vanilla can be detected.

The chocolate and vanilla are forward and front in the beginning but the mint quickly asserts itself and last throughout the entire journey. You can pick up the spearmint and peppermint distinctively and the peppermint gives it a bit of a bit with some of the hop that comes in at the end... which is almost drown out. The same chocolate mint hard candy comes through in the taste with a bit of coffee roast. Lacks the sweetness of candy though... but is just sweet enough to aid the mint and chocolate in somewhat of a dry dessert way. Definitely earthy as well.

The mouthfeel is lush and splashy. A good summery stout by mouthful if there ever was. But a tad thin on the carbonation.

Overall, as it warms it gets more delicate and more balanced. Right off the back and cold it is a bit weird. But this is a strange beer anyway. I've never had anything like this yet and I certainly will not forget it. But this is a good. It will be remembered mostly for good reasons.

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Vernal Minthe Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 198 ratings