Vernal Minthe Stout | Ska Brewing Co.

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Vernal Minthe StoutVernal Minthe Stout

Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by brentk56 on 03-23-2013

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Photo of chinchill
3.68/5  rDev +4%
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 Whiskeydeez
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of steamboatbrewer
1.38/5  rDev -61%
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 Lagerquestrian
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

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4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Photo of craigmj7
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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2.96/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Billolick
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Stout brewed with peppermint, spearmint, cocoa and vanilla beans

12 ounce can - Best before dating towards the bottom of the can - 11-05-13

Pours dark cola, under an initially quite large and looser and then departing dark tan head, leaves a fine bubble film and some slight low sheeting.

Light chocolate and more then a hint of mint on the nose.

Flavorful with a slightly off putting minty overload pushing the milk chocolate character towards the rear.

Carbonation slightly elevated, but not to the prickly level.

Ehh, this one is not really doing it for me, probably would be more enjoyabe with some sort of chocolate dessert in front of me

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Photo of Chrixsus
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of InfragilisBrew
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of kevinscott
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of stortore
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Trifecta1
4.16/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a can into a Guinness pint glass.

A - Very dark brown, but can see through peripheries with light, and while pouring. Really frothy, foamy head, much like a Guinness. Leaves some cool lacing.

S - Man, mint, cocoa, sweetness, and malt. Heavy on the peppermint. Smells incredible.

T - Lovely, refreshing, unique. Sweet, minty, and malty, in order of prominence. Not much smoke to speak of, but it does make an appearance near the end. Milk chocolate with peppermint in the beginning, melting into a vanilla and spearmint finish. Makes your breath feel cold like a real peppermint candy.

M - Creamy, smooth, quaffable. Slightly sticky, because it's so sweet, and it works. Really nice cooling feeling on your throat and mouth.

Why the hell is this rated like this? I'd expect no less than 90 from this offering. It's great, and will definitely be picking up more soon.

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.32/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark black with half finger tan head. nearly no light passes through and it appear thick.

Nose is dominated by mint. Some dark malt pulls through but it is hard to detect through all the mint.

Not sure how I feel about the taste. It starts with a heafty amount of roasted malt but quickly gets overshadowed by mint that overlays every aspect of what could otherwise be a complex beer.

Mouthfeel is good for a stout, thick and creamy with a fair amount of carbonation.

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Photo of ajtorres311
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From: Binny's, Bloomingdale, IL
Date: Best by 2013-05-13
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

I was afraid this would taste like a peppermint chocolate, but fortunately it does not. The overall effect is appetizing, though a bit thin in both roasted flavor and weight for a stout. One I'm glad to have tried, and think the style has promise, but not sure I'd check out this particular beer again.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of khaki-colored foam, made up of small-sized bubbles. Retention is average, the foam lasting about one minute as it declines to a thin ring around the glass. Lacing is modest, a few lines and spots cling to the sides of the glass. Beer is a dark brown to black in color, opaque, carbonation visibly rising from the bottom and sides of the glass, with light bringing out dark brown-orange-red colorings in the body.

Aroma of mint and roasted malt, highly sweetened chocolate and coffee with a bit of subtle astringency. Smells somewhat candy-like, more like a Frango mint than a peppermint patty, the roasted malts and barley increasing in prominence slightly as the beer warms.

Front of palate detects sweetness, roasted malt, cocoa, and fairly strong spearmint and peppermint flavors. Mid-palate is of murky roasted malt, sweetened chocolate, and spearmint flavoring; good, but not as exciting as the aroma as the stout base seems a bit thin. Back of palate picks up continued mint with increased sharpness, largely overpowering the roasted malt and sugary chocolate flavors. Aftertaste of continued spearmint with light roasted malt, chocolate, and watery coffee.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with medium-low levels of carbonation, leading to a smooth, slightly foamy, slightly creamy mouthfeel that's generally appropriate for the style; perhaps a bit thin. Closes semi-dry, with light residual stickiness on the palate.

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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of atomic
4.65/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

From a can poured into a Firestone Walker Teku

One seriously under appreciated beer right here. This definitely caught me by surprise.

Looks like a stout. Pitch black, minimal head that doesn't stick around and leaves no lacing.

Smells amazing. Tons of mint and some vanilla dominate everything else.

Never had a mint stout before this, I can't imagine they're all this good because it doesn't seem to be a common style. The mint is forward but very mellow. Also some subtle vanilla notes but too sweet.

The only thing about this that isn't perfect is the carbonation. Not especially bad, just I feel this beer could be better from a nitro carbonation. It would be more fitting for the mellow flavors of the mint and vanilla.

Overall, a knockout beer that deserves a better score than it has.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of polktheimpressionist
4.73/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this at a Snyder's in my home town on a "build your own" rack. The can craze has me intrigued right now so any chance I get to try a new brew in a can, I take it. The name caught my interest and when I saw the list of ingredients it peaked! I chilled it, as I do most stouts, to about 40 degrees. It has a beautiful dark brow to almost back color. A mild froth for a head with little to no lace. This is the first beer I have ever had that has any type of mint and I must say, it is amazing! You can smell both the vanilla and mint upon pouring and the cool, refreshing mint undertones pairs fantastically with the bold, robust stout contrast. I recommend this to ANY stout lover.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz aluminum can with the distinctive Ska label art. Poured into a 16 oz tumbler glass.

Appearance - Strong pour yields a towering head of two and a half fingers. The color is light walnut creamy brown and is made of small bubbles with an occasional larger bubble sprinkled throughout. Retention is excellent and leaves sticky mottled lacing around the glass. Body is opaque and black, with hues of cola at the edges.

Smell - Herbal, spearmint and some medicinal qualities layered in with smooth, rich chocolatey characteristics and vanilla-like sweetness and hints of roasted walnuts.

Taste - Not quite as sweet as the smell, as here the minty notes mellow out the flavor so that it's sweet without being cloying. The chocolate characteristics are smoother, with almost no roasty characteristics.

Mouthfeel - Clean and smooth, but a little bit viscous and syrupy. Lingers in the mouth after swallowing, with a sweet finish. Medium body and carbonation.

Overall, a strange, but rather tasty beer for the right situation. I know medicinal qualities bother some people, but I suppose they aren't as problematic for me. Either way, that element is faint in this beer. I imagine it would taste pretty awesome in float form, given the sweetness and the mint flavors.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Vernal Minthe Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 198 ratings