RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very prominent fresh mint nose on top of the stout’s chocolate exhalation. The flavor was a nicely balanced chocolate/mint profile with touches of roasted barley, nuts, vanilla, and cocoa. Pretty thin mouthfeel, but not distractingly so. All in all, a decent holiday treat.
DrnkMcDermott (2855) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft goblet, during Chirstmas at the Brewery. Standard stout black. Almost no head, but not from lack of carbonation. Yep, and there’s a sweet cocoa and mint smell. Taste is the same way: seems to be chocolate added besides the usual chocolate roast. And definitely fresh mint leaves at work. But then there’s a studly hop profile at the back of the throat, too. Tastes work well together. Maybe the cocoa is a touch out of balance, but I find no harsh roasties or excess mint. This is a very limited release. Hope someone else got a hold of one.
frankenkitty (1961) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a deep black/brown with ruby edges and a slim skin & halo. Mint and menthol overtake a chocolaty dark malt aroma. Ditto on the flavor, which has a Wrigley’s Spearmint essence followed by a wash of roasty, bitter black patent. Okay.
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