j12601 (8050) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Paul’s for the Blind Stout tasting. Pours a dark black with a thin beige to tan head. Smells initially like thin mints, but then picks up a slightly more herbal and medicinal tone. Cocoa, roast, mint, coffee. Warm brownies but a bit empty, moves into a grassy herbal flavor. Chocolate, roast, minty into the finish. Starts off great but goes downhill quickly.
jtclockwork (11798) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Paul’s "Blind" imperial stout tasting. Pours black with tan head. Nose and taste of peppermint, light chocolate and roasted chocolate malt. Slightly herbal. Medium body.
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Pours clear and black with flashes of crimson and a mid-sized, creamy, nicely-tanned head that never fully dissipates. The aromatic highlights include dark chocolate, charcoal, caramel, vanilla and a delicate kiss of mint. Full-bodied and creamy with tingly carbonation. The carbonic, hearty flavor boasts charcoal, scorched chocolate, black gun powder and a hefty dose of salt. Burnt, acrid, salty finish that leaves a cool-mint tingle in my mouth for a good minute after each sip. Needs more Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist mint and less Stone hop stupidity. Very nice nonetheless.
TheHopster (963) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Pours a brown-black complexion with fluffy tan head. Flavor is well roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate with a hard to recognize, odd minty. Cool minty aftertaste. Flavor develops as warms. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
luttonm (3416) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle as a Christmas gift in Seattle. Pretty, big stout pour with medium dark brown head. Dark caramel and molasses, tootsie roll. Roasty chocolate body, really solid imp stout. Mint is a fascinating addition, deep roasty stout with thin mint cookie action. Not very sweet overall, but you got a dessert flavor. Incredibly well put together. Mint is precise, but relatively subtle.
Ernesto987 (4965) - Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Woah, interesting but odd, minty and very chocolately and roasty. Big flavors, harsh boozyness and roastedness
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. Bottle. Wow. I’m a fan of this one. Too bad the price is so high. Cool mint scent, dark chocolate, like mint chocolate ice cream. Small dark tan head over a black pour. Thick, syrupy mouthfeel with a small fizz. Mint chocolate to bitter to dark chocolate flavor, with nuts and a cool mint aftertaste.
Sikash (240) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a thick dark color with a tan fizzy head that lasts a good long while and leaves great lacing. A noticable minty aroma with notes of bittersweet chocolate and toasted malt. Flavor is initially sweet with a significant mint flavor of toasted malt. It finishes with a nice minty bitter flavor that lasts a decent while. Mouthfeel is creamy full with decent carbonation. Overall a good beer, not sure how much I like the mint but the underlying beer is delicious. Very well blended.
IPAsavedMYlife (346) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Color is a dark brown viscuousy liquid. Head pours very dark and a reasonable amount. Smell is a lot of sweet dark malts, not much hop characteristic. Mouthfeel is thick, and velvety smooth. Taste is not what you would expect. I would have thought this would have been a sweet stout with some mint flavor in it. In reality, it’s the exact opposite. At colder temperatures the mint is suppressed which really exposes the use of smoked malt. As it warms, the mint comes alive. Man this is good. Enjoyability 5/5.
stumpyiliz (216) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I was really excited about this one. The pour is jet black, with a light tan head. Nose is full of mint and roasted grains. Initial sip is unbalanced. Hop forward into mint flavor that seemed artificial with a thin lost finish. Worth a try but not anything spectacular.