stumpyiliz (213) - 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.
TheGB (510) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a thick brown head. Light aroma of malt mint chocolate and hops. Delicious taste with less mint then I would have thought. Mostly a tasty imperial stout.
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budznsudz (557) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with a soapy brown head and nice sticky lace. The aroma is very faint with mint chocolate and a slight hint of coffee. The taste is reminiscent of mint chocolate chip ice cream but in an artificial kind of way. Itís not bad though and the carbonation dances on the palatte. Itís not bad and itís unique, but I would never seek this out again.
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reviewed 10/30/2012. Thanks to Momar42 for the bottle! 6 oz. poured into a snifter.
A: Pours a close-to-pitch black color. The head is a half fingerlight khaki color with average retention. However, it leaves a nice, thick collar around the glass.
S: This could have been either awesome or medicinal - and thankfully itís awesome. It really does smell like Andes. Yeah, itís a one note aroma, but who cares?! It smells incredible!
T: Perhaps itís not quite as incredible as the aroma, but this is still an enjoyable drink. Chocolate helps open the flavor profile, before the mint makes its presence known in the mid-taste. The finish is quite herbal, and thankfully not medicinal. Roasted malts and subtle vanilla helps keep the mint and chocolate under control. Another thing I enjoy is how it isnít particularly ísweetí (Choklat, I love you, but youíre just too sweet at times!) This takes the ídryí route, and by God, itís all the better for it. Some dark fruit notes would have really sent this over the top, but itís still very, very good.
M: Itís a thick, smooth imperial stout, and quite dry on the finish, although the herbal mint notes linger nicely. Easier to drink than a nearly 10% RIS should be. I canít really complain here.
O: Finally, one of Stoneís gimmicky experiments pulls through! This makes me forget about the abomination that was Stoneís 16th anniversary IPA. Like I summarized in the aroma, this could have been either awesome or medicinal, so thank the makers this is awesome.
Slipstream (2023) - USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at Caponeís. Another classic Stone collaborative release! Lots of mint flavor, along with some cocoa. It wasnít as sweet as I expected it would be.
Braudog (5742) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours with the mighty visuals anyone would want from an imperial stout ... towering with tan foam you could put a footprint in. The head wonít let much of any odor from below; on the first sip I get full-on, thick bakerís chocolate. Canít say I detect mint per se, but there is a stark knife-edge of bitterness at the end, but itís more along the lines of what you get eating pure cocoa. (#4862, 12/20/2012)
Theydon_Bois (8652) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle share at Willisís flat post Pigís Ear - cheers to the big man himself, 05/12/12.
Iíve written down (at the end of a boozy doo) Opaque mid black! Black - opaque, really ! Accompanied by a thin dirty coffee head up above thats swims to the edge and leaves a pond.
Nose is dark malts, bitter dark chocolate, mint choc chip ice cream.
Taste follows, bit of a one trick pony in this respect, light wood in the taste, molasses, booze, mint choc chip.
Full bodied with soft carbonation, boozey warming finish.
Ok but a bit of a curious number throwing mint and shit in ! Certainly one of my lower rated Impy Stouts and one Iíd probably not bother revisiting (Doh - I have a bottle in my stash ... trade trade trade)
daknole (9100) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Almost black with a brown head. Lots of mint,roast and some milk chocolate. Flavor is mint, cocoa and roast. Just a touch too much bitterness. But solid.
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle I picked up in NY. Pours near black with thick dark tan head. Nice looking stout. Aromas of roasted malts, mint, chocolate, and light coffee. Flavor was amazing with loads of mint, chocolate, some roast, and very light coffee. Tasted just like a Meltaway. This was the first mint chocolate stout that was not a mess or had some type of fake menthol flavor. This is an awesome beer.
thome50 (1029) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Only opened because a bottle I was going to throw in a trade box decided to open. (Better than opening in the box with Fedex!) Pours a deep brown/black with tan, khaki head that is about 1/4". Aroma is malty, chocolate. Taste is bitter chocolate, coffee grounds and a slight mint candy flavor. Overall, not my thing but all this seems to work well together.