dmac (4217) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 9, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle I lucked into at Spirits Crossroads. Poured a pitch black body of medium to slightly thicker density and one of the most amazing super dense foamy heads I have ever seen, three fingers high and lasting the entire time. The head alone is worthy of a seperate rating of 5. Aroma is like an alcoholic Girl Scout thin mint cookie, chocolate syrup, mint, roastiness, cookie. Medium/full body with softer carbonation and a slight touch of warmth. The flavor matches the aroma but bumps up on the roastiness quite a bit and the cookie flavor becomes more of a burnt toast, with mint...so maybe a bit different after all. Really great beer, wish I had a bowl of ice cream to go along with this, or better a scoop of vanilla or two and a bottle of this might make the absolute best milk shake ever.
eddy5335 (45) - Colorado, USA - NOV 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black, finger of mocha, dark tan head. Chocolate, roast, carmel malts. Mint keeps the aroma so sweet and pleasant. Mint right up front followed by the malts that are in the aroma. The chocolate that is added is there and good. A little vanilla notes on the back end. A little bitterness and dry finish rounds this beer off nicely. Overall very good! Cheers.
smith4498 (3087) - Miami, Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Consumed on International Stout Day 2012. Pours black with tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, mint, chocolate and some alcohol. Burnt malt flavor with bitter chocolate and a hint of mint. Full body with minimal carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel.
pellegjr (395) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, pours jet black with scant mocha head, estery banana aroma with some lactic and herbal notes, roasty and solidly bitter, the mint is green and assertive, very creamy, velvety petina throughout, interesting
obguthr (4100) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - NOV 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Irish coffee nose, chocolate underneath. Black, viscous, thick brown head, uniform glass coating. Full body, thick and creamy, minimal carbonation. Baker’s chocolate with peppermint accents. Quite bitter, a bit off balance, which must be elusive with the inclusion of mint. The thought of mint in beer leaves many, including myself, grimacing. This beer is a good attempt at pulling it off, but I can only conclude that mint doesn’t belong in beer.
pras (491) - Maryland, USA - NOV 5, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pitch black with a dark brown two finger head. Aroma is full of dark malt. As it warms I am picking up a definite hint of mint chocolate. Flavor is full of dark malt, chocolate, mint, and hop bitterness. Bitterness lingers on the palate. Mouth feel is silky as to be expected from the oatmeal. I really like this one!
bytemesis (3524) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 5, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2012 Bottle. Pours opaque pitch black with a large brown creamy head that dissipates slowly with beautiful lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, cocoa powder, peppermint. Flavor is about the same; mint is much more prominent in the flavor than the aroma. Medium sweet and medium to strong coffee bitterness. Light astringence. Full bodied and silky in the mouth. This is a pretty tasty beer, more for desert than a Sunday afternoon. Perhaps a bit too bitter for the target audience.
davey101 (696) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 4, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle into a DFH signature glass. 2012 Collaboration.
A - Pitch black body with a two finger light mocha head. Crazy amount of lacing and retention. Really gorgeous beer.
S - A combination of dry and sweet milk chocolate and peppermint leaves. Just a hint of vanilla on the end. Its subtle yet intense at the same time. Perhaps its the quality of the ingredients, but the aroma is just incredible. Smells precisely like a York patty.
T - Cocoa powder and peppermint initially. The finish is met with a slight malty mineral bitterness and lingering mint and chocolate sweetness. Very tasty and it never becomes "too much" mint or chocolate. Only improves as it warms up, but not nearly as impressive as the nose.
M - Medium bodied and silky. Drinkability is dangerously high as the abv is not even noticable.
O - I could smell this beer all day. I’m not exactly a "mint person" but I can rock a York patty from time to time. This was spot on with that candy. Rich and decadent yet sweet chocolate perfectly balanced with fresh and herbal peppermint. The only flaw of this beer is a slight malt bitterness that comes up in the aftertaste. A surprise hit for me!
aleph (231) - - NOV 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Medium thick black pour with tan head. Chocolate, subtle mint notes, sweet, malty. Balanced flavor, which is crucial for something like this to work, body thins towards the finish but so what.
zizzybalubba (1505) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 4, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle from Once Upon A Vine in Richmond, VA. Very dark brown pour with a rich brown head. Aroma of dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, and coffee. Dark chocolate and subtle mint come through in the flavor. Creamy mouthfeel, slight alcohol warming. Wonderfully done and better than I could have hoped for.