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 (5241) - 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 (566) - 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 (5993) - 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 (750) - 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 (1743) - Raleigh, 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.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to BA Funkel81 for the extra! 12 oz. bottle served in a Deschute tulip.
A: Pours a dark black color with a nice and thick tan head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a thin ring that leaves some sticky sheets of lace.
S: Pure mint leaf up front with a nice roasted malt presence. There is a nice chocolate subtly as well.
T: The mint and chocolate combo really works without the mint being overpowering. The roasted malts give a nice change from the sweetness. A little espresso bean even peaks its head around as well.
M: Medium to heavy bodied with a smooth, medium-low carbonation level.
O: This beer definitely worked and it was nice. More mint came in as the beer warmed and it was nice to have this mint be a mint leaf/Junior Mint type of flavor as opposed to Colgate. Would recommend if you can find it.
Serving type: bottle
JStax (4532) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. Pours a dark brown to black with a khaki colored head of foam of about a finger width. The aroma has dark chocolate, cocao nibs, and a strong mint coming through. I’d really like to know how they infused the mint in this, because it’s awesome. Taste is a lot like a peppermint patty, only if it were made of better chocolate. This beer is fantastic, and hopefully Stone gets the hint and puts this into regular production.
OmegaX (1365) - Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one caught my eye. Nose is herbal with obvious mint, and a light basil touch, followed by roast and chocolate. Nice. Pour is what you would expect. I was hoping for the taste to be a tad sweeter as opposed to being neutral. This was nice though, with a nice minty herbal touch to a finely done regular stout. I’ll definitely take one of these over a mint after dinner.