JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 29, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle from Total Wine.
I think that this is a well-crafted beer. It has a nice chocolatey flavor with touches of mint. I didnít want to drink something that tasted like an Andes mint, which would have been too minty. This beer has the right balance. Great job, Ken & team.
StefanSD (2015) - Lakeside, California, USA - OCT 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from Bev4less. Pours an opaque black color with a medium tan head that has good retention. The aroma features a bit of herbal mint and blackened grains. The flavor, like the nose, is a fair amount of green mint, nicely supported by dark bitter chocolates, mocha and bitter black walnuts. The palate is full, smooth and creamy with soft carbonation. Finishes long and dry with lingering bitter walnuts. Overall: Very tasty concoction, I am pleasantly surprised.
bb (6697) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Blackish beer with a light brown head. Chooclate and malt aroma with light toffee. Chocolate and mint flavor. Medium bodied. Chocolate and mint lingers with toffee and light roast.
oRos (1004) - sacramento, California, USA - OCT 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from beerboxer. Aroma is wet dog. Pond scum and mint. Color is black with a off white head. Taste is roasted malt with a mint finish. Mint is not over powering.
BelgianBeerGal (3014) - Dayton Area, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle from Belmont. Pretty cool idea and it turned out well. Pours like you would expect it: thick, dark and a huge head. Strong aroma of baking chocolate and maybe, just maybe a little mint. Flavor is pretty bold: it starts with bitter chocolate and coffee, then I swear there is some hop bitterness and then the mint turns up in the finish a tingles your lips. This is way better than the similar beer DFH made.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - OCT 27, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle from Beverage House S.V. - Pours a dark brown color with a two finger thick dark tan head that took its time to settle. Nice lacing. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. The flavor is also chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt with the addition of the perfect dose of mint. Fantastic! Finish is slightly sweet, smooth, and not astringent. Medium to full body. This is an excellent beer.
bluejacket74 (1204) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is pretty nice, it smells like mint chocolate (like those Andes mint chocolates), roasted malt, and a bit of coffee. It tastes like mint and bittersweet chocolate, roasted/burnt malt, coffee, and a bit of vanilla and licorice. I guess I was expecting this beer to be sweeter than it actually is, but I like the roasty bitter minty chocolate flavor a lot. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís creamy and coating with moderate carbonation. I thought this was a pretty good brew, might have to get another bottle of it soon! $3.99 a bottle.
boFNjackson (4025) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ The BeerMongers... Poured dense, pitch black with a thick forming, light brown head. Nose had roast and mint chocolate. More on the chocolate side. I was hoping this wouldnít be to heavy on mint and to my surprise it wasnít. A nice harmonious mixture of roast, booze, mint, and chocolate. If you like mint chocolate candy or ice cream or anything like that, this one is for you.
ericdevin (591) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from 16 Tons in Eugene. Pours DARK, really as close to black as Iíve ever seen from a beer, slight brownish head, significant lacing. Aroma is a little dull, just a hint of mint, with even less chocolate. Lots of bitterness and grassy notes, some element of the mint is surely fresh to bring this out, and maybe some dark chocolate, too? Very full body compliments a very lengthy finish. Really a massive beer, even cold. At 9.6%, the warming is there, too. Interesting, but doesnít blow me away. I might have wanted the mint to be a little less sharp, but then maybe thatís not the idea.
Chuckaduck (606) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - OCT 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a fluffy dark chocolate head. Aroma is cocoa, some spiciness, vanilla, earth, just a touch of citrus, not a whole lot of mint going on in the aroma. Taste is crisp, minty, earthy, a touch of bread, a touch funky, grass, long bitter chocolate finish. Subtle flavors reminiscent of the Holiday ale Stone did with Nogne O and Jolly Pumpkin. More dry than I expected. Not as malty. The alcohol content is evident in the flavor. Some nice lacing. Syrupy, full-mouthed feel. Lightly carbonated.
I see now, reading the bottle, this is an Imperial OATMEAL Stout; explains some of my surprise in this dissimilarity with other Russian Imperial Stouts.
Overall, definitely worth a try. Would be nice around a fire Iím sure.