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Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist / Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 272   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (3985) - McLean, Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2012
From a 12 oz bottle shared at home. Pours dark black with a disappearing tan head. Hints of chocolate and wild anise in the nose. Flavors thin mint girl scout cookies.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (11560) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2012
Bottle. Poured black color with an average to large frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing.Moderate to heavy sweet mint chocolate aroma. Median to full body with a creamy texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted sweet chocolate malt flavor with a heavy dark chocolate sweet finish of long duration. This is a standout beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chipalsa (1311) - Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2012
Nice find, Jordan. As this one got warmer, the smooth bouquet of an aroma revealed peppermint patties and rich roasted malts. The taste had that classic Stone-stout taste; very balanced with the right amount of hops and malt. There was a hint of mint at the end, and I think that kept the alcohol taste in check - as this brew isnít really all that complex overall. Fun to drink though!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikesaum (611) - Newark, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2012
Pours almost black with a huge tan dark brown head, leaving some lacing as it fades some. Aroma is almost like an andes mint, just with more of a bittersweet chocolate aroma, smells more boozy than 9.6. Taste is dark chocolate with a tad bit of coffee in the mix, a decent hop bitterness in the finish and then finally the mint kicks in at the end, its not overwhelming with the mint, it could have used a bit more, maybe not as much as DFH black and red, which I liked but it did almost become cloying, overall this was another great brew from from stones collabo series.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
MattH (659) - California, USA - OCT 31, 2012
Bottle. 12 0z. $3.29. Brentwood Whole Foods. Aroma is mostly cocoa but thereís also tobacco and a little mint coming through. Flavor up front is dark chocolate which is followed by mint. Finish is bitter. Though not overly bitter like some Imperial Stouts. Very easy to drink. Smooth palate with light to medium carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BHeart (72) - - OCT 31, 2012
Pours dark brown, semi limited head but nice lace anyway. As it warms the smell moves from hops, to chocolate, to mint. Nice minty and vanilla opening, and maintains throughout. Peppermint party. Migrates into chocolate, whisky, smooth finish. Quite bitter aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
craftycarl21 (2287) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 30, 2012
Thanks to Dan Fromson for this bottle! Shared with GT2 as well. Pours a rich, deep chocolate color with a pretty frothy pour and nice lacing. Nose brings definite peppermint, Andes chocolate mints, and a touch of roasty bitterness. The flavor incorporates a touch of vanilla sweetness along with the really nice aforementioned mint and chocolate character. Smooth, delicious palate. Superbly nice effort.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (9132) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 30, 2012
355mL thanks to dfroms. Pours clear, deep sepia looking black in the glass. Larger, reddish mocha head. Big, sheen, rocky retention. Webby lacing. Nose is very sharp Andes mint chocolates, peppermint York patties. Taste is the same plus a hefty dose of bitter dark chocolate. Long, very bitter finish. Good stuff. No sugar, no stickiness, no olive/brine, no paper, no astringency. Palate is the standout- excellent. For what this is supposed to be, a mint chocolate stout, I donít think it can get any better than this.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7894) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Bottle. Phone rate because Iím tired of having a 1,000 beer backlog. Please ignore the typos. Attractive pitch black hue with a massive brown head that leaves impeccable lace. Good retention. Aroma lives up to the concept fudgy, nutty cocoa, chewy chocolate. A bit dusty/nib like. Medium earthy and herbal menthol. Light biscuit, brownie and hay. Pretty clean on both yeast and hops. Flavors just donít cut it quite as well. Itís far too bitter for the concept and the bitterness feels like it is coming more from roasted grain than hop. Could be a scaling issue. Mint is there. Pleasant and in balance. Chocolate is less pronounced than the nose and made less of a player because of the dryness. Despite the alcohol the finish is quite dry. Slightly earthy, tobacco. Roast slightly too oppressive. A touch of mineral in the finish. Creamy carbonation, fuller bodied, medium warmth. Close to the target, but not quite dialed in.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 29, 2012
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.


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