ericdevin (658) - 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 (624) - 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.
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep mahogany that borders squid ink with a tightly packed latte head. Aroma of brownie batter, rich fudge, dark and milk chocolate chips, and a hint of peppermint. Vibrant leafy mint is present but subtle. Wish there was more. Still, the cocoa, molasses, and and brown sugar is tasty and inviting. Really good.
matthewjk (887) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is an odd beer. I like certain aspects of this beer, but not all. Mint & chocolate should probably not be combined in an ale. As always, screw all of you for logging into this site. Damn you all!
dcschiller (2203) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Pours near black with a pillowy espresso head. Aroma has strong mint, cocoa, roast, coffee. Taste is sweet base with plenty of roast and herby mint which then moves back to a sweeter finish. Lighter bodied and creamy. Finish has a cool mintiness that is refreshing and seemingly palate cleansing. Unique beer for sure! I like it, but I canít help comparing it to Ken Schmidtís other collaboration with Stone. Thatís probably not fair, but the Macadamia beer set incredibly high standards.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Pours a dark brown-black color with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of lightly roasted dark chocolate malts with mint, lactose, a touch of coffee, a touch of black licorice, and a bit of booze.
T - Starts off with a mix of dark chocolate malts, a bit of lactose sweetness, and some black licorice. Through the middle, the mint comes through with a bit of coffee and some more cocoa. The finish is a mix of roasted cocoa and coffee, mint, a bit of black licorice, and a bit of booze.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, warming, and minty finish.
D - Very drinkable. The balance is really spot on with the mint and the base imperial stout.
J_man (685) - Tustin, California, USA - OCT 24, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! Everything about this beer is unique and amazing. Starting with the skunky aroma in the bottle which quickly dissipates and is followed by dark chocolate. Even under an intense light, this beer is black, no hint of any color at all (Iíve only seen this once or twice). This makes it daunting, sitting there sucking the light out of the room into itís black vortex ringed with brown foam. However, the first taste is pure delight, exploding into a mouth filling sensation of dark and bittersweet chocolate and fresh mint wrapped in vanilla cream. It literally tastes like someone took Junior Mints, soaked them in alcohol and then added fresh mint and ground them all up into a delicious drink. Nothing here tastes artificial and although there are some big flavors here, itís all extremely well balanced in all aspects. The mint is the most surprising in that itís very apparent in the taste without being overpowering, and thatís a tough thing to do. There is a dry huskiness and some lightly astringent hops in the aftertaste, but this is really dominated by the chocolate and mint. This is probably the best dessert beer Iíve even had and like dessert, youíre done once youíve finished it. Iíll end as I started. Wow!
joeneugs (3106) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 23, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle. It pours black with a beautiful, stable tan head. The aroma is lightly minty with lots of dark chocolate and hints of coffee. A little menthol. The flavor has more dark cocoa and mint. The finish has some floral hops that balance really nicely with the bitter dark chocolate and mint. The body is perfect and the alcohol is very subdued. I loved this one... now to the store to buy at least six more!
Foxbush (1250) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2012 12 oz bottle at the Stone brewery. The stout poured a dark black with small tan head. The dark roasted malt contributed to a wonderful beer. There was mint on the nose , but not while drinking. There was some cherry flavors as well. The alcohol was balanced and added to the overall experience. This was a wonderfully smooth beer drinking experience. I hope to see this on the East Coast. I undersatnd a homebrewer developed this recipe.
48FanInCali (706) - California, USA - OCT 22, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2012 12oz bottle. Has a very nice dark pour with a 3/4 inch mocha head. Visually a very nice beer. Thatís where the good ends for me. Nose is fairly medicinal with coffee and chocolate overtones. Taste starts out with a menthol coffee thing but ends with a very harsh long lasting bitterness. I am guessing some very bitter dark chocolate was used. I appreciate the creative effort but this was not a good one for me.
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