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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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
matthewjk (965) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2012
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!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 25, 2012
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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 24, 2012
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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
J_man (776) - Tustin, California, USA - OCT 24, 2012
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!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeneugs (3845) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 23, 2012
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!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Foxbush (1445) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2012
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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
48FanInCali (796) - California, USA - OCT 22, 2012
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. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
skmikeg (1180) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Pours a pitch black with a small tan head which fades to some lacing. Aroma is of roasted malts, chocolate, and some mint. Taste is of roasted malts, bakers chocolate, mint, some espresso, and a little vanilla in the finish. Has a medium-full body with a super creamy mouthfeel and a semi oily, semi bitter, minty finish. overall, a very interesting and pretty tasty Imp. stout.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b3shine (6270) - Indiana, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Bottle to snifter. Looks good; black with sticky mocha head. Smells and tastes just as the name indicates with a good mouthfeel. NICE!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LtDan (1805) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Appearance: Pours a dark brown with tan head that subsides to mere swirls atop.

Aroma: Huge fresh mint, mint Cliff bar, chocolate cereal.

Taste: Mint,dark chocolate, sasafras, roasted malt, chocolate cereal. Spicy hops. Pleasantly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Creamy carbonation.

Overall: Very tasty, extra drinkable for being a 9.6% Imperial Stout. I couldnít quite nail down what I was getting from the nose, but itís interesting. I would also say to those who quickly say ďItís a York Peppermint PattyĒ that they should dig deeper. Next time I have a Peppermint Patty, Iím going to proclaim ITís like a Ken Schmidt Classic!


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