b3shine (6900) - Indiana, USA - OCT 21, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to snifter. Looks good; black with sticky mocha head. Smells and tastes just as the name indicates with a good mouthfeel. NICE!
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - OCT 20, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!
DrSilverworm (8867) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2013 12oz bottle. Pitch black color. Big foamy lighter brown head, with excellent retention, leaving excellent lace. Goes nowhere. This stuff smells amazing. Smells like mint chocolate chip ice cream. This is probably the best smelling-beer Iíve ever had. Wow. I have to admit, I love mint chocolate anything to begin with, so I was looking forward to this brew. Only other mint stout Iíve ever had besides this is DFH Black and Red, and most people thought it was a mint bomb. I thought it was pretty OK. That said, this is way more balanced... Still enough mint to satisy, a good, big amount, but not so much as to overpower the chocolate. Texture is incredible. Smoothest, creamiest thing ever, yet still a nice soft carbonation. Nice bigger body, chewy enough, but not sticky or viscous at all. Big chocolate aroma, some roasty coffee, all of which is complemented wonderfully by the big mint flavor. Taste is very nice. But sweet is prominent. Might be bordering on too sweet for me personally, though. Yeah, people will penalize it for that, Iím sure. But this is a sweet brew. Like someone else told me beforehand, itís more of a sweet stout, really. Alcohol, what alcohol? If thereís any hint of it, itís swallowed up by the intense flavor and aromatic of this brew. I donít think Iíd want to drink two of these in a row, no way. But a 12oz portion of this to myself was one of the most delicious, intensely aromatic interesting and unique experiences Iíve ever had in beer, or with my palate in general. I definitely need to try this again, to see if the initial excitement lasts through the test of time. 10 / 5 / 7 / 5 / 17
Re-rate, 1/1/13: Still awesome looking. Nose isnít quite as mind-blowing as I remember, but still very nice. Bigger chewier body, light smooth carbonation, creamy texture. Good sweet taste, little bitter, nice minty chocolate aftertaste. First time I drank this, I savored it for an hour. This time, I shared it, but downed my half in less than 10 minutes. 8 / 5 / 7 / 5 / 17
alexsdad06 (7225) - Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours black with a medium sized creamy tan head. The aroma is very nice with chocolate, mint, roast and everything that goes into a great stout. Mint can sometimes be overpowering in these beers, but I thought this was well balanced with everything else. The flavor again shows great balance between the chocolate, roast and mint, especially once it warmed a bit. Some decent bitterness at the back. Very smooth mouth feel and medium plus body. No alcohol to speak of. This is pretty solid and I have a couple to sit on for a bit.
beerbastard (807) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 19, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
donít care for this one. pours black with tan head. Mint with hops in the background. Flavors start with mint followed by mint. Donít care for this combination. Its a good job of brewing. Doesnít work for me. Bitter chocolate finish.
Headbanger (3555) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle 9/19/12 (Binnyís Downers Grove)-41į in Snifter-Pours black with a one finger brown head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, and slight mint. Taste of the same with more chocolate and the mint lingering just a little. This full bodied brew is well balanced as I was expecting the mint to be overpowering but is nicely infused.
Blairgus (3466) - California, USA - OCT 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
19 oct 2012, bottle. Black, thin. Nose is gorgeous: light charcoal, count chocula cereal, faint mint. Thin body and faintly fizzy. Dark chocolate and mint. Heavy on the chocolate, faint mint, bitter chocolate finish. Very nice and bit too minty or sweet.
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gorditoabd (629) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from bev4less. Pours midnight black, good foam. Aromas are very faint of some dark malt and mint. Taste is heavy of mint and chocolate, almost like creme de menthe, or a chocolate milkshake. Good, but perhaps a bit cloying. Not much development past the mid palate. Pretty one dimensional, but the one dimension is solid enough and as advertised. Good mouthfeel and solid body, until the finish, which just sort of peters out. Good, not great.
DuffMan (8172) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 16, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, purchased at the brewery. Hearty near black pour, light brown head that leaves curtains of lace. Aroma is rich sweet cocoa, roast, with a kiss of mint. Sweet and chocolatey, thickly malty, with a leafy mint presence in the mid palate that leaves a nice cooling sensation deepin the throat (in my chest actually!). Roasty bitterness in the finish. This was so freaking GOOD!
andyhwcinc (1682) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Purchased at Binnyís in Chicago, IL; enjoyed on a Tuesday night hanging out at home. This stuff is delicious, happy that I had the chance to get this in Chicago. Appearance is pitch black, moderate thickness, very rich tan rim around the glass. Aroma of dark chocolate malt, definite mint presence, lactose, a hint of vanilla, espresso, oats, smells very fresh. Taste is slightly decadent, thick but also smooth, sweet, minty, roasted malt, a touch of bitterness. Very good stuff.