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Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist / Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 273   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
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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 didn’t 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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aniela (3088) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 2, 2015
Bottle. Black beer with an beige head. Minty roasted caramell chocolate toffee aroma. Minty chocolate cocoa flavour. Too much mint flavour...

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
DialSquare (3282) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2015
On tap at Daily Growler in Upper Arlington - not sure how they got a keg of retired brew, but here we are: blackish pour, frothy tan head. aroma of chocolate, mint, roasted malt. tastes follow suit - rich sweet mint chocolate chip that stays drinkable somehow. finishes moderate bitter. palate on the thin side of medium. quality. 7.8

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
snoworsummer (3052) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Draft at Liberty Station. Pours dark brown with a creamy bubbly tan head. Tastes like mint chocolate chip cookies, dry wood, booze. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like sweet mint chocolate chip ice cream with light alcohol.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
umich03jm (2577) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2014
2012 bottle thanks to DrSilverworm. Black pour with a very small head. Aromas are chocolate fudge, mint, light coffee and raisins. Tastes more minty than the aroma. Strong mint and dark chocolate. Tobacco and raisins in the finish. Thick mouthfeel. I liked this way more than I expected to.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Homer321 (2555) - Melboring, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2014
Bottle to snifter. Nose is straight up Andes mint. Pitch black pour. Taste is very minty, some chocolate, minimal coffe/roast. Kind of gimmicky, but pretty tasty. One is good. Two is too many.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (6755) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 23, 2014
"#3600! Not sure what role Iron Fist played with this beer. Nobody who had this last night likes that brewery much, but we all love Stone and Ken as well, so we went into this with sky high expectations, espcially given the style and ingredients. We were not disappointed. For some reason a couple of us got the mint right of the bat, and a couple (like me) needed a minute or 5 for the beer to open up, but man did it pop when it did. Decadent without being the slightest bit overly sweet or cloying. Near perfect balance between the mint (think Andes), cark chocolate, roasted malts and a touch of bitterness. Goes does ridiculously easy for nearly 10%. Can’t wait to have this as dessert in a couple days, all on it’s own. We followed a huge chocolate porter with this. I’m wondering if I could like it any more as a standalone. Phenomenal either way. LOVE the combo of these flavors. Great idea, and well made!"

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GarrettB (1184) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 25, 2014
January 12th, 2013 - I don;t normally go in for the seasonal obsession with mint flavors, especially mint chocolate. But this beer proves that it can be a stellar flavor when mixed properly, and not distributed by cranky looking fake Santas at the mall. To all appearances it is a stout, with a good cork of foam on top, brownish, and a deep, heavy body masking the carbonation below. But the smell is intoxicating. Really, absolutely hypnotizing. Rich, thick gourmet brownies immediately come to mind, with a sprig of wintergreen and mint laid on top like they were on photo shoot with Saveur magazine. Cocoa powder is predominant too. This aroma is practically chewy (weird), and creamy, letting off an indescribably palpable scent. The taste ups an already tall ante. The iconic taste of Ghirardelli’s dark chocolate forms the basis of this deep, velvety treat, with ribbons and streams of mint and more wintergreen to cool the palate, and give the heavy chocolate some complexity. It sits and lurks and bellows and growls on the tongue, and leaves a long aftertaste, light and minty, like a freshly chewed mint leaf. I knew this would be good, but I didn’t know it’d be one of those hallmark beer tasting moments.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
unclemattie (4351) - Georgia, USA - JUL 28, 2014
Vintage 2012, 12oz bottle. Thick black pour. Smells of Thin Mints cookies. Sweet chocolate with sweet mint. Thick bodied, heavy. Well balanced, perfectly flavored. Rich cocoa, sweet mint. Finishes with hints of roasted malts, burnt grains. I’ve had other mint chocolate beers, by far, this is the best. A beast. Just as I thought Cigar City’s was great... Stone, bring this one back! (4134)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dalekliz (891) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 26, 2014
Sampled at Hop Con 2.0. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of mint chocolate ice cream with a hint of malt. Taste of bitter chocolate, roasted malt, peppermint oil underneath everything. Lingering bitter mint chocolate. I was surprised this worked but it really does.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DiarmaidBHK (3682) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle from Whole Foods Washington P Street. Pours black with an inch of khaki foam. Leaves a lot of lacing in the glass. The mint really comes through on the nose as it warms. Bitter chocolate on the tongue with the mint coming through on the finish. Hides its alcohol well. Solid but not as spectacular as I was hoping.


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