notalush (4959) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour is viscous and black, with a substantial dark tan lace - nose is all bittersweet dark chocolate and fresh mint leaves, along with a light bit of earthy char/roast - low carbonation - slick mouthfeel - flavor is intensely bitter and charred up front - far too much so - thankfully the dark chocolate and mint from the nose arrive later, but not until the bitterness has assaulted the palate - thankfully, the chocolate and mint are all that are present in the finish, so it ends on a strong note - decent, but the one unpleasant bit.
Homer321 (2039) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
slowrunner77 (6031) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 23, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
"#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!"
GarrettB (1079) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
unclemattie (4248) - Georgia, USA - JUL 28, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
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!
dalekliz (880) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
DiarmaidBHK (3521) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
TXBadger (1485) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice black color. Mint, chocolate, roasted malt, and a bit of caramel sweetness on the nose; all follow onto the palate. As it warms, the mint really comes through and it’s like drinking a thin mint cookie. Very good if you like mint flavor, which I do.
MacBoost (1353) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - APR 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle as a trade extra. Pours a jet black with a small white head. Aromas of mint and chocolate, duh. Taste is semi sweet and slightly bitter. Flavors of mint, chocolate, roast, some coffee. Very thick mouthfeel. Impressive,actually. Finishes pretty sticky and sweet with boat loads of mint. Pretty decent.
vtafro (3697) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black pour with tan head. Roasted, chocolate, mint aromas. Flavor is chocolate, roasted and malt, one of the better mint chocolate beers I’ve had.
Paincane (168) - Georgia, USA - MAR 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown body with thick khaki head. Nice lacing. Minty, dark chocolate & roast malt aromas. Bittersweet dark chocolate, mint flavors remind me of a hotel pillow mint. Excellent.