koleminer20 (2591) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From notes. This was enjoyed at Jolly Pumpkin on October 1 for Zwanze Day 2016! Finally, a stout! The pour is a lighter black color with a thick beige head that falls slowly, leaving no lace. The aroma is really interesting. There is a nice cocoa to it, but itís more of a bitter bakerís chocolate. The mint is light and definitely leafy. There is a pretty hefty oak and a light whiskey that helps clear out the sinuses with the mint. Damn. The flavor it a little better. The chocolate and mint blend a bit and with the oak and whiskey, itís almost like an Andes mint. This is a really interesting take. The mouth feel is lighter with a soft carbonation and a lingeringly boozy mint finish. Itís good to have something thatís not a sour or saison, but I wish it were better.
charule (2179) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Torst tap takeover. Poured black with min tan head. Aroma sweet minty light vanilla. Light carb med bod. Taste very candy cane choc sweet malty. Tasty
gregwilsonstl (2142) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 1, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark black. Very similar to regular 17. Minty. Lots of chocolate. Andes chocolate meets thin mint. Coats the glass.
burg326 (5384) - Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a deep black color with aromas of cocoa, earth, whiskey, light mint and some vanilla. Flavors are big chicolate, with whiskey, mint notes and some earth, solid and very enjoyable, solid beer and like this one a lot.
jrob21 (3454) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 13, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with the crew. Mint is in the aroma but muted by the flavor. Flavor is chocolate and a little mint. Smooth. A little barrel sweetness and alcohol.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black and complete opaque without a trace of lighter color when held to a light source. Half finger beige head that immediately settles. Not much in the way of lacing. Nice color but couldíve use better retention/lace.
Inviting aroma with organic mint and freh herbs. Real mint leaf and fresh sage dominate the nose but underneath thereís subtle roast and lighter malt sweetness. Some burnt toast, coffee bean and bitter dark chocolate along with caramel and toffee but the aroma is really dominated by herbs and mint.
Medium to full body wih a really strong herbal/minty flavor. Fresh garden salad with organic mint leaf, sage and peppery arugula. Even though itís barrel aged, the mint still dominates the palate. Thereís a subtle barrel presnce wih faint oak, vanilla bean and and delicate spicy bourbon. Underneath, thereís some faint roast and heavy malt sweetness. Booziness from the bourbon is complimented by bakers chocolate, licorice, oatmeal and caramel. Much more complex and flavorful than the regular version. Not as acrid/dry with a pleasant and well integrated barrel character and very refreshing mint flavor.
Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home with friends, courtesy of Matt. Thanks man! Pour is pitch black with a small brown head and sticky lacing. Big minty aroma - spearmint, cocoa, some vanilla, bourbon, toffee, and caramel in the aroma. Taste is big dark chocolate, minty, botanical, coffee, somewhat nutty, earthy, and spearmint with a roasted finish. Thick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Pretty good, but a ton of mint that overpowers the majority of the beer.
arminjewell (9262) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 9, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, big thanks to Matt for the pour! Thick black pour with tan head, dissipating quickly, aroma brought notes of oak, cocoa, roast, whiskey, slight dark fruit, lots of spice. Taste was a mix of big dark chocolate, coffee, roast, nice whiskey, rye, nice oak, hints of earth, more mint, herbal notes, finishing fairly herbal, slightly sweet. Well done, but I think I like the regular better.
jayzz (481) - Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
not quite as good in my opinion as the non barrel aged version. itís a little to hot for my taste.
beernbourbon (1558) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 23, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pour is beautiful and totally black. Aroma is soft mint, light chocolate malt, Light toffee, and Light bourbon. Flavor is well balanced mint, chocolate malt, light Vanilla, and light whiskey. Really really well put together.