hopscotch (8394) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle... Pitch black pour with a small, taupe head. Fresh mint is predominant in the aroma, but there are faint, deeply-roasted malt and cocoa notes. Medium to full-bodied and watery with vibrant carbonation. Charred, ashy flavor that leans slightly toward the bitter side of balance. Not much else going on, other than some faint, fresh mint. Finishes thin and watery. Needs more mint and a lot more malt. Some thickening sugars and/or lactose would also be welcomed, since this is listed as a sweet stout. I wonder about that, as thereís no mention of lactose in the commercial description. Bottle courtesy of FlandersNed!
merc7186 (1501) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: Black Hue, Passes No Light, Brown Ring, Mild Lacing
S: Thin Mint Chocolate Girl Scout Cookies
T: Mint, Mild Milk Chocolate
M: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Sweet
Overall, seriously tasted like thin mint chocolate girl scout cookies.
burg326 (2772) - Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle pours dark black with aromas of choclate and some earth. Flavors arw choclate, mint, cookies, and some earth. Flavor was pretty amazing not much in aroma but tast is almost thin mint milk shake.
italarican (1157) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Mike at his place. The mint is definitely there, more herbal than candy in quality. Plenty of dark chocolate in the nose. More earthy mint with dark chocolate in the flavor with a surprising amount of smoke. Slight char to go with the sweetness is really nice.
Alextricity (382) - Chesterfield Twp., Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 22oz bomber and into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Bomber was $6.99, so this had better be good!
Appearance: Pitch black. Dark tan head that has about three fingers, then dies down to a thin foam on top. Very little lacing. Really a nice looking beer, even with a lack of lacing. The bottom of the bottle yields quite a lot of sediment.
Smell: As others have said, chocolate mint ice cream. York peppermint patties. Andes. Girl Scout Thin Mints. Anything you can think of with chocolate and mint.
Taste/feel: Itís what the smell is, but more muted. This beer actually has surprisingly little flavor, to me. There arenít bold roasty characters, thick chocolate, or pungent mint -- itís just really mild... not sweet, and very mildly bitter. Thatís not a bad thing, but not what I was expecting. Beginning to end, this drinks like a weak porter with some mint added. On the finish, I supposed thereís a hint of roasted malts, but itís not much. The feel is actually pretty thin, which makes me think of this as a porter. I thought Naughty Girl Stout would be thick. Heavy. Copious amounts of chocolate with heavy notes of mint, but I donít get that.
Bad beer? Nope. I can say that Iím disappointed though... thereís just not much in the way of flavor. I suppose this would be a good one to session, but why would somebody really want to session a minty stout, even if it is this mild? I donít know just what to make of this beer, but I donít think it ought to be sold in bombers. I tend to think of beers that are available only in bombers to be massive in smell, taste, and ABV. I love the look of this beer, and it has an inviting aroma, but itís just lacking, overall. A 22oz bottle shouldnít be too hard to finish, just because itís pleasant and not cloying.
PhillyCraft (2595) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle with a few brahs, pours black with small beige head. Notes are really light: chocolate, weak mint, tooth paste, and bland flavor. Really thin palate. Satanís bake sale rapes this beersí butthole.
paintedmaple (273) - Fenton, Michigan, USA - SEP 2, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap...jet black with a rather thin body this has a distinctive herbal quality that upfront is very appealing, but by the end of this glass I didnít really want to have another one. Iíve had a couple of other beers made with mint and none of them taste like mint to me although the herbalness is quite good.
koleminer20 (193) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pours a nice black, with a good looking dark brown (espresso almost) head that hangs around a finger or so deep. The smell is extraordinarily heavy in mint. There are subtle tones of roast and chocolate, and this thing has so much potential. The taste is all mint, with the other flavors not coming through at all. The mouth feel is really thin, and I'm glad it doesn't hang around too long. For a beer that started so well, it all fell apart once it enters your mouth.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
johnnyoski (389) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - AUG 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Near black pour with a frothy, brown head. Smells exactly like a thin mint cookie. Its a bit of a letdown from here as the flavors are bland malts with a hint of dry mint lingering in the aftertaste. Very thin body with average carbonation. Not bad and certainly different, but a little more complexity could have made this a home run.
BeerandBlues2 (8557) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 8, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at home via trade with FlandersNed. Pours opaque black with a small, frothy tan head head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is mint, chocolate and roast malt, prunes and earthy hops. Flavor is dark malt and fruits with moderate mint, light hops and bitterness with a sweet finish. Medium body and carbonation.