JMerritt (1724) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Canned. Black with a medium sized white head. Interesting mild mint aroma atop light coffee and milk chocolate. Flavor has a bit more sweet mint and the vanilla lends a smoothness to the roasty chocolate malts. Worked well for me. I could see this being a hit in the winter - the mintiness is reminiscent of peppermint coffees I tend to enjoy around Christmas.
TBone (11281) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 7, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Can @SBWF 2013
Dark brown color, good brownish head. Mint-chocolaty aroma. Light-bodied. Some chocolate tooth paste, mint. Minty. Awful.
Mjp12 (18) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very unusual, having it as pudding, after a curry, and the mint and chocolate balance works really well. File it as one to try, but I couldn’t drink pints of it.
lusikka (4981) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355 ml can.
Pours a dark brown colour with a small head. Aroma is very rich with peppermint candy, chocolate chip cookies and roastiness. Flavour is very well balanced with peppermint, rich maltiness, chocolate, smooth vanilla notes and biscuit. Has those same flavours you get from a mint chocolate icecream. Medium bodied, very smooth mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Excellent drinkability. My kind of a beer.
DrnkMcDermott (2717) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Single can from Lemon Tree. I just poured straight into my nonick to kick up as much foam as I could. Got a rich, thick head as a reward, like too much foam on a cappuccino. Mint dominates the nose, wouldn’t ya know, with peppermint acting truly sharp, then letting a note of chocolate in on the side. And that just feeds into the taste. As they say, no extract. I can taste the mint leaves that must have been steeped at brewing. I think for some people, it might be a little too much. But if you like Andes mints in your beer — well, this is the first time I’ve made that connection — this is worth trying for you. Really. Chocolate mint beer. Stout backing is sweet enough to handle it, with no excess roastiness or harshness. Also none of the Guinness sour quality.
juicyhops (34) - Grayslake, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can. Smells like chocolate chip mint ice cream. Black with a dissipating tan head and some lace. Pick up alot of spearmint and some peppermint and chocolate. I would dial back the mint and increase the chocolate and vanilla. Interesting beer though. Might make cupcakes and chocolate icing with it.
baalroo (5) - - NOV 18, 2013 does not count
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Like most Ska Brewing Co. offerings, this one is a bit odd.
First let me get this out there: I drank it straight from the can.
The most interesting part of this beer for me was the uneven mixture of flavors. As I drank the beer, it slowly progressed from being "mostly stout," to "chocolatey stout," to "mint chocolate stout," and finally "andes mint in a can." The stout itself is relatively unremarkable, but the cocoa/vanilla addition was very smooth and tasty, and as the real mint came on stronger and stronger it too had a very pleasant and "natural" quality.
Overall, the drink did have a bit more "tinny" of a flavor that I would have liked, but that may have simply been a result of drinking from the can.
tl;dr If a chocolate MINT stout sounds like an interesting experiment to you, this is a decent choice.
nuplastikk (3825) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz can. Points off the top for using non-extract additives and specifying it on the label. Massive spearmint/peppermint aroma. An odd beer, one that may retire my usage of minty descriptors for Black IPA, because this one is a highly unique creature and really takes the natural mint tones into the stratosphere. All out mint tones coupled with mellow, medium bodied chocolate. I would never want a full six pack of this beer but I dig it for what it is.
JStax (2344) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce can thanks to Errl. Pours a darker brown with a lighter beige head of foam. Decent retention. In the aroma I get what reminds me of a peppermint patty. I get rich dark chocolate fudge, chilling mint, and a hint at some chilli. Maybe just some pepper presence since there’s no detectable heat. Sweet and minty taste with that earthy pepper presence lingering in the background. I think the mint in this may be on its downswing since it isnt as pleasant as I think it should be, but maybe that’s how it has been from the start.
tommann (2294) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
355ml can. Pours black with a small head. Aroma is spearmint, chocolate and liquorice. Taste has spearmint to start and fruity chocolate to finish.
Pyrmir (2420) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sample from can @sbwf13. Black with tan head. Aroma of mint, chocolate, roasted malt and burnt notes. Taste is a bit thin, mint, roasted, burnt. Not my chalice of ale.